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Kundalini Yoga – The Yoga Of Awareness

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We invited fellow writer and yogi, Michelle Lipper, to explain once and for all to us: what the hell is Kundalini Yoga anyway? Let me start of by saying that if you have never heard of Kundalini Yoga, you are not alone. And if you have recently started hearing about it more and more, well you are not alone either. Kundalini Yoga it is gaining popularity and notoriety at a rapid rate- thanks in large part to teachers like Guru Jaget whose new book is on the NYT Bestseller list…read more

Postpartum Yoga

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Now that I’ve made it through the mine field that is “pregnancy fear traps” – the constant horror stories that people tell you about their pregnancies – almost none of which I actually experienced, cause it turns out, surprise surprise, a healthy lifestyle leading up to pregnancy pays off in dividends; I’m deep in the thick of the mine field that is “birth fear” stories. There is a loose peppering of postpartum stories that are starting but I’m sure will pour down on me once I am through the excruciating-worse-than-gun-shots…read more

Desa Seni , Canggu – Bali

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Every yoga studio has a vibe, a sort of personality onto itself.  Desa Seni, a high end eco resort and retreat space in Canggu, Bali is definitely the celebrity rehab of yoga studios on the island – the vibe is chic, LA rich mommies on vacation, but don’t let that fool you – there is little ego here. I used to live up the street on a rice field, in a more local part of town (read: affordable) but you bet your ass I went to Desa Seni regularly. Sure I…read more

10 Minute Meditation for Beginner Minds

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My meditation practice is completely gone. The most I can manage as a daily practice is morning prayer and puja to Ganesha with a little kirtan while I make breakfast. Being super super pregnant, I cannot do asana practice like I could and that has helped flushed the remainder of my meditation practice down the toilet. But I need to get back and my ego has fully surrendered that I need to start at step 1. Here are my top 10 minute meditations. Set a timer, try them all. Mindfulness…read more

A Guide to Yoga in San Cristobal de las casas, Mexico

Posted by in Studio Review, Travel Mom

I’ve only been living in San Cristobal (or San Cris as most foreigners call it) for a couple of weeks, but I came with a need for a refresh in my practice and I’ve been searching with a vengeance. Part of what I’m working on is reconnecting to my daily practice of puja – morning prayers and singing some kirtan. My practice is always changing slightly but the backbone is the same: Ganesha, my main squeeze is who I pray to in the mornings. Previously, I was lighting my incense…read more

Removing Anger: How to get through the real deep sh*t

Posted by in Meditation, Paths Of Yoga

  I just spent the last seven months of my pregnancy trying to make a relationship work with the father. We got pregnant on a first date and after dating for a few weeks, called it quits – only to find out we were pregnant. My initial gut instinct was to do it on my own, I didn’t feel he had any desire to be a father and truth be told, he was not that into me. But he wanted to be involved and he wanted to be in a…read more

Ridin’ Dirty – Getting Back Into Your Daily Practice

Posted by in Meditation, Yoga on the Road

I have had a daily or almost-daily practice for close to five years. It started off with a daily exercise regime, then I became a yoga teacher and that reset my schedule to include daily meditation and yoga. Over the years, it’s become a lot looser; I exercise daily, practice some form of yoga, whether it be breath work or meditation or asana. I don’t over think it, but I knew I needed it- every day. Then I got pregnant. In the beginning I had a lot of resentment towards…read more

Mahadevi Ashram – Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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The Mahadevi Ashram and Kaivalya Yoga School, is village-like ashram tucked away in the trees on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Nearby San Marcos (the Goa of Central America), is famous for it’s yoga and healing scene here in Central America, but can get a little out of hand with young Californian festival-types descending on the lake for some RnR and alternative partying during winters. If you’re looking for something a little more authentic, then look no further than Mahadevi in the neighbouring town of Tzununa. A year ago, I was living…read more

Bandhas: Lock Your Way to Real Core Strength

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When I learned to teach yoga, I got kinda yoga fat. I know there is this idea of a yoga butt at home, but I think it’s for people who are not doing anything previous to taking up an asana practice. I came to yoga straight off 6 months of training for a boxing match. I was muscular, I had exceptional cardio, and I was strong af. One month of daily Ashtanga asana practice and sitting on a clay floor taking notes all afternoon made me doughy. Apparently it’s pretty…read more

Pregnancy + Yoga

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I found out just over a month ago that I’m pregnant. Great news right? Mine came at a strange time in my life. The father and I conceived on our first date and found out close to a month later, when we had decided to just be friends. Many tears, lies, fights, ups and downs later, we’re now three months pregnant, living together and looking forward to welcoming our first baby but also taking our time falling in love with each other – one shaky step at a time. I…read more