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Mindfulness and my challenge to you

IMG_36711I’m sure you’ve heard the latest buzz word in the health world lately- ‘mindfulness’.  You may even have tried to incorporate it more into your life already.  It’s a simple concept that’s hugely important for all of us.  Mindfulness basically means being 100% in the present moment whether you’re on a walk or doing dishes.  Focusing on your breath while More

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4 ways to energize your day

IMG_0518My morning routine has changed enormously since having kids.  Uggg, why don’t they appreciate sleep like I do?!  They definitely do not believe that we all need a long night’s sleep for a healthy day.  In fact, we’ve somehow been able to have some pretty awesome days, despite some previous rough nights.  The best part of my mornings is that I actually get to see the sunrise every single day, the worst part being More

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Better sleep now, be your best tomorrow (Yoga for Sleep)

IMG_36761_2We all sleep better some nights than others.  Who knows why?!  It could be an endless variety of factors, some that you may not even have control over (hello, nocturnal children).  I haven’t been sleeping well lately and have decided to be proactive about it and develop a bedtime yoga routine to help my body wind down from the day and prepare for the stillness and rest of sleep.

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How to get the most out of your practice

Sarah-3831We all practice yoga for various reasons. For me, one of the main reasons is simply because stretching and moving makes me feel good. It’s easy for me to fall into my routine of moving through a few sequences that feel good on that day, then just hopping up and getting on with my life. It’s unfortunately easy for me to breeze over the breathing and relaxation parts and instead, just make sure I get in enough physical poses to call it a practice. Does this ever happen to you? When life gets busy, I sometimes need to remind myself that another reason I practice yoga is because of the stress relief that comes with relaxing and breathing deeply. How ironic that the times in my life with I’m stretched thin across the day are the times when my practice minimizes the focus on breathing?!

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The 1 goal of every practice

IMG_5378I constantly find myself in a go-go-go mentality.  Always wanting to check items off of my to-do list, feel productive and accomplished.  Forever busy.  This attitude, though, has no place in a yoga practice.  Actually, this attitude is why I need a yoga practice.  Yoga is about slowing down and finding stillness, whether that stillness is physical, mental, or emotional.  Can’t you twist yourself into a pretzel?  Who cares?!  More

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How to do yoga anywhere (seated yoga)

IMG_36761I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- you really can do yoga anywhere.  Not only do you not need a mat, you don’t even need space to lay down.  Imagine being able to get your practice in while sitting at your desk, on the couch, or in your car (preferably not while driving though!).  How easy would that be?  Learning a few ‘chair yoga’ poses can make your practice More

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What I learned from 10 days of yoga with my toddler

kyan1On an average day, yoga plays a small but important role.  My home practice is usually limited to Kyan’s nap time, after I eat lunch and respond to emails.  I practice in my room either in silence or to very quiet music (so that I don’t wake him), alone (well, with 2 cats who may or may not take an interest).  I choose to practice alone in order to practice the cliche of ‘me time’.  Being alone is the only way that I can temporarily forget about everything going on in my world, all of my responsibilities, and just relax into my body and breath.  I cherish this time.

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Figuring out my definition of YOGA

Sarah-3593I frequently come across students or acquaintances who ask me what type of yoga I teach.  I usually respond with the same answer each time (“I was trained in vinyasa yoga but focus my teaching on developing gentle at-home practices for people”).  This one sentence always gets extremely mixed reactions- some people get excited by it, More

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The one pose to do every day

IMG_36261Sometimes time is just not my friend.  I never can seem to get all the way through my to do list and would always love to have more time for my home yoga practice.  Over the years, I’ve learned that the old adage ‘quality over quantity’ could not be more fitting for practicing yoga at home.  On days when I can’t even seem to find time for just a few sun salutations, I just make sure that I get one pose in.  One More

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How to avoid the yoga police

When practicing yoga, I’m very aware of my mind, my body, and also how crazy and endlessly distracting my thoughts can be.  Sometimes it’s the rest of the day’s to-do list, sometimes it’s wondering if what I’m doing is correct, and other times it’s random day dreaming.  Keeping your mind present with your breath is a challenging thing to do which is why I usually remind my students (and myself) this several times during class.  Commonly referred to as ‘monkey mind’, these More

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