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Day 15: 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 14: Yoga Resistance

Ugh. Sunday mornings are proving to be my most yoga-resistant days. It could have something to do with the last glass of wine I had to have at midnight, but more likely, I’ve always given myself permission to take a day off from exertion of any sort and I cherish those slow, cozy mornings in […]

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Day 13: Yoga Perspective

One of the many positive take-aways from my 30 days of yoga is listening to a multitude of teaching perspectives. We all have a teacher whose approach to yoga just seems to gel with ours. We choose the same classes each week and attend as regularIy as we desire. But I realize now that if […]

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Day 12: Yoga Music

I cannot hold a tune, as my family members love to remind me, but when it comes time to chant the universal sound of OM to open and close a yoga class, this monotone and sacred sound of ancient India brings out the best of my vocal chords. It’s particularly powerful when a bunch of […]

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Day 11: Yoga Time

Time is a fickle thing. Twenty four hours has barely passed, and I had just finished shouting from the hilltops about my strength, and focus, and beauty, etc, etc, etc, when I woke up with a body full of wet sand. Huh? Where did all that energy go? Granted my morning was busy, but it […]

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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 […]