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7 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence

7 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence

What exactly is emotional intelligence (EI)? Psychology Today says it’s: The ability to accurately identify your own emotions, as well as those of others The ability to utilize emotions and apply them to tasks, like thinking and problem-solving. The ability to manage emotions, including controlling your own, as well as the ability to cheer up or […]

10 Things to Tell Yourself Instead of “I Can’t”

10 Things to Tell Yourself Instead of “I Can’t”

  We’ve all heard of the power of positive thinking and most of us probably believe it. The idea that we can increase our overall feeling of happiness by dwelling on uplifting things, isn’t all that far-fetched. But what do we do when our minds are so consumed with worry, fear, and discouragement, that we […]

Influential US Yoga Teachers

Influential US Yoga Teachers

  If we’ve been connected for any time at all you know my ultra-geeky thing is highlighting exceptional yoga teachers. I keep these kinds of lists handy when I travel because I look up their site and see if they are teaching in the town I’m visiting. Enjoy! Here’s a new list from somina.com. These […]

Malas: How to use Tibetan Prayer Beads

Malas: How to use Tibetan Prayer Beads

One of my readers asked if I could write a post on the proper way of holding and counting Tibetan Prayer Beads – malas. What are Malas? Mala is the original Sanskrit word for the prayer beads used for counting mantra recitations. Malas are ubiquitous in Tibetan Buddhist communities all over the world, wrapped around wrists or […]

Six Invaluable Qualities

Six Invaluable Qualities

APPLYING THE SIX BUDDHIST PERFECTIONS (PARAMITAS) IN YOUR LIFE  The six perfections (paramitas) in Buddhism are considered “invaluable qualities” that develop during a Buddhist practice. The literal translation of “paramita” is “gone to the other shore,” a reference to the transcendence of delusion and reconnection with Buddha mind as reality. While the six perfections are […]

Yin Yoga 101: What You Need To Know by Hope Zvara

Yin Yoga 101: What You Need To Know by Hope Zvara

Yin Yoga 101: What You Need To Know

Stretching is in your brain?

Stretching is in your brain?

“…when we increase our range of motion through stretching, it isn’t because we pulled on our tissues and made them longer. It’s because we visited the edge of our stretch (also called stretch “tolerance”) enough times that our brain started to feel comfortable there and it began to allow us to move deeper into that […]

The Power of Breathing: 4 Pranayama Techniques Worth Practicing

The Power of Breathing: 4 Pranayama Techniques Worth Practicing

Yoga Wisdom of the Day ~ PranayamaAsana “Any problem in the world can be solved by breathing” ~ Stephanie Spence The Power of Breathing: 4 Pranayama Techniques Worth Practicing Breathing is something we do on a daily basis. The body, in a living state, breathes involuntarily whether we are awake, sleeping, or actively exercising. Breathing […]

10 dharma books everyone should have

10 dharma books everyone should have

Buddhism A-Z ~ selected by the editors of  Shambhala Sun  (which is now Lion’s Roar)  1. After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield (Bantam, 2000) According to Jack Kornfield, enlightenment does exist and is even pretty common. The rub is that after achieving it, day-to-day tasks and troubles still await you. This is a […]

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Pablo Picasso ~       The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect […]

“I wake up each morning with a beautiful pink and orange sunrise to the east. I walk in the forest every day. I go to bed with bright stars like diamonds in the sky and I track the shape and location of the moon each night. It is very quiet where I live, we only […]

Self-Care Cheat Sheet

Self-Care Cheat Sheet

yoga wisdom of the day –  self-loveasana =  putting yourself first, taking great care of yourself, is healthy               Self-Care Cheat Sheet – Self-Care Isn’t Rocket Science (but your soul and body and mind will thank you). Here’s all you need to know: Get Some Rest – naps work […]

2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance

2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance

  Since 2012, the Number of Practitioners Increased by 50 Percent to over 36 Million; Yearly Practitioner Spending Grew From $10B to $16B BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The newly released 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that the number of US yoga practitioners has increased […]

Where do you find time to write?

Where do you find time to write?

“Write at the edges of the day.” Toni Morrison, author of “Beloved”           Thanks to my online friends who inspire me ~ Someone just DM’d me this question: Where do you find time to write? No excuses, 2016 is YOUR year. Have you decided that? Have you really made a DECISION […]

How To Survive and Thrive As An Entrepreneur

How To Survive and Thrive As An Entrepreneur

No one prepares you for the inevitable four-in-the-morning jolt of realization that your passionate, wild idea has now become stressful. No one, at least in my case, prepares you for the self-examination and realization of what you excel at and what you are awful at. Both the good and the bad of owning a small […]

How Does Yoga Philosophy Fit Into Our World?

How Does Yoga Philosophy Fit Into Our World?

Practicing Yoga Promotes Peace ~ While I am sure that the philosophy of yoga will vary according to who you speak to, my basic version can enhance your life. The simple philosophy of yoga can be applied even in our lives over 3000 years after yoga was documented. Yoga is a practice of developing your […]

Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs

Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs

Honored to be included ~ You’ll recognize lots of yoga friends featured here on this blog. (and… yes… some i’ll feature in my forthcoming book & here also…) BookYogaRetreats.com’s Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs Repost of Monday November 30, 2015 article from BookYogaRetreats.com. When it comes to yoga blogs, we are aware that there’s an […]

New Year, New You ~ 2016 ~ How to make a vision board

New Year, New You ~ 2016 ~ How to make a vision board

Vision Boards 101 noun : a visual representation of your goals, dreams, and ideal life. : see also-“dream board” or “inspiration board” How to create a vision board: 1. Identify your goals and desires. Each of our lives has a unique purpose. When we align our goals with this purpose, we have more fun have […]

Yoga Wisdom of the Day ~ VerityAsana

Yoga Wisdom of the Day ~ VerityAsana

yoga wisdom of the day ~ verityasana =  the universe responds to authenticity Community is like a garden, plant your seeds. This is the time of year I start looking at my past year and thinking about my future. Not from a “living in the past or future” fear-based place ~ I’ve worked to live […]

Gayatri Mantra – Yoga Mantra explained

Gayatri Mantra – Yoga Mantra explained

    The Gayatri Mantra consists of twenty-four syllables – three lines of eight syllables each. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Upanishads. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of […]

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