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  • Yoga Marrakech


    Come first Thursday in Febuary,, meditation classes will be held on a Thursday morning at 8h,,,, there will be brief instruction followed by 45 min to 50 min sitting,, followed by questions and sharing. All are welcome from beginner to experienced,, classes are open to everyone,, please bring blanket and yoga mat if you wish […]



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  • What is Intelligence ? Intelligent Meditation Video

    What is Intelligence ? Intelligent Meditation Video

    Continuing with the new meditation video series on Mastery of Meditation, this next video delves into what truly is intelligence and what is the highest form of intelligence.  As we continue to explore the depths of meditation and a meditative life, we start to understand ourselves and our purpose in life more deeply.  We also find that this journey can demand from us our very best and in time come to realize the true meaning and purpose of many of our human characteristics and potentials.

    One such great potential we have is intelligence and as we walk this path we come to understand the real meaning and use of intelligence.

    This video will discuss this very interesting topic and hopefully give you a clear and perhaps new way to look at what makes humans so special.  The power of intelligence.

    Other articles that look deeply into intelligence and how to use and sharpen it are...

    Intelligent Meditation For Enlightenment

    Brain Development and Enlightenment

    The three areas we will investigate in this video are...

    1. What is intelligence and what intelligence is not?

    2. What is the true purpose of intelligence?

    3. How to develop and enhance intelligence?

    4. How to meditate intelligently?

    Please feel free to provide your feedback or ask questions in the comments section below.  Also, stay tuned for the next video of this series coming next week :-).

    Direct YouTube Link --> What is Intelligence 


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  • Meditation Video ? What is Meditation?

    Meditation Video ? What is Meditation?

    Welcome to the new meditation video series on Mastery of Meditation and Yoga.  This series will do a deep dive into meditation and explore this amazing art from basic techniques to it's very advanced levels.  In this series, you will learn not just what meditation is, but also understand what it is not.

    This first video of the series will introduce you to true meditation and help you understand the real purpose of this practice.  In it we will explore the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and expand on his explanation of the activity of meditation.

    The teachings we will discuss can be found in the following article - The True Definition of Meditation by J. Krishnamurti.

    The three areas we will investigate in this video are...

    1. Does meditation take place in the dualistic world or is it part of the non-dualistic divine field?

    2. What is the true purpose of meditation?

    3. How can you start to develop and deepen your own meditation practice?

    Please feel free to provide your feedback or ask questions in the comments section below.  Also, stay tuned for the next video of this series coming next week :-).

    Direct YouTube Link --> What is Meditation Really 


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  • An In-depth Look at Tadasana ? Yoga Mountain Pose

    An In-depth Look at Tadasana ? Yoga Mountain Pose
    Tadasana is a basic standing posture that forms the foundation of many other postures - not just standing poses, but also seated postures. A deep understanding of Tadasana will inform your entire practice.  You will find more information and variation of Mountain Pose on the website here.

    While it sounds so simple - just stand there - there is a huge difference between an embodied Tadasana and merely an idea of Tadasana.

    Here's how to embody your Tadasana:

    Lift up your toes, and spread them wide, feeling all four corners of your feet engaging the ground. Feel your arches naturally lift. 

    Let your toes release onto the ground while maintaining the evenly grounded feet.

    Line your ankles, knees and hips up so they stack one on top of the other.

    Engage your quadriceps and feel them lifting up toward your pelvis.

    Release your pelvis down toward the earth - not tucking under, but extending.

    Extend your spine toward the sky and broaden your collarbones.
    Relax and soften your shoulders, letting the shoulder blades slide down the back of your spine. 

    A strong, supple Tadasana is the perfect base posture to explore arm pranayamas. Each of these has a slightly different effect. 

    Maintain awareness of your torso and legs in stillness even as the arms are moving in tandem with the breath. Be aware of the grounding action through the pelvis, legs and feet, and the ascending, lifting action of the spine.

    Arm Pranayama Variation #1


    Arms start at your side. 

    Inhale and extend your arms out sideways bringing them all the way up until they meet above your head. 

    Keep your arms straight and be aware of a straight line of energy moving from the heart, through the shoulders, elbows and wrists.


    As you exhale, press your palms together and  bring your arms down the centre line of the body. Be aware of drawing energy into your body.

    As the exhale ends, begin the inhale again, opening the arms wide.

    There is a sense of opening to embrace the world and drawing the world's energy into the body.

    Arm Pranayama Variation #2


    Arms hang loose by your sides, palms facing up and elbows slightly bent.

    On an inhale, lift your hands up towards the sky to about your armpits.

