Aimee Hughes

Aimee is an advanced yogi (21 years) and mindfulness expert. After earning her B.A. in French from Tulane University and then Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) credentials from Clayton College, she has gone on to pen more than 500 holistic health and spirituality articles for a number of worldwide publications, including Gaia TV, DOYOUYOGA, "The South African Journal of Natural Medicine," "OnFitness" magazine, "Longevity Times," Yogapedia.com and more. Aimee has also authored a self-published vegan cookbook titled, "The Sexy Vegan Kitchen: Culinary Adventures in Love & Sex."

As former lead writer and health consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico, Aimee’s current mission is to empower everyday women with the mindfulness tips and tricks necessary to achieve the personal growth and stability for which they long. Nowadays, you can find her at Mind Masseuse, a mindfulness and meditation resource for women.

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The Five Natural Elements The Five Natural Elements The Five Natural Elements The Five Natural Elements


Learn how you can better understand yourself and the natural world around you through yoga.

Sadhana Sadhana Sadhana Sadhana


Thinking of skipping your sadhana? Think again and try these five simple poses to move you through a complete, quick and peaceful practice...

Golden Milk: The Yogi's Pumpkin Spice Latte Golden Milk: The Yogi's Pumpkin Spice Latte Golden Milk: The Yogi's Pumpkin Spice Latte Golden Milk: The Yogi's Pumpkin Spice Latte


It's pumpkin spice latte season once again, but this year you may want to trade in your PSL in for yoga & Ayurveda's Golden Milk instead.

Good Luck Yoga Good Luck Yoga Good Luck Yoga Good Luck Yoga


If you’re superstitious about Friday the 13th or just want to usher in a bit of extra good luck this weekend, the following yoga techniques...

Happy Diwali! Illumine More Than Just Jack-O'-Lanterns This October for India's Festival of Lights Happy Diwali! Illumine More Than Just Jack-O'-Lanterns This October for India's Festival of Lights Happy Diwali! Illumine More Than Just Jack-O'-Lanterns This October for India's Festival of Lights Happy Diwali! Illumine More Than Just Jack-O'-Lanterns This October for India's Festival of Lights


Diwali is a popular Hindu festival celebrated in the month of October. Learn more about this colorful festival of lights and how you can...

Happy New You: 5 Ways to Clear Your Negative Karma Happy New You: 5 Ways to Clear Your Negative Karma Happy New You: 5 Ways to Clear Your Negative Karma Happy New You: 5 Ways to Clear Your Negative Karma


A new year offers us a sort of clean slate from which we can work to clear our negative karma. Here are five ways you can do it.

The Ancient Origins of Ashtanga Yoga and Why It's Still Popular Today The Ancient Origins of Ashtanga Yoga and Why It's Still Popular Today The Ancient Origins of Ashtanga Yoga and Why It's Still Popular Today The Ancient Origins of Ashtanga Yoga and Why It's Still Popular Today


Learn the history of Ashtanga yoga, its key teachers, what to expect from this type of yoga class and if it's right for you.

Advice and Asanas for Improving Balance Advice and Asanas for Improving Balance Advice and Asanas for Improving Balance Advice and Asanas for Improving Balance


Balance is integral to the practice of yoga. Here is some advice on how to improve your balance and five poses you should try to practice.

5 Beautiful Mantras to Add to Your Practice 5 Beautiful Mantras to Add to Your Practice 5 Beautiful Mantras to Add to Your Practice 5 Beautiful Mantras to Add to Your Practice


Mantras are a powerful part of your yoga practice, but with so many to choose from it's hard to pick. Here are five beautiful mantras...

10 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day 10 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day 10 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day 10 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day


International Yoga Day is celebrated on the 21st of June every year. Here are 10 fun ways you can show your love for your practice on this...

Moonbathing Moonbathing Moonbathing Moonbathing


Moonbathing is the simple act of bathing outside, under the cosmic beauty of soft moonlight. Learn how it can also help cool down your...

Self-Love Practices to Teach Yourself How to Love You Self-Love Practices to Teach Yourself How to Love You Self-Love Practices to Teach Yourself How to Love You Self-Love Practices to Teach Yourself How to Love You


Let go of all the non-loving experiences of your past and rewire your subconscious in order to start loving yourself as you were always...

How to Balance Your Chakras Instantly How to Balance Your Chakras Instantly How to Balance Your Chakras Instantly How to Balance Your Chakras Instantly


There are seven main chakras in the body and the key to one's overall health is believed to rely on their balance. Learn how to do so...

Nourishment Nourishment Nourishment Nourishment


To help make the most out of your summer, here are four of the best places to look for soul nourishment — the kind that’s sustainable, fun...

'Ramayana': The Indian Love Story of Rama and Sita 'Ramayana': The Indian Love Story of Rama and Sita 'Ramayana': The Indian Love Story of Rama and Sita 'Ramayana': The Indian Love Story of Rama and Sita


The 'Ramayana' is an ancient Indian poem about two soul mates who inspire love — in all its forms — to this day. Here are a few life...

