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5 Anxiety Busting Poses

5 Anxiety-Busting Poses

Here’s the scenario: There’s a deadline looming. My mind is racing. If I don’t get this done there will be consequences! My mind goes through the worst-case outcomes. I start to panic. I feel like I might explode. I need to sit down and focus on the task at hand, but I can’t possibly concentrate …

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5 Questions Before Going Deeper

5 Questions Before Going Deeper

You may have heard the saying that before you speak, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? I’ve always felt this is a great guideline that helps me practice compassionate communication in line with the yogic principle of ahimsa, or non-harming. It’s a great way to keep myself in check when I …

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5 Poses for Extra Energy

5 Poses for Extra Energy

Backbends. Backbends are the most obvious poses for energizing—even gentle backbends can be stimulating. Since it’s cooler, darker weather, I’ve been playing a lot with the “backbend” in forward-bending poses. For example, Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose) with my hands in prayer behind my back is both energizing and soothing. It’s exactly what I need during the holiday …

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Should I Stay Loyal

Should I Stay Loyal to One Style of Yoga?

There are certainly benefits to sticking with one style of yoga—digging a single deep hole rather than several shallower ones. The practice even within a single system is not necessarily uniform. In Ashtanga, the set sequence of postures can function like the “control” in a scientific experiment, highlighting changes in the practitioner. Iyengar Yoga has within its …

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Practice Breathing

We know that breath is the foundation. We’re taught to send nourishing breath into clenched spaces to allow the light in, recenter, and get present and calm. Many meditations coach us through the pathways of the breath, from the solar plexus to the heart to the throat chakra. When we breathe mindfully and deeply, the …

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