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camel pose (ustrasana) An intermediate backbend to stretch and strengthen the back and core

Camel Pose, or Ustrasana in Sanskrit, is a backbend that stretches and strengthens your back. It is also great for improving rounded shoulders. Camel Pose can be difficult for beginners, so you might want to warm up to it by

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the eyes have it: Meditating on form (sense of sight)

Our journey into meditation with the five senses continues with sight, or what Buddhist tradition refers to formally as “meditating on form.” We’re highly visual creatures, and our daily activities are overwhelmingly sight-oriented (just try cleaning the house, buying groceries,

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top 10 reasons to leave your yoga comfort zone

If you always follow the same style of yoga, and the same poses, with the same teacher, you might be missing out on something that could really expand your practice, your body, your mind and your spirituality! Try something new

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goddess squat exercise: A moving meditation and workout all in one!

The Goddess Squat Exercise is a great warm-up movement, as it gets your whole body moving. It can also function as a moving meditation, because it helps your focus. Plus, this exercise is a great workout in itself, as it

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meditating with sound: the noise outside and inside your head

In recent weeks we’ve explored how physical sensation, or the sense of touch, can support meditation practice. Our inquiry into meditating with the five senses continues with hearing and sound.  Close your eyes for just a few seconds and imagine

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kapha lunch recipes: Cooking gets creative with these midday meals!

If you’ve tried the breakfast recipes for kapha dosha then it’s time to go deeper, this week’s post lists delicious lunch recipes for the kapha dosha. We know you have busy schedules with limited time to spend in the kitchen,

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fish pose (matsyasana) Open your heart while feeling grounded in this supine backbend.

There are many variations of Fish Pose, also known as Matsyasana in Sanskrit. We will cover the one you will find in most classes, that is easier for beginners than the traditional way of performing this pose. If you choose,

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what is fascia and why you should know about it?

Gil Hedley, Ph.D., gives a lesson on the importance of movement and stretching to maintain the sliding properties of tissues in the body, as well as the value of bodywork modalities and yoga when movement potential has become inhibited. I recently

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10 different yoga styles that can influence your practice

Don’t assume that all yoga classes are the same! If you’ve only tried one yoga class and decided it wasn’t for you, you need to try a different class! Even if you’re happy with your current class, a different one

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pain with gain: using physical sensations in the body as an object for meditation

Last week we explored practical ways to use physical sensations–the sense of touch–to hold our awareness in meditation. This week, we take a deeper look at how pain can be a powerful tool to support the practice. Sooner or later,

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