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Guest Post: The Veteran’s Yoga Project

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The following post was writing by Laura Skinner, a long-time Bindu student and psychologist who has also completed yoga teacher training. Here is her story about attending training, along with Carol Schmidtke, provided by the Veterans Yoga Project. For Veterans Day this past November, The Bindu hosted a donation-based yoga class to raise awareness and funds […]

Mastering New Skills for Optimal Health

Yoga with weights

A 2015 article in Fitness Magazine titled Why Aren’t More Women Lifting Weights? stresses that despite the universally acknowledged health benefits of resistance training, from reducing blood pressure to warding off arthritis and strengthening bones, muscle, and connective tissue, only a third of the almost 13 million women who belong to health clubs lift free […]

Relax and Take a Deep Breath

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Even before most of us ever stepped on a yoga mat, we had heard someone say, “Relax and take a deep breath.” As yogis, we know the power of the breath: how it is a barometer of how we feel; how it is the life force that propels us forward. But other than the feeling […]

What is Viniyoga?

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In support of the Viniyoga series currently held at the Bindu on Fridays at 11:45 am (through November 13), we invited instructor Samantha Leonard to talk with us about this style of yoga:   I’ve heard the name Viniyoga before, but I don’t know what it means.  Just what is Viniyoga, exactly?   “Viniyoga is […]

Confessions of a Yogi

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I have a confession to make. I’ve been struggling with something for a while, keeping this dark secret from my yogi friends.  Sometimes it even makes me feel like I’m not a “good” yogi. I have back pain. There, I said it. I’m like millions who suffer with back pain and refuse to do anything […]

What Does Yoga Mean to You?

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I was pondering my practice the other day and recounting the numerous ways it affects my life.  I’m not talking about yoga poses that I like or loathe, but more about how not doing yoga feels as foreign as putting my left high-heeled shoe on my right ear.  So I came up with a short […]

Who is your Yoga Hero?

If you live in the yoga world, even on the periphery, you have seen stunning images or videos of seemingly perfect people doing perfect poses.  You would think that these are my yoga heroes. They are not. While they are lovely to watch and can even be a source of inspiration, my yoga heroes are […]

Ayurveda for Spring

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Seasonal Changes In my own life as a yoga teacher, Thai yoga therapist, and practitioner of Ayurveda, I have found that Ayurvedic practices help greatly during the changes between the seasons.  I’m so excited to be able to share this knowledge with you in this blog and in my upcoming workshop, “Seasonal Ayurveda.”  This workshop […]

Attention, Men of Lake Norman

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 And those who love them . . . We want to make something absolutely clear.  Are you listening?  Good.  Hey, put down that remote!  Ok.  Here goes… Somewhere along the way, it seems that many of you have picked up the impression that yoga is not for guys, or that you don’t fit in yoga […]

Yoga IS for Men

BuzzFeed Buzz Kill I hate to be a buzz kill, really I do, but when I saw BuzzFeed’s video, Men Try Yoga for the First Time, I cringed.  While the video was funny, and clearly designed to debunk many men’s perceptions that yoga is easy, BuzzFeed managed to reinforce some of the most damaging myths […]

Beginning a Meaningful 2015

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As the past year comes to a close and we welcome the vast expanse of the first days of 2015, it is a potent time for setting intentions for the new year. Maybe you are an avid creator of resolutions, and find great enjoyment in setting them down on good paper. Maybe you scribble them […]

Yoga: The Gift that Keeps Giving

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As your calendar and to-do list fill up this holiday season, holiday duties invariably begin to overtake your normal routine.  Perhaps that lunchtime walk around the block is replaced by breaking bread with friends or colleagues to mark the holidays.  Or, perhaps you stay home to shop online or wrap presents instead of going to […]

Mala Beads for Meditation

Why Use Mala Beads for Meditation? We may think that we are good multitaskers, but the mind can actually only focus on one thing at a time — it is just very quick!  One of the most common difficulties in meditation is quieting the mind from bouncing from one thought to the next and not […]

Daily Ayurveda Practices for Vibrant Health 11-1-14

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Saturday, November 1st: 3 pm until 4:30 pm at The Bindu. Ayurveda means the science of life. A sister science to yoga, Ayurveda teaches us daily practices to help reduce the toxins (ama) in your body, increase your digestive fire (agni), clear the body’s channels (srotas), and build an abundance of essential, “vital nectar of life” (ojas). Through these practices, we restore wellness, feel good, look vibrant, and our bodies function at their prime level.

Beyond Foam Rolling 11-8-14

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ADVANCE SIGNUP REQUIRED! Beyond Foam Rolling: Therapeutic Solutions for Muscle Pain & Dysfunction for Yoga Teachers and Serious Yogis: Saturday, November 8th, 1-5 pm Learn about muscle dysfunction, causes & SIMPLE solutions as part of a Yoga Therapy program for you & your students. Learn how to identify, self-treat and teach self-treatment of dysfunctional muscles in the shoulders, neck, hips & low back, and more!