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Five Ways to Avoid Winter Stagnation

Oh baby, it's cold outside! When all you want to do is stay nestled in your warm bed, it is easy to get into a space where all of your energy expenditures are at the bare minimum. Operating at this level of output for too long can have detrimental effects! Weight gain happens when we consume lots of rich foods and spend our free time curled up on the couch. Negative thoughts creep into our minds when we are not active and engaged in productive daily activities. Illness comes to call on bodies whose defenses are lowered in the name of "hibernation." The yoga body, with consistent practice, seems to repel many of these dispensations. Yoga teaches the practitioner to...

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'Tis the Season to Twist Away Tension

The Holiday Season is a time for celebrating the gifts of life and being with loved ones. However, the holidays can also be a time of year where stress and anxiety are heightened. Whether shopping for gifts, travelling to see friends and family (both near and far), finances or even dealing with uncomfortable family situations, the holidays — while intended to be a celebration — can sometimes add unwanted stress. In the current swirl of commercial and social pressures, it's easy to forget the meaningfulness of the season when holiday stress leads to impatience, feeling tired and being overwhelmed. It's also the time of year where there's a tendency to put our own health and wellness on the backburner until...

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BKS Iyengar: The Light that Remains

  It has been approximately two months since we learned of BKS Iyengar's passing. Born December 14, 1918 and having practiced and taught yoga for more than 60 years, Iyengar will be forever remembered for bringing yoga to the West, as well as his systematization of more than 200 poses and 14 breathing practices.  The sparks of inspiration that blazed in the light of his life now shine collectively, embers that glow with his rich legacy. They shine within every student that was touched by his light, both those who studied with him directly and those who call his students their teachers. And the cycle continues. Future generations of teachers and students will be touched by his light and will find their paths...

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Inspirational Quotes from Namaste: Riding the Wind

  A graceful test of balance and strength, the Riding the Wind sequence is a challenging practice that builds strength, balance and focus. This flight of fancy encourages feelings of freedom, lightness and grace as the poses work to open your heart center and revitalize the body. Explore your position in space with a sequence that dares you to dream. Are you ready to soar? Use our Companion Guide to study the phrase of poses. Explore our Journey into Riding the Wind for an experiential account of the sequence. To take this ride, download it from iTunes. Namaste   At Namaste TV, we know that it can be difficult to navigate the world of yoga, which is why our social media platforms...

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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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