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Podcast #21:  Stillness Meditation
Journey to stillness in a meditation led by Eric Brewington. Scan the body to remove feelings of stress and use visualization to find your place of peace.
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Podcast #20:  Midday Yoga Flow
Need a boost to finish you day?  Try this midday yoga flow for energy, strength and mental focus.
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Podcast #19:  Yoga for Sleep
Sleep deprivation affects a large number of people and is often caused by stress and anxiety. It causes stress and anxiety and thus creates a negative cycle. In this class students will learn yoga, breathing and meditation techniques that will induce a more restful sleep.
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Podcast #18: Christmas Morning Yoga Nidra
Celebrate the spirit of giving with our special Christmas morning Yoga Nidra session. Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep.  It is a technique that fully relaxes the mind and body.  During yoga Nidra you will be guided to the place between being awake and asleep.
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Podcast #17:  Yoga for Weight-Loss
Who said losing weight had to be hard???  Yoga for Weight-Loss is designed for students wanting to release extra weight, increase stamina and reduce stress. This fun mixed level class is open to students of all abilities. We will explore yoga asanas designed to tighten and tone the body as well as meditation techniques to help identify and transform unhealthy practices.
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Podcast #16:  Flowing Like the Breeze
Release your back, hips and hamstrings with this gentle flow class.  This class is perfect to unwind and decompress after a long day.
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Podcast #15:  Intro to Yoga
Start your yoga journey with our Intro to Yoga podcast!  We’ll explore the basics of yoga and students will learn how to build their yoga practice at their own pace.
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Podcast #14:  Yoga at Lake Junaluska 2
Enjoy this yoga podcast recorded in beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.  It is the second of two recordings made during the 2012 Spiritual Essence Yoga Retreat.
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Podcast #13:  Yoga at Lake Junaluska 1
Enjoy this yoga podcast recorded in beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.  It is the first of two recordings made during the 2012 Spiritual Essence Yoga Retreat.
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Podcast #12:  Do Real Men Really Do Yoga?
In this podcast we talk to three male yogis to debunk common misconceptions regarding yoga.  We’ll also discover how yoga has transformed their lives on and off the mat.
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Podcast #11:  Detox and Cleansing
Ready for Spring cleaning?  This month’s podcast is designed to detox and cleanse not just the body but the mind as well.  It includes several twisting asanas and emotion releasing hip openers.
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Podcast #10:  Going With the Flow (in Jamaica)
This is a continuous one hour flow.  As life moves it’s in our best interest to allow things to happen, allow lessons to be learned and allow blessing to manifest.  This flow encourages you to go with the flow and accept everything without judgment.
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Podcast #9: 108 Sun Salutations
Why 108?  The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads. A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.  Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.  According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.
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Podcast #8: Thanksgiving and Gratitude
This flow was inspired by feelings of feelings of gratitude.  Give thanks for your blessing by exploring this heart opening vinyasa flow.
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Podcast #7: Transition
Life is a constant cycle of transition, change and evolution.  Sometimes the dots don’t seem to connect in the beginning but in the end it all works out if we embrace the movement and go with the flow.  Soar the winds of change and enjoy the ride as we explore several asanas designed to bring awareness to beauty of transition.
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Podcast #6: Finding Courage
Courage, also known as bravery, fortitude, will, and intrepidity, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.  It is through courage that we expand our mental and physical barriers to discover our true, beautiful selves.  This flow is designed to help you find courage on the mat with the ultimate goal of finding courage in life.  Step outside your comfort zone and have fun.
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Podcast #5: Exploring the Yang
In Chinese philosophy it is believed that there are two complementary forces in the universe – Yin/Yang. Both are necessary in order to achieve balance. The Yin is considered to be cool, moon or feminine energy and the Yang is the opposite – hot, sun or masculine based.  In this month’s flow we explore our Yang side with energizing, heat producing vinyasas.
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Podcast #4: Peace Is Every Step
This mixed-level vinyasa was inspired by Thich Nhat Hahn’s Peace Is Every Step. In today’s society we are conditioned to do things in a hurry, which may cause use to lose sight of the beauty in each moment that we are blessed with. He gives readers a practical way to seek peace in every moment, busy or not, and to be aware.  The flow is designed to bring awareness to the moment through the breath, heart opening and shoulder freeing asanas.
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Podcast #3: Evoking the Warrior
It’s no secret that times are very challenging for some of us. From the economy to natural disasters there is a sense of uncertainty and helplessness. This month we are focusing on Warrior poses which are very empowering and help to balance Muladhara chakra, the first chakra.  Muladhara Chakra represents the Earth and relates to our survival instincts, sense of security and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. So as we evoke our inner Warrior, know that we are strong beings there is no challenge that we can’t overcome.
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Podcast #2: Unleashing the Creative Spirit
We are all artists and creative souls.  Our lives begin in our minds first and it can be as colorful and exciting as we like.  This mixed level vinyasa is intended to be fun and exciting.  It incorporates balancing and core strengthening vinyasas meant to help students see the lighter side of life.
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Podcast #1: Release and Surrender
This vinyasa was created to help students release the baggage from the last year and surrender to the possibility of something new and wonderful in the new year.  Tailored for beginner practitioners (but still appropriate for more intermediate practitioners), the flow incorporates hip openers and heart opening asanas with special emphasis on allowing through the breath.
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