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Lena Schmidt

Certified Yoga Instructor

Whether it’s exploring the local trails, playing pretzel on the yoga mat, or diving into a book on inner peace, Lena loves an adventure. You can find her teaching yoga in San Diego, leading retreats near and far, and empowering others to be the change they wish to see in the world. Learn more about Lena at www.yoginilena.com.

The spiritual aspects of yoga have aided Lena in the never-ending search for peace, calm, and positivity within, and she’s passionate about sharing these tools with others. She is intentional about taking yoga off the mat and loves finding the bridges between the heart and mind, the individual and community, and mindfulness and expression. Lena is also an avid hiker, happiness-seeker, feminist, and proud owner of an adorable dog named Clementine.

Articles by Lena Schmidt

Starting your day with a clear intention can make all the difference, helping you to stay centered, aware, and focused as the day unfolds. Read on to learn more about the power of intention—and gain valuable tips on how to set specific, clear intentions that will help you fulfill your deepest yearnings and desires.Read More
Restorative yoga, as its name implies, can help relax and ground you. Here you will learn what to expect and some basic poses you can do virtually anywhere to start your gentle yoga practice.Read More
A chair of any kind is an excellent prop and can support you in a fulfilling yoga practice. Here are some chair yoga poses that will help you cultivate strength, flexibility, and body-centered restful awareness.Read More
Whether you have been officially diagnosed with social anxiety disorder or are noticing that you sometimes feel slightly shaky in social settings, remember that there are many ways to help manage social anxiety. Here are six practical strategies for you to try.Read More
No matter where you work, you can show your gratitude through gifts, acts of service, words of praise, thank-you notes, and shared experiences. Give these five tips a try the next time you would like to show your appreciation for your coworkers.Read More
How did you sleep last night? If your answer is “not well,” you join a line of people who are on the hunt for tools to bring Mr. Sandman to their bed. Relaxation meditation should be one of your tools.Read More
It’s unlikely that you can close yourself off in a bubble and ignore all of the sources of stress. Instead, what you can do is use some (or all!) of these ways to manage your stress. Self-care is the best medicine!Read More
In autumn, Vata reigns with wind, cooler temperatures, and rain. This can upset your natural balance. You can counteract these changes by spending time outdoors; nature will soothe you.Read More
If you ask anyone about seated meditation, most would say that it can be uncomfortable and sometimes unsustainable. Luckily, there are just about as many postures for meditating as there are ways to meditate. Here are a few for you to try.Read More
Yoga is beneficial for so many reasons that it’s not a surprise that it may also help relieve some symptoms of depression. Learn why and then practice a specific asana sequence to capture those benefits.Read More
Many people take time at the end of the day—and certainly at the end of the year—to reflect on what has passed and think about what is to come. But what about taking a seasonal review?Read More
Whether you have a day or a week, you can make your vacation time relaxing and at a lower cost by simply staying home. Next time you choose to intentionally vacation at home, consider trying out one these staycation ideas.Read More
One of the best things about meditation is that it can be done anytime and anywhere. But if you want to spend a little time focusing on meditation in the mornings or evenings—or in a group—check out these tips.Read More
As you move toward a sustainable way of life for yourself and the planet, consider the following seven tips for conscious travel.Read More
The summer solstice (between June 20 and 22 in the Northern Hemisphere) is the longest day of the year. Enjoy a special meditation that day—in the morning or the evening—to honor the mid-year point.Read More
Everyone has masculine and feminine energies. Each energy has its strengths and weaknesses, but ignoring all of the energies of either category throws you out of balance.Read More
Being in a rut isn’t uncommon. Whether you are searching for deeper meaning in your life, hoping to get some inspiration for a one-time project, or experiencing spring fever, a little intention and ingenuity can go a long way.Read More
Would you like to cook more? Maybe you’d like to manage your anger more productively. Or perhaps you’d like to be a better friend. Learn how you can improve yourself—in just five steps.Read More
Each day brings the opportunity to transform yourself on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Here are four habits you can incorporate into your daily life as you move forward on your personal growth journey.Read More
Within each energy center—or chakra—in your body, there is the potential for imbalance. Learn what imbalance looks like and how to counteract it in your seven main chakras.Read More
In a perfect world, a vacation should automatically focus on your wellness. However, you may need to work a little harder to plan some time off that focuses solely on your wellness travel needs. Trust us, it’s worth the effort.Read More
