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Meet Your Kula: Krystal Prout

Part of what makes us so unique are the amazing members of our Yogi community, our kula. Each month, we’ll feature one member of our yogi community, chat with them about their practice, learn more about what draws them to yoga, and get to know each other a little more. Meet our Prajñā Yogi, Krystal […]

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The Unacknowledged Presence in a Yoga Gift Box

Have you heard the joke about the only thing the yoga teacher wanted for their birthday? “Just your presence.” Both presents and presence exist in each adoringly cultivated yoga gift box. There’s a whole lot more than the contents inside. A yoga gift box means all of your shopping is done I mean, if you dig shopping more than breathing, that might not be great news. But if you’re a pretty typical holiday shopper who feels a bit overwhelmed by the whole process, then we’ve got you. The lucky yoga lover in your life knows when they open your gift that you know them well and you want to remind them every month that they are loved. Sharing a yoga gift box with others is a delightful part of the joy Last month, when I opened my gift box and saw the cute purple yoga sox with tread on the bottoms, I knew exactly who would be getting them. Amy, I know you’ll be wearing them every practice and it makes me smile to think about how much you appreciate them. There’s something for everyone in each yoga gift box. We all know a crystals lover. And each of us has that […]

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How to Practice Saucha and Why You Absolutely Have to Clean Your Yoga Mat

I’ve definitely been guilty of letting my yoga mat get a little funky. You figure, “Hey, it’s my stench. What’s the big?” Saucha (cleanliness or purity) is the first niyama (positive and ethical observances). It guides us down the path of being mindful about excess and stabilizing our relationship with what purity means to us. If you’re curious about how to practice saucha, let’s begin with your yoga mat. How to practice saucha when it comes to our yoga mats Why am I making such a big deal over this? It’s just a mat. If it’s dirty, I’m only rolling around in my own filth. That’s totally fine. Except that it isn’t. If our yoga mat is a metaphor for our lives, we can’t continue to dive head first into negative thoughts, impure intentions, and unclear actions. We must have enough self-worth to provide ourselves a clean yoga mat to practice on so we can establish the importance of pure feelings that translate into how we behave and what we value. It’s important to be considerate of others If we treat our yoga mat as if it doesn’t matter, does that translate into how we treat our bodies? Maybe. Probably. Just […]

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This Sequence Is Brought to You by The Pretty Yoga Poses

Pretty yoga poses look and feel glorious. Sure, some are fancy and extremely difficult. But there are also many lovely and not at all overly complicated postures that allow you to feel your most beautiful self. Pretty poses help us to find and feel grace You know that one friend, the one who’s never awkward? Even if she falls out of Half Moon Pose, she does it with an elegant flair as if it was on purpose. She never bumps into a wall while looking for a chapstick in her oversized bag. And not once has she ever knocked her water bottle over in yoga class. Ever. There is undeniable beauty in thoughtful movement and subtle actions. And graceful executions require thoughtfulness, patience, and proprioception (knowing where your body lives in space). The awareness that comes from plotting out how to best go about any posture from High Crescent Lunge to Crow Pose is where the pretty yoga poses show up. Now, no doubt, some shapes are simply more adorable than others. Just take a quick peek at your IG feed. Certain postures such as Natarajasana(Dancer’s Pose) and Urdvah Danurasana(Upward-Facing Bow) variations get a little more love than Mountain Pose. […]

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This Election Day Is Also “Take Yourself On” Day

Did you know there is a national fried scallops day? Umhmm, it was October 2nd. Put it on your calendar for next year if you’re upset you missed it. There’s also a national hermit day, name your car day, and get funky day. What does that even look like? I haven’t filed the paperwork or anything yet, but if there can be a national fluffernutter day, then there most certainly should be a day for us to unilaterally proclaim our desire to improve how we live, love, think, and behave. Join me in celebrating “take yourself on” today Election day seems like a damn good choice to celebrate this both nationally and internationally. We are constantly influencing everyone around us in both tiny and giant ways. When you show up for a packed yoga class at the last minute, and someone is thoughtful enough to move their mat to make room for you, it changes your entire outlook on your practice. No improvement or effort is too small. Yesterday, a man opened a door for me. He was walking in the same direction and hurried ahead so he could open the next one too. “I guess today is ‘I open […]

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The Hot Yoga Debate: Is It Actually Good for You?

