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The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Part 1

The First Limb: Yama In the yoga philosophy, yogis are encouraged to walk the eightfold path. The eight limbs of yoga, as they are often referred to, act as guidelines for how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. These … Continue reading

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There’s Not Enough Time in the Day? Oh, Yes, There Is!

Generally speaking, we are all very busy people. It is the American way, especially if you live in a large, urban environment like Houston. We are constantly chanting, “go, go, go,” to ourselves as we move from one thing to … Continue reading

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The Value of Breathing

We all know that if we stopped breathing, we would stop living. We learn this truth early on in life. Have you ever asked yourself exactly why we breathe and the value of breathing? I started pondering this question when … Continue reading

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What Is Om?

Some yoga instructors lead students in chanting om at the beginning and/or end of class. Together as one unit, students and teacher alike take an inhale and then slowly exhale the sound of om as a chant. When done in this … Continue reading

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The Trick to Arm Balances

Yoga arm balances are an exciting part of an advanced practice. When you’re in an arm balance, there’s a feeling of freedom, flying, and intense concentration. I often find that when I’m in an arm balance, my mind is empty, … Continue reading

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Standing in Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

The pose tadasana is a standard part of any yoga flow. It typically comes before a vinyasa, the start of class, and throughout a standing sequence. When standing in tadasana, you are encouraged to develop a sensation that you are … Continue reading

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A New Year… A New Start

The month of January is usually about new beginnings, a new slate, a new door opened, new opportunities, and, in other words, a new you.  The overarching theme, or the underlying intention, is NEW. As I was thinking about the … Continue reading

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Hello 2014

First full week of December. This means that 2013 is coming to an end. The year 2014 is about to start. And once again, as we do every year, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and making plans … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is not an excuse

The holidays are here and that often means attending festivities, baking sweet treats, socializing with friends, and feeling overwhelmed. The traffic. The shopping rush. The too-many-things-to-do-and-not-enough-time mentality sets in. All of these things contribute to a lifestyle of eating too … Continue reading

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SMART Goals

Some days I feel really motivated to achieve and conquer. It is almost as if nothing can stop me from doing what I put my mind to. Those are the days I am most productive and attack the heavy and … Continue reading

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