Top 12 Inspirational Podcasts for Yogis

Top 12 Inspirational Podcasts for Yogis

I know a lot of us walked into this quarantine thinking how wonderful it was going to be to have all the time to do all the things we’ve been putting off. I was one of them. 

But the reality has been so different for many of us.

I thought this month would be a great time to share inspiration and hope alongside lessons and necessary transformations, so I decided to dig in and share my favorite inspirational podcasts about yoga, meditation, and spiritual growth.

The following are (in my opinion) the best yoga-based podcasts for students, teachers, and business owners this year:

 

Practice You  with Elena Brower

“On the PY Podcast, expect raw, real inquiries into relationship, lifestyle, healing, education, spirit, service, ancient practice, and modern wisdom. Expect explorations that uplift our understandings, stories to support our strengths, and lessons in compassion to amplify our love.”

Episode Length – Usually about 45 min

Episode to listen to right now – Episode 57 Biet Simkin “On choosing conscious shocks, conscious suffering and crystallizing your commitment to daily bliss.”

Why I love it: honest explorations, and real, raw conversations.

Highest self podcast by Sahara Rose

In this podcast, Sahara Rose shares how you can tune into your unique gifts, find your purpose, live in your Dharma and blossom into your highest self. From understanding your mission on this planet to sharing it with the world, this podcast is the spiritual friend you wish you had, who lifts you up and gets you on all levels.”

Average Episode Length – 30-76 min

Episode to Listen to Now: Ep 303 “Why Your Desires Are Sacred with Dr. Saida Desilets

Why I love it: It’s ancient wisdom in a modern package, full of fun, feminine beauty and goddess embodiment.

Yoga Teacher Resource   by Mado Hesselink

“Information, support, and inspiration for yoga teachers on topics including the business of yoga, teaching skills, philosophy, ethical and legal considerations, and more.”

Average Episode Length – 45 min – 1 hr

Episode to Listen to Now: “7 Tips for Building Credibility Online”

Why I love it: It has THE best, up-to-date business tips for yoga teachers

 

Blissful Biz with Susanne Rieker 

“Digital strategist, website designer and yoga teacher Susanne Rieker and guest experts answer ALL of these questions weekly and help you build a thriving online business that truly aligns with your passions and values. 

Each week she brings you the productivity tips, online course launch strategies, social media hacks and mindset shifts that will help you create your dream business.”

Average Episode Length: 15-25 min 

Episode to Listen to Now: “Money & Marketing Mindset for Yoga Business Owners with Amanda McKinney”

Episode with myself as a guest on this podcast: How to build a successful yoga retreat business

Why I love it: Susanne is honest, knowledgeable, and transparent with what works-and doesn’t in the business of yoga.

The Connected Yoga Teacher with Shannon Crow

“The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast is a place where yoga teachers can tune in each week to learn, connect with community and gain inspiration. 

This podcast addresses the questions and challenges that yoga teachers face. Hear interviews with yoga teachers and other professionals on a variety of topics.”

Average Episode Length: 45 min – 1 hr

Episode to Listen to Now: “How to Connect (aka Network) with Natalie Eckdahl”

Why I love it: Great topics about things that get really challenging on the business side, like social media, using video, and deepening your practice. 

Radically Loved  by Rosie Acosta 

“In a world where we are bombarded with information and overwhelming stress, we have forgotten what it’s like to truly connect to ourselves. Radically Loved discusses different ways of achieving the mind/body/spirit connection, navigating through life’s challenges and finding the support you need to achieve your highest potential and live a radically loved life. Topics include yoga, holistic health, life coaching, spirituality, meditation, mindful living.

Average Episode Length: 35 min – 1 hr

Episode to Listen to Now:  Awaken Your spiritual Ninja during quarantine with Janelle Christa

Why I love it: Real, raw topics, amazing guests, and she taps into a feminine wisdom in such a beautiful way.

Yoga Healer with Cate Stillman

“This podcast for yogis, yoga teachers and wellness professionals provides cutting edge practical living and business wisdom for vibrant health combining ayurvedic philosophy, raw foods, wild edible plants, conscious business practices and practical tools for optimizing your healthcare and business for you and your modern yoga family.” 

Average Episode Length: 30-45 min 

Episode to Listen to Now: How to Heal your Ancestral Patterns with Ayurveda with Sarita Rocco  

Why I love it: I love the vibrant array of juicy topics! I could close my eyes and click on any one of them, listen the whole way through, and learn so much.