Get Grounded This Earth Day and Try 'Earthing' Get Grounded This Earth Day and Try 'Earthing' Get Grounded This Earth Day and Try 'Earthing' Get Grounded This Earth Day and Try 'Earthing'


Learn how 'earthing,' or grounding, helps us feel energized and can restore our sleep pattern to a natural circadian rhythm.

Gaining the '50,000-Foot View' Perspective Gaining the '50,000-Foot View' Perspective Gaining the '50,000-Foot View' Perspective Gaining the '50,000-Foot View' Perspective


The 50,000-foot view refers to the seeing of things from a bird’s-eye perspective; from the most expansive view possible. From here, we can...

Are You Insecure? Are You Insecure? Are You Insecure? Are You Insecure?


Feeling insecure is part of being human. Learn how to use various yogic tools and techniques to restore your self-confidence.

10 Most Fascinating Women in Yoga 10 Most Fascinating Women in Yoga 10 Most Fascinating Women in Yoga 10 Most Fascinating Women in Yoga


Get to know 10 of the most inspiring female yoga teachers in the yoga community today.

Celebrating India's Night of Shiva, Shubh Mahashivratri Celebrating India's Night of Shiva, Shubh Mahashivratri Celebrating India's Night of Shiva, Shubh Mahashivratri Celebrating India's Night of Shiva, Shubh Mahashivratri


Arguably one of Shaivism's most important dates, the Shubh Mahashivratri is celebrated once a year by thousands of Shiva devotees across...

The Chakras and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs The Chakras and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs The Chakras and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs The Chakras and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs


What do the seven chakras and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs have in common?

8 Benefits of Daily Surya Namaskara 8 Benefits of Daily Surya Namaskara 8 Benefits of Daily Surya Namaskara 8 Benefits of Daily Surya Namaskara


Why do yogis salute the sun every morning? Learn about these 8 health benefits associated with practicing surya namaskara on a daily basis,...

How to Stop Multitasking and Get More Done How to Stop Multitasking and Get More Done How to Stop Multitasking and Get More Done How to Stop Multitasking and Get More Done


Multitasking can be draining. At it's worst, it leaves us feeling like we're spinning our wheels without gaining traction. Learn how yoga...

7 Ways to Prevent Wrist Injury in Yoga 7 Ways to Prevent Wrist Injury in Yoga 7 Ways to Prevent Wrist Injury in Yoga 7 Ways to Prevent Wrist Injury in Yoga


An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. Keeping your wrists, happy, healthy and strong is key to avoiding injury. Learn seven...

Linking Breath and Mantra Linking Breath and Mantra Linking Breath and Mantra Linking Breath and Mantra


Synchronizing our breath with mantra recitation allows us to sharpen our focus even further. Learn how combining these two techniques can...

Hinduism's Most Popular Deities Hinduism's Most Popular Deities Hinduism's Most Popular Deities Hinduism's Most Popular Deities


Hinduism has a pantheon of gods and goddesses, but some stand out as most worshiped. Learn about the most popular Hindu deities, including...

7 Inspiring Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now 7 Inspiring Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now 7 Inspiring Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now 7 Inspiring Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now


Take a look at 7 of the most inspiring Instagram yogis today. From Ashtanga to Acro yoga to Hip Hop yoga, these yogis rock their Instagram...

The 3 Best Ayurveda Schools in America The 3 Best Ayurveda Schools in America The 3 Best Ayurveda Schools in America The 3 Best Ayurveda Schools in America


Thinking about going back to school for Ayurveda? Get to know the top three Ayurveda schools in America and which one is right for you.

3 Drishti Every Beginner Should Know 3 Drishti Every Beginner Should Know 3 Drishti Every Beginner Should Know 3 Drishti Every Beginner Should Know


Learn how to use three yogic drishti, or visual focal points, to improve your focus and concentration during asana and meditation practice.

Yoga Retreat Yoga Retreat Yoga Retreat Yoga Retreat


Have you been thinking of treating yourself to a retreat for years and years? If the time has finally come, you'll definitely want to check...

Using Your Drishti to Improve Focus Using Your Drishti to Improve Focus Using Your Drishti to Improve Focus Using Your Drishti to Improve Focus


Drishti is a single-pointed gaze used in yoga asana practice to increase concentration and awareness. Learn how cultivating this gaze can...

Just Breathe: 4 Yogic Breathing Techniques That Will Really Relax You Just Breathe: 4 Yogic Breathing Techniques That Will Really Relax You Just Breathe: 4 Yogic Breathing Techniques That Will Really Relax You Just Breathe: 4 Yogic Breathing Techniques That Will Really Relax You


We all know we need to relax more, but the ways in which we usually try to unwind are not always the healthiest. Here are four breathing...

Dissolving Resistance Dissolving Resistance Dissolving Resistance Dissolving Resistance


Resisting what's happening in our lives is a sure way to increase our suffering. Learn how contemplation and meditation can help us...

Think Lotus Pose Is Simple? Here's Why You Need to Master It Think Lotus Pose Is Simple? Here's Why You Need to Master It Think Lotus Pose Is Simple? Here's Why You Need to Master It Think Lotus Pose Is Simple? Here's Why You Need to Master It


The ideal meditation posture, lotus pose appears to be easier than it really is. Here's the how and why you need to master it, though.

