The Mat Microcosm

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The Mat Microcosm

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We all know that shrugging feeling of ambivalence towards our yoga practice. It sneaks up unexpectedly to sabotage all good intentions. For instance just before rolling out your mat before breakfast, a little seductive voice whispers that perhaps a piece of hot buttery toast and a cup of coffee might give you that pick up you really need. Or ...

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Your HEART has all the answers

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The answers are in the heart

 

 

Do you sometimes feel it in your heart to do something out of the ordinary, but you are not sure if it would be sensible? Say you want to quit your nine-to-five job and travel the world. You wonder if you should do it because you might not get another job coming back. You ponder and ponder, then you start doubting yourself in many ...

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The Yogic Detox: Shankhaprakshalana

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The Yogic Detox: Shankhaprakshalana

There are many reasons to detoxify your body. The most obvious is to prepare the body for a change of season. Or simply because your intuition is giving indication it is time for a cleanup, knowing we accumulate many toxins through food and environment. Or perhaps you are just curios to know what a detox will do with your body and mind. In ...

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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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