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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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A Breathing Practice to Calm, Soothe, & Relax

For the last 35 years, the Art of Living has taught over 30 million people how to use breathing exercises to quiet the mind, reduce stress and make meditation easier – and Alternate Nostril Breathing is one of our favorites. In Sanskrit, Alternate Nostril Breathing is called Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, which translates to “subtle energy …

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Recipe: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Broccoli is chock full of beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc, which makes it a powerful immune system booster that helps protect the body against illness. This broccoli soup is one of our favorite vegetarian recipes. It’s a creamy, indulgent, and healthy comfort food that requires very little prep time. Even better—it’s gluten- and dairy-free!  Ingredients 2 …

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Summer Green Bean Salad

Warm late-summer days are perfect for enjoying the bounty of the season. A fresh summer salad is a great way to take advantage of the wonderful flavor and nutritional value of in-season vegetables, including an Ayurvedic favorite—green beans. Regardless of your body type, or dosha, this salad is a delicious delight that will help you balance …

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3 Things Your Yoga Mat Would Tell You If It Could Speak

A Heartfelt Letter from a Yoga Mat to a Yogi My dear yogi-being, Namaste! You and I have been close companions on this beautiful journey of yoga. Today, I am going to take this opportunity to tell you what I’ve been wanting to say for a long time: 1. It’s okay It’s ok if you …

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Too Busy to Breathe? 5 Easy Tips to Incorporate Yoga into a Busy Day

Regular contemporary life is quite hectic, and the mind, body, and spirit go through various spins just trying to keep up. While we’re running amuck, tending to chores, and fulfilling our duties, we have a tendency to fall out of sync with ourselves, which eventually results in a deterioration of our health and well-being. The …

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8 Yoga Poses that Kindle Gratitude on Thanksgiving

Start your Thanksgiving day with 8 yoga poses that inspire gratitude. For the best results, hold each pose for five to ten breaths. 1. Mountain Pose with Raised Hands (Urdva Hasta Tadasana) This welcoming, powerful pose kindles gratitude as you open your heart and stand grounded in receptivity. Feel hopeful and grateful for all your …

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I’m a Neurologist. Here’s why I trained as a yoga teacher.

  Roople Unia is a practicing neurologist and fellowship trained in movement disorders and cerebral vascular disorders, and now a yoga teacher too. Why? Following the recent Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training we had the opportunity to ask this very question. Roople is passionate about practicing medicine but realised in order to support her patients …

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Life is a Journey

The path of life doesn’t always take us where we want to go. Sometimes, circumstances force us to deal with things we don’t want to have to deal with. Other times, where life takes us is so much better than our grandest dreams.   Life is a journey. I was reminded of this the other …

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Ayurveda 101: The Very Basics

We are passionate about the power of Ayurveda. Our bodies, minds, and spirits are intimately interconnected. When the body is in good health, the mind and spirit thrive. We’ve seen the incredible ways in which practicing Ayurveda has changed lives over the years, and that’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves at Art of Living not only …

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5 Benefits of Using Ujjayi Breath in Your Yoga Practice

Whether you’re just starting out on your yoga journey or are an advanced practitioner, the Ujjayi breath is a powerful technique that you can use to transform your practice. Ujjayi breathing is speicial because unlike some other forms of pranayama, or breathing exercises, it can be used during your moving asana practice, as well as …

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