7 Modern Mantras for Positive Self-Talk 7 Modern Mantras for Positive Self-Talk 7 Modern Mantras for Positive Self-Talk 7 Modern Mantras for Positive Self-Talk


Negative self-talk driving you crazy or getting you down? Make up your mind to turn it around and practice these seven 'modern' mantras for...

Baba Nam Kevalam Mantra Baba Nam Kevalam Mantra Baba Nam Kevalam Mantra Baba Nam Kevalam Mantra


Discover the secret meaning of Baba Nam Kevalam and how chanting this mantra will surround you in love.

How to Eat for Your Dosha Type How to Eat for Your Dosha Type How to Eat for Your Dosha Type How to Eat for Your Dosha Type


According to ayurveda, we all tend toward one of three doshas, or 'constitutions': kapha, vata or pitta. Kaphas are sluggish, vatas are...

India's Top 3 Ashrams India's Top 3 Ashrams India's Top 3 Ashrams India's Top 3 Ashrams


Thinking of going to an ashram in India? Get the inside scoop on three of India's most popular ashrams and why you should visit them.

Tapas and the Discipline of Yoga Tapas and the Discipline of Yoga Tapas and the Discipline of Yoga Tapas and the Discipline of Yoga


In yoga, tapas is a kind of inner discipline and heat we generate through our practice. Generating tapas purifies both out body and mind....

O-M-Goddess! 5 Ways to Awaken Your Divine Feminine Shakti Energy O-M-Goddess! 5 Ways to Awaken Your Divine Feminine Shakti Energy O-M-Goddess! 5 Ways to Awaken Your Divine Feminine Shakti Energy O-M-Goddess! 5 Ways to Awaken Your Divine Feminine Shakti Energy


Shakti is the feminine counterpart to your masculine (Shiva) energy. Learn five ways you can awaken this goddess energy within.

Roots of Suffering Roots of Suffering Roots of Suffering Roots of Suffering


A calm mind and open heart dissolve suffering. Learn how thoughts contribute to suffering and what you can do to attain inner peace and...

Ayurveda's Top 5 Medicinal Plants for Restoring Balance to the Body Ayurveda's Top 5 Medicinal Plants for Restoring Balance to the Body Ayurveda's Top 5 Medicinal Plants for Restoring Balance to the Body Ayurveda's Top 5 Medicinal Plants for Restoring Balance to the Body


Discover Ayurveda's top five most powerful medicinal plants to heal and restore your body.

The Vedas The Vedas The Vedas The Vedas


Explore just what the Vedas are and what they can teach us as students of yoga.

Know Your Atman (Self) Know Your Atman (Self) Know Your Atman (Self) Know Your Atman (Self)


Self-study is vital to connecting with our higher Self. Learn how asana practice, meditation, and contemplative practices like journaling...

Discipline Discipline Discipline Discipline


There’s an innate essence in yoga that somehow drives yogis to embrace it as a self-discipline, day after day. Here's how this discipline...

Ego Ego Ego Ego


Our ego is only our external identity. Who we truly are is much, much more. Learn how to dissolve your ego through a guided meditation...

Om Mani Padme Hum Om Mani Padme Hum Om Mani Padme Hum Om Mani Padme Hum


The reason for this Buddhist mantra's popularity lies in the profound blessings it brings to the believer. Learn more about the power...

Purpose Purpose Purpose Purpose


Often we think of desire as a negative. Learn how to turn your desires into a positive tool for transformation and discover your life's...

Mindfulness Mindfulness Mindfulness Mindfulness


Being more mindful doesn't have to be an appointment in our calendar. Here are 8 ways to practice it at any and every moment.

Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha: Patanjali's Definition of Yoga, Explained Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha: Patanjali's Definition of Yoga, Explained Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha: Patanjali's Definition of Yoga, Explained Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha: Patanjali's Definition of Yoga, Explained


Learn the meaning of Patanjali's famous definition of yoga and how to practice it.

Yoga Styles Yoga Styles Yoga Styles Yoga Styles


There are many styles of yoga available to the modern-day yogi. Which one is right for you? Learn about 12 of the most popular yoga styles,...

Meditation 101 Meditation 101 Meditation 101 Meditation 101


Incorporating a daily meditation into your yoga asana and spiritual practice will have a profound impact on your life. Learn the benefits...

5 Essential Asanas to Kickstart Your Day 5 Essential Asanas to Kickstart Your Day 5 Essential Asanas to Kickstart Your Day 5 Essential Asanas to Kickstart Your Day


Wake up and get energized for your day with these five essential yoga asanas.

Listening to Your Inner Voice Listening to Your Inner Voice Listening to Your Inner Voice Listening to Your Inner Voice


Your true guru lies within. It's that inner voice of wisdom and intuition. Learn how meditation helps us turn up the volume.

3 Ways to Stop Anxiety With Yoga 3 Ways to Stop Anxiety With Yoga 3 Ways to Stop Anxiety With Yoga 3 Ways to Stop Anxiety With Yoga


Whether it's work, the nature of modern-day life or just the stress of feeling constantly under pressure, anxiety can take a toll. The...

