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Making Friends with Arm Balances

Making Friends with  Arm Balances

Let’s face it—arm balances are some of the hardest poses in a yoga class. If you’re like many yoga practitioners who aren’t mad about arm balances, you’re not alone. But once we understand that we are practicing principles in the form of poses, we can let go of trying to make perfect postures and actually […]

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Mindfulness Through Eating

Written by on February 5, 2019 in Conscious Living, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Meditation with 1 Comment
Mindfulness Through Eating

There’s a distinction between meditation and mindfulness. I’d qualify mindfulness as the act of being present with whatever task is at hand. Indeed meditation is an acute form of mindfulness but usually constitutes a more rigorous form of concentration or awareness. Regular meditation practice causes us to live in a very mindful way, doing regular […]

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Pratyahara: The Forgotten Limb of Yoga

Written by on January 29, 2019 in Conscious Living, Meditation, Thrive with 0 Comments
Pratyahara: The Forgotten Limb of Yoga

Practicing Pratyahara is a wonderful way to go deeper into your meditation and yoga practice. Here, I explain what Pratyahara is and some easy ways to practice with a breathing exercise and meditation technique so you too can expand your yoga experience.  #yogabreathing

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The Magic of Mantra Meditation

Written by on January 15, 2019 in Conscious Living, Meditation with 0 Comments
The Magic of Mantra Meditation

Mantra derives from the words Manis, meaning mind, and Tra, which is the beginning of the word to transcend. So, literally through your mind, you may transcend into deeper layers of knowing. Mantra #meditation brings extreme focus by repeating a word or phrase over and over again. Something magical happens when you engage your soul in this way. Here are my favorite #mantras.

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Coming Home

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments
Coming Home

What if our soul is, as poet Mary Oliver says, “pure light that shines where no one is”? In her poem (conveniently titled Poem), Mary Oliver speaks to the notion of the soul like this: “Airy and shapeless thing,/ it needs/ the metaphor of the body. . . to be understood/ to be more than […]

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Can Meditation Be Healthy for Body as Well as Mind?

Written by on January 1, 2019 in Conscious Living, Meditation with 0 Comments
Can Meditation Be Healthy for Body as Well as Mind?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of #meditation. but did you know that meditation can actually make you more healthy and wealthy? Read on…

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Were the Three Wise Men Yogis?

Written by on December 25, 2018 in Conscious Living, Meditation, Religion with 0 Comments
Were the Three Wise Men Yogis?

It’s Christmas, the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Are there any connections between eastern thought and the story of Jesus’ birth?   There are many ways to interpret the Bible regarding the teachings of and about Jesus and I to some degree or other, I subscribe to all of them. I believe that there is […]

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Healing the Healer: When Plants and Animals Speak

Healing the Healer: When Plants and Animals Speak

Almost everybody talks to their pets, but it takes a special person to hear what their pets say in return. Maiccu Kostiainen lives in Finland and is an animal communicator and medium. That means  that she intuitively communicates with animals, living and past, by understanding their thoughts, emotions, and energy. Maiccu’s unique gifts allow her […]

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A Simple Meditation to See the World Clearly

Written by on December 7, 2018 in Conscious Living, Meditation, Thrive with 0 Comments
A Simple Meditation to See the World Clearly

A simple but effective way of practicing Vidya, clear seeing, is by doing a simple form of meditation that I learned from my teachers and which I call the “There Is” Practice. You can do this anywhere and while doing anything. #meditation #mindfulness

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Learning to See Clearly

Written by on December 4, 2018 in Conscious Living, Meditation, Thrive with 0 Comments
Learning to See Clearly

The Yoga Sutras is a book written by an ancient yoga scholar, Patanjali, (200 CE) which outlines much of the philosophy of the practice of yoga. A major principle in the Yoga Sutras is the principle of Avidya, or misapprehension. In Sanskrit, the word Vidya means to see clearly. Avidya is the opposite of clear seeing. Unfortunately our human experience is rife with Avidya, this unclear seeing. I believe that one of our major lessons in this earthly existence is to learn to recognize our Avidya and enlighten ourselves by learning to see clearly.

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Not an Escape

Written by on November 6, 2018 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Meditation with 1 Comment
Not an Escape

Entering Sacred Space Something unique happens when we come to the yoga studio or sit on our meditation cushions. We close the door behind us, shutting the noisy world outside. We remove the dirt and insulation of our well-worn shoes, forgetting for a moment the path we have trodden to arrive. We take off our […]

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Holding the Dark with the Light

Written by on October 23, 2018 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Meditation with 0 Comments
Holding the Dark with the Light

One thing I’ve learned from life and from sages is that on the journey toward illumination, we must inevitably experience darkness, grief, and loss to some degree or other. Joy Larger than Joy Happiness Part of our understanding is to see the entire Universe, not only the parts which we translate as peachy. As we […]

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Presence is Life

Written by on October 9, 2018 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments
Presence is Life

Like everyone else, I try to make meaning of the relatively small time I enjoy walking on top of this earth instead of being buried beneath it. The poet Maria Tsvetaeva speaks to this perfectly when she says in her poem, I Know The Truth:   I know the truth – give up all other truths! […]

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Change Rooms In Your Mind

Written by on October 2, 2018 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Meditation with 0 Comments
Change Rooms In Your Mind

I climb out of the car after 6 hours of freeway driving, fun traveling and an amazing change of scenery, and jump into a different landscape, a dark, cool, autumn evening.  Summed up: short sleeves, short shorts, short run. The fragrant autumn air! I climb the hill near my house and run by past East […]

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The Crossroads

Written by on September 25, 2018 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments
The Crossroads

The crossroads is a magical place. It’s the place where the ethereal, spiritual, and philosophical meets the physical, real, and practical. Where these two roads intersect is the holy ground of transformation, it’s the place where we have to drop our one-track thinking and see the many roads. Practicing yoga means to be at the […]

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