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Day 10: Yoga Energy

Maybe Ramsay should have worded her invitation to a 30-day yoga challenge this way: how would you like to feel stronger, and more focused, and more energized, and more organized, and more balanced and more beautiful (had to add that) during the chronically stressful month of December? I would have laughed really loud and said, […]

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Day 9: Yoga Clouds

One of the more enjoyable things about the meditative flow of vinyasa yoga is noticing the clouds of thoughts and images that drift in and out of your mind as you progress through your practice. It’s like a slow-motion movie of your subconscious mind. Thankfully, we are advised to acknowledge them briefly and then let […]

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Day 8: Yoga Discipline

There’s a big difference in talking about doing something and actually doing something. I have always known, since the first day I took a yoga class, that yoga is meant to be a daily discipline, a practice that gives definition and structure to your day and therefore to your life. All teachers, and especially the […]

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Day 7: Yoga Savior

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat slowly and deeply until December is over.

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Day 6: Yoga Drishti

I love the word drishti. It’s Sanskrit (love that word too), and it translates into focused gaze, or thereabouts. I love the word drishti because I’m pretty good at finding it. Staring at something, my navel, my fingertips, the end of my nose, a blank wall, and then softening my gaze, or spacing out, is […]

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Day 5: Yoga Expectations

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from my body in my first ever yoga-for-30-days experiment. I was a little worried about an ongoing injury that I’ve nursed for many many years, doing just enough yoga to keep it loose but not enough to injure it further. I hoped that daily practice wouldn’t aggravate it […]

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Day 4: Yoga Intention

One of the more challenging parts of yoga for me is choosing my intention for my practice. It’s not because I can’t think of one, it’s because I always think of the same one, and it’s pretty simple. I always intend to stay focused and clear-minded and to be present in every pose. I always […]

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Day 3: Yoga Weather

Like the wet, dreary day outside, my body feels heavy and tired. My usually spry self isn’t jumping into the day’s happenings with the same kind of vigor of a sunny, clear-skied day. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I know it’s working extra hard to fight the cold germs that my […]

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Day 2: Yoga Chatter

With more than fifteen years of yoga under my belt, you’d think I’d be able to turn off the chatter in my mind the minute class begins. Some days it does happen instantly. After the first few minutes of warm-up poses, the chatter magically fades, and the sound of my breathing takes over. I am […]

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Day 1: Yoga Habits

Do you tend to put your mat down in the same spot in the yoga studio? Do you arrive a little early just to make sure you get “your” spot? Are you upset when your spot is taken? Do you head for the back row or the edges of the room? What do our habits […]