Journal

Increasing Mental Focus and Awareness Through Yoga and Meditation

You might find it difficult to concentrate or relax your mind when faced with managing many responsibilities or feel fatigued throughout the day. Studies show that approximately 50% of the time we experience wandering thoughts between daily activities. Physical exercises such as yoga improve energy levels and cognitive test performance through the release of endorphins, increased blood flow to the brain, and can help reduce an excess of ruminative thoughts.

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Leading With Kindness

In times of division and disconnection, it is vital to bring kindness and love to the forefront. Due to the magnitude of social, political, and environmental factors that are our unfortunate reality, it can become quite easy to feel frustrated and disillusioned. We are at an urgent time to create more joy, gratitude, and cooperation as a whole. Positivity of thinking and living can start with you and create a ripple effect - each of us is responsible for leading a life filled with kindness for the betterment of own lives and in the lives of those around us. We might not be able to make the world necessarily a better place as a whole, but we can make certain portions of the world better, by being better ourselves.

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Mantras To Learn & Memorize

In addition to asanas, pranayama, and meditation, mantras are an important and integral part of a holistic yoga practice.

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Integrity & Truth

The postures that comprise the steady flow of yoga are intended to guide you closer to a greater awareness of yourself. Each movement is deliberate; each posture and each sequence contain an embedded meaning based on the ancient traditions, practices, and philosophy of yoga.

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Yoga For Blood Flow

With many of us spending our days hunched over our desks, poor circulation is a very real problem. Yet, blood is essential to our health and vitality; it circulates vital nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and removes the buildup of waste. We feel more energized, and mentally sharper when our circulation is in peak condition.

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Yoga Can Strengthen Your Relationships. Here's How

Yoga is more than physical exercise: it's our much-needed respite from the world. We turn to yoga to relax, unwind, and repair. Whether you've argued with your partner or become disgruntled with your boss, taking the time to cool down and reflect is pivotal. The remarkable peace we endure in yoga practice holds the key to better communication and stronger relationships.

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The Types of Meditation

It's commonly understood that meditation induces a heightened state of awareness and focused attention, while scientific studies prove the practice relieves stress, manage anxiety, reduce inflammation, and improve memory and attention. In the Yogic texts, meditation is separate from concentration. While concentration is focused awareness, meditation is expanded and de-focused awareness. The power of meditation is no doubt profound, but getting started can often seem intimidating and overwhelming. Luckily, there is a world of information and resources to make meditation welcoming, simple and approachable for beginners.

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Yoga For Trauma Relief

It’s an unfortunate fact that many people will encounter significant trauma at some point during their lives. For most, the weeks or months of upset in the aftermath of a traumatic event will eventually pass, and they will be able to move on. For others, the development of post-traumatic stress disorder stands in the way of a return to normal life.

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Ujjayi Breath

Ujjayi breath is the most common type of breathing pattern used in yoga, and its meanings are quite profound. Since Jai translates as “victory,” it is often called the “victorious breath.” A deeper meaning examines the syllable “uj” comes from “ud” which means to move upwards.

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Yoga For Discipline

There are two commonly understood types of discipline. Internal discipline being your ability to differentiate right from wrong, and external discipline which is following societal norms, such as the law. But when looking at discipline from the perspective of yogic teachings, we understand discipline as a powerful code that does not require living a limited, restrictive lifestyle, rather a liberating tool for providing freedom, nourishment and wholeness.

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Endless Curiosity Is Your Power

We all have a little voice inside of us that is broadcasting worries, anxieties, doubts, comparison, and all sorts of mental suffering. While this voice, for most people, is a life long companion, it's possible to quiet it through awareness and acts of kindness. By catching ourselves in thoughts and acts of pride, arrogance, judgement and criticism, we can reverse some of those behaviors and replace them with kindness, gentleness, compassion, and enthusiasm, and then not only be happier ourselves, but spread happiness as well.

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Find Life Balance & Start Living Your Full Potential

Balance is bringing things into harmony. It’s not something that you can get, but something that you continually do; it's is not a destination, but a constant journey.

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Integrity: Harmony With Our Identities

What is integrity and why is it valuable? Acting with integrity is understanding, accepting, and choosing to live in accordance with principles of honesty, fairness, and decency. Character cannot be separated from the person. To be of good character means one’s habits, actions, and emotional responses all are united and directed toward the moral and good.

