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The Very Best Yoga Gifts: Thoughtful, Simple, and Loving

No one needs another mug. I promise you. Did you catch that, Andrea? We are yoga lovers. It’s never boring for us. There’s no cajoling or coaxing us into rolling out our mats to practice. We’re psyched to spend a Saturday night going to a sound bath class or doing yoga with a DJ in […]

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Yoga Music That Will Move You in All the Ways (Song Suggestions Included)

How does one define yoga music? In my humble opinion, ‘one’ does not. Yoga music is any music you want to practice to. At home, you have every option. If you love Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and have even been known to rock it out to Led Zepplin, super duper, crank it up. If it gets you on your mat and helps you harmonize your breath, then it’s most def yoga music. When sequencing music for a yoga class, it’s a little more important to consider the tastes of many. I’ve threatened to teach a class entirely to a Beastie Boys soundtrack, but as of yet, it’s just a threat. Choose the music you love that’s conducive to movement without being distracting. The music has to arch just as a class does. If you begin your classes with gentle poses and you’re moving slowly, the music needs to reflect this, obvi. When you’re working towards a more dynamic phase, it’s helpful if the music is a bit more upbeat with a faster tempo. Creating yoga music playlists is an art form enjoyed by many But that doesn’t mean it’s simple. I always wind up putting a clunker on the first […]

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Why Vinyasa Yoga is the One for Me

I tried Bikram yoga first. I liked how I felt after, but hated every second of it during the practice. I knew that exploring other styles was an imperative part of my investigation into the overwhelming world of yoga. Next was Ashtanga yoga. I gave it a go, really tried to fall in love. I fell in like, but we were not meant to be life partners. And then, I walked into my first vinyasa yoga class. Oh my. Vinyasa yoga is my true love Every single thing about vinyasa yoga spoke seductive, loving truths. I had a seasoned, dynamic, and creative teacher. That really helps, obviously. She wove a technicolor tapestry of flows that seamlessly connected. Feeling that sense of yoga being a dance with intelligent sequencing and enchanting music that made my breath feel as if it were singing along. The excitement I felt floating out of that class was a thrill I still carry to this day. And I know it will never go away. Because the lure of variety beckons, I’ll stray from vinyasa yoga, but I always come back Shiny and new is enticing. Watching an advanced Ashtanga practitioner will take your breath away. When seemingly impossible feats […]

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All The Reasons Yogi Surprise Helps You Achieve the Practice You Really Need

Yogi Surprise exists to propel your practice It’s our singular dharma. All of us here at Yogi Surprise are deeply passionate about assisting you in enjoying the practice you want, need, and crave to discover on a daily basis. And because our practice does change, we need various things to keep us focused and motivated. We’re different every single day. Actually, if we want to get truly real, every single minute we are shifting. So our practice must reflect this and each carefully curated item included in a yogi surprise box is aimed towards not just improving your practice experience but enabling you to understand yourself, your goals, and what motivates you to both achieve and just simply be. Yogi surprise is your toolbox We all need one. Do you remember the first time you ever learned about the yamas and niyamas? I recall vividly thinking, “Where have these simple yet so inherently necessary concepts for living been all of my life?” It changed me. Effective and strong tools do that. Does a crystal have that kind of intrinsic power? It does if it provokes and steers you in the direction of positive thinking and growth. Variety is everything and discovery […]

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Why Restorative Yoga is The Practice We All Need the Most

Let’s break down what restorative yoga really means Restoration means “the act of returning something to a former and improved condition”.  It’s what each of us needs to be in full command of our lives and selves. When our sense of contentment and well-being are feeling off-kilter, it’s time to address what we’ve been ignoring. Restorative yoga is a highly effective way to do this. In a restorative yoga class, there are lots of bolsters, blankets, eye pillows, sandbags, and other props that help each of us to receive an assist as we approach each posture with ease and a gentle intention. Typically postures are held for several minutes so the practitioner can fully receive the benefits and dive deep into a relaxed state. Postures include hip openers, shoulder and hamstring stretches and gentle releases for the spine and shoulders. We are a culture that is highly focused on achievement. For many of us being busy brings us a sense of productivity. But y’all, it’s a false belief. We absolutely have to slow down. When we ignore all of the obvious signs we need rest, relaxation, and to do basically nothing, we pay the price. We get ill. We get […]

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Prenatal Yoga and Continuing Your Regular Practice While Pregnant

