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Yoga Straps: Forward Bend with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 30, 2015 |

paschi-carlaUse a Yoga Strap to Maintain a Healthy Spine in Seated Forward Bend Even if you’re flexible, it’s not that easy to maintain your spine’s natural curves when you sit in Dandasana (Seated Pose). As with every pose, there are as many variations as to how Seated Pose will look as there are people. Dandasana, despite the fact that it looks simple, is challenging for almost everyone. At least, it’s

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Meatless Monday: BBQed Veggie Skewers

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 22, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Join the Barbecue with Tasty Skewers In the decades since I stopped eating meat, people have often asked whether I miss eating hamburgers on the grill. I don’t. I actually don’t care for the smell of barbecued burgers, but I do like the taste of grilled foods. Barbecues and potluck picnics abound in the summer. Vegetarians can always partake of the meatless sides at an outdoor barbecue, but

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Supta Padangusthasana: Sustainable Stretching

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 17, 2015 |

supta padangusthasanaSupta Padangusthasana: Sustainable Stretching There are many reasons people decide to start practicing yoga. For me, it was simple curiosity, at least at first. Many of my students come to yoga to bring some calm to their lives. Some want to increase flexibility. A healthy percentage of my students originally came to practice hoping to resolve a physical issue, especially back pain. Whatever your intention, practicing yoga can indeed confer

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Free Your Breath with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 11, 2015 |

yoga blockPractice Prasarita Padottanasana with a Yoga Block Prasarita Padottanasana is one of yoga’s most balancing standing poses. Its symmetrical shape keeps your pelvis, sacroiliac joint and spine neutral and quiet, while the active rooting of your feet and legs allows your upper body to be soft and receptive. I like to settle into Prasarita in between standing poses to allow my body to ground and integrate. Practicing Prasarita Padottanasana confers

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Parsvakonasana: Finding Continuity

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 9, 2015 |

parsvakonasanaParsvakonasana: Finding Continuity Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) is a pillar among standing poses. It combines strong grounding with expansion and spinal rotation. It looks like a lateral stretch, and may even feel somewhat like one, but it’s not. In a true lateral stretch, your pelvis is not moving in the same direction as your spine (think Parighasana or Gate Latch Pose). In Side Angle Pose, your legs, pelvis, spine

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Meatless Monday: Parsley Pesto

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 8, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Parsley Pesto Most of us are familiar with basil pesto. It’s the most traditional form of pesto. But over the years, many other base ingredients have proven to make tasty, refreshing pesto pastes as well. Kale’s recent popularity has made it a worthy pesto base, by itself and in combination with fresh basil. Arugula also makes a delicious, savory pesto. Currently, parsley of both the curly and Italian

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Yoga and Respect: Nothing is Trivial

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 3, 2015 |

yoga and respectYoga and Respect: It’s the Little Things I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1990. During that year Aadil Palkhivala frequented the Big Island to teach workshops. I was fortunate to get to work with him a number of times and very much appreciated the depth of his practice and teachings, even way back then. One of his workshops was held in a venue that usually accommodated tumbling

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Meatless Monday: Spring Garden Vegetable Hodgepodge

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 1, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Spring Garden Vegetable Hodgepodge I’m a big fan of Deborah Madison, former chef of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. For that matter I’m a huge fan of Greens Restaurant. On the fortunate occasions that I get to visit the Bay Area, I always make time to go to Greens at least once. The food is healthy, innovative and always inspiring. As a vegetarian since 1978, it’s like Christmas

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Ease Your Lower Back with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 26, 2015 |

Yoga BlockHow to Use a Yoga Block for Standing Forward Bend Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) is one of yoga’s most emblematic poses. We practice it in almost every style of yoga—as part of the Sun Salutation, as a resting pose between other standing poses and as a part inversion/part hamstring stretch on its own. The most immediately noticeable effect of practicing Standing Forward Bend is, of course, the sensation in the

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Yoga for Gardening: Poses to Practice in the Dirt

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 20, 2015 |

yoga for gardeningYoga for Gardening: Relief for Your Achin’ Back Springtime signals blooming bulbs, veggie planting and for me, lots of requests from students for yoga poses to counteract the effects of gardening. Shoveling, squatting, kneeling and bending over—the forms your body has to assume to get your garden ready for planting—all take a toll, especially when we likely haven’t been doing these things much over the winter. Here are some tips

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