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Anatomy 201: What's the Difference Between Deep Core Strength and All-Around Trunk Stability?

Want to deepen your understanding of movement? Join Karin Gurtner—founder and principal educator of art of motion training in movement and developer of Anatomy Trains in Motion—for Anatomy 201, a six-week course in functional anatomy. You’ll study your muscles in motion and the myofascial connections throughout your body. The results? You’ll move with more awareness, strength, and adaptability from head to toe. Learn more and sign up today!

Are you recruiting your deep core along with your outer, movement-oriented muscles when you move? It can be challenging to discern! Try these exercises from Karin Gurtner, who leads our upcoming Anatomy 201 course, will help you improve core strength, inside and out. 

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6 Ways Make Yourself a Morning Person

Looking to start a regular morning yoga practice? The first step is to make yourself a morning person—even if you’re not. Here are 6 tips to help.

Take these steps to restart and rejuvenate your mornings.

Looking to start (or commit to) a morning yoga practice—but don’t exactly bound out of bed and make a beeline for your mat? It might be because you’re not a morning person, and if that’s the case, there’s actual scientific evidence that might explain why you’re not so chipper after your alarm goes off.

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However, studies show that those who get an early start on the day report being happier than night owls. In fact, becoming a morning person can open up a whole world of benefits beyond improved mental health, including a trimmer body and increased productivity— plus, you’ll never have to worry about the brunch rush again.

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7 Truths About Eating Disorders Every Yoga Teacher Needs to Know

Here’s what a yoga therapist (and anorexia survivor) says are the most important things to remember when someone who suffers from an eating disorder comes to your class.

Here’s what you need to know if a yoga student with an eating disorder takes your yoga class.

In my 20-plus years navigating the highs and lows of anorexia recovery, yoga has facilitated a great deal of my healing and empowerment. Yoga taught me how to connect from the inside out. I rest my mind on my breath as I embody the characteristics that are essential to my ability to sustain a well-supported recovery. I sense my strength and confidence in Warrior Poses, courage in Wheel Pose, grace in Dancer’s Pose, openness in Triangle Pose, peace in Hero’s Pose, and support in Child’s Pose. I fold and surrender, reach and grow, twist and energize. This is the yoga of my eating disorder recovery.

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A gift of my personal journey is now having the good fortune of working with others in eating disorder recovery as a certified yoga therapist. I’m a passionate professional in both the eating disorder and yoga worlds, which is why I feel called to offer my colleagues and peers information on this topic. My hope is that I’m able to expand the yoga community’s general awareness and knowledge of this illness.

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Live Be Yoga: The Wake-Up Call Yogis Need to Bring 'Real Yoga' Back Into Their Practice

Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, founders of Purna Yoga and Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, WA., share wisdom with the Live Be Yoga ambassadors.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Jeremy Falk and Aris Seaberg are on a road trip across the country to share real talk with master teachers, explore innovative classes, and so much more—all to illuminate what's in store for the future of yoga. 

“Yoga is not asana, and there is more to the Purna Yoga we practice here,” says Aadil Palkhivala. We joined Aadil and his wife Savitri, both celebrated yoga and meditation teachers, at their studio, Alive and Shine Center, in Bellevue, WA, for one of our most illuminating classes and discussions of the tour.

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It was inspiring to witness two people’s love for the practice of yoga flow so naturally through through them. They truly walk the walk when it comes to living and being yoga. And they make a point of teaching it too. Why? Aadil didn't mince words: “So people will wake up to realize the true power that lies in yoga.”

It isn’t a surprise that Western culture has an affinity toward superficial appearances. After all, you don’t have to look further than social media posts that glorify taut bodies in fancy poses to notice that we have molded yoga into a brand of fitness.

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Your September Yoga Astrology Forecast: How to Make the Most of Your Practice This Month

According to astrology, new moons open us to our potential, making September a great time to set new goals. Here's how yoga can help.

September is a transitional month, as the natural world shifts in preparation for the seasonal change from summer to fall. The fruits hang heavy on overgrown vines, ready to be harvested—so there is work to be done, but a slowing has also begun.

This month, there’s an invitation to take a deep and centering breath in order to fortify as you cast a reflective eye to the aftermath of summer’s excitement. In the same way you must process the literal fruits and vegetables grown from the alchemy of summer sun and rain, you’ll truly thrive and grow if you process the season’s emotional work, too.

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If you’ve been awake and aware to your personal development, you’ll have plenty of evidence that the eclipses in July and August have pushed you to new extremes. If you’ve been shown some deep emotional insecurities, any secret desires to be more outspoken have accelerated—and hopefully discoveries about any complicity in any ugly things around you have pushed you to a state of self-examination. After all, taking personal responsibility for what you do, say, and feel makes you truly powerful.

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