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How Yoga Changed Me: Jocelin Romero

It was December 29, 2005 at 3:00 in the morning.  I can remember the time, date and place, but the how, what, and why I have no memory of.  The how and what are what led me to unroll my first yoga mat. If those events had not happened I may not have gone down that path.  Even though I do believe that the universe has a way of giving

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What a Sabbatical from Yoga Taught Me

During one particular winter, I felt guided to bow out of my longtime yoga practice which had been my anchor. I let my body tell me what it needed. Here’s what I learned, and how it enriched my practice when I returned. I often tell people that I don’t know who I would be without yoga. I’ve studied yoga since the early 1990s, except for a few years when my

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A Yoga Sequence to Relieve Holiday Stress

Is holiday stress getting to you? Breathe….just breathe… It will all get done. The house will be clean once again. The presents will be wrapped, or will end up in bags, either way. I don’t even want to think about the cooking. This is often the mindset a lot of us have when December 25th is looming. How will we get it all done? How many people can I squeeze

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Svādhyāya: Self-Study and the Path to Self-Realization

In studying the Niyamas through yoga, svadhyaya has truly been a large part of my practice. Svadhyaya means “self-study” or “self-reflection,” both in the literal sense through the reading of actual yogic texts, as well as the inner observation that takes place through years of practice. During my recent graduation ceremony through my RYT 300 program with Shamrock Wellness, I received a great honor and was given a Hindi name

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18 Things that Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners Will Understand

Ashtangis are a rare breed among Western yogis. We don’t ramble on about bliss and light, we don’t engage in endless Instagram challenges (well, sometimes we do), and we really do #practiceeverydamnday, unless it’s a Sunday or a moon day. We know all the Sanskrit terms for poses, and we do all of those poses early in the morning. Like, really early. This means no late nights, not even dinner

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