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Meditation – A 30 Day Challenge

Every now and then I do challenges to either learn something new or re-commit myself to something I already do – but not enough. They say that 30 days is just enough time to make a habit and from my experience it is long enough to get “over the hump” that usually comes with any …

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Get Your Mind Out of Your Way

You are capable of doing far more than you think you can do. So stop thinking. You brain will take you out of the game if you let it, so don’t! I spent the past week as an assistant at a yoga teacher training. I was witness to literally dozens of transformations during the program. …

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Assisting at Level 1 Baptiste Yoga Teacher Training

I’m headed back to Level 1 Teacher Training for Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. I attended last year as a student, and this time I will be an assistant, supporting the other students and teachers in the program. I’m looking forward to spending another 8 days in the Catskills at Menla Mountain Retreat Center, disconnecting from …

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Never Stop Learning

I sat in a few teacher training classes during a workshop held at my yoga studio this weekend. The training is geared for those who are not yet teaching but have the desire to do so. Since I am already teaching I’ve had several folks ask me why I would sit on a training session …

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3-Day Fruit Fast Recap

Earlier this week, as part of the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program, I did a 3-day fruit fast. As I love to eat fruits, I was really looking forward to this. I considered it more of a fruit feast than a fruit fast! The picture above shows the entire array of fruits that I …

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3-Day Fruit Fast & Cleanse

I’m participating in 40 Days to Personal Revolution at my yoga school. This program, developed by Baron Baptiste, incorporates regular asana practice (6 days a week) with regular readings from the book, journaling/writing/reflecting, weekly group meetings with other participants, twice daily meditation and observation of certain dietary restrictions (for the sake of cleansing). For me, …

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High Quality Breathing

I have written a lot about breathing, perhaps because it matters so much. We can go for weeks without food, days without water but only a few minutes without breathing. The world record for breath holding is currently held by David Blaine – a famous magician who got his start doing street magic. The time? …

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Your Breath Tells All

When I listen to someone breathing, I know everything I need to know about their mental and emotional condition in that moment. As a yoga teacher, I spent a lot of time listening to people breathe. Fast and quick breathing is indicative of an unsettled mind. A mind that is still thinking about the workday …

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Make Progress By Pushing Through

I love the science of fitness and weightlifting. In most cases, you spend a ton of effort and time to tire your body out, just so the last few moments of work can cause your body to grow. In weightlifting, it is only last few reps that cause your muscle to grow, everything else is …

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Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training

Tomorrow I am heading to Montana for more Yoga Teacher Training. This is the second part of the training required for Baptiste Power Yoga teachers (“Level 2” Teacher Training). I’ll be offline the entire time. Will post an update when I return in 10 days!

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Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training Complete!

I re-entered my orbit this week, after a wonderful week of yoga followed immediately by a few days of business meetings. Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training was incredibly challenging, in all the right ways. Physically, emotionally, mentally. A few key distinctions I picked up from this week with 142 amazing yoga friends: Your body can …

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Baptiste Power Yoga: Level 1 Teacher Training

Tomorrow evening I head off to start my Level 1 Teacher Training in Baptiste Power Yoga. I’ll be away for about 9 days, in the Catskills (upstate New York, near Albany) with no access to a computer. This means no blogging. I’m looking forward to this training and whatever may come from it. Talk to …

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Transitioning From Yoga Student to Yoga Teacher

This weekend I finished a teacher training intensive at my yoga studio. This intensive was 12 hours of yoga over the weekend (Friday night and 2 practices a day on Saturday and Sunday), with 25 other teachers and soon-to-be teachers from the Seattle area (though 1 person came in from Montana!). My studio, Shakti Vinyasa, …

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Yoga Injuries Stink

I know sounds like an oxymoron but yes it is possible to get injured doing yoga. Especially the kind you find being practiced at most gyms and advanced yoga studios in the US. I consider myself a pretty advanced asana practioner, but for the past 4 months or so have maintained a consistent 6-7 day …

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Yoga Never Gets Easy, That's Why I Love It

(me doing Natarajasana “dancer pose” at Badlands National Park in South Dakota) I’ve been practicing for almost 7 years. The past 6 months my practice has been very consistent, making it to a studio 6 days a week on average. For yoga, I have found that practicing more frequently really does yield superior results. I’d …

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Increase Your Endurance and Reduce Stress With One Simple Technique

Hi there…I just wrote another blog post with some additional techniques for taking your physical endurance to the next level. Check it out here. For the past three weeks I have been applying a technique that has had more impact of my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being than any other product, system or technique I …

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The Power of Raw Food

I’ve been on a 70% raw food diet for the past 1 week. I feel absolutely amazing. I have a lot to learn to get my diet really dialed in, but so far so good. I have no intention of keeping a 70% raw food diet forever, that seems a bit extreme for where I …

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