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Balancing Your Yoga Practice with the Embodied Wisdom of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga. Ayurveda and Yoga define one's life in a similar way— as the conjunction of mind, body, and spirit. These two sister sciences are inextricably woven together, and inherently connected. As I first began studying Yoga in 1993, I learned many dietary and lifestyle practices that I thought were Yogic, but in fact they were from the vast healing tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, folded into our practice and teaching of Yoga. Later, as I began studying Ayurveda, I saw that Yoga was a complimentary aspect to the enormous scope of healing modalities within Ayurvedic medicine and that the Yoga practice should ideally balance one's true nature. Yoga asana, pranay

Yoga for Women

What is Yoga for Women? How is Yoga for Women different from a regular yoga class? In principle, a yoga class tailored for women, which includes and welcomes transgender and/or queer women, allows and facilitates a space where each woman can practice yoga in a way that honors her body, her needs, and her unique self-expression. These classes honor and promote well-being, balance the female reproductive system, and address the singular concerns of soon-to-be and new mothers. Yoga for Women adds to and enriches the female experience through intention-setting, meditation, asana, pranayama and free expression of movement inspired by intuitive awareness and the practice itself. A class for women

3 Simple Yoga Belt Tricks for Neck and Shoulder Relief

Did you know the neck & shoulder region is the #1 area where folks report aches, pains, and injuries to medical professionals? For many reasons most adults have some degree of slouching, compression, weakness, and imbalance in this area. If the chest collapses and the shoulder blades lift, we hunch forward and the front upper spine gets compressed. This not only creates painfully tight and stiff neck muscles, but puts pressure on the heart and reduces space for the lungs and breath. Shallow breath takes a toll on the vital systems and leads to both drowsiness and anxiety. Computer work, driving, overthinking, restrictive clothes, fatigue, and not noticing repetitive stress patterns in the bo

The Cacao Ceremony

The Cacao plant produces an oval shaped fruit that is yellow on the outside and has a white, stringy texture inside supporting the seeds. These seeds are harvested from the fruit, dried, sometimes slightly fermented, and then ground into a powder. The healing power of raw cacao has been tapped by cultures near the equator (where it grows) for centuries due to its ability to create a sense of relaxed alertness. It is a common misconception that cacao contains caffeine. However, it has a similar chemical called theobromine, which increases blood flow by dilating the cardiovascular system. Cacao also contains anandamide, a fatty acid neurotransmitter, sometimes called the “bliss molecule” from

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