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By Emily Stockton / June 1, 2018

Celebrating International Yoga Day

  Thursday, June 21 is International Yoga Day--- a day of celebration, practice, and intention setting. What better way to celebrate our yogi journey than gaining a deeper understanding of our roots, the benefits of our practice, and ways to further expand our practice?   A Brief History of Yoga Ancient Times The term “yoga” first appeared in ancient India’s earliest known transcripts, the Vedas. These scriptures date back to the beginning of the Vedic period, or 1500 BCE. The Vedas are written in Vedic Sanskrit, and are the oldest writings of Hinduism literature. In the Vedas, “yoga” actually refers to the yoke one would use to attach to animals pulling a cart or chariot. It is also often used to describe a warrior dying and going to heaven, carried by a chariot to reach the gods. By 3rd century BCE, the term “yoga” was being referenced more commonly in the religious scriptures of various religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. In Buddhism, yoga was referred to as Yogachara, and involved eight steps of meditation. In ancient times, yoga was a practice of religion and meditation, rather than being viewed as exercise as we do now. It wasn’t until 5th...

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By Emily Stockton / May 3, 2018

Just Breathe: How to Channel Your Breath to De-stress and Relax.

By: Kat Tudor as originally seen on Live Naturally.   Are you struggling with sleep? Have the kids gotten you down? Are you stressed by day-to-day traffic? The road to calm just might be as easy as changing your breathing patterns and channeling your breath. According to a 2015 article published by Harvard Medical School, the practice of “deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange,” which can result in the stabilization or lowering of blood pressure and the slowing of your heartbeat. And, with a bit of practice, including “breath focus”—slow and deep breathing—can help you disengage from your thoughts and stresses. See also Mindful Living with Meditation. There are numerous breathwork techniques used to bring about different results. These methods include alternate nostril breathing, abdominal breathing, upper chest breathing, and fast or slow breathing, among others, according to Kris and Savanna Cassidy of Breakthrough Breathwork, who are leading a Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation workshop at Manitou Springs, Colorado’s SunWater Spa in early September. Their methodology utilizes “connected breathing, also known as circular breathing, to facilitate deep healing and transformation.” To begin your home practice: Start by finding a comfortable place to sit, away from your daily clutter. Gently close your eyes. Take a normal breath....

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By Emily Stockton / April 24, 2018

8 Gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day

Every Mother’s Day, we are gifted the opportunity to show our mama’s just how much we appreciate them. From their strength, kindness, and loving nature to all of the wisdom they’ve so graciously shared with us, we are all incredibly lucky to have women as sweet as our moms in our lives. This year, ditch the candles and feel-good cards she’ll burn through and forget about in a month, and give mama meaningful self-care, and healing gifts where she can form deeper connections with you and herself. We all love gifts that keep on giving: Give mama the gift of shared experiences with you. In need of inspiration? Check it out:   Journal Give mom a place to record her innermost thoughts, feelings, and memories. Include a few pens in her favorite colors for added inspiration. Wanting to add a more personal touch? Fill in the first few pages with artwork, inspiring quotes, images, and your favorite things about her.     Photo Album If you’re able to, pull together some of your family’s old photos of fun memories with your sweet mama---remember that vacation you took in third grade that you never forgot? What about that time mom surprised...

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By admin / April 9, 2018

The Hidden and Not so Hidden Gems of Manitou Springs

By: Mackenzie Winebold Spring has sprung in Colorado, making it the perfect time to get out there and explore the Manitou Springs area. (Before tourist season really starts)! From unique shopping, dining and historic finds to scenic hiking trails, there is a little bit of everything in Manitou that’ll feed your desire for adventure. Here is a list of Manitou’s hidden and not so hidden gems for you to check out! 1. Manitou Incline The Manitou Incline is officially legal to hike (not that it stopped Coloradans before!), and offers the best aerial view of Manitou Springs around. After climbing all 2,744 steps, you'll have reached the summit---an impressive feat! If you intend to hike the Incline, be sure to bring plenty of water, clothing that is suitable for the weather, and wear a good pair of hiking shoes. You should also be aware of the signs of altitude sickness, as this one mile hike comes with a 2,000 foot increase in elevation. Still interested? To access this trail, you'll need to hop on the free shuttle that runs between Memorial Park in the heart of Manitou Springs and the base of the Incline. 2. Infamous Manitou Penny Arcade  This...

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