• Defeating Seasonal Depression

    March 8, 2017

      What is it? If you’re living in New England, chances are you’ve heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (aptly abbreviated to SAD and otherwise known as seasonal depression). For those of you not in the American Northeast, what sounds like a goofy or trivial issue is actually a serious clinical condition that can alter half a person’s year this far north. Unlike other forms of depression, the seasonal variety can sometimes be staved off by informed and preemptive at-home measures.   What does it look like? SAD is a form of depression, which is characterized generall

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  • Guest Blog — From Fear To Focus: When to Meditate

    February 21, 2017

      Single pointed focus: the number one tenant of a mediation and yoga practice.   We've all heard teachers and practitioners alike speak of it. A simple concept that feels endlessly difficult to achieve and maintain. Have you ever crossed paths with one of "those people" who seemingly drop into meditation as if it were their second home? Their faces soft, eyes smiling, an intimidating fullness to their attention. I often thought that in order to achieve this level of awareness, I must calm my hurricane mind. How wrong I was.   My story of single-pointed focus

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  • Guest Blog — Safe in Practice: An Inside Endeavor

    January 23, 2017

    Yoga is a dance between control and surrender, between pushing and letting go; and when to push and when to let go becomes a part of the creative process. --Joel Kramer There I was …so close to my backside touching the floor. In Supta Virasana, reclined hero pose, I’d dreamed of gliding into the pose with ease and grace. And so, I did. That is, until I didn’t. When I came out of the pose, my knee was screaming. The painful part of this experience is that I knew better than to go into overdrive on the edge of asana. Therein lies one of yoga’s mysteries - understanding the edge in

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  • Guest Blog — Santosha, Asana and Injury: Finding My Way Home

    December 30, 2016

    Santosha, Asana and Injury: Finding My Way Back Home I have an on-again-off-again relationship with my vinyasa asana practice. Although this is the style that I predominantly teach, my own experience reflects something more like a tumultuous high school romance. One day, it is fiery, sweaty, filled with awe and inspiration as my breath moves my body into more “advanced” postures. I sweat. I breathe. I listen. My heart beats, steady and rhythmic, my focus razor sharp, my savasana sweet and my meditation? A dream. Other days, though, old injuries, pains and thought patterns come to pla

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  • Guest Blog – Hooked on the Hot Yoga

    December 21, 2016

    Hooked on the Hot Yoga Take a yoga class? No way! A hot yoga class? An even crazier idea! That was my mindset. Yoga seemed like an activity for mystical and ridiculously flexible people, and I was neither. Now it has been 5 years of taking hot yoga classes. I’m still not mystical or very flexible, but I’m hooked on the hot yoga. I work with recovering addicts and alcoholics. Five years ago, a coworker we call Hot Yoga Steve suggested our program try offering hot yoga classes for our clients. The plan was to implement two classes per week starting at 6:45 AM. It seemed like something

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  • Lessons from Yoga: What to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

    December 12, 2016

    Lessons from Yoga: What to Do When You're Feeling Overwhelmed It’s the holiday season again, and stress can easily grow alongside all the festivity and cheer. Things get super busy, many end-of-year loose ends need tying up, and large/multiple family events can quickly lead to sensory overload. It’s a recipe for letting your self-care regimen grind to a halt. Many people wind up overwhelmed during the holidays and start of the New Year. How can you prevent that from happening? Here’s a list of relatively quick and efficient decompression tips and tricks that you can fall back on this

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  • Color Your Mood: 9 Simple Steps to Brighten Every Day

    December 2, 2016

    Color Your Mood: 9 Simple Steps to Brighten Every Day 1) Wear a bright color. Or have it visible near you throughout your day. Color psychology works to prime your mind for certain messages and moods, like joy or energy. Full yellow, rich pink, warm orange, lively blue, and spring green are all invigorating visual stimuli to gear your mind up for a positive vibe. 2) Make music. Listening to tunes that emphasize a certain mood cause you to feel that mood more easily! Either play an instrument or take ten minutes to cultivate a short pep playlist to plug into during your down days. If you

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  • Applied Yoga: 7 Poses for Runners (and Turkey Trotters!)

    November 23, 2016

    Applied Yoga: 7 Poses for Runners (and Turkey Trotters!) Whether you run every day or just for a Thanksgiving Turkey/Tofurkey Trot, yoga is integral to staying safe and healthy while you run! This becomes especially true if, like us, you live in an area that is starting to get very cold for the winter. Be kind to your muscles and show the family how to stretch yogi-style before and after your post-meal exercise! Butterfly: Once seated, hold your ankles and gentle raise and lower your knees off the ground. This movement airs out the hip flexors and glutes while gently waking up the

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  • Guest Blog – Contentment is Not Conditional

    November 16, 2016

    Guest Blog - Contentment is Not Conditional Monday. A domino effect: I'll feel better when it's Friday. I'll be happier when I finish this project. I'll feel satisfied when I land this job. I'll be content when I start eating healthier. I’ll feel like a real yogi when I nail that pose. When the summer's over. When the holidays come. When I look a certain way. When. When. When. When. Contentment is not conditional. The grass is greener, they say. 10 Steps to a Better You, they claim. How to Never Fully Accept Yourself, I read. A fine line between development and pu

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  • Making Time for Yoga

    October 25, 2016

    Making Time for Yoga Yoga is a beautiful and ancient practice to which many people have dedicated their lives through the millennia. Serious dedication to yoga is a noble pursuit with many benefits for the body and the mind. But not many people have time for that these days, in our busy modern world! We often don’t even get close to the 8 hours of sleep we need a night, let alone develop an exercise routine. So how on Mother Earth do you make time for yoga? Instead of blocking off a whole hour or two at a time, get creative about where you can sneak in 5-10 minutes of yoga here and the

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