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1- Begin in downward facing dog. 2- Inhale and as you exhale, step your right foot forward into a low lunge position. 3- Spin your left heel flat so your left toes are pointing slightly forward, and inhale your arms and chest up. 4- Reach your arms toward the ceiling as your pinky fingers turn in toward one another. This will allow your shoulders to relax down your back. 5- Maintain a deep, 90 degree lunge in your right leg. Your lower core muscles are engaged here, which should allow you to find length in your low spine. 6- Work on squaring your hips toward the front of the ro ..

We sometimes resist new lessons, and what we resist the most is likely to be what we most need to learn. Our lessons usually come with inner conflict. The action we should be taking, the idea we should be learning is sometimes hidden behind a well of resistance. There’s a border, a barrier we need to cross to get into the heart of the lesson. Most times, that barrier is within us. Lessons require us to let go of old feelings, old beliefs. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be lessons. We’d already know them. Sometimes, the very thing we feel guiltiest about do ..

INGREDIENTS • 2 Tbsp butter • 2 cups flavorful mushrooms such as shiitake, chanterelle, or oyster mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into half inch to inch pieces • 2/3 cup brandy, vermouth, or dry white wine (optional) • 5-6 cups chicken stock (use vegetable stock for vegetarian option) • 1/3 cup of peeled and minced shallots (OR 1/3 cup of yellow or white onion, finely chopped) • 1 3/4 cups Arborio rice other risotto rice • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 Tbsp ..

1-Lie on your back with your arms next to the body palms down. 2-Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor, close to the buttocks, hip width apart. 3-With the feet parallel to each other, press the upper arms into the floor, press your feet into the floor, inside and outside equally and begin to lift the hips up to the ceiling, moving your breastbone to the chin. 4-Firm your abs and pull your belly in maintaining a flat spine. 5-Actively bring the knees out in front of you, to keep the lower back extended. Keep the knees directly above the ankles. 6-Your buttoc ..

When did you start doing yoga and where? Over 10 years ago, Bikram Yoga on 17th street in Costa Mesa. A co-worker invited me. My body temperature has always run cold so hot yoga was perfect for me. I’ve practiced at Yoga Tribe for over 6 years. How often do you practice yoga? 3 to 4 times a week. Why do you practice yoga? Because yoga makes the world right again! If I’ve had a good day it makes it better, if I’m stressed or struggling in any capacity it sets me straight and stills my mind. What are the primary benefits you experience from y ..

What is your hometown? I grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a town outside of Pittsburgh, PA – Go Steelers! When and where was your first yoga class? I took my first yoga class five years ago, shortly after I moved here from the east coast. I joined a gym and took their yoga class. I was hooked from then on out! When was the Defining moment when you realized you wanted to teach yoga? There was never one specific moment that led me to teaching yoga, however there were many signs that got me to this place. For six years I was in an unfulfilling corporate care ..

Ingredients • Ice • About 2 tbsp. limoncello, frozen (optional), or lemon syrup • About 1/2 cup club soda • Lemon wedges Preparation Fill a highball glass or plastic cup with ice. Pour limoncello or lemon syrup over ice, then stir in club soda. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Adjust flavors to your liking with more limoncello, syrup, club soda, or fresh lemon.  ..

1. Optimists know that you don’t necessarily need to achieve something in order to be truly happy. Happiness comes from within. It’s a conscious decision that only you can make, whether or not things are going the way you want them to. If you provide a condition to your happiness, like you’ll only be happy if you’re able to achieve something, then what happens if that condition isn’t met? Success isn’t a guaranteed factor. If you equate happiness with success, you may be happy, but this happiness stops the minute success goes away. 2. Optimist ..

What is your hometown? Lake Forest, California What was your childhood aspiration? To play point guard in the NBA When and where was your first yoga class? March 1995 at Bikram’s Yoga College of India on Chestnut and Lombard in San Francisco. Bikram’s first studio in the United States established in 1973. Who is your most influential teacher and why? My late mother, Cindy. She taught me how to be a human being. She was the most real human being and showed me that our mistakes can become our greatest blessings. I watched her battle cancer for 5 years and doing so w ..

When did you start doing yoga and where? I started yoga about 10 years ago with Bikram but stopped for three years because of my work schedule, I returned to my yoga practice at the Tribe about three years ago. How often do you practice yoga? I try to practice 3-4 times a week, although currently I am out of town 50% of the time so I have been using dvds for my practice while away. Why do you practice yoga? I started training in the martial arts as a young teenager and I find the yoga is complimentary to my practice. It enhances my breathing and focus and enhances my flexibility ..