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category "Yoga Benefits"

There are reasons to practice Yoga. This category describes the benefits that you can derive from Yoga. Stress relief, flexibility, strength, endurance, peace of mind are all intended benefits from Yoga.

How Yoga Can Change your Habits

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 24, 2014 |

change your habitsHow Yoga Can Change Your Habits When I first began practicing asana back in 1982, my intention was to regain my natural flexibility. Years of hiking, biking and not stretching had tightened me up, and I felt a need to balance my strength. I’d always been curious about the mental dimension of yoga, even though I had no idea what it was. So I found a hatha yoga class and

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2014 |

yoga for insomniaYoga for Insomnia Part 1:  Taming the Monkey Mind It’s after 3:00 am. You’re wide awake, mind racing. You might be worried about paying your mortgage. You might be puzzling over something someone said to you and rehearsing your response. Maybe an upcoming project has you feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps you are excited, on the cusp of an event you’ve long anticipated. Each minute that ticks by brings you closer to

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What are the Real Benefits of Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 8, 2013 |

benefits of yogaBenefits of Yoga:  Strength, Flexibility and Much More Last July, I passed my 27th year of teaching public yoga classes. Over the years, countless people have asked me what benefits my students feel when they practice asana. A quick Google search on the benefits of yoga (i.e., asana) yields an astounding 45,100,000 listings. While I confess that I did not get much past the first page of the list, the

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Slowing Down — The Power of Pausing

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 28, 2013 |

slowing downSlowing Down – The Power of Pausing Years ago I took a vacation to Baja, where some friends had relocated. One morning when the beach was completely deserted, I decided to take a solitary walk. As my pace slowed due to the mushy sand and my desire to shake off the usual brisk pace of my life, I began to notice things along the way that I might not have

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Yoga, a Respite for Children with Emotional Disturbance

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 27, 2013 |

yoga for childrenYoga for Children with Emotional Disturbance The greatest reward of teaching yoga for the past 26 years has been getting to know my students. Maybe this is true of everyone’s yoga classes, but I am continually in awe of the wisdom, kindness, generosity and the diversity of gifts my students bring to this world. I am grateful beyond measure that this sangha of wise and spirited people has chosen to

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Beef Up Your Skeleton: Yoga for Osteoporosis

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 31, 2012 |

yoga for osteoporosisYoga for Osteoporosis Images of witches, ghosts, black cats, zombies and skeletons abound today. These iconic images are meant to be scary, and some of them are—although I have to say that having lived with a few black cats in my life, they’re not at all scary. Halloween images are nonetheless meant to evoke a bit of fear and apprehension. When you see an image of a skeleton, the first

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Yoga for Insomnia: Relax Your Body, Relax Your Breath

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 22, 2012 |

yoga for insomniaHere’s the third part in a series about yoga for insomnia. Here are Parts One and Two. Yoga for Insomnia Roger Cole, Ph.D. in sleep physiology and longtime Iyengar Yoga teacher, lists four things that must occur for relaxation to happen (not necessarily in this order): 1. relax the breath 2. relax the body 3. relax the nervous system 4. relax the brain All these processes are interdependent; when you

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia, Part Two

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 4, 2012 |

yoga for insomniaPerfect Rest:  Yoga for Insomnia, Part Two Last week I posted the first of a three-part series on dealing with insomnia. Part One talks about some of the reasons why we can’t sleep, especially the infamous monkey mind. Today’s installment talks about strategies for helping you wind down, some of the daily life culprits that can interfere with sleep, and what to avoid as you prepare for sleep. According to

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Solstice Yoga: Restorative Supta Baddha Konasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 21, 2011 |

solstice yogaSolstice Yoga Last night was the longest night of the year. When I drove to my yoga class yesterday morning, there was not even a hint of morning light in the sky. The dark days beckon us to hibernate, and yet, the holidays are some of our most socially scheduled days of the year. I love practicing Restorative Yoga in the winter. It’s a time when conscious rest is the

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The Yogic Solution to Holiday Stress

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on December 7, 2011 |

yoga for stressThe Gift of Presence:  Yoga for Stress The holidays are always quite the Catch-22, aren’t they? On the one hand, we look forward to them all year—the friends, the family, the festivities, heck—even the over-abundant yard displays. But on the other hand, they can often suck us into a vortex of stress—things to buy, gifts to wrap, food to cook, parties to attend, and seemingly more commitments with each passing

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