• What Does Namaste Mean?

    By Kat Rodriguez on December 4, 2013
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    It was at the end of my first yoga class that I first heard a group simultaneously say “namaste”.  I loved the class but I wasn’t sure how I felt about the namaste part.  What did it mean and why was it said in unison? The next few classes I opted to just do the little bow at the end of class.  It wasn’t […]
  • Yoga Off the Mat: How to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Meal

    By Kat Rodriguez on November 27, 2013
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    “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”  Thich Nhat Hanh What better words to keep in mind while enjoying your Thanksgiving meal?  You may spend hours planning, shopping and preparing a wonderful dinner but the real challenge is taking what you learn […]
  • Beautiful Yoga Bags by Artist, Barbara Pate

    By Kat Rodriguez on November 18, 2013
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    Along with my love of yoga I also have a great love for all things art related.  This passion for art led to the creation of blueZelia.  Through our online store, my husband, Adrian and I offer a  curated collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade products.  We  collaborate with many talented artists who specialize in varied art forms including, ceramics, woodwork, textiles, jewelry, and original paintings. To help meld these […]
  • Indra Nittri Meditation-Open to Your Intuitive Power

    By Kat Rodriguez on November 11, 2013
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    Have you ever just known something to be true without question or heard the “little voice” in your head reminding you to do something?  These are examples of your intuition.  Can you imagine what life would be like if  you were constantly aware of these types of signals, always privy to expert guidance, knowledge and wisdom? This Indra Nittri Meditation helps open the intuitive pathways, allowing you to fully experience the consciousness of […]
  • What is Ayurveda?

    By Kat Rodriguez on November 6, 2013
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      Ayurveda’s core principle, bringing union between mind, body and spirit, mirrors that of yoga.  This ancient science is a holistic approach, offering health and well-being to the practitioner.  Ayurveda helps you consider how the food you eat, activities you perform, and thoughts you have can benefit (or harm) your mind, body and spirit.   Once you find the ideal balance through your lifestyle choices you will feel happier, improve your ability to fight […]
  • Seven Wave “Sat Nam” Meditation

    By Kat Rodriguez on November 1, 2013
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    Today’s meditation originates from the  traditions of Kundalini Yoga.  These ancient teachings are a very direct method for  improving your mental and physical state.  By drawing on the power of asanas, breathwork, chants and meditations, Kundalini Yoga very effectively taps into a latent source of energy within the body.  Releasing this kundalini energy results in an increased sense of well-being and creates expansive awareness, helping you to […]
  • Tantra and the Origins of Yoga

    By Kat Rodriguez on October 28, 2013
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    The teachings from the Vedas, Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras are often considered the linear path to our modern Hatha Yoga.  But in actuality, the yoga we practice today stems from ancient tantric philosophies, a truth quietly swept under the rug considering Tantra’s association with controversial sexual practices. The Tantra movement originated in India during the opening centuries of the first millennium.  It […]
  • Pranayama: Practicing Breath Awareness

    By Kat Rodriguez on October 25, 2013
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    What is the quality of your breathing?  This may be something you haven’t considered given breathing typically happens naturally and without thought. However, the practice of Pranayama, one of the eight limbs of yoga, reveals how the skillful use of breath will improve our health.  Depending on the type of breathwork performed, you can bring about relaxation, energize your mind, aid in concentration, strengthen respiration or improve your immune system. Advanced Pranayama techniques are typically performed […]
  • 8 Ways to Practice the Eight Limbs of Yoga

    By Kat Rodriguez on October 20, 2013
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    When Westerners think of yoga we often think of the physical practice; however, yoga actually encompasses eight central teachings intended to help the practioner live a peaceful, healthy, and balanced life.  These Eight Limbs of Yoga have been practiced since 3000 BCE and were first documented by Patanjali in the “Yoga Sutra of Patanjali” in approximately 200 AD. The practice is an ever evolving journey, but as […]
  • Mushroom and Corn Chowder

    By Kat Rodriguez on October 14, 2013
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      The crisp cool air of autumn has me inspired to cook soul warming meals!  This vegan Mushroom and Corn Chowder soup definitely fits the bill.  The mushrooms, substituting for the traditional clams, add wonderful texture and flavor.  Adrian and I enjoyed a hearty bowl with a sprinkling of oyster crackers, fresh kale salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio. Heat the […]