Love My Mat Holiday Gift Guide

Love My Mat Holiday Gift Guide

Share your passion for all things yoga, meditation & sustainable living with your loved ones this season. Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for how to share our props and products with the non-yogis in your life.

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Release Using Pranayama

Release Using Pranayama

  The Hindu god, Ganesha (depicted with the head of an elephant)  hangs above my doorway.  Lord Ganesha is often shown with one of his tusks broken or completely missing.  The tradition of this was that Lord Ganesha gave up a piece of himself to acquire spiritual knowledge.  He is often called the “remover of obstacles” and because of his wisdom and spiritual understanding, many people pray to him when they are need of wisdom and a release from something in their lives.  Every time I pass through my doorway, I am reminded that to obtain wisdom I must let something go first;...

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How to be Mindful

How to be Mindful

Your focus determines your reality. In times when it seems that everyone is feeling compressed, misunderstood and marginalized, the practice of mindfulness becomes even more crucial to slow the litany of cynicism and stress that are at the very root of so many stress-related issues. Here are three pieces of advice I have found that have helped me in my own journey find a sense of calm when the outer world seems too hectic. 1.       Examine Your Feelings Feelings are designed to encourage humans as a species to determine what is positive or negative.  Our ancestors developed this skillset over...

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Yin and Restorative Yoga: How to get a healthy mind and body

Yin and restorative yoga can benefit both your mental and physical health. Discover why these therapeutic types of yoga are so good for your mind, body and soul.  I found this article on the Canadian Living website by Anna Cipollone and thought you might enjoy it.http://www.canadianliving.com/health/mind_and_spirit/yin_and_restorative_yoga_how_to_get_a_healthy_mind_and_body.php In the words of Paul Simon, "Slow down, you move too fast" – fitting advice considering more and more of us are working long hours and overtaxing our bodies by not getting enough downtime. While making the moment last may seem like an elusive task, both restorative and yin yoga classes offer a space for students to...

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