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3 Simple Tips For Beginning a Meditation Practice

3 Simple Tips For Beginning a Meditation Practice

When you’re beginning to incorporate a new habit or practice into your life, you’ll have a greater chance of success if you take baby steps. This means, we don’t have to take on a twenty or thirty minute practice every morning. We can start small. If five to ten minutes sounds doable, begin there. If that seems like too much, meditate for one to three minutes and go from there. Beginning small helps our mind adapt to a new behavior without overwhelming it.

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Trusting in the universe and being at peace in the present moment, by Yandara graduate Kylie Price

Trusting in the universe and being at peace in the present moment, by Yandara graduate Kylie Price

It is easy enough to feel a resistance to the present moment and a longing for what has passed. When we have experienced the divine, we want to stay forever and embody every part of each moment that has brought us closer to a sense of connection with ourselves, our community and the world around us. When we physically leave a place and a community where we feel most at home, the satva we have so lovingly cultivated can feel tomasic, leaving us feeling out of balance. It is at this point that we could allow tomas guna to take charge but it is precisely this in-balance that we should be embracing. One of the most beautiful things about our very existence is our ability to feel. How divine it is to feel!

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Letting go or letting be? by Yandara 500hr student, Kylie Price

Letting go or letting be? by Yandara 500hr student, Kylie Price

Often, in the yoga world and beyond, we are invited, encouraged, to let go of things that are no longer serving us. I myself have used this phrase countless times in yoga classes, in words of advice to friends and to myself. I have always intended the phrase to be a comfort to the ears of the receiver, permission to be in the present and allow worries and past events to melt away. Recently, my teacher Christopher Perkins asked: “How about if instead of letting it go, you let it be?” This question resonated deeply with me. As yogis we are always working on trying to remain as present as we can; I wonder, can we be too present? Can our invitation and desire to be in the present moment somehow leave us feeling unable to be with present feelings that are a result of past events? When we are feeling low, unmotivated or mourning for past sensations we often remind ourselves of what we have in the present moment. But isn’t the present moment connecting with the feelings you are experiencing right now, even if the feelings are ignited by a past event?

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A Yogi’s Toolbox of Morning Rituals

A Yogi’s Toolbox of Morning Rituals

One of the most grounding and loving ways to treat yourself is by implementing a few sweet and juicy morning rituals into your day. It’s relaxing for the nervous system not to jump immediately out of bed and onto the computer to check your e-mails or Facebook page. Instead, treat the morning as sacred – because it is. Treat your body as sacred every morning – because it is. While you may be familiar with some of the following techniques, you may not have them already firmly established into your routine. Bring these simple and loving actions into your life for a sense of sacred, self-care.

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Airplane Mode, by Yandara graduate Jennifer David

Airplane Mode, by Yandara graduate Jennifer David

When we live in a society where the words "like", "post", and "text" are a part of our daily language, it might be interesting to flirt with the idea of becoming a part of a community where those words do not exist. Or if they do exist, it's simply in reference to the past or future, because at Yandara Yoga Institute while you live in the present moment- it's recommended to unplug from that world.

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Intention for the New Year, by Yandara graduate Jennifer David

Intention for the New Year, by Yandara graduate Jennifer David

The time of year has rolled around again where we may find ourselves resolving to make a new commitment. The famous “New Years Resolution”. Off course, resolutions are made in hopes of being able to overcome something, or to let something go. Whether it’s to have more patience (letting go of impatience), become more in tune with your yoga practice (perhaps a stronger dedication to a home practice), or to simply set an intention to become more present (letting go of living in the future), are all examples of positive intentions.

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5 Mental and Psychological Benefits of Yoga

5 Mental and Psychological Benefits of Yoga

Usually, the benefits that pop up in most people’s references to yoga practice are physiological, for instance reduced stiffness in the muscles that leads to muscles that are more flexible. Often little is talked about when it comes to the mental and psychological benefits of practicing yoga. Several studies have been conducted to investigate how effective yoga is to the health of the human brain and some outstanding feedback has come out. Having said this, the following section highlights the five mental benefits gained from practicing yoga.

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6 Ways to Stress Less this Holiday Season

6 Ways to Stress Less this Holiday Season

Is the holiday season stressing you out? Does the thought of holiday parties and your crazy aunt Mary make you want to curl up in a ball and pull the covers over your head? Perhaps it’s the shorter days and lack of sunlight that draws you into a funk every time the season rolls around. Whatever it is, you are not alone. Let’s take a look at a few simply ways you and your family can stress less over the holidays!

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5 Ayurvedic Tips for an Easeful Autumn

5 Ayurvedic Tips for an Easeful Autumn

Autumn is a season of transition. Follow these 5 simple tips to make a smooth transition into the quiet stillness of winter.

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Yin Yoga: Get intimate with yourself

Yin Yoga: Get intimate with yourself

Yin yoga, also referred to as Taoist yoga is becoming more and more popular on the modern yoga scene. While still a lesser known and understood form of yoga, as more and more practitioners discover the style and its many benefits, yin yoga is sure to move its way to yoga’s forefront. Most styles of yoga popular among modern yogis are yang in nature. They are muscular and dynamic. It’s important to complement your yoga practice with the yin-style for many reasons. Let’s explore the style in detail so that we can better understand the hows and whys of its inner workings.

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