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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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How to Get the Men In Your Life Interested in Yoga

You love yoga and you want your man to love yoga too I’m one of the lucky (very) few who has a male partner who loves yoga. LOVES. This really doesn’t happen all that often. As in pretty much never. And yes, my partner loved yoga way before he ever loved me. If you’re now thinking, “Well whoopty f*cking doo for you. My boyfriend won’t even sit on a yoga mat let alone come to a class with me.” I feel you. Previous partners weren’t game. And I’ve seen many women drag their husbands, boyfriends, roommates, brothers, and even their dads to class, believing so deeply that if they just try it, they’ll surely fall head over heels for yoga and probably sign up for teacher training on the spot. Only to look over at them wide-eyed and hopeful the second class ends to receive a shrug of a shoulder or roll of the eyes. Now, just what are you suppose to do? You know it would benefit him in a myriad of ways and if he just gave it a chance, he’d really fall in love with it. He’d get what you get. It would become his way of life. Approach […]

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3 Techniques to Permanently Shift Your Inner Dialogue

Real talk about self-talk: most of us are kinda cruel. Observe your thoughts about yourself even for 20 minutes. Write down the kind ones and the rude comments. Which list is longer? Those uncharitable thoughts hurt us more than we realize None of this is new information. We know this, but how many of us are actively doing something to change our inner dialogue? How long are we going to suffer through untrue assessments of ourselves and continue to allow the thoughts in our head to shape how we see ourselves? We need to decide enough is enough and take a stand. Choosing this as our practice right alongside asana. Hell, above asana. This has to stop and the time is now! Okay, cool, so everyone’s on board, yes? Now, how to do fix this internal bug once and for all? We need a strategy. We might need several. The only place to begin is at the beginning. Why are we addicted to thinking unkind thoughts? I decided to do a little research on this. Not internet research, but old school asking individual people what their beliefs are about this incredibly important issue. Some of the answers may resonate, and […]

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Utilizing Amethyst in a Guided Meditation for Contentment

Many of us love various crystals for their vast and intensive properties offering us anything from the attraction of money, healing, and protection to enlightenment, love, and creativity. We believe in their power and they’ve become an integral tool for our yoga and meditation practices. Amethyst is one of the most interesting and potent stones on earth. I remember being very envious of my sister growing up because she was lucky enough to have amethyst as her birthstone. The deep purple hue is dazzling and as a child, I associated it with royalty and beauty. It’s shine and magnetic energy are seductive in a way that makes it difficult to shift your eyes elsewhere. Beyond its beauty, amethyst holds space for something many of us consider intangible: contentment.    Amethyst shares its shade with our crown chakra, making it a conduit for the obtainment of enlightenment. And isn’t this the path to contentment? When I think of people I would describe as content, few of them are extremely wealthy, not monetarily. None of them are famous or super-models. Only one of them holds the title CEO or President. And when I think of their energy, it’s always purple. And I […]

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Three Practices to Help You Find and Keep Stillness

Does being still require an exquisite landscape to study and absorb? I really hope not because a mountain view or ocean scape are simply not always accessible. Stillness is a state of mind If we accept this to be true, we can maintain stillness in a crowd or while with our families. We can find it while engaged in a conversation or during our yoga practice. Stillness doesn’t mean we can’t be moving or interacting with others. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~ Deepak Chopra This sounds marvelous, Deepak, but how do we actually do this? Is stillness something we can practice? Thankfully the answer is a resounding yes. We can practice stillness just like we practice everything else. But it’s the willingness to cultivate it that might scare some of us. It doesn’t feel natural so therefore, we decide we can’t obtain it. But we absolutely can and the rewards are so worth it. The Rewards of Finding Stillness Happiness. Stillness helps us find calm. Our nervous system responds in a positive way. We move from a baseline of agitation to contentment and we spread this to others with our presence and […]

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Developing Rituals to Enhance Your Home Yoga Practice

Spend a few moments describing your personal yoga practice to yourself. Write it down if you’re game for that. Or do this exercise with a friend. What are the non-negotiables? Do you absolutely require a mat and bolster? Inside or outside? Do you bathe first? Is time of day important? Our personal practice gets to be all about us and the rituals we involve are what make it both special and consistent. A friend of mine practices every day at 6:24 a.m. This is the time she was born, so she practices at that time to remind herself that she is, every day, again reborn and the world of opportunity and exploration lay in adventurous wait for her. Rituals keep us grounded and connected. They shape our sense of self and honor our singular perspective on the world    Rituals can be actions you take or involve touchstones and symbols. I have a regular student who comes to class twenty minutes early so she can claim her spot and set up crystals at all four corners of her mat. One rose quartz to remind her to be loving. One green jade to help her focus and build mental strength. One citrine for […]