Yoga Talks by J Brown Yoga

“Leading the way in the Slow Yoga Revolution, advocating for more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practices, J interviews guests from old-school yoga teachers to other yoga revolutionists about philosophy and the business of yoga.

Average Episode Length: 1.5 – 2hr

Episode to Listen to Now: “Tantra of Unbreakable Wholeness” with  Todd Norian

Why I love it: This podcast is perfect for long days in rainy season here, when you have time but you don’t want to watch a movie. I love how intentional it is.

Tara Brach Podcast

“The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.” LR Knost

“Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.”

Average Episode Length: 45 min – 1hr with shorter meditations as well

Episode to Listen to Now: “Your Awake Heart Is Calling You”

Why I love it: I could listen to Tara speak for hours. Her stories are so vivid, engaging, deeply moving, and I even get a few laughs in there too.

On Being with Krista Tippet

“Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.”

Average Episode Length: 45-50 min, also includes longer unedited copies of each episode

Episode to Listen to Now:Navigating Loss without Closure” with Pauline Boss

Why I love it: Her easy to listen to voice and natural interview skills make this podcast a relaxing but engaging listen.

The Soul Sessions with Kori Hahn

“Kori is a yoga and meditation teacher, writer and world traveler who is passionate about discussing all things soulful. This podcast supports, encourages and inspires living less from the mind and more from the heart and soul. This podcast is perfect for all soul-seekers, spiritually curious, and those wanting more happiness, calm and peace in their lives.”

Average Episode Length: 45 min – 1 hr

Episode to Listen to Now: “Feeling into Worthiness”

Why I love it: I love Kori’s spiritual perspective and deep soothing voice. 

Conversations from the Heart with YogaGirl Rachel Brathen

“Rachel offers an even more intimate look into her life and the inspiring journey. Weekly episodes of storytelling and talks from Rachel (sometimes alongside special guests!) dive into topics such as love, trust, finding balance, overcoming adversity and of course, yoga and well-being.”

Average Episode Length – 50-75 min

Episode to Listen to Now: Diversifying The Wellness Industry with Nicole Cardoza

Why I love it: Rachel is known for her loud opinions, personality, and deep connection with her followers. Every bit of who she is oozes out of the podcast, so fun to listen to.

Bonus podcast! YogaGirl Daily

“In this series, Rachel Brathen, New York Times Bestselling author, serial entrepreneur and international yoga teacher, is offering nuggets of wisdom, guidance and clarity every day of the week. From Make it Happen Monday, to Feel-Good Friday, each episode offers self care tips, guided meditations, heartfelt advice and a moment to ground into your body, lead with purpose, set intentions and take action in your day-to-day life.”

Average Episode Length: 5 min

Episode to Listen to Now: “This Week I Will Begin Each Day in a Mindful Way”

Why I love it: 5 minutes of supercharged messages and reminders that I can make time for every day

 

I hope you find lots of inspiration in this list, please share your favorite episodes in the comments below! And is something you like not on the list yet? Just leave me a comment and I’m happy to add it to this list!

Looking for more inspiration? Sign up below for my newsletter to receive tips and inspiration in your inbox, or join my free & private facebook group SPARK YOUR LIFE for a community of like minded people, where we discuss and share about yoga and lifestyle.

I look forward to connecting with you,

Love

Dagmar 

 

How To Find New Strength Using Your Bandhas, The Energetic Locks In The Body

How To Find New Strength Using Your Bandhas, The Energetic Locks In The Body

 

yoga bandhas

Are you struggling with arm balances?  You’re not alone, for many years I’ve struggled with crow pose and other arm balances, because I always tried to use my arm strength instead of inner body strength. 

When I learned how to use the Bandhas I felt a big shift in my practice and I’m so happy to share it with you. 

The Bandhas are the 3 energetic locks in the body. Yogis have studied for many years to figured out how we can best harness, maintain and optimize our internal energy. Understanding how to activate and use these locks will get you into balancing poses with more lightness and stability at the same time. 

You can activate the Bandhas through muscular contraction of specific body parts, which serves to ‘block’ or seal off the part of the body. When this ‘lock’ is then released, it results in a strong energy flow throughout the body, which will strengthen, renew and rejuvenate the organs, circulatory system and your mental health.

