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How Aligning the Chakras and Yoga Can Change Your Practice and Your Life

posted by jodi on November 11, 2014 |

chakras and yogaAnodea Judith on the Relationship Between Chakras and Yoga Practice Since first learning about the chakras in the 1970s, Anodea Judith has made teaching them her life’s work. Her first book Wheels of Life (1987, revised 1999: Llewellyn Worldwide) has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages, with a number of best-selling books to follow. She calls them portals between the inner and outer worlds that provide a template for

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The Yoga of Surrender in Sayulita

posted by jodi on October 7, 2014 |

Sayulita heartThe Yoga of Surrender Sayulita is a small, laid-back fishing village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon if you just want to be on a tropical beach and do as little as possible. In our vast, open schedule, I imagined we would find time for lots of yoga classes, but that was not to be. First, there was the food poisoning—from

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Tips for Practicing Yoga Outdoors

posted by jodi on June 26, 2014 |

Take Your Yoga Outdoors! Practicing yoga outside in the sunshine is idyllic. Maybe there’s a gentle breeze flowing, or you’re so close to the ocean, you can feel the wind off the waves. A change of scenery can shift your perspective, and inspire profound reflection. But what happens when it’s so hot outside, you can’t even touch your mat? Dark colored mats get really hot in the direct sun. Suddenly

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MC Yogi Rocks Urban Flow Yoga Studio

posted by jodi on May 22, 2013 |

mc yogiMC Yogi Rocks Urban Flow Yoga As soon as I found out I was heading to San Francisco for a work event, I looked into taking another class from Rusty Wells at Urban Flow Yoga. “If Rusty Wells started a cult, chances are I’d join it,” someone named Khanjera tweeted recently. If I lived in San Francisco, I’d probably be a regular at Urban Yoga for Rusty’s deep, sweaty, lovey

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Santacon and Jivamukti — Lessons in Sangha

posted by jodi on February 20, 2013 |

jivamuktiSantacon and Jivamukti — Lessons in Sangha We were late to getting to class, again. On a Saturday morning in December, instead of hopping off the subway at Union Square for the quick walk to YogaWorks for Chrissy Carter’s class, my boyfriend and I stayed on the subway a little longer and headed to Jivamukti. Just after 10:30 a.m., we saw our first of many Santas. There was definitely a

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Yoga Deva: A Yoga Nomad’s Home Away from Home

posted by jodi on December 18, 2012 |

yoga devaYoga Deva:  A Yoga Nomad’s Home Away from Home Toward the end of a road trip to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family in Gilbert, Arizona, we snuck away to a yoga class. We had searched online for a place to practice, but by the time we finally left that Saturday morning, we realized we would have been late to the studio we had planned to attend. Everything seems extra

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The Traveling Yogi: Sunday Kirtan Flow at Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica

posted by jodi on July 18, 2012 |

kirtan flowKirtan Flow at Bhakti Yoga Shala Traveling Yogi is a new periodic feature on our blog. Author Jodi Mardesich loves visiting new studios as she traverses the country. Just a block from the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica, in a super high rent district (with a Barneys New York Co-op–enough said), sits a small studio called Bhakti Yoga Shala. Small, and more Santa Cruz than Santa Monica, this

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The Kosmic Kula of KK Ledford

posted by jodi on November 29, 2011 |

KK Ledford and CoffeeThe Traveling Yogi Visits KK’s Kosmic Kula How to decide which yoga class to take, or studio to visit, or even which hand-poured coffee to drink when visiting San Francisco? One Sunday morning in June I made the difficult choice (ha) of drinking both Blue Bottle and Ritual Roasters coffee in Hayes Valley before heading to Shakti Church with KK Ledford. KK has a devoted following she calls the Kosmic

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Trance Dance: Shaking Up the Inner Fire

posted by jodi on October 21, 2011 |

trance danceTrance Dance:  Shaking Up the Inner Fire Sometimes you just need to get away. Last April my friend Danielle and I drove to Moab, Utah, for the last two days of Shiva Rea’s desert retreat. We talked the whole way down, effortlessly, as we meandered down the highways of Utah, stopping to take pictures along the way–of deer antler heaven, decrepit houses and barns, yoga altars, and gorgeous majestic red

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