Heart Intelligence Heart Intelligence Heart Intelligence Heart Intelligence


Learning to listen to the intelligence of your heart can open you up to a powerful shift in consciousness. Find out how to access your...

4 Yoga Poses for a Strong Back 4 Yoga Poses for a Strong Back 4 Yoga Poses for a Strong Back 4 Yoga Poses for a Strong Back


Many of us spend hours a day hunched over a computer. This makes taking care of our back and posture extra important for long-term health....

5 Simple Rules to Meditation 5 Simple Rules to Meditation 5 Simple Rules to Meditation 5 Simple Rules to Meditation


Getting into the habit of practicing meditation can be a challenge. Use these five simple rules to jump start your meditation practice and...

10-Minute Meditation 10-Minute Meditation 10-Minute Meditation 10-Minute Meditation


New to meditation? Try this simple mantra practice to get you started and enjoy the benefits of seeing the world in a different light.

Why It's So Hard to Achieve Inner Peace Why It's So Hard to Achieve Inner Peace Why It's So Hard to Achieve Inner Peace Why It's So Hard to Achieve Inner Peace


Let's face it, finding and keeping inner peace isn't easy. That's because our thinking mind is what's driving us most of the time. Learn...

A Journey Through The 8 Limbs of Yoga A Journey Through The 8 Limbs of Yoga A Journey Through The 8 Limbs of Yoga A Journey Through The 8 Limbs of Yoga


The 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga are a treasure trove of wisdom set forth by Patanjali in his famous Yoga Sutras. Learn the meaning of the each...

Kindle Your Kundalini With This Divinely Energizing Style of Yoga Kindle Your Kundalini With This Divinely Energizing Style of Yoga Kindle Your Kundalini With This Divinely Energizing Style of Yoga Kindle Your Kundalini With This Divinely Energizing Style of Yoga


Kundalini yoga is a style unlike any other, with some elements similar to Hatha yoga and other elements totally different. Learn more about...

Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga


As a turtle draws itself into its shell, so too must we learn to draw our mind inward. Learn how the practice of pratyahara can revitalize...

The 5 Yamas According to Patanjali The 5 Yamas According to Patanjali The 5 Yamas According to Patanjali The 5 Yamas According to Patanjali


Patanjali laid out the five yamas to abide by: ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya and aparigraha. Learn the five yamas, or behavioral...

How to Prepare for Visiting an Ashram How to Prepare for Visiting an Ashram How to Prepare for Visiting an Ashram How to Prepare for Visiting an Ashram


So, you've made the decision to take your spiritual journey a step further and stay at an ashram. Now what? Here are some tips on how you...

Yoga Sequence Yoga Sequence Yoga Sequence Yoga Sequence


For days when you think you have no time for a complete yoga practice, here's a go-to sequence when time is short and all you have is just...

Morning Rituals for Yogis Morning Rituals for Yogis Morning Rituals for Yogis Morning Rituals for Yogis


How you wake up can set the feeling and tone for your entire day. Learn about some morning rituals used by yogis to get off on a positive...

Choosing the Best Translation of the Bhagavad Gita Choosing the Best Translation of the Bhagavad Gita Choosing the Best Translation of the Bhagavad Gita Choosing the Best Translation of the Bhagavad Gita


The Bhagavad Gita is a must-read for all yogis, but with so many translations out there, which version should you read? Here are five best...

Give Thanks, Get Gratitude: 3 Reasons We're Thankful for This Mindfulness Practice Give Thanks, Get Gratitude: 3 Reasons We're Thankful for This Mindfulness Practice Give Thanks, Get Gratitude: 3 Reasons We're Thankful for This Mindfulness Practice Give Thanks, Get Gratitude: 3 Reasons We're Thankful for This Mindfulness Practice


Gratitude is the state of being grateful, and this state of being has the power to change your life. Learn three benefits of this...

Top 10 Mudras for Your Yoga Practice Top 10 Mudras for Your Yoga Practice Top 10 Mudras for Your Yoga Practice Top 10 Mudras for Your Yoga Practice


Mudras are yogic gestures of the hands that help channel energy for various physical and spiritual benefits. Here's a list of 10 of the...

Is There More to This Life? Is There More to This Life? Is There More to This Life? Is There More to This Life?


At a certain point in life, we start asking the really big questions, like 'Is there more to life than this? What's my purpose? and Why...

Kriyas and Kundalini: What Beginners Need to Know About These Ancient Yoga Techniques Kriyas and Kundalini: What Beginners Need to Know About These Ancient Yoga Techniques Kriyas and Kundalini: What Beginners Need to Know About These Ancient Yoga Techniques Kriyas and Kundalini: What Beginners Need to Know About These Ancient Yoga Techniques


Kriyas are most often associated with kundalini energy and offering a multitude of health benefits, but should be approached with care and...

