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What Is It About Handstands?

Handstands are one of my favourite things to teach. Let me tell you why. 

I love handstands! So damn much. Being in a handstand is bliss. Every single day, I hop into one! There have been moments in my life where its possible that I was on my hands more than my feet! 

Landing your first handstand is pretty damn cool. For many, like me, it’s elusive… It’s challenging… It’s almost impossible! Until one day…

But anyways- this isn’t my point.

The coolest part about a handstand is not the handstand at all. The best part is actually the journey to the handstand! 

When we show up to our yoga mat… We sign up for a journey. It is often physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Sometimes the practice is a soft, gentle, and nourishing journey, and sometimes it’s a bit more intense, rigorous, and challenging.

Having soft, gentle practices to tap into are so important- especially these days when we are...

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Relaxation Rituals: Calm Body, Mind, & Soul

Relaxation Rituals

Practices to calm your body, mind and soul. 

 

We live in a world that is on high drive, all the time. We are always going, always doing, always ‘on.’ 

In fact, for many of us, it is quite challenging to wind down and decompress. 

We are over stimulated: electronically, mentally, emotionally, and physically. 

 

Living these high drive lives keeps our sympathetic nervous system turned on. This is the part of our nervous system that keeps us alert, engaged, and active. When we are stressed and in constant go-mode, our sympathetic nervous system is activated, which is not bad all the time, except that for many of us, it is activated all the time. 

 

Having practices to calm our hyper-stimulated system is so important. Sacred slow down rituals help us tap into the power of our parasympathetic nervous system. When we are calm and relaxed, our system has an opportunity to chill out. The parasympathetic nervous system...

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What is Holistic Nutrition - Eating for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

What is Holistic Nutrition - Eating for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

By Cecilia Mackie, CSNN Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Primal Movement Teacher

 

Holistic Nutrition is the concept of approaching both our bodies and our nourishment as a fully integrated and holistic system - understanding that everything we consume becomes us, thus affecting how our body operates as a whole.

 

When we understand our bodies in this holistic way, we can see how the quality of lifestyle, our nutrition, and the food we eat can either support our most vibrant and radiant health, or create a disharmonious state within us (i.e. inflammation, illness, or disease). When we choose to feed our bodies with food that is high vibe and filled with life, we inevitably begin to radiate that same state of aliveness, thus creating an internal environment that promotes self-healing and wholeness!

 

Holistic nutrition not only takes into consideration what we feed our bodies in terms of food, but...

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We Are One: A love story of unity consciousness, connection, and potential.

We Are One

A love story of unity consciousness, connection, and potential.

 

There is a story that says- we are sourcing from one, a reflection, a fragment, a piece of one truth, one whole. 

This story says: unity is the only place we come from, and the only place we go.

Through this conscious stream of connection and perception- we experience multiple dimensions of reality. Our mind-consciousness creates our thoughts… Which begin to create waves. These waves generate a vibration, a sound which manifests into our experience of time and space. 

 

Mind blown?

Isn’t it completely crazy that we actually create our reality through the power and potential of our thoughts- and we are each fragments of one- experiencing and perceiving reality through different lenses… All feeling and sensing different realities, but ultimately, all just one.

 

This story gives me hope. 

This story shows me a higher path of compassion, love, and empathy....

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall: Our Favourite Fall Rituals

It seems to happen so quickly… Our long, extended days begin to shorten bit by bit, the air catches a cool little drift, the leaves on the trees begin to shift and fall. It’s not long after the peak of August that we begin to feel those seasonal shifts, perhaps literally, and always energetically. 

August always seems to be packed with activity and summer fun… Leo brings us love and life and fiery movement! 

Virgo with September brings us back to a more grounded space- We begin to look forward, make plans, and slow down again. It’s the tipping point toward that inward journey. The light and sunshine are usually still there, but there tends to be a palpable energy that begins to whisper… Slow down… Time to check in. 

