By Andy Vantrease “It’s none of your business how you get there. But getting there — and being there — is your business.”– Hilary Booker, PhD, The Institute for Earth-Based Living With the winter solstice behind us, the days are growing longer ever so slowly and we are steadily emerging back into the light. It’s Read More

Sarah Wnenchak legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)

Winding Down…Yoga For Better Sleep

Written by: Sarah Wnenchak Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) Calms the mind; releases and stretches the legs; relieves the back –       Lie flat on the floor with your legs up the wall –       Your glutes can be a couple inches from the base of the wall or farther from the wall if too intense. Read More

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A Beautiful Dance

Written by Andy Vantrease “Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge”. – Dalai Lama I used to think that being healthy meant never getting sick, having a bottomless reserve of energy and wearing smiles all day. Especially Read More

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Water World

Written by Andy Vantrease Our entire lives revolve around water. We can’t survive without it for more than a few days, as it makes up nearly 60% of our bodies. The same holds true for the planet as a whole; water covers about 70% of the earth’s surface. It’s no secret that Water is Life. Read More

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Beyond Words

Written by Andy Vantrease As someone who enjoys writing, I often think how important words are to our existence. They enable us to communicate, form relationships, adopt belief systems and complete transactions for goods that keep us alive. They’re part of how we present ourselves every day to the world; the words we choose directly Read More

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Yoga Off The Mat

Written by Andy Vantrease A funny thing happens when you commit to a yoga practice. Yes, the physical benefits are phenomenal and you’ll be sore in places you didn’t know existed prior to your new exercise routine. But, here and now, I’m talking about the kind of yoga that sneaks into your mind ever so Read More

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Holiday Presence

Holiday Presents Presence Written by Andy Vantrease The holiday season usually means preparing for cultural traditions, cooking, gift giving, lighting candles, saying prayers, celebrating history, and spending time with family and friends. However, for many, it’s also a time of high stress due to end-of-year work deadlines, financial burdens, familial relations, and pressure to buy Read More

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Fear Belongs in the Backseat

Written by Andy Vantrease Ahimsa is one of the five Yamas, or guiding principles, of yoga. Translating to “nonviolence,” Ahimsa promotes physical, mental and emotional compassion towards others and the self. This idea encompasses all relationships and interactions – reactions to events, judgments, criticisms, disagreements and even your opinions toward your own thoughts and actions. Read More

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Searching for Your Inner Voice

Written by: Andy Vantrease I remember the first time I meditated. I sat down next to my friend in her living room, she turned on the iPhone Headspace App: Lesson One, and a calm British voice guided us through 10 minutes of meditation. I remember saying afterwards, “I’m really bad at this,” and “I couldn’t Read More

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Smooth Transitions

Written By: Andy Vantrease As we transition to autumn, most of us will try to hang on to the summer heat, memories of vacation sunsets, the daily dose of berries and melons, and the freshly caught seafood cuisine. Others look forward to a break from the sticky, humid days and the insects that come as Read More