Find the Goodness Within

Charlene McAuley
Young woman meditating and tuning into inner yogic wisdom

There’s a choice at the moment, do we go with Hobbes’ assertion that the natural state of mankind is “nasty, brutish and short” or do we see the intrinsic goodness of each person? The former will be driven by our deepest fears. The latter will challenge some ingrained beliefs, but will ultimately ask that we see the best in others and ourselves.

How to practice Warrior III Pose (Virabhadrasana III) in a yoga sequence to flow with change

Flow with Change: A Yoga Sequence

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Yoga wellness tips to find your center and reclaim your joy

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As a yoga teacher, I have had students say they aspire to be more like me. What they mean is the calm, peaceful, stress-free yogi they see when I am on the mat. However, I quickly remind them there are times... Read more
The benefits of practicing yoga as a lifeline in challenging times

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I don’t know about you, but I kinda feel like I’ve been holding my breath since last March. I finally exhaled in mid-November I was surprised by what happened next. I thought I was humming along just-fine-... Read more
How to perform daily yoga and wellness practices to cultivate resilience

5 Daily Yoga and Wellness Practices to Cultivate Resilience

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heavy-set yoga student practicing warrior II pose

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How to practice yogic awareness to develop patience

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How to have a balanced work ethic and avoid overworking with yogic wisdom

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Yoga students practicing the yogic principles of slowing down and appreciating the moment

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How to boost your mood with six simple daily practices in Tree yoga pose (Vrksasana)

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Nearly seven percent of adults in the U.S. are suffering from severe clinical depression at any given time. Fifteen percent of us will endure paralyzing depression at some point in our lives. And 18 percent of... Read more