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Get to Know Your Yoga Lingo

If you’re just starting out in the world of yoga, you’re most likely encountering certain words and phrases that are unfamiliar or completely foreign. Allow me to be the ambassador to your new world, and offer you a Yoga-to-English dictionary to help you better understand the yoga lingo. It’s helpful to understand that many of…

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3 steps to unlocking energy

Your outer environment, like your home or work space, is a direct reflection of the inner workings of your mind. And because there’s a mind connection that means there’s a yoga for it. I call it the Yoga of Decluttering, and this simple process can free up more energy for you. Yoga of Decluttering is…

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10 Places to Start Teaching Yoga

This, by far, is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients who are talking to me about starting teacher training or who are already in teacher training with me. Where can I go to teach yoga? How can I find a place or a space to teach yoga? And what I…

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5 Stages of Yoga Teacher Training

Congratulations! You’ve officially enrolled in yoga teacher training. You did your research, paid your tuition and bought your books. Woo-hoo! As you’re prepping for your first training class, I want to share the five emotional stages you’re likely to experience as you go through training. Stage 1 | Nervous Excitement Occurs pre-training and throughout first…

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10 Qualities of a Yoga Teacher

Have you ever been on a job interview where they asked you to list three qualities that make you the ideal candidate for the position? I HATED that question, and usually I pulled something random from my tush, depending on the job and person interviewing me. Thank goodness (and knock on wood) I don’t have…

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How to Practice Yoga Off the Mat

Practicing yoga ON the mat is a pretty easy feat to imagine. That’s the breathing, postures and relaxation you do when you unroll your mat in a class at a studio (or at home). But so often you hear the phrase in yoga circles about practicing yoga OFF the mat. Is this some new way…

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5 Yoga Teacher Fails

I’ve been around the yoga block. Several times. I’m not new to this game, and I try to diligently follow my path as its laid before me without getting overly worried about what others (teachers) are doing. When several articles popped up with variations around a central theme, I had an itch to throw in…

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4 Benefits of Children’s Yoga

By Purple Lotus Yoga Children’s Lead Trainer Michele Monaghan “Yoga has helped me to feel peaceful and be more patient with my little sister,” said one of my seven-year-old students when I asked her why she liked yoga. Having taught many young people over the years, I’ve heard countless stories similar to this that provide…

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Vinyasa & The Cycle of Life

*This weekend, my family and I will lay my 92-year-old grandmother to rest. I wrote this a little over five years ago when my other grandmother passed away. Still rings true.* One concept I teach in training is called vinyasa krama which means a logical sequencing, and it usually applies to designing yoga classes. Krishnamacharya…

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Become a Hippy Chick | 5 Poses for Your Hips

Oh the illustrious intention of “opening our hips.” If you’re active, your hips may “feel tight” because of overuse due to repeated motion or repeated contraction of the muscles. For those of you who sit for many hours a day, your hips may “feel tight” because the muscles are weak and shortened from under use….

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