Practice prenatal yoga and keep up your regular practice too with modifications Yoga is incredible for healing and nurturing ourselves.  By practicing, we create the most hospitable body for our breath to move and flourish. Never is there a more important time to prioritize this than during pregnancy. Practicing prenatal yoga can potentially be one of the best things you do during your pregnancy to keep your body supple, healthy, energetic, and prepared to grow a human being. Prenatal yoga is a specifically designed practice for pregnant women to both facilitate deep breathing and moving in ways conducive to a growing baby. There are plenty of yoga poses that eventually just won’t feel good and won’t be a real super idea. More on that below. Whether you’ve been practicing for years or just starting a practice because you’re pregnant and everyone is telling you to do prenatal yoga, gather your facts so you can make informed decisions. Before starting any type of exercise or movement program, including prenatal yoga, check with your OB to make sure it’s okay If you get the green light, there are a few crucial things to be aware of while continuing your practice or beginning prenatal […]

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Does Tantra Yoga Promote a Healthy Sex Life?

Tantra yoga: does it really have anything to do with sex? I’d heard of tantric sex before, but never tantra yoga. It confused me because tantric sex has become a relatively known thing. Still knowing very little about it other than apparently the musician Sting digs it, I knew it had some kind of connection to breath work. But I couldn’t conceptualize the connection to what kind of yoga practice it is. So I investigated… Tantra yoga doesn’t have a direct relationship to sexuality The definition of tantra means to be woven, entwined, and to feel true freedom. This practice stems from Vedic texts that encompass every aspect of yoga to experience the truest reality of oneness and to create a bridge to unite our feminine and masculine sides. That connection between Shiva and Shakti (the masculine and feminine deities associated with tantra yoga) may be where there is a thread linking sexual connection to the practice of tantra. The physical practice often utilizes partner poses. Regardless of gender, tantra yoga addresses the feminine and masculine sides of each of us and how to strengthen the support and connection they offer one another. More about Shakti and Shiva Shiva, both […]

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3 Big Benefits of Yoga Poses for 2 and 2 Partner Postures That Don’t Require Acrobatics

Yoga poses for 2 could be the strategy you’ve been missing If you’re already an avid yoga-lover and really wanting and wishing that your partner would get more involved, then practicing yoga poses for two people may just be the very thing that makes it happen. It’s not uncommon for one partner to love yoga and the other to feel resistant. The one who already knows just how powerful the practice is and all of the vast benefits it offers is typically really hopeful they can change the mind of the other. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But if you’ve never tried the strategy of yoga poses for 2, here are some truly sound arguments in support of practicing together that could nudge your resistant significant other or friend in the direction you’ve been trying to guide them. Partner yoga is a terrific way to introduce the practice to someone you love We have many partners in this world. This is a fun, supportive practice that lightens things up and keeps it interesting. Grab a lover, friend, or yoga buddy to experience some truly impactful benefits that yoga for 2 offers. 3 Benefits of yoga poses for 2: Learning that […]

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3 Important Life Epiphanies You’ll Have During a Vipassana (Silent Retreat)

Even if you’re a quiet person, (which I’m absolutely not) it’s no small feat to spend a few days not speaking. The value of unplugging and getting quiet is vast and really difficult to explain until you’ve gone through it. Vipassana lessons abound and don’t all unfold in front of you at once. It’s an unraveling effect and it will undoubtedly change you. Whether it sounds like heaven or an impossibility, there are deep healing reasons each of us should consider taking a silent retreat and possibly doing this on a semi-regular basis. Meditation first If meditation eludes you, begin there. Start by meditating daily. It allows you the time to get quiet and go inside. Silence is something many of us have to practice to embrace. Once it doesn’t feel so foreign, we can be more open to the gifts and lessons offered. Vipassana, or “to see things as they truly are” is the Sanskrit term for a 10-day silent retreat. If discovering and unearthing your truths is something you know you want and need to do in this life, it’s one of the many silent retreat lessons you’ll receive. There is no talking and no external entertainment allowed […]

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Fun 7 Chakras Guide

The first time I heard the term ‘chakras’ I was mostly concerned with how to pronounce it I was new to yoga and taking a class where the teacher was discussing the chakras meaning. She zeroed in on the root chakra, Muladhara, and explained this was where everyone needed to begin. Without stabilizing and balancing this first chakra, she clarified, a secure and sound foundation could not be laid. This terrified me. I was certain my root chakra was a mess and I was doomed to have a low-functioning chakra system. I’d never become enlightened or experience less suffering. So I started to do some research. A lot of research, actually. Question everything and know that everyone has a slightly different interpretation of the chakras meaning and how the system works. And our various chakras shift in balance constantly because our lives do. We are always evolving and growing. We change our minds, hearts, and beliefs. The main thing is to consistently be in the role of learner and remain endlessly curious. Sure, balance is a damn fine endeavor. But when life creates a tsunami, your system just may experience a bit of turbulence. Studying the chakras gives us an emotional framework […]

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