Let’s take a look at the 3 Bandhas:

1. Mula Bandha – The Root lock: 

This bandha tones your pelvic floor muscles and increases your strength and blood flow to these areas, which can also enhance your sex life! It feels like you’re contracting the pelvic floor muscles as if you want to control your urine flow. It is similar to Kegel exercises and will give you a lot of strength as you do more advanced balancing poses. 

Here’s how you can learn to engage Mula Bandha:

Sit crosslegged on the floor and imagine you have a marble underneath your perineum (the area between your genitals and anus). Inhale deeply and as you exhale imagine picking up the marble and lifting it internally up towards your navel. As you inhale slowly imagine placing it back down to the floor. Continue contracting  and lifting up on the exhale and releasing on the inhale. It’s very subtle and requires some consistent practice, but very soon you’ll feel the power of the Bandha. Practice the Bandha also in poses like downward facing dog, where it’s easier to feel the sensation without balancing in a challenging pose. 

2. Uddiyana Bandha – The Core lock: 

You might hear your yoga teacher talk about lifting the belly in and up, or drawing the navel towards the spine. This is basically how you activate the core lock. Now when you are in challenging poses imagine pulling up your root lock and drawing the navel back to meet the root lock, and you’ll have a wonderful strengthening sensation. Make sure you’re also breathing and softening the areas around the locks, so you are not being too tight and rigid.

3. Jalandhara Bhanda – The Throat lock: 

This lock will tone and strengthen your neck muscles and is automatically active in any poses where you’re lifting your chest/sternum towards the chin, like in bridge pose or shoulderstand. It’s also a great lock used in pranayama to retain and control breath flow.  It’s not so much used for balancing poses, so we’re focusing today on the root and core lock during our arm balance practice, so you can feel a big shift there.

 

Ready to practice? In this recent replay from my Zoom class in May 2020 you’ll get a chance to practice with the Bandhas for arm balances, please check it out and let me know how it goes and if my tips were helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the practice!

Jungle love,

Dagmar

Live Yoga Classes with Dagmar via Zoom

Live Yoga Classes with Dagmar via Zoom

UPDATED July 30th, 2020

How are you? As I’m writing this post we are 4 months into #stayinghome in Costa Rica. All tourists have left the country in March and the whole world is turned upside down. I’m feeling pretty calm and optimistic most of the time, but like you I sure have my challenges. I think we’re facing a great global opportunity right now to shift old habits and create a better life for all of us. Yet change is never easy nor comfortable, we all know this.

I hope you’re finding ways to nurture yourself during these challenging times. What I’ve been finding really helpful and inspiring is to connect with so many people regularly online. I watch less news and rather choose carefully who I’m listening to these days. I’ve downloaded some great new books to study, I’ve been practicing with yoga teacher friends online and see this as an opportunity to dive deeper into my practices.

Uncertainty, and not being able to control what’s going on, seem to be the biggest challenges for all of us. What is important is that you’re kind to yourself, allowing to feel all the emotions and thoughts running through your system, and remembering your tools to ground and calm your self.

I’m happy to continue offering you live yoga classes online. I’m on Zoom and excited to meet you there, and you will leave uplifted, grounded and inspired.

​Currently I offer live classes via Zoom three times per week, stay tuned for updates by signing up for my newsletter. 

Tuesdays at 10am New York / 3pm London / 4pm Berlin Vinyasa

Thursdays at 2pm New York / 7pm London / 8pm Berlin Yin 

Sundays at 12pm New York / 5pm London / 6pm Berlin  Vinyasa

Please use the following link to sign up from your computer or phone:

https://dagmarsprembergonzoom.as.me/

Zoom has increased their security, so make sure you’ll sign in early enough via your email or facebook account, and have the password ready. Sometimes it takes a few times until you get in, thank you for your patience.

As a full time yoga instructor these classes are my main source of income. I like working with a clear energy exchange, and kindly ask you from now on to sign up for my online classes. To honor your commitment you’ll be able to choose between single classes or discounted packages that best suit your needs.

If you need a different way to pay, or if you cannot pay the asked fee, please send me an email and we can work something out. No one will be denied access to my practices.

If you cannot make it to the live online class you can now sign up for 50$/month to watch unlimited replays in a new & exclusive Facebook group only for this purpose.  Replays will be posted directly after livestream ends and each practice will remain for about 4 days, so you can enjoy it at your own pace. Payments can be made via PayPal to dagmarspremberg@gmail.com and once I receive your payment I will automatically add you to the group. If you don’t have facebook you can also request to receive the replay via email.

