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Best Yoga Music: 20 (Non-Traditional) Yoga Songs to Get Your Downward Dog On

Friday, July 18th, 2014

I recently fell in love with Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. My favorite yoga instructor plays them during every one of my favorite yoga classes, and eventually I started playing them at home while I practice (or work, or clean, or whatever — like I said, I fell in love with them!).

However, there are several other bands I like to listen to as I get my Chaturanga on, and…

…most of them are fairly…eh, I don’t want to say “commercial,” but they’re definitely more commonly heard on the radio than Sean Johnson.

So, given how easy it is to “discover” an old song and give it new purpose, I thought I’d share with you some of my best yoga music! Here are 15 artists I like to play while practicing yoga.

(I’ll even throw in a song or two to get you started ;) )


Why My Boyfriend Told Me to “Just Go!”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it.

Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better.

So, I’m extremely anxious about it.


Shaking That Booty: 12 Great Quotes About Dancing

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Happy Friday, dear readers!

Indeed, it’s a happy one for me, because as you read this I’m packing for my first Dave Matthews Band show of 2014.

(Or, depending on when you read this, I’m coming down from my DMB rush!)

When I ordered my tickets for this show, I went with regular lawn seating.

Over the years, I’ve had tickets in the lawn, I’ve had tickets for seats (some good seats, some not-so-good seats) and even tickets in the pit. However, I’ve found some of my favorite shows have been those during which I didn’t have seats.

Why?

Because I don’t like to sit during the shows.

I like to dance.


Friday Funday: Which Yoga Pose Are You?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I’m sort of obsessed with those quizzes seemingly EVERYONE posts on Facebook (c’mon, you KNOW you’ve been guilty at least once), but when this one popped up I knew I HAD to share with my fellow yogis!

It’s Fitness Magazine‘s “Quiz: Which Yoga Post Are You?”, and it only takes a few moments to complete.

I’m not all that surprised at my result: Downward Facing Dog. It’s probably my favorite pose (aside from Savasana, of course, ha!) and one I with which I find myself always striving to challenge myself just a little more.

According to the quiz:

You’re a Downward Facing Dog because you’re very patient and devoted. You’re a grounded individual, but you continue to grow and evolve; you probably have a high self-awareness for which areas in your life need improvement.

Oh, boy. Am I ever!

So, go on! Take the quiz and let us know which yoga pose you are!


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?

One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).

The keyword here is “relaxing.”


Calling All Yogis: Which of the 8 Limbs of Yoga Do YOU Overlook?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yoga International recently published an an ashtanga yoga Q&A with seasoned yogi Richard Freeman.

Among other things, Freeman talks about the importance of breath, practicing mindfulness, and acting compassionately, but the question — and more specifically, answer — that caught my attention was about the 8 limbs of yoga and which ones students tend to overlook…

…and why.


Book Review: ‘Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less’

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend.

If you didn’t feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn’t have time (don’t get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute — literally, one minute — can do.

Learn more about Carol below, but for now, let’s talk about her awesome little guidebook, Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.


My First 108 Sun Salutations Experience: Spring Equinox Version

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The 2014 Spring Equinox fell on Thursday, March 20 this year, but my yoga studio held the traditional 108 Sun Salutations celebration on Friday 21.

We’re flexible like that.

Anyway, this was my first 108 Sun Salutations event. I attended the Winter Solstice event, but my instructor had a different Surya Namaskar event planned for that one.

Like I said, we can get flexible.

So, I was extremely excited — and anxious — to participate in the 108 Spring Equinox Sun Salutations.

Excited because as a yogi who’d yet to participate, this was a big deal for me.

Anxious because, well, as a yogi who’d yet to participate, this was a big deal for me!


Yoga Lessons: Don’t Sacrifice the Breath for the Pose

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Remember when I talked about ahimsa, my first and favorite yoga lesson, and how I’ve chosen it for my mantra this year?

Well, this week I’d like to tell you about my second yoga lesson — which, coincidentally, was my mantra last year and continues to be something I remind myself of time and time again:

“Don’t sacrifice the breath for the pose.”

For many folks — especially those who’ve never practiced yoga — yoga is about a ton of awkward, nearly (or entirely) impossible poses that — if you ever manage to halfway master — give you a nice little yoga butt.

Yoga is not about getting a nice ass.


Top 10 Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas for Active Couples

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Original Photo: epSos.de | CC

Original Photo: epSos.de | CC

AH! Valentine’s Day is just a few days away!

For those of you into Valentine’s Day with no idea what to do, I know that strikes panic in your hearts (pun intended).

(Not mine, though; the beau and I already ROCKED OUT to Kings of Leon last weekend. Seriously, who wants roses when you can dance around to “Sex On Fire”? Not this chick.)

Don’t worry, though, I’ve come up with 10 healthy and active Valentine’s Day ideas perfect for all you couples, almost-couples, and we’re-just-friends-right-now-leave-us-alone folks.


 

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