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4 Things Every Yogi Should Know

Jennifer VanBenschoten

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4 Things Every Yogi Should Know

I've been practicing yoga for a long time. I can still remember buying my first yoga video - it was a Rodney Yee video - and trying to follow along in my bedroom in the 1840s farmhouse we were renting with the ugly blue shag carpeting. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't touch my toes the way Rodney could. (Maybe because my arms are too short and my hamstrings are still, after nearly 20 years, too tight.) At any rate, throughout the years, I picked up on a few key principles of yoga. When I started my formal education...


Gemstones For the Heart (That Aren't Rose Quartz)

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Gemstones For the Heart (That Aren't Rose Quartz)

Sure, I love rose quartz. EVERYBODY loves rose quartz. What's not to love? It's soft, it's pink, and it radiates some of the gentlest, most soothing energy of any gemstone ever.  But. Do you ever get sick of it? I mean, sometimes we need our hearts to be brave. Sometimes we need our hearts to be strong. And in those instances, there are lots of other gemstones that can soothe our hearts and strengthen our resolve.  Green Aventurine This ancient stone has been used for centuries by shamans during rituals of the medicine wheel to direct and open to the energy...


Are You A Shaman?

Jennifer VanBenschoten

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Are You A Shaman?

Well, if that's not a loaded question, I don't know what is. But I figure it's a good question to answer for my first (yikes!) blog here on my new home on the interwebz... Are You A Shaman? "Shaman" has become quite a buzzword in the last few years. Everywhere you look, it seems, someone is promoting or selling something with "shamanic this" or "shamanic that" in the name. Shamanic Reiki has finally found its place in mainstream spirituality, and a simple Google search will give you dozens of courses on how you can learn to be a "shaman". (But...