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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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Hanumanasana: Take a Flying Leap

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 14, 2014 |

hanumanasanaHanumanasana: Take a Flying Leap A while back, I recounted the story of Anjaneya, a child prodigy—part monkey, godson of the wind god Vayu, and reincarnation of Shiva—that got himself into trouble for making a giant leap for the sun without the sun god’s permission. Long story short, Anjaneya was not only absolved of his crime, after some wrangling with the sun god, but even elevated to god status. Dubbed

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Yoga Poetry – Body of Time

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on October 9, 2014 |

emotionYoga Poetry – Body of Time What did you expect?, the knee asks. Just the way of the world, says the elbow. The wrinkles of the knuckles laugh harder, and the little toes on both feet turn out as if escape was possible. This body of time takes another breath, sends another valentine, ignores another blast of hatred even as it learns new tricks: ways to hang upside down in

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Yoga Props: Bolsters and Blankets and Blocks, Oh My!

posted by admin on October 8, 2014 |

yoga propsHow to Use Your Yoga Props Blankets and bolsters and blocks, oh my! Wedges and straps and mats, oh my! You’ve probably seen them all, in photos or in your local studio or gym. But what are you supposed to do with them? If you attend an Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, Viniyoga or Restorative class, you probably have a good idea how to use at least some of them. Other classes,

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The Yoga of Surrender in Sayulita

posted by jodi on October 7, 2014 |

Sayulita heartThe Yoga of Surrender Sayulita is a small, laid-back fishing village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon if you just want to be on a tropical beach and do as little as possible. In our vast, open schedule, I imagined we would find time for lots of yoga classes, but that was not to be. First, there was the food poisoning—from

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Body-Positive Yoga: The Aging Yoga Body

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 1, 2014 |

Body-positive yoga is gaining ground. As we start to welcome all shapes, sizes, races and genders, here's a plug for celebrating our aging bodies too.

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My Body, My Friend?

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on September 25, 2014 |

yoga bodyYoga Body – My Body, My Friend I once had to initiate a break-up. With a friend. It took me a long time to realize it, but our friendship had become toxic. I shared responsibility for letting the relationship get to the one-sided point it did, but it wasn’t really about that. What it was really about was what I hadn’t let myself see, as well as what I hadn’t

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How Yoga Can Change your Habits

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 24, 2014 |

change your habitsHow Yoga Can Change Your Habits When I first began practicing asana back in 1982, my intention was to regain my natural flexibility. Years of hiking, biking and not stretching had tightened me up, and I felt a need to balance my strength. I’d always been curious about the mental dimension of yoga, even though I had no idea what it was. So I found a hatha yoga class and

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My Para Rubber Yoga Mat – Friend or Foe?

posted by admin on September 18, 2014 |

para rubber yoga matMy Para Rubber Yoga Mat I expected movie love. I wanted to fall head over heels in love with my brand new Para Rubber Yoga Mat. But that was not to be. I packed up my Para Mat and took her for an inaugural four-day retreat, banking on the fact that I would adore it. I actually spent a lot of that retreat thinking how much I regretted bringing her.

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The Yoga of Swimming

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

yoga of swimmingThe Yoga of Swimming I step into the cold pond, each step a bit more of a shiver, my feet happy and a little nervous on the rounded rocks and moss. My friend surges ahead of me and drives up, splashing me with cold and life. I know I need to take another step and let go, sink in to my shoulders, but I also know that yelping will likely

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