Fed up by now?

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dear yogis, Yes, we’re getting to end of January. And yes, you feel you’ve ruined your New Year Resolutions. And yes, I feel the same: I am fed up. Fed up of setting myself up for failure… why do I do this to myself? Well, here’s my reflection. Instead of cursing my resolutions and beating myself up for dropping them so quickly, I am readjusting them. No, I don’t need to eat healthy “all the time”. Instead, I’ll do my best to eat healthy 70% of the time. No, I don’t  have to do a full practice yoga session every single day. Instead, I’ll jump on the mat for 10 minutes and see how I feel: that can totally be it. No, I don’t need to finish my eternal to-do-list every day. Instead, I’ll set up more reasonable goals and focus on the ONE thing that needs to be done per day. In a nutshell: I am toning my resolutions down, to MY reality and MY life. And that makes me feel way happier and fulfilled. On that note, I’d like to share a...

Spiritual Transmission: A New Interview With Sri Dharma Mittra

By Sri Dharma Mittra Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Adam Frei: I am fortunate to have been your student for a while now. Something I noticed early on and continue to appreciate is that the very atmosphere in the room changes when you enter it. You have said when asked that this is according to the students' personal belief / faith that they experience this, but you have also said that when one is close to the teacher, you feel the heat. Can you explain / remark further?   Sri Dharma Mittra: The reason this happens is that most of the students in the class are to some degree reverent to me and respect my position. As soon as they notice my presence in the room, they feel more comfortable and peaceful, thus saturating the entire room with good vibrations. So, most of this is caused by the students and very little is from me. Everyone has an aura, a magnetic field of vibration. As we grow spiritually, the aura also grows subtler and is suffused with beautiful colors that are the result of thoughts and emotions. If the student...

Keep it REAL

By Yoginit Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Tuesday, 16 January 2018

This week we are sharing a special interview, it’s one of those where you get goose bumps… because every message deeply resonates with you. Ray Rizzo is a yoga teacher, musician, published author and member of the Yogin' it Family. He offered us a rich interview, full of eye opening, inspiring insights. I would like to highlight 2 of them, and invite all of us to reflect and aim for the balance between them. 1- “I hope to contribute with meaningful music to the great orchestra that is this life". 2- “Don’t take yourself too serious. At the end of the day, laugh, take yourself lightly ”. As yogis, sometimes we tend to take life very seriously and constantly question our improvement, our development, our contribution. This is greatly needed, but let’s remember to ENJOY the experience of being alive and, as Ray says, “keep it real”. And now, over to you: how do you achieve this balance between this 2 pulling forces? Share your stories / comments with us!

Reconnecting with Our Spirit

By Alan Finger Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Sunday, 14 January 2018

We are all born from a unified field intelligence that is beyond what we can imagine. It is infinite. We cannot conceive of infinity because our minds create boundaries. We are born from this energy, and our spirit is what causes us to be here and exist. When spirit is occupying us, we are conscious, aware, and alive. The trouble is that our consciousness, the expression of our spirit, becomes bombarded with vrittis. Vritti is a Sanskrit word that roughly means “thought,” but vrittis are more than just thoughts. They are everything to do with the mental realm: fear, insecurity, and desire, as well as thoughts themselves.  Think of your consciousness as a lake. The movement of vritti energy is wind causing the water on the lake to ripple. When our consciousness is quiet, the waves of thought cease and we see clearly enough to relate back to our spirit. We connect with who we really are. It’s tricky to uncover this connection because as soon as we are born into this life we have consciousness, awareness. And what do we...

The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson

By Yoginit Posted in Lifestyle, Small Nice Things, Videos Friday, 12 January 2018

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

A Heart Practice

By Samantha Howick Posted in Yoga Monday, 08 January 2018

As the holiday season is upon us ideas of gifts and giving are flowing in the air. Gifts can take on many forms. They can be monetary gifts as well as giving of your time or knowledge. They can be nice words or doing a favor for someone. They can even be as simple as making someone a nice cup of fresh tea, a hug or a freshly baked pie. The form of the gift does not matter. It simply is us giving something of ourselves to another. It is said that a gift given from the heart shall always be beautiful and powerful both for the giver as well as the receiver. Giving with pure intention and an open heart is so important in yoga philosophy. To give from the heart, you must first be aware that you have one! It is quite difficult to give if you are all shriveled up with anger and resentment. To bring awareness towards your heart enlivens it with consciousness and blood flow and gives vitality to the heart as an organ. To give something away symbolizes...

Where Comfort Ends, Life Begins

By Elena Brower Friday, 05 January 2018

Life begins right at the end of your comfort zone. When you're most uncomfortable is where your life begins to change. Trust. Right there is where you get to find out the greatness that you really ARE. Elena Brower for Yogin' it

Be thankful for life

By Yoginit Posted in Lifestyle, Small Nice Things Wednesday, 03 January 2018

No matter what, always be thankful for life.

