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  • Simple Spring Detox Tips

    The spring season is a natural time to detox. We welcome the shift from heavy, warming foods to more fresh greens, sprouts and berries and start to spend more time in the sunshine! Tap into the momentum of this season with these simple detoxification tips: Hit up your local farmers market for some interesting greens. Instead of getting the same old spinach and kale, try out some spicy mustard greens, colorful chard varieties, mild mache, and more. Take a break from heavy processed foods. Feeling light and energetic isn't necessarily about weight loss. Decreasing the burden on your body to handle those heavy meals will leave you with more energy! Turn your workouts up a notch. Spring is kapha season, which means that there's more stamina available. Fire up your digestive juices with kapalabhati, breath of fire. Keep a tissue handy, especially if you have a runny nose from allergies. Use your Yoga practice to support your bodies' detoxification practice, twists support your liver and digestive tract. Here's a few yoga classes specifically focused on detoxification:

    Spring Detox Flow with Heather Lilleston

    Deep Twist and Hip Detox Flow with Laura Burkhart

    Detox & Flow with Joan Hyman

    Find the rest of our detox focused Yoga classes here.

  • Not sure what to buy? Sage Rountree has a great gift guide!

    Sage Rountree is an expert in yoga for athletes and author of seven books. Whether your friends are yoga teachers, yoga newbies, or resistant to yoga, Sage’s books will help them find better balance in sports and in life. Here’s a handy gift guide and a special offer:

    For your CrossFit bros: The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, an overview of how yoga complements training. (Hint: yoga for athletes is not athletic yoga!)

    For your friends who run: The Runner’s Guide to Yoga, whose second edition was just released. Also available as an e-book!

    For your Type-A friends who never sit still: The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery. Also available in Spanish, German, and Japanese. Teach your friends the importance of downtime!

    For your relatives interested in taking up yoga in midlife and beyond (or who are fans of Carolina men’s basketball—Coach Roy Williams wrote the foreword): Lifelong Yoga. Learn how to use yoga for balance, core strength, hip flexibility, and recovery at any age.

    For your endurance-addict friends who won’t consider yoga: Racing Wisely. No poses are detailed in this book, but Sage draws on yoga philosophy and her experience as a coach and athlete to give readers tools to perform at their personal best every time.

    For your friends who teach yoga or want to, or who love a home practice: Everyday Yoga and The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga. Both are spiral bound to lie flat on your mat, and both can help you plan a class or hit your own personal needs. Everyday Yoga is also available in Spanish and German, as well as e-book format.

    All of these books are available on Amazon, at your favorite local bookseller, or direct from Sage. When you order from Sage, she’ll personally address and sign your copy. Use code VIBES for $5 off your order through December 18, 2017! Shop here

    Complement the book with a gift card to YogaVibes, where you’ll find dozens of classes with Sage, and new classes streaming every Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

  • Yoga classes for auto-immune conditions, inflammation, and pain

    YogaVibes.com has a selection of classes that can be helpful for auto-immune conditions, inflammation, and pain. Whether what you are experiencing is chronic or you're in the process of recovery, go slow, do what you can, and listen to your body's signals.

    Relaxation and gentle movement are widely touted as help for healing, and ways to ease pain. In my experience they offer something even deeper. With regular practice these techniques have settled my mind. Where at other points in my life I may have had a stronger mental reaction to pain, now I'm more accepting of it. Am I immune to pain? Absolutely not. It just doesn't engender the same panic that it may have once. That decrease in stress response helps avoid both physical and mental downward spiral. I can find a more peaceful place from which to pursue recovery, which really helps.

    Yoga Nidra and Meditation

    Yoga Nidra with Kat Schamens

    Yoga Nidra with Jen Carter

    Yoga Nidra 1 with Dale Turner

    Yoga Nidra 2 with Dale Turner

    Yoga Nidra ~ Psychic Sleep Relaxation Method with Sri Dharma Mittra

    Body Scan and Breath Awareness with Joan Hyman

    Savasana with Heather Lilleston

    Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga

    "Happy Joints" Yoga for Arthritis - Lower Body with Kim McNeil

    "Happy Joints" Yoga for Arthritis - Upper Body with Kim McNeil

    Yoga Therapy for Healthy Joints with Margaux Permutt

    Therapeutic Flow with Hala Khouri

    Flow and Restore with Nicole Rosemeyer

    Yoga to Relieve Back Pain with Gigi Yogini

    Unwinding Into Ease with Cristi Christensen

    Restorative Sequence: Karuna with Darcy Lyon

    Evening Cooling Flow with Heather Lilleston

    Restore & Balance: Slow Flow with Cristi Christensen

    Author: Kaitlin Lacey, E-RYT 200, RYT-500, YACEP

    Kaitlin has been teaching yoga since 2008, and recently completed her advanced yoga teacher training with Mara Healy. She has been studying ayurveda since 2012 with Cate Stillman. Kaitlin embraces the path of the modern mystic, blending ancient wisdom with 21st century life.

  • Yoga for Digestion + Detoxification + Insomnia!

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    What’s that saying?

    Oh yes.

    "The best things in life come in threes..."

    Sigrid Matthews’ new Focused Flow Yoga class is the ultimate trifecta of online yoga videos offering:

    1. Yoga for digestion.
    2. Yoga for detoxification.
    3. Yoga for insomnia.

    A yin style restorative practice, this beginner-friendly online yoga class is wonderful after a tough workout or after a long day before you hit the hay. Combining deeper, long-held yoga poses with some key self-acupressure points, this short and soothing online yoga sequence will bring greater balance to the lower body meridians (gall bladder, kidney, liver, and spleen) to restore harmony in your mind and body. Explore variations in many of the poses introduced, and also feel free to extend the length of your personal practice by stopping the video and holding the poses even longer. (25 mins.)

    online yoga video

    Move mindfully.

    Surrender to gravity.

    Breathe.

    Image courtesy of www.deyogatempel.nl

  • 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

     

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