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How to Make Your Walk a Meditation in Motion

Posted by Guest Blogger

Dec 15, 2014 10:25:00 AM

When holiday stress amps up and weather temperatures plummet to freezing (in some parts of the country), walks can be the best form of self-therapy! Even in as little as fifteen to twenty minutes a short walk can be rejuvenating, grounding and a form of meditation.

After a brisk winter walk I feel energized, refreshed, more positive, and present.  Use your time outside as you do your time on the yoga mat–as a chance to breathe, to practice self-love, and connect to the world around you.

Transform your walk into a meditation in motion! Here’s how:

1. Ditch the technology

Keep the cell phoned stored in your pocket, a running belt, or, if you feel safe, at home. Ditch the ear buds and silence your itunes. Turning off technology allows you to tune into to YOU. Listen to your breath as you inhale and exhale. Hear the birds chirping around you, cars honking, cyclists passing you, and the buzz of life around you.  Music, texting, chatting on the phones to friends are all great but it can take you away from the present moment and make you less aware of your surroundings. Let your breath and the noise around you be the music to move you along.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Winter Yoga For Kids

Posted by Guest Blogger

Dec 10, 2014 10:27:15 AM

The winter months are upon us and it’s harder for kids to find ways to go outside and play. School is also in full gear and it can be very stressful for young ones. Yoga is the perfect activity for kids to do to help them de-stress, unwind, stay active and keep their minds and bodies healthy and fit. Here’s a sequence of fun poses children can do on their own, with a friend or sibling, or with a parent. Yoga can help kids feel energized and ready to tackle their homework and any other task. If you’re looking for a fun gift to give your kids this holiday season, my is super fun!

Cat/Cow Pose—I love doing this pose with kids to warm up their spines and strengthen their tummies. It’s also a great pose to break the ice by making sounds of the cow and the cat in each position. Start on all fours, inhale to lift your head and tail at the same time; then exhale to tuck under your tail and round your head in to your chest. In cow pose you want to drop your tummy and chest towards the floor and in cat you want to use your abdominals to round your back as much as you can towards the ceiling.  Arch and round the spine 8 to 10 times.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Self Made Woman

Posted by Guest Blogger

Dec 9, 2014 10:10:00 AM

By Caley Alyssa Yarvosky

When I was a child, I never dreamed I would be someone who others would look up to and be inspired by. Someone whose feelings and experiences would resonate with others enough for them to share their feelings and experiences as well. I always wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon or a professional ballet dancer (two very different career paths.) 

But here I am; a successful yoga teacher, fit model, social media influencer, and brand ambassador in the Los Angles community. How did I get to where I am today?

I talked. I told people what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. I let my dreams be known and I took steps to make them a reality. I didn’t ever take “no” for an answer. I believe that by verbalizing my dreams and sending them into the universe, I created energy around those dreams, a vibration around those words. And once other people started to feel that vibration, they reacted to it. They connected me with other people who shared that same energy, who had ways of helping me accomplish my dreams. 

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Five Reasons Why Every School Should Offer Yoga

Posted by Guest Blogger

Dec 3, 2014 9:21:00 AM

With stress and injuries on the rise, it’s no surprise that yoga is more popular throughout the world today than it ever has been. Yoga offers amazing exercise, flexibility and even endurance. But did you know that yoga can help with even more than your fitness? As a high school biology teacher, Sara introduced stretching and breathing exercise to my classes. Not only were the students receptive to this, they enjoyed it! Now, Whakapingia and Sara, wearing their hats as Koha Yoga, worked together, teaching countless yoga classes to eager teenagers.  We have been thanked many times not just for the lessons we taught, but for the coping tool we provided them by introducing them to yoga. Below are our top five reasons why every high school should do yoga!

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Ayurvedic Wellness Tips for the Winter

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 25, 2014 11:33:00 AM

By Insiya Rasiwala-Finn

Journalist, Yoga Teacher, RYT and Ayurvedic Educator

Learn to work with and not against your mental and physical “metabolism” this holiday season with some practical insights from Ayurveda, yoga’s sister Science of Life.

Yep, everything is connected, said the sages of Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, literally meaning “the science of life” 5000 years ago.  Fortunately, that adage still holds true and Ayurveda’s intuitive insights are more relevant today than ever.  For it’s true, that everything is connected.  Take something simple like the seasons.  How do you feel in the summer vs. the winter?  Energized and open, ready to embrace the world, or cozy and cocooning and wanting to curl up with a book and a glass of red wine? Well, that’s your external environment directly impacting how you feel.  There’s an energy exchange happening because of the relationship between our internal self and the exterior. 

