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It can be tricky to find that place of balance in life. Juggling work, family, community and personal needs isn't easy, but I believe it is part of what makes life joyful and meaningful. I've certainly had my fair share of days when hours spent on the phone or behind the computer whizz by and I emerge from my home office to discover that somehow the sun has set and I forgot to have lunch again.

One important activity for me is yoga. It's a great practice that brings mind, body and soul together in harmony. But I like to do hot yoga, which is essentially yoga done in a studio that's about 120 degrees Fahrenheit and with a lot of humidity. So... it's really hot! And sweaty (but I like to think of it as a good, clean sweat!)

As I balanced, stretched and roasted in my class, I came to see how many important principles I had the opportunity to practice in the yoga studio that apply to my life. Here are some hot yoga-inspired life tips that will help keep you flexible, connected and in the flow!

1. Keep A Soft Focus on Your Goal

An important part of keeping your balance in a yoga posture is picking a spot to look at and keeping your attention there while you move through the pose. This practice of controlling and directing your focus is called...drishti. The gaze you use is more of a soft focus, rather than staring intensely at the selected point. This way you stay anchored through the pose, and learn to tune out the distractions around you.

So, what are your goals - in your career, your family, your relationships, your health? Are you always staying present to your goals? Can you practice drishti to keep your focus and attention on your big goal and let the many distractions and information overload of the world around us simply fall away?

2. Look at Others to Learn, not to Compare

I sometimes like to take a silent class, so it's important I look up at the instructor or my fellow students now and again to see what pose we are moving into next. I look at others to learn, but then I have to take that information and apply it in my own practice.

When I look to others to compare myself, that's when I get wobbly. When my ego shows up to see whose leg is straighter or whose Falling Tree pose is more horizontal, my ability to stay in the pose suffers.

Let's cut out the comparison racket. Self-mastery and doing our best on our own terms is what counts. To keep your balance and your momentum, focus your energy on your unique brilliance and gifts. Don't lose precious energy and time by endlessly comparing yourself to others.

3. Keep Breathing

One of the best things about yoga class is the awareness you develop about your own breath. Particularly during the challenging poses, the instructor will remind us to keep breathing, deeply and regularly. It seems a simple enough act to do, but I am always amazed at how many times the instructor has made that invitation at the exact moment that I seem to have started holding my breath!

When the heat starts to get turned up in your life, are you remembering to breathe? Whenever I need a moment to regroup, I'll take a few minutes to breathe deeply and allow my mind to become still. Deep, belly breathing is key to managing stress and bringing you back to center.

Author's Bio: 

Success Strategist, coach and best-selling author, Carolyn B. Ellis, is the founder of ThrivePrinciples.com, empowering you to thrive no matter what your outside circumstances are. To get free tips on turning adversity into opportunity in order to improve your relationships, increase your self-confidence and reach your highest potential, visit www.ThrivePrinciples.com

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/life-balance-tips-from-a-yoga-class
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08 Mar 2015
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07 Mar 2015
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06 Mar 2015


The opening weeks of the 114th Congress have been nothing short of a disaster for Republicans, who declared upon taking control of both chambers last fall that the era of governing by crisis and fiscal cliffs was over.

Since their declaration, House GOP leaders have yanked several high-profile bills from the floor after rebellions from rank-and-file members.

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Counting an emergency measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) running through Friday, Congress has sent President Obama a total of only four bills, even as 

Republicans promised to get off to a fast start this session.

The low point came Friday, when more than 50 conservative Republicans revolted against Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and opposed a bill to fund the DHS.

It was a humiliating defeat for Boehner, who had to turn to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to bail him out with only hours to spare before a shutdown at the agency.

"The revolters effectively put Nancy Pelosi in charge of the House," the right-leaning Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote Monday. It questioned whether the setback meant the end of legislating for the Republican-controlled Congress just more than halfway through "its first 100 days in office."

"Republicans need to do some soul searching about the purpose of a Congressional majority, including whether they even want it," the Journal wrote.

