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How to Relieve Knee Pain with Yoga Blocks

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 27, 2015 |

yoga blockYoga Blocks Alleviate Knee Discomfort Having spent most of my yoga teaching life in Utah, the place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth,” I’ve hosted a lot of dedicated skiers in my classes with various knee issues. Movement restrictions tend to fall into two camps: those whose knees don’t flex very far and those whose knees feel painful when the knees are flexed and the thighbones are externally rotated

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Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 25, 2015 |

ardha padmasanaSupta Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody In 2001, I co-taught a teacher training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, BC. The 50 attendees were experienced yoga teachers and body workers from all over the world. During the training we questioned teaching methodologies that shoehorn students into a one-size-fits-all model. One misconception we talked about was the perceived necessity of practicing what is probably yoga’s most emblematic pose: Padmasana (Lotus

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Meatless Monday: Chilled Avocado-Cucumber Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 24, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Cooling Avocado-Cucumber Soup Soup from scratch is one of my favorite things to make. In the winter, a bowl of hot soup is comforting and warming, with the added bonus of providing meals for several days. In the summer I don’t have much of a taste for anything hot, including soup. So instead, I’ve collected several chilled-soup recipes that have become summer staples. This is one of them.

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De-stress Your Shoulders, Chest and Neck with a Sukasana Pillow

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 18, 2015 |

Simple, Supported Backbend with a Sukasana Pillow Most of us spend most of our days hunched over a keyboard. When we leave work, we hunch over a steering wheel. They we get home and hunch over a cutting board. You get the idea. We spend a whole lot of our lives bending forward, often to the detriment of our neck and shoulders. Yoga has many antidotes for this, of course.

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Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #4

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 17, 2015 |

meatless mondayKale Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Feta for Meatless Monday The kale keeps on coming. Even if you don’t have a steady supply in your back yard, you can find organic kale in most grocery stores. Because it’s in season, it’s more tender than in the wintertime, making it great for raw consumption. This is the fourth kale salad I’ve offered in the Meatless Monday series. I made this one

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Align Your Side Angle Pose with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 13, 2015 |

yoga blockYoga Blocks Help You Align and Lengthen There are so many positive things to say about Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose). It promotes strength, stability, flexibility, expansion, grounding and balance. Plus it feels really great. Side Angle Pose engages every part of your body. While Side Angle Pose may not be as glamorous as some of the backbendy, hip-openy, gymnastic poses you’ll see on Instagram, it’s a stellar staple of asana’s

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Meatless Monday: Farmer’s Market Spaghetti

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 10, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Corn Sweet corn is still abundant at my local farmers market, and tomatoes have begun turning in my garden. So last weekend I decided to make a favorite recipe from my fave cookbook. Summer Spaghetti is a refreshing pasta recipe with a vibrant blend of sweet and savory flavors. Make sure you use fresh corn cut from the cob. It’s a whole different

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Opening the Door of Compassion: A Response to the Tragedy of Cecil

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2015 |

compassionThe Door of Compassion “The idea that some lives matter less than others is at the root of all that is wrong with the world.” ~ Paul Farmer I grew up in a mini menagerie. At various times my parents, sisters and I shared our homestead with parakeets, a goat, a horse, chickens (pets named Sam and Henry), tropical fish, rabbits, turtles, mice and cats, always cats. For years, my

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Meatless Monday: How to Make Slime-Free Okra

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 3, 2015 |

meatless mondayTry Oven-Roasted Okra for Meatless Monday Okra has a complicated reputation. While it’s beloved in the southeastern United States, and often used to marvelous effect in East Indian cuisine, it is also infamous for having an off-putting slimy texture. It certainly can, but slime is not inevitable. Okra is not common out here in the arid West. But I happened to stumble upon some organic okra at Salt Lake City’s

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Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 30, 2015 |

ardha matsyendrasanaYoga Block for a Happy Spine Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes) is one of yoga’s ancient poses. Named for the sage, Matsyendra, it is one of the relatively few yoga asanas written about in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is said to have been Matsyendra’s favorite yoga asana. In the article “Heroes, Saints, and Sages” at yogajournal.com, Colleen Morton Busch writes about the pose’s namesake: “Matsyendra appears to

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