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I am continually looking for things that will add to your experience at Soul Body Yoga. Check in often to see what I have found, enjoy insights from myself and other Soul Body Yoga instructors and keep up to date with our latest offerings.

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Meditation Instead of Medication

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by Dr Marcia Hootman Author and Fitness expert

In many parts of the world, evidence shows that meditation has been around for thousands of years. Some scholars even believe the ancient cave paintings in Spain and France depict meditators as far back as 14,000 B.C. From the sages of old to modern gurus, across the globe, we have been told that meditation has far reaching healing powers, both psychological and physical. There have been tons of articles, blogs, emails and pop-up ads that proclaim meditation can reduce stress, depression and blood pressure, alleviate eating disorders and anxiety and actually make you more intelligent.

I've witnessed the calm demeanor that surrounds lifelong meditators, including myself, but as a practicing skeptic, I crave scientific proof as well, that the behavior is directly related to meditation. Now, thanks to brain scan imaging, we have solid, visual evidence that differences in the brain do occur. Neuroscientists have shown us the magic of neuroplasticity, the ability of a brain to realign and reinterpret the outside world.

Have you ever reacted poorly towards a friend or family member, only to regret your reaction later, thinking, "I should have been more understanding, more patient, more lovable." If, by meditating, you became slower to anger and quicker to love, how might that affect your relationships?



How to Bring Your Sexy Back

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By :Dr. Jennifer Landa

I know. You're not in the mood tonight. Or, well, any night lately. You think it's: work, stress, the kids, that one project, the weather. Your dip in sex drive may be due to some of those things. But excuses are excuses. And once upon a time, you didn't need any to get it on.

If you're feeling a serious lag in your libido, you're not alone. More than 40% of women over the age of 30 report sexual problems at one time or another. That number is even higher among postmenopausal women. Getting your passion back is important because sexual gratification is tied to life satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, and self esteem.


7 Steps to Mindfully Manifest Your Goals

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From the Author of the Book "Wise mind, Open mind"

Step #1: Getting Started -- Creating a Realistic Vision

As much as I like to encourage people to dream, and I believe the can-do spirit can carry them a long way, we all must accept certain realities. Creating a realistic goal based on your vision requires learning more about what it typically takes for someone to reach that goal and being honest with yourself about how devoted you are to reaching it. Even a goal that's as simple as achieving balance in your life requires self-inquiry and self-honesty. You have to explore what would constitute balance for you, what skills you'd need to create that balance, and how you might acquire those skills. Ask yourself, "Do I really have the commitment and resources to follow through, or will I easily give up and slip back into the old ways?"

Step #2: Design, Research and Self-Inquiry Stage

Any plan or vision requires research if you want to make it a reality. We've all known people who made a major move too quickly, without thinking through the details, because they were so eager to meet their goals. It's easier now than ever to gather information, yet with so many facts and opinions available, it can be very difficult to sort through it all without going into information overload. You might choose to check a specific, limited number of resources, for instance, reading three books on a topic you know you need to learn more about, or interviewing five people who've successfully made the transition you seek to make. When you recognize the same themes coming up repeatedly, you'll know you have a handle on the basics and can scale back your research.


What is Mind /Body wellness

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The concept of mind/body wellness springs from the widely held belief that your mental, emotional, and spiritual self are not separate from the physical, flesh-and-blood you. They are all deeply interconnected on levels you may not even be aware of yet.



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Naam Yoga growing across the globe:

Thousands do Naam Yoga in Mexico City In the name of Love, Peace and Light

On January 26, 2014, thousands joined hands, prayed, laughed and exercised in a Naam Yoga class in Mexico City in the name of love, peace and light. This outdoor Naam Yoga Superclass was co-sponsored by Naam Yoga LA, based in Santa Monica, CA, Naam Mexico and the Mexican government. People of all ages, fitness levels and religions were invited and encouraged to participate.

"Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, founder of Naam Yoga (headquartered in Santa Monica) returned to Mexico for this historic event and set into motion the powerful, healing vibration of Naam Yoga for Mexico City and the world.", said the Santa Monica Mirror newspaper this Friday, February 1st, 2014.


Bhujang Asana

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This is a basic yoga pose and it has very very useful in all type of acute and chronic problems specially related with back pain.



De-stress to Meet Your Weight Loss Goals

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“Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” ~ Cicero

It's time to chart a new course away from the much-traveled, never successful path of dieting and deprivation and become your own best nutritionist. It's been proven again and again that diets do not work and are doomed to failure because deprivation only works for short periods of time. Putting aside quirky diets, tiny portions or calorie counting, I'd like to demonstrate the powerful connection between stress and weight loss and focus on the how and when you eat. Additionally, this information will help you heighten your awareness of your relationship with food.


5 Reasons Optimists Stand Out From the Crowd

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By Ashton Aiden

1. Optimists Are Flexible

Happy people know how to be resilient and bounce back from setbacks. Sometimes optimists can surprise us by just how quickly they can overcome their problems. In their worldview, life's problems are not destructive, immovable or even discouraging. Quite the contrary. For them, difficulties are only temporary and specific to their particular path through life. For them, overcoming difficulties is a normal part of existence.

2. Optimists Are Optimistic

Most people love to talk about their problems: about what went wrong, where it went wrong, et cetera, et cetera. Happy people are not consumed by their concerns; instead of complaing about their problems, they are orientated towards solving them. Our verbal outpourings tease us because they do not really change anything. So if you're tired of complaining, and feel that it's time to roll up your sleeves and fix the problem, ask an optimist for advice. The simple act of asking will surely benefit you.


