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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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Fear & Flight | An Aerial Yoga Journey

The first time I went upside-down in an aerial yoga class, knotted up in not-so-silky silks, the world spun out of control. As the blood rushed to the feet, the normal turned into something utterly abnormal. A nightmare where the …

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Is Yoga Selfish?

I’ve heard a lot of opinions about yoga. Most of them I laugh off. But when Ben, a man who doesn’t practice, said “yoga is selfish,” something was triggered in me. I could have easily argued with him that yoga can save the world. I …

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Quote of the Week | Believe in Miracles

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and it’s easy to get caught up in what you do not have. Instead, live as though everything is a miracle and be grateful for all the daily miracles in your life. “There are …

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Old Is the New Fat: On Samskaras and Body Image

There’s been a lot of talk about body image in yoga circles these days, and that’s good. Now that it’s become more or less mainstream, yoga risks devolving into yet another way for advertisers and marketers to exploit women’s insecurities …

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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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