Soul Bits

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“If only eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be” -Karen Salmannsohn

Each of us has different aspects to our personality, different moods, and even deeper than that, each of us has different parts of our individual. For instance, we might be shy and observant sometimes but boisterous and outgoing at other times. We may be crabby one day and joyful the next day. We may be a go-getter in one aspect of our ...

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Practicing Yoga With Injuries

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You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are: Practicing Yoga With Injuries

“‘Meeting yourself where you are’ is a dance between complacency and perfectionism, coupled with trusting that you are stronger than you think you are.”

I am a yoga skeptic, turned yoga student, turned yoga teacher. It’s been quite the evolution from my “it’s not worth exercising unless it kicks my butt” days to where I am now (15 years later). I’m still both a student and a teacher at all times, ...

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A Letter From This Moment

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Dear Human,

I haven’t heard about your past. I’m not sure what kind of childhood you had, or if your parents were around much. I don’t know if you did well in school, if you were popular, or if you had a best friend.

I don’t know if you went to college, or had trouble finding a job, or lived without a home. I don’t know if you made much money or if that even mattered.

I don’t know what vices you’ve held ...

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Emotions + The Body

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“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” -Jason Crandell
Our bodies are so dang cool! We can move, strengthen, and release certain parts of the body and actually feel it in our emotions! We don’t even have to think about the emotional specifics, just moving and releasing makes you emotionally feel stronger and lighter.

Recall phrases like “trust your gut,” “cold feet,” “get something off your chest,” “heart goes ...

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Impactful Words

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In 1994, Masaru Emoto started conducting a series of experiments to determine the effects of different energies—through pictures, words, and music—on water crystals. What he found was nothing short of amazing: In his experiments with word, the water that was exposed to positive words like “gratitude,” “truth,” and “peace,” created beautiful, symmetrical patterned water crystals. In contrast, the water that was exposed to negative words like “evil,” “you disgust me,” and “you fool,” created disfigured crystals.

Emoto’s experiments found that ...

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Spring Cleaning – It’s Not Just for Your House

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Even in dry Colorado, spring brings an increase in dampness and continued coolness. Signs of imbalance in the spring include allergies, spring colds, and feeling sluggish. In keeping with the Ayurvedic principle that like increases like and opposites lead to balance, spring is a time to move to a lighter diet and to engage in stimulating, healthy activities.

Counter the season’s tendencies with a few adjustments to your daily routine and diet:

  • Favor light, warm, drying foods. Now is the time ...
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Nuzzle Up Into Your Seat

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written upon the Beaches of Costa Rica

These are a complication of words that came to me as I observed my morning and evening meditations on the beach over a few days in march while i was in Costa Rica.

eye lids connect.
take a moment to tune in.
waves crashing. Crickets. Wind. Softness.
Glimpses of breath, rising and falling.
Eyes open to find reassurance. To see safety. To feel here.
gaze up to see a painting of light, stars shining ...

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Mat as a Mirror

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Each moment is unique from every moment that precedes or follows it. This moment, right now, doesn’t know anything about any other moment you’ve ever had. It doesn’t know how deeply you’ve breathed in the past, it doesn’t know if you’ve ever mastered that pose, it doesn’t know if you’ve cried or yelled or given up. This moment only knows you as you are right now.

On your mat, you have the power to access the depths of this moment. Your ...

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Devotional Darling

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For me, my jewelry is sacred. I want the malas and jewelry I design and create to be sacred to the wearer. My mission in making malas and jewelry is that it will mean something special to you. Each semiprecious or precious stone in the jewelry is believed to have special powers and energies. It is personal to choose stones with meanings that speak to your soul, your heart, your struggle and your dreams. I love creating pieces for people ...

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