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The Season of Generosity

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 23, 2014 |

generosity’Tis the Season of Generosity One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn’t

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Why Bendy People Might Not Make the Best Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 17, 2014 |

yoga matHow the Struggle Teaches Yoga Teachers How to Teach Years ago, I heard a famous quote embellished in the film, Annie Hall. In the film Woody Allen said, “Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.” (Allen’s embellishment is the second sentence.) It was meant to diss teachers, especially gym teachers I guess, but in my three decades of yoga practice and teaching, I’ve come to understand

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Use a Yoga Wedge in Dog Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 15, 2014 |

yoga wedgeHow Using a Yoga Wedge Can Save Your Wrists Adho Mukha Svanasana, aka Downward Facing Dog Pose or simply Dog Pose, is arguably the most ubiquitous of poses. Yoga teacher Donna Farhi calls it the “‘garlic’ of yoga poses—a panacea for whatever ails you.” Dog Pose is simultaneously an inversion, an arm balance, a forward bend and a restorative pose. It opens your shoulders, strengthens your arms, lengthens your spine,

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Instant Maui – Your 20-Minute Vacation

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 9, 2014 |

instant mauiTake a Midwinter Break in Instant Maui It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Potlucks, concerts, rehearsals (for those of us who play holiday concerts) and gifting take us out of our usual routines. At a time when our schedules are stuffed to capacity, often the first things to get knocked off our to-do list are those niceties we do to take care of ourselves.

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Shoulderstand – Save Your Neck with Yoga Blankets

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 5, 2014 |

sarvangasanaHow Using Yoga Blankets in Shoulderstand Can Save Your Neck Looking to see the world from a new perspective? Going upside-down is one way to shift your point of view—literally. Inverted yoga poses are perfect for cultivating fertile creative ground in the body/mind. In addition to their many physical benefits, inversions are said to allow us to see with new eyes. When we turn upside down, the world looks different.

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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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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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