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Is Self-Care Selfish?  (Spoiler Alert: No)

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We hear so much in the yoga world and beyond about self-care these days. About how it’s important to put our own proverbial oxygen masks on first so that we have the resources to care for others. But there’s an opposing view that suggests  it’s selfish to spend time and resources on self-care. Yoga philosophy offers some insights. One of the preeminent texts of yoga…

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Relax, Connect + Grow with Prenatal Classes

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Malasana Anjaneyasana variation Anjaneyasana Utkatasana with a twist It’d been a while since Kristin Trute, a Michigan based yoga instructor, had been in a prenatal class. After a few minutes of thinking she recalls with fondness her first prenatal class as being a way for her to connect, relax and challenge herself. She had stepped into class and noticed that the other participants, other pregnant…

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Building Strength, Patience, and Breath

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by Lydia Munn Oh my goodness! I can’t believe WE made it! To say the challenge was challenging for me, is… an understatement. Between end-of-summer celebrations, my sister’s birthday, and starting law school, my schedule was all over the place. I had to remain flexible and patient with myself while staying committed to my obligations. I don’t mean obligation in the pejorative sense, obligations can…

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Pay it Forward with a Coffee (or Two)

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Mary Jahns is one of those people you meet and instantly start smiling. You can’t help but catch her infectious positive, gentle energy. Mary is someone who has been with Citizen Yoga from the first day it opened — in fact Citizen’s first day of yoga class was Mary’s too, and she hasn’t looked back. We are a week into the Citizen Yoga Wellness Starts…

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Citizen Partner Challenge: Practicing through Transitions

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It’s the beginning of the Citizen Partner Challenge! Hey! I’m Lydia, a fellow citizen and recent CY 200-hour teacher training graduate. When the challenge was first announced, I was beyond excited to sign up. After completing my 200 hour training, I was ready to recommit to my personal practice. I began the year with practicing yoga almost every single day, but things changed during teacher…

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Wellness Starts With “WE” – Part 2

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PART 2 To greater understand this, imagine that you were a photographer taking a portrait of a great Oak Tree. The Oak Tree representing the I. The photographer is that witnessing aspect of your identity, just as the intellect directs and witnesses the projections of the mind. In this portrait the most important aspect of the photo is the Oak and maybe 5 feet of…

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Wellness Starts with “WE” – Part 1

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PART 1 Studying in India, the spiritual path was described as self-effacement. Effacement meaning to erase from the surface or to efface oneself as to make insignificant. The erasing of our perceived self to reach who we truly are–the dissolution of the surface layers of our temporary self into the more connected Self. It is a completely counter perspective and value to what we instinctively…

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The Citizen Yoga Blog and Me

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“Put no restrictions on self-care.” My name is Sindy Warren and I am a yoga teacher at Citizen Yoga Cleveland.  I’ve been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and it is a true passion.  Like all of us, I wear many hats.  I’m a lawyer, a mom, and a wife, to name just a few of my daily roles.  The past decade and a half…

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Spring Fever Experience

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This yoga challenge could not have come at a better time for me. After working 4 years in a job that wasn’t inspiring, motivating or even challenging me anymore I started to feel like I was living my life in auto pilot. I was late everyday for work because I just didn’t want to wake up anymore. I was afraid to make a change though…

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Stay Fit to Make the Best of Your Golden Years

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Health is the most important thing, and you’ve got to hold onto it, especially with all those plans you have for retirement. This is the time to kick back and enjoy yourself now that work is over and you have the freedom to make the best of every day. Whether that means traveling, long walks on the beach or just chilling at home, you won’t…

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Envisioning Change

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Two years plus 1 day ago, I woke up feeling powerless, overwhelmed and unsure of how women and many others would be heard in a very new political climate. Only weeks before, we had been so hopeful and excited to be women, particularly business women, in what felt like a “new world” of change and forward thinking. But, on that morning, there was a shift, which as we…

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The Choice Is Yours

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By Halle Wangler,  former U-M women’s basketball student-athlete Every single day we are faced with choices. The magnitude of these choices could be as small as choosing to eat the last slice of pizza, or as profound as deciding which career path you want to pursue. We all have choices, even when we think we do not. It is easy to get caught up in…

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Yoga and Body

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At 37 years old, I can still do some pretty sick yoga moves. I say that tongue in cheek, but from the outsider’s perspective it is true. I often joke that I was blessed with genetics that made me dumb strong and ridiculously flexible. Not to mention, I started gymnastics at three years old because I was also fearless and my mom was tired of…

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Extroversion vs. Introversion

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The world is an expression of opposites, and it swings between these disparate poles constantly. When we over-identify with the world, we are subject physically, emotionally and intellectually to the up and downs of the world. When the world swings, we swing.  The constant swinging between the pairs of opposites creates friction, which we identify with, claim as ours and experience as stress. An antidote…

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The Platform Detroit

Notes on the Platform

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A few months ago, I had a coffee date. It was nothing too out of the ordinary, just catching up with someone without any real agenda. I was sitting with Mallory McMorrow, a friend, creative director, activist, and long-time Citizen, when our conversation drifted over to our professional lives. Slowly, we began to notice a trend, and then we couldn’t escape the similarities: despite working…

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A Woman In Business: 5am Reflection

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Female Empowerment is a mending of inherited inadequacy and passivity. It is a common occurrence for me to hear, you are intimidating (Definition: frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants.), strong (Definition: able to withstand great force or pressure.: “cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle”. Synonyms: secure, well-built, indestructible), straightforward (Definition: uncomplicated and easy to do or understand.: “in…

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Good Citizen, Meredith Perry

Good Citizen, Meredith Perry: Marine Corp Flight Surgeon

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We’ve all heard the saying, “life is a journey, not a destination.” Well, to put it mildly mine has been a roller coaster. I’ve had some pretty great “ups” and some pretty punch you in the gut “downs.” And through all of these hills and valleys, sometimes endless ravines, I’ve learned that I am the strongest person I know. Sure, sometimes I want to sit…

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Yoga As Medicine

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When we are sick, or in pain, we often turn to medicine to ease the symptoms or heal what hurts us.  Medicine regulates the systems in our bodies that are not functioning optimally – it can clear a blocked pathway, strengthen our bodies’ defenses, and soothe our body back to healing. In its own very powerful way, yoga is often described as medicine (#YogaAsMedicine, in…

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Chelsea Marshall, #goodcitizen

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Nominated not once, but twice Chelsea Marshall is our good citizen of the month, and winner one month of unlimited yoga. Read her nominations below: Chelsea does good. She is a teacher for the some of the most physically and mentally challenged elementary school children in her school district. She transferred into this position after teaching 2nd grade because she saw a gap in education for…

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Our Good Citizen, Jen Johnson

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I would like to nominate Jennifer Johnson.  She and her family are the most kind and genuine unit I have ever met. She and her husband empower me in a parental sense. They have two wonderful girls and their creativity, patience, and love inspires and reminds me of the potential in myself to be a great parent and husband. Aaron (her husband) doesn’t do yoga unfortunately,…

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