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The Dharma of Cycle

Beginnings, always the hardest part of writing anything. Ok, let’s start with me just introducing without any bold bragging that I am a yoga teacher at a thriving yoga studio at the end of the world in Anchorage Alaska. I love this place immensely and the community surrounding it. This…

Living Yoga Alchemy

I met Nicolina Sandstedt in March 2016 when I was a student of hers in the Living Yoga Alchemy 3oo hour core module at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico. During the weeks of the program I was inspired and intrigued by her strength and softness, her extensive knowledge of…

To Stay or To Go

To stay or to go.   The travelers dilemma.   The two best things I own right now are my single fin surfboard and a half of croissant that I’m saving for lunch. I’m in a dream — I’m so excited about both. So excited in fact, that I changed…

Yoga for Self-Confidence: Bending to Breakthrough

  Everyone has experienced a sense of insecurity—missing the winning goal; unrequited love; unexpected unemployment…the list goes on and on. It’s human nature after all, to recognize and learn from our experiences…and move forward. However, when these experiences build-up over time, growing into a lack of self-confidence and paralyzing fear,…

Sustain the Flow: Doug Swenson

  I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Swenson in South Lake Tahoe, California where he holds annual yoga teacher training courses. As the years pass by, I am becoming more and more inspired and intrigued by people like Doug who have dedicated their life to the path of yoga….

The Word “Namaste” is Overexposed. Played Out. But Here’s Why We Need It.

The word “Namaste” is pretty played out these days, isn’t it? You can find it everywhere: on yoga mats, on bumper stickers, on water bottles. You can buy a “Namaste In Bed” t-shirt on Amazon. You can pick up Namaste bracelets and handbags and trucker hats on Etsy. You can…

This Little Light ‘o Mine: Reflections for When the Path Grows Dim

I have been awash with jealousy. It is not a thing I am eager to admit. I met her when we were both newish teachers, a year into the game, about 5 years back. We solidified our bond when we both had babies in our bellies. Both our firsts. Both…

Give Your Face to Sunshine

‘Give your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows’, is an Aboriginal proverb I learned as a kid and always kept with me, but do I actually agree with this statement?   Without the shadows you could not step into sunshine, without the dark there will…

Get Lost, Start Over: Why Yoga Starts When Things Fall Apart

It’s a cool, grey Saturday morning in Portland. 7:45am. I’m on the road, cruising along about 45 mph, pleasantly caffeinated, smoothie in hand, headed to teach my 8:15am class. Life is calm and quiet and good. (The caffeine helps). Good, that is, until, out of nowhere, smack in the middle…

What it’s Really Like Being a Traveling Yoga Teacher

This article is shared by Adi Zarsadias from Love the Search… Many of us have found solace through our own personal yoga practice. We cannot imagine early mornings without meditating and practicing our asanas. Yoga has helped us reevaluate how we nourish ourselves. It has enabled us to control the thoughts…

From Here To There: A Willingness To Transform

My life in Costa Rica is magical and unique and one that even I could never could have imagined I’d be living. I receive a lot of questions about how I ended up where I am… How a life evolves isn’t always apparent; how do we go from point A…

Svadhyaya: Understand Yourself, Understand Your World

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”  – Zen proverb This quote is one that I often refer to. It’s one that I come back to again and again when I feel like I am…

Getting Clear

Twenty something quits stressful job after years of striving to be the successful, career woman, finds happiness and la la la – you know the cliché. Yes, that’s currently me, however I am struggling with the “la la la”…. From a young age I knew I was going to work…

The Yoga of Inspiration

Yoga is not an exercise. It is a philosophy. A way of living. Yoga includes exercise (asana), but to limit it to just this part of the practice would mean missing out on everything else it has to offer. It would be like sitting down to a fabulous five-course meal…

Volunteering in Costa Rica…for Free (or nearly free)

Voluntourism (combining volunteering with touring while on holiday) has received some bad press lately and there are lots of legitimate reasons why. For starters, many places charge exorbitant fees to volunteer and often these “fees” have little, to no, transparency as to how it’s funding the project. Why pay to…

Inspiring Change: Misadventures

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Takkesh Mizoguchi-Thorne | June-August Yoga Trade Travel Rep!

[av_heading tag=’h1′ padding=’10’ heading=’TAKKESH MIZOGUCHI-THORNE’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ custom_class=”] Yoga Trade Travel Rep! June-August 2016 [/av_heading] [av_image src=’https://yogatrade.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/t2.jpeg’ attachment=’92745′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image] [av_one_half first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [av_dropcap1]Y[/av_dropcap1]oga has been a part of Takkesh’s life since…

Waves of Experience

I was on the train to Cinque Terre gazing out the window at the gorgeous waters of the Italian Riviera and reflecting on my travels. I realized how traveling is a vast ocean of lessons and helps bring out the essence of who we truly are. We’re all like rocks…

5 Amazing Places to Practice Yoga in Bali

Living in Bali for 18 months has allowed me to expand my yoga practice and get a variety of teachings you can’t get anywhere else in the world. Attracting some of the best teachers from around the globe as well as a variety of new and upcoming teachers who come…

It’s All About Balance: Yoga Business

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Take It Off the Mat

People say that practicing yoga is walking on the path. Well, it’s definitely not driving on a highway. Sometimes the path runs through a forest with logs and tree branches blocking it, sometimes through marshes and you have to be really careful where you step, sometimes through fields where sweet…

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