In yoga, we settle the mind by moving the body though the "8 limbs" of practice: asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath practice), yamas & niyamas (inner and outer observances) amoung other simple yet complex practices (pratyahara, dharana, dyana, samadhi).  But "yoga" doesn't have to include all of them, all the time. I taught a yoga nidra class (deep relaxation and meditation) recently and someone asked when we would "do the yoga part". It's a common misconception that it's not yoga if you're not in a warrior 2 position at some point. Sometimes your yoga can be the mindfulness you espouse during the day. Mindful of your thoughts, what you eat, how you interact with people...taking your yoga off the mat is more important to me than if you...

Years ago, I think I was like many people who resisted walking into a yoga studio. I felt like I wouldn't be able to hang. I have the tightest hamstrings on earth (I still think I do), I'm not naturally flexible, and when I would try to keep up with yoga DVD's at home, I would practically break my neck trying to watch the instructor because I didn't "know the poses". I think that's the general have to be an advanced yogi to even walk into a studio-it's SO not true! But I get it.

Fast forward, and I'm the teacher.

Yesterday in my vinyasa class, a student was in my class for the first time because of a last-minute schedule change. She had attempted a yoga class before, and said "never again" after not being able to handle the intens...

Maybe you've driven by the studio like I did for a few years...afraid to come in. I look back now and realize it was kind of silly, and all of my fears were really just wild stories I created in my head. I figured there were only serious yogis in there who would turn their noses up at me-a girl who only did yoga with a dvd at home. And by "did yoga" I mean I tried to follow along with the instructor on the tv, but basically spent the whole time craning my neck to look up, and figure out if I was making the right shape with my body. There was no breath-body connection, no community, and no real "practice" in what I was doing. But it was a place to start.

I will be honest with you-yoga is so much more than a physical exercise.  You learn that very...

If you would've told me ten years ago that I could have family/work balance, own a piece of the multi-billion dollar global skincare market, and could do it all from home or while traveling? I would've told you that you were nuts. But it IS absolutely possible to live the life you imagine. This is not another job, but a lifestyle focused on sharing, being creative & giving back. I know because it has happened for me and it can work for you too, if you're motivated and committed to learning as you go-I can show you how!

In my life before children, I was a special education teacher. I worked with children and adults with various special needs, mainly autism and severe disabilites. To say I loved it, and that I felt strongly that...

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Yoga isn't just a practice, it's a way of life

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