The Enlightenment Complex: 5 Ways to Get Enlightened Faster!

You have to give it all up,” my new teacher reiterates many times during a story he tells me about waking up.

Labels. Limitations. Attachments. Expectations. Fears. Doubts. Judgments. Desires.

They are all obstacles to enlightenment. They are all obstacles to freedom.

I do not resist his word because I know that it is true. Not because he says so. But because I Know so.

The path to enlightenment is a trap.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yoga and Weightlifting: Drop the Dogma and Just MOVE!

I get a lot of flak for being into yoga and weightlifting.

Yogis tell me that weightlifting hinders one’s practice because it is aggressive and decreases flexibility. Other teachers scoff at me for not being a “purist.” Students assume that I teach power yoga because I wear athletic clothing, work as a personal trainer and own a gym.

On the other hand, weightlifters tell me that yoga is for women. Men decline to train with me because they say that a yogi could not push them as hard. Other trainers agree that I attract mainly female clients because I am also a yoga teacher.

I used to believe them. Not only did I separate yoga and weightlifting, but I also ranked them. I stopped lifting weights for several years because I deemed it less sacred than my yoga practice. I even argued with my father that yoga was better than weightlifting.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Release Your Past Through Yoga

Yoga poses are intoxicating. The shapes are mesmerizing to witness. They even can be fun to achieve.

The physical attractiveness of the practice lures us to it, especially here in the West. That yoga also can act as exercise makes it even more appealing. This combination makes it perfect for our time.

As a result, the poses have become the focus of the practice, even though this was not the case historically. My guess is that yoga is meeting us where we are to draw more practitioners to it.

This is compassionate of yoga. Not because its poses can give you a strong core, flexible hamstrings, or the ability to do awesome party tricks. But because they can release tension and pain that your body stores from the past.Read more

Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

You Are Not Your Pain.

Americans are in pain. I see it on so many faces and hear it in so many voices.

No one has the monopoly on it. No one is marginalized by it. Most Americans are desperate for pain management.

It does not matter what form pain comes in – physical, mental or spiritual. Pain is pain. The suffering of each of us is real.

But does it have to be?

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yoga’s Just Not That Into You

#yogaeverydamnday #yogasjustnotthatintoyou

In the Western world, many of us have created an abusive relationship – with yoga.

In our typical aggressive form, we have taken something from another culture, molded it to fit ours and distorted it with dogma. We have belittled and brainwashed it.

We have divorced yoga from its original identity so that it succumbs to our desires for self-improvement and self-gain. We have employed money and technology to control its interactions with the outside world.

Others of us have developed a different dysfunctional relationship with yoga. We have become stalkers.

We obsess over the appearance and frequency of our practice. We strive to impress it with flawless shapes and enticing apparel. We drop in before sunrise with no makeup on and wake yoga up in the middle of the night when sleep escapes our neurotic minds.

We cling to yoga as if we have lost our own identities. It is all we think, talk and post about. We must practice it #everydamnday and count how many people “like” and “love” us for it.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

The Yoga of Connection

Last month, we learned that yoga is about the relationship between your self and your Self. Once you master this relationship on your mat, the next step is to show it off to the world.

This relationship is not about isolation. It is about integration.

The Self is the aspect of ourselves that connects to everything and everyone. It is your friend who is the life of the party. The one whose buzz rocks a room. The one who can talk to a wall – and hear the wall talk back. The one whom you have to drag off the dance floor at sunrise.

Yes, polish your self on your mat first so that you can be a good wingman. But then, let your innately social Self radiate outward.Read more

Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Earn Your Yoga

The practice of yoga was traditionally passed from teacher to student. The teacher moderated the flow of information based on what the student was ready to learn. Today, a 24-hour yoga studio is employing teachers and practitioners around the world to open the floodgates. This studio is called the internet.

The internet is drowning the general population with information about yoga that is flawed, untrue and unearned. Students and seekers of the great truths underlying our existence are flailing amidst the waves of words, images and videos constantly crashing onto their screens.

When it comes to yoga, access to information is not a right. It is a privilege. The teachings must be sought and procured from credible and trustworthy sources over time. The teachings must be earned.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

How to Improve Digestion? Use This Yoga Biohack!

How to improve digestion is easy, I’ll teach you today with this one yoga pose.

Biohacking is annoyingly trendy these days. But it invites us to believe that life can shift in an instant. Sometimes, the superior solution in a snare is simple. Swift. Sly.

I have emphasized that transformation through yoga requires patience. But yoga is also dynamic in its offerings and defiant of limitations. We can use elements of this multidimensional practice to hack our bodies, minds and spirits to transmute how we feel in mere moments.

Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Rx Yoga: Choose Choice™

Today, I am going to share a secret with you. I am going to teach you something about yoga that most people do not know: how to use yoga poses as a prescription to change your life.

Two powerful results spark my desire to share this information: awareness and choice.

The more one learns about yoga, the more important these tools become. At first, any class, any teacher and any pose can get the job done. After a while, though, this may not continue to be true.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Self Regulation Skills: Five Steps to Becoming Unbelievably Patient

How does one become adept at yoga? Simply. Through patience and self regulation skills.

Timely conversations always seem to happen, well, at the right moment. Just before I sat down to write this post, I spoke to the friend who had set me up on a blind date with my first yoga class nine years ago.

After hearing us talk, my girlfriend asked whether he still practiced yoga. Not really, I responded. She looked at me a bit confused and asked why not. I smiled and replied, “Because that is the hardest part of practicing.”
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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.