Lessons from BDK March 2017

Notes from Lessons We’ve Learned “Mind Science”– March 2017 Hi BDK family! I typed up my notes from that Sunday at training after the Calisthenics course. Maybe you’ll find some use out of this, even just glancing at a quote or two. - Ashley The importance of being a...

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Simply Yoga eBook

This eBook is a combination of knowledge gained from multiple yoga trainings, my personal yoga practice, and from being a full-time yoga teacher over the last 7 years. And it's finally available! 🔷 Understand the definition and purpose of yoga 🔷 Cultivate a yogi...

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Warrior Yoga 24 Min

This 24 minute yoga flow class comes from the Budokon Yoga Flow. Budokon is a mixed movement based system when it comes to the fitness side of things. The yoga is a slow and strong flow with focus on the transitional movement, rather than holding poses, which will...

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Gratitude Journal

Journaling just for the sake of documenting your day sounds kind of lame. "I ate a sandwich for lunch. It was good." Ugh. Sometimes writing things down can help you think through tough situations, or get all your thoughts out of your mind so you are free to unwind....

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8 Teaching Tips for Yoga Teachers

1. Detail one thing at a time. When teaching a pose or exercise, detail one thing at a time. Speak to the body. 2. Stack your instructions. Start with the feet, or the base, and work your way up through the entire body. Give up to three instructions, a breath action...

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10 Ways to Improve as a Yoga Teacher

1. Get on your mat. Nothing improves your teaching like practice. Make time for yourself and take care of yourself. 2. Write in a journal. Writing in a journal before or after class can spark ideas and inspiration for your future classes or even just to take care of...

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Kitchen Detox – 5 Things to Get Rid of Now

If it’s in your kitchen you’re going to eat it. If you are going to detox your body and get healthy, this is the place to start. It may not be easy to let go of some of these foods, but in the end, when you see how great you feel and how wonderful your body looks, you...

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Navigating Nutrition Labels

Reading nutrition labels can be tricky Use this illustrated guideline to help you read packaging labels correctly so you are able to steer clear from bad fats, high sodium and high sugar percentages. Also, move away from foods that are classified as DIET and LOW or NO...

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8 Tips for Healthy Eating

1. 100 ounces of water every day Our bodies are nearly 2/3 water. By the time you FEEL thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Dehydration slows down your metabolism and your brain will send a message that makes you THINK you are hungry... when really, you are thirsty....

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What is Yoga?

Yoga is simply the practice of awareness. Put another way, yoga is the art of witnessing, both internally and the world around you. It’s more than just the shapes we make in our body, much more than the physical practice of poses. We can bring yoga into all areas of...

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Intention vs. Goal Setting

When you attend a yoga class or even take a class online, you will often hear the teacher tell you to set an intention for your practice at the beginning of class. But how do you do that? What is an intention? Intentions are the pathway or the journey to which you...

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What to Expect in Your First Yoga Class

Expect to feel uncomfortable. Expect to feel nervous. This is true for any new thing that takes you out of your element. It could be trying a new food or driving in a city you’ve never been before. Anything new is going to feel weird at first. But the good news is...

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7 Daily Morning Moves

As soon as you wake up, get your body moving. You don’t have to do strenuous exercises, or even break a sweat. Just move and stretch. Every day will be different. If you are thinking that you don’t feel like moving when you wake up, you are not alone. However, a body...

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Dot Sticker Challenge

You know those dot stickers you can get in the office section of the store? The ones that people often use to mark prices at garage sales? Yeah, those. You can actually use those stickers in a way to help your daily life. Next time you’re at the store, pick up some...

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Consistency Challenges for Conscious Minded People

Being your best self is about more than working out and eating right. Pick one or two of these challenges to start each day of the week. If you have trouble with one, try it again the next day, and the next. Each challenge is up to YOU and your goals so you need to do...

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8 Simple Meditation Techniques

Meditation can often be intimidating and a little confusing. Just sit? Then what? In today’s fast-paced life, sitting and doing nothing doesn’t sound appealing when our to-do lists are miles long. However, the most productive and successful people will rave about some...

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Yoga Book Recommendations

YOGA BOOKS How Yoga Works, by Gesne Michael Roach A story of how to heal yourself with The Yoga Sutra, the ultimate source of all yoga. Being of Power, by Baron Baptiste The 9 practices to ignite an emplowered life. The Yamas and Niyamas, by Deborah Adele Exploring...

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10 Steps to Creating Your Own Yoga Sequence

Creating your own home yoga practice doesnt have to be scary. Here is a 10-step guide to sequencing your own yoga practice. If you mess up, it’s okay. As long as you are showing up every day willing to breathe, move, and grow, that’s all you need. 1. Initial Pose...

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Create Your Home Yoga Space

Your environment has a big effect your emotional state. When your house is a mess, your life feels like a mess. When your house is clean, if only for a minute, you feel at peace. Building a yoga altar is a personal journey and a place meant only for you. You may start...

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6 Reasons to Practice Yoga at Home

1. Save time and money In comparison to attending yoga classes in a studio, a home practice will save you time and money. You need very little to start practicing yoga. You probably don’t even need a mat right away, although it’s the first piece of equipment I would...

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12 Tips for Yoga Class Etiquette

Find yourself not knowing how to act in yoga class? Here are twelve simple tips. 1. Arrive on time, at least 5-10 minutes early. Class starts AT the time on the schedule. That means your butt should be on your mat then, not walking into the door and still needing to...

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Yoga Styles Explained

Hatha Technically, hatha yoga is the umbrella term for all of the styles of physical yoga practice. When you see it on a yoga class schedule, class it likely to be slower and focused on gentle movements. Vinyasa/Power No two classes are alike, other than starting with...

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6 Most Common Yoga Props

You do not actually need anything to start a yoga practice. If we're being honest, you don't even need clothes (hey, that’s a thing somewhere). However, there are a few items that can help. Here is short list of a few things that will help assist you as you start or...

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