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#NamasteS3 Yoginis Revealed: Meet Judy Swens

As excitement intensifies over the creation of our third season, you may find yourself wondering, "Who are these new Namaste Yoga instructors, anyway?" It is our distinct honour to introduce them to you! In this installment, we chat with Judy Swens, Wanderlust Wayfarer, Sunshine Coast Yoga Festival organizer and co-creator of Prakriti Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. Judy Swens saw a post about auditions for Namaste Yoga's third season through the Vancouver School of Yoga's community group. "I checked the website and loved the notion behind the show and the beautiful scenes of yoga outdoors," she explains. When recalling her audition, Judy says, "I probably performed the most shaky yoga ever!" The Basics Personal Motto: "Be the change you want to see."...

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Inspirational Quotes from Namaste: Crane

  Among the most intriguing of Seasons 1 & 2 of Namaste Yoga, Crane is a challenging practice that builds upper body strength and calls you to really tune in to your practice. Moving in and out of Crane/Crow posture allows for tiny adjustments to be made while the memory of the pose is still alive in your mind and body. Remember not to worry if you fall — it's all part of the practice. Are you ready to reveal a new sense of strength? Use our Companion Guide to study the phrase of poses. Explore our Journey into Crane for an experiential account of the sequence. To explore this posture flow, download it from iTunes. Namaste   At Namaste...

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Big Things are Made of Small Pieces

If you look at a challenging pose like Crane, you can be immediately overwhelmed. It looks impossible! Crazy even, but when you look at the steps, they may not seem so hard. When you approach them with patience and love, one little piece at a time... you get there. In the process of approaching a pose, even if the results are not what you intended; you discover things along the way that help you learn and grow. That is what truly makes the effort worthwhile. The same is true of many other daring ventures. They seem so daunting at first, but when you start looking at the components, you see that they are more approachable. Large tasks can be dissected...

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Nine Places to Consider Bringing Yoga

When you realize how much yoga is giving you, it seems natural and logical to want to give that to everyone around you! Many explore the idea of becoming a yoga teacher, but this is not a practical option for all. In this season of giving, there are few gifts that compare to that of health and peace of mind. Keep reading for nine places you might consider introducing to yoga. 1. Nursing Home -  Few are more aware of the gift of time than the elderly and infirm. While we are not suggesting Crane balance, gentle stretches and time spent listening will go a long way towards lifting spirits here. 2. School - Teachers with papers to grade (or simply...

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Vineyard Vinyasa: Let it Flow and Let. It. Go.

The structure of humanity converges and diverges with our environment in so many ways. Our reciprocal breathing exchange being an obvious connection, but we also share similarities in structure. Look at the core of a nearby plant: it has a stronger center structure, and then branches out into limbs that can bring forth all manner of life and inspiration. Fortunately for us, there are a wealth of plants that bear sustenance for our species, but few share the aptitude for grace and romance that you can find in a vineyard. If you are so fortunate, download sequences such as Triangle and Crane and take them to a vineyard, where inspiring examples of gentle strength, and notions that there are many...

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