Here’s how to finally start meditating (even if you’ve tried a million times)

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Life can be stressful (understatement of the century?). Between wrangling your morning commute, chipping away at your never-ending to-do list, and somehow maintaining a semblance of work-life balance, it can be hard to take a moment to just breathe.

But when you try to clear your mind for a meditation practice, somehow you’re flooded with thoughts ranging from your weekend plans to that embarrassing moment in yesterday’s yoga class—all at the same time.

Relax, you’re not a meditation failure, it’s never too late to start.

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Looking for Happiness? Try Gratitude

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We are taught at a very young age that it is our right to pursue happiness—and most of us try a little bit of everything all in an effort to become happy. We try making a lot of money; we try this or that diet; we get into this or that relationship; we serve this or that charitable organisation—it’s all about happiness. Try thinking of something you’ve done because you wanted to be unhappy—it’s impossible, right? The pursuit of happiness ...

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November Inspiration

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We love helping you find sources of creative advice and inspiration, below you’ll find a few helpful hints from the team here at Yogalilies and others. Happy listening and reading.

Books

Awareness by Anthony DeMello  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awareness-Anthony-Mello/dp/0385249373/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509979152&sr=1-3&keywords=awareness+anthony+de+mello

True Pleasures: A memoir Of Women in Paris by Lucinda Holdforth – https://www.amazon.co.uk/True-Pleasures-Memoir-Women-Paris/dp/1553652843/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509979327&sr=1-1&keywords=true+pleasures+a+memoir

A New Earth by Eckart Tolle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_6?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=a+new+earth&sprefix=A+new+%2Cstripbooks%2C160&crid=3S1DHCOWIA05

Talks

Brene Brown – The Power Of Vulnerability https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Podcasts

Wake Up Project: Jono Fisher https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/wake-up-project-inspiration-courage-kindness/id991706945?mt=2

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Octobers’ Inspiration

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We love helping you find sources of creative advice and inspiration, below you’ll find a few helpful hints from the team here at Yogalilies and others. Happy listening and reading.

http://runningonrealfood.com/how-to-stock-a-vegan-pantry/

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/10428-two-toxic-thoughts-you-accidentally-think-every-day

http://www.kimberlywilson.com/podcast/

http://bravegirlsclub.com/

Book: Rising Strong by Brene Brown https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Strong-Ability-Transforms-Parent/dp/081298580X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1503284313&sr=8-1&keywords=rising+strong&linkCode=sl1&tag=kellyraerober-20&linkId=bf991a9c75977f1c6b40dc792195c477

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Show Your Body Some Love

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Yoga isn’t about pushing, forcing, exerting, or trying to achieve the posture.

In fact, these are the very things that get in the way of you and your practice. A good teacher will tell you that monitoring your breathing is the way to tell if you’re pushing too hard. If your breath is strained, forced, or constricted, you’re not realising the full benefits of your practice. Yoga is about allowing your body to go as far as it can on a given ...

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The one workout that can actually help with depression

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As anyone with depression or anxiety will tell you, life is full of dips and valleys. And during those dark days, one of the last things you probably want to do is get out of the house to hit up a crowded fitness class. But, rather than embarking on an epic Netflix binge from the comfort of your couch, several new studies say cuing up a home yoga video or hitting your favourite studio may alleviate some of the symptoms of depression.

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4 Must-Do Courses To Do This Autumn

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Why do a beginner’s course?

Beginners courses help build your practice week by week, creating a safe and fun way to learn. They are especially designed for students new to yoga who want to start with beginners course, and also to students who simply feel they could use a refresher before going (back) to practice. You will receive personal attention from an experienced teacher and will work at a pace that ensures learning. Our beginners’ courses provide an introduction from which ...

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Meat Free Monday

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Serving size: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 1 pound Chinese long beans or green beans, sliced on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, or more as needed
  • 1/4 cup no-salt-added homemade or store-bought vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3 or 4 dried arbol chile peppers, stemmed and thinly sliced (seeded, if desired)
  • 4 to 6 scallions (white and light-green parts), thinly sliced

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to ...

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Loving Kindness Mini Retreat

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Loving Kindness Mini Retreat

During summer we are at the midpoint of our calendar year in season characterised by growth and abundance. In this workshop, we’ll focus on methods for being able to see more fully and experience this abundance through the methods of metta meditation & mindfulness practices. We’ll cool the fires of summer through a relaxing restorative practice. The workshop includes pranayama, inward-focussed practice of yoga during which time we’ll have the opportunity to engage in loving kindness and ...

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Top 5 Steps To Mindfulness

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If you’re looking to get down to the core of what wellbeing is really about, then look no further! Read on for a selection of tips and tricks that will help you to think and feel your best this summer…

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been recommended by the Department of Health and other healthcare professionals as a therapeutic practise that can help people to achieve an improved state of wellbeing. The idea is that we become more aware of our behaviours, thoughts, ...

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