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category "Yoga Practice"

When it comes down to it, yoga is all about practice—the day-to-day experience that eventually makes yoga our own. Here are tips, musings and commentary on the practice we all love!

The Yoga of Swimming

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 17, 2014 |

yoga of swimmingThe Yoga of Swimming I step into the cold pond, each step a bit more of a shiver, my feet happy and a little nervous on the rounded rocks and moss. My friend surges ahead of me and drives up, splashing me with cold and life. I know I need to take another step and let go, sink in to my shoulders, but I also know that yelping will likely

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Baddha Konasana – Barre to Blankets

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 9, 2014 |

baddha konasanaBaddha Konasana: Barre to Blankets During grade school, my sisters and I took ballet classes. We studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory with a lovely young dancer named Donna Ficker. A year or two into our lessons we had to find a new teacher when Donna’s mother moved the family to New York, where her younger sister Suzi changed her name to Suzanne Farrell and joined George Balanchine in the New

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What is Iyengar’s Legacy?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 26, 2014 |

iyengar's legacyWhat is Iyengar’s Legacy and What Will be Yours? September 6th will be the 30th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Taken by a sudden heart attack while talking on the phone, his death was a huge shock. He was not old—63—and very athletic, vital and energetic. Here one moment, gone the next. About a year after his passing, my sisters and mother and I got together for a few days.

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How Iyengar Yoga Influences Your Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 19, 2014 |

iyengar yogaIyengar Yoga: What Makes it Different? In recent days, many in the worldwide yoga community have been aware that the 95-year-old yoga teacher, BKS Iyengar, was hospitalized last week. He left this life today at 3:15 am (India time). If you practice almost any form of Hatha Yoga, whether or not you have studied directly with BKS Iyengar or someone who teaches his method, your practice has likely been influenced

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Where Is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 7, 2014 |

yoga practiceWhere is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question When I started doing yoga, I was confused a lot. Always having a hard time remembering left and right, and also being somewhat disembodied after years of residing in my frontal lobe, I had trouble following direction. In Warrior II, when the teacher said to turn my back foot in one way, I would often turn it the other way.

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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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Ending a Yoga Class

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 14, 2014 |

ending a yoga classEnding a Yoga Class When we begin teaching at a certain time, we don’t usually envision the class ending. Such was the case with my Monday noon-1:00 pm. Class I started teaching three years ago. The class was one of the first at a new yoga studio in the west side of our town where there aren’t other yoga studios, which tend to be clumped on the east side. Our

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Yoga and Flexibility: Do You Have to be Flexible to Practice?

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 3, 2014 |

yoga and flexibilityWhy Yoga and Flexibility Are Not Synonymous Fred is hands down the least flexible person I’ve ever encountered. In 28 years of teaching asana, I’ve never seen anyone who came close to his lack of mobility. His Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) was little more than a forward nod. Before coming to my classes, he had not sat on the floor since childhood, and required tall stacks of blankets to do

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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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Foot Yoga for a Fine Foundation

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 12, 2014 |

foot yogaFoot Yoga Pampers Your Feet If the Shoe Fits … I can’t claim to have made healthy choices in all areas of my life throughout my history on the planet, but I can claim relative intelligence about one aspect of being in a body:  I’ve always worn sensible shoes. I’ve owned one pair of heels in my entire life, a pair of platform shoes I wore a few times in

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