Trauma Informed Yoga Training

I studied Sociology in college and also in my graduate school. I was always interested in topic such as International & community Development, inequalities and poverty. I thought I wanted to work for an International NGOs and make world a better place. Therefore, I volunteered and interned many hours for local NGOs in South Africa, Los Angeles and Nicaragua. My life did not unfold exactly the way I imagined it. Instead of working for International NGO, I ended up as a yoga instructor J

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Six Tips to Healthy Holiday Eating

Are you nervous or stressed about the holidays ahead of us? Are you having thoughts like “I’m going to gain weight” “my blood sugar is going to be out of control”? It’s okay to deviate a bit from your usual eating plan--we are only human! But it is better to go into “high risk” situations, like holiday parties, with a loose guideline to follow. Here are some tips to help you stick to a healthy eating plan :-)

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How I lived out of a backpack for four years

Traveling has always been a major part of my life. I was born in Nepal, grew up in Japan and moved to the USA when I was twelve years old. Growing up I remember traveling to Nepal, Germany, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, etc.… I grew up hearing tales of my parents traveling all over the world during the seventies and eighties. Both of my parents started traveling around the world as soon as they were old enough. They met each other while living in Nepal and that’s why I was born there. So it was fated that I was destined to travel, too. It was like a genetic predisposition, and I always felt like that was what I was supposed to do when I got older. 

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10 Minutes A Day

I have wonderful sisters. We always support each other, encourage each other, and help lift each other up. Approximately 50 days ago, we decided that we were going to do a ‘10 days of meditation’ challenge. The goal of the challenge was to meditate for at least 10 minutes everyday and to help us stay on track; we would send daily text messages to each other once we had completed our meditation of the day. 

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4 small yet important alignment details of yoga

Before I did my yoga teacher training (YTT) with Yogaworks, I had taken numerous yoga classes from instructors all over the world, so I thought I well understood the basic concepts. One thing I noticed was that some teachers taught certain poses differently. So I would go home confused, not knowing which version of the pose was the proper one. Here are a few small, but super important details about yoga poses and alignments that I learned from YTT. I believe this information can be very helpful to my fellow yogis and yoginis. 

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15 Fun Exercise Ideas

When you hear the word exercise, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of the gym and crawling on the treadmill until you are wheezing and drenched in sweat? Or maybe you think about lifting heavy weights on one of the Rube-Goldbergesque strength training machines? If you see exercise as something painful rather than fun, maybe you’ve been going about it the wrong way.

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Acceptance

I just survived my first week of intensive YTT (yoga teacher training) at Yogaworks! Learning tons of materials for 9 hours straight for five days in a row can be both challenging and exhausting. I had to be attentive and focused for many hours a day; to practice yoga asanas for 2-2.5 hours a day; keeping up with the homework; a 3-hour of commute, as well as taking good care of my own body. It’s tough and it requires a tremendous commitment to hard work. But I am LOVING it. 

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