Take A Mindful Breath This Holiday Season

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How many times have we made up our minds that this holiday season “we are going to be good”. We begin to plot and plan and make up a thousand different scenarios in our minds about what we will and what we won’t allow ourselves to eat, only to find ourselves abandoning our best plans […]

In Defense Of Highly Sensitive People

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There’s a myth that being sensitive is being weak. The beauty of myths is that the truth is usually the opposite of that which we assume to be real. In the case of the highly sensitive person, this holds true. I was born a highly sensitive person and am far from weak; my life path […]

Does it Ever Pay to be Angry?

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We rarely enjoy getting angry, it’s like drinking poison or being stuck in glue, it can arise out of nowhere and often out-stays its welcome. Anger can make enemies out of friends or family, and depression is often its bedfellow. Our physical body gets tight, breath shortens, while mind and emotions get twisted. Anger is […]

Asana Addict Corner – Half Couch Pose (Ardha Sayanasana)

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Couch pose. Ha. Those ancient yogis sure did have a sense of humor. Instead of naming whatever position most closely resembled a body comfortably sprawled out on squishy-soft pillows munching on popcorn “Couch pose,” they instead bestowed the “Couch” title to the pose where you balance upside-down on both elbows only. But embracing that little […]

33 Reminders of How to Be a More Mindful Person

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Next week, I’ll celebrate my 33rd birthday. It’s true what the old folks say… life just keeps getting better all the time. I find myself getting wiser, more self-aware, calmer, and more balanced as the moments, days and years pile up. Not to be a Pollyanna, but I do believe, as the Zen saying goes—every […]

EXPOSURE 2013: Women’s Skateboarding Sponsorship

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I need your help to raise funds & awareness for my event! EXPOSURE is a benefit event that not only provides a much-needed avenue for pro and amateur female skateboarders to excel but this year has partnered with The Community Resource Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3),that raises money for victims of domestic violence. We encourage girls […]

Asana Addict – Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

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I’ve yet to do it, but I often feel like I could spend an entire hour in Ragdoll, a variation of Uttanasana. Other than in the partner-based practice of AcroYoga, I have never found an experience in my asana practice that gifts me with as much sweet-deep-down-sigh-and-relax feeling as this pose. As I trust my […]

Asana Addict Corner – Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana)

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Birds undoubtedly capture human fascination for their remarkable gift of flight. In hopes of feeling the freedom of flying for ourselves, our human race has gotten pretty inventive in different ways to toy with gravity. From skydiving to bungee jumping to hang gliding, there are a some blissful floating moments to be found, but they […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Beating Boredom

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“I’m bored.” I’m sure we’ve all hear and said that phrase a couple thousand times in our lives. Yet what is boredom? We seem to blame boredom on a lot of things: the reason we snack so much, the reason we hate our jobs and even rowdy teenagers use it when being prosecuted for petty crimes. But […]

Asana Addict Corner – One Legged Upward Facing Bow

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You know that fun feeling of sticking a candle into the frosting on a birthday cake? After the love, thought, and effort put into baking or buying the cake, the candle on top is like an extra dose of celebration. After the love and effort put into building your solid Urdvha Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow/Wheel) […]