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  • In Reviews/ Yoga

    SE Yoga Conference 2017

    This past Saturday I spent the day at the Southeast Yoga Conference. It was hosted here in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. I arrived around 9:30am for a day full of yoga and connecting with fellow teachers. When you register online ahead of time, you design your own schedule. Even though it was a full weekend conference, I could only go Saturday. There were still plenty of enriching offerings. There were 3 time slots – 10am-12pm, 1:30-3:30pm, and 4-6pm. Each section had about 4 different workshops to choose…

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  • In Life

    Out with the Old

    While Autumn is not here yet, it is definitely in the air. And every time I start to feel the shift of seasons, I am ready for a clear out. Over the past week, I’ve been sorting out my desk, clearing unloved books from my shelves, and ditching the clothes that no longer fit or aren’t worn enough. Truthfully I’m not the cleanest person, but when I get in these moods, I am all in. There is something liberating about clearing out the old, the things that have served their…

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  • In Pose Info/ Yoga

    Virabhadrasana III, Warrior III Pose

    Over this past weekend I gave a lot of thought about what it means to be a warrior. I went to a panel discussion with Cultivate Union, a local non-profit that aims to grow the impact of yoga and meditation on the community. The discussion was about yoga and money. Anything involving money is a complicated subject. On the panel sat 4 strong, amazing women that have created their own businesses in the health and wellness community. Despite all of them coming from different backgrounds with a range of experience,…

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  • In Life

    Time is Precious

    I have never liked the feeling of being bored. And I’m not talking about when you’re sitting in a lecture or in class and don’t find the topic interesting. Or when you’re at a party or event and not having a good time. I mean those times when you’re sitting at home, have nothing to do, but also have no clue what to do. Nothing sounds interesting or exciting. Nothing can hold your attention. I’ve had this feeling a few times recently. I have Friday afternoons off and I usually…

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  • In Life

    Alternative Methods of Meditation

    Over the weekend I came across an article on MindBodyGreen about art being a great alternative to meditation. I haven’t been very open about it on here, but meditation is actually very difficult for me. Now that I know I have OCD and anxiety, I think that might be a contributing factor. I have tried visualization, mantras, pranayama, and more. No matter how hard I try, I still go down thought spirals. Sometimes I do find myself more relaxed after a 10, 15, 20 minute session, but the effects only…

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  • In Pose Info/ Yoga/ YouTube

    Urdhva Dhanurasana Video Tutorial

    I have another yoga video up on my channel for you! This video tutorial breaks down Urdhva Dhanurasana,¬†one of my favorite backbends that opens the door to many others. While a more “fundamental” backbend, it is quite difficult. Despite needing strength and flexibility in your shoulders, open hip flexors and quads, a lot of flexion in your wrists is required too. I show you 3 variations, all with different degrees of flexion in the wrist. The only props you’ll need are a blanket and a wall. If you don’t have…

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  • In Life/ Yoga

    Riding the Struggle Bus

    My theme for the week is “struggle.” I struggled through last week when life kept hitting me again and again and again. But I survived. Are things wonderful now? No. I still have messes to deal with, emotions to process, and disappointment to accept. But I made it through and this is a new week. I don’t do well when things fall apart, especially not when everything falls apart at the same time. My defense mechanism is to distract myself, listen to music, busy myself with work, and shut off…

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  • In Pose Info/ Yoga

    Marichyasana III Prep, Sage Marichi’s Pose 3

    Everyone loves a good twist, myself included. We often think of twists as detoxifiers, but they are also great for spine health. Twists also stimulate digestion and restore circulation. According to Light on Yoga, the full version of this twist has many more benefits including, …splitting backaches, lumbago, and pains in the hips disappear rapidly. The liver and the spleen are contracted and so are toned and cease to be sluggish…It also helps to reduce the size of the abdomen. You can guarantee I will place at least one seated…

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