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Sukasana (Easy Pose)

This is pose is probably more known as “criss-cross-applesauce.” Sit in a cross-legged position. Place your hands down on your knees. They can face down to the earth for grounding energy or up to the sky for more uplifting energy. Root down through the right and left sit bones evenly. Press the pubic bone and tailbone…

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Palo Santo

Now I don’t pull any hat stands or mirrors out of my Magic Bag like Mary Poppins but my purse contains quite a few knick knacks. I generally keep a tiny wooden stick in my bag. A tiny wooden stick? Yes, a tiny wooden stick. This wooden stick is basically an incense like sage or…

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How are you breathing?

Have you ever taken a moment to just sit and observe your breath? The way the body inhales and exhales? Is the inhale longer than the exhale or vice versa? Where does the breath begin?  “First, take a deep breath,” I usually say to my sisters and friends when they start to get stressed. My…

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Root Chakra Meditation

I was up at the lake a few weeks ago and a good friend of mine, David was truly hoping I’d teach a few yoga classes. Our cabin is quite interesting. Over 100 years ago, my great grandfather and his friends went up to this plot of land in Hayward, Wisconsin to fish. This turned…

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Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Root Chakra (Muladhara): First Chakra Purpose: Sense of feeling grounded and secure. Location: Base of the spine. Deals with: Grounding, finances, security, food. Color: Red. Developmental stage: 2nd trimester to 12 months. Developmental tasks: Physical growth, motor skills, object permanence. In balance: Feeling grounded and supported. Full of energy, health, and vitality. Out of balance: Fears…

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5 Easy Ways to Meditate

“I can’t meditate. I never would be able to turn off my thoughts,” I hear from a number of friends. Meditation is an interesting concept. The key to meditation is being present with each moment. Meditation allows your thoughts to focus in on what you are doing in that instant rather than letting the “monkey…

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One Word to Live By

As I sit down to write this blog post, a flash came over me. “Overcome.” It was the first word I thought when I awoke this morning. Overcome what? Fear? The fear of failure, change, or maybe even success. I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for months now. I ask myself why am…

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Through the Eyes of Parkinson’s

As some of you may know, my grandmothers both suffer from Parkinson’s disease. This makes April a very meaningful month for our One Stitch at a Time campaign. The sad thing is that one out of every 100 people over the age of 60 is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It can even be diagnosed as young…

Stressed? Connect with your breath for just ONE minute!

With the holidays upon us, lots of stress is blowing in the air. Even one minute of mindful meditation practice can start to calm your thoughts. “I cannot stop thinking” is a phrase I often hear. To be honest, your thoughts will never completely go away. Even the most mindful meditators have thoughts that arise…