Monique Minahan

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Monique Minahan is a writer and yoga teacher offering her heart to the world through words that motivate, inspire, and encourage. Connect with her at
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“Shakti Rising”: Empowering Women From the Inside Out

I recently had the unique and almost otherworldly experience of stepping into the world of Shakti Rising; a nonprofit social change organization that takes a holistic approach to empowering women and girls from the inside out, with the vision that healthy, empowered women are the potential change-makers in their families, social circles, and communities. They […]

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A Modern Yoga Philosophy for an Awakened Heart and an Embodied Mind

I recently read Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind (A.H.E.M.) by Julian Walker. It’s an expanded version of the manual Walker and Hala Khouri use in their yoga teacher training by the same name. Having just recently finished yoga teacher training myself and keen to learn more about leading people through an experience of yoga and not just […]

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What Will You Do When Your Life Flashes Before Your Eyes?

I had an interesting experience yesterday. One of those life-flashes-before-your-eyes kind of moments. I won’t go into the particulars of the incident, but what is important is that I saw how, in a few short seconds, my life could have been gone and, after a breath or two, the realization that I was still here. […]

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How The MELT Method Is Bringing Bodies Back into Balance

I took my first MELT (Myofascial Energetic Length Technique) class this past weekend at a local yoga studio. I’d heard amazing things about MELT and had wanted to try a class for some time, but hadn’t had a chance yet to experience it myself. During the class we used a long, soft foam roller, multiple […]

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“Too Religious” for School: Yoga Curriculum Sparks Lawsuit in Southern California

Today marks the first day of trial in a lawsuit over whether yoga is a religious practice and should or should not be allowed in schools. The case of Sedlock vs. Baird, et al., has been brought by parents and guardians of children who attend an Encinitas school that includes yoga in the curriculum. The […]

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What We Can Learn From Being Judged

We’ve all experienced the deflating feeling when someone judges us. Whether to our face or through a friend, the words carry the same weight. Someone else is saying we are less than, we aren’t good enough, we have failed, we are on the wrong path, or we are a disappointment. Even the strongest of us […]

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Why We Need to Break Free of Facebook

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by social media? Like you’ve had enough but you just can’t quit? I’ve been feeling this desire to quit Facebook for some time now, but kept pushing it away as an unrealistic suggestion. How could I even consider that? Actually deleting my Facebook account? Still, the idea kept nagging at […]

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“This is Just Yoga”: Being Spiritual But Not Religious

How do you define spirituality? I grew up thinking being religious meant you were spiritual and vice versa. When I walked away from organized religion in my early 30s, I thought I was walking away from spirituality, as well. When I would experience blissful moments of peace, connection, or unparalleled stillness on my yoga mat, […]

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How One Doctor Is Giving A Voice to Victims of Rape

Bulbul Bahuguna, M.D., is a Chicago-based psychiatrist and author who has specialized in helping victims of sexual abuse for the past 22 years. She is giving a voice to the many silent victims of sexual abuse through her sobering book, The Ghosts That Come Between Us. Her main character, Nargis, narrates on the complexities of […]

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How to Be As Patient As This Week’s New Moon

As the New Moon secretly peaks behind layers of darkness, there is often no external proof of her existence. Yet full and heavy she rises, and full and heavy she sets. There are within each of us new moons that have not yet become full moons. Projects, dreams, or aspirations that are not yet ready […]

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