5 Super Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Immunity and get a jump start on the New Year

By Insiya Rasiwala-Finn Posted in Lifestyle, Food, Glorious Food Monday, 01 January 2018

I hear you, the holiday season does come only once a year and with it delicious and rich food, friends, family and wine.   If you’re feeling a little post-indulgent today, don’t worry, know that you’re not alone, help is on its way.  And it does not require switching from indulgence to asceticism overnight, something our society so loves doing. Here’s an alternative.  Boost your nutrition plan over the next few weeks by introducing key, nutritional powerhouses a.k.a. super-natural whole foods, so that you can effectively balance your body and mind especially in light of the excess of this season.  It is all about balance.  In fact, isn’t everything? I looked to a good friend, a highly qualified and positive, Whole Foods Nutritionist Judy Chambers for her key tips to strengthen our immunity using super-natural foods, so we can ease into the new year feeling rested, rejuvenated and excited to meet January in our optimal power.  No starvation necessary. Here’s what Judy recommends: 1. Consume Probiotic-rich Fermented Foods   plain probiotic rich yoghurt The best way to boost immunity is to introduce naturally fermented foods into your diet....

I have decided

By Yoginit Posted in Lifestyle, Small Nice Things Saturday, 30 December 2017

I have decided...

Feeling saturated and depleated? Hit your re-set button with this 10 min free video

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Yoga, Videos Friday, 29 December 2017

What do you do when your computer collapses and lots of windows start popping up left and right? you restart your computer. It's the same with your body and mind: when you're overwhelmed, tired, in a bad mood, off-center... take a few minutes to reboot your system.  This is a gentle, 10 min basic yoga practice to clear your body and mind. REGISTER NOW to access unlimited yoga videos anytime, anywhere.  

Straddle press handstand training...

By Ray Rizzo Posted in Yoga, Videos Wednesday, 27 December 2017

In this little video you will learn tricks to help with the leverage necessary to achieve a straddle press handstand...

21 Tips To Make Your Asana Practice Great

By Sri Dharma Mittra Posted in Yoga Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Click here for yoga videos by Sri Dharma Mittra, to practice with him from the comfort of your home.   21 top tips for a Great Asana practice from teacher's teacher Sri Dharma Mittra. 1. Never forget that the Asanas really have nothing to do with Self-realization. They are only a preparation.   2. Before you practice, always offer thanks to whomever you believe in and invite all beings everywhere to enjoy the practice through your body, mind and senses.   3. Don’t worry about the breath. If you don’t worry about this, it works perfectly.   4. If you have more time to practice, you stay longer in the poses. Less, you stay shorter.   5. In winter, move as fast as you can when warming up to generate heat. In the summer, move a little slower.   6. When you are finished warming up, you should rest a little before doing the main poses.   7. When you become extremely flexible in the pose, you can relax there (while holding). When you have mastered the pose and feel comfortable, you are in deep meditation at the space between the eyebrows behind the forehead.   8....

Superfood cake

By Marisa Silverman Posted in Food, Glorious Food Monday, 04 December 2017

Want you cake and eat it too??!!!   Here is a Superfood Cake we made yesterday at the Yogin' it Headquarters!!!   Do you Love sweets and feel guilty indulging in them? Don't carry that guilt ANYMORE!! When you get your kitchen loaded up with these superfoods, you can whip up tasty snacks and desserts in less than 10 minutes, no baking required!!   Instead of eating sweets that brings our energy down and compromising our health, you can now UPGRADE to having satisfying & NUTRITIOUS treats!!  All of the ingredients are loaded with maximum nutrition to take you health and wellbeing to the Next Level!! The only way to know is to try so we encouraging you to Not deprive yourself from your favorite foods and learn how to make the tastiest, most nutritionally dense Best Food Ever!!!    This is a Raw Coconut Chocolate Chip Cake with Raw Chocolate Frosting!   Ingredients For the Cake:   4 tbls Raw Coconut Flour 2 tbls Shredded Coconut 2 tbls Cacao Nibs 1 tbls Raw Honey 1-2 tbls Coconut Oil    Mix in bowl, press down to form a cake.   Ingredients for the Frosting:   4 tbls Raw Cacao Powder 2-3 tbls Coconut Oil 1...

6 ways Gratitude will improve your Quality of Life

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Thursday, 23 November 2017

It’s that time of year where we celebrate Gratitude: which means we begin thinking about everything they have to be thankful for. Although it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, I encourage you to cultivate Gratitude throughout the year, as it will have amazing benefits on your quality of life. In fact, Gratitude is probably one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating Gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are huge. Research reveals gratitude can have, amongst others, these 6 major benefits: 1. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people. Moreover, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health, by exercising more often and making better food choices.   2. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. By increasing the “good vibes”, Gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. 3. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Studies have shown that gratitude reduces social...

Fall red light

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Thursday, 05 October 2017

Gorgeous nature display, amazing light, increible color.

