phrenology

Yoga Mantras: Tips to Improve Your Yoga Practice

We have heard over and over again that having a mantra can help you, making your performance stronger.  Often times, positive affirmation allows us to do things we didn’t believe were possible.  Mantras can also help us do something as simple as clearing the mind.   We as humans are great multi-taskers.  We are constantly thinking of multiple things at once:  our …

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A Yogi’s Groceries

After one week at Bikram training, I was able to refine my grocery shopping.  Week one I bought: At Trader Joes Instant Oatmeal – Haven’t Used Once Low Fat String Cheese (12) -Ate All- bought 2 this week! Whole Wheat Tortillas (12) – Half went bad don’t keep in a drawer! Hummus x2 – Went through 1 1/2 2 Red …

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Focus

Focus.  Focus is a very small word with a large implication.  The meaning isn’t really that heavy.  Focus (cognitive process), as defined by wikipedia means, “Attention…The cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things.”  The action of focus though is much harder than the definition would make it out to be.  When was the last …

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The quest for coconut water

Today on my way to yoga I had a quest for coconut water.  The faddy fluid you can find at any gas station in Washington, was eluding me in my new city of Nashville. What also seems to be eluding me is the etiquette ingrained in me from my Redmond Bikram studio.  Here everyone breathes loudly through their mouth.  They …

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Time for yourself.

This weekend I had one of the hardest yoga classes I have ever had in my life. I made it through the first 3 warmup postures before my body told me enough was enough. I sat for the next three postures…postures I HATE to sit through. I thought, if I just focus on my breath maybe I can finish the …

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The art of being present with the present and yourself.

I recently read Just Here. Just now.’s blog post on sitting out in yoga. http://justherejustnow.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/an-ode-to-sitting-out/ I thought this blog was great for many reasons! It was a great reminder of etiquette.  I can think back to classes when I started yoga.  Despite my teachers reminding me to breathe and be calm I would force myself though poses.  Now when I see …