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This 7-minute Mediation Does Wonders

I just finished my daily 7-minute meditation and I felt compelled to share my experience with you. Before I was married and had kids, I meditated daily…for 20 minutes. I kind of abandoned it for the past 10 years. But, necessity is the mother of invention…or meditation, for that matter. I really feel that it is essential to find our own personal method of meditation. This is what I am doing. Maybe you will find an element in it that sparks something for you. Duration: I found I only need 7 minutes and my mood (let’s be honest…moods with an “s”) has lifted, my energy level is up, and I am more patient with the family. It’s true. You can ask...

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Is Your Torso Misaligned?

The answer is YES - nobody has a perfectly symmetrical body.  Look at your torso like a car, your shoulder and hip joints as the wheels, and the suspension as your balance. When your wheels are out of alignment, the suspension is off and driving can become problematic, if not dangerous. Now, apply that same logic to your body. Is one of your hips tighter than the other? Have you ever had a shoulder injury or pulled your rotator cuff that has left a lasting impression?  By doing yoga poses improperly, and without awareness of what is going on in your body, you can unknowingly exacerbate pre-existing conditions and even create new problems. Right / left and symmetrical poses will challenge and teach you the most...

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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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