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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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Celebrating Being Through Yoga

Wendy Swanson, the owner of Be Yoga in Charlotte, is an open-hearted yoga teacher, acupuncturist, healer, and transformational leader who uses a beautiful combination of alternative health care modalities, yoga practice, and personal development work with her students. Along with running her studio, she has been leading retreats around the world for fifteen years. She …

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Head and Neck Release—A Fabulous Stretch

The neck separates the head from the heart; that’s no easy feat. So many of us wear masks for most of the day; forcing smiles even when we feel blue, suppressing feeling, holding back authentic self-expression. We hold so much tension in our jaw, face and neck that a lot of us continue this during …

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The Power of a Warm-up Done Right

Obviously, the warm-up portion of your workout literally warms you up – body temperatures rise and circulation quickens. However, a warm-up should do way more, and that “more” isn’t just physical. First, a warm-up grounds That means it makes you aware of where you are in space and time. It connects you to the earth …

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Yoga for Meditators

Awakened Union: How Mind/Body Union Helps Meditators

At OM Yoga Center we practice a form of yoga called vinyasa, which is a series of flowing movement sequences coordinated with rhythmic breathing. We approach the vinyasa style with great attention to detail, especially regarding alignment, to ensure that students do not get injured and that they get the most benefit out of their …

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How to Get the Most Out of a Wellness Retreat

What makes a successful retreat? After having both attended  dozens of retreats over the years, and more recently conducted my own retreats, I wondered what the lasting effect and takeaway is. A successful retreat, I believe, provides a toolset for a new way of being, and something that can be embedded and applied to everyday …

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Yoga Teacher Training – Is it for me?

  You’re passionate about the practice. You’ve received yoga’s abundant gifts through your time on the mat. Maybe the gifts have flowed off the mat too and into your daily life. Perhaps you’ve been inspired to share what you’ve learned, or enhance your local community with the benefits of yoga. Or it maybe it’s that …

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Sun Salutations

11 Tips to Better Sun Salutations

Are you practicing Sun Salutations? Want to brighten up your experience even more? Here are some simple and practical tips that can help make your Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) experience complete and blissful. Happy Sun Saluting! Tip 1: Warm up the body before you start Surya Namaskar It is a good idea to do some …

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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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Aging in the Middle

I posted a question on Facebook this past week: “What’s been the greatest gift to you, so far, in growing older?” I was blown away by the number of thoughtful, funny and inspiring responses that came in. Clearly, I’m not alone in finding both challenge and gratitude in the process of aging. The desire to …

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