Further you can enjoy a big variety of new & free classes on my YouTube channel (Vinyasa & Yin Yoga).

Do you like to play music during yoga? I have great yoga playlists on Spotify  if you like to play music while practicing with me.

​Super excited to share and connect in this new way,

I hope to see you on Zoom, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or check the Q&A below.

With love,

Dagmar

Q&A livestream classes and replays:
If you sign up for a live class there is no replay, if you cannot attend the class live you can either reschedule it before class or you’ll loose it. 
Note: There is a package of 10 classes plus unlimited replays for 1 month, in case you like to try both and don’t want to miss any class.
If you prefer only the replays you can sign up for the monthly unlimited option of 50$ and then you’ll be added to the exclusive facebook group where all replays are posted after class (each for about 4 days).
For the replay option please request membership for the facebook group here:
and I will happily add you to the group.
Hope this explains it well, I’m glad you are enjoying my classes 🙏🏻😊

On The Other Side Of Fear : Nina – A Story Of Transformation

On The Other Side Of Fear : Nina - A Story Of Transformation

How I Turned My Life Around In Just One Year 

written by Nina H. and posted with her kind permission to share

At the moment I am looking at myself and my life with deep gratitude. I am at a place where I feel empowered to do what ever I desire in life, and see new opportunities and possibilities in the horizon. I am now aligned with my highest truth and my soul’s purpose. This makes me feel joyful and abundant, even if by some standards I have not yet met my goals. I am, however, confident that I will continue to conquer every obstacle on my path and ultimately live fulfilling my true potential, enjoying a new kind of emotional and financial freedom.

This was not the case before. Just a year ago I was really stressed out with my day job and felt stuck in my life. The physical symptoms included arythmia, insomnia, indigestion and panic attacks. My entire nervous system was on fire, and I could not relax no matter what. I was diagnosed with a severe burnout in October 2018. Even after the diagnose I was still trying to keep it all together, trying to continue as before. I was still very much ego driven and resisted letting go of control. The first two months I was still in the ”fight or flight” mode, trying to convince myself and my doctor that I could go back to work and continue like I just had a bad case of flu or something. She then decided to continue my sick leave, at which point I collapsed completely and had a total mental breakdown. My recovery begun only after when I finally let go of control, stopped resisting and surrendered to the fact that I was in fact totally burnt out. 

Those weeks were full of shame and self loath. I could not believe what had happened, but at the same time deep inside I felt a huge relief. I allowed myself finally to just let go completely.

There was a lot of fear, and a feeling of being totally lost with myself… I wanted to be somebody else, somewhere else.

I did not know who I was, if I wasn’t doing the things I was supposed to do. I did not know what I wanted to feel either.

In my mind, burnout is the inevitable result of living a life that is not aligned with your deepest desires and your soul’s purpose. The society, however, is designed to manipulate people to serve other purposes, and not find your own. No wonder more and more people burn out in this system.

It was during Christmas time last year, that I discovered Dagmar’s facebook group and her Cultivating Intuition online yoga retreat. I decided to join the 5 week online mentorship with her. Dagmar’s warmth and presence helped me to get centered again. Her meditations and yoga practices gave me the routine and structure, that I so much needed in my life.  Even being an energy healer and a yoga teacher myself, in my darkest moments I had totally lost all my interest in practicing yoga. Her support along with the other women in the group was so heart warming and genuine.

As the weeks passed I felt I had found something valuable – a way back to being my authentic self, a way to connect again with my body and soul.

I was able to finally feel the stress starting to melt away from my system. For the first time, I took full responsibility for my own healing and my entire life.

I made plans to leave my job in early education, and started studying integrative health coaching. The future looked bright and I was ready to discover my purpose in life.

Unfortunately the trials in my life were not completely over yet. In late January my partner was diagnosed with cancer. This was again something big I had to deal with. Dagmar and the group supported me and held the space for me to feel the feelings and stay centered. Soon after the cancer diagnose, my partner got caught up in a brutal car accident. He survived but was severely injured. After many difficult operations and several months in the hospital, he slowly returned back home and is learning now to walk again. The cancer still remains.

