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Gods & Goddesses | Shakti: The Great Divine Mother

Goddess of the Week: Shakti Who is Shakti?: Wikipedia: Shakti is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine …

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4 Reasons Why You Have Time

Let’s be clear. We are all busy. The ants are busy. But get honest. What are you really doing with your time? Is it serving you? Meaning, does it benefit your day to day desires and needs? First realize this: …

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Affirmats: Because Down Dog Feels Better When You’re Smiling

Affirmats, a So-Cal, eco-friendly company wants you to be happy… especially when playing yoga. They also happen to make AWEsome yoga mats and towels! Looking for Extraordinary yoga mats or yoga towels? Looking for that inspirational boost during your yoga …

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New Moon in Sagittarius | Faith

Degrees. The new moon in Sagittarius (November 22) is at zero degrees Sadge. I think this “zero” matters. A lot. You see I’ve been teaching my Yogastrology® Yoga Meets Astrology students how to embody the power of the zodiacal wheel — …

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Find Your Balance with My Yoga on Gaiam TV

Balance: it looks different for everyone. Whether you’re a fired-up go-getter or a methodical thinker-through, each of us has a unique set of personality traits that makes us who we are. In some disciplines, these traits are based on the …

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Sanskrit, Say What? | Asana

Word of the Week: Asana What it Means: Wikipedia: Asana आसन āsana [ˈɑːsənə] ‘sitting down’, < आस ās ‘to sit down’) originally meant a sitting position. In the practice of Yoga it denoted the art of sitting still but later was …

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India Appoints Ministry of Yoga & Ayurveda

India is about to get a bit more mindful; Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a ministry of yoga and alternative therapies for the country this week. He appointed Shripad Yesso Naik to head the ministry. Reuters reported that the AAYUSH will include …

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7 Lessons Thich Nhat Hanh Taught Us

The great Thich Nhat Hanh, a beloved Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, spiritual leader and peace activist, may be nearing the end of his life after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage, but his legacy will live on forever. …

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5 Things That Helped Me Overcome a Lifetime of Poor Body Image

“I’ve never thought I was fat,” Kaitlyn said. How awesome, I thought. That’s what freedom sounds like. Kaitlyn was my roommate during a yoga training this summer and I have to say, she really makes me feel ridiculous for feeling anything …

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7 Signs Your Friend May Be Jealous & What You Can Do About It

Schadenfreude is a German word for happiness at the misfortune of others. And who hasn’t felt better being there for their friends in times of need? But this intention can also manifest in sneakier ways: displeasure at our friend’s success. …

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Yoga Inspiration: My 25 Favorite Yoga Quotes

Yoga is more than just poses. In fact, the Asana comprises just a small part of the overall Eight Limbs of Yoga as spelled out in the Yoga Sutras. Find inspiration and wisdom by enjoying some of my favorite yogic …

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The Benefits of Oil Pulling: Why I Love It & How to Do It

For almost a year now, I’ve been religiously Oil Pulling each morning or, as my dad so humorously calls it, “having a pull”. We’re a classy bunch in our house! After my morning meditation I come downstairs to the kitchen …

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Eight Benefits of Hot Yoga

It’s no secret that Hot Yoga is popular. Celebrities, royalty and athletes are flocking to studios worldwide to lock the knee and stare into their own eyes. Anyone can do it! Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up for …

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8 Yoga Poses to Help You Get Your Handstand On

If you have your heart set on getting upside down, here are eight moves to practice. They’ll help you build strength and stability, so you’ll be standing on your hands in no time! Push-Ups: It may seem like Handstands are …

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The Big Coconut Water Lie

Did you buy into all the hype about coconut water? In the past five years, the coconut water industry has exploded and found it’s way into the hands of many a yogi. I doubt you can walk into a studio, …

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10 Benefits of Yoga Inversions

A yoga teacher’s suggestion to invert has the power to elicit a range of emotions from students—bewilderment, fear, anxiety, aversion, rejection, excitement, butterflies, you fill in the blank. Purposely turning ourselves upside down is contrary to our human physical locomotion-nature …

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6 Mistakes You Might Be Making On Your Yoga Mat

Yoga is supposed to be all about serenity and bliss, but there’s no way you’ll feel relaxed and at peace with the world if you’re making these major no-nos on the mat. Not connecting breath with movements: For every movement …

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Recipe | Winter is Coming: Agni Soup to The Rescue!

    Winter is Coming… And more than just a gratuitous Game of Thrones reference, winter is quickly approaching, bringing with it an assortment of bugs, colds, sniffles, chills, aches, and the flu. Whenever I feel run-down, or when any sickness is …

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Sanskrit, Say What? | Shanti

Word of the Week: Shanti (shan-tee) What it Means: Wikipedia: Shanti, Santhi or Shanthi (from Sanskrit शान्तिः śāntiḥ) means peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss. The poet T.S. Eliot, in his poem The Waste Land (where he spelled it Shantih) …

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Creating Community Through…Hashtags?

Yoga is about breath. Yoga is about movement. Yoga is about looking inward… but it seems lately that yoga has also started to be about looking screenward. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram draw us into the virtual world of looking down. …

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5 Yoga Poses For Better Posture

Sitting hunched over at your desk all day can lead to a curved spine, but combating that pull with these yoga poses will help you straighten up. Who knows? You may even gain an inch. Mountain Pose If you haven’t …

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What’s Your Sign? | Your Horoscope For This Week

Hey Tauruses this is your week for a meant-to-be partnership, Geminis—slow and steady wins the race, Cancers, love is in the air and it’s thick—The One is coming your way. Check out what the stars have in store for you …

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Save Money: How to Make Your Own Yoga Props

It’s easy to assume yoga is expensive. Classes may set you back 20 bucks each; $90 stretch pants may tempt you; and the cost of all that equipment—mats, rolls, bolsters, straps, eye masks—may resurface the very stress you calmed in …

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