Bridging Transitions

Bridging Transitions

One of my favorite yoga poses is bridge, done while lying with back body supported by the floor, feet planted under the knees, eyes focused toward the infinite space above. The movement into bridging requires core engagement to rise up against gravity, the strength of the back body, the willingness of an articulating spine. There is no absolute one place in the body that defines strength of the holding pattern – an example in the ideal that the whole is more than just the sum of its parts.

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Living with an Open Heart

Living with an Open Heart

In the wintertime we are encouraged to practice back-bending poses, since they build heat and provide the nervous system an opportunity to ground, to be centered and to allow us to be open to the future while we conserve our energy for the coming spring. We constantly recognize that our asanas practice has many lessons for application “off the mat,” and into our daily life.

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Partner Yoga with Children to build Trust and an Element of Fun

Partner Yoga with Children to build Trust and an Element of Fun

It takes intentional effort and mindfulness to teach and lead children, no matter if from the perspective of a parent, caregiver or educator. People who choose to work with children are following their inherent, inner guide and gravitate to a heart connection to the children in their safe-keeping. Knowing that children are our future puts us all in the position of a sweet responsibility to inspire, empower and support them,

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Partner Yoga to Build Intimacy, Trust and an Element of Fun

Partner Yoga to Build Intimacy, Trust and an Element of Fun

This week we offer you a partner yoga sequence. Partner yoga provides many great advantages, to include understanding yourself and poses better when afforded support and balance, an opportunity to build relationship trust, a chance to change perspective, and a means to deepen your practice whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner.

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Attention to Intention

Attention to Intention

Sankalpa, a Sanskrit word which refers to intention, is typically the beginning of each practice, whether you give attention to it deliberately, anmng the intention specifically or whether you arrive at your practice with an unconscious intention. Seasoned students come to understand that all yogic practices are preceded by a Sankalpa and the reason behind this has great depth as each practice is an opportunity to honor the intention and to grow in our understanding of our place in this world.

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Beginning Anew, Using the Power of Intention

Beginning Anew, Using the Power of Intention

Each part of yoga practice is just that, a practice. In coming to the beginning of your yoga practice, whether it is meditation, pranayama, asana,…. traditionally there is attention to the breath, for many reasons. Focus on the breath calms the nervous system, since a “watched breath” tends to slow and become full and deep. Where your attention goes, your awareness grows.

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Infuse the Holidays with Yoga and Essential Oils

Infuse the Holidays with Yoga and Essential Oils

This winter holiday season is a time when schedules tend to kick-up a notch (or ten), we develop a sixth-sense awareness of the needs and feelings of people around us, and we might experience positive or negative feelings as we reflect on our past and current circumstances and how they reflect our personal and family traditions.

No matter what your past traditions have been, and no matter how satisfied or peaceful you feel with your current situation, there is always room to introduce new holiday traditions to infuse your soul with deepened gratitude and peace. Consider choosing one or more selections from our holiday buffet of ‘new traditions’ selections

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Anchor to Gratitude

Anchor to Gratitude

Did you know that cultivating gratitude is a skill? It’s a mindset, it’s a way of life. It’s also a very worthwhile pursuit because of the incredible benefits of cultivating gratitude – we recommend starting by spending 5 minutes/day in a gratitude journal. Interestingly, we start experiencing MORE of these benefits the longer we consistently keep a gratitude journal.

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5 Yogic Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

5 Yogic Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Join us this November as we begin a mindful practice of gratitude to see what unfolds in life. Lets consider a daily practice so that the conditioning effect on both the mind and the body become more habitual. There are actually many ways to focus on a gratitude practice so we are suggesting something simple and doable, that we might lock elbows together and make it a collective exercise in this EYP community – ready to join us?

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On Strength and Grace in Yoga and in Life

On Strength and Grace in Yoga and in Life

To reflect on inner strength from a yogic perspective, we want to consider all the ways we yoke our practice, so that we look from the angles of physical strength, emotional stability, and spiritual steadfastness.  We can find that our understanding of Santosa (pronounced Sahn – toe – sha), the Niyama (“rules” for self-observance),   which means contentment, holds the key to offering us another facet for contemplation on strength and grace.

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Live Your Practice, Claim Your Joy!

Live Your Practice, Claim Your Joy!

Yoga means to unite or to yoke, but on a deeper meaning, it is the realization of the interconnectedness of everything, from the micro to the macro level. Our practice helps us to understand our place in our world and therefore helps us to rise to our obligations, not in a way that is cumbersome, but with realization that life requires sweet responsibilities.

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Releasing Tension

Releasing Tension

Excess tension is stealing not only our peace, but the quality of our lives. Physically, when the body is under tension, the cardiovascular system is challenged, cholesterol and blood pressure increase, the breath becomes fast and shallow, nutrition is compromised as the body excretes vitamins and minerals rather than absorbing optimally from foods, muscles hold unnecessary tension for prolonged periods, and adequate sleep becomes harder to access.

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Back to School, Back to Basics, Back to ...Yoga and Aromatherapy!

Back to School, Back to Basics, Back to ...Yoga and Aromatherapy!

Ever notice how people of all ages respond well to having a schedule? Though we recognize that in ourselves, children especially need such boundaries of a consistent schedule. Back to school is an opportune time to not be frazzled by the dictated schedule after relaxed days of summer, but to use the lesson of time management to include how to balance taking care of mind, body and spirit.

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