Notes From the Mat

From my mat to yours.

​A Profound Practice. Yoga Nidra

A Profound Practice. Yoga Nidra Experience Ashley's Yoga Nidra as part of a lavish self-care experience this Monday, November 11th from 5:30-7:30pm at Badlands Yoga, 2439 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque: Full Moon Restorative Yoga Nidra Gong Bath Step into the studio, find your perfect Savasana...

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Healing Yoga for Early Winter

Adjusting your yoga practice seasonally, cooperating with the rhythm's of nature and of your body, is one more way to become sensitive and respond to your body's exquisite apparatus for healing and well being. Mukunda Stiles, possibly Indra Devi's most accomplished student, wrote that "Our...

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Why You Should Add HIIT to Yoga - at least once a week

This is for you if every time you take time out for yourself to work out, it just has to be yoga. Because, let's face it: yoga has it all. It's total body, body weight, breath focused, challenging, heart rate raising (hello, Camel Pose and Sun Salutations!), AND you get a nap at the end. And...

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We are Self Healing Machines

We are self-healing machines. Cuts and bruises are evidence of the massive capacity of our bodies to self-repair. Inflammation, while often referred to as an obstacle to healing is actually the very mechanism for the body's self repair. Only when the system's own internal controls are thwarted,...

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Challenge + Comfort, Practice + Letting Go

“If failure isn’t an option then neither is success.” ~Seth Godin A couple of weeks ago I asked a question on Badlands Yoga’s facebook page about challenge or comfort; you immediately caught the assumption in the question and reflected deeply about the value of each in your practice, responding...

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Going back to the root: feeling better through empowering changes you can make yourself

As a YogaGuide, I help people struggling with pain, tiredness and feeling at home in their bodies. Clients come to me after they’ve been routed through several specialists by their primary care professional, including many tests and imaging studies, often without meaningful improvement or even...

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Butterflies Take Time: give yourself some… on the mat

Caterpillars are very hungry and see very little; only light and dark patterns very nearby. They have sensors on their “mouths” - the maxillae under their mandibles - that tell them to eat when it’s ok and not to eat when it’s harmful. One day, after shedding many skins, their juvenile hormone...

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The exhausting cycle of stress and how to break it

Have you ever felt like this: You’re having a bad week, or money has been tight for a while. Work conditions aren’t ideal. Family relationships are wearing thin and it feels like there’s nowhere to stand that both honors your feelings, and spares the feelings of people you love but don’t always...

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​Are you eating oatmeal for fiber? Think again...

Most of the things we think of as “flour” or “cereal” are just seeds, seeds that need their hulls removed before we can consume them. They are ubiquitously high in non-fiber carbohydrate and require extra processing before they get to us. They’ve become the backbone of our national food chain and...

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Letter to a Yoga Teacher

"With this body and capacity you transform the ordinary and make it sacred... Through this cause and condition you pick up dirt and turn it into gold." ~ Dogen, 13th century zen monk Dear Aspiring Yoga Teacher, If you are reading this letter, there is much you have already learned: the actions...

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