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Always Remember to Cherish Yourself

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 16, 2014 |

cherish yourselfCherish Yourself It’s very easy to make other people and their priorities more important than you and your goals. Make sure to hold your own goals, dreams, desires and needs in a very high regard. Do not give away so much of yourself that when you need energy there’s none left. Being of service is one of the fastest ways to be happy and to find success, but there is

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What is Iyengar Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2014 |

iyengar yogaIyengar Yoga:  Technique, Sequencing, Timing and the Eight Limbs One of the first things I did when I moved to Salt Lake City in 1982 was search for a hatha yoga teacher. Back then the extent of yoga advertising was a black & white flyer hanging on the natural foods store’s bulletin board—the kind with the little phone numbers you could tear off the bottom. That is how I found

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Advanced Yoga Practice: It’s All in Your Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 9, 2014 |

advanced yoga practiceAdvanced Yoga Practice:  It’s All in Your Mind Must. Do. Everything. A former student recently told me that she had to stop coming to class because she just couldn’t make herself sit out poses even when she knew they were bothering her back. Even though I encourage people to abstain when a pose doesn’t feel right, and my class culture is anything but competitive, this particular student realizes that it

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Digestive Demons on the Loose: When You Suddenly Get Sick in the Middle of Teaching Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 8, 2014 |

suptabaddhakonasanaWhen Digestive Demons Spring to Life in Your Yoga Class I had just led the class in the opening Sun Salutations when it hit: a fast-moving stomach flu that made me almost sink to my knees. Luckily, I could, telling the students we were going to do some seated poses. I kept my eyes steady as the waves roared diagonally through my torso. While I didn’t need to rush to

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Hasta Padangusthasana – Time to Fly

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 7, 2014 |

hasta 2Hasta Padangusthasana – Take Off! Last month I wrote about Garudhasana (Eagle Pose), a pose that honors Garuda, the eagle god whose 40-mile wingspan caused hurricanes and dried up the oceans whenever he took flight. Garudhasana spreads our wings (shoulderblades) and our deep hip rotators, preparing us for flight. In a sense it is a jumping-off point for the expansion that April—derived from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open”—

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What’s Normal Range of Motion?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 3, 2014 |

ROM of Major JointsAnd how does understanding range of motion help us in our Yoga practice? Have you ever wanted to get into an intermediate or advanced class and been told that you had to be able to do Lotus Pose, or do Upward Bow with straight arms? I’ve never been a fan of this type of classification, partly because it takes into consideration only one small part of a person’s Yoga experience.

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How Important is Daily Practice?

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on April 1, 2014 |

daily yoga practiceHow Daily Practice Can Change Your Life You know what they say about the chicken and egg situation, right? No, seriously. I don’t have an answer; I want to know what they say. I never could seem to figure out which came first. Which is why I’m in the quandary I’m in. Writing Practice In November, I did a 30-day practice of writing every day. My goal was just to

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Spring Cleaning with Kichari

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 26, 2014 |

kichariSpring Cleaning with Kichari Spring is here! There’s nothing like the first time you open your windows and let fresh, spring air circulate through your house. The clean air, sunshine and new life all around us often inspires us to clear out the old and invite the new into our homes—and into our bodies too. There are, of course, many ways to clear out the remnants of winter. There are

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Yoga Poetry

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 25, 2014 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry You Rise Up To Meet the Falling World Whatever you lift to the sky, the sky covers: middle-of-the-night exaggerations dissolve to slivers of sadness on your pillow, middle-of-life jolts that seem to compress the heavens into one streak of sleet thaw into softer ground. Like the rain cycle that hides the light and obscures the view, you can lose your way on old ground or forget the innate

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An Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 24, 2014 |

new yoga teachersAn Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers Yesterday was the last day of a yoga teacher training that began in September. Inspired by the group’s great courage and heart, I’ve written them an open letter that I hope will be of help to them and to anyone starting out on the path of teaching: Dear Friends, Let me begin by saying that being in your presence all these months has

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