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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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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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