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Essays

Top 10 Reasons Yoga Is the Fountain of Youth

AKA, “How Yoga Keeps You Looking Young AF” 1. Flexibility Flexible bodies are often equated with youth. Most children are naturally pliable. As we age, we fall less and brace more and in doing so we become less agile and less supple. Flexibility leads to better blood flow, fewer injuries and, counterintuitively, more muscle tone. 2. Strength When you hold a posture long after your mind has told you to give up you will get stronger. Yoga builds physical strength by lengthening muscles, increasing the range of movement across joints, and relieving both physical tension and stress, all of which...

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Yoga and Grief

How Yoga Helps People Cope with Sorrow… Yoga allows you to probe your grief — to enter the pain, not run from it, and to emerge somehow more whole and free — by focusing on your immediate physical and emotional experience. We are honored that one of our Ravens, Jessica Riser, has been willing to share how her yoga practice has served her after the loss of her infant son, William Michael. As part of her healing process, Jessica asked us to personalize a Symbols of Remembrance yoga mat with William’s name. It has been an honor to help Jessica and others...

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The Best Bridesmaid’s Gift!

I was cruising Pinterest recently and happened to notice there is not a lot of variety in what bridal couples can choose from when selecting gifts for their wedding party. Monogrammed robe? Um… that one has been done time and time and time again. While sweet, it’s probably safe to say it’s run its course. Matching necklace and earrings? A nice gesture — but jewelry to match one another isn’t the same as jewelry selected to say I care about you, right? A quick “personalized something” with free shipping from Amazon Prime? Oh boy. That solution screams, “I forgot and time...

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