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Yoga & Art in Costa Rica

KimMichelle is an incredibly talented and inspiring woman who is thriving in the jungle as a living yogi and artist. We are grateful to be able to share her insights and spirit as a talking story with the Yoga Trade community!  (Photos by Scott Martin Images) Tell us a little…

The Holistic Evolution of Business Culture

This article is being graciously shared with us by Living Yoga Ambassador, Lauren Lee. You can find more inspiration at the community project she founded, ‘Raise Your Beat’. Over the past 50 years throughout many Western cultures, social status (perceived success) was easily defined by material wealth. Whether it was…

Beyond the Mat

I recently became a RYT through Hollywood Market Yoga, a local studio in my town. This studio is magical, and serves as a second home for me. It provides a safe space where I can forget about my to-do list, forget about difficult times I am working through and just…

9 Living Yoga Practices

There are many ways we can practice yoga without being in a studio or on a mat. Bringing the philosophies and teachings of yoga into our everyday lives is really what it’s all about. Yoga is much more than a set of postures. It is a way of life. Living…

5 Tips for Capturing Stunning Yoga Portraits

This post was shared to us by Angelo Regalbuto of Foto Fratelli. Let’s face it, for yoga enthusiasts around the world, if there’s one thing we love as much as our poses, it’s striking poses! Whether it be on a beach, a mountain or a lake, capturing the essence of your…

Carry It With You

This article is shared by our friend, Briana Valorosi. The original posting can be found on her blog here: https://openheartadventure.wordpress.com/ With me, I will carry the energy of the hummingbirds the grace of the butterflies the flow of the ocean the cooling breeze the warmth of the sun the cold mountain…

Silence Speaks Volumes in Bali

After four months of traveling including the last three days at Bali Spirit Festival with thousands of yogis, I was in real need of some rest and rejuvenation. So when I heard about Bali Silent Retreat, it was a no brainer, I packed my things and booked to leave that…

A Yoga Trade Success Story

I was ready to leave my life of a stressed yoga instructor in Miami. Miami is a really fun city but does not fit my taste for narrow alleys, cute cafes, farmer’s markets and nature proximity. I was done being woken up in the middle of the night by trucks….

Karma Yoga in Practice

Oh the Floors I’ve Swept…Karma Yoga in Practice… “The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” – T.K.V. Desikachar Sometimes as modern day yogis we loose sight of what we’re…

Next Wave Banana Pancakes

We had been traveling south on the MX 1 through the Baja peninsula for about 2 weeks. Our mornings consisted of waking up with the first pink light of daybreak to poke our heads out of the RV and check the surf. Do those lines look bigger, more consistent than…

Lessons From the Jungle

This article is a repost by Laruen Lee, founder of RAISE YOUR BEAT. The original posting can be found HERE.  A REFLECTION ON NATURE, CULTURE, & BEING Arriving back into Mother India (after having spent a couple of years away) I have been instantly been brought back to ‘earth’. From…

Flow

As soon as she laid herself down on her mat, her soft, warm skin awoke by the coolness of the floor which pushed through her mat into her skin. You could nearly say; the mat was giving her a hard time because she hasn’t used it in quite a while….

Lessons from a Teacher & Student

  I’ve loved yoga since I was 13, when my dad let me borrow his yoga postures handbook from the 70’s. I fell more deeply in love with the practice over the past couple of years and when I came to the realization that I wanted to teach yoga, I…

Forever in Flux – Embracing the Groundlessness of Life

“As human beings we share a tendency to scramble for certainty whenever we realize that everything around us is in flux. In difficult times the stress of trying to find solid ground – something predictable and safe to stand on – seems to intensify. But in truth, the very nature…

How Hawaii Cracked Me Open

I’m writing this face down on a massage table while getting tattooed in Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii. I’m leaving Sunday afternoon to head back home to Philadelphia. I’ve been on the big island for almost three and a half months, staying at an eco resort on the…

Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice

    Since my first yoga class, a few years ago now, I have taken many classes, in a lot of different studios and in various parts of the world. I have had the pleasure to be taught by many teachers and, while some of those classes were challenging at…

Waves

Waves, Luminous waves Oh how I love you. The way you lift up the whole ocean and heal our souls. The way you teach us everything there is to know about life. Oceanic breath cleanse me. Oh dear waves remind me that I am more similar to you, than to…

Why Go on a Yoga Retreat?

Here is some reposted wisdom and inspiration for the modern yogi from our friend Insiya at YOGUE. You can find the original posting here: http://www.yogue.ca/why-go-on-a-yoga-retreat/ I recently read Toronto based yoga teacher Matthew Remski’s essay on how modern yoga needs to offer “real” support and connection to its community at the yoga…

For All Those Wilting Sun Babies

This morning I temporarily forgot that this time of year can have a pretty dramatic effect on the general state of mind. I missed that a key reason I’m feeling extra tired, blurry eyed and demotivated is because it’s JANUARY. It’s cold, it’s wet, we’re all back to work and…

WisdOM

Song of the Soul by Shankaracharya I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought, I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by smell nor sight ever caught: In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky – Consciousness and…

108 Sun Salutations

This is a repost from our friends at Sunburnt & Salty. www.sunburntandsalty.com You can find the original blog of “108 Sun Salutaions: My First Experience” HERE It was still dark out when I pulled up to the Lighthouse. I checked my phone – 6:27am – December 31st. It was the final day…

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