The Hug

Last fall, a pair of gloves arrived in the mail from an animal welfare organization. I hadn’t ordered them nor had I made a donation. Even though the gloves looked warm and fuzzy, I doubted I would wear them but I didn’t want to toss them. When the Salvation Army red...

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Beat the Holiday Blues

Are you someone who, like many of us, swears that the holiday season will be different…this time you’ll be calmer and less stressed? But as the days get shorter and you-know-what is right around the corner, do you feel the cold fog of holiday dread creeping in? Don’t...

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The Importance of the Breath

Deep breathing helps decrease tension, increase energy, improve concentration, and promote physical and mental health. You may be familiar with the word prana, a Sanskrit word that translates as "life force energy," or what is known in Chinese as chi. Prana, which...

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Comfort and Safety on the Mat

Hatha yoga has been used for centuries to promote relaxation, strength, flexibility, and overall health and well-being. Asana is a Sanskrit word that means "posture comfortably held." Whether you are doing yoga at home or in a class, this should not be a...

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What Is Hatha Yoga?

Yoga is over 5000 years old. Literally translated, it means "yoke" or "unite," and represents the union of mind and body. Hatha is Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language that forms the basis of yogic literature, and means "union of the opposites" (ha literally...

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Complete Breath

  “A mind too active is no mind at all.” – Theodore Rothke COMPLETE BREATH The breath, it is said, is the pulse of the mind. When you are tense, your breathing becomes shallow or you may hold your breath, which increases tension; conversely, deep breathing...

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Olivia H. Miller

Olivia H. Miller

Registered Yoga Teacher, freelance writer, student of yoga for more than thirty years. Author of The Yoga Deck, The Healing Yoga Deck, Essential Yoga, and others.

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