What Does the Color of Your Yoga Mat Say About You?

Have you ever wondered why you are attracted to certain colors? Be it steamy grey, or wild fuchsia, colors can reflect the way we feel about ourselves, as well as directly influence our mood. Remember the classic mood ring from the 1970’s? While the color of your yoga mat doesn’t change based on your mood, it can make your mood change while you are using…

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Think You’re Done Making Progress on the Yoga Mat? Think Again!

Reaching a plateau in yoga can be discouraging. When we first roll out the yoga mat, a rapid swell in our ability gives rise to our motivation to keep practicing. We embrace the cresting wave of progress, but inevitably, the acceleration that pushed us forward will wane and leave us reeling aimlessly on the proverbial yoga plateau. In between the…

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Yoga Provides Relief of Allergy Symptoms

Unusually warm winter days are a treat, unless you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from spring allergies. This year, allergists are predicting a longer and more severe allergy season, and say sufferers will be seeking relief in droves, even if the high spring temperatures cool down. It is common for allergy victims to run straight for the drug…

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Still Awake? Try This!

Sleep is the antidote to illness, yet many of us don’t get enough of it. Whether it is due to stress, chronic fatigue, or an anxiety overload, insomnia can rob us of our health and wellbeing. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, the following meditation will help you get the rest you need. Taking all the…

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Whether You Think You Can, or Think You Can’t: You’re Right!

The power of thought makes an impact on our attitude. It can affect the way we feel about ourselves and the events and circumstances in our lives. Positive thoughts can help us stay energized through tough times, organized when we have a full schedule, and inspired during a big, scary life change. The more we think about something, the closer…

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Is Corpse Pose Killing You? A Guide to Mastering Final Relaxation in Yoga

Savasana (sha-vaa’-sana), aka corpse pose or final relaxation, is one of the most important yoga poses we’ll ever practice. However, instead of relishing in all of the goodness this pose brings, many people will use savasana to sort out their to-do list and ponder pending agendas. After all, it seems like the perfect time to figure out what to make…

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Yoga: Beneficial or Artificial?

New York Times senior writer, William J. Broad, wrote a sensational article titled, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.” If you haven’t read it, it’s worthy of scrutiny. Broad is also the author of the book, The Science of Yoga, which takes you through an in-depth look at the history, beneficial qualities, and artificial health claims of yoga in America. While we know any…

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Decisions, Decisions: The Big Mind-Body Experiment

What Should I Do? Making tough decisions is a learned skill. While some decisions are quite simple to make, others require time and careful examination. Whatever the size and importance of the decision, choosing the best option takes practice. We have all had plenty of opportunities to lament over the horrible choices we’ve made, only to look back and hopefully…

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30 Ways to Leave Your Anguish

The dawning of a New Year brings about a grand opportunity to set our intentions for what we want in life. For some, taking better care of our health is a top priority. Others value closer relationships with loved ones. Some pine for that big break in their careers. No matter how we construct our New Year’s resolutions, we all…

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Don’t Be Cross Over Upper Crossed Syndrome

What do you call it when you frequently sit in a chair with an iPad in your lap? Bad posture! Anatomists call it Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS). This postural misalignment is recognized by rounded shoulders, a head that leans forward, and an aching pain in the low back. It is most commonly seen in the elderly, however due to modern…

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Warmth on a Winter’s Day: A Guided Imagery Meditation

Wintertime can be challenging for anyone who has an aversion to cold temperatures. When we’re chilled to the bone, life seems unforgiving. In a perfect world, we would remain buried under the down comforter until the temperature rises. But inevitably, duty calls. Scientists believe our core body temperature can be controlled by the brain. Advanced practices such as the Tummo…

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Enlightenment: A Journey Through the Realm of Darkness

All throughout human history, people have been captivated by the pursuit of happiness. The pressure to have, be, and do whatever makes us happy can be a relentless, never ending spin on the proverbial hamster wheel. Exhausted by the process, many will settle for a quick fix, but instant gratification can only take us so far. In the end, we’re…

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