You love yoga. We love yoga. And this guest post from Kelly DiNardo, author of Living the Sutras (which she’ll be discussing on our podcast in the very near future), freelance journalist and owner of Past Tense yoga studio in Washington, D.C., shares four unique ways you can get even more out of yoga. Yes, more. We’d never get between you and your downward dog. But for all the mind-body benefits of yoga — less stress, better sleep, greater flexibility — we tend to focus on the body, the physical side of the practice. Here are four ways to boost the other half…

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If you think that in order to create a ritual in your life you must burn sage and invoke specific deities with special mantras, think again. The act of ritual is simply bringing awareness to whatever you’re doing so that it elevates the activity and raises your consciousness. It’s this notion of mind-opening elevation that must be incorporated into the act, which means that when you become a slave to a habit, like smoking cigarettes, it can’t be considered a ritual. A ritual is fueled by love and it fills us with meaning. You may already be engaging in ritual…

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What do you want out of summer? Some time outdoors? A bit of excitement and adventure? Maybe the opportunity to connect with other fitness-minded women in an empowering (and gorgeous) setting? Yep, us, too — and we’re beyond thrilled to announce that we’re leading a workshop at a retreat this summer that’ll provide you with all of that and so, so, so much more. We would love for you to join us June 21-24 at The Assemblage Sanctuary in Bethel, NY — just a couple of hours from New York City for the 109 Women Empowerment retreat. Over the course of …

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Ever wished your workout felt more like a party? (Haven’t we all!) Well,  get ready because today we’re talking with Robbie Ann Darby, an actress, dancer, and fitness expert who hosts a series of RAD fitness events where, as she puts it, “event planning meets fitness.” However, her personal journey has had its rough moments beginning with an eating disorder which began between middle school and high school. The pressure to stay thin and popular, as well as Robbie’s admitted perfectionism, created the perfect storm for disordered eating that lasted well into grad school. She’s vocal about her struggle as well …

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You already know how important it is to find your deep inner why when it comes to getting healthy, losing weight or improving your fitness (or, really, any other goal you ever set), but did you know that your personality can play a big role in that, too? And, if you’ve got the right awareness of it, you can actually harness it to make you feel more motivated … thereby increasing the likelihood that you actually reach your goals. True. Story. And this flowchart from Quid Corner breaks it down easily and perfectly. Simply read through, answer the questions, figure …

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Did you guys happen to see our Brave Like Gabe Insta story from a couple weeks ago? (We got the scoop a little early because we’re blog ambassadors and affiliates of Brooks.) Because, dude. Her story is SO inspiring that we barely have words for it. But we’re writers, so of course we have words. Hey, if she can undergo cancer treatments and still run at the professional level … well, we can be brave and strong, too. Because, like Gabe, we know how important workouts are for helping us get through challenging times and showing us that we can …

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