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Where I get my (core) power

IMG_35241When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind?  Cookies?  Booze?  Overcrowded airports?  Last minute shopping?  Sounds pretty stressful to me!  Focusing on yoga poses that strengthen your core can give you the power you need to get through any holiday chaos.  Chiseled abs may be what you aspire to, but in my opinion, possessing a truly strong core is much better (and may have the More

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Top 5 yoga terms you need to know

IMG_1502Oh, Sanskrit, the ancient and crazy language of yoga.  We’ve all found ourselves deep in the middle of a yoga pose when the teacher calls out some whacky sounding Sanskrit words and suddenly you’re lost.  “Did she just tell us to return to downward dog or remind us of a breathing exercise?”  It takes years of regular practice to begin to feel comfortable with hearing dozens of poses called out by their Sanskrit names, but in the meantime there are just 5 important terms that you need to know to feel at ease and in control during any class-

1. Om– Usually sung or chanted at the beginning or end of class.  It is said to be the sound of More

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Not enough time? Here’s your solution.

fullsizerender-2There’s no denying that we all live very busy lives these days.  Unfortunately self-care frequently falls to the bottom of the to-do list.  Why is it so easy to discard your own health?  Yes, you need to do your job, take care of chores, run errands, and care for the kids (or pets or family members).  All of these things do need to get done, so how do you fit in exercise, grocery shopping, recipe research, and some relaxing home yoga time?  If only we could really take advantage of all 24 hours in every day.  No, I’m not here to tell you to sleep less.  Research says that adults should be in bed for 7-9 hours every night, so don’t skimp there (and can someone please tell my kids how delightful sleeping past dawn can be?).  Here’s how to make More

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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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Are you posing properly?

IMG_36301We all love that blissful post yoga feeling but what if you are more pained than relaxed after class?  How do you know you were doing your poses correctly and not causing minor injuries through your own ignorance?  These are doubts we’ve all had and even I still do from time to time.  Sometimes poses are even taught differently depending on More

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If you have just 5 minutes a day (VIDEO)

5 min at home yogaThe argument of not having enough time for an at-home yoga practice is just BS.  Even if all that you have is 5 minutes, you can still practice daily.  The most important things to focus on in a short amount of time are breathing and opening your spine.  There are 6 movements of the spines to remember-

1 & 2. Arching and rounding the spine, or cat and cow positions.  Make sure that you are moving your whole spine back and forth, from your tailbone up to your head.  As you arch your back, stick out your tailbone and chest, squeeze your shoulders back, and drop More

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The fastest yoga you’ve ever done (video)

photoI hear it all the time- people who love yoga but say they haven’t done it in months because of time.  Yes, it does take a lot of time to attend a 75 or even 90 minute class at a studio- there’s time spent commuting, changing clothes, checking in and paying, then commuting back home again.  Did I even mention the time spent in class?  What if you could practice yoga without a commute or even changing clothes?  How much time would that save?  I’ve come up with a quick 5 minute routine that you can do at home or at work without rolling out a mat or even putting on your workout pants.

Start with a standing breathing exercise that moves your spine-
-stand with feet under your hips, shoulders back, chest lifted
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3 things that can kill your practice

IMG_03061Congrats!  You have your at-home yoga practice at a place where it’s so regular that it’s part of your daily routine.  You don’t need to worry about it and are very proud that you’ve gotten to a place where yoga is a true part of your life.  Even though things are going well now, that’s not a guarantee for the future, unfortunately.  In an More

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The truth about my home practice

IMG_37341I would love to be able to attend one, if not several, yoga classes a day at a studio that I love and feel completely comfortable at.  Unfortunately time is not on my side with this one.  Daily life with a kiddo can just get downright hectic.  Sometime it’s work, errands, meal planning, or just daily correspondence that seem to eat up my time.  Whatever the culprit, it is near impossible for me to commute to and from a studio and attend a class that’s usually at least 75 minutes long.  Sounds like quite a luxury these days!  Having a home yoga practice has allowed me to keep yoga as a part of my life during More

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