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Protecting Your Energy

We all know how important it is to eat right, stay active and get enough rest. But just as important lies your mental energy. You can be in the best shape of your life, but if something is draining you mentally, you'll never feel your best. There are conscious efforts and actions we can take to limit exposure to negativity and garner a sense of control over our lives and thoughts to achieve balance and reach our full potential.

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Building Resiliency: Your Guide To Life's Challenges

Resiliency is the mental reservoir of strength that people are able to call on in times of need to carry them through life's challenges. By learning how to be more adaptable and flexible, you'll be better equipped to respond when faced with a life crisis. Resilient people often utilize these events as an opportunity to branch out in new directions. While some people may be crushed by abrupt changes, highly resilient individuals are able to adapt and thrive.

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Silencing The Mind

Against the backdrop of such a busy, complex, stimulating world, silence can often appear as something far away and impossible to achieve. We forget that it is an inherent quality of the human mind, and every one of us has the potential to experience it.

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Get To Know Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga

The eight limbs of Patanjali’s Yoga are a comprehensive inner technology of liberation. Each limb acts as an entry point to living in higher states of awareness, elevating our consciousness through interpersonal relationships, self-discipline, postures, breath and sense control, and the progressive levels of meditation.

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Exercise and Yoga

In the Western world, people often exercise for two main reasons: to have better overall physical health or to achieve weight loss. Of course, there are also other reasons, such as enhancing blood circulation, developing athletic skills or toning various muscle groups. In other words, the goal of a person who exercises is to stimulate radical wellbeing.

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Shifting The Energy of Your Space

Much of the world is on watch as new strains of coronavirus spread, and after the past year at home you may feel the energy in your home has become stagnant, dull, or nonexistent. We already focus on removing physical clutter from our homes, so why not clean the energy sources as well?

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Letting Go. Finding Peace.

To let go of the past does not mean to rid yourself of the past. To let go is part of letting things be, and to take whatever learnings we’ve gained and assimilate them as we move forward.

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How To Practice Non-Judgement

In mindful practices, we begin to notice our thoughts. Thoughts become our words, words become behaviors, behaviors become habits and habits become values. Noticing our thoughts in the key.

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Cortisol: What It Does & How To Regulate

Cortisol, along with adrenaline, is your body's main stress hormone which increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream and works with different parts of your brain to control mood, motivation and fear. When it comes to fear, think of cortisol as the body's built-in, slow-release alarm system. But that’s not all it does.

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Boost Your Energy & Vitality

The combination of mindful breathing with deliberate movement is excellent for our spirit. Energy all begins with the combination of breath and mind. The mind regulates the flow of energy not only within us, but also in how we relate to others. We use Tapas- or positive stress - to increase our willpower and self-regulate. To do this, we use yoga postures, pranayama, and meditation, creating resilience, strength and energy.

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The Physiological Effects of Gratitude

Stimulating the vagal nerve complex (which begins in the brainstem and has multiple branches to the heart, viscera, and many other organs making up 80% of our parasympathetic nervous system) is associated with better physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

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Yoga For Pregnancy: Connect with Your Body and Baby

Yoga and pregnancy go together wonderfully. In India there were certain yoga postures and breathing practices traditionally taught to help with strength, hormonal balance, and relaxation leading up to birth.

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Our Journey Toward Intuition

Amazing intuitions and insights mysteriously arise in our daily lives when we become more connected through spiritual practice.

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Pain Perception

Chronic pain is multi-dimensional. At the physical level, pain caused by stress and inflammation can influence our muscles, patterns of breathing, energy levels and mindset, all of which exacerbate the distress and affect the quality of life. Yoga's principles of movement, meditation and breathing are widely proven to help target the root source of our stress and diminish it.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment, sensing and feeling without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

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Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is of two basic types: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body's healing response, and chronic is when our healing response goes into overdrive and we have low-grade inflammatory molecules being released into the bloodstream when they are not needed. This is what happens when we are stressed out. Chronic inflammation is associated with many of our world’s preventable, non-communicable diseases, including certain heart and digestive disorders.

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Building Connection Through Yoga

During the holidays, we are reminded of the value and importance of strong relationships with friends and loved ones. "Yoga" literally means relation, and to practice yoga, even a little day, is to restore our relationship with our inner sense of being, which then improves our other relationships at the same time.

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Positive Mental Character

Positivity, confidence and enthusiasm are character traits most of us strive for each and every day, but it's not always that simple; life can get in the way. Stress, hardships and sadness will meet us throughout the journey of life from time to time.

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