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4 Tips for a Yoga Teacher in Training

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | January 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: authentic awareness, body, breakthroughs, challenges, community, connection, Costa Rica, emotional work, expectations, expression, human development, inspiration, knowledge, movement, open heart, passion, personal practice, physical work, presence, Real Evolution Yoga, resistance, teaching, transformation, travel, willing mind, words of wisdom, writer, writing, yoga teacher training, yoga teachers, yoga-practice

Becoming a yoga teacher was never one of my life ambitions.

For over five years, my yoga practice brought me joy and fulfillment, but solely from my studentship. Teachers had always intrigued me with their beauty, strength, confidence and presence, but to actually become a yoga teacher seemed like entering a different realm — one that I thought could not possibly be as blissful as the space on my favorite coral-colored yoga mat.

But every now and then I would think about what it would be like to lead a class, spreading pieces of possibility and shining smiles to all the students. I would cue and they would flow, moving with ease to the perfect music I was playing that matched all the perfect words I was saying.

But then my daydreams would subside, and I would find myself happy to only be responsible for my own moves, my own mind. Why would I want to teach anyway? It would take up so much time. When would I get to do my practice? If I was teaching, I wouldn’t be learning.

But are the two job descriptions — writer and yoga teacher — really that dissimilar? As a writer, my true calling has always been found in the power of connection and inspiration, traits any good yoga teacher should possess. I like to set my own schedule, travel a lot, wear comfy clothes and work in bare feet. I love sharing my insights and experiences, spreading words of wisdom wherever I go.

So, yes, now I am not only a writer. My career of word crafting has united with my passion for movement.

Bottom’s Up! (aka The Sweet Spot)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | June 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: bishop td jakes, buns, butt, calling, downward dog, firm up your butt, glutes, hip opener, intention, janu sirsasana, let’s push things forward, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah's Lifeclass, outreach, passion, Pigeon pose, playlist, purpose, rear, split dogs, spotify, sweet spot, Tiffany Cruikshank, Utkatasana, Utkatasana flow, wide angle seated forward fold, workout routine to tone glutes, Yoga, yoga with dionne

Yoga to Tone Your Glutes

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In this inspired new post, Dionne Elizabeth – a yoga teacher, DJ and writer who lives in Bergen, Norway – harmonizes music, blogging and yoga. Here, she shares the best yoga poses to improve your buns, which may, in true mind-body synchronicity, improve your life.

Here it is folks: We are already completely, marvelously, wildly, entirely who we were born to be.

At times this might not be clear to us, but the fact that we exist, that we are here together at this moment, and that you, dear reader, are on this page at this moment, is no coincidence. To meet each other at this point, somewhere along our separate journeys, really is absurd and wonderful. There is a reason for the particular path we happen to tread, including all its glorious and perfect sweetness, as well as the more sour, “interesting” parts. We each have a mission, a function, a purpose. So how do we live our life to honour that?

What March Madness Taught Me About Life

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | March 13th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: basketball, competition, Final Four, friendship, hard work, life lessons, March Madness, passion, playoffs, sharing, sports, surprise

March Madness Basketball HoopOut of the blue one day, I got a call from a local retailer telling me I’d won the use of a projection-screen TV for the Final Four weekend, plus platters of munchies for a March Madness get-together. This was before HD and flat screens — it was a Big Deal to have that giant television wheeled into the house for the weekend. We had our friends Tillie and Jim over, and together we cheered for and yelled at the players and ate a lot of deli food. Good times!

Jim passed away just a few short years later. He was in his mid-30s. Every year when March Madness comes around, I’m reminded of the surprise of winning that prize and the unexpected way in which watching few basketball games deepened our friendship. It makes me realize what a good coach the universe is — there are lessons for life everywhere, even in the playoffs.

Here’s what March Madness taught me about life:

3 Essential Ingredients to Clarifying and Living Your True Purpose & Passion

Sage Lavine by Sage Lavine | January 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: dreams, fear, fear of failure, intent, intention, life purpose, passion, Personal Growth, personal power, purpose, pursuing dreams, self confidence

Are you becoming aware that something inside of you is waking up and demanding to be expressed, because settling for a mediocre, mundane life just isn’t cutting it anymore? That’s because you’re here for greatness, and it’s time to live your purpose.

If you’re embracing the 2012 shift in consciousness, you’ve probably realized that when it comes to taking risks, sometimes you simply don’t have a choice.

