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2019 TOUR STOPS

Balance the Body, Mind, and Heart with Practices from Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor

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Get grounded, and then open your heart with two practices from the master Ashtanga Yoga teachers.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

At the start of the tour in Boulder, Colorado, we had the privilege of meeting master Ashtanga Yoga teachers Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, who led us through two powerful practices to balance body, mind, and subtle energy. The short sequences explore a range of poses—from grounding postures, such as forward folds, to expansive postures, including heart openers. Ready to give them a try? Check them out below. These two practices are meant to be done after a full warm-up that includes Sun Salutations and simple backbends and inversions, such as Bridge Pose.

See also The True Meaning of Yoga, According to Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor

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2019 TOUR STOPS

The Sandal That Makes You Feel Like You're Walking on a Yoga Mat

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The Live Be Yoga ambassadors celebrate Sanuk’s new launch at Wanderlust Hollywood.

At Wanderlust Hollywood in Los Angeles, Brandon and Lauren meet Sanuk ambassador Jaysea Devoe, hear her story, and join her class to celebrate the launch the new Yoga Sling 3. Sanuk is an unconventional footwear brand on a mission to outfit the journey to your happy place. Find your favorite style at sanuk.com.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.



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2019 TOUR STOPS

This Meditation Helps You Overcome an Overactive Mind

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Learn how to discern your thoughts through this mantra and mudra practice.

The Live Be Yoga ambassadors visited Priya Jain, founder of Seventh Chakra Yoga in Huntington Beach, California, who shared a mantra and mudra meditation practice to help discern your thoughts, so you can calm (and avoid fueling) an overactive mind.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

Ancient yogic texts said that we have one thousand thoughts for every blink of the eye. Many of these thoughts are unconscious, meaning we are completely unaware of them. However, many of the ideas that flicker through our minds certainly stick out and linger. Which ones will we attach to or identify with? Which ones serve our expansion and evolution? Which ones are self-sabotaging and distracting?

These are all questions that help us build awareness so we can make well-rounded decisions about what to pay attention to—decisions that can benefit our own lives as well as our collective humanity.

When we can make decisions from a place of empowerment, stability, authenticity, and compassion, we begin to do our part in co-creating a more harmonious world. It may sound too good to be true, but all necessary change starts with this simple process—evaluating the thoughts that come and go.

That’s what we learned while visiting Priya Jain, owner of Seventh Chakra Yoga, a studio in Huntington Beach, California. Jain, a Kundalini Yoga teacher and my mentor, said that when your mind can learn to discern the difference in thoughts, you can actually say “thank you, but no thank you.” Or you can welcome certain thoughts with more awareness and presence.

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In order to cultivate this discernment, Jain shared with us a beginner’s meditation for yogis who are just learning how to be a witness to their own thoughts, rather than getting carried away by them. But truly, the following meditation is a wonderful check-in for practitioners of all levels. There is never a time when we should cease to contemplate the thoughts that come and go.

Though this meditation is simple, it has a powerful effect on the brain. Jain said that the mantra brings you into the present moment and influences you to sort out thoughts that are empowering versus ones that are distracting. In combination with the mudra, it allows the frontal lobe of the brain to begin to discern every single thought detected by the mind. It also allows you to sort out which thoughts are coming from your authentic identity and which thoughts are taking you away from your authentic self.

The mantra you’ll repeat is simple: “I am, all is.”

Read also So You Found Peace Through Yoga—Here’s Why the Practice Doesn’t Stop There

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Why Your Spirituality Shouldn't Define You

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Kundalini Yoga teacher Priya Jain talks about building your identity around the practice you love.

Yoga can be such a life-altering experience that it drives you to schedule your day around the practice you love. What happens when it starts becoming who you are? Here, YJ ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt sit down with Priya Jain—Kundalini Yoga teacher, founder of Seventh Chakra Yoga, and Brandon’s mentor—in Huntington Beach California to talk about yoga and identity.

Read also So You Found Peace Through Yoga—Here’s Why the Practice Shouldn’t Stop There

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren and Brandon are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.



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