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This Gratitude Yoga Playlist Will Help You Reconnect This Thanksgiving

Practice with this playlist during some downtime in your parent's basement while you're visiting for Thanksgiving.

Yoga Journal's gratitude yoga playlist will remind you to reconnect with the ones you love. 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to ramp up your gratitude practice on and off the mat. Spending time with family and eating the classic dishes we all love is great—but remember to set some time for yourself this week for time to reflect, meditate and flow. When you practice self-love, you can be fully present with your loved ones. 

See also 21 Songs to Help You Focus—On and Off the Mat

We recommend adding some juicy heart-openers like reverse namaste and camel pose into this practice. And don't forget to set an intention at the beginning of your practice. 

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7 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Yoga Practice (And How to Fix Them)

Here are the little things that can easily throw off a consistent yoga practice, and how to fix them.

If you’re putting the time and effort into showing up for your yoga practice on a daily basis, you want to make sure you’re not accidentally doing anything to sabotage all that goodness.

After all, there are countless little things many of us don’t even think about that can throw off an otherwise lovely, consistent yoga practice: say, rushing out of class to immediately grab a cocktail (or worse, go back to your stressful job), being too harsh and rigid with yourself about practicing certain poses every time, or being glued to your phone the moment you step out of class (guilty, sigh).

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Here, we unpack common yoga missteps and how to sidestep them to develop your most beneficial, healing, consistent yoga practice.

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“Generosity is the virtue which produces Peace.”

I remember being a little boy and looking forward to being an adult, that magical day when I could magically buy beautiful things (for some reason I visualized these Chinese lion statues) without having to ask for permission.

Now I’m an adult, and I still get a thrill at being able to buy whatever I want at the grocery.

But I wasn’t always able to buy whatever I wanted at the grocery.

Even 7 years ago, at the age of 37, my debit card was getting rejected in line at the grocery, and even if it wasn’t, there was always the tightening in my chest at the threat of it.

That’s the American dream—grow up poor, get a good education, make a success of yourself. In historical context, that’s a radical dream.

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9 Top Teachers Share Their Go-To Yoga Mantras

Looking for a mantra to help you focus during your yoga or meditation practice? We asked some of our favorite teachers to share their go-to mantras.

Author:Bee CreelPublish date:Nov 16, 2018

Yoga mantras are a great way to direct your focus during yoga. Use these 9 mantras from famous yoga teachers as inspiration to fuel your own yoga practice.

We’ve all been there during a yoga practice or meditation session: Despite our best efforts, monkey-mind takes over and we’re running through everything from that sticky interaction with the boss to all the to-dos that need to happen before the end of the day.

One way to quiet this all-too-common scenario is to practice using a yoga mantra. Similar to the breath, mantras are a useful tool for anchoring into the present moment and providing a point a focus. The best part? You can easily use a mantra anywhere you go. In fact, for many of the teachers we talked to, mantras are a way to help them experience the kind of peace they feel on their yoga mats and meditation cushions when they’re out in the real world.

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This Yoga Nidra Video Will Help You Fall Asleep in 5 Minutes or Less Tonight

If you’re feeling stressed and short on time, making it to your favorite yoga class may be out of the question (even through it’s exactly what you need). This guided Yoga Nidra sequence is the next best thing. You’ll spend 10 minutes in Savasana (Corpse Pose)—we knew that would get your attention!—as Rosie Acosta guides you through a brief body scan and deep breathing exercises that will have you feeling more relaxed than you have in a long time.

See also How Yoga Transformed Rosie Acosta's Life

Original linkOriginal author: Rosie Acosta
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