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  • Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

    If you’re in the States, Thanksgiving is the designated day to express thanks. Almost all cultures have such a day – a day reserved to realize and acknowledge the positive in life, to celebrate supportive and loving families, friends, and communities, and to embrace all the abundance such as yoga, delicious food, a safe home, and, most importantly, health and happiness. We all have something for which to be grateful. In fact, each breath is a gift – a gift to be fully received and celebrated. You are alive!

    Most of us are fortunate to have our most basic and fundamental needs met. Still though, desires and wants always creep in. There is an endless yearning for more. Sometimes, however, less is really more. Sometimes more means more headaches and pulls us further away from what truly matters: happiness, love, peace, and self-realization.

    In our desire for more, we forget to be grateful. That’s why we have a special day to remind us! Really, though, every day should be a day for giving and receiving thanks. Each day, we should express gratitude for the fact that our needs are met. Each day, we should practice contentment for all that we have in life. To quote Sheryl Crow:

    "It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you got."

    Want what ya got.

    Today, take a moment to realize all there is to be grateful for in your life. Acknowledge all the blessings you have received– a loving partner, beautiful children, a true friend, supportive parents, loving siblings, and/or a loyal pet. Be grateful for your body and breath. Be grateful that you can create your world - that you have the free will to change your life as you choose.

    To celebrate this day, here are three online yoga videos featuring practices of gratitude:

    Grateful for Good Postural Awareness with Joanie Flavin (80 mins.)

    This class explores improving the health of your shoulders by strengthening the postural muscles. In the backdrop of our physical practice we will emphasize a practice of gratitude as a means to improve our perspective and perception. Please have two blocks and a strap.

    Alchemy of the Heart: A Backbending Class with Pete Guinosso (75 mins.)

    This online yoga class will guide you in exploring the powerful practice of mindful gratitude, and how such a practice can open you to a life of grace. In this class we will utilize deep hip releases to detoxify the mind and body of negative emotions, experience heart opening backbends to learn where joy and gratitude reside in our bodies, and explore inversions to tap into our spirits' sense of playfulness. Please be sure to watch the free videos entitled - Tucking your Tail and Low Cobra, Revealed - before practicing this all levels online yoga class.

    Strong Roots = Strong Tree with Gigi Yogini (67 mins.)

    This is an invigorating online yoga class with the theme of Grounding with Gratitude. This class will activate your inner power through intention setting, core strengthening, balancing, and a fun (but challenging) tree pose flow.

    Have a beautiful day practicing gratitude! Also, (how could I forget!) enjoy a boundless supply of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and all other delicious Thanksgiving Day delights.

    ~TJ

  • 10 Reasons to Go on Gigi Yogini's Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

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    You've tuned into her online yoga videos time and time again.

    And you want more.

    Understandable.

    Because if you've practiced yoga online with Gigi Yogini, you know she's a joyous, empowering force, emitting a sea of good vibes that can be felt even through this virtual yoga-sphere.

    So, you can only imagine what it'd be like to practice with her in the flesh.

    Probably awesome, right?

    No, definitely awesome.

    Well, here's your chance. If you're seeking an adventure jam-packed with elevating vibes, Gigi's upcoming retreat is calling you!

    *****

    Going on my first yoga retreat to Costa Rica in 2008 was a major turning point in my life. I was so inspired that now I lead annual yoga adventures for my students around the world. These are truly transformative experiences and I believe that anyone who enjoys a lifestyle of health and wellness can greatly benefit from a yoga retreat.

    Here are 10 Reasons to Join Me in Costa Rica:

     

    1. Take your yoga to the next level. Practicing yoga regularly can be challenging if you have a busy schedule. But when you’re on a retreat with me, you’ll have 2 classes offered each day so not only will your practice progress but you will also see the positive effects more quickly.
    2. Get a new perspective. Going to a new place creates an opportunity to see the world, and yourself, in a new light. Experiencing the unknown, whether it's a new place, schedule, food or activity, is an accelerated way to grow and learn.
    3. You'll *actually* meditate. When you have extended free time, it’s a lot easier to meditate. No cell phone buzzing or boss reminding you about deadlines. On a retreat, it feels a lot more natural to breathe deeply and be present in the moment.
    4. Enjoy a digital detox. One of my favorite things about a retreat is shutting off my technology. While the retreat center where I'm hosting my retreat has wifi, you won’t feel the constant need to  check your phone to tweet, text, update facebook or call friends. It feels good to unplug.
    5. Relax and de-stress. Sometimes we have to be far from home to give ourselves the permission to truly relax. Being on a retreat allows you to listen to your body, rest when you need it, and be free from external stress.
    6. Eat well without the work. My retreats are all inclusive and guests get three healthy and delicious meals a day without the need to find recipes, go grocery shopping, prepare the food, or clean up. Getting the nutrition you need has never been easier. All the work is done for you.
    7. Replace old habits. The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new healthy one. When you get out of your regular routine for a week, you can replace unhealthy habits with conscious new behaviors that support you in being your best self.
    8. Make new friends. Undeniably, you will meet individuals with similar interests. Even if you go alone (which I did my first time), you have a chance to make friends with people from around the world who you might know for the rest of your life.
    9. You'll appreciate home. While a week in paradise is always nice, we often come home with a refreshed appreciation for life. You feel happier, healthier, and re-energized to jump back into your routine with new vigor. Heck, it might even feel fun.
    10. You deserve it! Thoreau said: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” While this quote might be on your refrigerator, chances are you make excuses about why you can’t YET. Often times the excuses are about money, time or circumstances but guess what, you deserve a break. You work hard for a reason and you can always find reasons why you should or should not do something. The key to happiness is deciding what you really want and making it happen. No excuses.

