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Meet The Wildcard of Namaste Yoga Seasons 1 & 2: Koralee Nickarz

As Namaste TV expands, you may find yourself wondering, “who are these Namaste Yoga instructors, anyway?” It is our distinct honour to introduce them to you! In this installment, we chat with Koralee Nickarz about her Namaste memories, career as a musician and current campaign to produce new music. A seasoned actress at the time, Koralee Nickarz walked into auditions for Namaste Yoga in her "casual audition uniform": a pair of jeans, sparkly top and three-inch heels. Prepared to simply meet producers, she was surprised to be greeted by people in yoga gear! Thankful she had shaved her legs; this resourceful and physically active professional borrowed a pair of shorts from a man possessing a slight build and kind heart,...

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Why Yoga?

I have to agree with Joseph Campbell, the late historian of world religion and myth. I feel that Yoga is one way to really know I am alive, and teaching Yoga is an honor through and through. When we asked you last week why you think that everyone should have a yoga practice, many of your comments reflected this idea -- that yoga is about enriching one's experience of being alive. Another theme from your comments was that, in our busy lives, we often miss this experience of being alive in our attempt to keep up with all that is required from us. Until our lives are threatened in some way -- like the death of a significant other -- we can speed along, without really being...

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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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Practice Guide: Season 1 Episode 4 - Gate Opening

Gate Opening - Overview Beginner: Gate Opening is a graceful practice that works your abdominal muscles and upper body, while improving your balance and increasing fluidity in the movement of your joints. Focus on moving smoothly from one pose to the next and never holding your breath. The Earth-Rain breath-body link pulls grounding energy from the earth while showering the mind and body with positive energy flow. Elbows seal as you lift your hands on the inhale. Drop shoulders and release tension on the exhale breath. Keep your weight balanced on both legs and feel grounded in your feet through the link. Advanced: This is an uplifting sequence with movements that are expansive and fluid, allowing for full extension and...

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Practice Guide: Season 1 Episode 6 - Half Moon

Half Moon - Overview Beginner: A challenging practice that will improve your balance and strengthen your feet, ankles and legs while stretching the spine and backs of the legs. Take care when moving from the low point of Lateral Angle to Center. Narrow your stance if you are uncomfortable. During the sun moon breath-body link be mindful of your spinal alignment as you inhale and reach to the sun - tuck your tailbone under and focus on pulling your belly and chest up. On the exhale, contract your belly and use the strength of your arms to bring the calm energy of the moon back to you. Advanced: The Half Moon Sequence is a blissfully sensual practice that will improve...

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