YogaBalanced’s 2017 Year In Review

It’s almost the end of of the year, and I thought it might be nice to do a little 2017 year in review. I’ve had quite the journey this year with my yoga practice, and it’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come. There’s also some great stuff coming up on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to. So, indulge me a little, and take a look with me at the year that was, and the future that will be.

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Doing Yoga While You’re Sick

Doing Yoga While You're Sick

Doing Yoga While You're Sick

It’s that time of year again! No, not the holidays. I’m talking about cold and flu season. Doing yoga regularly, like any doing regular exercise routine, can help boost your immune system. However, no matter our best efforts, sometimes we succumb to the germs of the season. Should you keep doing yoga while you’re sick? Let’s take a look at the ways we can both help and hinder the healing process with the aid of our yoga practice.

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Abhyanga: The Art of Ayurvedic Self-Massage

Well, the holiday season is in full-swing. This week, I thought I would talk a little about yet another Ayurvedic concept I’ve been experimenting with in my own life: abhyanga. Abhyanga is a specific form of self-massage that promotes better health through improved circulation and relaxation. Who couldn’t use more of that during this stressful time of year? Read on below for the details on how to integrate the practice of abhyanga into your own life!

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Yoga Teacher Training: The End is the Beginning

Well, here we are. I’ve reached the end of my 200-hour yoga teacher training experience. When this yoga teacher training experience started, I would never have believed we’d get here so quickly.

We held our final weekend/retreat this past weekend at Canaan Valley Resort. This post is going to be a bit different than my past posts about my yoga teacher training weekends. For one thing, I’ll not be breaking down the weekend into multiple posts per day. We were there for four days, and it seems excessive to break each day down into individual posts. For another, I’m not planning to recap each and every thing we did. Again, we did a great deal in four days, and it seems like too much to put into one post.

This post will be a combination of telling you about the weekend, along with telling you about the wonderful group of ladies I’ve been spending my time with. So please, read on and enjoy this final chapter in my yoga teacher training experience.

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An Experiment with Ayurvedic Principles

An Experiment with Ayurvedic Principles

Hello, dear readers! I hope you’re all having a good week. As you may remember, last week I posted about our session with Molly Culleton, an Ayurvedic Health Specialist. That session continues to resonate with me, and as a result, I decided to apply some of what she taught us to my everyday life. I’ve spent the last two weeks integrating some of the Ayurvedic principles we learned into my routine, and I’d like to share about my experience with you. Read on to see how this experiment has played out so far!

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Yoga Teacher Training Day 15: Meditation on the Lake

Hello again, and welcome back to day three of my September YTT weekend. We took another field trip on Sunday. We are very lucky to have one half of the couple that owns the Lake Pointe Inn in Deep Creek, Maryland as a part of our YTT group. She and her husband very graciously offered to host us for a day spent doing yoga and meditation in a beautiful and serene lakeside setting. We had a truly magical day, and I hope you’ll read on to hear all about it.

Lake Pointe Inn
This is the view from the front porch of the Lake View Inn. Straight up, hashtag no filter. It’s that gorgeous.

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