A Free Course for You! A Month of Mindfulness

A Free Course for You! A Month of Mindfulness

Would you like to develop a daily mindfulness practice?

We live in a world that is increasingly fast paced and full of distraction. It's not easy to sit down and develop awareness, especially when there are a million other things calling for your attention.

I created this free course for you to learn about mindfulness and integrate it into your life. Join A Month of Mindfulness and receive guidance on setting up a home meditation practice, along with guided meditations and mindfulness exercises.

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Whole Body

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Whole Body

This yin yoga sequence is designed to be a well rounded practice that targets a variety of areas in the body instead of just focusing on one. Use this practice when you’re not sure what area of the body you’d like to focus on, or alternate this practice with other practices that emphasize more specific actions or areas.

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What are the differences between restorative yoga and yin yoga?

What are the differences between restorative yoga and yin yoga?

It makes sense that restorative yoga and yin yoga are sometimes confused with one another. These two practices are similar in many ways. They’re both slow, receptive, calming, cooling, and oftentimes, they both emphasize contemplative teachings.

These two practices do have some essential differences though. I often get asked how these two forms of yoga are different from each other, so watch the video and read the post to learn more:

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Back

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Back

This yin yoga sequence works with the four main movements of the spine. The spine is designed to move into flexion (forward bending), extension (back bending), lateral extension (side bending) and rotation (twisting).

The spinal column is made up of gently curving stacked bony vertebrae. Between each of the vertebra are discs made up of a fibrous outer layer and a jelly like centre. These disks hold the vertebrae together and help the spine absorb shock. The spines naturally curved shape, and the shock absorbing qualities of the discs, provide buoyancy to our body and our movements.

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Hips

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Hips

This yin yoga sequence targets the outer hip and inner groin.

Many of the poses below emphasize external rotation of the hip, so be sure to also include poses that re-establish internal rotation as well. When practicing a lot of external rotation in the hips, it can be helpful to simply return to the midline with a close knee child’s pose, which you can see in the sequence below. You may also want to include active standing poses that strengthen your outer hip. Remember - we’re always looking to create balance in the body - stretching and strengthening!

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Nettle Pesto Recipe

Nettle Pesto Recipe

Incorporating nettles into your diet this time of year is a wonderful way to eat in season and eat local.

Nettles contain high levels of iron, minerals, silicon, vitamins C and A and they’re a great blood purifier by primarily targeting the liver and kidneys. The combination of these benefits makes it a wonderful food for chronic skin problems and general detoxification.

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5 steps to take herbal medicine safely

5 steps to take herbal medicine safely

Herbal and natural medicine can be very helpful for so many concerns. Unfortunately, exaggerated media often plays up the potential harms of natural medicine, but herbal medicine has been used for millennia and is generally extremely safe. It’s actually one of the safest forms of medicine we’ve ever had and herbs are the number one type of medicine people still use around the globe today. 

That doesn’t mean all herbs are safe. Some do have side effects and some are very toxic. There are a few simple safety precautions you’ll want to think about when using herbs and natural remedies. Watch the video to learn more:

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Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Using the wall is a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, or if you’re looking for a very gentle practice. Using the wall is also helpful if you or your students have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.

Parts of this practice could be considered more “restorative” due to the very supported nature of the poses. But if you’re feeling a “stretch”, or feeling gentle pressure in the body, that means you’re still activating the connective tissues which is a central tenant in the yin yoga style of practice.

In any case, you can use this practice to slow down and calm the nervous system, or to support tired legs and feet. Check out the video to practice along:

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