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How to (Finally!) Find Your Shoulder Width for Yoga

How many times have you been asked to place your hands shoulder-width apart in yoga class? Down Dog, Up Dog, Chaturanga Dandasana, Plank, to name a few, all require this specific positioning. Did you know that your optimal shoulder-width hand placement can change over time? Yes, it depends on your posture at any given moment. If your shoulders are slightly sloped forward, like most people, you will be more comfortable with your hands slightly wider. Consequently, the proper positioning will impact your alignment – much more than you would think. If you look closely at both photos, you can see, in the left one, that I am putting my weight on my left side, which is evident in my shoulders...

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Top 8 Ways to Use a Gurugrid Alignment Mat

So, you have a Gurugrid alignment mat? You are considering getting a Gurugrid? Great!  But....how do you use one? The answers can vary slightly depending on the school of yoga you are studying or your teacher. But, below are the 8 main purposes of the Gurugrid. Thanks to our Gurugals from around the world for helping us show you how it's done! Namaste. :)

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Negative Energy is Like a Fart

Hanging onto negative energy is like holding in a fart. It causes a lot of internal discomfort and sometimes makes it hard to focus on more important, every day matters. If you unleash it around other people, it creates an unpleasant environment for them. If you let it go alone, no damage is done to others. Let’s be honest, the smell of your own fart is not nearly as offensive as the smell of someone else’s. Once it is released, you feel relieved and back to your normal self – you can get on with the rest of your day. It hangs around for a minute or so, but then innocuously disperses, offending no one. But, imagine if you let...

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