Be Present

Every day is a gift. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. I believe the ultimate holiday gift is today, this moment, hour, minute and second. A close family friend recently lost their 19 year old child to a gun accident. I am deeply saddened from this tragic incident. I am also perplexed and left with many questions: How can it

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Namaste! For Word of the Year

I absolutely love words! They have such power: they can heal, they can hurt, and they convey feelings, facts, figures and formulas. One thing that I find interesting is at the end of each year dictionaries such as Oxford, Webster’s, and Dictionary.com adopt new words that reflect new usage and changing culture and proclaim a “word of the year.” So,

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Yoga and sleep

By Julianne Lewis Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t return to sleep? How about waking up way too early in the morning and not being able to go back to sleep? Surprisingly enough, you are not alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic problems of sleep and

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Ashtanga Mysore Info

Ashtanga is considered by many “the classical form” of yoga; I prefer to call Ashtanga “the grandfather of yoga”. Ashtanga has these references because it was the first time yoga asanas were used in a sequence form with a breath-with-movement emphasis, developing the term “vinyasa”, which means breath with movement. I don’t call it the classical form because asanas were

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An American Story

I was two years old when my family left Vietnam. I don’t remember anything about leaving my native country. This story is based on my siblings’ recollections. My dad was a colonel for the South Vietnamese Army and fought against the North Vietnamese military in the Vietnam War for over 20 years. He last served his country as an interrogator.

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