Self Care

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Our culture generally gives big pats on the back for helping others, selflessness, and hard work.

While these qualities are admirable, they don’t applaud the individuals who take care of themselves so they can take care of others. Sometimes there we even impose guilt for spending time taking care of ourselves.

Through most of my childhood into adolescence, I went to a summer camp that bore the motto “I am third.” I didn’t realize it ...

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Comfortable Yoga

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Language is important and malleable and funny. I recently heard myself saying in a yoga class, “do X . . . if it’s comfortable for you.”

“If it’s comfortable?” What kind of yoga gives you the option of comfort over growth?

I always wanted yoga to be something shiny and pleasant and bright, but what I found again and again was that yoga shows us what we need to see—and sometimes that thing is dark or challenging ...

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Inversions

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Somewhere in your subconscious lies a story so funny that it makes you giggle every time the memory is brought to the surface. Maybe it’s triggered by a word or prompted by having a particular group of people in the same space. Whatever it is, you have at least one of those stories.

I keep a laughter journal to remember all of the moments that have made me laugh for way longer than was appropriate. One such memory was a story ...

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Why I Talk to My Body

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“Hey knees. I’m really grateful for all the ways you let me move and play. I know we’ve had our disagreements over the years, but I feel like we’re taking care of each other these days. I appreciate you. I love you. I’m sorry about the scrapes and bruises . . . but that was fun, eh?”

This is a pretty typical conversation between me and my body. It’s a casual chat in gratitude for all the parts that keep me ...

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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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