10 Tips for a Healthy Fall

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Lifestyle Monday, 02 October 2017

I love changing seasons… the perfect opportunity to press the reset button and start fresh with healthy habits. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere like me, you’re saying goodbye to Summer and welcoming back shorter, crispy days and colorful leaves. Here’s my 10 tips to make this your healthiest fall yet. 1- Eat local and seasonal: the earth is wise and Nature provides the perfect nutrients we need in every season. Enjoy the fall produce that makes this season so tasty. Pick local, organic, pumpkins, squashes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, pomegranates, nuts and seeds... and take in their vitamins and minerals. An abundance of tasty fall vegetables makes it easy and yummy to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet. 2- Cook at home: avoid processed foods and take time to cook at home, from scratch. This includes meals, sweat snacks + cakes… but it doesn’t mean you need to spend endless hours in the kitchen! For easy, quick and delicious recipes, check our Nutrition program Detox to Replenish. 3- Drink warm and hot liquids: as the outside temperature drops, we...

Organic Raspberry Chia Puddings

By Danielle Dunsford Sunday, 01 October 2017

Dairyfree, Eggfree, Vegan & Raw!   Makes 6 servesThese little delights can be eaten anytime of day- breakfast, dessert- just prep it the night before & you're good to go! Use certified organic ingredients so that you're giving your body the nutrients it deserves and always cook with LOVE!     Ingredients: 2 cups nut milk (I make cashew or almond milk or a combo of both) 1/2 cup chia seeds 1 cup raspberries & strawberries (I used fresh strawberries & frozen raspberries) 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla paste   Optional extras:Linseeds/ sunflower seeds/ activated buckwheat/ nuts/ desiccated coconut   Method:Add milk to a large bowl, then add chia seeds, vanilla & maple. Stir gently every minute or so. Seeds will take about 15 mins to plump up. Then scoop a heaped tbsp into glasses and top with berries, seeds & coconut. Then add another heaped tbsp of chia mix. Finish with nuts, coconut & buckwheat. The nuts I used were ground up macadamias. Store in fridge covered in air tight container.   Will keep for 3-4 days- if they last that long! :) If you want to see more head on over to my facebook page, www.facebook.com/wholefoodmum   Recipe by...

“Begin to see within” Krishna Das for Yogin’ it

By Sonia Ribas Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Saturday, 30 September 2017

This is a special one. Krishna Das is one of our all-time favorites: referred to as the "Rockstar of Yoga", he is probably the best known U.S. singer of kirtan-style music. At the 2013 Barcelona Yoga Conference, we sneaked into his soundcheck session, followed by an exclusive, magnetic talk. Amongst his insightful words, here’s my highlight: “Spiritual practices, like yoga or chanting, change the direction of your seeing, so you begin to see within. When you move deeper into your own being, you can find real love, real happiness within yourself”. Amen.

A Fall DETOX with Ashtanga Yoga

By Carolina Daza Posted in Yoga, Lifestyle Friday, 29 September 2017

Taking a stop to rest and rethink the upcoming season is a sign that we are moving towards the right direction. Our yoga path always allow us to take a break, breathe, and find samasthiti—the foundation of all poses and decide where we are going. The Fall is a pure vata season according to the Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. The vata dosha is the primal air and space element predominant in our internal body as well as external environment. According to Ayurveda, vata controls bodily movements with dry, cold, rough, itchy, and irregular sensations due to the Fall weather patterns that produce imbalances in our body. A detox is a bodily, mind and soul cleansing to purify and revitalize the toxins accumulated in our internal system. During seasonal changes it is most ideal to follow a gradual and holistic detox that allow us to give rest to our psycho-somatic body and recharge our immune system with new saatvic qualities—pure vibrant pranic energies. Using Yoga’s first limbs can serve us as a guideline to our detox. The yamas or self restraints especially applying ahimsa—non-violence to our...

Don't worry about what's outside of your control

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Thursday, 28 September 2017

Catch yourself worrying about everything, the whole day? Do something really simple: separate what's under your control vs. what is not. And FORGET about what you can not control. Out of your mind. NOW. Then breathe and feel so much lighter!

My biggest gift

By Yoginit Posted in Lifestyle Wednesday, 27 September 2017

On this, my 45th birthday, I think about a question a Yoga Journal editor asked me a few months ago: What is the biggest gift in received in my life? Without doubt it is my son, Ananda Lion. My wife’s family has a tradition of whispering the name of a newborn baby in his or her ear on the seventh day after birth. On the sixth night, we still didn’t have a name. Even though we both teach yoga we had made a pact not to name our child a Sanskrit name because it was so hippy. But our son had such a smiley disposition that when we were looking through a book of names, I closed it, looked at my wife and said a little sheepishly, “You know what? I think Ananda is such a perfect name for this guy.” She confessed she had been thinking the same thing. In that moment it was settled: we named him Ananda, which in Sanskrit means bliss. The Lion part comes in because the deepest bliss isn’t just sweet, it’s bitter sweet. Before he was born my friend...

Yoga is YOGA

By Elena Brower Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Elena Brower for Yogin ' it 

Nature is the greatest teacher

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Monday, 25 September 2017

Here's our intention for this spring season: let's honor, listen and feel united with mother nature.

5 simple happiness rules

By Yoginit Posted in Small Nice Things Sunday, 24 September 2017

Here's some useful, simple rules for happiness. May we add: 6, listen to your heart.