During these trials I also discovered I was not able to support myself financially anymore, as I was not yet able to work fulltime.  I needed to let my apartment go and find another home for me and my children. The tools that I had received from Dagmar helped me to stay calm and composed during that stressful time. At this point I knew that resisting the situation only make it worse. Instead I surrendered again, and allowed myself to feel all the feelings and emotions, again letting go of all control. From that energetic place, I effortlessly manifested a new home in just 48 hours. It felt like a miracle at that point.

So within 3 months time I had given up my health, my job, my relationship and finally my home. All the things that gave me security and comfort. All the things I had taken for granted in my life. I was faced with a situation that I had no regular income, my body was slowly recovering from burnout, I was not able to lean on my partner for anything, and I had to pack up my home and move to a new home. This was a lot to deal with. By the beginning of this summer, I had only myself to trust and turn to, as everything else was stripped away from me. 

Today I am a new version of myself. I can honestly say, that the breakdown was my breakthrough.

It was because of the breakdown, that I had to let go of my ego and start living a life that was more authentic, more aligned with my highest purpose.

I don’t know if I had been able to bounce back and find my strength again, if it wasn’t for the support I received from Dagmar and some other coaches and mentors along the way. It is necessary to do the deep inner work alone, but you must allow other people to support you in the process. 

There are always the people who are ahead of you, guiding you and holding space for you to heal. This is one of the lessons that I learned. We are all in this together. When you show up for yourself, the universe provides for you. The answers are already inside you, and you have the power within yourself to overcome anything. Healing begins when you stop resisting your situation and accept where you are. It is a long and bumpy road, but nothing feels as good as being in my own skin these days. 

Today I am so grateful for how everything turned out for me. I have left my dayjob, and started as a fulltime entrepreneur in the beginning of August 2019. I have graduated from the Health Coach Academy in December and have clients signed up for my 90 day transformational coaching program. I incorporate yoga and energy healing in my coaching programs for women, who wish to take full responsibility for their wellbeing and change their lives for a more authentic and fulfilling one. Nothing feels more rewarding to me than helping other women to rise, helping them shine instead of playing it small.

Please feel free to contact me, if you would like to talk about your current challenges. You can book a free 60 min online coaching session with me at nina.haddadin@gmail.com or contact me by direct message in Instagram or Facebook. 

Everything you desire is waiting for you on the other side of fear.

Nina

Does Real Friendship exist today?

Does Real Friendship exist today?

I live in the small beach town of Montezuma in Costa Rica and real friendship is sacred to me. In the last 18 years of my life here I’ve seen many tourists and expats come and leave. It’s always been a very transient place, but what I’ve also noticed is a big change in the way friendships happen here.

When I arrived in 2001 from New York this was the place, where it felt like we all had plenty of time. Life was slow, which was such a welcomed change from my hectic life back in NYC. My boyfriend at the time ran a hotel, there was only dial up internet and a fax machine, no cellphones and few landlines in town. When I started Montezuma Yoga I would spend about an hour every day on the super slow, patience requiring internet, to deal with yoga inquiries and answer my emails. I would take time once in a while to have a good long phone call with my friends back home.

No worries, this is not turning into a “back-in-the-days-everything-was-better” post, but when I look back at the quality of life and how it has shifted in just 18 years, it feels crazy to me.

By midday my boyfriend and I would go home to his house up the hill, where we had no internet and no phone. We would spend hours listening to music, talking, watching the stars, making love and just BEING. Friends would come visit for dinner, we would throw great full moon parties, where we danced all night. Life felt very peaceful and rich.

Nowadays it takes a lot of effort to see my friends here. There’s very little room for spontaneous dinners or let’s go to the beach. How did we all become so damn busy? We all created our dream lives here, we started dream businesses, build dream houses and wanted to be in nature. If I want to see my friends now, we need to make a date at least one week ahead. Or I need to go eat at their restaurant to see them while they are working. 

With my friends overseas it’s not much different. With social media you somehow feel like you know what’s going on in their lives. You see posts with glamorous pictures and once in a while even a post where somebody is really sharing a bit more than superficial truth. But the real connection takes so much more effort, because we are all so lost in our busy lives. Do we work more hours than we used to do? Or do we just spend too much of our free time on the machine?

I am making a big effort these days to connect with my friends. Two of my closest girlfriends here moved away years ago, and we’ve been trying to set up weekly or bi-weekly zoom meetings to connect. We managed so far to do it once! Between work, taking care of kids, being in different time zones it seems really hard to make it happen. I know it’s not for lack of interest. We all long for connection.

