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meditation and the yamas: ahimsa

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the practice and philosophy of yoga is described in eight stages, or “limbs” that are referred to collectively as ashtanga yoga (not to be confused the rigorous asana practice—Ashtanga with a capital “A” —developed by Sri

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changing her life one heart opener at a time

How NYC Yoga Teacher Christine Chen Let Go of Her Bullsh*t I had the pleasure of sitting down with my friend and fellow Yogi, Christine Chen, and discovering what she’s done to let go of her bullsh*t  and emerge as

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how to choose a mantra for meditation

Mantra meditation, or japa, is an ancient practice that remains popular with modern practitioners from many different traditions. Maybe you’ve considered trying it yourself, but have hesitated because you don’t quite know where to begin. After all, there are virtually

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3 green smoothies to celebrate spring

If you’ve spent the last few months hibernating inside, huddled under an electric blanket and dreaming of warmer days, good news! As of March 20th—the official first day of Spring—those days have finally arrived! I like to celebrate with food,

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butternut squash sauce

Before you say goodbye to winter vegetables for springtime greens, I hope you make this butternut squash sauce. I am not exaggerating when I say you can put it on anything! The recipe can be used as a creamy pasta

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social media for meditators

Joining a meditation group can be a great way to keep you motivated and committed to a regular practice. However, it’s not always easy to find a group that meets at a convenient time, is reasonably close to home or

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3 ways to embrace change

In yoga, headstand is one of my favorite poses. It’s become both my party trick and my consolation prize—I might not be able to touch my toes, but I can balance on my head for half the class, no problem.

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Yoga on The Web – Yoga Buddhi

Not quite sure how to further your interest in Yoga using the web?  YogaSlate is here to help! Our next stop is Yoga Buddhi! What is Yoga Buddhi and how does it work? Using the power of the tech age, Yoga Buddhi automagically

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5 ways to celebrate the spring equinox

The Spring Equinox takes place on Friday, March 20th. There are two equinoxes a year (in Autumn, it falls in September) and these dates mark the only times when day and night are equal in length. It also marks the

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pasta fagiole for the yogi soul

Pasta Fagiole is a wonderful meal to prepare during a mid-winter cooking slump. You know what I’m talking about, right? That moment when you realize you’ve had just about enough root vegetables for the season. This hearty pasta dish is delicious. Is

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