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The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Niyamas & Saucha

The niyamas are the second limb of yoga. Just like the yamas, there are five niyamas. They can be thought of as healthy daily habits that are cultivated in order to live a more elevated and conscious life. By practicing the yamas, we make way for the niyamas. We make a point to clear out the unproductive energy and it naturally is replaced with purposeful habits that promote peace and wellness. The first niyama is saucha, meaning cleanliness or purity of our body and mind. The idea is that we want the body to be as clean and healthy as possible so that we can further our spiritual pursuit without limitations, distractions or diseases in the physical realm of our existence. Practicing yoga as

Easy Vegan-Paleo Fudge Blondies!

If you know me in real life, you probably know my diet has changed tremendously within the past few months. I no longer partake in dairy, eggs, soy, grains/gluten, beans/legumes, or highly processed or packaged foods. I'm focusing on a mostly-plant-based diet, filling up primarily on fresh fruits and vegetables everyday, and occasionally eating a handful of nuts or a piece of organic, free range animal protein. Basic caveman diet. But I still have a sweet tooth and I have to treat myself to some decadence every now and again... because it's about balance, right? That's where these almond butter blondies come into the picture. They are (drum roll please): + DAIRY FREE + GRAIN FREE + GLUTEN FR

J-Ma: Learning, Growing, Healing

This past weekend I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jordan Macbeth, also known as J-Ma, before her Lunarology workshop at the studio Saturday evening. Jordan has that type of personality that feels like you've known her forever. She's a down to earth, powerhouse Leo with a lot of passion for the dharma she feels she's been called to fulfill: devote her life to helping people heal through yoga and astrology. J-Ma was first introduced to astrology when she was in grade school. Her mother had a couple books on the topic and J-Ma could never put them down. It wasn't long before she began asking everyone for their sign, reading charts of friends and family, and looking at the world and it's

The Subtleties of Forward Folds: Prasarita Padottanasana A

Forward folds have become increasingly special in my own yoga practice. For me, forward folds are so introspective, so calming and re-centering. Ever since I became a mother, I've really relished in these bends more so than any other family of poses. I see students folding forward a lot, and while many times their alignment is awesome, I often see unproductive folds with very rounded spines and collapsed chests. It's not the end of the world and completely understandable to be tight and rounded in your forward folds. I just want to make sure that energetically students are moving their bodies in the right directions, that they're working the pose in a way that will transform and heal. So let

Why you Need Celery Juice in your Life

Ahhh, celery. I have a newfound love for this amazing superfood. I've been juicing one whole celery stalk every morning now only for about a week and I can already feel it's immense healing benefits! Did you know? + Celery is one of the most anti-inflammatory and healing foods available to us because it starves viruses, yeast, mold, fungus, and bad bacteria that may be present in the body and then helps the liver to flush it all out of your system. + Not only is celery rich in mineral salts and electrolytes to bring you ultimate hydration on a deep cellular level, it calms the central nervous system, relieving panic attacks, anxiety, brain fog, memory loss, ADHD, PTSD, and so much more! + Ce

How to Embody the Essence of Yoga

Yoga is a practice of turning inward in hopes of achieving self-realization and actualizing a more peaceful life. It is a lifelong journey into the depths of our own soul, and it is not always easy. In fact, it can be such a struggle to overcome our resistance and fears that we may be tempted to quit practicing yoga altogether. But our yoga practice is crucial for the betterment of mankind. Photo by Julio Bajdaun @imaginecapture feat. Emily O'Brien @emily.obrien and Sean Shelton @capturedconnections That's why we need a strong community that keeps us grounded in truth. While nobody can walk our path for us, it's important that we surround ourselves with people who lift us up and inspire us a

Pose of the Week: Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

We have a bright new week ahead of us, yogis, and with it we have one of my personal favorite poses, Camel Pose! This is a great foundational backbend, and when done properly can ease pain in the spine and back muscles, create expansion in the chest, and correct poor posture. I love practicing this pose after holding and/or nursing my baby for long periods of time. If you sit at a desk all day for work, this is definitely a great pose for you to drop into a couple times throughout the day. How to: 1. Come to your shins, knees hip-width distance. Roll the thighs inward slightly. 2. Lift in and up through the pelvic floor and lower abdominals, activating your bandhas. 3. Tilt the pubic bone fo

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