Hot Yoga is the practice of yoga in a heated room. It’s typically practiced in heat that is 100 degrees or higher. If you just said, “Yikes, no f’ing way could I do that,” I’m with you. I’ve tried many times and finally landed smack dab on not for me. But there are many who absolutely live for it and there are legit reasons why. Let’s discuss. Facts about Hot Yoga Hot Yoga, aside from happening in an extremely heated room, is often thought of interchangeably with Bikram Yoga. This is a common mistake. The high temperature is the defining component, not the sequence. Many styles of yoga utilize high heat to accompany the style. These include Baptist Yoga, Barkan Method, and Modo Yoga. Reasons for practicing in a very heated room Advocates of Hot Yoga feel very strongly about the remarkable benefits they’ve personally derived from practicing in the extreme heat and sweating profusely while doing yoga. They describe it as life-changing. Here are the main hard-core benefits if this practice is something you’re either currently enjoying or interested in trying: It’s mentally challenging. If you’ve never tried it, the only way to find out for sure if it’s right […]

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Sacral Chakra Affirmations & Exercises to Enhance Your Sex Life

Would you like a better sex life? Who wouldn’t, right? It’s really about finding the best way for each of us individually to connect with what inspires and excites us. And we all know that our sex drive comes from a deeply emotional place. Even when we want to deny that and insist it’s more primal or purely physical, sex is about connection. Connecting to our emotions are how we do that. Gratitude for having a body that functions and can move in sexual ways is another time-tested strategy. And communication is everything. Sacral chakra affirmations can only help us discover our sexuality in more profound ways. Important deets about the sacral chakra It’s the second chakra. It lives right above the root chakra and it builds on that strong foundation. It’s Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana and it means “your own place”. This is where you own yourself and all that makes you who you are. The sacral chakra’s function is emotional connection and pleasure. Roar. We need to value doing things purely for pleasure in a more meaningful way. Sacral chakra affirmations remind us it’s not only okay to feel good, it’s imperative. Balancing the sacral chakra provides a greater […]

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Yoga Class Themes That Land Without Beating People Over The Head

I’ve been quite guilty of this. A themed yoga class turns a practice into a deeply personal experience. You’ll carry it with you and continue to revisit the offering long after you’ve left the studio and gone about your day. If the message is one we’re receptive to hearing, that’s usually enough to hit us hard and insist on further contemplation. Themed yoga classes offer us a wonderful way to continue our practice long after we’ve rolled up our mats This one time, in yoga class, the teacher came in and asked each of us to reach into a basket with our eyes closed and take an item from within. I was so excited until I retrieved my item and saw it was a plastic car. One of those old matchbox racer types. It didn’t land right away, but once the instructor gave his dharma talk, it hit me like a wheel barrel full of bricks. I had somewhere I needed to go and something very specific to do. The whole class was about looking for signs. And they’re everywhere if we’re receptive. The woman on my right had a knitting needle placed at the top of her mat. The dude to […]

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3 Truths Proving Gratitude is the Answer You’re Ignoring

We are all very well aware that gratitude needs to be a dominant force. But when shit goes down, and we’re in the throes of anger, frustration, and feeling a lack of control, gratitude is typically the last place we go. Even though it’s very difficult to remember saying thank you in the face of adversity helps, it’s exactly what we need to train ourselves to do. When we suffer, gratitude is the answer Think back to the last time you felt sadness. For most of us, it’s a daily thing. Even if it’s minor, we suffer over things both large and tiny. It’s not hard to get worked up. Traffic pisses everyone off to varying degrees. Saying hello to someone you pass on the street who doesn’t respond doesn’t feel good. Emailing a client who gets back to you but doesn’t answer any of your carefully crafted questions is annoying. Trying an arm balance in yoga class and landing flat on your face sucks. Even though at the end of the day these occurrences are small potatoes, at the moment, they bother us. Gratitude is the last thing on our minds. Saying thank you holds all kinds of power Let’s […]

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Self-Massage Benefits and Handling Delicate Trigger Points

I’d put getting a trigger points massage right up there with oysters and champaign for dinner. It’s extremely necessary to lead a happy life and be in optimal health. There’s nothing to argue here. If you can swing it, go get yourself a professional massage once a month. If that’s not in the budget, perhaps you have a willing partner or friend who’s game to quid pro quo with you. When none of this is feasible, you’ve always got yourself to rely on. And self-massage has loads of benefits, so we should be doing that anyway on the reg. There are trigger points lurking, waiting for you to find them They’re not hidden. They’re just not always obvious. The excitement lives inside the self-discovery of what feels insanely good to you. It’s also pertinent information to know what’s really irritable in your body and how to handle those delicate spots. Do you like it when someone tickles your arm? A lot of people love it.  I dislike it so much it makes my hair grow in different directions. Trigger points are different for each of us. So we need and deserve to spend some time in self-exploration. What exactly are […]

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