Meditation

Meditating on Loving Kindness (adapted from Jack Kornfield)

This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a loving kindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an intention, planting the seeds of loving wishes over and over in our heart.  Begin with yourself and gradually begin to include other people in your meditation, picturing each beloved person, recite inwardly the same phrases, evoking a sense of loving kindness for each person in turn.  Finally, include the difficult people in your life, wishing that they too may be filled with loving kindness and peace. This will take practice. But as

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Fitness

Yoga for Flexibility, Muscle Strength and Balance…Why Aren’t You Practicing?

When most people think of going to a yoga class, they think they need to be flexible.  I can’t tell you enough how many people will tell me that they could never take yoga, they’re not flexible enough.  Well, see that’s the problem, in order to become flexible you need to stretch.  Yes, there are some people who are just born flexible but most of us need to work on our flexibility daily. By increasing your flexibility you gain an increased range of motion in different joints.  If you lack flexibility, for example, you have a greater chance at having

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Fitness

Yoga: Twisting Our Way to Health

Yoga is an optimal way of keeping our body limber, strong and healthy.  Practicing yoga twisting poses can play a role in maintaining the health of our bodies.  Twists require the work of the abdominal muscles, spine, neck, shoulders and pelvis they help to bring movement to the spine, release tension along the spinal column, stimulate our organs, improve digestion, and help to strengthen the musculature of the upper back and spine.  Each twist improves the strength and flexibility in all of these areas but also while compressing and stretching the mid-torso, where the adrenals, kidneys, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen and

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Fitness

Strong and Sexy Toned Arms -Ten Minutes a Day

I am always looking for ways to tone my arms, shoulders and upper back but always seem to fall short on time, so I have created a quick no-nonsense 10 minute arm workout.  I complete each exercise for one minute and then move on to the next.  It’s perfect, because if you find you have more time in your day than just ten minutes, you can always do a couple of more sets (three sets is optimal).  The key here is to be consistent.  No one gets toned arms by doing ten minutes two times a week; you have to

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Health, Meditation

Chakras 101: What Are Chakras? A Basic Introduction

The Sanskrit word "chakra" translates as "wheel" and refers to energy centers living within us.  It is believed that when the chakras are clear, you can awaken spiritual energies and move toward enlightenment.  There are seven main chakras (pronounced "shock-ra") and numerous minor ones in the human body.  Similar to how your body functions automatically, your chakra centers also operate automatically.   Our chakras are interdependent on each other for harmony and balance. These energy patterns are in certain specific locations on the body, five along the spine, and two on the head, each correlates with its own distinct color, location

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Meditation

Breathe Deep and Let Go of Stress

When you think about your breath as being your link to life, it takes on a whole new meaning. In our fast-paced lives, most of us forget to breathe fully as everything occupies our minds, except for breathing.  We are often so caught up in meeting the needs of family, work, etc., that we fail to nurture ourselves.  When my daughter was born I noticed how every single part of her body moved with her breath. It reminded me that deep breathing is as natural to us as it is a child, and it fades away as we get older,

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Fitness

Blast the Cellulite Away- 5 Moves to Slim and Tone Your Behind

Okay, let’s face it. Most of us are not too hip on the way our behind looks. This is what everyone sees as we walk away, and how many of us have walked sideways just to ensure the person behind us doesn't get a “true” view? We all know that the best way to attain a beautiful behind is by eating right and exercising, but sometimes we need a little guidance on how to rid cellulite or what moves help lift and tone our butt. So while you maintain a healthy diet, I’m going to give you five butt exercises

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Fitness

Releasing Tight Muscles: 5 Simple Yoga Stretches

Stretching is probably one of the best things you can do for your body.  Stiff muscles can eventually turn into injured ligaments, bones, back pain, shoulder pain, etc.  I think it’s just one of those things we normally leave out of our regular exercise routine.  We think after we have a great workout that we’ll just go home after the gym or run and do some stretches when we get home, but by the time we get there we forget about it.  Well, I am here to tell you that there are some great simple yoga stretches that can really

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Fitness, Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Yoga: Basic Tips on Why You Should Practice

Pregnancy is an exciting time but let’s face it, it can be a bit overwhelming too. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was overjoyed.  Being a yoga teacher as well as a yoga student, I realized this was the time that it would be crucial for me to continue to include yoga into my daily life. Yoga was the best thing I could do for myself and my baby.  I needed yoga to keep my body strong and flexible especially because this is a time that we carry more weight and have hormones jumping all

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