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Notes From the Mat

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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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Oil Bath: Yoga Self-Care

The castor oil bath + daily oil bath are the best kept secrets for self-care that I've found. It's luxurious, messy, uplifting and cheap! I've found the effects beneficial for muscular aches, arthritis and even shortening respiratory infections and skin rashes. Please be aware of your body as...

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Healing, Wholeness + Yoga

The word “healing” means to return to a state of health and derives from the roots for “whole.” Wholeness implies all the parts. All. Healing can be present or absent in addressing our feelings of unwellness: a condition can be cured while leaving us feeling unwhole. Healing can exist alongside...

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How to Thrive Despite Your Sedentary Job: quick ways to implement the suggestions in the new NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study

In an article published just 5 days ago at this writing (August 30, 2017), the National Health Institute and AARP confirmed and quantified what your Mom and Grandma have told you all along: sitting too much and watching too much TV are bad for you. We all know this, but it's easy to miss the...

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