Posted on October 17th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation: A Dance Between You and Life

Meditation is a dance between you and life—a rhythm of body, breath, nature, emotion, infinite space, and everything in between. It’s an unfolding of what you are, what you came from, and what you’re becoming. The point is not to achieve a particular experience—the point is to recognize more of what you already are: unique, […]

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Posted on October 16th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda and the Perfect Poop

Let’s be honest. Few things are as important to our sense of happiness as a good bowel movement. So what can we do to ensure daily success at the porcelain altar? Here are the steps I learned in Ayurveda school, and they don’t require a trip to the doctor or even to CVS—though you may […]

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Posted on October 15th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Path of Radical Acceptance

By Tara Brach Mohini was a regal white tiger who lived for many years at the Washington DC National Zoo. For most of those years her home was in the old lion house—a typical twelve-by-twelve-foot cage with iron bars and a cement floor. Mohini spent her days pacing restlessly back and forth in her cramped […]

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Posted on October 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Forging an Edge, or How to Audition for The Voice

Prior to attending yoga classes, The Edge, to me, was a quiet Irish man who played reverb-y guitar, no one I had to worry about confronting. My yoga instructors think differently: the edge is a place for mindful exploration, like Yosemite or the Everglades, where we can stretch ourselves into new territory, bit by bit. […]

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Posted on October 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Thinking Body, Feeling Mind: How Yoga Can Help Shape Our Emotions

by Megan McDonough You know this to be true: Yoga improves your emotional state. That’s obvious to anyone who has stepped onto the mat, or taught others and noticed the shift in the room as the class progresses. What is it about the Breath of Joy that actually makes us feel joyful? Or the strength […]

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Posted on October 11th, 2013 by in Nutrition

The Food-Mood Connection

Does what you eat affect how you feel? Well, yes! As a nutritionist who, for more than two decades, has observed the degree and depth to which this connection makes itself clear—for those I work with every day, and in my own body—it’s obvious: What you eat impacts how you feel on the physical, energetic, […]

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Posted on October 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Right Livelihood and Vampires

I am a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist, I’ve been meditating for 25 years, and I have countless new-agey weekend degrees. Still, somehow, five years ago, I found myself working not in a spa or ashram, not teaching yoga or giving massages, but writing vocabulary workbooks for the SAT test. These were […]

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Posted on October 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Practice—An excerpt from Already Home: Stories of a Seeker

In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in compassionate self-observation. The concept of practice is both misunderstood and underutilized in our culture. Our Western minds set us upon a new endeavor as a task, like a dog with a […]

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