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5 Poses to Do Before a Big Job Interview

This quick practice will help you feel empowered, inspired, and less jittery for that important meeting.

Sarah Ezrin demonstrates a chest-opening yoga pose that cultivates confidence and love; a pose you should do before a job interview.

Emilie Bers at Embrace Yoga

Our body language is a message we convey to the world, and it speaks for us before we even open our mouths. Not only do other people make judgments on us based on how we hold ourselves, but we also make judgments on ourselves. Posture can literally influence how we feel. This is why body language is so important in situations where first impressions matter, like a job interview. Think about it: Would you be more likely to hire someone with crossed arms who appears uncomfortable—or someone who takes up space and exudes confidence?

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How You Handle Stress Reveals What Primary Element You Are

In YJ’s new online course, Energy Medicine Yoga: Transformation Through the Subtle Body, renowned energy healer and Eden Energy Medicine pioneer Donna Eden and Energy Medicine Yoga creator Lauren Walker lead an eight-week training that will shift longstanding patterns in your underlying energy, which affects your mind, body, and spirit. Through simple tools and practices that blend energy work with yoga, you will learn how to activate your innate healing for greater balance, vitality, and well-being. Find out more and sign up today!

Balancing your subtle body is a pathway to managing stress, whether it's related to work, relationships, or finances—but you have to know a little bit about your unique tendencies first. In Energy Medicine Yoga, you work with many energy systems, but the Five Elements is a good place to start because it influences your other energy systems. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Five Elements (Water, Wood, Earth, Fire, and Metal), which are also associated with the seasons, govern our physical, emotional, and energetic dispositions. Here, Donna Eden and Lauren Walker, who co-teach our new course, Energy Medicine Yoga, share a bit about how each Element responds to stress, so you can determine your primary element. 

See also 3 Tricks from Energy Medicine Yoga to Improve Digestion

Original author: Donna Eden and Lauren Walker
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30 Yoga Sequences to Reduce Stress

We know that life can be overwhelming and stressful sometimes. Yoga is is a great tool for stress reduction. Here are 30 different sequences that will help during those hectic times.

Original author: Sabrina Cavanagh
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This Home Practice Will Help You Breathe—and Relax—Deeply

Want to to learn how to really embody your breath in order to take bigger, deeper breaths and rest more fully as a result? Read on.

Ellen Patrick demonstrates different poses where people can take bigger and deeper breaths.

“Inhale, raise your arms. Exhale, fold forward. Inhale, rise up to a half forward bend. Exhale step, or jump, back to Chataurunga.

As a yoga student, I’m sure you recognize this phrase from just about every vinyasa class in which you’ve practiced. Ironically, the most frequent phrase I hear from students after teaching a vinyasa class is: “I love yoga, but I don’t get the breathing part.” That’s when I usually laugh and say, “Of course you get the breathing part! You’re alive!”

See also This Month’s Home Practice: 16 Poses to Spark Inspiration

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Fuel Your Digestive Fire with This 3-Ingredient Ayurvedic Tonic

Craving change but feeling too stuck, sluggish, or restless to take aim? Join John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com, and Larissa Hall Carlson, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, for Ayurveda 201: Six Weeks to Transformation and Bliss Through Ayurvedic Psychology. In this new online course, you’ll experience: unique yoga practices; inspiring discussions backed by science; and recipes, herbs, and a short, gentle cleanse. The results? Clarity, brilliance, and balance, so you can create lasting shifts in your life and well-being. Learn more and sign up today!

In Ayurveda, agni, which means digestive fire, is an important aspect of good health. When your digestion and metabolism are properly functioning, you reap the nutrients of what you eat. You also expel toxins that otherwise accumulate into ama, or toxic sludge, that slows down your mind and body. Here, John Douillard, who co-teaches our upcoming course, Ayurveda 201, with Larissa Hall Carlson, shares a simple tonic you can sip on before your meals to rev up that digestive fire. Bonus: Eating out? Restaurants will always have these three ingredients...

Watch also These Are The Signs You May Have to Detox ASAP, According to Ayurveda

Original author: John Douillard and Larissa Hall Carlson
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