How Do You Reset?

May 2, 2018

How Do You Reset?

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There are clothes over junk mail, next to a book on yoga, next to a pocketful of change, next to an empty paper towel roll on the counter, next to a sink full of dishes. There are flip flops under the counter, slip-ons by the door, running shoes kicked against opposite walls in the bedroom, a disheveled row of shoes I keep around just in case I get back into basketball or golf or wearing suits. Shirts crawl out of my hamper like zombies from a grave, missed sock-shots surround it, other clothes are piled against the wall. At least the bed is made, my bed is always made. There are stacks of books I intend to read on the desk under stories I’ve written and notes from notes from a hands-on assist workshop. The bathroom could use a scrub down.

When I get carried away with everything else life tosses at me, I lose focus. My apartment is a direct reflection of my life when I’ve been running around and how I’m feeling. When it’s a mess, I’m stressed. Wh… Read More

May 2, 2018

The Gift of Restoration

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As a newer yoga teacher, I often am critical of the classes I teach. Did people like it? Was it challenging enough? Will they come back for another class with me? More often than not I find myself battling with the question of whether or not what I did or was enough.

A few weeks ago I taught a class when I wasn’t feeling my best. I had recently found out my grandmother was going on hospice, and I wasn’t feeling very present or “zen”. So, instead of a vigorous and flowing vinyasa class, I taught a slow, restorative class for a group of people who are usually there looking for a good workout. It was a very different class from what this particular group was used to. At the end of the c… Read More

May 2, 2018

Your Body, Your Sequencing

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Perhaps right now you are still trying to figure out the perfect system for sequencing a yoga class properly. You have probably tried different ways to sequence a class, ways that perhaps you learnt from a teacher, your yoga teacher training or both. However, have you thought that perhaps the art of sequencing goes beyond the techniques you have learnt from others, books and the hundreds of articles out there?

Once I had a teacher that came to a class I was subbing; she was also auditioning me to work at that studio. I respected her a lot and loved the way that she sequenced her classes. I was nervous when she came in to take my class. I had a lot of respect for her and I guess I wanted to give back to her and teach her an ‘a… Read More

May 2, 2018

Embracing My True Shy Self

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I grew up believing that being shy was a bad thing. I’m naturally introverted and growing up I was painfully shy. I found it very difficult to feel at ease in group situations and I would freeze up when anyone wanted to talk to me. Being shy made it painfully uncomfortable for me to talk about myself. I preferred to listen.

Growing up, I felt pressure from my parents and teachers to step out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure what gave me more anxiety, being told not to be shy or actually being shy. As I entered teenage hood, I discovered that drugs and alcohol made it easier for me to be outgoing. This unconscious form of self-medicating settled my naturally shy and anxious soul. Under the influence, I could behave with more… Read More

May 2, 2018

The Best Free Yoga Videos for April 2018

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In this month’s collection of free yoga videos, we have compiled a great list of videos for every level of yoga experience. Our list starts with gentle routines, moves into intermediate sequences, and ends with an advanced vinyasa practice. Whether you are a veteran yogi looking for a relaxing class or a beginner looking for a challenge, we have something to fit your body and mind’s needs. Yoga For Beginners: …

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The Best New Music for Yoga: April 2018 Edition

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Soft and spacious compositions predominate in this month’s collection of music for yoga, providing a perfect soundtrack to help us gently transition into spring’s energy of rebirth, new beginnings, and rejuvenation. We hope these beautiful ambient soundscapes will help you remain grounded, calm and balanced during the expansive and vibrant energy of springtime. Earth Tones by Praful & Spirited Tribe The final release of this collaborative trilogy does not disappoint with …

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Join Simon for a FREE Online Summit

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Hi Yogis,

Please join me in a FREE online gathering this April 7-11: The Yoga & Wisdom of Nature Summit, by Hanuman Academy.

I am honoured to be one of 25 master yoga teachers, consciousness leaders and wisdom keepers chosen to discuss natural intelligence — how yoga at its roots is designed to connect us to our essential, natural Selves, and how reconnecting to this nature-based wisdom is vital to heal and whole not only us personally, but our world.

My Talk is called, “Normal People Living an Unnatural Life” and I share how the norm for modern humans is physiologically unnatural, and why hatha yoga must be adapted to support us in returning to our natural state.

Please join me, along with H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Trevor Hall, Ana Forrest, Saul David Raye, Janet Stone and so many other inspiring leaders in the field of yoga and awakening consciousness to learn tools, tips and yogic wisdom to heal dis-ease … Read More

May 1, 2018

The Top 6 Best Yogi Tested Yoga Mats

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When I first started practicing yoga, there weren’t many options available when purchasing a yoga mat—you could choose between a few colors and two thicknesses. The yoga mat industry has changed dramatically since then, now there is a dizzying number of brands that offer multiple styles of mats with various properties based on the materials, thickness, style of yoga practiced. We recently were sent a pile of yoga mats to …

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Is there any way I can reduce the pressure in my head during headstand?

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I have been asked the following question about inverted postures and headstand in particular. Here is my short general answer:

QUESTION: Is there any way I can reduce the pressure in my head during headstand?

MY ANSWER: Headstand is an advanced posture and should not be attempted by most people. It requires adequate neck and upper body strength, adaptation to tolerate increased blood pressure, as well as the ability to control blood flow.

It is written that a main purpose of headstand is to increase blood flow to the head with gravity. In a relaxed body the downward force of gravity is more powerful than the upward pressure force of the heart. So part of learning headstand involves adapting to having a greater amount of blood in the head. It takes time to adapt to pressure increases in the head but this can be assisted by practicing simple partially inverted postures such as the standing forward bend (uttanasana). However, inversions do not necessarily have to i… Read More

May 1, 2018

Foot Love Scrub | Recipe

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We often paint our toenails pretty colours but rarely treat the skin on our feet with the same love as the rest of our body. Here is my favourite “foot love scrub” recipe, which will help to brighten and moisturize the feet whilst removing dead skin cells.

Ingredients:
~ ¼ cup of brown sugar
~ 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
~ 2 tablespoons of honey
~ 3 drops of peppermint essential oil

Method:

Gently massage the aromatic paste into your feet. As you get used to the texture (it can feel a little cold at first), you can “scrub” the feet a little more vigorously to buff away any dry skin.

Rinse with warm water and pat your happy feet dry with a towel.

A regular “foot lov… Read More