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4 Ways to Cultivate a Meditation Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 5, 2015 |

meditation practice4 Tips for Committing to Meditation Practice Meditation ain’t easy. It’s arguable that it’s a whole lot harder than yoga asana practice. When you’re practicing asana, your mind has plenty of sensations to occupy itself. When you sit, sensations are more subtle. It’s hard work to zero in on what’s actually going on moment to moment when it at least appears that there’s not a whole lot happening. People often

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How Do You Find a Yoga Mentor?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 13, 2015 |

yoga mentorWhat is a Yoga Mentor? A few weeks ago I got to revisit the retreat center that became my spiritual home in 1986. I don’t remember how many retreats I’ve attended there, but I do remember there were some 10-day, a 21-day and four 30-day silent retreats. In addition I’ve sat a five-day and at least three seven-day retreats. I’ve also spent up to a dozen weekends there in retreat.

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Just Sitting

posted by Bruce Black on September 23, 2015 |

just sittingJust Sitting Our lives are so busy, so rushed. Sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to sit still. It’s one of the reasons that I love yoga. The moment I unroll my mat and sit down, the strains of my day seem to melt away. (Writing in my journal provides the same sanctuary from the daily rush of life.) But sometimes just sitting isn’t easy. Even though I’ve set

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Why Practice Yoga and Mindfulness?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 8, 2015 |

mindfulnessWhat Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Anything? Patricia has been coming to my yoga classes for more than 15 years. Last week while we were in the midst of practicing a quadriceps stretch at the wall she said, “I have to say how much I appreciate the work we do in this class.” Patricia and her husband had spent the previous week hiking in Glacier National Park. They met

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A Meditation for Abundance

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on June 24, 2015 |

abundanceA Meditation for Abundance Often people ask me how they can create more abundance in their lives. My experience is that the Universe answers our requests so it’s important to be very specific about what we want an abundance of in our lives. After doing some asana (maybe some sun salutations) and pranayama, take a seat, make sure you sit in a comfortable fashion where your spine is upright and

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How to Choose a Meditation Cushion

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 25, 2015 |

meditation cushionHow to Choose the Right Meditation Cushion—Zafu, Zen or V-Shaped People sometimes chuckle when I tell them that sitting meditation is physically rigorous. But it’s true. When you sit still and tune into your body for any length of time, you’re likely to become uncomfortable. And sitting for long periods in the same position will at some point start to make you antsy. Even in my hour-long meditation classes, people

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Why Be Mindful?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2014 |

be mindfulWhy Be Mindful? Anything Can Happen Any Time One chilly February day in 1997, I was rushing to a meeting with the founder of the soon-to-be-opened Cancer Wellness House. About three blocks from my appointment, I was happy to be greeted by a green light at a major intersection. As I entered the intersection, BAM! Suddenly, my car was turned sideways in the middle of the intersection and I was

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A Steady Unfolding: The Yoga of Patience

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2014 |

sukkhasana-300x199The Yoga of Patience I had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the past few weeks. My partner and I attended two back-to-back nine-day retreats. The first nine days focused on the cultivation of kindness and compassion, and the second nine days focused on mindfulness practice. I feel immense gratitude for the teachings, the practice and the wisdom of the teachers. When I

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The Yoga of Walking

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 23, 2014 |

yoga of walkingJust Walk – The Yoga of Walking I’ve always loved walking. Even back in the 1960s, when most people considered going out for a drive to be a leisurely Sunday activity, my father took us out on walks. Unlike most kids in our neighborhood, my sisters and I walked the mile to school, rain or shine (but not uphill both ways …). As a family, we spent summer evenings walking

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Tips for Practicing Yoga Outdoors

posted by jodi on June 26, 2014 |

Take Your Yoga Outdoors! Practicing yoga outside in the sunshine is idyllic. Maybe there’s a gentle breeze flowing, or you’re so close to the ocean, you can feel the wind off the waves. A change of scenery can shift your perspective, and inspire profound reflection. But what happens when it’s so hot outside, you can’t even touch your mat? Dark colored mats get really hot in the direct sun. Suddenly

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