Notes From the Mat

From my mat to yours.

Yummy Holiday Recipes: lots of taste, little sugar and massive nutrition

For your Friday Fortification, I'm offering 2 of my own adapted fast, favorite and fortifying recipes and a link to a bomb diggety pecan pie that we couldn't get enough at our feast. Cranberry Kiesl and cocoa-almond crust are 2 recipes no holiday should be without and both are super easy, under 5...

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What kind of yoga should I do?

You may have heard about lots of different kinds of yoga: Iyengar, Yin, Hatha, Anusara, Hot, Aerial, Restorative, PiYo, HiYo, Vinyasa, Su Casa, Mi Casa. And you may wonder, what kind of yoga should I do? Am I doing the right yoga? Do I need to try other kinds of yoga? What if I don't like...

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​A Profound Practice. Yoga Nidra

A Profound Practice. Yoga Nidra Experience Ashley's Yoga Nidra as part of a lavish self-care experience this Monday, November 11th from 5:30-7:30pm at Badlands Yoga, 2439 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque: Full Moon Restorative Yoga Nidra Gong Bath Step into the studio, find your perfect Savasana...

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Healing Yoga for Early Winter

Adjusting your yoga practice seasonally, cooperating with the rhythm's of nature and of your body, is one more way to become sensitive and respond to your body's exquisite apparatus for healing and well being. Mukunda Stiles, possibly Indra Devi's most accomplished student, wrote that "Our...

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Why You Should Add HIIT to Yoga - at least once a week

This is for you if every time you take time out for yourself to work out, it just has to be yoga. Because, let's face it: yoga has it all. It's total body, body weight, breath focused, challenging, heart rate raising (hello, Camel Pose and Sun Salutations!), AND you get a nap at the end. And...

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We are Self Healing Machines

We are self-healing machines. Cuts and bruises are evidence of the massive capacity of our bodies to self-repair. Inflammation, while often referred to as an obstacle to healing is actually the very mechanism for the body's self repair. Only when the system's own internal controls are thwarted,...

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Challenge + Comfort, Practice + Letting Go

“If failure isn’t an option then neither is success.” ~Seth Godin A couple of weeks ago I asked a question on Badlands Yoga’s facebook page about challenge or comfort; you immediately caught the assumption in the question and reflected deeply about the value of each in your practice, responding...

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Going back to the root: feeling better through empowering changes you can make yourself

As a YogaGuide, I help people struggling with pain, tiredness and feeling at home in their bodies. Clients come to me after they’ve been routed through several specialists by their primary care professional, including many tests and imaging studies, often without meaningful improvement or even...

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Butterflies Take Time: give yourself some… on the mat

Caterpillars are very hungry and see very little; only light and dark patterns very nearby. They have sensors on their “mouths” - the maxillae under their mandibles - that tell them to eat when it’s ok and not to eat when it’s harmful. One day, after shedding many skins, their juvenile hormone...

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The exhausting cycle of stress and how to break it

Have you ever felt like this: You’re having a bad week, or money has been tight for a while. Work conditions aren’t ideal. Family relationships are wearing thin and it feels like there’s nowhere to stand that both honors your feelings, and spares the feelings of people you love but don’t always...

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