Author: Leslie Schipper

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Simple Morning Ayurvedic Tips

Mornings are one of the busiest times of the day for many of us. We are up and full force before we’ve brushed out teeth.  E-mails need checking, kids need dressing, a run would be awesome to fit in…..The AM hours Monday-Friday can be scattered and rushed, leaving little or no time for a few […]

December 2nd

The Benefits of Hot Yoga in Cold Climates

I’ve recently moved from the tropical climate of Hawaii to Seattle. It’s been less than a week, but the chill I felt as I stepped off the plane and out of the airport was instant. My “endless summer” came to a halt even before I landed.  A few hours before we began our descent, the […]

November 19th

An Introduction to Gemstones & Crystals

Gathered from all corners of the Earth, gemstones are born of nature and evolve naturally into beautiful pieces of art. Gemstones are found in different hues, tones and saturations. Throughout history, a primary use of gemstones has been for healing and spiritual rituals, and today people continue to believe in the inherent power of gemstones. […]

November 11th

Pranayama – Yogic Breathing Techniques

One of my favorite moments teaching yoga is right at the beginning when students take their seats.  Sometimes they look at me and I can feel their eagerness, their bodies ready to take the shapes and forms of the asanas.  Other times half the class is lying down in savasana, looking more ready for a […]

October 31st

Mudras: Yoga of the Hands

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class or practiced meditation, you’ve probably been asked to practice a Mudra. In Sanskrit, Mudra means “seal” and is a sacred hand gesture (or body position) practiced to help cultivate a specific state of mind. There are thousands of Mudras, all representing a certain quality like compassion, vitality, […]

October 23rd

4 Yoga Poses to Fight the Common Cold

Depending on where you live in the world, Fall has officially arrived! Even here in Hawaii, we are getting a break from the intense heat of summer and are enjoying some cooler, slightly overcast days. I welcome it! However I do not welcome the common cold that can come with seasonal change. Stuffy and runny […]

October 15th

Malas and Mantras – Om Ganesha

“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha” This mantra is a salutation to the remover of obstacles Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is one of the most popular and well known deities honored throughout India and Hindu cultures. Easily recognizable, Ganesha has a large elephant head and pot-bellied human body. Ganesha is also the God of success and revered for […]

October 8th

Product Review: RISE Bars

I am very much a skeptic when it comes to “energy bars.” College volleyball had me cramming Clif Bars and Tiger Bars into my mouth before games and subsisting off more of the same while traveling around Australia. At the time (and at that budget!), these quick bars seemed like a healthy option. But I’ve […]

September 28th

Yoga Somatics

You aren’t likely to find a “Yoga Somatics” class on the schedule of your neighborhood yoga studio.  Heck, I’m a yoga teacher (albeit a newbie) and I hadn’t even heard of the practice before a few days ago.  As I was rolling up my mat after a calming introspective class, my teacher Amanda mentioned she […]

September 23rd

Yoga Asana of the Week: Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Eight hours at a desk? Two hours sitting in traffic? An hour sitting in front of the television after dinner? Do any of these activities sound familiar? Sitting (and also long hours of standing) puts a lot of pressure on our lower vertebrae, restricting circulation to that area. When we mindfully twist our bodies we […]

September 20th

How to Do Camel Pose: Yoga Asana of the Week:

BACKBENDS.  What does this word elicit for you?  I’ve heard answers ranging from joy, passion, happiness and radiance – to fear, anxiety, and aversion. There are those yogi’s who happily drop into backbends, no problem, and those who would rather opt out of this part of class.  One main purpose of backbends is to experience a […]

August 23rd

A Tri-Doshic Meal in 20 Minutes!

Maybe we should start from the beginning.  “What does Tri-doshic even mean?”  To answer that question, let’s begin with a quick introduction to Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing that originates from India. It is a life science  (“Ayur” means “life” and “veda” means science or knowledge) that is based […]

July 7th