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Yoga Stew

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, foodie, healthy food, homemade recipes, natural food, organic foods, recipe, recipes, Yoga, yoga-therapy, yogi, yogis

Photo by Laura Hobbs

Since moving to Boulder, my life has become an all-out yoga fest. I’m the managing editor for the yoga-heavy Elephant Journal, I’m the social media ambassador to one of the hippest yoga studios in town, I’m connecting and networking with amazing yogis from all over the country (Seane Corn kissed me on the cheek—I can die now), I’m going to yoga class every day, and I even got the chance to check out the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park a few weekends ago. I’m living and breathing the yoga life, and I’m loving every second of it.

Kids Aerial Yoga Takes Flight

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: aerial yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, kids, personal practice, practice, yoga for kids, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yogi

photo by Ashley Goldberg, Born Yoga

Does your child need to unwind his mind?

Aerial yoga is not only safe, but offers unique benefits for child yogis, says Ashley Goldberg, owner of Born Yoga in Birmingham, Michigan.

“Unlike aerial yoga for adults, upside down and challenging poses are done with children in a bucket seat, which prevents them from sliding out,” says Goldberg.

What I’m Grateful For: A Yogi’s Perspective

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 27th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: arm balances, grateful, gratitude, happiness, love, meditation, nature, thanksgiving, Yoga, yogi

yoga gratitude

Around Thanksgiving, I’m drawn to the subject of gratitude and how to put it into practice on a daily basis. I have to admit, I’m not ready for the typical stress of the holiday season and am on a mission to keep the season as stress-free as possible with a mixture of appreciation for all that I have and awareness of all I can give.

Tips on Mastering Handstand

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Yoga | tags: Adho Mukha Vrksasana, asanas, core alignment, Downward-Facing Tree, handstand, inversion, mindfulness, tips, Yoga, yoga classes, yoga instructor, yoga poses, yoga teacher, yogi

Kathryn Budig HandstandAny yoga pose can be done in an inspired way. In fact, the more inspiration you put into it, the better the pose. (This goes for Savasana too, yo.) Be present, breathe, look inward, breathe … be inspired. This is yoga!

Nevertheless, most of us yogis aspire toward the more advanced asanas, and one that usually comes right to mind is Handstand: Adho Mukha Vrksasana. Downward-Facing Tree. In which your hands and fingers are the branches reaching down into the ground, and your feet and toes the roots reaching for the sky. There’s nothing like it for a new perspective — on yourself and on life in general.

A New Look at an Old Yoga Pose

Meryl Davids Landau by Meryl Davids Landau | June 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: affirmation, asanas, change, Cobra, deepen-your-yoga-practice, downward dog, Downward Dog Upward Fog, enlightenment, exercise, Fitness, forward fold, happiness, health, inner peace, intention, mantra, mantras, Meryl Davids Landau, mountain-pose, plank, practice, rush, self-love, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual-journey, spirituality, Sun Salutation, sun salutations, transformation, visualization, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga sequence, yogi, yogis

Sun Salutation on the beach

Ever felt yourself going through the motions of a yoga pose without focus or purpose? I think most yogis who’ve been practicing for a while have this experience, at least sometimes.

Several years ago, I found myself rushing through the Sun Salutation, praying for the series to end so I could move on to asanas I enjoyed more. I hated the way the pose strained my wrist and left me breathless, and it seemed to take forever to get through five or six of them. But since appreciating whatever you’re doing is a key spiritual teaching, I knew I had to do something to change my perspective.

Are Yoga Poses Ancient History?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | November 15th, 2010 | 15 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: aparigraha, asana, attachment, bodybuilding, change, Christianity, detachment, gymnastics, Mark Singleton, martial arts, poses, postures, YMCA, Yoga, Yoga Posture, yogi, yogic tradition

Woman doing a yoga pose

A couple of months ago I picked up yoga scholar Mark Singleton’s new book, Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. The book details the modern history of asana with Singleton painstakingly chronicling how yoga’s physical postures are not actually drawn from antiquity but rather beginning at the dawn of the 20th century.

Find Your Inner Yoga Teacher

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | September 22nd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Fitness, instructor, mountain-pose, studio, Tadasana, travel, traveling mat, yoga-practice, yogi

Woman doing yoga at homeI look back at my reflection as I stand on my mat in Tadasana, Mountain Pose. The mirror is only large enough to offer balance and alignment to one person in the room, and since I am the only one here, there is no need for another. A familiar teacher’s voice is riding the breath of my laptop hum as she says to “fold forward and place your fingers around your big toes.” I listen, move, breathe. This is my new yoga studio. It’s in a room thousands of miles away from where I began practicing yoga, but the practice still feels close to home.

To Vegan or not to Vegan? The Yogi’s Dilemma

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | February 9th, 2010 | 19 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, anorexia, bulimia, diet, eating disorders, fat, food, Jane Fonda Workout, nutrition, vegan, vegetarian, Yoga, yogi

Vegan Yoga

The New York Times article “When Chocolate and Chakras Collide” triggered a cascade of associations for me around yoga, food and eating disorders. I am a proponent of any diet that makes you feel well in both body and mind, and that one person’s food can literally be another person’s poison. I truly appreciate the dilemma that many folks face when they decide to commit fully to the precepts and teachings of yoga, but I also think there is another side to the story – that of “rules and restrictions.”