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5 free smartphone apps every yogi should download

At first glance, your yoga practice and your smartphone might seem like mortal enemies. After all, yoga is about turning off and tuning in, while smartphones have single-handedly destroyed out ability to live in the present moment. (That might be

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asana practice is meditation II – learning to be present

You’ve just rolled out your yoga mat and you’re ready to stretch, strengthen, and challenge your body. If there’s some time left after savasana maybe you’ll meditate. But probably not. Meditation is a luxury that will have to wait until

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7 delicious ways to add superfoods to your day

Blueberries. Salmon. Broccoli. Walnuts. Sweet potatoes. These common grocery store ingredients are nothing new, but recently they’ve been getting an extra dose of attention. That’s because they’ve each been deemed a “superfood.” What is a superfood? Well, it depends on

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asana practice is meditation

You may not always think of it this way, but when you roll out your yoga mat at home or at your weekly class, you’re entering a meditation practice. Countless articles have been written about our western culture’s fascination—obsession, even—with

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108 sun salutations

A few years ago my local yoga studio advertised a special class to commemorate New Year’s Day and a kick off a brand new year—108 Sun Salutations, which would take close to two hours. When I saw that number, I

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3 ways to sneak yoga into your schedule today

These days, we’re all too busy. Between work deadlines, after school activities, and the fall premiere of all our favorite sitcoms (hey, we’re just being honest!) it can be hard to find time for the stuff that matter most. Things

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meditation enhances creativity and problem solving

Creativity is not an easy thing to define. Its meaning varies widely, depending on a person’s background, profession, or general outlook on life. To an engineer, creativity might mean finding a solution to a nagging problem—like how to make a

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ikebana: meditation through flower arrangement

Many popular meditation techniques require a great deal of sitting still, and that can be a turnoff to some people. Walking meditation is a good alternative, but what if you’re someone who needs to be occupied in a task that

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extended side angle pose (utthita parsvakonasana)

The Extended Side Angle Pose, or Utthita Parsvakonasana in Sanskrit, works your legs in the hamstrings and quads, your sides and chest, and your buttocks and triceps. It also stretches your lower back, groin and shoulders. You can practice this

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half moon pose (ardha chandrasana)

Half Moon pose, or Ardha Chandrasana in Sanskrit, helps to stretch, strengthen and balance your body. Also, the squeezing action on your sides helps with digestion. This pose takes balance, and you can begin by holding onto a wall or

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