    As you exhale, turn your palms over and press them down into the ground as if you were squashing the air.


    Focus more attention on the exhale, releasing the exhale and excess energy into the earth.

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  • Surya Namaskar Variation and Video

    Surya Namaskar Variation and Video

    Most of us are familiar with a Standard Sun Salutation A or B. However, there are many more creative variations of sun salutations that work the body and nervous system in a holistic manner.  

    Shiva Rea, a master Vinyasa Flow teacher, teaches Mandala Namaskar variations which work in a circular manner around the yoga mat. This encourages us to step out of our set back and forth linear patterns and embrace a more natural, cyclical way of life. 
    It can be uncomfortable and disconcerting when we first start - which way am I moving now? - and that's exactly what we want. We want to break up habitual movement patterns and encourage our nervous system and brain to fire in new ways.
    For the purposes of keeping the set at a manageable length, we'll start in Downward Dog. You may wish to start in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and move through a Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), High Plank to Low Plank (Chattaranga), and Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) before you arrive at our starting point of Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).
    Mandala Variation of Surya Namaskar

    Five Breaths or so:
    Downward Dog - Illustration #1
    Dynamic Downward Dog - Illustration #2
    The key aspect in Downward Dog is a straight spine, so if you have tight hamstrings, keep your legs bent and focus on lengthening your tailbone towards the sky. 
    Play with bending one knee and then the other as you walk your heels up and down to the ground, releasing and lengthening the hamstrings. Focus on getting a forward tilt on your pelvis.
    Watch the video below to get an idea of how these subtle movements in Downward Dog can move into a Dynamic Downward Dog, where the breath and Prana moves through the spine and pelvis as needed to release the body. In Dynamic Downward Dog, the foundation stays firm and strong.
    #2: Three-Legged Downward Dog

    Five Breaths or so:
    Three-Legged Downward Dog 
    From Downward Dog, sweep one leg high into the sky, bending at the knee and opening that hip up sideways. Keep your shoulders square, creating a twist in the spine. The raised foot presses backwards over the opposite butt check. 
    This is a great way to free the hips, and set up for a High Lunge.
    #3: High Lunge
    5 breaths:

    High Lunge
    Any standing posture starts with our connection to the ground through the feet - ground down firmly through the front heel and press back firmly through the back sole, as if you were standing on a wall. This helps keep you from sinking into your joins. Press your back thigh up to the sky and keep that leg straight too.
    Allow the spine to lengthen forward and lift the sternum up slightly to open.
    #4: Side Twist Lunge Variation
    5 breaths:
    Side Twist Lunge Variation
    Side Twist Lunge Variation Backside
    From high lunge, firmly ground the opposite hand to the front foot into the ground so the arm is perpendicular tand directly under the shoulder. This provides strong support for your weight.
    Pivot on your feet so the front foot swings 90 degrees out sideways, but stays grounded. The back foot also pivots sideways but you roll on to the outside edge of the foot.
    Sweep the other arm - same as the front foot - around and down the length of the body, opening the front of the body.
    You're now facing the side of your yoga mat.
    Keep both legs strong, just as in lunge. Press firmly down through the front foot, in particular the heel. Extend strongly through the back leg keeping the leg strong and straight. 
    Don't sink into your joints! Press through the grounded arm as well.
    #5: Wide-Legged Forward Bend, One Leg Bent
    5 breaths:
    Wide-Legged Forward Bend, One Leg Bent
    From Side Twist High Lunge Variation, inhale and lift your hips up towards the sky. Take your skyward arm and swing it around in an arc in front of you. As you do so, pivot on your front foot around toward the front of the yoga mat and then the opposite side. 
    You're now facing the opposite side of the yoga mat.
    What is now your back leg bends deeply, the spine extends straight out from the pelvis, which is tilted forward. Hands rest directly underneath your shoulders. Surrender into the forward bend.
    #6: Crescent Lunge, with Variations
    5 Breaths:
    Crescent Lunge with Interlaced Hands
    Crescent Lunge with Extended Arms
    From Wide-Legged Forward Bend with One Bent Knee, inhale and pivot toward the BACK of your yoga mat, coming into High Lunge again. Exhale and ground through your feet, connecting to your foundation again.
    You're now facing the back of your yoga mat.
    Inhale and interlace your hands behind your spine and use this momentum to draw your torso upright, keeping the back leg straight and the front thigh parallel to the ground. Pause there and breath into the spine and the hips.
    Once you feel stable, inhale and lift your arms above your head, keeping the shoulder blades down and firmly agains the spine. Gaze moves with the finger tips. Breath openness into the front of the body.

    Come out of Crescent Lunge and back down into Downward Dog. You're now ready to start again!