Expressing gratitude can be done with a daily journal, but think beyond the pages and begin to feel and practice gratitude in more challenging places and times.Read More
Everything about being warm, energized, grounded, and relaxed helps alleviate the winter doldrums. The practice of aromatherapy can help cultivate those feelings.Read More
The shorter, colder, and darker days of winter are a good time for you to try the slow and grounding practice of yin yoga. These six restorative and calming yin poses will relax your body and mind.Read More
This complete New Year’s practice includes a well-rounded all-levels yoga practice, a journaling exercise, and a personalized spiritual ceremony.Read More
As you prepare for the end of the year and celebrate the season with loved ones, it’s important to practice self-care to help manage holiday stress. Here is an Ayurvedic guide for each dosha with recommendations for exercise, diet, and aromatherapy.Read More
From what to pack to how to center your mind, there are many things you can do to get ready for a meditation retreat. Use this guide’s seven tips to help you prepare.Read More
Saying thanks is one of the joys of the holiday season. Be sure the important people in your life know how much you care by getting your creative juices flowing and expressing your appreciation with a touch of imagination.Read More
Whether you’re looking for a big change or are in the mood for a treat, try one of these healing modalities.Read More
Sleep is a precious commodity and it’s something that is frequently out of reach. There are many ways to help achieve a successful night’s rest. One of those methods includes a focus on seven specific yoga poses.Read More
There is an endless amount of information to learn about yoga. Let us help you narrow it down. Check out these eight books every yogi should read.Read More
Is bad posture causing you back pain? Has anyone ever told you to stand up straight? Check out these five yoga poses to improve your posture today—they may be the posture correctors you’ve been looking for.Read More
Do you ever have a little too much energy? Maybe you’re jittery or realize you’re breathing fast for no apparent reasons. Learn about seven positive ways to harness that energy for the good of your mind and body.Read More
Journaling is a healthy practice for your mind and your spirit. Learn more about the benefits of journaling, including how it can help you heal from loss.Read More
As the heat of summer washes over you, look to your breath to help keep you cool. These five breath practices can keep you cool from the inside out.Read More
As you evaluate your life midyear, start from the top of the chakra system and work your way down to get grounded and centered. Here’s how.Read More
Music is universal even if types of music are as myriad as imagination can extend. Music can not only heal your soul, but it may also help your mind and body. Learn how to incorporate music into each day.Read More
If practiced in lieu of giving into an old habit, each of these six yoga poses has the potential to reset your body and mind. You’ve got willpower—now use it.Read More
Try taking your spiritual practice outside to bring a sense of renewal and light to your sacred routines.Read More
Set aside your responsibilities for a bit to take advantage of a creative pull. Any one of these six creative rituals can help you get lost in a moment and, quite simply, be happier.Read More
Whether it’s heavy-duty decluttering or regular upkeep, spring cleaning can take its toll on your body. Try these yoga poses before, during, or after cleaning to help stretch achy shoulders, tight hips, and a sore back.Read More
If you're feeling under the weather but well enough to move around, try this gentle yoga flow to help stimulate circulation, relieve inflammation, and create an overall sense of well-being.Read More
Flowers and chocolate are traditional ways to express love on February 14th. But love can be expressed in so many ways! Go beyond the norms to show your love in one of these six unique experiences.Read More
Winter is a time for heaters to be on, layers to be worn, and extra blankets used as covers. But there’s an easier to way to warm up—follow one (or all) of these five breath practices to warm yourself from the inside.Read More
Drinking tea can be more than simply imbibing a warm beverage. Make it a meditation in and of itself. These five meditations will guide you through drinking your tea from start to finish.Read More
Writing your to-do’s down can help make them a reality. Here are eight lists to help reduce stress and take control over your life.Read More
If what you seek is deep connection and the recognition that you are indeed a spirit having a human experience, search for ways to connect to your own sense of spirituality in everyday life. You’ll notice daily tasks become divine and connection blossoms.Read More
How can you serve? Doing good for others not only aids the recipient, but also boasts a number of benefits for the giver. Here six ways volunteering can increase your happiness.Read More
However you define your spirituality, choosing to tap into the energy of the moon can add an element of beauty, mystery, and flow to your convictions. Try these ideas for using the cycles of the moon to bring more spirituality into your life.Read More
If you don’t have the time or money for a vacation or a week-long retreat, that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself the break you need. Follow these suggestions to take an at-home mini-retreat!Read More

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