With all the technology that makes it so much easier to connect worldwide than ever, how come we’ve lost the moment of real connection? 

Are you willing to make more effort to schedule time for your friends and real relationships? To be less online, scrolling through social media or watching netflix, and instead to really check in with your friends? 

The other day I talked to a friend in California, and while I wanted to make a video call, she said, please let’s have a good old fashion audio call. We ended up talking on the phone for 1.5 hours. It felt so good. We laughed, we inspired each other, we caught up on the last 2 years we didn’t see each other, drank tea as if we were sitting together…….There was something magical not to look at a screen and to just listen to her voice.

It’s my clear intention to spend more time with my friends. It has to become a non-negotiable, nothing that happens when all else is done and I have some space left. It has to be a priority like my yoga or meditation practice, like brushing my teeth, and I will schedule everything else around it. 

What do you think, does real friendship exist today? How do you care for your friendships near and far?

I truly would love to hear from you,

with love

Dagmar

How to Step Into Your Confidence

How to Step Into Your Confidence

How to Step Into Your Confidence

Many of us, especially women, are afraid to be confident in ourselves. Maybe we’ve been taught that it’s not an attractive quality for a woman to have, or maybe someone made us feel badly last time we acted confidently. Whatever the reason, we’ve dulled or hidden away our confidence. Even when we receive compliments for our amazingness (a good yoga class, a thoughtful social media interaction, a new hair style), it’s seductive to lean back into the habit of shame and deflect the confidence boost instead of embracing it. 

When we stop being confident in ourselves, we can lose sight of what makes us each special. More than that, we become afraid of what others may think of us. And that is a good way to deprive the world of special, amazing people and talents.  Read More

5 meditation myths – and the truth behind them

5 meditation myths - and the truth behind them

Did you ever try to meditate regularly and gave up again? When I started meditation I was rather confused, there are so many methods out there and it was hard to find one working for me. I even travelled to India and did a 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, which was the most challenging yet also a really blissful experience. I would sit up to 9 hours per day with my fellow meditators in silence. But when I came home from India pretty soon the discipline faded and it’s been quite a journey for me to finally create my own practice. What I learned is that we have to let go of some myths and concepts first before giving it a go.

There are many myths about meditation which keep people from even trying it. Here are some of the common reasons I hear and the truth behind them:

1. I can’t stop thinking

This is often the biggest obstacle for people and the truth is: Meditation is not about stopping your thoughts! Trying to stop thinking is like trying not to see with your eyes open. 

Don’t beat yourself up for any emotion or thought. Instead, allow them to rise, say ‘thanks, mind,’ and then dissolve them. We are cultivating acceptance when we meditate.

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3 simple, very effective ways to deal with negative feelings

3 simple, very effective ways to deal with negative feelings

If you are like me, you love yoga because it has given you a precious set of tools to deal with negative feelings.

It’s totally normal if emotions get tricky for you. More than ever we are bombarded with images of people having it all together, living life happily, being in perfect relationships, having stunning bodies and traveling to the most gorgeous places in the world. No wonder we feel like crap watching it when we are not in such a happy place this very moment. 

It’s also our nature that we want to control and fix everything instead of really feeling vulnerable and feeling pain.

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Are you an advanced Yogi?

Are you an advanced Yogi?

Being an Advanced Yogi – What Does That Actually Mean?

People often come to my class announcing they are a beginner or that they are advanced. It always amuses me, because what does that really mean? They often refer to the physical asana practice, I get that, but to me, I have my very own ideas about being a beginner or advanced yogi ;).

To me, yoga is not about bringing your foot behind your head. While that may impress some other people in your life, I don’t really care – I have met enough people who were able to do the most advanced and tough yoga poses yet were completely unconscious in their relationships – and even mean to other people in their life.

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Stay Grounded During the Holiday Season

Stay Grounded During the Holiday Season

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

The holidays can be challenging.

How to Thrive – Not Just Survive – This Holiday Season

You name it, the holidays can create stress around it: Money, family, politics, food, alcohol, love. We can cultivate the best of intentions going into the holiday season, but, sometimes, things just fall apart: Fights about whose family to go to (or not!), gift exchanges, current events, why you’re not eating that third piece of pie or imbibing along with everyone else.
Stressful situations abound, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Read on for some helpful tips that can help you stay grounded and practice patience with the people and circumstances that are challenging.

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