    #7: Repeat Again on Same Side
    1 Breath Per Posture:
    Repeat the exact same sequence, on the same leg, to take you back around to the front of the yoga mat. Only this time, instead of taking five breaths per posture, take one breath per posture, creating flow.
    It might take awhile to figure out when to exhale and when to inhale to find smooth transitions. In general, use inhales to lift up and move between postures, and exhales to ground and find stability in postures.
    #8: Repeat twice on the other side
    From Downward Dog, repeat the same sequence again but start with the other leg in Three-Legged Downward Dog. The first set, do five breaths per posture and explore your way in, noticing where you feel tight and where you feel open.
    The second set, which brings you back around to the front of the mat, do one breath per posture, finding the flow in the sequence.
    Watch Video of this Sequence

    There's a few extra flow movements added in - knee sweeps in Three-Legged Dog, and a pulse in High Lunge. You can miss these out or add them in as you please. The video also gives you a much better idea of Dynamic Downward Dog.

    Watch a couple of times to get the general flow, and then start to explore on your own yoga mat.

    Have fun!

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  • Complete 30 Minute Yoga Set ? Part 2

    Complete 30 Minute Yoga Set ? Part 2

    All titles below are links to the yoga poses and techniques used in this set, so click the link to read the full details on the particular exercise.

    The following yoga set is designed to provide a complete workout and covers all the essential daily practices recommended by yoga.  
    To recap here are the 6 exercises from the 30 Minute Yoga Set - Part 1.


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    1 Minute:
    Bridge Pose - Illustration #1
    Bridge Pose - Illustration #2 
    As is common in yoga, there are many variations and modifications for yoga poses.  This is also true for Bridge Pose. So if you are just a beginner, come into the pose as shown in Illustration #2, while if you are more adept, do as shown in Illustration #1.  For those who are more advanced, you can visit the article for even more difficult variations of this pose.
    Try to hold the pose for 1 minute, but if you need to take a break that's fine too.  Build up your strength systematically and soon you will be able to do 1 minute and even more.  This pose is excellent for strengthening your lower back and improving your digestive and reproductive systems.  It will also help you tone and strengthen your arms, wrists and shoulders.
    You can do bridge pose with Breath of Fire, long deep breathing or normal breathing, depending on your level.

    1 Minute:
    Forward Bend
    I am sure your arms will be happy to be given a break after Bridge Pose, as the next pose to come into would be theForward Bend :-).  Hold this pose for 1 minute.  Don't worry if you cannot reach your toes, it is more important to keep your legs straight at the knees that reaching your toes.  Just hold as far down your legs as comfortable and enjoy the great stretch this pose gives.
    Do this pose with long deep breathing.  For those who wish to add a Kundalini component to this exercise, visualize white light rising up the spine as you inhale, and then coming down the spine as you exhale.
    1 Minute:
    Bow Pose
    Having done an excellent forward bend, it is text time to balance things out by doing a backwards bend, and Bow Pose is a superb exercise for achieving this stretch.
    Bow pose is great for your back, spine and respiratory systems.   In addition it gives a wonderful full body stretch and is one of the best exercises for your digestive health.  Do bow pose with long deep breathing and if you really want to challenge yourself, rock back and forth in bow pose.

    1 Minute:
    Twist Left
    Twist Right
    Perhaps you are seeing the trend here.  We have leaned forward, arched backwards so now it is time to twist side to side :-).  For this, Kundalini Yoga Twists are excellent.
    In the illustrations above I have shown my arms clasped behind me, but you can also use the variation described in this article,Spinal Warm-up Series, where you are holding your shoulders with your hands, thumbs behind your shoulders, four finger in front and elbows up at shoulder level.  In either posture, twist to the left inhaling and then to the right exhaling.  Go in a smooth motion.
    1 Minute:
    Crane Pose
    If you have never done Crane Pose before, please practice WITH A BIG SOFT PILLOW UNDER YOUR FACE.  You have been warned :-).
    This is a more challenging pose to do, so take your time in mastering it, as it might not happen overnight.  You will need strong arms, good concentration and good balance to do this asana, and consequentially this posture will further improve those traits.
    Also, for this pose feel free to take frequent breaks as you build up your strength to hold for 1 minute straight.
    1 Minute:
    The next pose to do is really a wonderful way to stretch the body.  It is Triangle Pose, and for the purpose of this set you should stretch each side for 30 seconds.
    Please note there are lots of variations to Triangle Pose and all of these are useful and can be used from time to time as part of this set.  The key idea here is to get a great lateral and full body stretch.
    For basic Triangle Pose, stand up with your feet spread wide apart.  Then point your left foot to the left and right foot straight ahead.  Bring both arms out to the sides and then reach down and your left hand and reach for your left ankle, without leaning forward.  At the same time bring your right arm straight up with the palm facing forward.  After 30 seconds switch side.
    4 Minutes:
    For the last 4 minutes, relax completely in Corpse Pose.  Don't underestimate the great value of this relaxation period.  It will give the body a chance to assimilate the gains, release tensions and find equilibrium.
    That concludes this 30 minute yoga set.  It s a great set with which to establish a personal yoga practice and if done consistently will bestow all the wonderful benefits that come with doing yoga regularly.

