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How to keep it real

How to keep it real peace signYoga is something that has done wonders for my life- physically, mentally, emotionally.  I’ve never regretted practicing or felt worse afterwards.  I try to keep my expectations in check, though, remembering that sometimes a great yoga class can feel like a combination of the best massage, therapy session, and workout combined, and other times it can feel forced and tedious.  But even those times that aren’t so great, they’re still better than not doing it at all.  Some yoga is always better than no yoga for me.

I prefer to keep yoga personal, something that I do mostly alone at home.  I can move however feels good, wear whatever’s easiest to grab, and rock whatever tunes I’m in the mood for.  Yoga 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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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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How to keep your joints healthy (yoga for arthritis)

yoga for arthritisWhether you actually have been diagnosed with arthritis or just find yourself with sore joints after a day of too much computer time, it’s important to regularly strengthen and stretch you joints to keep them nice and healthy.  Too much repetitive movement, no movement at all, and general stress can all make you joints sore and weak.  Once they feel like that, your first instinct may be to 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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The one thing that gets me in that yoga mood

I’ve heard every excuse in the book for not sticking with a home yoga practice and if I keep personally running into this one excuse then I assume you do too.  Once you’ve figured out how to carve out a regular block of time for your practice, what happens when you’re just not in the mood for it?  There you are with your mat rolled out, stretchy pants on, and not an ounce of motivation in your body.  I’ve been there and find myself there more often than I like to admit.  Pep talks don’t work (“Come on, you know More

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Keep your practice going no matter what

How to keep your yoga practice going when traveling AZI recently took a nearly 2 week trip out of town and had to make a real effort to keep my personal yoga practice going.  When traveling or just having some craziness going on in your schedule, it’s difficult to keep those regular things going.  As a chronic planner, I enjoy having a routine and organization in my life but when out of town, everything’s off.  I have to go back to the mindset of when I was a carefree, laid-back teen and just be adventurous and go with the flow.  As a mom and someone who’s committed to taking care of themselves, I have to balance my carefree attitude with a very short and not so scheduled to-do list.  The More

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