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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

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
Sometimes sitting can cause distracting and painful sensations in your body, which makes meditation difficult. Luckily, there is not one correct way to sit for meditation, and with these simple stretches, you can prepare yourself.Read More
As bikinis and sunsets give way to pumpkin spice and cozy nights, here are some ideas for finding harmony and inspiration for the fall season.Read More
An imbalance of Kapha can leave you feeling sluggish. There are four specific yoga poses and breath-linked sequences that can offset that imbalance and get you up and moving.Read More
Whether you practice Vinyasa flow regularly or are in need of a mid-summer pickup, this series of poses offers something for everyone.Read More
Are you having difficulty falling asleep? Check out this before-bed sequence to prepare yourself for a good night's sleep.Read More
Since the thoughts you think create the reality you live in, why not choose positive, more expansive thoughts to change your life for the better? Here are seven mantras to try.Read More
The days are longer and lighter, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to play outside! Whether you’re headed out on a road trip, a day hike, or a month-long backpacking adventure, make sure you think ahead and practice these six safety tips.Read More
Next time your life feels unmanageable, try this yoga sequence to move back into balance emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.Read More
Finding harmony and inspiration is a lifelong process, and the ancient medical system of Ayurveda can provide guidance and tips along the way.. Step into spring with these Ayurveda-inspired activities.Read More
Skip the squabbles, boost your travel stamina, and make your trip a mindfulness journey with these on-the-road inspired yoga poses.Read More
Malas are growing in popularity and can be a great complement to your meditation practice. Learn about the benefits of using a mala and unique ways to use one.Read More
Welcome spring and prepare for outdoor activities by adding these five yoga poses to your daily practice.Read More
The Spring Equinox marks the end of winter and beginning of spring. It’s a time for new beginnings, and your chance to tap into the power of ritual and renewal.Read More
Establishing a consistent, healthy morning routine can help you start your day on the right foot. Try these morning habits inspired by traditions in Ayurveda to help beat the cold-weather blues.Read More
Have you ever watched your dog stretch in the morning? If so, then you know why we call that iconic pose Downward-Facing Dog. Check out these seven yoga poses inspired by dogs.Read More
Looking for a new, exciting yoga experience to add to your practice? Here are eight experiences you can try.Read More
The possibilities of doing yoga with a friend, lover, child, or parent are endless. Get creative and enjoy the company! Here are five ideas to get you started.Read More
Try this yoga sequence to prepare your body, mind, breath, and emotions for the upcoming year.Read More
Whether inverting excites you or terrifies you, there is a heap of benefits available at your fingertips when you go upside down. Here are tips to start you on your way to inversions.Read More
It’s that time of the year—you probably want to make some changes and see some dreams come to fruition. Try using the Chakras to create SMART goals and life-changing aspirations.Read More
Gratitude can be practiced any time of the year. Practice these yoga poses to inspire you to be more grateful for the people in your life and for your own journey.Read More
Connection is what we all long for, especially during the holiday season. Here are five simple party game for connecting at your next gathering.Read More