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  • Young Yoga Masters
  • Transforming the Life of ?That One Child?

    Transforming the Life of ?That One Child?
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  • 5 Tips for Teaching Yoga to Tweens

    5 Tips for Teaching Yoga to Tweens
    While Tweens are growing up quick, they still like to play games, act silly and have fun! After teaching ?Tween Yoga? for years here are my 5 best tips for teaching yoga to tweens.
  • Happy 300th! Announcing My Next Exciting Scary Steps

    Happy 300th! Announcing My Next Exciting Scary Steps
    300 Blog Posts About Kids Yoga! Welcome to the 300th blog post of Young Yoga Masters. I can’t believe I’ve made it! I started this blog in 2007, with an aim to put kids yoga on the map and legitimize what I was trying to promote.  Yoga for children is everywhere now, but there was... Read More →
  • Free Kids Yoga Classes ? When to Take a New Volunteer Opportunity and When to Pass

    Free Kids Yoga Classes ? When to Take a New Volunteer Opportunity and When to Pass
    Not all volunteer opportunities are created equal. Not all feel like seva, selfless service. When to volunteer to teach kids yoga and when should you pass.
  • When Questions Backfire and Kids Yoga Teachers Mature

    When Questions Backfire and Kids Yoga Teachers Mature
    It?s not unusual to use questions to engage kids in yoga and let them show you what they know. It's a common kids yoga teacher training tip. I remember two instances this summer, during our Kids Yoga Teacher Certification, when questions kind of backfired with similar surprising results.
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  • Episode 86: Tara Stiles

    Episode 86: Tara Stiles
    Episode 86 is with Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga.  This interview was revived from the Yoga Peeps Archive, in honor of the Tara’s new cookbook, launching in just over a week’s time on November 3rd. Strala is a Swedish word, that means “to radiate light”.  Its also a system of practice which guides people through yoga posses and movement, focusing on tuning inward and encouraging flowing with ease. Thousands of Strala yoga guides are leading Strala classes around the world in partner studios, and gyms including Sports Club/LA and CMG.  Tara and her husband Mike, teach trainings around the world, and in their studio on 623 Broadway, in New York City. Tara also partners with W Hotels on FIT with Tara Stiles ? a global program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties. She is a collaborator with Reebok, working closely with the design team on their Reebok Yoga lifestyle range. She has authored several books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, and her newest, Make Your Own Rules Diet Cookbook, out November 3rd. Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton?s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to 20,000+ participating schools. Visit Tara at ...
  • The Yoga Collective: A Venice Beach Online Yoga Studio.

    The Yoga Collective: A Venice Beach Online Yoga Studio.
    Loving The Yoga Collective! I know I feel amazing after a yoga practice.  Whether it?s 5 minutes, 45, or 75 minutes, it always feels incredible, and I?m left wondering, why didn?t I do this sooner? The answer is, as a Mom, teacher, coach, and podcaster there is alway something to do, and often my own practice suffers.  Recently, I have recommitted to my personal practice, and my online subscription to The Yoga Collective, adds variety and depth to my practice.  It?s super easy to do a little 10 – 20 minute session, or if I have longer, a 40-60 minute session.  It’s so nice to be gently guided in my own home, while the kids sleep, or do their homework. Convenience: Carving out the time to go to a yoga studio, is a luxury I?m not always afforded, whether for time or money.  I’m stoked I found the  The Yoga Collective! The Teachers: I love the variety of teachers, who I respect and admire.  Some of my favorites are Mary Beth LaRue, Travis Eliot, Shayna Hiller, and Rachel Tratt.   But really, I enjoy all of them.  Among them are life/health coaches, musicians, jewelry designers, artists, athletes, surfers, and yoga teacher trainers.  I ...
  • Mind Body Green

    Mind Body Green
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  • Wanderlust Speaker Series & Do No Harm

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  • Episode 85: Jennifer Wolfe Prenatal Yoga

    Episode 85: Jennifer Wolfe Prenatal Yoga
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