The Daily Downward Dog Blog

Inspiring Stories, Cool Yoga Playlists, and Yoga Tips!

Celebrating 8 Years of Daily Downward Dog!

Woo Hoo - eight years ago today the Daily Downward Dog blog was launched (that's the original logo above)! It started out as quick little musings about my budding yoga practice and then blossomed into a place to share my yoga inspiration and details about...

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The Sweet Joy of the Way

In a recent yoga class while teaching a challenging asana I cued the students to connect to their breath and let go of any struggle. I reminded them that life is not supposed to be a struggle, that we wake up each day and can decide to struggle or live in...

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Sunset Choices

The picture above is from a Lake Erie sunset on Saturday, July 14. I’ve seen many sunsets over the lake and always marvel at how different each one is, but I’ve never seen one quite like this. This sunset was a sweet reminder of something important that I...

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KennyAsana

I’m finally done unpacking my bags after leading a yoga retreat at the beautiful Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Panama and have so much I want to share. Anytime one travels there is an opportunity for growth and transformation, to get out of a comfort zone and learn...

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Take the First Step

Did you set new goals or resolutions for 2018, or are you starting the new year with a big project in mind?  Does it seem daunting or overwhelming? Are you letting fear keep you from even starting? The struggle to keep those resolutions is real, and I have to admit...

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You (yes, you) Should Go on a Yoga Retreat

By Lisa Sands (woo hoo a guest post on the DDD) I never thought I would be the “type of person” who would go on a yoga retreat. I thought that sort of thing was for people with way too much time on their hands, people with lots of money to spare, or lots of problems...

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Redheads, Red Rocks, Goddesses, and an OMazing Yoga Festival

If you think or imagine that the energy in Sedona is amazing, wait until this February when two redheads and an amazing yogini Goddess, and an incredible Yoga Festival descend upon the Red Rocks! Women of Wisdom Red Rocks Vortex Yoga Retreat - Feb 5-8, 2018 I'm super...

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2017 Yoga Gift Guide

I'm a big believer that we should share and give gifts every day! The gifts of our kindness, love, and compassion. These are the gifts that keep on giving and that need to be given to ourselves first and then to others. But just in case you are hankering...

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Blessed Friday

It is the day before Thanksgiving and I’m sifting through my mail and my email box and can’t help but laugh at all the pre-pre-pre-Black Friday sales. I’ve always disliked the term “Black Friday” – it sounds so bleak, and really, how could any FriYAY be black? I...

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‘Cause I Gotta Have Faith

I’m a fan of Soul Coaching Oracle Cards: What Your Soul Wants You to Know" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oracle card decks that are used to provide guidance and inspiration. I have quite a few of these decks with words of wisdom from nature, Goddesses, Angels, and...

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The Magic of Three Breaths

Are you as excited as I am that summer is here? This new season should bring pleasurable thoughts about spending more time outside, lazy summer days at the beach, enjoying fresh food from the garden, and relaxing with friends. But last week instead of being full of...

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Bali Life and Yoga Lessons – Part 1

Om Swastiastu my yogi friends! That is the way I was greeted in Bali, and it is a beautiful way to say hello and peace and greetings from God! In Bali, Om is the most important sound, and an Om starts every mantra, prayer, and ceremony, and it represents Brahma the...

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Sunrise Life Lessons

During my last two yoga retreats I got the opportunity to teach a few sunrise beach yoga classes. Each class I lead is an opportunity to learn, but I must say the classes on the beach at sunrise were exceptionally good at teaching me the following life lessons. My...

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Loving Kindness

Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Be Happy Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Be Healthy Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Be Safe Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Live in Peace Ready to change your mood with a tried and true meditation? Find a comfortable seated...

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When the Student is Ready…

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." I love these words from Buddha, and they have rung true in my life and yoga journey. When I needed yoga to heal my back pain caused by scoliosis, I found my teacher in Mary Pat Murphy. I had been told about yoga...

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Retreat to the Beach!

Sing it with me, "I don't want to work, I just want to yoga on the beach all day!" Before summer slips away, it's time to take a well deserved retreat to the beach. If you live in northeast Ohio, Lake Erie has beautiful beaches, and I am blessed to share beach yoga on...

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Summer of Love

Woo hoo! Summer has arrived and along with it a host of fun outdoor activities (like beach yoga) and so many things to do that yoga, and especially meditation practices can get pushed off the to-do list. This summer I've decided to make a dedication to my meditation...

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Hours of Relaxation

I frequently mention in my yoga classes the importance of nurturing and taking good care of yourself, getting enough rest and sleep, and doing things that are enjoyable and bring you pleasure. I heeded my own advice recently and pampered myself with a complimentary...

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Let it Go!

It's been a few months since I returned from my yoga retreat in Sedona and the experience of sharing two yoga workshops at the Sedona Yoga Festival. I feel really blessed to have visited such a beautiful place and to have these opportunities and I wanted to share a...

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JOMO

Are you familiar with the acronym FOMO? This terms was introduced to me recently, and it describes a mental state that most of us are familiar with, the Fear of Missing Out. Let's face it, there are just too many channels begging for our attention these days, so it is...

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Pictures of Yoga In Paradise

Wow, since last April it has been a crazy awesOMe year full of many blessings, new yogi friends, spiritual growth, and incredible yoga trips and adventures around the world. All of this goodness has kept me blissfully busy, so much so that I have been remiss in...

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Messages from the Universe – Bali Calling

I’m a big believer in listening to messages from the universe. In fact, I’ve written about this subject many times here on The Daily Downward Dog. It is a concept I originally picked up during a workshop with Erich Schiffmann, where he taught us to sit in meditation...

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The Power of Intention

I haven't written much about my 300-hour yoga teacher training, primarily because ever since it began in September of 2014 I have been so immersed in yoga study that there hasn't been time left for writing. It was a 17-month spiritual journey that transformed the way...

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Redhead in the Red Rocks!

Woo hoo...the energy of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona have long been calling my name, and I'm super excited to announce that this Redhead is heading to the Red Rocks and I hope you will join me! Are you ready for a week of yoga, meditation, kirtan, mantra, healing,...

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YOGA in the 330!

I'm proud to say that Akron, Ohio is my hood. Long known for where the rubber hits the road, it will soon be known as where the yoga raises the vibration of LOVE, after hundreds of yogis roll out their yoga mats and join together as a community on a huge university...

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Enjoy Your Life

I couldn't come back from my yoga retreat in Greece without a bunch of stories, and here is one I'd like to share about a restaurant owner on the island of Naxos. It is a story about trust, kindness, selfless service – and has an added bonus of a helpful little mantra...

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Woo Hoo I’m Baaaack!

Happy October Yogis! I am so excited to be back in Ohio after a few weeks filled with Top Thrill Yoga and the most awesOMe adventure in Greece. I am full of inspiration, stories, and beautiful photos from the I Am Love Yoga retreat in Santorini, so stay tuned over the...

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Top Thrill Yoga

A note from The Daily Downward Dog: This post originally ran on July 17, 2012. As I prepare for the Top Thrill Yoga Retreat at The Hotel Breakers this August 28-30, I pulled this out of the archives for inspiration and thought you might like to read it too!   I talk a...

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Homeworkasana

I am in the midst of my 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training, knee deep in yoga texts, self study, and special projects, and loving this incredible journey to becoming a certified 500-hour Yoga Teacher. One of my homework assignments this month comes straight from a book we...

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