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Zen Bending: Yoga for Gardeners

The season of planting is upon us! Regardless of if you are starting seeds indoors while waiting for the last dangers of frost to pass, or already deep into tilling and sowing, growth energy is surging. The benefits to gardening are numerous, but a careful approach is still needed to ensure working bodies stay strong, supple and able to tend the Earth through its most inspiring season. The work of gardening involves bends, squats, lifts and pulls. Just as you are mindful when in yoga practice, this is a time to pay attention to your body position. Go slowly, lifting and bending with care and using safe techniques. Remember to protect your outer body from the elements too. Your skin...

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Three Ways to Make the Most of "Spring Fever"

As temperatures begin to moderate at long last, people can start to feel really stir crazy! The cold winter months lead most of us to spend the majority of our time indoors. With its record-breaking low temperatures, this winter has seemed particularly long, and its grasp on our world incredibly tight. We feel the release coming, and we yearn for it to come faster! Our energy has been frozen, and now it is breaking free in a rush. This can lead to lots of great accomplishments, and also some dangerous behaviors. The release from cautious winter driving can make speeding all too easy! It just feels so great to go fast. How about shopping? Perhaps you don't get out much...

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Bring Nature Home With an Indoor Garden

With cold winter temperatures dragging on for much of the continent, it is easy to grow impatient with the arrival of spring! While conditions may not yet be ideal for taking your practice outside, you really don't have to wait for outdoor conditions to improve before enjoying the feeling of renewal young buds and green sprouts bring. If you haven't already, consider starting an indoor garden, or simply incorporating a few houseplants into your living space. There are many benefits to gardening. "Ecotherapy," as it is known in some circles, is said to impart many of the same healthy benefits as a consistent yoga practice. If you already love the grounding calm you find on your yoga mat, imagine what...

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