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Yoga off the mat. This is the place to find articles about yoga for everyday life.

Lavender Flowers for Yoga and Beyond

posted by admin on October 22, 2014 |

lavenderAhhhh … Relax with Lavender Autumn is the time when it’s natural to draw inward. Right now it seems that every morning is noticeably darker and daylight ends a whole lot earlier each day. As our exposure to natural light decreases, sometimes a little mood modification is in order. Lavender is the perfect herb to brighten the shortening autumn days. In addition to its lush and stimulating scent, lavender is

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How Yogic are Your Tomatoes?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2014 |

homegrown tomatoesThe Case for Homegrown Tomatoes I’ll admit it. I’m a tomato snob. Homegrown, organic, heirloom tomatoes in all shapes colors and sizes make the heat of August worth enduring. Nothing parallels eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine, still warm from the sun. I first came to love homegrown tomatoes as a child—Big Boys and cherry tomatoes from our little patch in a sunny spot alongside our garage. I

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Earth Day Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 22, 2014 |

earth1Earth Day Yoga – Every Day is Earth Day Today is the day that we celebrate this beautiful planet that sustains us all. Back in 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the devastation of a California oil spill a year before and by the energy of the anti-war movement, felt that Americans should mobilize around protecting our environment. He conceived the day as an opportunity for a “teach-in” about

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Neti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 26, 2014 |

neti washingNeti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind In yoga classes, we talk a whole lot about the importance of the breath. We exhort our students to breathe deeply as they move into, hold and move out of asanas. Some types of yoga, such as Ashtanga and other forms of vinyasa, instruct practitioners how and when to move with each inhalation and exhalation. It’s arguable that this coordination of breath

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Back to the Roots: Warming Veggies to Take the Chill Off

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 21, 2014 |

warming veggiesWarming Veggies to Take the Chill Off Much of the U.S. population has been inundated with snow or shivering in subzero temperatures for more than a month. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from

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Mindful Living: Just This Task

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 7, 2013 |

mindful livingMindful Living:  Being Present in Your Daily Life Mindfulness has become a buzzword in the yoga world. I read a lot about mindful living, mindfulness practice. In fact I’ve practiced mindfulness over the past 27 years. Sometimes it’s been a challenge to make time in my schedule to do formal practice, although in recently years I’ve committed to getting up early to fit in at least 30 minutes of sitting

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New Year’s Resolutions: Making New Habits

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 2, 2013 |

habitsNew Year’s Resolutions:  Making New Habits Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, have you made them yet? How do they usually pan out for you? I’ve never been much for the ceremony of making New Year’s resolutions. I’ve found that my resolve is not strong enough to form a new habit simply because the calendar has turned. My inspiration to change a habit—and the ability to effectively do

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Closet Purge: A New Holiday Tradition?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 26, 2012 |

closet purgeCloset Purge:  A New Holiday Tradition? How was your Christmas day? My December 25th—and the weeks leading up to it—was a harmonious combination of the warm and familiar, and the adventuresome new. On the side of tradition, I got to play the 1951 made-for-TV opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a production I watched every year as a child and whose music was woven into my birth family’s culture. For

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Relax with Lavender Flowers

posted by Nichole on September 25, 2012 |

lavenderThe Calming Fragrance of Lavender Flowers Lavender is the perfect herb to place in the spotlight for autumn. Lavender is known for its amazing healing properties, the ability to uplift an individual’s mood and to promote relaxation. There are many different types of lavender available on the market today. I recommend trying a few of the ideas that I have listed below to determine which type of lavender will work

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Grounding: How I Root Myself

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 4, 2012 |

groundingGrounding:  Strong, Solid and Free My feet don’t often touch the ground. Now, don’t me wrong; no one’s going to mistake me for David Blaine or anything. But that’s just because my illusion is even better than his. My feet are physically on the ground, but they’re definitely not always emotionally on the ground. Public Speaking and Me This has started to change for me a bit in the past

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