Did You Know?

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The Brain Learns to Hold on to Stress, Trauma, and Misuse in the Body — Long After it’s Gone

Essentially, the brain controls all motor function through activation of learned neural pathways. And, like any learning, the more that the brain perceives a particular activity as repeated, the more it "holds on to" that pattern and habituatues it further — whether or not it is dysfunctional. In other words, one's body patterns over time eventually adapt, through brain plasticity, into a "new normal" (whether that new normal is good or bad, empowering or disabling). Therefore as long as we are able to identify these pattens which most of the times are with the help of a professional we will be able to undo these pattens and create more balance in the posture and alignment of the body.


Beets & Coconut Soup

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Enjoy this delicious and nutritious soup as we are approaching colders days of winter.beets and coconut both have very antiinflamatory properties which is also a remedy of achy joints. (Serves 4)


3 large beets; peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 can coconut milk (approx. 400 ml)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


    1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
    2. Add onion and garlic and sauté for five minutes. Add ginger and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often.
    3. Add vegetable stock and beets and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and let simmer for approx. 20-30 minutes, or until beets are tender.
    4. Using a handheld blender, purée the soup.
    5. Add coconut milk, salt and pepper and stir.
    6. Serve in bowls, and garnish with toasted shredded coconut.
    7. Enjoy with kamut or whole grain bread.

Personal practice is beyond just movements of the body /asana practice

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The power of your personal practice hinges not only on your larger intention but on your ability to care for yourself. The key to living your intention is showing yourself loving attention. We support our physical bodies with proper diet, exercise, rest, and sometimes nutritional supplements. What about adding a "spiritual nutritional supplement" as well?

By fortifying your spirit with a daily dose of healthy affirmation, you can release negative emotions and replace them with positive ones, and fortify yourself against the effects of stress, anger and resentment. Spending just a few minutes acknowledging the positive forces at work in your life can help weaken the grip of your fears or insecurities and help you sustain your greater intention- whether it's to live a more peaceful life or simply a healthier one. When you build up more resistance to spiritual "viruses" that can attack your sense of peace or self-esteem, you're less likely to be thrown off balance. When taken regularly, these daily doses go a long way to keeping you strong and balanced, no matter what changes life throws at you.

As William Shakespeare said : "Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners." yet our minds are just as much in the need of nurturing as our bodies are.


The Empowering Spirit of Yoga

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By Esha Chhabra - Ventura County Star

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"It's not about pretzel poses," says Mina Izadsepas, founder of Soul Body Yoga in Moorpark.
Yoga. No, not the kind that you do to sweat off extra cheeseburgers. The kind of yoga that is inspired by ancient Vedic texts: a spiritual exercise that requires physical and emotional strength.

Indeed, it's not about pretzel poses and ridding yourself of guilty pleasures. Yoga is a deeply spiritual exercise that harkens back to ancient roots, reportedly as far back as the third century. I've always been intrigued by yoga. Before it became a fashion statement, yoga was practiced primarily by thin, wiry ascetics up in the mountains of northern India. At least that's what I thought, growing up in the country.

It wasn't 'till the late '90s that yoga really began to catch on with a more mainstream audience, especially here in the U.S., where it was merely an exercise, though. Yet, if you dig a bit further, yoga is meant to stretch your soul as well as your muscles.


Do you feel LOST?

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By Kute Blackson

We all have moments in life when we do not know what to do.

We get confused. We are unsure. We don't have clarity on the steps to take.

We often don't like those moments and try to avoid them. But it is in those very moments that you don't know what to do that have the potential to be the most powerful and transformative in your life.

However, sometimes the mind plays clever games creating false confusion to keep you stuck in a fog, preventing you from moving forward. It's a way of avoiding the unknown.

Your next level of growth is outside of your comfort zone.

Often we get caught up in a familiar routine, doing the same thing over and over again. We already know what will happen next. We get comfortable creating an environment that we think we are in control of.

Soon familiarity breeds comfort and then you stop growing.

When you are no longer growing you are no longer alive. You become part of the living dead.

The real growth lies in the unknown.

To the degree to which you can embrace the unknown is the degree to which you will be free.

So how much freedom do you want?


3 Ways to Bring Ayurveda into your Everyday Life

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1. Exhaling Your Stress

In the midst of stress, we have an unconscious tendency to breathe shallowly and tighten the solar plexus. Kapalabhati or "Shining Breath" is a yogic practice that releases anxiety and cleanses toxins from the body. Here is how to perform Kapalabhati:

  1. Sit comfortably in an upright posture and rest your hands on your lower belly.
  2. Draw your navel to your spine in a quick motion, forcefully expelling all the air from your lung. The primary movement is from your diaphragm.
  3. Allow your lungs to fill naturally, with no effort.
  4. Perform this cycle 10 times, then allow your breathing return to normal and observe the sensations in your body. Repeat the cycles of ten three to four times.

*Do not practice Shining Breath if you are pregnant.


Are you a practitioner?

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By Barry Long

"Are you a practitioner? What does that mean? A practitioner of course is someone who practices, doesn't aspire to do something. How can you aspire to have a glass of water? You'll only think about it and make yourself thirst - or want some water. A practitioner gets up and goes and gets a glass of water, does the job. Practitioner is practice, meaning doing. Aspirants are always thinking about it, wanting to do it, wishing to do it, reading of great inspiration like reading poetry. Great inspirational stuff - never gets you to God. Never gets you to the truth. Beautiful it is. It's like hearing sweet music. It never gets you to the truth. You have to die to get to the truth."