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wide-legged standing forward bend (prasarita padottanasana)

Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend, or Prasarita Padottanasana in Sanskrit, stretches and strengthens your back and legs. This pose can be difficult for some, so you can work up to it with poses like High Lunge, Five Pointed Star, Standing Forward

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yin yoga: meditation (not quite) in motion – part 1

What’s your favorite position for meditation? The vast majority of us probably do it while seated (no small coincidence that “sitting” is often used as a synonym for meditation). In fact, the Buddha taught four positions appropriate for meditation: sitting,

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try the “yoga retreat” game on facebook

The next time you want to waste some time on Facebook, instead of playing “Farmville” or “Bejeweled Blitz,” try the “Yoga Retreat” game that came out in late summer of this year. You get to pretend you’re a yoga instructor

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gate pose (parighasana) the neglected asana offering great benefits and low impact

Gate Pose, or Parighasana in Sanskrit, is a great stretching and opening pose that makes you feel strong and graceful. This pose has many benefits, including stretching your hamstrings, sides and back and opening your shoulders and chest. In addition,

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10 ways to ground yourself in a yoga practice

Grounding is basically calming down, trying to move away from being “up in the clouds” or “spacey” and being present in the here and now. Grounding can counteract anxiety and stress, and improve your focus. Here are a few ways

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who am i? simple meditations on a timeless question

“Who am I?” is one of those existential questions in the same league as “What is the meaning of life?” and “Why me?” As yogis and meditators, we’re probably more inclined than most people to approach the question with sincerity.

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vata dinner recipes – find calm in the chaos with these dosha balancing meals..

If you liked the breakfast and lunch posts for the vata dosha, you’re going to love this edition of vata dinner recipes! Evening hours signal the end of a tiring day with most of us wanting to order in, but

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legs-up-the-wall pose (viparita karani) take pressure off the lower back with this restorative yoga pose

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose is a simple restorative pose that helps you relax and provides many benefits. It is beneficial for tired legs, it eases back pain and it gives a stretch in the neck, legs and torso. It is also a

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metta: meditating on lovingkindness (part 2)

Our previous discussion on metta, or lovingkindness meditation, introduced the concept of metta, the metta phrases, and the first steps of metta practice. In this article we examine ways to deepen metta practice, and the benefits you can experience. Metta

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yoga in schools becomes controversial..

In another battle related to religion and yoga, parents are angry that a southern California school district is offering yoga to the children, according to an article from October 12, 2012 on The Huffington Post. The Encinitas Union School District has been

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