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Inspirational Quotes from Namaste: Gate Opening

Gate Opening "As if to vow to ourselves, to become ourselves, again and again." ~ Kate Potter The Gate Opening sequence introduces practitioners of Namaste Yoga to the significance of the side body during balancing poses. The practice has a very welcome and open feeling. By staying low to the earth, a grounding, restorative energy is cultivated. The balancing moments provide an opportunity to welcome a new energy and even brighter, more confident outlook. Find the brightest version of you today. Use our Companion Guide to study the phrase of poses. Explore our journey into Gate Opening for an experiential account of the sequence. To uncover your personal revelation, download it from iTunes. Namaste   For more information on this...

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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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Open the Gate: Including Peaceful Creatures In Your Practice

There is a vast difference between being self-aware and being self-absorbed. You've probably observed this in your own life. For instance, the person in line at the grocery store who decides to change lanes: forcing everyone behind to back up lest their carts are jostled, and then inadvertantly cutting in front of other people and their carts who were headed to the very line they just entered. How about at home? Have you been the person doing a silent, mindful activity, only to have someone walk in the room and turn on some noisy, electronic device? These moments can make you feel as if you are invisible, but truly, it's more about those who haven't chosen to practice mindful awareness....

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Opening the Windows and Doors

Inspiration is everywhere. We encourage you to explore your corner of the world and share the things that inspire you. Let's weave a motivational tapestry of words and pictures.  Opening the doors and windows of the mind and heart is an act that requires love and trust. It takes an abandonment of fear and ego. When you are truly open, you become available to grow in ways never before imagined. Think of theGate Opening Sequence. That moment inGate Posewhen you move your arm through a smooth circle, and with the movement the chest lifts, spine aligns and you sense the lengthening and strengthening of your core. The legs are grounded securely, yet there is an open vulnerability to the pose....

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Kate On Gate Opening Sequence

The Gate Opening sequence brings Namaste Yoga in a whole different direction: the side angle. For Kate Potter, this was a very exciting moment in creating the Namaste Yoga sequences. A new perspective on the “dynamic flow” was born. “In what would otherwise be the direction of cats, dogs and sunbirds, with the head always straight forward, suddenly the chest is open to the side and to the sky!” Kate said with excitement. “I love how, with breath as the guide, there is a seamless shift, without losing balance or beat.” This new dimension also ties into the mental aspects of this practice. For Kate, it is a reminder to stay open to learning and all opportunities. “Can you imagine,...

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