Yoga's Philosophy on Calming the Waves of the Mind (Vritti) Yoga's Philosophy on Calming the Waves of the Mind (Vritti) Yoga's Philosophy on Calming the Waves of the Mind (Vritti) Yoga's Philosophy on Calming the Waves of the Mind (Vritti)


In Western society, the mind is thought to be full of intelligence and knowledge. However, all of this knowledge is actually only borrowed...

Invoking Durga Within You Invoking Durga Within You Invoking Durga Within You Invoking Durga Within You


Durga is the Hindu goddess warrior helping to protect us from the forces of evil. Learn how to call upon this deva deity when you're in...

Creating a Personal Puja Creating a Personal Puja Creating a Personal Puja Creating a Personal Puja


Creating a personal puja is a deeply spiritual practice and an integral part of your daily ritual. Learn how to make one that is unique to...

Nature Nature Nature Nature


Tuning into nature’s dynamic play is one of the most fascinating aspects of our journey to Spirit. Here's how to enhance your connection to...

A Heart-Opening Visualization Meditation A Heart-Opening Visualization Meditation A Heart-Opening Visualization Meditation A Heart-Opening Visualization Meditation


This February, try a heart-opening visualization meditation to get really present with the intelligence and awareness of your heart.

Good Vibrations: How to Achieve Higher Consciousness With Positive Vibes (Plus a Guided Meditation) Good Vibrations: How to Achieve Higher Consciousness With Positive Vibes (Plus a Guided Meditation) Good Vibrations: How to Achieve Higher Consciousness With Positive Vibes (Plus a Guided Meditation) Good Vibrations: How to Achieve Higher Consciousness With Positive Vibes (Plus a Guided Meditation)


Many spiritual traditions, including yoga, teach it’s the lure of duality that keeps us residing in lower states of consciousness. Learn...

Om Namah Shivaya Mantra Om Namah Shivaya Mantra Om Namah Shivaya Mantra Om Namah Shivaya Mantra


Om Namah Shivayah honors the power of Lord Shiva. Discover the power of this ancient mantra and chant it to evoke your own inner divinity.

5 Sacred Mantras to Jump-start Your Japa Meditation Practice 5 Sacred Mantras to Jump-start Your Japa Meditation Practice 5 Sacred Mantras to Jump-start Your Japa Meditation Practice 5 Sacred Mantras to Jump-start Your Japa Meditation Practice


Japa meditation is the use of mantra chanting in order to still the mind and open the path to enlightenment. Here are five sacred mantras...

4 Methods to Mastering Your 'Monkey Mind' 4 Methods to Mastering Your 'Monkey Mind' 4 Methods to Mastering Your 'Monkey Mind' 4 Methods to Mastering Your 'Monkey Mind'


When our thoughts run amuck, we lead distracted lives of reaction. Learn how to master your mind and live from your divine consciousness...

Non-attachment Non-attachment Non-attachment Non-attachment


Non-attachment (or aparigraha) is not detachment. Learn more about this Buddhist and yogic principle, and how to practice it.

Plant Yourself in Tree Pose & Blossom With These 6 Benefits Plant Yourself in Tree Pose & Blossom With These 6 Benefits Plant Yourself in Tree Pose & Blossom With These 6 Benefits Plant Yourself in Tree Pose & Blossom With These 6 Benefits


Tree pose is one of the most simple yet profound poses in yoga. Explore the top six benefits of tree pose here to encourage its daily...

The Message of the Gurus The Message of the Gurus The Message of the Gurus The Message of the Gurus


Understanding the cycles of our life is key to lightening up and being happy. Find out what the gurus have been trying to tell us all along.

Abundance-Boosting Mantra & Meditation of Goddess Lakshmi Abundance-Boosting Mantra & Meditation of Goddess Lakshmi Abundance-Boosting Mantra & Meditation of Goddess Lakshmi Abundance-Boosting Mantra & Meditation of Goddess Lakshmi


The beautiful Hindu Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most important in the yogic pantheon. Learn how to invoke her presence to attract more...

Meditation Beginners: How to Find the Starting Point Meditation Beginners: How to Find the Starting Point Meditation Beginners: How to Find the Starting Point Meditation Beginners: How to Find the Starting Point


You know you want to meditate, but sometimes it's difficult to know where to start. Here are six steps to getting your meditation practice...

Live a Life With Integrity Using These Yogic Principles and Techniques Live a Life With Integrity Using These Yogic Principles and Techniques Live a Life With Integrity Using These Yogic Principles and Techniques Live a Life With Integrity Using These Yogic Principles and Techniques


When we say someone has integrity, what does that really mean? Learn the answer to this question and how to live by it.

Exploring the 5 Kleshas Exploring the 5 Kleshas Exploring the 5 Kleshas Exploring the 5 Kleshas


Kleshas are afflicting emotions, like greed and egocentricity, that limit us from connecting with our own divine nature. Learn how to...

Sage Smudging: How to Cleanse With This Healing Herb and Sanctify Your Spiritual Practice Sage Smudging: How to Cleanse With This Healing Herb and Sanctify Your Spiritual Practice Sage Smudging: How to Cleanse With This Healing Herb and Sanctify Your Spiritual Practice Sage Smudging: How to Cleanse With This Healing Herb and Sanctify Your Spiritual Practice


The ritual of burning sage is a powerful way to purify and clear negative energy from your environment. Learn the science behind this...

