Signs Your Grounding Chakra Is Out Of Whack + What To Do About It

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I’m a huge advocate of yoga for so many reasons, but one reason is the grounding benefits from hitting the mat. If you’re familiar with the chakra system, chakra one forms our foundation. It’s our grounding chakra. Unfortunately, many of us have lost our footing; our heads are lost up in the clouds, causing our […]

Yoga: The Ancient Wisdom of Californians -The Future of Yoga…or Lack Thereof

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The Future of Yoga…or Lack Thereof. An Analogy. “Food has changed more in the last 50 years than in the prior 10,000.” ~ Michael Pollan Up until the 1940s or so, food was food—and had been food for, say, farrrrr longer than 5,000 years. We cultivated varieties of apples, etc.—so that they’d be delicious and […]

The Cause of Inflexibility

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Many people come to yoga to gain range of motion (ROM) and flexibility. Having an understanding of how your body gets stronger and flexible may create more compassion, patience and ease on your yoga journey. The human body is brilliant and can adapt to most anything. Therefore, challenging your body is essential for growth. By […]

The Power of Fellowship

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I was recently interviewed for a magazine article and was asked, “Why do you think yoga is becoming so popular in our culture?” This question had me in inquiry for awhile, even after my interview. When I put the physicality of yoga aside (because I could go on and on about the physiological benefits of […]

Stressed? Here’s A 5-Minute Fix

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Increasingly over the past couple of years, I’ve been having outbreaks of hives and itchy skin. I finally sat down with an allergist, who gave it to me straight. I am allergic to pineapples, apples, and — get this — anything that touches my skin. Anything that rubs, scratches or irritates my skin will create […]

Not For Men Only: Wounded Warrior Pose

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MEN are famous for ignoring aches and pains. It’s macho. Men get physical exams less often than women. They tend to remain silent if worried about their health. When hurt, their impulse is to shun doctors and rely on home remedies, like avoiding heavy lifting to ease backaches. Male athletes play through injuries. It’s all […]

9 Rules Every Yoga Teacher Should Follow ~ Rob Pollak

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Nine simple things that every yoga teacher can do to make class a little bit more awesome. Rule 1: Pay Attention to me! Most yoga teachers really like yoga and also happen to be very good at it. These traits, however, do not mean that I’m taking your class to watch you be awesome. If […]

Gotta Lotta Vata?

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As the cool chill of winter descends, do you find yourself more anxious, flighty, or forgetful than usual? It may be more than the holiday frenzy that’s got you feeling frantic—it could be that your vata dosha is out of balance. The most likely of the doshas to slip out of balance in any season, […]

This New Year: Practice Presence, Gratitude, And Compassion

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Embracing the New Year will likely be no different for me this year than last or the one before that. With one exception. I intend to improve upon my practice of mindfulness, gratitude and compassion.   In the past; resolutions, goal setting, promises and plans generally resulted in nothing more than dissolved resolutions, broken promises […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: My Favorite Yoga Poses

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Yoga is a great stress reliever. For me, it is a great way to take myself away from my computer and work and take a break and release some of that tension that builds up over the week. Today I will share with you some of my favorite yoga poses and why I love them. […]