Do You Think Patanjali Had a Gym Membership?

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Do You Think Patanjali Had a Gym Membership?

Do you exercise in addition to your Ashtanga practice? For a long time, I didn't. Because my yoga practice was so physically demanding, I never felt like additional exercise was necessary. However, after a few years of yoga and nothing else, I started to notice things about my body that didn't feel right—weight gain, sluggishness, fatigue, and diminished lung capacity. A visit with an Ayurvedic doctor confirmed my suspicions; for optimal health, in addition to my yoga practice, I needed at least 45 minutes of cardio three days a week.

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Your Injuries Don't Make You Special

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Your Injuries Don't Make You Special

Do you attach yourself to your injuries? Have you ever let an injury define the way you walk through life? How about using an injury as an excuse for not making it to your yoga mat? This is a common occurrence in the yoga world. 

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The Partial Yoga Narrative.

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The Partial Yoga Narrative.

We are all human and we all have a story to tell. The good and the bad, interspersed with laughter, tears, joy and heartbreak. We cannot know one without the other. Without sadness, happiness does not exist. Without anger, kindness cannot be practiced.

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Are You A Competitive Yogi?

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Are You A Competitive Yogi?

Competitiveness within the world of yoga is a real thing. Seems a little counterintuitive to find competition on the spiritual path to enlightenment, right? Aren't yogis above that sort of thing?

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The Ebb and Flow of Yoga Practice

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The Ebb and Flow of Yoga Practice

Sometimes life coasts along easily, gracefully. Daily routines feel effortless. Relationships are content and supported. Quietude is comfortable. A sense of calm has permeated existence. We are alive and all is well in the world. 

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Modifying Does Not Make You Less

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Modifying Does Not Make You Less

What happens when you come up against difficulty in the yoga practice? What happens when you experience physical limitations in postures? What happens when you’re feeling discouraged, disheartened, and annoyed at your abilities as a yogi?

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Are My Ladybits Exposed?

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Are My Ladybits Exposed?

Yoga shorty shorts. I love them. And I love the yoga students brave enough to wear them. Butt cheeks a’blazing. Thighs showing in all of their glory. They leave little to the imagination and help to provide an uninhibited yoga practice. They’re easy. They’re comfortable. They keep your body cool during a rigorous workout. Some would even say that they’re more practical than yoga pants when it comes to postures like supta kurmasana and garbha pindasana.

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Hate Speech

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Hate Speech

Within the world of yoga, words of self-hatred are prevalent. Seems contradictory, right? Isn't yoga about self-love and acceptance, spirituality, and honoring our connection to something greater than ourselves? Yes, it is! But with the light comes the dark, and sometimes the darkness can become pervasive.

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The Village Shala

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The Village Shala

Want to know a little more about me? Here’s a throwback to my first ever magazine feature! The amazing Keri Cole wrote a beautiful article about YogaMari Vermont for Woodstock Magazine that was published last Spring. Enjoy!

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#yogiproblems

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#yogiproblems

As the yoga industry gains momentum, I receive frequent inquiries from new students interested in taking a class. In addition to logistics and scheduling, they often ask what they should be prepared for. My stripped down answer for them is something like, “Wear comfortable clothes, bring your yoga mat, some water, a small towel, and be ready to move your body and sweat!” In most cases, that’s all a student really needs to know.

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Far Beyond What You See

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Far Beyond What You See

What is a yogi? Is it someone with extreme amounts of contortionist-like flexibility, that can easily wrap their body into difficult positions with calm and grace? Is it the person who wakes up religiously at 4am to get on their yoga mat and do their daily practice while their family quietly sleeps? Is it that spiritual dude you follow on Instagram who can sit cross-legged for hours at a time, seemingly deep in meditation, whose feet never go numb… yet your feet (and butt cheeks for that matter) go numb just watching him? Is it your yoga teacher? Who is it? How did they get that title? And who gave it to them anyway?

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What is a Donation Based Yoga Studio?

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What is a Donation Based Yoga Studio?

Have you ever been to a donation based yoga studio? Has the term "donation" left you wondering what you should pay for a class? Well, you're not alone! Many yoga studios use the traditional method of charging students a specific amount per class. This model works! However, if the cost of class is not within a students budget, the class is unaccessible.

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YogaMari Vermont Benefit Class for Trini Foundation

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YogaMari Vermont Benefit Class for Trini Foundation

It's National Recovery Month -- This Sunday, September 25th, YogaMari Vermont will be hosting a Half Primary class to benefit the Trini Foundation. The Trini Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides the practice of Ashtanga yoga to those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Created by Level II Authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher Taylor Hunt, this organization helps to provide studio tuition scholarships, mentorship programs, yoga in prisons, and other services that help to save and better lives.

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