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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Got Snow? Winter Yoga is Bliss for the Hips

After a full day of playing in the snow, whether it be snowboarding, skiing, or snowshoeing, the muscles of the hips can shorten and tighten. Flexible, open hips are a must if we want to avoid injuries during the winter months. The following yoga poses are suggestions for keeping the body healthy and limber this winter.   Warrior I, II,…

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Waves of Kindness: A Meditation for Peace

What does it mean to be kind? In a world fraught with uncertainties, fear and anger can easily dominate our state of being. When we have no motivation for gentle, loving thoughts toward those who disagree with us, stress levels rise, and violent acts may ensue. Showing love for someone who upsets or hurts us may seem impossible, but, kindness is necessary if we want…

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Jill Lawson

Mid-Life Non-Crisis: A Catharsis for the Aging at the Telluride Yoga Festival

As many of you know, I presented for the 5th year at the Telluride Yoga Festival last weekend. For the first few years of the festival, I was excited to be a student, taking classes from some of the most coveted yoga teachers in the country. When I received an invitation to teach, I was flabbergasted! What could I possibly…

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Jill Lawson

50 Shades of Namaste at the Telluride Yoga Festival

Teaching a yoga class for the aging was a given for this year’s Telluride Yoga Festival, and it happens to be my favorite kind of class to teach. Blessed to have the opportunity to teach a second class, I was asked to submit a “juicy” description, something that might attract a lot of participants. Juicy? I wasn’t quite sure what…

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