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Align Your Chakras with these 7 Poses

Align and connect to your energy centers with this healing practice to get grounded and open up to possibilities. 1. Root Chakra The first chakra is about trust and learning to trust the world when your initial reaction is fear. Feeling safe and grounded in your surroundings, community, family is key to healing yourself. Warrior II Pose Warrior II makes you connect your two feet to the earth, providing you with stability and safety. 2. Sacral Chakra The life lesson in the second chakra involves replacing guilt with forgiveness and acceptance, especially in the areas of sexual relationships. Low Squat This low squat focuses ...
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Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

The spring is a time of balance, rebirth, and rejuvenation when days are longer and the nature is in perfect balance and harmony. This means anything you do right now to seek balance in your life will be enhanced by this energy of nature’s harmony. Working in alignment with nature’s vibrations boosts your spiritual efforts, and this time of reawakening is ripe for clearing and balancing your chakras and energy field. Harness this power of renewal to purge the unnecessary from your energetic closets and sweep up any emotional residue. It’s time to spring clean your soul! Your chakras are ...
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Why Make a Drum?

Why make a drum? Well Native American drum making is great therapy for the mind and body. Once the drum is complete the natural calming vibrations become in tune with the heartbeat of Mother Earth in us all. Connecting us with the earth and all that live upon it. Also, the drum is an important instrument for all people, giving both rhythm and meaning to life. It provides the beat for dancers to proudly offer their thanks and praise to the Creator during ceremonies. It is a way of carrying songs and prayers to the Creator and healing the sick ...
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Struggling with Wrist Pain?

A fairly common complaint in today’s age of computers and repetitive movements is wrist pain. Whether it’s a case of diagnosed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or simply an overexertion injury, it impacts not only your yoga practice, but your daily life! One of the struggles I observe in my yoga students who are dealing with injury limitations is the internal conflict that arises when I give them modifications of what the rest of the class is doing. I often notice a reluctance to do something different, especially what may seem like “less” than a full pose. But we must honor our ...
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Spring Clean Your Spirit

In anticipation of spring -- if you are anything like me -- you are anxiously watching for the first glimpses of new growth all around you. Budding trees, greening grass, baby wildlife…any sign of a welcome change of scenery. As we reflect back on the doldrums of winter, this is a perfect time to be mindful of your internal dialogue and give yourself space to reflect on your thoughts to moderate or change your mood and feelings in a positive way. This past winter has been turbulent in many ways, so it is more important than ever to focus your ...
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Vinyasa Yoga Benefits the Mind, Body and Spirit

Vinyasa yoga addresses the stiff culture we live in. The Western world has become a seated society, which is why vinyasa yoga is so important: its orientation is breath and movement, and research shows that increased movement in a seated society is absolutely essential for health. Vinyasa yoga gets us moving. Vinyasa yoga trains the mind. With a seated society comes a toxic mind: because our bodies are still, our minds are racing. Vinyasa yoga stills the mind because it has so many focal points that train the mind: the breath, movements, bandhas, postures, and sequences. We’re really focusing on ...
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Top Ten Reasons to Try Yoga

1.  Stress Relief Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body.  By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.  Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. 2.  Pain Relief Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduce pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto immune diseases and hypertension as  well as arthritis, ...
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