Favorite Things – Episode 14

Favorite things - episode 14 PSA: Our fall Mantra Boxes® are now available for pre-order - There are limited quantities so snag yours now while you still can! We have a bunch of Namaslay workshops planned all over the country so be sure to see if we're coming to a city near you. We're also planning our retreats for 2016-17 and have just announced our Kenya Safari Yoga Retreat which is going to be an absolute blast. And lastly, we'll be in Baltimore for our Best of Both Worlds workshop next weekend and hope to see you there! Favorite Things is a series here on YBC where I share my favorite finds each month. Hope you'll share yours down below in the comments, on the YBC Yoga Forum or the YBC Official App, where we have a cool instagram-like feature to share photos.This post contains affiliate links, which means YBC will earn a small commission when you check them out. Thanks for supporting YBC. In this month's episode of Favorite Things, I chose ..

22 Things that Love Never Is.

get elephant's newsletter Untangling the messy love-fear-ego threesome. 1. Love never needs or wants to be right. And hence love never has the need to tell anyone they are wrong. Love may give us new ideas or lead us in a new and improved direction, but it will never make us feel like we are wrong. This is the handiwork of ego; the guardian of our human self that only cares about keeping us safe and honoring status quo. And while I love the ego and feel it should be treated as our divine, inner child, ego is not the same as love and should not be mistaken for it. 2. Love is never complicated. Fear is complicated. And life gets truly complicated when fear is having its way with us. Love is always simple. What love tells us is always so simple it almost feels too easy. And fear wants nothing to do with that. Fear keeps going around in circles arguing, bickering, finding reasons why life truly can’t be this simple. 3. Love never affirms our beliefs. Love is only concerned abo..

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

Back to blog The Importance of Breath in Yoga 26 jun 2014 by Esther Ekhart Awareness of breath and synchronizing breath and movement is what makes yoga, yoga; and not gymnastics or any other physical practice. In this article I talk about different ways the breath influences our yoga practice; how the breath and mind are closely connected and how this awareness of the breath gives us a tool to work with the mind. Breath and Asana Biologically When focusing on the breath during our asana practice, the control of the breath shifts from the brain stem (medulla oblongata) to the cerebral cortex (evolved part of brain) due to us being aware of the breath. It's in that moment, when we are aware, when the magic starts to happens. The mind will become more quiet and a calm awareness arises. Emotionally and energetically As a result emotional stress and random thoughts are less likely to occur. So basically the whole system gets a break. The energy, the prana, begins to flow more free..

Yoga and Expectations

Back to blog Yoga and Expectations 17 sep 2012 by Esther Ekhart Within the world of yoga it is easy to get carried away, wanting to master the same poses your neighbor achieves so well—or just wanting to keep up with the rest of the class. The dream and the reality I personally have to keep reminding myself that is not what yoga is about. As a teacher I too feel the pressure, for example to be able to do everything with elegance and ease. Well, that is a dream. It’s not happening. Some poses are hard for me; some poses, I cannot even do. There are poses I don’t do very elegantly, or the way some other yogi can do them. It’s the same thing over and over again, wanting something different than what reality presents you. Suffering, in other words. Your practice reflects your life The way you live life is the way you most likely practice your yoga. Think about it for a moment: Are you a very determined or disciplined person? Do you get frustrated and angry very easily? Do you need to..

When the mind becomes still, it is the beginning

Back to blog When the mind becomes still, it is the beginning 16 oct 2013 by Tracey Cook Yoga's Chitta Vritti Nirodha: yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. I would like to introduce Tracey Cook to you, a dear friend and yogi colleague of mine. I asked Tracey if we could post some of her beautiful writings on our blog now and then, for us all to enjoy. Tracy has understood the meaning of Yoga in it's deepest sense, and she loves writing about it and sharing. Tracey has a way with words, so enjoy, I know I will... Esther Yoga just is After years of travelling a yogic path, twisting my body in crazy poses, riding a beautiful cosmic wave colorful, fractilian energies, breathing deeply, sitting for hours in silent stillness… and playing around with different forms of what we term as “yoga”, the ideas of what we perceive to be the “practice” to be, are shifting and changing. Yoga just IS. It is the great union of body, breath, mind, spirit, in harmony with th..

Dance: Sexuality, Creativity & Meditation All-in-One.

get elephant's newsletter I remember when the world was my stage. That rare piece of childhood when I could spend hours alone in my room listening to music and creating what I described as the greatest choreographed works of all time. Remember that feeling? I’d turn the lights down low, crank up the lava lamp and improvise to my Dirty Dancing cassette tape. During these “shows” I discovered the space that exists between the body and the dance-floor. It’s euphoric. A place of complete focus and creativity, the place where we lose ourselves in music and movement, a kind of trance. I felt awesome after dancing, totally exhausted, but in a way that evokes inspiration and makes me ready to take on the world. As I grew up and embraced my life as a theatre kid, I didn’t really mind that my singing abilities weren’t all that because being in the chorus meant I got to do more dancing. I learned swing, ballroom, musical theatre choreography and hip hop. I soaked it all up. I wished rehe..

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