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  • Good Vibes: 9 Brilliant Quotes on Keeping Fear in Check

    When you leave your fears unchecked - when you choose not to face them - you sign up for a life of stifling consistency. Your practice will stay the same. YOU will stay the same. And come on...Where's the fun in that? Change is natural. When you resist fear, you stop change. On the mat, your practice becomes stagnate. Off the mat, you stunt your personal evolution. You may think you are okay with that, but deep down, your being craves action and yearns for growth. You want to realize your fullest potential. You want to feel really alive.

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    1. “Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it." ~Rabindranath Tagore

    2. “I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.” ~Dawna Markova

    3. “Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.” ~Isa Upanishad

    4. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

    5. “There is no illusion greater than fear.” ~Lao Tzu

    6. “When you're scared, you stay as you are!” ~Stephen Richards

    7. "Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out." ~Karl Augustus Menninger

    8. "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." ~Frank Herbert

    9. "Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real." ~Unknown

     

  • Seeds of Intent: Embrace Fear

    Fear...

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    Fear exists for a reason. Fear serves a purpose. It exists to keep you alive. Really alive. It serves as the gatekeeper that you must pass through in order to experience new possibilities, evolve, and elevate your consciousness.

    Unfortunately, fear gets a bad rep. The tendency is to shy away from it and stay put in security. Sure, that's a natural response. It's reasonable to want to feel comfortable and protected. Yet too much comfort and too much protection result in zero challenge and zero growth.

    Resist the urge to evade fear. Instead, embrace it. Tackle it on and off the mat. Treat it as a catalyst to elevate your vibe and realize your potential for greater happiness.

    Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Go get it.

  • Good Vibes: 10 Sayings on Going with the Flow

    Life will go on, whether you go with it or not. Best to go with the flow. Sure, you don’t know exactly where you’ll end up, but that’s all a part of the fun on the mat and off.

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    1.  Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu

    2. Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress. ~Bruce Barton

    3. I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you're really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That's the way I've always lived my life. ~Shania Twain

    4. Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. ~Zhuangzi

    5. I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don't know where it's going to lead me, but I follow it. ~Grace Jones

    6. Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating. ~Wayne Dyer

    7. All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement. ~Ovid

    8. Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. ~Heraclitus

    9. Life flows on within you and without you. ~George Harrison

    10. Life is full of surprises. It’s best to just go with the flow. ~Unknown

     

  • Good Vibes: 10 Sayings on the Breath

    Take a moment…

    Begin by tuning into your breath, observing the inhales and the exhales. Use the breath as a mantra - as a concentration tool - to release the thinking mind. Less thinking, more breathing. Connect deeply with your breath – your internal metronome – to set the rhythm for your day or your practice like a drum player would set the rhythm for a band. Slow down the rhythm. Lengthen out the beats. Connect the beats seamlessly and effortlessly. Establish a sweet, flowing breath.

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    The breath weaves together the practice. It is a mental vehicle, transporting the mind from stress, anger, tension, frustration, thoughts, and distractions into a realm a peace. Without conscious breathing, yoga is just a bunch of silly, disconnected shapes. With it, the asana practice flows like a dance – like a moving meditation. Think about that drum player setting the rhythm for a band. Without a rhythm section, the instruments would struggle to synchronize. The music would sound broken. The breath is your drum player. The asanas are the musicians. You need the breath to realize harmony and wholeness not only in the yoga practice, but also in life.

    1. "All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports." ~Chief Seattle

    2. "When I look back on my knee-jerk reactions now, I realize I should have just taken a breath." ~Fred Durst

    3. "Conscious breath control is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed, clear state of mind." ~Andrew Weil

    4. "Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    5. "I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." ~Sylvia Plath

    6. "There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity." ~Rumi

    7. "The breath must be enticed or cajoled, like catching a horse in a field, not by chasing after it, but by standing still with an apple in one’s hand." ~B.K.S. Iyengar

    8. "A lifetime is not what is between the moments of birth and death.A lifetime is one moment Between my two little breaths. The present, the here, the now, That's all the life I get. I live each moment in full, In kindness, in peace, without regret." ~Chade Meng

    9. "Breath is Spirit. The act of breathing is Living." ~Unknown

    10. "The practice is simply this: keep coming back to your breath during the day. Just take a moment. This will give your mind a steadiness and your breath a gracefulness.... There's so much to let go of, isn't there? Your nostalgia and your regrets. Your fantasies and your fears. What you think you want instead of what is happening right now. Breathe." ~Rodney Yee

    To practice controlling your breath, check out our selection of free online pranayama videos.

  • Good Vibes: 10 Quotes on Intention

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    Intention.

    This word gets thrown around a lot in the yoga practice: Set an intention. Wrap your practice in an intention. Be clear with your intentions. What's your intention?

    I think it's one thing to set an intention. It's a totally different thing to actually practice that intention - to weave it through your thoughts and actions - and to unwaveringly believe in it. Setting an intention (or Sankalpa in Sanskrit) is fairly simple stuff. All you have to do is make some statement of what you wish to manifest. The stuff that comes after this part is hard work, requiring endless reiteration, unshakable faith, and a resolve to surrender. In the end, all that repetition and work will present results. Sure, the results may not be exactly what you expected or envisioned. Yet, the universe will surely deliver in some shape or form. Make no doubt about it.

    1. "In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link." ~Carlos Castaneda

    2. "Intention is the core of all conscious life.

      Conscious intention colors and moves everything." ~Master Hsing Yun

    3. "Intention is paramount." ~Arno Burnier

    4. "Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power." ~Deepak Chopra

    5. "Our intention creates our reality." ~Wayne Dyer

    6. "All that spirits desire, spirits attain."

      ~Kahlil Gibran

    7. "The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

    8. "It is the intention that moves energy." ~Unknown

    9. "A good intention clothes itself with power." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    10. "Although actions may speak louder than words,

      it is our intentions that reveal our soul." ~Hal Elrod

     

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