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Vanity Fair, Ashtanga, and Corporate Yoga by Jessica Blanchard

This post is written as a response and commentary on an article that appeared here last week in Vanity Fair.  Skim the Vanity Fair article first, or this won’t make much sense.  Many of us are wondering why Vanity Fair published a long and detailed article, “Whose Yoga Is It Anyway?” about the politics and […]

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Down dog vs. Cobra by Jessica Blanchard

If a cobra and a dog got into a fight who would win?  According to Thai legend (where there are many cobras), dogs can kill snakes.  It is good to have a dog around for this reason.  Growing up in south Louisiana, I remember our dog CoCo picking up a non-poisonous garden snake and run […]

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Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation by Amanda Bennett

Today marks day 74 of practicing 62 minutes/day of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, a powerful meditation in the Kundalini Yoga tradition.  Practicing this meditation has completely transformed my life!  How?  Well, here are some of the results: I feel better overall, more energetic, happier, less prone to depression; I am more able to follow through on […]

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10 days in India and many teachings by Jessica Blanchard

Ten days is a short time when we spend 24 hours traveling each way, however it was long enough to remind me of some fundamental aspects of yoga.  In the United States yoga is a booming billion dollar industry.  In America for most people the word yoga invokes images of young athletic women wearing Lululemon […]

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Assuming Strength by Sharon Floyd

Assuming Strength I read an excerpt earlier this year from a book called “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua.  It ruffled some feathers in online communities, specifically those about parenting. The author proposes that her Chinese mother’s style of parenting influenced her to push her own daughter towards success. She went on […]

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Tis the Season by Laura Flora

‘Tis the Season This is my favorite time of year. I love the cloak of the early-descending darkness which invites a turning inward as nature is moving into a state of dormancy where so much is happening under the surface. In the Christian calendar, the Sunday after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the season of […]

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Floating through the Holidays with Tamar Starck

Floating Through the Holidays – Restorative Yoga Workshops with Tamar Starck I don’t know about you, but for me, the holidays bring up a range of feelings from joy and excitement to challenge and, sometimes, downright dread. And then there’s both the physical exhilaration and exhaustion that comes with holiday preparations and celebrations. Wouldn’t it […]

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Harvest Compassion & Cultivate Happiness with Bill Savage

We are thrilled to welcome visiting teacher Bill Savage back to Balance. Bill is a Kundalini teacher who has studied yoga all over the globe, especially focusing on Vipassana Meditation during his 18 years in Thailand. This time of year compels us to pause and be aware of the bounty that graces our lives, a […]

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