Recent Reflections…

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Embed Your Instagram Photos and Bring Your Blog Posts To Life

Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms to connect with people from all over the world. I just love the simplicity of capturing everyday moments and inviting people into my world through photojournalism.  One feature I love about Instagram is how I can easily embed the pictures or videos on my blog. It […]

Yoga Practice

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Asana Lab: Learn & Chant The Ashtanga Yoga Closing Mantra With Me!

The Ashtanga Yoga Practice starts with a beautiful mantra which I wrote about <here>, and it ends with a just as equal beautiful mantra. The mantras are traditional, and they should be chanted with intention. Usually when you walk into a traditional Ashtanga Yoga Shala, the teacher calls “Samastitihi”, which means equal standing posture. You […]

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Asana Lab: Progress or Problems in Pasasana (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I wrote about my struggle with Pasasana, the first posture of the Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodhana) of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. I’ve been working on it consistently, but still feel like I’m still in the same spot. This tends to happen in Ashtanga, at least to me. However, as a teacher, I […]

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Asana Lab: Yoga Is Not Meant To Be Beautiful, It’s Meant To Be Real!

Did that title throw you off a little? I guess it depends how you define beautiful. In the big picture, everything is beautiful. Every emotion we feel, every mistake we make, every time we cry, everything we eat, from poverty to wealth, from birth and death – Everything is beautiful. The whole process is beautiful […]

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Meditation

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Five Minutes A Day To A Quiet Mind: My First Guest Post!

Hi Everyone! Last year I attended a Vipassana Meditation retreat. It was a profound experience where I learned to observe the mind and thought patterns through meditation techniques. This process created less suffering and more happiness in my life! It was one of the best experiences of my life, and made me see the world […]

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11 Ways To Calm The Mind & Unwind

Today’s Mixtape is a round-up post of a few ways to calm the mind for the busy people out there… I find that the majority of people have incredibly busy lives, and I can relate. It’s been a struggle for me to balance my full time 9-5 job, being a full time blogger, a yoga […]

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Clear Your Chakras With Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana)

A few weeks ago I had an Ayurvedic Consult, and one of the things that was prescribed to me was a pranayama called alternate nostril breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana. Nadi Shodhana means nerve cleansing in sanskrit, and pranayama means the extension of prana or life force. Pranayama is the 4th limb of yoga and […]

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Starting Your Yoga Practice

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5 Yoga Essentials: A Starter Kit for Your First Visit To A Yoga Studio

Quick Note: Scroll to the bottom to see the summary I created for quick reference.  I’m not flexible. I have no balance. I don’t know what to bring. I have no experience. I’ll look funny. People will make fun of me! I’m just listing off all of the excuses I hear of why people stray […]

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Starting A Meditation Practice: Beginner Tips for Quieting The Mind

Last year I attended a 10 day silent meditation retreat in TwentyNine Palms CA, where I completely fell in love with the desert. It was a very intense experience, yet a rewarding experience, which I’ll write more about one day soon. If I start writing about it now I’ll get carried away. So for now, I just […]

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Preparing An At Home Yoga Practice & Creating Your Home Yoga Studio

Being in a situation where you must begin an at-home-practice for whatever reason can be downright frightening!  When you’re deep in the pattern of going to the same studio for years, 6 days a week, it’s quite an adjustment period. Just the thought of having to leave can cause some anxiety and bring up issues […]

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Reviews & Interviews

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Feature Review: Retromended Vintage Fashion (& GIVEAWAY)

Tucked away in a courtyard across from Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando, FL is an authentic and modern vintage boutique called Retromended owned by Brandy Tezak. I first met Brandy about three years ago when she came into my yoga class. It was around that time that she had just opened her Etsy Store. It has been incredibly […]

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My Yoga Journal

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Notes From My Practice Journal: Allowing Love Into My Life

It was a little chilly out this morning, so when I pulled up to the little Shala where I practice yoga, I scurried out of my car to quickly get out of the cold rainy Florida weather. It felt so cozy when I walked into the heated room, and it was a blessing to see […]

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Yoga Journal: How Do I Get Into That Posture….???

Whenever I’m hanging out with my fellow Yogi’s and we’re talking about practice, the same controversial practice topics come up. One of the things with Yoga is that it’s not all black and white. There’s not just one way, but that’s such a hard concept for westerners to understand. We’re always trying to find the […]

Yoga Journal: Finding Happiness During Difficulties

Attachment is a theme that keeps coming up in my practice. During practice, I will start thinking about how I just want to let go. I know I am holding onto something, but I am not really sure what. A thought came into my mind this morning that this everyday human existence is pretty tough. I am […]

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Friday Mixtape

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I started using Twitter a few years ago when I started my first blog, The New Vegan. I found it overwhelming, and did … [Read More...]

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Hi Everyone! It's finally the weekend, and I have some new stuff to announce that I'm super excited … [Read More...]

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I've been following a few of my favorite bloggers who do round-ups about things they're loving right now. I get a lot of … [Read More...]

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