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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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How to Support Loved Ones Experiencing Depression and Anxiety

When you find out that someone close to you has depression or anxiety, or when you suspect that they might, it’s completely natural to feel worried and overwhelmed. Although we’ve all heard of these mental health conditions, many of us don’t know much about them until we’re confronted with them in our personal lives. The …

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Yoga and Ayurveda: Exploring Two Transformative Practices

Yoga and Ayurveda are two inseparable sister sciences that stem from the Vedas. While the former leads us towards optimal physical health, the latter nourishes our spiritual connection. While both are incredibly helpful on their own, their true potential is only realized when they are combined. For example, an Ayurvedic lifestyle without a yoga practice …

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Yoga and Work Performance: Should You Do Yoga in the Office?

Yoga at work. Everyone’s doing it — including Forbes, Apple, Google, Nike, and probably every pro sports team you can think of. But why? And should you do yoga in your office? Studies show that yoga at work brings a number of really important benefits. Some are personal to each employee, improving their overall health …

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Makeovers: Then and Now

I recently posted a question on my FB page, “What one piece of advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?” The responses were quite moving (with the exception of the odd-man-out who unabashedly stated, “Hit on more girls.” Oy. Clearly not one of my peeps. A good reminder to check out all friend requests.) There …

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Ancient Secrets for More Energy with Master Mingtong Gu

  If you would like an in-person experience of harnessing more energy with Master Mingtong Gu, you can join us at our center in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, NC this July 26-28 for the “Cultivating Energy Wisdom” retreat.   Master Mingtong Gu – …

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Heal Yourself with Tapping and Dreaming

Would you like to tap into your own powers of self-healing? Do you ever use your dreams for healing guidance? You have powerful tools at your fingertips for self-healing. Start with a dream diary and write down a health-related question that you would like an answer to from the dreamworld. Tap yourself to sleep with …

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SAY: Self Awakening Yoga

The practice of Self Awakening Yoga (SAY) is a creative learning process and expansion of your consciousness.  As with all yoga – bringing union, moving from darkness to light – this practice allows an “un- learning” of old habits and inefficient patterns our bodies may have adapted to from a past illness or injury (physical …

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Why Loving Yourself is Vital for Wellbeing and Loving Relationships

When I work with new clients, I generally ask them if they feel they are taking loving care of themselves. They often tell me they are, and because of this, they can’t understand why they are feeling badly or are having problems in their relationships. When I ask them to describe how they are being …

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Beginners’ Yoga: Top Tips for Starting Out

Most of us hate being a beginner; we dislike not being the “expert,” let alone not knowing anything about a subject or practice. And yet ALL of us start as a beginner in any new endeavor. Yoga, for many of us, can feel particularly intimidating, especially if we follow any “famous” yogi on social media …

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