What Baggage?

What Baggage?

In yoga and meditation, we so often talk about letting go. Releasing. Creating space. That less is more. And while we often talk about all of this in relation to emotions and thoughts and habits, this tangible experience of “letting go of needing my stuff” was so transformational that it gave me new insight into all the baggage we hold onto.

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Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional

Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional

September races in, pushing us to a starting line.  We launch eagerly into new commitments and rededicate ourselves to routine. Yet, along with the excitement of what is to come, we may also experience nostalgia, and sometimes anxiety for what we leave behind. While it is a time of new beginnings, it is also a time of letting go and release. For me, September has always felt profound in this way, offering both a time for change and reconnection; good-bye and hello, transition and transformation. In short, autumn is a masterful teacher of change and transition.

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Clean Up And Slow Down: A 4-step Ayurvedic Autumn Detox Plan

Clean Up And Slow Down: A 4-step Ayurvedic Autumn Detox Plan

Detoxing in the fall may sound counterintuitive. After all, spring—Ayurveda’s other optimal time to detox—is our cultural cleaning season, whereas autumn feels like a time to hunker down and get back to work.

“In the spring, it’s about shaking off the weight of winter and getting revved up for summer, and we’re good at that,” says Ayurvedic consultant Scott Blossom. 

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Welcome Change & Learn to Trust the Flow

Welcome Change & Learn to Trust the Flow

Change, self-initiated or not, moves us through a transition zone which creates a sense of groundlessness. The scary in-between state of letting to go of what we’ve always known and/or done to allow for something new (a new habit, pattern, way of thinking or acting) to emerge. It’s like being in flight between trapeze bars. It takes skill, dedication, and courage to relax and trust into this groundless state. 

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Clean Up And Slow Down: A 4-step Ayurvedic Autumn Detox Plan

Clean Up And Slow Down: A 4-step Ayurvedic Autumn Detox Plan

Detoxing in the fall may sound counterintuitive. After all, spring—Ayurveda’s other optimal time to detox—is our cultural cleaning season, whereas autumn feels like a time to hunker down and get back to work.

“In the spring, it’s about shaking off the weight of winter and getting revved up for summer, and we’re good at that,” says Ayurvedic consultant Scott Blossom. 

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Align With The Earth's Rhythms To Find Complete Balance This Autumn

Align With The Earth's Rhythms To Find Complete Balance This Autumn

For me, September has always felt profound in this way, offering both a time for change and reconnection; good-bye and hello; transition and transformation. It is the ultimate time to pause. In fact, nature uses a big pause right now - between the expansion of summer and contraction of winter, she provides us with a moment of balance – the Autumn Equinox. 

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A Little Breather

A Little Breather

Many people think that their meditation only counts if it is 20 or 30 minutes long. But, a little bit, often reaps far more benefits than a lot once a week. For most of us, it’s much easier to meditate for one minute every day than it is to meditate for 30 minutes every day. And you’re more likely to notice how you good you feel with that small change because you’re not thinking as much about some big chunk of time you have to create.

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The Power of Awe: Heal in Nature's AWEsomeness

The Power of Awe: Heal in Nature's AWEsomeness

It is an AWEsome time to slow down in nature and up our mental and physical wellbeing. In a study published January 19th in the journal Emotion, researchers found that positive emotions—especially the awe that comes with a deep connection to nature, art, or spirituality—are linked to lower levels of inflammation-producing cytokines.

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