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Making YOU Right with Yoga by Aaron Lind

Many years ago, I came to yoga with the idea that I was going to fix myself. Somehow 90 minutes at a time, I would feel relief from a continual feeling of being stressed out. The physicality of asana practice and hearing bits of positive philosophy in class would get me out of my negative […]

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Dosha, Think It’s Time You Learned About Ayurveda? by Emily Alp

This clear, nicely written introduction to Ayurveda originally appeared here in Elephant Journal on January 27, 2012.  It is written by Emily Alp, who studied ayurveda with Balance co-owner Jessica Blanchard. When I start describing them, so many people become instantly intrigued about Doshas. Yet there is always a moment where I just trail off and can’t […]

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Vanity Fair, Ashtanga, and Corporate Yoga by Jessica Blanchard

This post is written as a response and commentary on an article that appeared here last week in Vanity Fair.  Skim the Vanity Fair article first, or this won’t make much sense.  Many of us are wondering why Vanity Fair published a long and detailed article, “Whose Yoga Is It Anyway?” about the politics and […]

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Down dog vs. Cobra by Jessica Blanchard

If a cobra and a dog got into a fight who would win?  According to Thai legend (where there are many cobras), dogs can kill snakes.  It is good to have a dog around for this reason.  Growing up in south Louisiana, I remember our dog CoCo picking up a non-poisonous garden snake and run […]

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Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation by Amanda Bennett

Today marks day 74 of practicing 62 minutes/day of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, a powerful meditation in the Kundalini Yoga tradition.  Practicing this meditation has completely transformed my life!  How?  Well, here are some of the results: I feel better overall, more energetic, happier, less prone to depression; I am more able to follow through on […]

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10 days in India and many teachings by Jessica Blanchard

Ten days is a short time when we spend 24 hours traveling each way, however it was long enough to remind me of some fundamental aspects of yoga.  In the United States yoga is a booming billion dollar industry.  In America for most people the word yoga invokes images of young athletic women wearing Lululemon […]

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Assuming Strength by Sharon Floyd

Assuming Strength I read an excerpt earlier this year from a book called “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua.  It ruffled some feathers in online communities, specifically those about parenting. The author proposes that her Chinese mother’s style of parenting influenced her to push her own daughter towards success. She went on […]

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