Lights Out: 3 Benefits to Practicing Yoga in the Dark This Fall Season Lights Out: 3 Benefits to Practicing Yoga in the Dark This Fall Season Lights Out: 3 Benefits to Practicing Yoga in the Dark This Fall Season Lights Out: 3 Benefits to Practicing Yoga in the Dark This Fall Season


You've heard of dining in the dark -- practicing yoga in the dark offers the same affect on the senses, but includes bonus self-improvement...

Get Your Meditation Posture on Point in These 3 Poses Get Your Meditation Posture on Point in These 3 Poses Get Your Meditation Posture on Point in These 3 Poses Get Your Meditation Posture on Point in These 3 Poses


Stop slouching! Here's how to perform three popular seated postures for meditation as well as the benefits for sitting properly on and off...

Who Was B.K.S. Iyengar? Who Was B.K.S. Iyengar? Who Was B.K.S. Iyengar? Who Was B.K.S. Iyengar?


As the author of the world-famous 'Light on Yoga,' B.K.S. Iyengar's influence on modern yoga was, and still is, far-reaching. Learn how...

Integrating Feelings of the Heart Integrating Feelings of the Heart Integrating Feelings of the Heart Integrating Feelings of the Heart


Our Western world places most of our trust in our thoughts - to lead from our head, rather than our hearts. However, our heart intelligence...

Music and Mantra Music and Mantra Music and Mantra Music and Mantra


This powerful duo, traditionally practiced in kirtan, can profoundly change your yoga practice. Find out how!

Breathe Easy With These 5 Yogic Breathing Exercises Breathe Easy With These 5 Yogic Breathing Exercises Breathe Easy With These 5 Yogic Breathing Exercises Breathe Easy With These 5 Yogic Breathing Exercises


For thousands of years, breathing techniques have been practiced by yogis to reach higher states of consciousness. Today, anyone can...

Advancing With Mantras Advancing With Mantras Advancing With Mantras Advancing With Mantras


Mantras are powerful tools of transformation. Learn the meanings of the So'ham, Gayatri and Maha Mrityunjaya mantras. These are guaranteed...

7 Steps to Take Your Meditation Practice to the Next Level 7 Steps to Take Your Meditation Practice to the Next Level 7 Steps to Take Your Meditation Practice to the Next Level 7 Steps to Take Your Meditation Practice to the Next Level


Ready to explore your meditation practice more deeply and connect with higher levels of consciousness? Here are seven simple tips to get...

5 Best Yoga Poses for the Workaholic 5 Best Yoga Poses for the Workaholic 5 Best Yoga Poses for the Workaholic 5 Best Yoga Poses for the Workaholic


Is your desk job literally cramping your style? Try out these five easy yoga poses and undo all the harmful effects of prolonged sitting.

Gandhi and the Gita Gandhi and the Gita Gandhi and the Gita Gandhi and the Gita


Do you know what Mahatma Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita have in common? Why did Gandhi refer to the Gita as his 'mother?' These questions...

Seek and Ye Shall Find: The Genuine Seeker's Experience on the Spiritual Path Seek and Ye Shall Find: The Genuine Seeker's Experience on the Spiritual Path Seek and Ye Shall Find: The Genuine Seeker's Experience on the Spiritual Path Seek and Ye Shall Find: The Genuine Seeker's Experience on the Spiritual Path


Have you ever caught yourself thinking about life's deeper meaning? Or asking yourself, 'Why am I here? What's my purpose? Does God exist?'...

A Guided Meditation on the Universal Self A Guided Meditation on the Universal Self A Guided Meditation on the Universal Self A Guided Meditation on the Universal Self


Try this guided meditation on connecting with your true Self and you'll find connection with a power far greater than you could have ever...

Shiva and Shakti: The Nature of These Divine Masculine and Feminine Energies Within Us All Shiva and Shakti: The Nature of These Divine Masculine and Feminine Energies Within Us All Shiva and Shakti: The Nature of These Divine Masculine and Feminine Energies Within Us All Shiva and Shakti: The Nature of These Divine Masculine and Feminine Energies Within Us All


The union of the divine masculine and feminine energies is Shiva and Shakti in consort. Learn about the qualities of each energy and the...

Consciousness Consciousness Consciousness Consciousness


Learn how asking the question, 'Who am I?,' is a profound spiritual practice that can lead to a greater vastness of consciousness.

Secrets of the Ancient Yoga Scriptures Secrets of the Ancient Yoga Scriptures Secrets of the Ancient Yoga Scriptures Secrets of the Ancient Yoga Scriptures


The ancient yogic scriptures reveal ways for us to break free from suffering. Find out how, including the greatest 'secret' of all.

