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Advanced Yoga — with Yoga Props

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 18, 2014 |

yoga propsHow Using Yoga Props Deepens Practice Early last week, yoga made it into The Wall Street Journal. The article, titled “In Yoga, Blocks and Straps Get More Respect,” plugs yoga props as a way for anyone, including experienced practitioners, to deepen their practice while maintaining integrity. While acknowledging the mainstream misconception that many yogis see props as “crutches” to use until you can do the poses without them, the author

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Yoga Poetry – Almost Gone

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 17, 2014 |

albionYoga Poetry Almost Gone The sun calls one last word in its rusting voice, then leans to the west, sweetening its tune by forgetting the melody. The taste of light lingers in the sudden cooling of breath, the slim branch of a twisted tree over the horizon where one crow waits for the shadows the moon will throw over the brome field two turns of the wheel back in time.

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How Aligning the Chakras and Yoga Can Change Your Practice and Your Life

posted by jodi on November 11, 2014 |

chakras and yogaAnodea Judith on the Relationship Between Chakras and Yoga Practice Since first learning about the chakras in the 1970s, Anodea Judith has made teaching them her life’s work. Her first book Wheels of Life (1987, revised 1999: Llewellyn Worldwide) has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages, with a number of best-selling books to follow. She calls them portals between the inner and outer worlds that provide a template for

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Supta Baddhakonasana: Rest and Digest

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 10, 2014 |

supta baddhakonasanaSupta Baddhakonasana:  Rest and Digest As daylight hours wane, all living things naturally turn inward. Autumn is the time of inward and downward flow. In autumn, we hunker down, settle into our roots, and let go of what is no longer needed. As trees release of their leaves and plants turn brown and brittle, we also let go of the high-energy vibrancy of the sun’s radiance, in favor of the

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Urdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 6, 2014 |

urdhva mukha prasarita padottanasanaUrdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana: Hugging the Earth I’d like to propose an inevitability to accompany death and taxes: gravity. In fact it’s arguable that gravity is more consistently inevitable than taxes, because there are ways to get around paying taxes if you can afford it. None of us escapes gravity. Gravity is responsible for keeping us from floating off the surface of the Earth. It is also responsible Earth’s orbit

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Yoga Strap: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 3, 2014 |

yoga propsUsing a Yoga Strap in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (UHP) is one of a class of poses my students call “flying poses.” Flying poses are the ones that feel as if they’re expanding your body to its outer reaches. When you’re practicing UHP, or any of the other flying poses, you may even feel that your body is on the barest edge of spontaneously taking flight. It feels

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Another Way of Looking at Body Positive Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 28, 2014 |

body positive yogaBody Positive Yoga – Why Yoga Really is All About the Body “It is through the body that everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?” — B.K.S. Iyengar (Sparks of Divinity, Rodmell Press) When I first read this quote years ago I interpreted this

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Lavender Flowers for Yoga and Beyond

posted by admin on October 22, 2014 |

lavenderAhhhh … Relax with Lavender Autumn is the time when it’s natural to draw inward. Right now it seems that every morning is noticeably darker and daylight ends a whole lot earlier each day. As our exposure to natural light decreases, sometimes a little mood modification is in order. Lavender is the perfect herb to brighten the shortening autumn days. In addition to its lush and stimulating scent, lavender is

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Using a Yoga Block: Trikonasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 21, 2014 |

yoga blocksUsing a Yoga Block in Trikonasana If you look at the shape of Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) it’s easy to see that a whole lot of what feels great about it is its expansion and openness. But sometimes when we reach what we think is our “fullest expression” of Triangle, we find it becomes hard to breathe freely, or we may feel collapsed or contracted, especially in the front of the

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Bad Dog Arts – Art for All

posted by admin on October 17, 2014 |

bad dog artsBad Dog Arts Inspires a Love of Art for Kids of All Ages “To be an artist, you have to be a risk taker.” So says Victoria Lyons, co-founder/co-director of Bad Dog Arts, an organization named for the star of an illustrated book, Bad Dog Rediscovers America, by Michael Morgan Moonbird, the organization’s other co-founder and co-director. In the book, Bad Dog is a risk-taking renegade who travels around the

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