Discipline

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | May 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Discipline is defined as a branch of knowledge or the practice of training people. I find this interesting as a yoga “teacher,” for a few reasons. One is that that while I am a teacher, I am also only a student. And honestly, the only person I am ever really training is myself.

Kindspiration

Melinda Parrish by Melinda Parrish | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

When it comes to our bodies, we as women tend to place a great deal of pressure on ourselves to achieve certain results. We deprive ourselves and push ourselves in order to whittle down, tighten up, drop dress sizes, and increase our level of attractiveness. We exalt uber-thin (sometimes, dangerously thin) bodies through images of “thinspiration.” We put these images out on social media and tell the world, “This is what I’m striving for.”

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

by guest | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our military veterans or politicians sitting in the “Quiet Caucus” room, I’m filled with a whole lot of hope. An increasing amount of apps like Meditation Studio are offering us simple paths to practicing anywhere, anytime. I’ll be launching a 6-month Course in Mindful Living soon where people will not only have the space and time to deeply integrate mindfulness into their lives, but get support in ways that haven’t been possible before. In creating A Course in Mindful Living, I’ve based it on 7 things I see mindful people do differently.

3 Ways to Get Out Of Your Yoga Rut

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | May 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

You roll out your yoga mat, take your seat, and begin your routine before class starts. A routine comprised of stretching, sitting or lying down to mentally prepare, or maybe enjoying some time to chat with your fellow yogis. All is as it should be, yet something seems off. You’re uninspired, going through the motions, not as aware of what you’re doing, feeling low in energy and even contemplating the need to take more breaks.

Climbing: The Art of Letting Go

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | May 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

I am swinging back and forth on the ceiling of the rock wall—fear pulling me away from and hope pushing me toward my next hold. I am trying to ignore my arm’s thoughts that they are too tired and let myself believe I can grab the next hold. It’s so far—and I’ve failed so many times before.

7 Mindful Things You Can Do Today

by guest | May 2nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When people practice mindfulness they say things like, it makes me calm, it softens my body, it helps me be more aware of choice or I seem to be more clear about what matters. The question I love to follow with is, “what would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there is more of this in your life?”

5 Reasons You Should Exercise, Even If It Doesn’t Help You Lose Weight

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | April 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness

Diet and exercise. We’ve heard for years that those two habits are important when it comes to weight loss. Most studies say that your diet is more important, but exercise helps. But does it really help? And if so, how much?

When Students Are Teachers: Yoga in Drug Court

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

When I became a yoga teacher 13 years ago, I was keenly interested in introducing yoga into hospitals and mental health centers. I began my own practice right after my father died, and experienced such grounding within my grief that I longed to share the benefits of yoga with people who’d experienced illness or trauma. I taught in hospitals, but it was five years later, in county drug court, that I found my true niche working with teens.

Do You Spiralize?

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating

If not, you totally should. Even if you’re not gluten-free, it’s still okay to eat more vegetables. And this is one wicked awesome way to do that.

Give Props! 4 Kids Yoga Aids for Practice Support

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | April 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

At times, we all need someone or something to lean on. Reaching out for and accepting support—in its many forms—is a great life skill to impart to children.

Kids’ yoga offers an opportunity to introduce this concept, particularly through the use of props.