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Make the Most of Your Namaste, Every Day!

How do you approach your yoga practice? Do you simply flop down on your mat and ‘whoosh!’ find your state of calm? While a yoga mat does have a similar aesthetic to a magic carpet, you do need to come to the mat with a little fuel of your own to get you where you want to go with your practice. Setting the stage for practice will help you get the most out of your 22 minutes. Preparation for yoga doesn’t have to take a lot of time. The process itself can be relaxing and restorative. You can also use this time to get a few things done to speed you through the rest of your day. Stop for a...

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Are There 22 Minutes for You? Making Time for Yoga

Deadlines are looming and the to-do list is endless. There are bills to be paid, calls to return, messages to reply to! The baby is crying. The kids need help with their homework, your partner needs your help with this one little thing that will only take a minute… EVERYTHING takes a minute and you need about 20 more of them to get to everything you need to accomplish today! There may not even be time to shower. How can there possibly be time for yoga?!? This is exactly why there must be time for yoga. A fast-paced existence quickly turns frenetic, which in turn can make us frantic! You feel stress and panic that you will never get to...

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Doing dishes. Doing yoga?

pose: noun             a particular way of standing or sitting, usually adopted for effect in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn. po•si•tion: verb             to put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way: she positioned herself on a bench. Have you ever thought, or heard someone else say, that they are too inflexible to try yoga? This is the attitude of many: that yoga is not for them because they are too old, too stiff, too busy, maybe even too tired or too lazy. It’s too difficult, they contend, likely with thoughts of a slender, flexible and strong yogi or yogini posed in some gravity defying arm balance or with a leg or two twisted...

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Giving Yoga

“Never follow somebody else's path; it doesn't work the same way twice for anyone...the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way.”~ J. Michael Straczynski   As so many of us have come to realize, you cannot give one hundred percent if you are not at least that much yourself. The road to becoming your whole self is as unique as the person who chooses to go on the journey. The reality, and possibly the most exciting realization along the way, is that there is no finished product! Personal evolution is a continual and lifelong journey that only becomes more enriching with time. Much of the time, the...

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Benefits of Yoga

If you’ve spent any time at all on the mat, you know that with continued practice, yoga will benefit both body and mind. A recent article published by Yahoo Sports, discussed the benefits of yoga for athletes. But improved balance, strength, flexibility, control of breath and mindful awareness are not solely for athletes or the incredibly fit. Yoga’s benefits are attainable by all who seek them. Most will find their health and overall well being improved when yoga is added to their lifestyle. Particularly when endeavoring to learn a new sequence, or even a new pose, we see the ability yoga has to cleanse the mind and reduce stress. It takes focus, patience, and persistence to note the nuances of...

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