Happiness

#FreeVideoFriday - Yoga for Surfers

#FreeVideoFriday - Yoga for Surfers

Are you ready for summer yet? Now that we're in the full swing of spring, it's high time to start dusting off the winter cobwebs (if you haven't already) and getting into a sunny summer state of mind. So, whether you're a surfer or beach bunny or lawn jockey, everyone can tap into that happy outdoors mindset with this week's #FreeVideoFriday: Yoga for Surfers with Jean Marie Johnson!

#FreeVideoFriday - Gratitude (Happiness Practice #1)

#FreeVideoFriday - Gratitude (Happiness Practice #1)

Earlier this week I challenged you all to try out my top 5 happiness practices. So, how's it going? 

Well, if you're having a hard time implementing them, or don't really know where to start, this week's #FreeVideoFriday is here to help. Day 1 of The Find Your MOJO Challenge details some of my favorite ways to practice gratitude, which just so happens to be the #1 happiness practice in our challenge for this week.

Win Funny Shirts + Do A Funny Pose

Win Funny Shirts + Do A Funny Pose

It's really, really, really ridiculously good for us to laugh. It should be abundantly clear by now that we're all about the funny, whether it be straight up laughter yoga or identifying unholy names for your Mula Bandha or dressing up in costume for Instagram. Thus it is in this spirit of frivolity that we present to you this week a chance to win one of our brand new funny shirts!

Laugh It Up (Rebroadcast)

Laugh It Up (Rebroadcast)

We’ve been laughing a lot this week. Well, who am I kidding? We laugh a lot every week. But this week it reminded me of a post I did way back in the day on Laughter Yoga. If you could use a good laugh, enjoy this post along with some updated video clips from yours truly, and from the founder of Laughter Yoga himself, Dr. Madan Kataria. He’s a riot in his own right! Without further ado, on with the blog...

Give Thanks. Let Go. Be Happier.

Give Thanks. Let Go. Be Happier.

Sthira sukham asanam (Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.46). This sutra reminds us that our poses should represent a receptive strength, putting forth a steady effort, yet creating enough space to be receptive. That last part has become very important for me lately. I go through cycles of including more and more restorative yoga and meditation in my practice, the aim of which is conscious relaxation and mindfulness when the strength part of the equation has started to take more than its fair share.

Laugh It Up

Laugh It Up

 We’ve been laughing a lot this week. Well, who am I kidding? We laugh a lot every week. But this week it reminded me of a post I did way back in the day on Laughter Yoga. If you could use a good laugh, enjoy this post along with some updated video clips from yours truly, and from the founder of Laughter Yoga himself, Dr. Madan Kataria. He’s a riot in his own right! Without further ado, on with the blog...

Yogafy Your Life: Balance

Balance. You hear me talk about it all the time. It’s at the heart of everything we learn, or at least seek to learn, in our practice of yoga. And it’s probably one of the hardest things to understand, obtain, and most importantly, maintain. 

Think about it in your physical practice. Think about what gets stirred up inside you when you’re trying to hold your most challenging balance posture...

Success

You know by now that I'm sort of addicted to working on myself all the time. I'm constantly working on some project, either tiny or grand, that somehow or some way hopefully makes me better than I was the day before. That doesn't mean I'm always skipping down the yellow brick road with unicorns and rainbows. Nuh-uh. In fact, I'd venture to say it's one of the hardest, gnarliest, down-and-dirty paths I could've chosen because frankly, it's tough to deal with our own $h!t. 

Yogafy Your Life: Your Tool Belt

Ready to bust out your tool belts, folks? No, not the Tim the Tool Man type. I'm talking about the type of tool belt that you carry around inside your brain and your heart: the belt that carries all your tools for making your way in the world. Ruh-roh! Yeah, it's about to get hairy up in here. 

Love Thyself as Thine Own Dog's Breath

I must confess, I love my dog's breath. Is that weird? Probably. But I can’t help it. I’ve been there for every shift in it’s bouquet: pure puppy perfume to strong salmony sweetness to the occasional dastardly deathy dankness. Even the most foul of the foul makes me feel warm and fuzzy. As Fat Bastard once said, “Everybody loves their own brand, don’t they?”

It boils down to love, of course, which is the strongest kind of yoga...

Yogafy Your Life: Expectations

How do you really feel about yourself? What expectation do you have of yourself? How about the people closest to you? Those you work with? 

You see, I have a saying I got from my teachers: “expectations are the root of all suffering.” I want to change that. I’m starting to understand that our expectations are also the root of all of our happiness, our joys, our accomplishments, and our victories. The expectations, the feelings we have about ourselves, the people in our lives, and indeed everything we encounter, shape and even make our reality. 

Yogafy Your Life: Daily Dose of Happy

"Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be." -Abraham Lincoln 

Happiness: it's something for which we spend a lot of time and energy striving and searching. In our culture, happiness is something to be pursued. Yet, science has long demonstrated that happiness tends to be more of a propensity than a result. So, if happiness does indeed come from within, can we do anything to increase our propensity for it? Well, I believe yoga says absolutely yes!