    You deserve to invest in yourself.

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  • Light. Love. Yoga.

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    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In the name of light

    In the name of love

    And to celebrate the unparalleled, fearless leadership of an exceptional man...

    Here’s an explosion of heart-expanding, soul-elevating vibes.

    Join Gigi Yogini for a short online yoga practice: Blast Your Heart Open.

    Practice a series of heart opening yoga poses to let the light of love shine from within. Tap into a sense of universal abundance to access your highest potential through sacred breath and movement.

    This online yoga class is the perfect “closing time” practice. So, after you’re done buzzing around for the day, come home to this energy-settling, heart-soothing Vinyasa yoga video. (29 mins.)

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    Radiate light.

    Radiate love.

    Everyday.

    Everywhere.

    Happy MLK Day 2014.

    Image Credit: Yoga Love via www.indulgy.com 

  • Give Thanks for All of It

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    Today is that day again - the day we give thanks. A part of me always thinks this “holiday” is sorta silly. Don’t get me wrong. I totally dig the giving thanks part and the eating copious amounts of good food part. The thing I don’t dig so much is this whole idea of putting “real life” on pause to reserve time to give thanks for things worthy of thanks every single freakin’ day.

    Every day - even a day that royally sucks -  is an opportunity to give thanks. And it’s sad that for some (myself included, here), it takes a holiday to stop the go-go-go, reflect, and say, “Thank you, Life.” On the flip side, a day dedicated to gratitude is better than nothing. And maybe this day serves for some as a wake-up call. Because once you step away from the hustle and bustle of things and really get to thinking about it, there’s endless thanks-giving to do.

    I was sitting on the train this morning, en route to my home. I looked out the window and caught my reflection. The light was so that half of my face was lit with sunshine and the other half shadowed. For whatever reason, this moment was one in which my heart expanded with gratitude for it all - the light and the dark, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, the joys and the struggles. I don’t think I’ve ever really given thanks for all of it. I usually just pick out all the good pieces of my life - the highlights. Never have I thanked life for the not-so-good pieces, which today, I realize are totally worthy of thanks, too.

    Why? Why would I thank life for heartbreak, loneliness, struggle, disappointment, frustration, endings, etc.? Well, because it’s all a part of this adventurous, slippery process called life and all of it leads somewhere. Perhaps it leads to a breakthrough, a lesson, a new beginning, a new love… Whatever it is, and to whatever it leads, it’s important to recognize that all of it is fleeting. Temporary. And because all of it is fleeting, all of it is special.

    So, maybe your life isn’t all good today. Maybe things are messy, cloudy, or low. Okay. Be thankful for all of it anyways. I’m not saying you gotta be enthusiastic about it. I’m not saying you gotta say, “Thanks life for sucking right now.” I’m just saying to thank life for being there at all! Thank life for giving you the experience of it all. Thank life for the slippery process, the breakthroughs, the lessons, the obstacles, the possibilities…

    That’s what Yoga teaches. On the mat, we work through struggle, sweat, and sometimes even tears. It’s definitely not all good all the time. But it is all special. And ultimately, we get something out of it. Maybe it's a new pose. Maybe we let go even more. Maybe we feel lighter. Whatever it is. The practice leads you somewhere - somewhere special.

    All of it is worthy of your gratitude.

    P.S. To get in the giving thanks spirit, flow through this lovely gratitude-focused online yoga practice with Gigi Yogini as your guide. Activate your inner power through intention setting, core strengthening exercises, and balancing poses. This energizing online yoga class will present opportunities to practice a fun and challenging Tree Pose flow that is sure to leave you feeling strongly rooted in gratitude.

    Image: Featuring Gigi Yogini, www.GigiYogini.com 

  • 4 Yin Yoga Must-Haves for a Zensual Practice

    Yin Yoga is all about chilling out and letting gravity do the work for you. While props aren’t always required for the practice, they will certainly provide an added level of comfort and, also, offer a way to increase the powers of gravity to reach your edge (edge = that sweet place of simultaneous effort and ease in a pose). Because you are typically holding Yin poses for 3-5 minutes (or even longer!), props allow for greater muscular release and relaxation while also supporting the natural shape your body assumes in a given pose.

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    The following aren't mandatory, but rather recommended luxuries, that will surely boost the Zen-factor of your Yin Yoga practice at home.

    1. Block(s). Blocks are great for bringing the floor to you. In forward folds, it’s always nice to have a block (or two) on hand to place under the forehead if you aren’t quite to the floor just yet. Recommended: 2 Wai Lana Cork Yoga Blocks.
    2. Blanket(s). Prop yourself up higher or roll them up to place under the ankles or behind the knees to make testy joints happier! Recommended: 2 Hugger Mugger Deluxe Wool Yoga Blankets.
    3. Bolster. Bolsters are also great to prop yourself up higher for seated forward folds. They come in handy for back-bending postures as well. Recommended: 1 Manduka Round Yoga Bolster AirCore.
    4. Sandbags. Sandbags in Child's Pose and Butterfly (placed on the lower back), or during reclining twists (on the top hip) can be nice to push you deeper into a pose.

    Treat yourself to these recommended indulgences at our YogaOutlet.com powered store. And after you have your props on hand, treat yourself to a lovely Yin Yoga online practice with Gigi Yogini.

    Gigi's online yoga practice is designed to prepare you for a deeper meditation practice. It's a short online yoga class intended to create more space in your body while connecting to your breath. After some brief yin yoga poses, you will practice a simple counting technique to enhance focus. This yoga video is great for first thing in the morning, a mid-day break, pre-shuteye, or whenever you need a dose of Zen.

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