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Local Author Profile: Life and Death: We Are All That by Ronnie Figueroa

From birth to death and maybe beyond, we have all been conditioned to believe what we are told. No matter how enlightened one might think or feel they are, we are all still in need of change. Even ancient teachings have said that the mystery is ongoing for all us. The writing in this material gives us a clear path on how to live life to its fullest. It also explains the need for all of us to see the importance of accepting the realities of death in a balanced way.

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Yoga Teacher Profile: Raji Thron

A Lifetime of Yoga

I knew from an early age that Yoga would be a practice for my lifetime. From 12 years old in India to now as co-director of Yoga Synthesis, I still practice regularly and love teaching yoga.. For more than 30 years, I’ve practiced in prominent lineages including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Shivananda, Iyengar, Krishnamacharya, Anusara and Kundalini.

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The Value of Massage for Seniors by Bethany Mutone

My grandmother had her first massage when she was 84. My husband and I had just started our massage practice, and in order to show family solidarity, she finally decided to experience a therapeutic massage. She had been hearing about them from us, and was curious about all the fuss. Because of her Depression-era perspective, a massage seemed a very decadent thing to have indeed.

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Yoga Teacher Profile: Colby Rolando

Teaching yoga truly is my heart’s passion and purpose, and my practice – an intimate act of relationship to life and the breath and connection to spirit. I love helping people unlock the magic and mystery of their breath, body and soul, bringing greater presence, depths of love and connection and authentic, inspired action forward in their lives.

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How Do I Leave the World in Peace?

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at anytime." – Mark Twain

Regardless of our age, 10 or 89, each day we get a little closer to the end of our earthly visit. We do not know if we will die young or old, but we will. We can use that meditative thought to motivate ourselves to appreciate our challenges and live the best life possible, keeping our worries in perspective.

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The Benefits of Restorative Yoga by Laura Kallen

It’s probably fair to say that most people in the U.S. are living in a constant state of fight or flight due to our hectic lifestyles. It can be very hard to disconnect and unwind in today’s modern, multitasking, almost always digitally connected environment. We frequently are distracted and rushing and seldom have space and time to unwind enough to reach a state of physical ease and mental balance. And when we are distracted and rushing, there is a layer of anxiety and tension on top of our movements. Things like healthy eating and a restful night’s sleep often fall by the wayside in order to get more things done. However, when we don’t get enough rest, we tend to burn out, react emotionally and become even more stressed which can create illness and disease in the body. Restorative yoga helps us to set the stage for peeling away the layers of tension, for releasing emotional stresses and physical misalignments.

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Yoga Teacher Profile: Bridget Rawls Peterson

I began my yoga practice while obtaining my B.A. in dance education in North Carolina. I’m a technically trained dancer and the power poses really challenged me in a way my body had never been challenged before. The flow of the Vinyasa practice felt natural to my body. I love the fluidity and creativity within my yoga practice. The connection of mind, body and breath helps to keep me grounded within my busy life.

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Yoga Teacher Profile: Robin Laufer

No matter how, why or where you practice, it is easy to love yoga.

I was first drawn to yoga as a physical practice, but noticed that I felt different every time I left a class so I decided to study yoga and go deeper. I love yoga because there are no rules, no boundaries, no age limit. You can individualize your yoga and make it work for you. It is available to everybody and connects us to ourselves and everything else.

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Government’s Decision Expands Retirement Flexibility

It’s not often the federal government makes a decision that nearly everyone is happy with, but that’s what happened with a regulation that was finalized by the U.S. Treasury Department. Changes to the regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 401(a)(9) allow individuals the ability to defer the distribution of their qualified assets beyond age 70 ½ through the purchase of a Qualifying Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC).

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Ignite Your Soul’s Purpose in Oceans’ Yoga Teacher Training

“Live the magic of your practice, passion and purpose,” invites Colby Rolando, E-RYT 500. Beginning this October, in Orange’s newest state of the art hot studio and wellness center offering hot yoga, warm Vinyasa and alignment classes, as well as life coaching and various healing arts, is Oceans of Calm’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Ocean’s Yoga Alliance accredited six month yoga training is an incredible journey of self-discovery, transformation, and expansion that will set you up for a lifelong study into the sacred path of yoga and help you become a clear, compassionate and effective yoga teacher.

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