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#NamasteS3 Yoginis Revealed: Meet Michelle Brunet

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 honour to introduce them to you! In this installment, we chat with the eclectic and often upside-down, Michelle Brunet. Michelle Brunet received a vague e-mail about auditions for a televised yoga show. The message contained the contact information of an agent and a question about her interest in possibly pursing a position in the cast. As she had no formal portfolio, her boyfriend snapped some candid photos of her in the park to submit as headshots. With no real specifics on the show she was trying out for, Michelle auditioned twice. "I couldn't see anyone...

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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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Introducing... Ayurvedic Yoga

We are all different. The beauty of ayurvedic yoga is that it recognizes this and prescribes a different practice depending on things like body type, personality, and life circumstances. Many of us are probably aware of the many different types of yoga being practiced. One of these types can be referred to as ayurvedic yoga, and it is quickly gaining in recognition and popularity. In ayurvedic yoga, the goal is to achieve balance by making lifestyle choices and engaging in a yoga practice that is suited to one's unique body type and personality. Ayurveda is the traditional holistic medicine of India that has developed over thousands of years. Ayurveda teaches us to be wise in our lifestyle choices by developing...

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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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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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