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[POTM] Downward Facing Dog: Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Downward facing dog is a quintessential yoga pose in that engages your whole being. It calms your nervous system and works on overall flexible springs. It decompresses your spine, tones and strengthens your arms, open the arches of your feet, scallops and lengthens your thighs, and is an amazing shoulder opener. The entire backside of your body is a weekend, …

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[BOTM] The Secret Power of Yoga

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“Yoga is well known for its power to create a healthy body, but few realize the emotional and spiritual benefits. In The Secret Power of Yoga, world-renowned Yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi interprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the basis of Yoga practice, from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women. Devi’s simple, …

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[BOTM] Mantras Made Easy

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“Your cellphone rings–you automatically reach for it. Your child calls for you–your innate response is to go to him. Just like you are programmed for these responses, so too can you train your brain to manifest your life’s goals and dreams. It is as amazing and powerful as it sounds–and it is entirely possible with the help of mantras. Simply …

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[BOTM] Q&A a day | 5 Year Journal

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“Do you ever stop to wonder how you got where you are? The Q&A a Day Journal shows you what was going through your head each day—for five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. As you return to the daily …

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[BOTM] The Path of the Yoga Sutras

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“One of the great gifts of the yogic path is that it returns us to a life of simplicity, even as we go about our lives in a world of growing complexity. Through practice, we ultimately find the freedom to be who we really are, and allow others do the same. This was Patañjali’s original intention when he penned his …

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[BOTM] The Moon Juice Cookbook

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“The founder of L.A.’s hottest wellness boutique, Amanda Chantal Bacon offers the ultimate resource for foodies looking to restore their health the natural way, using functional foods to create seriously healing drinks, snacks, and sweet treats. Since Amanda Chantal Bacon founded Moon Juice in 2011, it has evolved into one of the nation’s fastest growing wellness brands, and in The …

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[POTM] Classic Locust Pose: Salabhasana

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As you stretch in this pose, your body traces the smooth arc of a crescent moon (chandra).  You will have to practice conscientiously, but when you finally balance without fear it is a feat to celebrate. Lifting too high or too quickly as you come into the pose can trigger a cramp in the soles of your feet, hamstrings, or lower …

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[BOTM] The Untethered Soul

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“What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul—now a #1New York Times bestseller—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, …

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[BOTM] How Yoga Works

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“Whether you’re just starting out with yoga or have been doing it for years–and no matter what kind of yoga classes you are taking–you should know how to make yoga work its best for you. And there’s no better place to learn than from the Yoga Sutra: the “Short Book about Yoga.” This book is the very beginning of yoga …

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[POTM] Anjali Mudra

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When we bring our hands together at the level of the heart, we are making a gesture known in yoga as “anjali mudra”. Anjali is often translated as “offering”, and in The Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy, John Grimes uses “handful” to explain the Sankskrit term, as in “a handful of flowers”. Perhaps try to leave a little space, a …

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[POTM] Fish: Matsyasana

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Matsya, the fish, was one of the incarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu, who assumed this form to save the world from the Flood. The Fish Pose, Matsyasana, is the counterpose to the Shoulderstand and very commonly is practiced after it. Having stretched the neck and upper spine in Shoulderstand, Plough, Bridge, Rabbit etc., you now compress them as you …

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[POTM] Tree: Vrksasana

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The yoga name for Vrkshasana can simply be put as Tree Pose Yoga. This Pose belongs to the Inverted Balancing group of poses. It is one of the most difficult, fascinating and effective yoga poses. It is called Tree pose because when performed correctly, it looks like a tree. In other words, you stand still like a tree in the …

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[POTM] Cross-legged Twist: parivrtta sukhasana

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It’s possible to add a twist to Sukhasana (Easy Pose), Agnistambhasana (Fire Log Pose), or Padmasana (Lotus Pose), depending on the ability of the student. Twisting poses compress the internal organs, releasing toxins and cleansing the body. Twists are beneficial for abdominal health. This pose also incorporates a side stretch that opens the chest and a forward fold which further …

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[POTM] Wheel: Urdhva Dhanurasana

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Urdhva Dhanurasana, otherwise known as upward facing bow or wheel pose (Chakrasana), is an intermediate/advanced backbend that offers many benefits to the body, mind, and spirit. Here are ten reasons to incorporate wheel pose into your yoga practice. 1. Wheel pose strengthens and lengthens the vertebrae, which increases elasticity and flexibility of the spine. As we age, our spines compress …

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[POTM] The Reclined Mountain Pose: Savasana

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The reclined Mountain Pose. Years ago I remember my teachers (Don & Amba Stapleton) referring to Savasana as this. Through their experiential learning method, here are some tips! Stretch out both legs and come back into stillness. Take the time you need to make any adjustments that allow you to settle into your body. Recall the sensations of becoming heavy. …

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Today’s Favourite Bliss Balls

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Throughout the years Bliss Balls have made it onto my frequent eating list. Here’s one of my favourite. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Good Fats  Your typical bliss ball contains nuts and seeds as a base, giving you a good dose of healthy fats. The great thing with nuts and seeds is that each variety …