Somewhere in Time, It’s Midnight in Paris

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | June 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: Christopher Reeve, critique, Film, future, love, Midnight in Paris, movie reviews, movies, Owen Wilson, Paris, passion, past, present, Rachel McAdams, Relationships, romance, Somewhere in Time, Stephen Simon, the 1920's, the past, time travel, Woody Allen

Midnight in ParisMy wife Lauren and I were delighted to see Woody Allen’s new film, Midnight in Paris, over the weekend. The film is wonderfully entertaining, very sweet and really a lot of fun.

Owen Wilson plays a successful screenwriter who has come to Paris with his fiancée and her parents. While his fiancée sees the trip as a shopping opportunity, Mr. Wilson has a different agenda. He has always loved the notion of being a novelist, has indeed written his first book, and is enamored with the whole concept of being an artist in Paris, not a commercial “hack.” Unfortunately, his fiancée (played with great audacity and courage by Rachel McAdams) is shallow, materialistic and totally horrified that her soon-to-be husband is actually considering a career that is not based solely on making money.

Purify Your Heart, Mind & Soul with a 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse

Debbie Ford by Debbie Ford | February 16th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: awareness, breath, breathing, clear thinking, compassion, confusion, Debbie Ford, emotions, fear, feelings, future, guilt, HOPE, integrity, internal, letting go, life, meditation, mental clutter, mind, negative, negativity, passion, Personal Growth, positive, positvitiy, possibility, prayer, presence, purpose, risks, soul, spirituality, The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, the present, thoughts, universe

21-Day Consciousness CleanseThe forces of the universe are conspiring to make these early months of the new year a powerful time to assess where you’ve been, acknowledge where you are right now, and dream your most beautiful life into being. To align with these forces, you must move from the limits of your thinking mind to tune into your divine mind. In three evolutionary phases, The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse will connect you to this inner source that will lift you out of resignation and mediocrity and into hope, excitement and a future filled with surprises, possibility and deep purpose.

Manifesting Miracles

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | January 31st, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: abundance, affirmation, change, dreams, faith, goals, God, grace, habits, intention, life, manifest, mantras, mind, miracles, negative thoughts, negativity, passion, positive thinking, power, present, resolutions, spiritual, spirituality, transformation, universe, vision prayer, visualization

Woman meditating by the pool

Let me begin by saying, you are a powerful manifestor!

Every single person on this planet has, at the core of their being, the power to create a life of grace, ease and abundance. Think about it: There are people, including Oprah Winfrey, who had difficult beginnings and yet have created lives that amaze us all. In the last year I have been experiencing a series of miraculous experiences in my life. I want you to know that I believe that this is our natural state of being. Miracles are occurring every day, and when we recognize that truth, we begin to understand the power of co-creation with the Universe.

Affecting Your Reality

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | October 29th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: bathroom, bathtub, chemical-free, cleaner, Deepak Chopra, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, environment, Home Enlightenment, natural solutions, non-toxic, obstacles, passion, perseverance, reality, The Book of Secrets

Empowered woman

Affect your level of commitment

Being able to affect your whole reality at once is the essence of “simultaneous interdependent co-arising.” There is no limit to how far your influence can reach but to find that out you must engage life with passion. When you do anything with passion, you express every aspect of who you are. Passion releases all the energy you possess. If you throw everything you have into a pursuit, your defects and weaknesses are also exposed. Passion brings up everything.

Stepping Out: Pursue Your Dreams

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 15th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, comfort-zone, creativity, dreams, fear, flexible thinking, inspiration, intention, passion, risk, Spirit Media Network, success, taking risks, transformation

Man standing on a mountain with arms outstretched

Success requires risk. It demands that we step out of our comfort zones and move into unknown territory. We all know that, but doing it is another thing. There are lots of people walking around talking about their dreams, but many are completely immobilized. The thought of taking action to manifest the dream is so frightening that they do nothing.

Happy Chinese New Year – Bring the Energy and Passion of the Tiger Into Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 15th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: Chinese New Year, clear out clutter, creativity, energy, home, passion, transform, Year of the Tiger

Year of the TigerHappy Chinese New Year and the year of the Golden Tiger, which represents protection, courage and idealism. This passionate and honest creature is a radical (and welcome) change from that worrisome Ox of last year. We can all tap into the tiger’s vigorous hardworking energy to create a better world.