Boost your body image

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Boost your body image

 

Boost Your Body Image

We all have unique stories about our bodies, but unfortunately many of us are prevented from loving ourselves fully because of our poor body image. We’ve heard it all before–how the media perpetuates unhealthy physical standards and the pressure to be “thin” is everywhere, but the truth is this body-hate comes from a fundamental lack of self-love. It comes from a place of lacking altogether–of ...

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Yoga and the Nervous System

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Yoga and the Nervous System

“Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings” — Rumi

One of the reasons that yoga is so beneficial to our nervous system is its positive effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The latter comprises two ‘sub-systems’: the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), responsible for functions such as the slowing ...

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Transforming fear into trust

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Fear can only live in our minds if we entertain it, but it can be so subtle and insidious that it’s hard to recognize. Sometimes fear hides behind a mask of anger, depression or isolation. It takes a little deep digging to uncover the truth: that fear is what’s motivating that feeling or lifestyle choice.

Wanting to go for it! It seems as though I’ve hit a bit of a plateau in my life. Things are going well and I’m ...

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Regular Practice of Yoga Helps With Stress

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Yoga and Stress

The Stress in America survey reports that almost three quarters of Americans claim that their stress levels have increased or remained the same over the past five years, with 20% reporting extreme stress. Stress has become an epidemic on a global scale in large cities, contributing to physical and mental disease and worsening outcomes for existing diseases. Luckily, scientific findings show that the regular Continue Reading →

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Root/Muladhara Chakra

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Chakra Series Part One

Root/Muladhara Chakra

This is part one of a seven part series on the major energy system or chakra system of the human body. In this series we will learn about the seven chakras individually, their locations, purposes, corresponding organs & glands, and various asanas and practices aimed specifically for each chakra. The word chakra is often referred to as a spinning wheel or swirling vortex of cosmic energy. What is cosmic energy? Simply put the energy of the ...

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Training Your Yoga Brain

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Yoga is a practice that integrates the mind, body and soul. If you focus on one aspect and ignore the others, you simply won’t receive all the benefits yoga has to offer. Most people understand the physical component, but leave their heart and head out of the picture. If you’re not enjoying your practice in some way, you may be neglecting a certain part of you. While spirituality has a huge place in yoga, that’s not what I’m going to ...

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Finding Balance

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Proprioception, as defined by Miriam-Webster, is the reception of stimuli produced within the organism. Proprioception literally is a state of self awareness. It is as simple as understanding where individual parts of our anatomy reside in relation to space, such as having your arm raised above your head or dangling at your side. Why this is important in yoga is because yoga is all about awareness. Yoga specifically uses the body to increase awareness.

 

Long before the invention of modern footwear, ...

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Listen to Your Body with the practice of Yoga

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Taking care of our body
Our bodies are vehicles that allow us to move freely, explore the earth, and get from A to B. However, we rarely listen to them. I fell in love with yoga history and philosophy during yoga teacher training, because its leaders advocated for people to tune into their bodies, respect them and condition them. Part of a text written by Patanjali in 400 CE, looking at the 8 Limbs of Yoga, explains the practice of ...

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The Power of Presence

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Man praying on the ganges in india

Sense of presence
I remember my first yoga class. Perhaps it might seem ironic that it was in a tiny room of a Christian church. But there was something different about this particular room. Moments before, my footsteps had echoed loudly while climbing the stone stairs. But upon entering this room in particular all sound had suddenly become absent. At first, naturally, I attributed it to ...

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Students feed back after a Yoga teacher training

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Students speak after a Yoga teacher training with Sequoia 

“A feeling of self empowerment, renewal and understanding that yoga is a way of life, thank you for helping me remember to love my self ”

“ I learnt more then I could imagine and most important learnt to listen to my inner guidance”

“I joined the program to deepen my knowledge of Yoga and did not expect ...

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