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  • 15 Yoga Practice Tips & Strategies for the Holidays

    Maintaining a yoga practice during the holidays can get tricky. We tend to eat heavy, drink heavy, and play heavy. Mix in kids and travel and it becomes that much more difficult to hit the mat. Yes, difficult...but not impossible.

    Here are some tips and strategies to ensure you maintain a little mat action amidst all the holiday madness:

    1. Get family members, friends, and visitors on board. Commit to a class or practice yoga at home together. You can even include the kids with this practice by Lindsey Valdez!
    2. Keep your mat unrolled on the floor at home as a reminder and invitation to practice a short asana sequence, meditation, pranayama technique, or a brief, yet blissful savasana.
    3. Read a book on Ayurveda and food. I highly recommend The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook. This book will inspire clean eating, a health-conscious lifestyle, and maybe some creativity in the kitchen.
    4. Drink warm water and lemon every morning to keep the system alkalized and promote digestion.
    5. Stay hydrated!
    6. Eat in moderation.
    7. Enjoy plenty of rest so food can digest properly.
    8. Cleanse and detox the body with some sweet, long twisting poses. Enjoy these online yoga classes, focusing on twisting postures:
    9. Inhale deeply, exhale fully. This mantra becomes especially effective if you are dealing with confrontational family members or traveling with rambunctious kids. Repeat as much as needed to remind yourself to breathe. Infuse your experience with some deep Ujjayi breathing, as well.
    10. Take extra long walks.
    11. Leave the holiday parties before things get too wild.
    12. Practice a short meditation every day to soak up the moment and facilitate stillness and calm. Enjoy our abundance of online meditation videos.
    13. Infuse some grounding restorative postures into your home sequence. Check out these short practices (under 15 minutes) for inspiration.
    14. Cut yourself some slack and have a good time with friends and family. Adjust your practice accordingly. It is just a few days out of the year, so no harm done if you break your normal patterns of practice.
    15. Lighten up, enjoy the festivities, have a restful and merry Christmas Day, and live fully in each moment.

    What practice tips and strategies do you suggest for the most wonderful time of the year?

    ~TJ

  • 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

  • Fresh Vibes: Get in the Mood for Yoga with Jeanne Heileman

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    Who?

    Los Angeles based Yoga teacher, Jeanne Heileman. She rocks asana and red boots and we dig it.

    What?

    A quick rundown of this alignment-based Vinyasa yoga slow flow…

    Jeanne's online yoga classes are typically strong, with clear instruction, and set in a playful environment, focused to discover a deeper meaning to one's practice. This online yoga class is no exception. Short and sweet, this online yoga practice will move your body in a gentle, yet energetic way. By the end of this practice, we promise that you’ll have a refreshed perspective on life and that your breathing will feel more expansive and effortless. This will help you to feel better all around. (17 mins.)

    Where?

    This online yoga video was filmed in Gigi Yogini’s “Secret Studio” out in LA, California.

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    When?

    Before a longer practice.

    When you don’t feel like getting on your mat.

    When you don't wanna yoga, but know you should yoga.

    When you’re short on time, but still need to work in some flow.

    When you have no juice left for a crazy, intense practice.

    Why?

    To feel sweet and wonderful, to get in the mood for your personal practice, or to get in a practice when you’re swamped with work and other obligations.

    And finally…how?

    Easy. Click on the yoga video below to get it on with your practice.

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  • Merry Vibes: 10 Awesome Christmas Sayings

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    What is Christmas? What does it mean to practice the true spirit of Christmas?

    1. “Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”

    ― Dr. Seuss

    2. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

    ― Calvin Coolidge

    3. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

    ― Bob Hope

    4. “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.”

    ― Mary Ellen Chase

    5. “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”

    ― Charles M. Schulz

    6. “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ”

    ― Norman Vincent Peale

    7. “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends."

    ― Margaret Thatcher

    8. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

    ― Hamilton Wright Mabie

    9. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”

    ― Janice Maeditere

    10. “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."

    ― Agnes M. Pahro

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    Honor the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts and not just today, but for all days to come. May all your practices and paths lead you to greater peace, abundance, beauty, light, and love!

    Merry Christmas, yogis!

     

  • 5 Christmas Gifts for the Yogi(s) in Your Life

    You better watch out because...

    Jolly ol’ St. Nick is coming to town...very soon!

    That means ‘tis the season to get down to business.

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    Toiling with what to give your yoga friends?

    Well, toil no more.

    Give your bendy, om-ing buds something worthy of some fa la la la la la la la!

    Note: All mentioned toys and goodies are available in our YogaOutlet.com powered online yoga store.

    1. Deck their practice with...spiritual gangster status.spiritual gangster yoga clothes See picture. ‘Nough said.
    2. The most wonderful...yoga mat!  No, not the slippery, flimsy kind. Something legit and sturdy. Think Manduka, Jade, prAna, and Hugger Mugger.
    3. Here comes...stocking stuffers!  Suggestions: Yoga straps, yoga mat spray (the good organic stuff, of course), yoga towels, ToeSox, yoga headbands, and yoga eye bags.
    4. Oh holly props!  Ideas: Cork blocks, Hugger Mugger Zafu Meditation Yoga Cushion, foam rollers, and bolsters.
    5. An online yoga wonderland!  Yeah, yeah. We gotta tout up our yoga online, of course! Give your yogi friend(s) access to one month or one year of yoga at home, on-the-go, on the road, wherever! It’s the perfect gift for yoga newbies, yoga teachers, advanced students...anyone that digs yoga! It’s the gift that keeps giving, with newly added online yoga classes coming forth on a daily basis alongside a vast, diverse collection of yoga videos from leading, internationally-recognized yoga teachers.

     

    And now, go have yourself a merry little Christmas! 

    Fa la la la la la la la…

    Image Credit: Lotus in Headstand via www.pinterest.com/source/wonderfulyou.tumblr.com 

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