Smithsonian yoga exhibit lectures now all online for you

Originally posted on The Confluence Countdown:
I’d been paying attention to the Freer|Sackler Youtube page, figuring at some point they’d get up some things from the big yoga exhibit. I slacked off, but they are available at this link. They’ve been up a couple of weeks — and only have 60 or so views each,…

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes for Yogis to Live By

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!

2011 iPod Touch vs. 2001 iPod…Evolution on Display

It’s a beautiful thing…

High Vibrations Yoga DVD by Jo Tastula

I’ve been practicing yoga pretty regularly lately with YogaGlo and one of my favorite yoga teachers on the site is Jo Tastula. Besides having a great Australian accent she teaches a pretty darn near perfect vinyasa flow class. I always feel inspired, focused, and in the moment afterwards. Most of her classes on YogaGlo range between 30 and 60 minutes–enough time to get good and sweaty–, but I recently discovered she also has an excellently produced DVD, High Vibrations Yoga, which consists of five short meditations and five sun salutation practices. Any combination of the practices can be completed in less than 20 minutes. Great for those moments when you don’t have a lot of time, but want to reconnect with and realign your body’s energy.

For the love of lululemon…

…in case you were wondering what to do with all your lululemon bags…

Mindful Breathing: Round n’ Round We Go…

The most effective and accessible antidote to anxiety is to establish a grounded, centered breath with sound, referred to as ujjayi, “one who is victorious,” or ujjayi breath, “victorious breath.” Read more to learn how to find the ujjayi sweet spot…

Get your virtual chillax on with Yoga Retreat on Facebook…

You know you’re curious to find out what this Facebook “Yoga Retreat” game is all about. Well, wait no longer, Yoga Retreat is now live and just waiting for you to unleash your virtual yogic amazingness.

Bhakti Fest 2012: The Festival of Yoga, Kirtan and Wisdom from the Heart Returns to Joshua Tree September 6-9

Bhakti Fest is celebrating its fourth season September 6 – 9 at the Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Center, in Joshua Tree, CA. Yoga, kirtan music and wisdom workshops will be offered in the tradition of the dynamic Bhakti Fests since 2009.

According to Sridhar Silberfein, Founder and Producer of the Bhakti Fests, “Bhakti is devotion to love. Shining within and without like the sun. We emanate pure love whenever and wherever we go, giving unconditional love to everyone, especially our personal relationships. This year’s Bhakti Fest will be a total immersion in this love for all the presenters and attendees.”

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Tiny Devotions + Daily Cup of Yoga Mala Giveaway

With summer days quickly fading and the summer yoga festival circuit coming to a symbolic savasana (wait, wait…you still have time to hit up Bhakti Fest!), we thought you could use a little sunny news. So cheer up because right now you have a chance to win some new yoga mala bling, courtesy of Tiny Devotions!

Yoga Solutions for Better Sleep

Apparently the National Sleep Foundation is onto something. 65% of all Americans have trouble sleeping. Here are some yoga solutions for sleep that I’ve shared along the way to help non-sleepers become dreamy sleepers. I hope they help you, too.

Making Your Yoga Practice a Moving Meditation

From interview of Ashtanga yoga pioneer, David Williams, in Guruji: More and more over the years, I work to make my yoga practice a moving meditation, and then at the end of my practice, when I get up and walk away, I continue that meditation into my life, all day long. So I consider the […]

Get your virtual chillax on with Yoga Retreat on Facebook…

You know you’re curious to find out what this Facebook “Yoga Retreat” game is all about. Well, wait no longer, Yoga Retreat is now live and just waiting for you to unleash your virtual yogic amazingness.

Vinyasa Yoga – How Flow Can You Go?

While K. Pattabhi Jois popularized Vinyasa yoga in the Western world, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, (Ashtanga meaning 8-limbed path in ancient yogic teachings) has arguably been around for centuries. In many circles, it is simply known as ‘flow’ yoga since the asana are practiced much like Surya Namaskara, or sun salutations, in a continuous flow from one movement to another coordinated with the breath. The great thing about a Vinyasa practice, or simply, flow, is that participants can get more of a cardiovascular workout, and while alignment and practicing asana correctly is vital, there is a freedom of movement not always apparent in other styles of yoga that many people enjoy.

High Vibrations Yoga DVD by Jo Tastula

I’ve been practicing yoga pretty regularly lately with YogaGlo and one of my favorite yoga teachers on the site is Jo Tastula. Besides having a great Australian accent she teaches a pretty darn near perfect vinyasa flow class. I always feel inspired, focused, and in the moment afterwards. Most of her classes on YogaGlo range between 30 and 60 minutes–enough time to get good and sweaty–, but I recently discovered she also has an excellently produced DVD, High Vibrations Yoga, which consists of five short meditations and five sun salutation practices. Any combination of the practices can be completed in less than 20 minutes. Great for those moments when you don’t have a lot of time, but want to reconnect with and realign your body’s energy.

