Durga is the goddess of courage and strength. We recognize Durga in strong winds, crashing waves, high surf, autumn, bonfires, and mountains. She’s the energetic quality of courage and inner transformation. We embody Durga’s warrior spirit when we choose to act in spite of fear. Show up and be seen with this empowering sequence. I call it Dancing Warrior Asana.
I used to be the quintessential F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out) girl, often going to events and doing things that I really didn’t want to because I didn’t want to be left out or I felt guilty declining. A lot of time was spent at sporting events and parties I would rather have not attended, or giving to organizations I didn’t want to support because I just didn’t know how to say no.
I’ve been playing Echoes of Devotion by Janet Stone & DJ Drez during my power vinyasa yoga classes for about a year now and I am still not tired of Janet Stone’s beautiful, strong, sultry voice. Her chanting instills a deep sense of empowerment and hope.
Integrity is the condition of being whole and undivided. It is a felt sense of completeness, inner stillness, and quietude. A couple of years ago, I started a practice of 100% no lying, also known as satya.
The spine runs vertically up and down the back of your body. It consists of bones, ligaments, a spinal cord, nerves, muscles, intervertebral discs, and other connective tissue. It also contains your cerebral spinal fluid.
It’s simple but transformative: Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind...most of us avoid clarity because we tell ourselves that we’re being kind, when what we’re actually doing is being unkind and unfair.
Are you looking for something that can help activate mental energy and promote clarity other than stimulants such as coffee? Essential oils can invigorate your senses, give you energy, and make you feel revitalized.
Every year before the winter holidays, I imagine cozy fires, eggnog, family time, and the peace and joy we are supposed to be celebrating. And every year, my reality is a crazy work schedule, keeping up with the activities of two teenagers, and scrambling to make the season bright.
Chaturanga dandasana (also known as four legged staff pose, low plank, or a yoga pushup) is one of the most challenging poses you may encounter in your practice.
Before yoga, I lived a painful life of endless comparison. This is how I chose my education, my career, my first boyfriend, shoes, purses, clothes, baby toys, everything. If someone else wanted it, then I had to have it. Compared to them, I lacked something that would surely ease the emptiness. I was clueless on how to live my life and make good choices.
Everything vibrates, and where there is vibration, there is sound. Everything is energy. A rock, a glass of water, your hand. Everything you can touch, taste, or smell are made of molecules, which are made of atoms, which are made of protons, electrons, and neutrons, which are all vibrating bundles of energy.
Before I ever used meditation cushions, I used pillows from my couch and folded up blankets—anything that would lift my hips a little and provide some sort of respite to my lower back. While my inventions were okay as placeholders, they did not make sitting for long periods of time comfortable or fun