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9 Gift Ideas For The Yogi in Your Life

It’s the season to give!
And what better way to give than to put a little thought into your yogi friend or your friend who is interested in yoga!  Do a little research, has your friend read this or that book? has he or she tried the castor oil bath? Does he or she love coffee or tea?  Then, after gathering the info, here are 9 suggestions to chose from.

BOOKS 
Because some yogis love to read,  you can chose one of these below and wrap it up nicely, or deliver it electronically with an e-card, yogis are catching up to the e-technologies!

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Castor Oil Bath Part 2 – Video

Finally someone goes all out and makes a video of the Castor Oil Bath! Go Kimberly!
I wrote my own article about it based on an old article of hers and even ventured into the picture territory, but it never occurred to me to do the video. 

Kimberly has now a blog/page and in it she has been putting quite a few videos in reference to ashtanga practice, beauty tips and other suggestions.

Notice that this is part 2, there is also a part 1 (see her page)

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20 strange things I’m doing to boost winter practice

I am not fond of winter, and it is really cold up here in the north east of the United States. I suppose the colder it gets the better the opportunity to exercise the yoga principle of contentment, no matter what, or “santosha“.

The lack of light definitely affects my moods and I get down.  I have found that meditation helps me, whenever I notice I am going down mood-wise I sit with those feelings and although not my favorite thing to do, it is a powerful practice that leaves me a bit more clear when I lift from the cushion.
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Castor Oil, the Ashtanga Yoga Saturday Practice

On Saturday I spent 10 minutes covered in oil while resting in corpse pose.

The bath is said to be so powerful that common wisdom recommends taking it very easy on Sunday practice (i.e.: the day after), as the body is prone to be much more supple and stretching might seem easier, tempting one to go further than usual and increasing the chance for injury.  If you are thinking of trying it, it might be useful to talk to a teacher before attempting, just to be on the safe side.

The benefit of the bath is in the heat that the oil produces in the body, every time I bathe I feel the warmth, it feels almost as if I had a suit on me that is trapping and then releasing impurities.
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21 Things I wish someone told me before I started practicing Ashtanga yoga

I was completely intrigued by Ashtanga at first sight, starting with its brutal schedule, its lack of poetry (no “feel the earth’s energy flow through you” ever heard in a class) and mythological superstition, as in:  no new poses to be taught on Tuesdays because it is ruled by Mars which is the God of war.
Finally!,  I thought to myself, a very specific approach which, in spite of having a lot in common with all other styles, has one single element that makes it stand out: it is done as a self-practice where each student arrives in their own time and does his or her practice while the teacher comes around to adjust individually. Known as the Mysore style (due to its birth-place in India), I ventured into it with an open heart one April fool’s day.  Looking back there are a few things I wish someone had whispered in my ear as I embarked on such a colossal journey, these are 21 of the most notorious:
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