by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

There is a scene in the movie Eat Pray Love where Liz sits in the beautiful meditation room at the Ashram. She closes her eyes to meditate and immediately thoughts about her house, job and life start stampeding through her head. Anyone new to this practice can empathize; those first few times we meditate can seem like a battle with our thoughts. Sitting in stillness is a skill we find challenging, but with simple regular practice with no expectation an entirely new world can open up. Positively effecting our asana practice, relationships and health.

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by Mark Atherton, E-RYT® 200

Technology and I endure a love hate relationship. It’s been around two weeks since I returned from New Zealand. For 16 days my devices remained off, disconnected from service. Silence was everywhere. My mind wasn’t drawn to the buzzing of my phone or ping of a new email. I loved my simple morning ritual of a cup of tea watching the sun rise, walks after meals, and uninterrupted conversations.

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

Detachment seems to come easily for my 20 pound yorkie Diego. I woke up early this morning, put his leash on and went outside into the -15 weather to the dog park. As I stood complaining about the weather, I watched Diego as he played in the snow, not caring about the cold.

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