For many, it’s back to school… It’s organizing and reality checks and creating new intentions for what always feels like a new year. 

 

Rituals feel important during these seasonal...

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Why We Choose Live Online Classes

A few of our clients have asked us if we are willing to create a library of the recorded live classes we teach in case the live class times do not align with their schedule.

 

I want to dive into this a little bit! 

 

Our community is founded on the principle: connection is everything. Our initial intention was to cultivate real connections with real people through an online platform.

 

Daily Ritual was created based on the realization that online classes via zoom or other video conferencing were hugely successful in terms of delivery, accuracy, efficiency, and connection building. 

 

We know there are a lot of online studios whose primary offering is pre-recorded content. There is no shortage of information, content, and videos online. You can hop on YouTube- where any thing you could ever want to know is easily accessible- and at no cost. 

 

At Daily Ritual, we are dedicated to the success, alignment, and healthy growth of our students. We...

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How to Improve Posture Naturally with Primal Movement

By Tara Adkins, Primal Movement Teacher

Our current lifestyle doesn’t facilitate a healthy posture. It’s not something that’s really taught anymore. We know we should have better posture but don’t know how. We sit most of our day. We sit in chairs that don’t take the human form into consideration.

 

We’re told to strengthen our core but are given exercises that only shorten the stomach further, without any focus or awareness that the core is not just the stomach but instead something that’s 3 dimensional. It wraps all the way around and travels up through the center of the body. The placement of the ribs, hips, and even the head are all essential to unlocking this mystery of how to improve posture.

 

Exercises to Improve Posture

We don’t really teach specific exercises to improve posture. We focus more on functional movement. Personally, the key for me has been the practice of Primal Movement. Through this practice we learn...

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A Glossary of Meditation and Mindfulness Terms

If you practice meditation on a regular basis, you probably already know all of these terms, and may even have a different definition for some of them. This article is more for the person who  wants to learn more about meditation before diving in, so to speak. So let’s begin with some simple terms that you might hear in a class.

Asana

An asana is the pose, or position, you are in when you do formal meditation. Examples would be the full or half Lotus, kneeling, or sitting in a straight back chair. We’ve all seen the pictures of someone sitting in the lotus position, eyes closed, forefingers and thumbs touching, or hands positioned in the prayer mudra, with palms together at the center of the chest. 

Japa

In the Hindu and Bhuddist religions, japa is the repetition of a mantra or divine name (more on mantras below). You may chant it, whisper it, or speak it within your mind.

Mandala

More than a wall hanging pattern, the mandala is a sacred diagram used as an...

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Conscious Connected Breathwork, Explained

If you are looking for a scientific and spiritual practice to help you regulate your nervous system and enter altered states of consciousness without the use of drugs, then conscious connected breathwork (CCB) may be for you.

 

The International Breathwork Foundation defines conscious connected breathwork as a breathing technique where you connect the inhale with the exhale, with no pauses. DailyRitual.live teacher Elisha Jane puts it this way: “Conscious Connected Breathwork is a practice of returning to our natural, connected, and flowing breath. CCB is a three part breathwork practice including: full, vibrant, active inhales, followed by surrendered, soft, “let go” exhales, connecting the inhale and exhale with no pause, and remaining conscious with the breath and present in the body the entire time.”  

 

Conscious Connected Breathwork is a gentle, psychotherapeutic process practice that can help you unveil and lift unprocessed emotion...

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The Body, Mind, and Soul Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient mind and body practice dating back more than 5000 years. Various styles of yoga combine physical poses or postures (known as asanas) with breathing exercises, and meditation, or relaxation. Yoga harmonizes development of the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with your environment. 

 

Sound too good to be true? We can understand why you might think so, but there are scientific studies to back up the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Health Benefits of Yoga

The health benefits of yoga are wide-ranging, and encompass your physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. When you practice yoga, you are working on all three areas at once. That is part of the beauty of this ancient art. Whether you’re a beginner or have been practicing yoga for years, learning about all of the benefits will...

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