Exhaling Muscle Pain & Tension: 3 Benefits of Yogic Breathing (Plus a Sample Exercise) Exhaling Muscle Pain & Tension: 3 Benefits of Yogic Breathing (Plus a Sample Exercise) Exhaling Muscle Pain & Tension: 3 Benefits of Yogic Breathing (Plus a Sample Exercise) Exhaling Muscle Pain & Tension: 3 Benefits of Yogic Breathing (Plus a Sample Exercise)


For many people, muscle pain and/or tension is simply a part of life, but yogic breathing offers a natural solution. Learn three ways the...

You Are What You Eat You Are What You Eat You Are What You Eat You Are What You Eat


According to Ayurveda, what we eat is as important as doing yoga. Learn about which foods support your yoga practice, when to schedule...

Ahimsa: The Number One Yama of the First Limb of Yoga Ahimsa: The Number One Yama of the First Limb of Yoga Ahimsa: The Number One Yama of the First Limb of Yoga Ahimsa: The Number One Yama of the First Limb of Yoga


Considered the most important virtue in The Yoga Sutras, ahimsa challenges us to be kind in our thoughts, words and actions. And not just...

5 Benefits of Chanting OM 5 Benefits of Chanting OM 5 Benefits of Chanting OM 5 Benefits of Chanting OM


Have you ever wondered what Om means or why it's often chanted in a yoga class? Learn more about this mantra and what it can do for you.

Four True Purposes for Why We Practice Yoga Asana Four True Purposes for Why We Practice Yoga Asana Four True Purposes for Why We Practice Yoga Asana Four True Purposes for Why We Practice Yoga Asana


Asanas make up the physical aspect of yoga. They are what we commonly think of when we say we are going to a yoga class. But what is the...

Performing Puja: A 'How-To' on Creating Your Own Spiritual Ritual Performing Puja: A 'How-To' on Creating Your Own Spiritual Ritual Performing Puja: A 'How-To' on Creating Your Own Spiritual Ritual Performing Puja: A 'How-To' on Creating Your Own Spiritual Ritual


Puja is a devotional act, a prayer, or a spiritual ritual that seeks union with the Divine. Learn its history and elements in order to...

Q&A by Aimee Hughes


Am I chanting OM correctly? Am I chanting OM correctly? Am I chanting OM correctly? Am I chanting OM correctly?


Ever get confused about how to chant OM? I know I have. So, I decided to do some research. I mean, I didn’t want to go about chanting...

How can I practice seva in my daily life? How can I practice seva in my daily life? How can I practice seva in my daily life? How can I practice seva in my daily life?


Seva, or selfless service, is a wonderful aspect of yoga that we can practice off the mat. Seva is a Sanskrit term that means helping...

Non-attachment Non-attachment Non-attachment Non-attachment


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the Buddhist concept of non-attachment and the act of simply being detached? They are...

Why should I skip inversions during my cycle? Why should I skip inversions during my cycle? Why should I skip inversions during my cycle? Why should I skip inversions during my cycle?


If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, whether at a studio or by watching videos in the comfort of your home, you probably know by now that...

What's the difference between prana and chi? What's the difference between prana and chi? What's the difference between prana and chi? What's the difference between prana and chi?


Have you been hearing the word, prana, in yoga class? Maybe the word, chi, comes up almost as much. What’s the difference between the two,...

How do you overcome performance anxiety when you first start teaching yoga? How do you overcome performance anxiety when you first start teaching yoga? How do you overcome performance anxiety when you first start teaching yoga? How do you overcome performance anxiety when you first start teaching yoga?


So, you’re considering yoga teacher training and a career change. You love yoga, but you also have a fear of public speaking. The...


A chakra is a vortex of energy within your body. It’s an energy center and each energy center within the body is believed to hold spiritual...


Emotions are funny things. Like thoughts, they come and go, but sometimes our emotions get the best of us. We react from an emotional place...


This is a fascinating question, especially within the context of yoga, given that one of the primary aims of yoga is to know thyself. The...


Your creative source lies deep within you. It wells up from the still, soft voice---the one that rears its head in moments of quiet, like...


Ever heard of Brahma muhurta? You might not have ever heard of this particular Sanskrit term, but you certainly know what it is. Brahma...


While these words sound quite different and look quite different from one another. They hold essentially the same meaning. In the West, we...


Breath control is one of the most fascinating and even slightly offbeat aspects of the yoga tradition. We do it for longevity, because our...


In yoga (and other spiritual traditions), it’s believed that there is one universal cosmic intelligent vibration. That vibration is...


The yoga community loves to come together to share their practice. So much so that yoga festivals have become a huge part of the modern...

Should I be keeping a yoga journal? Should I be keeping a yoga journal? Should I be keeping a yoga journal? Should I be keeping a yoga journal?


Journals are excellent tools for contemplation. Typically used for jotting down one’s thoughts or keeping track of life events, these...

What is a kundalini awakening? What is a kundalini awakening? What is a kundalini awakening? What is a kundalini awakening?


Kundalini is best described as a coiled rope of energy that rests at the bottom of your spine. It sits there, waiting to be released, which...


If you’ve ever practiced japa meditation you probably know just how effective it is for calming your mind and dropping you into an almost...


Turmeric is a fantastic little spice used in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent and cure a treasure trove of ills. In the Indian pantry,...