David Swenson on Change and Personal Growth

“If you want to grow…
…you have to take that step into the unknown…”

Water (Jala) in a Pitta Time

The water (jala) element plays a significant role in the Ayurvedic system during the summer season to balance the intensity of fire (agni) which can be transformative or fierce. Water is considered a balancing, cooling, calming force, essential to maintain our health, longevity, and juicy tissues. If you get overexposed to the fire element in nature, or become dehydrated, over-exercise during the hottest time of day, lose sleep, or travel too often, your luscious water body and inner reservoir of life-sustaining fluids will begin to evaporate into space and leave you feeling irritated, tired, and unfocused. Without sufficient water and hydration, your inner ecosystem will be in the red-alert, “high risk category” for running too hot and dry in the Pitta time of year…

26 Bikram Hot Yoga Postures

Falling out of a posture means you are human; getting back into the posture means you are a yogi. – Bikram Choudhury

“Yoga With a View”

Last night while waiting for the Bachelorette finale to pop up on Hulu (don’t judge me…), right there on Hulu’s front page I came across a new yoga series that looks like a great way to get a quick yoga pick-me-up. Many of you will likely be familiar with the yoga instructor — the new Mrs. […]

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Tiny Devotions + Daily Cup of Yoga Mala Giveaway

With summer days quickly fading and the summer yoga festival circuit coming to a symbolic savasana (wait, wait...you still have time to hit up Bhakti Fest!), we thought you could use a little sunny news. So cheer up because right now you have a chance to win some new yoga mala bling, courtesy of … [Read More...]

Bhakti Fest 2012: The Festival of Yoga, Kirtan and Wisdom from the Heart Returns to Joshua Tree September 6-9

  Joshua Tree, CA – July 13, 2012 – Bhakti Fest is celebrating its fourth season September 6 - 9 at the Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Center, in Joshua Tree, CA. Yoga, kirtan music and wisdom workshops will be offered in the tradition of the dynamic Bhakti Fests since 2009. According to … [Read More...]

Two NPR Audio Segments on the Business of Yoga

The Booming Business of Yoga Talk of the Nation, December 26, 2006 · Guests explore yoga's path from the margins to the mainstream, and its transformation along the way from spiritual meditation to a mass-marketed workout. Yoga Industry Booms Across U.S. Morning Edition, August 4, … [Read More...]

Check out the new Yoga Books page!

Can a yogi ever have too many yoga books?  I highly doubt it.  My current collection of yoga books takes up about three feet of shelf space...and it seems to be getting bigger.  I'm always somewhere in the middle of a yoga book. If you're looking for the perfect yoga book, you've come to the … [Read More...]

Did America Steal Yoga from the Hindus?

To answer the title of this post, yes it did, at least according to this thought-provoking assessment of the apparently rocky relationship between Hinduism and the practice of yoga in the West.  Aseem Shukla, co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation, writes, in essence, that the early Indian … [Read More...]

Enlightened Exercise

Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water. --Chuang Tzu, philosopher (c. 4th century BCE) It seems like those who are really into yoga sometimes think that a yoga practice must be done at the exclusion of all other physical exercise. While it's true that there … [Read More...]

Yoga for Frogs

Doesn't your day just feel messed up if you don't get in at least a few Sun Salutations?  Kermit the Frog thinks so.   Though yoga for dogs used to be the rage, apparently yoga for frogs is the next up-and-coming craze. Er, maybe not, but you're more than welcome to enjoy the singular experience of … [Read More...]

Kung Fu vs. Yoga…Who’s Gonna Win?!?

Sorry about the silliness of this post, but I'm sort of in a goofy mood. The clip is kind of long, but of course you do want to know who wins in the end, don't you? At the one-minute mark or so the yogi does a sequence that reminds me of a good old-fashioned yoga demonstration. Definitely love all … [Read More...]

Manduka Introduces the John Friend Collection

My favorite yoga gear company, Manduka, recently partnered with yoga teacher and founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend, to create its first ever-cobranded line of yoga gear.  Since I think this is a great step forward in providing high-quality, innovative yoga gear, I wanted to share a few highlights … [Read More...]

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High Vibrations Yoga by Jo Tastula
Jillian Yoga Meltdown
Ashtanga Yoga Short Forms
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Yoga for Morning Noon & Night by Jason Crandell

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