Everyday Love: Abhyanga

Start Your Day Right

Abhyanga is a daily, total body, self-massage. This Ayurvedic healing ritual is the foundation of beauty, youth, strength, and tone as well as mental and physical calm. In Sanskrit, the source language for Yoga and Ayurveda, sneha means both oil and love. When we massage with a caring heart and hands, we nourish deeply with oil, which is stabilizing, comforting, and enriching. Following morning abhyanga, we move into our day steeped in care and slippery with love.

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Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

Open Your Hand

When author and Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul was still a boy in Colonial Trinidad, there was one opportunity to leave the island: a full scholarship to Oxford or to Cambridge. All the academically-minded boys dreamed and competed for this opportunity, and with incredible pressure from their families, the boys endured great anxiety to strive to this goal.

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Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

Finding Your Edge: Presence

It’s said that the meaning of life is found in the journey and not the destination.

I believe this to be true!

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Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Embracing Your Gift

In 1893 Yoga officially arrived in America. The messenger came from the East with a gift of Yoga that he presented at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. The messenger was Swami Vivekananda and the generosity and impact of his gift are still alive today.

But years before he sparked a Yoga revolution, the swami was a young spiritual seeker longing for the highest knowledge: to know the Supreme. When his teacher, the great Ramakrishna, prepared to reveal the highest Truths, to share the very thing the seeker wanted most, Vivekananda became frightened and refused.

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Kiki Flynn's picture

Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

Here Is Your Wake Up Call

I have a yoga student who’s the last person on earth to practice yoga. He’s a big VP at a huge media conglomerate, his favorite vacation spot is Disneyland, and he and his family had never looked at organics, sustainable or natural.  He’s definitely never read Jaws vs. The Grocery Store, my blog about local, seasonal, organic food and where to get it.

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Kiki Flynn's picture

Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

The Importance of Mentorship

Have you ever given thought to how people have influenced your life? How have your family, friends, peers, and coworkers contributed in shaping you into the person that you are today? In this post I’m going to zero in on the importance of mentorship.

My First Mentors

My first mentors were my parents. I was lucky growing up, I had two parents that cared about me. Sure, we had good times and bad, and every family has issues that they deal with, but having the comfort and security of two caring parents provided me with a real advantage out of the gates.

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Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Try These Simple Hand Postures for Physical and Emotional Health

By now, most of us are familiar with some of the more mainstream yoga body positions. Someone who has never practiced still has some awareness of downward dog or plow or tree pose. How many of us, however, understand or have been introduced to mudras, sometimes referred to as “hand yoga”?

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

My Aversion to Running

Oh running, running, running, I despise you!

Out of all of the exercises that I like to do, I can honestly say that running is not one of them. In fact, other than a random sprint from time to time, I have not done any distance running in several years.

I have to admit though, it does feel exhilarating to push your body to maximum speed for short distances.

I started thinking about my aversion to this activity, and think that I came to some good conclusions about this.

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Johnny Nasello's picture

Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

At Least 10 Good Reasons to Do Yoga

HEY SAM: My doctor recently told me that I’m at risk for high blood pressure and placed me on blood pressure medication. What’s the best way to augment my workout routine in this situation?

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Named one of the “Top 5 Trainers in Los Angeles" by Ranker.com, Sam Page is the owner of Sam Page Fitness (www.sampagefitness.com) and the force behind PeaceLoveLunges.com. He can quickly identify problem behaviors through motivational interviewing, and uses science, exercise physiology, and 10 years experience as a coach to produce red carpet results. 

A technology fanatic since his time at Apple, Sam was one of the first trainers to offer remote online guided training to people around the world using his app, PocketSAM. He continues to educate and inspire others with regular speaking engagements at wellness conferences across the country, and is a regular contributor to MensFitness.com, Passport, DNA, HIV Plus, and The Advocate. Sam is certified in Executive Protection, CPR/AED, and First Aid, and is active in the Buddhist, LGBT, and SMART Recovery communities in LA. In his free time, Sam enjoys documentaries, playing flag football, and hanging with his Yorkie, Max. He is founder of Athletes for Humanity.

I've Gone Full Yoga

For about two solid months now, I’ve been drifting towards yoga as my only form of exercise. It might be hard to fathom. After all, I’m freaking JohnnyFit! For years I’ve been a jack of all trades. Hundreds of thousands of people have visited my blog to find out about kettlebells, TRX, bootcamps, and all things health and fitness.  Now I’m saying that I’ve gone full yoga!

 

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Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

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06/17/2016
My wife and daughter have been away for almost two weeks and I have reverted to the ways of my bachelorhood. This morning, I was forced to do dishes only because there were no more cereal bowls left... read more
dandelion puff blowing away in wind
05/27/2016
Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic.  Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job... read more
looking down on white marble spiral staircase
05/13/2016
The non-dual interpretation of Yoga that I espouse is often signified by the adage: No steps need to be taken.  I have grappled with this adage. Mostly, I wrote it off as a cliche of... read more
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