How Chanting Can Improve Your Energy, Mood and Health

Have you ever noticed how good you feel after singing along to your favorite song? Singing acts as a conduit to mindfulness, similar to the state you would obtain through the practice of yoga poses or meditation. It has a sneaky way of making you completely present as you focus on the song you are singing, the catchy melody and the emotions that you feel at the time. This state of mindfulness is key to reducing stress and increasing our energy.

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Dispelling a Dangerous Yoga Myth That Going Deeper is Better

There is an idea that gets constantly perpetuated in the yoga culture: Going deeper or doing a more advanced posture is the ideal; It is better. It lives in the unconscious of many of us, because of the conditioning that there is No Pain, No Gain if we want to succeed and that we should Just Do It no matter what. This conditioning is often even stronger in men since old fashion ideas demand that men be tough and aggressive.

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Sierra Wagner
How Your Posture Helps Your Balance and Reduces Pain

Maintaining or regaining your sense of balance, strength and stability and is a key measure in preventing falls. According to The National Council on Aging the number one step to preventing falls is finding a good balance and exercise program. One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma - related hospital admissions among older adults. 

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What is Satya and How Can it Help You During Your Holiday Family Visits?

So, what is truth? Everyone has their own truth. Your truth may not be someone else's truth. Part of the yoga practice is to see this. One of the reasons to practice yoga is because it is one of those activities in life where we can cultivate observing what is happening in the present moment rather than being unconsciously caught up in negative judgments or wishing for something else to be true than what is true right now. As a Yoga Therapist it is my job to encourage this practice in my students.

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Your Imperfect is Perfect

In chapter 18 of the Bhagavad Gita it says, “All Mankind is born for perfection and each shall attain it will he but follow his nature's duty. Now we shall hear how a man may become perfect, if he devotes himself to the work which is natural to him...A man's own natural duty, even if it seems imperfectly done, is better than work not naturally his own even if this is well performed. For all action is involved in imperfection, like fire in smoke.” I take this to mean that one should always be authentic even if it is not what society considers perfect. We are perfect in our imperfection.

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How Ayurveda can help you this Autumn

Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga and the oldest known medical system in the world, offers some great tools for increasing your general well-being this time of year. It isn't a magic pill; It is a framework that helps you create gradual changes in your habits for the better. That is why it is important to start simple with things that you enjoy. So, here in the season of transformation, with the leaves falling, the weather cooling and the harvest, what are you most willing to change from your list of unhealthy habits? 

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