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It Feels So Good to Give

Don’t you love a win/win situation? I sure as hell do. I seek them out and aim for that mathematical equation to make up the majority of the circumstances in my life. Everything can’t be even. Sometimes you are simply the receiver. When it’s your turn to give, the only pay off might be that you feel good about what you’re doing and offering. And that’s most certainly no small thing. In fact, I believe it’s the entire point It feels incredible to give to others. The giver benefits as much if not more than the receiver  There is no shortage of ways to give. Giving is ubiquitous and everyone has something wonderful, helpful, and insightful to offer. It’s so cool that the way it works is the more we give, the happier we are. Win/win baby! When we feel a deficit in our lives, often the inclination is to feed the well. And it’s a great instinct. The distinction is in how we go about doing that. We inherently know we’ve made a great choice in the way giving makes us feel. If you feel good, super decision. If you feel uncomfortable, regretful, begrudging, insincere, or anything along those lines, the […]

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4 Signs You Seriously Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

How can we get out of our comfort zones, you ask? David Lee Roth, formerly of Van Halen, said it best: “Go ahead and jump, JUMP.” Ah Dave, if only it was just that easy. Sure thing, just jump in, go for it, take a chance. Sounds sublime, but stepping out of our comfort zones really isn’t so easy for most of us. Um, they’re called comfort zones because that’s what they offer us and we dig that. We’ve heard it hundreds of times. Getting out of our comfort zones is scary, necessary, hard, exciting, and it’s the well-worn path to growth. We got it. We understand. We’ve even experienced it whether we tried to or not. Having to move for a job. Dealing with surprising health issues. A long-term relationship that ended abruptly. An exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that scared and thrilled us. And sometimes we make the conscious choice. Anything from going to a Muay Thai class to eating blowfish. We know it helps us and it makes life more exhilarating. But how, HOW do we not just make friends with getting out of our comfort zones on the regular, but genuinely embrace the action? How do we move past […]

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Not Cooling It: The Doshas, Featuring Fiery Pitta

Do you know much about the Doshas? If that word ‘Doshas’ doesn’t ring any bells, they are the three systems in our bodies that make up Ayurveda, “the science and knowledge of life.” Ayurvedic practitioners treat symptoms with nutritional and lifestyle changes versus medication. Take this quiz to learn more about the three Doshas: Pitta, Vata, and Kapha, and where your imbalance lives. Each of us possesses all three, and we all have a predominance in one, sometimes two, of the Doshas. The point is to know ourselves better. When we gain knowledge, we acquire tools that allow us to see things differently and, therefore, make alternate decisions based on this new information.  Once you learn where your predominance is, you might decide to not add hot sauce to everything or maybe you’ll commit to getting more than 6 hours of sleep each night. If you learn you’re predominantly Kapha, it may reinforce to you things you already knew about yourself while also alerting you to the pitfalls if the imbalance becomes too great. Kapha characteristics include warmth, nurturing, high energy but manifested in a slow, steady pace, laid-back nature, loving and affectionate, forgiving and non-judgemental. Damn, I wish I had more […]

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Celebrating Failure 

I love to fail. No, now c’mon, that’s not exactly accurate. But I do genuinely feel it’s merit and it’s not something I shy away from. What, exactly, is so profoundly scary about failing for you? We know that failure offers valuable information. There are memes galore about fear of failure and how it’s the number one thing that holds us back from greatness. So why do we try so hard not to fail and regard a specific version of success as the only acceptable outcome? If I try and fail, then…..what? The sun ceases to heat the earth? All the good you’ve ever done becomes undone? Is there not something so beautiful about just trying things out and not attaching to the outcome? When is the last time you did this? What happened? Are you glad you tried, even if it didn’t quite work out the way you might have envisioned or hoped for? A friend of mine bought a very popular boutique a few years ago. By most people’s definition, she was a big success. She tried her best. There were certain things she liked, but too many that she didn’t. And once she understood she probably shouldn’t be […]

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