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posts by Allison Antoinette

The Magic of Sun Salutations

The Magic of Sun Salutations

The ancients who studied the practice of Yoga came to believe that the human form is intimately linked with nature, particularly the energy we receive from the sun. Following, that is why they believed that yoga practice should start with a sequence of poses recognizing the sun’s role in sustaining life. Personally, I have found the sun salutation series to be reliably satisfying as it brightens my mood and loosens ...

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3 Steps to Reduce Anxiety Using Yoga

3 Steps to Reduce Anxiety Using Yoga

No matter which way you look at it, anxiety is uncomfortable. When our minds are anxious, it can feel almost impossible to think clearly or experience the joy of the moment. After all, your mind is running wildly to other places.

If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, chronic worry or racing thoughts, integrate these 5 steps into your daily routine for support and relief. With enough time, this ...

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a story of humility and commitment

a story of humility and commitment

This isn’t the first time I’ve told this story, but it’s one worth sharing again. It’s a story about humility and commitment.

Do you know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? Of course you do.

Let me quickly remind you of the punch line: “Bang!”

The race starts with the Hare darting out of ...

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the magic of Italy

the magic of Italy

Italy has been on the forefront of western culture since the dawn of the Roman empire. For over 2,000 years its inhabitants have redefined art, architecture, theater, music, fashion, and even sports. Being a main player in the Renaissance, and helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery, and currently having the greatest number of World Heritage Sites on the planet, top performers in all fields have flocked to ...

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welcome to casa giulia

welcome to casa giulia

We invite you to pull up a chair and relax for a while.

Imagine the fireplace warming your feet while the gentle sounds of nature fill the evening air. Through the window a soft glow of distant city lights hover on the horizon like the final seconds of a setting sun.

Life here is simple and quiet.

You’ve just spent the day practicing yoga in the spacious studio just up the hill and your mind is full of ...

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top 5 secrets to rabbit pose

top 5 secrets to rabbit pose

5 key steps to master rabbit pose

Even though Rabbit Pose is a simple posture, and good and safe for beginners, it can be very challenging for many people.

Tightness in neck, shoulders and lower back; tight hamstrings; or bigger chest and belly, can all make this a very daunting position. Add to that the tremendous frontside compression, which can make it ...

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

Imagine doing Half Moon pose under the Italian sun while gazing out to rolling hills, far removed from the hustle and bustle of a big city, and then heading back for a delicious meal made from fresh local produce.

Imagine doing Dancer pose while looking out to the romantic canals of Venice, the city alive with celebration and charm, before heading out with fellow yogis to explore the local history. ​

From the ...

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Unexpected Beginnings

Unexpected Beginnings

So here I am, one week into yoga teacher training in Santa Barbara. In a few days, I’ve learned more about my body, my mind, and my being than I ever thought I could learn.  And we’ve barely just begun.

I moved in a week ago to this beautiful home in Montecito that we’re staying in…. it’s absolutely gorgeous. I survived my first week, and decided this past weekend that journaling ...

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