Living an inspired life, living mindfully in the present moment, being grateful and living from the heart.

Starting Over

Posted: April 17, 2012

Excerpt from 'How to touch a Monk - Finding our Sacred Space within'

By SOPHIA S. PAUL, ND, Cert. Yoga Instructor, Author

How many times have you had to start over and really didn't want to? How many times did you not have another option or choice? How many times, a long time after whatever the event was did you realize that this once so dreaded change was the best thing that could have happened to yo


What is Yoga, Anyway?

Posted: February 22, 2012

Yoga is not just about being able to put your foot behind your ear, although the physical aspect of flexibility is important-just recently I fell off the kitchen counter onto the tile floor, and my flexibility, strength and quick reaction probably saved me from a broken hip. But there is so much more to yoga than just the poses that we all know and see.
The most important part of yoga is to l


Giving Thanks

Posted: November 23, 2011

It's the day before Thanksgiving 2011. The weather is more like Spring than November, mild, sunny, calm. A perfect day for a hike.

Along the edge of a forest, crossing a stream, up the hill I go. The air is warm and fragrant with the scent of ponderosa pine. There is no wind, no sound, perfect quietude except the crunching gravel underneath my hiking boots. The silence around me is so profound


Are you holding back?

Posted: October 16, 2011

Why are we holding back? Is it because we are afraid of failure or rejection? Fear of our own possible success? Because we may feel unworthy? Is it the 'Cinderella complex'? Well, it's time for Cinderella to crawl out of the ashes and SHINE.

Who am I to dream of success? Were you raised to just be average? Who told you to not stand out? Many of these limiting beliefs are deeply rooted in us as they we


thoughts on death and dying

Posted: August 20, 2011

How do we deal with death? Some of us believe in life after death, some don't. I had a sad conversation with a dear friend yesterday. He told me that he is severely ill and per his doctors he has a maximum of two years to live. The illness is very aggressive, there is no known cure currently available. My friend told me that he is at peace and that he accepts what is happening and he lives his life


'Mindful Breathing Meditation'

Posted: June 27, 2011

While watching and filming the fox, this 'Mindful Breathing Meditation' just happened

Breathing in the fresh crisp mountain air
Breathing out I am happy
Breathing in gazing upon the distant snow capped mountains
Breathing out I feel gratitude
Breathing in I know we all are breathing the same air
Breathing out I know you are my friend.

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How to start your yoga practice successfully -

Posted: May 23, 2011

Yoga is a discipline that is suited for almost everyone at almost any age to enhance one's health and well-being. It can be anything you want and need, calming, energizing, invigorating, relaxing. Yoga will make you feel better on all levels, physically, emotionally, mentally, even spiritually if you wish. The key to reaping the benefits of yoga is of course proper instruction.

If you are a tot



Posted: May 19, 2011 most cherished moments are spending the night in the wilderness, curled up in my small backpacking tent or even just sleeping under the stars. I call it my 'wilderness therapy'. There is a sacred silence to be experienced that does not exist anywhere else, that makes me drink in the oneness with all, the interconnectedness of all beings, trees, mountains, air, water, space. Here it is where


Living an Inspired Life/A personal journey of transform...

Posted: April 14, 2011

Living an Inspired Life

A personal journey of transformation through yoga

Sophia S Paul, Cert. Yoga Instructor, RMT, ND, Writer

Drawing from a rich colorful tapestry of life experiences there is an urgency to share my story with the reader. This book is about dispelling the myths about yoga being only for the young, fit and flexible as well as that one has to become a Buddhist/Hindu or that one will


Royal Yoga Vinyasa Warm-Up Poses

Posted: March 30, 2011

Warming up before a yoga session is as important as the warm up before any physical activity - I created this short video clip for you with my Royal Yoga Yoginis. We are demonstrating Angel's breath, Robin's Breath, Kundalini circles and Stirring the Corn.

All of us are also wearing OmShanti Yoga Wear, so as an extra bonus you can watch our fabulously comfy all organic (bamboo/cotton/soy) yoga wear in

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