Category: Informational

Lotus for the Throat Chakra; read more about balancing, meaning, meditation and mantra

Throat chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing, mantras and mudra

The Throat Chakra (or Vishuddha Chakra in Sanskrit) is located primarily in the neck, but also encompasses the shoulders, jaw, mouth, and thyroid.  It is the first of the more spiritual chakras, following the Heart Chakra.  The Heart Chakra is a mix between spiritual and physical chakras, with the definitively physical chakras below the heart chakra and […]

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Yoga Self Practice Weekly Plan for advancing your yoga self practce

Advancing your self yoga practice

If you already started your yoga self practice, great work!!  This post will provide you with some ideas on continuing to challenge yourself and working different parts of your body.  It’s easy to get into a rut, only practicing your favorite poses and the ones that are already familiar, and maybe even ones that are […]

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Ideas and inspiration for creating your own yoga and meditation space

Creating a Yoga and Meditation Space

One key to establishing a great home yoga practice is having a good place for it.  You need to create a spot that feels comfortable, personal and enjoyable.  It’s your practice and your space so it should feel like you and be representative of your yoga interests and needs.  However, there are a few things that every […]

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8 Limbs of Yoga: Pranayama, breath control: about and how to

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Pranayama: breathing

Pranayama is the 4th of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Pranayama means breath control or breath expansion.  Prana means life force or vital energy.  Yama means control or code of conduct.  Actually, pranayama is a combination of prana and ayama.  Ayama means expansion so pranayama is a way to expand your vital energy and vibrate […]

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Step by step instructions for how to make a yoga bolster, including standard dimensions. Also, some restorative poses to try with this yoga pillow

DIY Yoga Bolster: how to make a bolster

Yoga bolsters are great props, especially for restorative and yin poses.  They’re also nice to sit on for meditation.  If you don’t have a shop to buy one in your area or if you want one on the cheap, you can make a bolster on your own. You will need fabric one large piece 28″ by […]

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How to make a Mala: knotting and tassels

Malas: how to make a mala and how I was introduced to them

Intro: How I got into Malas (Living in Asia) I remember being at a mountain temple in Korea around Buddha’s birthday and they had a special celebration, including a station under the Boddhi trees where you could make your own mala.  We strung each bead with a wish– 108 prayers and hopes.  I loved it- a warm, quiet […]

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Malas: choosing one, activating it, and using your mala for meditation and manifestation

Malas: how to use, choose and activate your mala

Malas are a string of beads used for meditation.  They help with concentration by giving you something to focus on, but they also can have a more spiritual side.  They can help you to manifest some sort of wish or goal or help you find a new connection with a mantra, affirmation or even your […]

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Anahata Heart Chakra: balancing, meditations, mudras, mantras and more

Heart Chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing mantras and mudra

The Heart Chakra (or Anahata Chakra in Sanskrit) is located in the center of your chest, level with your physical heart.  It is the middle of the 7 chakras, with more physical chakras below and more spiritual chakras above.  It is associated with the color green and the element of air.  The heart chakra is […]

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Choose happiness; ideas, meditations and book recommendations for being happier moment to moment

Choosing Happiness as a Lifestyle

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about happiness and choices that we make; how these things affect our demeanor, our mood, our opinion of the world, the way we interact with others and the way that they see us, and perhaps most importantly, how we see ourselves.  I think many of us can benefit from […]

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7 Restorative Poses to relax and rejuvenate

Restorative Yoga: 7 Poses to Try

Restorative yoga is one of my new favorite ways to relax.  As your stretch, these poses help activate your nervous system.  It also increases your energy and helps release tension.  The organs also benefit from deep relaxation.  Restorative yoga can also help you find balance and focus as you release control and movement of your body and […]

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