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Blog Archives: July 2017

Sun Salutations: The Essence of Flow

July 31, 2017
Jaclyn Howell
Sun Salutations are a great way to warm up the body and are often times done at the beginning of a yoga practice, classically prior to the rising sun. In Sanskrit “Surya Namaskar” means to bow to the sun. The word namaskar stems from namas, which means "to bow to" or "to adore,"  and surya means “the sun”. The cyclical movements of Surya Namaskar, with breath awareness, backbends, forward bends, calming, and invigorating postures, offer many health benefits. Surya Namaskar can help to wake up the body in the morning, prepare you for restful ...

Why Yoga Works

July 26, 2017
Rachel Hector
The other day my husband and I got into the oldest debate in the world: what is our purpose in being brought to life? It wasn’t the first time in our fifteen years of friendship that we’d had this particular discourse, and it certainly won’t be the last. Each time we come upon it (and it always seems to sneak up at odd times, like when we’re grocery shopping or once one of us is half-asleep) I am struck by our endless curiosity and renewed thinking on the matter. I’m also struck by its ubiquity. I know we aren’t the only ones in this boat and ...

Reducing Sugar and Refining “Sweetness” through Meditation and Health Coaching

July 21, 2017
Stacey Loop
In yogic philosophy, there’s a concept called viyoga and samyoga. Viyoga, roughly translates into moving away from that which doesn’t serve you.  Whereas samyoga has to do with moving toward that which serves and supports you. It’s no secret that reducing sugar in our life will help support us in our quest for wellness and improved health. The challenge lies in how to create new patterns that deeply nourish us, while changing our relationship with the addictive quality of sugar. It isn’t you, it’s the nature of sugar… highly addictive! In ...

A Weekend with Phoenix Rising Yoga Founder Michael Lee

July 21, 2017
Michael Lee
I’m not talking about change as in money. I’m talking about life. Have you ever decided there was something in your life you really wanted to change and set about it? I think we all have. And I know for me that many times I come up empty.  That great resolution I made last New Year to lose 10 pounds and keep it off was a simple one. It worked for January, but then something happened. Then there is the big one that has appeared many times over the years, I want to stop saying dumb things in conversations when I feel threatened or fearful that ...

Astrology and Yoga: How to Be Brilliant with Jyotish

July 14, 2017
Mehtab Benton
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you let your own inner light shine through? Have you hidden that light for so long that it now seems to be dimming? Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to manifest your own unique brilliance, but the science of Jyotish may hold the key! Jyotish is a sophisticated system of astrology that can help you understand the cosmic influences in your life and use them to your advantage.  Known as the “Science of Light,” Jyotish can help you unveil your own inner light, and it can give you the ...

Uncovering The Self

July 11, 2017
Karlie Lemos
In between the completion of a 200 hour Teacher Training and a flourishing confidence in teaching yoga out in the world is another puzzle piece. There is another step that we all take after we graduate and it’s the dance of finding our footing and of sorting out what makes us unique in this large pond of yoga teachers. We all find our way through it somehow but I’d like to think it would be ideal if we didn’t have to go through that step alone. A mentor is the link in the chain between embarking on the path of teaching yoga and feeling ...

The Wealth of Surrender

July 03, 2017
Beth LaGrone
In the cyclical flow of creation, after all the action and doing, comes surrender and possibility. In a culture that does not honor surrender, making the space to receive the wealth of what we are creating, in any form, rarely happens. We end up always on the go and never in the flow. It’s Venus night, aka Friday night, and I’m listening to a playlist I created specifically for checking my bank statements. I’ve got some smooth sexy jams, because I practice invoking some goddess of abundance vibes whenever I’m working with my money in this ...