Winter, according to Ayurveda, is a time of “kapha,” when the earth and water elements are predominant.  Earth and water imply heaviness, calm, slowness and sometimes lethargy when out of balance. Think about a soft blanket of snow falling or the rain, damp and darkness we experience here on the west coast.  It’s enough to make you want to hibernate.

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Topics: Yoga, Wellness, Ambassador Spotlight

Making Time for Meditation

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 17, 2014 10:19:29 AM

By: Jenniferlyn Chiemingo

As Americans, it’s commonplace to hear someone say, ‘I don’t have time for that.’ And it’s true. Our lives are non-stop, it can feel like we are on a hamster wheel rushing from thing to thing.  But what if you could make a simple, easy change to your life that requires no more than 15 minutes and will change your perspective on most everything and make you feel better?

Meditation can ground you in the here and now. Meditation can give you ‘just a moment’ in the morning before your day begins to pause. Pause and give space.  There are some super simple, easy ways to squeeze meditation into your life too. And it isn’t as scary as it sounds.

1) Most every smart phone has access to a ‘Meditation App.’ These apps often include a timer, or even guided meditation options.  You can program any amount of time too – even 5 minutes makes a difference.

2) Try getting someplace (a work meeting or a yoga class) a few minutes early and sit, breathe and allow your mind to be in the same place as your body.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

10 Things That Happen In a Year of Yoga

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 13, 2014 10:40:59 AM

By Joanna McCracken

“This practice of yoga is built, with devotion and commitment, over a lengthy time period.” - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

In today’s fast-paced world where instant results have come to be expected, it’s rare for a person to commit to anything for longer than a week. But when it comes to yoga, it takes time to reap the plethora of mental and physical benefits. Sure, you might feel revitalized and calm after one class, but what about after 10, 20, 50 or even hundreds of classes?

Here are 10 things that can happen in a year of yoga:

  1. Increase your flexibility. Everyone always says they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible enough, and every yoga teacher always says “that’s why you do yoga”! It’s true – yoga will help you gain flexibility over time, and it’s important to stay agile and limber to avoid injury and muscle pain.
  2. Build your strength. No matter what your current strength level, a regular yoga practice will leave you feeling stronger. Shaky in chaturanga? Can’t hold virabhadrasana 3? See how you feel after one year of regular practice.
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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

10 Most Challenging Yoga Postures

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 6, 2014 11:37:18 AM

By Kristin McGee

It’s hard to name the most challenging yoga poses, since every body is so unique. Some students would say inversions are toughest, others might have trouble with arm balances, and for the inflexible crowd, hanuman asana (splits) could be considered most difficult. In reality, some of the fancy looking postures aren’t even as difficult as the more subtle poses such as mountain pose or even final relaxation.

I’ve narrowed it down to a few poses ranging from standing balances to arm balances to hip openers and inversions, that are quite challenging for even the most advanced yogi. Again, keep in mind challenging is relative for each person; but, each one of these postures takes time, practice, focus, concentration, inner and outer strength and proper alignment and flexibility. I would love to hear your thoughts on which poses you find the most complicated and challenging.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

For People Who Swallow Their Pain

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 5, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Jennifer Pastiloff

Why do we let ourselves create expectations of people based on how we think we’d act? I understand that people have short memories and that it’s easier to be with people who are “doing great and everything’s fine,” but let me tell you about my current, and eye-opening experience.

I broke my foot back in May.

Due to the break, I haven’t been able to put any weight on it, and because I have a nasty case of carpal tunnel, the crutches have slayed me. Movement has been minimal and usually goes like this: Chair, bed, sofa. Chair, bed, sofa. Repeat. I have laid off doing exercise on my other, “good” leg and hip due to a previous injury. Basically I am left with only one leg to hop on…Wah! I know it could be worse but this injury has brought about new lows. My friend who experienced a similar situation as mine texted me that the inner torture of a break cannot be comprehended by many.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Yoga Retreats: How to Choose and What to Expect

Posted by Guest Blogger

Oct 30, 2014 8:50:00 AM

By: Jenniferlyn Chiemingo

Nowadays you can travel almost anywhere on a yoga retreat; BaliCosta RicaMexico and so on. Each one is so unique but there are qualities that exist in all of them.  With so many options of where to go and who is teaching – how do you know what to expect or what is right for you? Here are some tips:

On most yoga retreats you will experience:

1)     Connection. By traveling with like-minded people and experiencing yoga (union), there is a natural energy that brings you together on a deep level. Each retreat I have led has brought me life-long friends. And more importantly – the students connect to each other and become soul-friends.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

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