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Give Yoga a Break and Do Something Else Already

Yes, we looooove Yoga and its framework for slow, methodical physical exploration is the one we prefer for many physical rehab scenarios.  But… some people seem to  think that once you start doing yoga it’s the ONLY mode of movement to do.  Why?  Well, one reason of many, is the widely-held belief that yoga can take care of all your physical and mental (and for some, emotional) needs.  Yoga is also a seductive alternative for those who may be intimidated by other types of exercise, since it is usually deemed as “safe.” People who take it for this reason falsely Read more…

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The Power of Positive Visualizations…Oh Wait…

We know that using visualizations can help some people get clear on a goal, so they can stay focused and take the appropriate steps to make that happen.  But have YOU ever felt like it was just wishful thinking or you couldn’t relate to the process?  Well, you are not alone!  Kim shares her personal frustration with how some people exhort the positives of visualization without really explaining what it’s about.  Bottom line, nothing is wrong with you and there are other strategies you can use to help you get to where you want to go: Often, one of the main differences Read more…

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Here’s Why You Should Ride a Bike in New York City

Commuting around NYC can be hectic, to say the least.  Although, apprehensive at first, Kim has found that riding her bicycle to commute around the city has relieved a lot of transportation tension. Some of the benefits include: -saving money -getting to work faster than public transit -keeping you fit -not dealing with angry commuters -more environmentally friendly Despite these benefits, many people are afraid of riding in the city. If more people were biking on the roads, however, New York City would become a more bike-friendly city. Because of the storm Sandy, public transportation has been overcrowded and hectic. Read more…

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Put on Metallica and Do Some Angry Yoga

There’s many reasons people do yoga.  One of the most frequently given reasons is to do it for emotional well being.  We do yoga to feel less stressed, to find inner-strength, to deal with difficult emotions, yada yada yada.  Instert Yoga Journal-crap here.  It’s so interesting that with all this emotion healing  we rarely hear or read about people doing yoga to get good and angry. Allow me (Mel) to explain.  Like most yoga practitioners I like to listen to music while doing yoga.  In fact, the trend for live musicians and dj’s in yoga classes is trending hard in NYC right now. Read more…

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Athletes Doing Yoga, Here’s How

Athletes, of all kinds, are very much interested in yoga.  They hear that a regular practice can increase flexibility, stability, strength, endurance, concentration and possibly improve overall performance.  There are great teachers out there who really know how to help athletes reduce the risk of injury both in a yoga class and while playing a sport.  But there are also teachers who really don’t know how to help someone and rely on general advice like, “Well, Downward Dog would be great for lengthening all the muscles in your back, while making you stronger.”  Um, maybe…In reality, there’s a million different Read more…

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How Do You Practice Off the Mat?

In one of our recent posts we described using the body’s physiology to your advantage during a challenging moment. The easiest way to apply and experience what was described is during a focused physical activity like yoga. But we want to know how you take your practice OFF the mat. Below are moments that could be of service to finding ways to do just that.  Feel free to share your own experiences of conscious awareness, clarity and becoming less reactive due to your yoga or movement practice: New Yorkers are challenged every day in the underground tunnels and overcrowded buses Read more…

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