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5 Tips For Grounding Your Body & Mind In Autumn

5 Tips For Grounding Your Body & Mind In Autumn

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As I sit to write this, the rain is pouring outside, I have thick socks on, warm tea and all of a sudden it feels like we are on the cusp of change. We are on the move towards the beautiful season of Autumn and with it comes the need for personal change to maintain internal balance.

Vata dosha is dominant as we move through Autumn. Made up of the elements Air and Ether and responsible for all movement in the body. The characteristics of Vata dosha are dry, light, rough, cold, brittle, mobile and spacey. Therefore, it is integral that we keep ourselves warm, lubricated and grounded to remain balanced during this time.

Below are 5 tips to integrate into your everyday routine this Autumn:

1. Prepare a cinnamon and ginger water for the week in preparation for the cooler temperatures and to keep your agni (digestive fire) stoked. I like to fill a to-go cup with half of the prepared mixture and half with warm water, sometimes with a teaspoon of honey. I drink this dur… Read More

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Watch: Overcoming an Eating Disorder with Yoga

Watch: Overcoming an Eating Disorder with Yoga

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In this beautifully filmed short video, Maris Degener tells the powerful story of how yoga saved her life. When her eating disorder had her believing she should take up as little space as possible, her yoga practice encouraged her otherwise. Yoga empowered Maris to claim all the physical and energetic space she needed and taught her that her words and actions have a powerful effect on the world around her. …

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October Giveaway: KiraGrace

October Giveaway: KiraGrace

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at KiraGrace for our October giveaway sweepstakes prize. For the month of October, YogaBasics readers can have a chance to win a matching set of a Romance Lace-Up Mesh Yoga Legging and a Goddess Corset Cami. About KiraGrace: KiraGrace is on a mission to celebrate women’s beauty, strength, and grace with products that are uniquely designed and created to be uplifting and inspiring. Each KiraGrace garment is …

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Yoga Quiz: What’s Your Ideal Yoga Date?

Yoga Quiz: What’s Your Ideal Yoga Date?

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You and your partner both love yoga. Maybe it’s even what brought the two of you together! Practicing by yourself is great—and necessary—but why not switch things up sometimes and practice together? Whether you make it a cozy yoga night in or travel far from home to a yoga retreat or festival, there are many ways to inject some togetherness into your yoga practice. Take our quiz to find out …

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Is Deference A Healthy Practice?

Is Deference A Healthy Practice?

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What do you think of when you hear the word deference? Does it have positive or negative connotations to you? The noun deference is simply defined as “humble submission and respect”. Personally, I’ve been battling with this word my entire life.

I have three siblings, one younger than me and two older so, technically, I am the middle child. I took the role of middle child seriously and made it my duty to keep peace in the family. I deferred to my parents and my older siblings in order to avoid conflict. I deferred to my family, friends and intimate partners, not so much out of respect but because it seemed like the easier path to follow. It was easier for me to act submissively, but it came with an edge. My d… Read More

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Interview with Body Positive Yoga Founder Amber Karnes

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Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga and creator of the Body Positive Clubhouse, an online community that uses yoga to help members build unshakable confidence and learn to live out loud. Amber seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body sovereignty, and accessibility for all (on and off the yoga mat). She has been teaching yoga since 2010 and is a Yoga International featured teacher. What …

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The Roundup! Laughter Yoga and Mindful Voting

The Roundup! Laughter Yoga and Mindful Voting

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We think this month’s roundup will encourage you to do two things: laugh more and vote! There’s quite a bit of compelling evidence that suggests laughter yoga can help melt away stress and improve your mood. But if you’re not quite ready to get silly in a group laughter yoga class, maybe goat yoga can give you the chuckle you seek. Something that’s not a laughing matter, though? The midterm …

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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“Yoga sutras”, translated from the Sanskrit, means “threads of union”. This ancient text is a guide to the overlapping intricacies of the universe, showing us that all is connected, all is one. It’s meant to give us hope and understanding.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali have inspired yogis for ages. It inspired me to look at myself and my perception of experience. The state of Earth, right now, is chaotic ~ or it feels that way. There’s a lot of change going on, a lot of shifting. It’s hard remember that this is all part of what is supposed to be happening right now. The sutras, especially when mindfully examined, remind us why yoga works so well.

We live in confusion, distracted and depressed. Although many religions promise happiness and enlightenment, we still have many religious people struggling with contentment. That’s because most religion isn’t created to serve its devotees, it’s created to give to those who created it.

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The Best New Music for Yoga: September 2018 Edition

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September serves as the transition between summer and autumn, helping us shift naturally from an expansive, radiant energy to a more internal expression of gratitude and appreciation. It’s the time of the equinox, when yin and yang energies are balanced and the veil between worlds is at its thinnest and most transparent. This yin/yang balance is apparent in our selection of yoga music this month—here you’ll find several high energy electronica …

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Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On And Off Your Mat

Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On And Off Your Mat

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Excerpt from Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On And Off Your Mat
by Stephanie Spence (Skyhorse Publishing)

Introduction

The setting: a luxurious villa on the Caribbean island of St. Barts. A wife and husband, along with several of his clients, are partying on a terrace overlook­ing the glittering ocean and sun-kissed beach. They flew in from Pittsburgh aboard his private jet that morning. The woman seems to have it all—she’s a self-made success story, wife, and mother. But beneath her mask of contentment and complicity, she hides a terrible secret: the price she’s paying for this glamor­ous life is that she is living a lie. Their friends and acquaintances would say that she and her rich, powerful husband of twenty-five years never argue. Well, she doesn’t argue… Read More

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