The GOP-led Congress has only seen two of its bills become law, a terrorism insurance measure and a veterans suicide prevention bill that were both left over from last year.

The fourth bill approved by the GOP Congress approves construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Sending the bill to Obama represented a victory for Republicans, though it was largely overshadowed by the Homeland Security fight.

But Obama vetoed the Keystone measure, and Republicans don't appear to have the votes to override him.

Instead of rallying behind a unified agenda, centrist and conservative Republicans now are engaged in open warfare with one another, bickering over the best strategy to push back against Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a close Boehner ally, ripped "phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness." And former Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) criticized conservative rebels as "self-righteous and delusional."

Another centrist Republican, Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.), even accused conservatives of using the "issue of terrorism" to "advance their very crass, political interests" of trying to oust Boehner from the Speaker's chair.

In a brief interview, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a Tea Party favorite, wouldn't say whether conservatives are targeting Boehner, but he slammed GOP leaders for choosing to "negotiate with Democrats" rather than accept a plan by conservatives to continue fighting Obama's immigration policies.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), another close Boehner ally, said he understands conservative outrage over the president's immigration actions but conceded that Republicans are powerless without a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

"I don't mind having this fight here, but it's not going to be resolved here," Cole told The Hill. "We don't have political strength to win in the end."

In the November midterms, Republicans captured their largest majority in the House in more than 80 years. But they got off to a rocky start.

On Day One of what leaders dubbed the "New American Congress," 25 conservatives rebelled and publicly voted against giving Boehner another two years as Speaker. While he eventually prevailed, the failed coup attempt was an embarrassing moment for the sitting Speaker and highlighted his vulnerabilities.



Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), the party's chief vote counter, has had his own share of embarrassments this Congress. On at least three occasions, GOP leaders have been forced to pull bills off the floor, because they lacked enough Republican votes to pass.

In January, female and centrist Republicans scuttled an anti-abortion measure over objections it was too restrictive when it came to exempting women who had been raped. That bill was supposed to pass on the same day as the annual Right to Life march in Washington, but Republicans had to take up a less controversial abortion bill instead.

Just a week later, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and his anti-immigration allies in the House forced leadership to shelve a border-security bill by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), arguing it would do little to stop Obama's initiatives shielding millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Friday's conservative revolt against Boehner's proposal to fund the DHS for three weeks overshadowed another major failure by the whip team. That same day, leaders yanked legislation overhauling the No Child Left Behind Act, after outside conservative groups claimed the bill didn't do enough to scale back Washington's involvement in education policy.



Boehner has acknowledged that his party has had some "stumbles" coming out of the gates. Asked about the latest setback over DHS funding, the Speaker replied that the House of Representatives is a "rambunctious place."

"We have 435 members," Boehner said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." "A lot of members have a lot of different ideas about what we should and shouldn't be doing."

The GOP's whip operation has had to contend with other distractions as well. Scalise is still dealing with fallout from revelations that he spoke to a white supremacist group when he was a state lawmaker in 2002. He was asked again about the scandal Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.

And a senior member of his whip team, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), is under fire after a series of stories revealed he billed taxpayers and campaign donors tens of thousands of dollars for private flights, concert tickets and extravagant, "Downton Abbey"-style decorations for his congressional office.

Over the weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Schock, once a GOP rising star, had used taxpayer money to charter a flight to a Chicago Bears game in the fall.

As for the current impasse, some Republicans are openly fretting that the funding fight is doing untold damage to the party ahead of 2016.

"The Democrats have got to remember they got fired for a reason. We've got to remember we weren't hired because of our value set. We were hired because they got fired," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is eyeing a potential White House bid. "2015 is about us. There's nobody to blame but us, when it comes to the appropriations process.

"If we self-inflict on the budget and the appropriations process, and we can't get the government managed, well then, I think we're in trouble."

Alexander Bolton and Cristina Marcos contributed.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/234399-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-start-for-the-gop

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