Patanjali defines one of the main goals of yoga as the ability to control the changing thought waves of the mind. In the Yoga Sutras,...


Any effort to meditate is meditation. Any time you sit in lotus pose or lie somewhere comfortable, attempting to bring your focus inward,...


Meditation has so many positive and profound effects on the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It cleanses the mind in the same way taking a...


Savasana, also known as corpse pose, is an essential part of every yoga practice. It’s that relaxation time that synthesizes a well-rounded...


The starting point in meditation is your physical body. This is because the first thing we must do before going deeper in meditation is to...


Do you find it difficult to keep your yogic center in the workplace? If so, you’re not alone. There are many emotional toxins in the...

Beliefs Beliefs Beliefs Beliefs


Our thoughts are powerful things — so powerful, in fact, that we actually believe them. If you’re a beginning yogi or meditator...

Why should we pay attention to our thoughts? Why should we pay attention to our thoughts? Why should we pay attention to our thoughts? Why should we pay attention to our thoughts?


Our thoughts rule our lives, and we need to cultivate mindfulness around our thoughts so that we can be truly open and present in our lives...

What's keeping us from happiness? What's keeping us from happiness? What's keeping us from happiness? What's keeping us from happiness?


It’s our true nature to be deeply content. At the heart of our being, we are loving, happy, compassionate and deeply wise beings. But it...

Understanding Understanding Understanding Understanding


The beauty of yoga practice is that it is so much more than just an exercise routine. It’s also so much more than personal time on...

What are some helpful asanas for soothing sciatic nerve pain? What are some helpful asanas for soothing sciatic nerve pain? What are some helpful asanas for soothing sciatic nerve pain? What are some helpful asanas for soothing sciatic nerve pain?


It is very important to decipher what the underlying cause of your sciatic pain is before attempting any asanas, especially if you are...

How do the chakras help us understand our spiritual growth? How do the chakras help us understand our spiritual growth? How do the chakras help us understand our spiritual growth? How do the chakras help us understand our spiritual growth?


Each chakra represents one of seven energy centers in the human body, each representing a physiological function and sacred truth. Starting...


The light in me honors the light in you. The divine in me reveres the divine in you. These are just a couple of the deeper spiritual...


Meditating first thing in the morning is probably the best time to practice. The mind is clear when you wake, even if a bit groggy. It’s...


Are you a yogi or yogini? Have you been wondering what the difference is between the two terms? Let’s find out what they are. Masculine and...

Intention Intention Intention Intention


Our intention dictates everything. It is at the root of our choices and actions, which ripple out into the world, hopefully creating a...


Goddess Durga is the one goddess in the yogic pantheon who's job it is to ward off and fight against all evils, so that good, ethical and...


With his elephant head and human body, Ganesha (or Ganesh) is one of the most beloved and popular of all the Hindu gods. This is because he...

I'm struggling to get started with meditation; where should I begin? I'm struggling to get started with meditation; where should I begin? I'm struggling to get started with meditation; where should I begin? I'm struggling to get started with meditation; where should I begin?


The best way to start a meditation practice is to begin with what’s called mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness perfectly exemplifies the...


Let’s first define the yoga term, sadhana. Your sadhana is your personal spiritual practice; it’s a set of rituals you do each and every...

What are karma and destiny? What are karma and destiny? What are karma and destiny? What are karma and destiny?


KarmaKarma, or "action," is a way of understanding the world in its entirety and that everything does indeed happen for a reason....

When was the yoga mat introduced? When was the yoga mat introduced? When was the yoga mat introduced? When was the yoga mat introduced?


Have you ever wondered when the yoga sticky mat made its way to the forefront of the yoga scene? The yoga mat is a modern phenomenon, as...

How do I hold shakti? How do I hold shakti? How do I hold shakti? How do I hold shakti?


In the Tantric yoga tradition, there’s the concept of Shiva and Shakti. It’s the understanding that a human being holds both...

How does twisting in yoga help with detoxification? How does twisting in yoga help with detoxification? How does twisting in yoga help with detoxification? How does twisting in yoga help with detoxification?


Twisting poses are very much an integral part of the pantheon of yoga asanas. Yogis are constantly twisting into intricate poses, holding...

Why do yogis squat? Why do yogis squat? Why do yogis squat? Why do yogis squat?


As you might very well know, ancient and modern yogis alike squat a lot. There are many reasons for this – one of them being that squatting...

Why do we journal our thoughts that arise during meditation? Why do we journal our thoughts that arise during meditation? Why do we journal our thoughts that arise during meditation? Why do we journal our thoughts that arise during meditation?


Have you ever noticed how when you sit and meditate on a regular basis, you really, truly get to know yourself? This is one of the primary...

Does our spiritual longing deepen after 40? Does our spiritual longing deepen after 40? Does our spiritual longing deepen after 40? Does our spiritual longing deepen after 40?


This is an interesting question and I think the answer is that yes, as we grow older, we naturally move deeper into the stages of our lives...

What is ashram dharma? What is ashram dharma? What is ashram dharma? What is ashram dharma?


According to the Hindu tradition, there exists four unique stages in a human life with specific duties and characteristics for each phase...

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