Notes From the Mat

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How Yoga Heals: Take control of your well being through everyday practices

Yoga heals by bringing every layer of your being into the light of awareness. In the light of awareness, patterns and habits are organically transformed. Through long repetition of habits cooperating with the rhythms and conditions of our bodies - also known as epigenetics - genetic expression is...

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You CAN reprogram your brain. Yoga can help.

Resilience, your ability to "bounce back" from stress, is not entirely something you are born with. Self-regulation, another term for resilience, is something you learn as you deal with frustrations of being in human body as a toddler who has never had to figure out this feet thing before - much...

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Everyday Stress, Resilience and Healing Yoga

Last week on the blog in we talked about Trauma, Stress and Healing Yoga and went into some pretty deep waters. That post generated a lot of private response and many of you let me know you were touched by it - Thank you. You might still wonder, though, "What's the antidote?" Or even, "What...

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Trauma, Stress and Healing Yoga

Have you ever wondered what the relationship is between stress and trauma? And what’s the antidote? Is trauma stress, stress trauma, does one lead to the other? What qualifies for trauma, and who decides? How do some people seem to bounce back more easily than others, and why do others seem...

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Key to Relaxation, Lifting Your Mood, Supporting Hormones and Immune System: Abhyanga

Abhyanga is the cornerstone of self care for yogis, a lost art that helps to regulate all of our systems gently, naturally and with a unique blend of relaxation and mood lifting. It's simple, inexpensive and easy. I'm personally convinced this has been the key to healing my allergies and...

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Sun Salutations: Modifiable, portable Mind-Body Work IN

What are your greatest challenges when it comes to cultivating strength, peace and flexibility? Do you feel like you have to choose between these qualities when choosing a workout? Do you struggle to find time for your chosen workout, or just to get the gym? Do you finish feeling pumped but not...

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Sankalpa: A New Year's Intention Worth Your Attention

Sankalpa: an Intention to Follow Inner Truth Without Regard to Results (originally published on yogaguide.wordpress.com) Intent. It changes everything. But what is it? It’s not a thing, not something added on at the beginning or end. It’s an underpinning, a condition of the act being at all....

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Yin Yoga

Yin yoga works with sometimes intense sensations over longer periods of time (2-5, even 10 minutes), and relies on the difference between pain and intensity. We'll discuss 3 different ways to work with intensity and turn anything into meditation. Yin yoga is a style of yoga that focuses on...

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Restorative Yoga: 4 Principles (first published on Align to Center 8/27/10)

Restorative Yoga consists of a very few postures, all using maximum support. In a restorative class you use lots of bolsters, blankets, eye pillows and create a shape that supports your body for maximum relaxation. The difference between restorative & any other style of yoga is both intensity...

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Home Yoga Practice: Why practice at home if you come to yoga class?

Home Yoga Practice is Authentic, Practical, Versatile & Yours. Authentic Current yoga culture has been influenced by commerce and fitness regimes, which has had some very positive results. The democratization and independence allowed by purchasing classes have taken some of the “guru knows...

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