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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!

Advanced Yoga Practice: It’s All in Your Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 9, 2014 |

advanced yoga practiceAdvanced Yoga Practice:  It’s All in Your Mind Must. Do. Everything. A former student recently told me that she had to stop coming to class because she just couldn’t make herself sit out poses even when she knew they were bothering her back. Even though I encourage people to abstain when a pose doesn’t feel right, and my class culture is anything but competitive, this particular student realizes that it

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How Important is Daily Practice?

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on April 1, 2014 |

daily yoga practiceHow Daily Practice Can Change Your Life You know what they say about the chicken and egg situation, right? No, seriously. I don’t have an answer; I want to know what they say. I never could seem to figure out which came first. Which is why I’m in the quandary I’m in. Writing Practice In November, I did a 30-day practice of writing every day. My goal was just to

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Full Expression: What is it Really, in the Context of Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 17, 2014 |

Full Expression in Supta Padanghustasana?What is Full Expression in the Context of Yoga? Have you ever heard a yoga teacher invite you to take a pose to full expression? What comes to mind when you hear this? I’d wager that for most of us, we picture the most extreme expression of flexibility—one that we might see on Instagram or on the covers of yoga magazines. But given that yoga is not just about poses,

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How Yoga Heals – The Girl Who Threw Up and The Woman of Light

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 19, 2014 |

how yoga healsHow Yoga Heals – The Girl Who Threw Up and the Woman of Light The girl who threw up all the time came to it naturally. Rejecting what rejected her, she started as a baby. As per the fashion of the time, her parents left her alone in her crib to cry it out, but she never got to the end of the crying. If she held onto the bars

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What Your Savasana Can Tell You

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 18, 2014 |

savasanaWhat Your Savasana Can Tell You I’ve heard it many times, and said it many times: “Savasana is the most important pose. All the other poses we do in our asana practice prepare us for Savasana.” For most students of yoga, this is good news. For most, Savasana is a welcome respite, a chance to unwind the body and simply be. Savasana provides a window into formlessness, into universal vastness

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What’s the Secret to Life? Breathing!

posted by John Young on January 23, 2014 |

breathingWhat’s the Secret to Life? Breathing! When I set out on the path to become a doctor, I really didn’t have any idea just how much stress I was inviting into my life. Fortunately, I had the good sense to marry a well-trained Yoga instructor. Before my wife introduced me to Yoga, I always thought it was some sort of stretchy self-torture. In fact, I’m still not 100% convinced that

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Preparing the Body for Surgery: A New Kind of Yoga

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

preparing the body for surgeryPreparing the Body for Surgery: A New Kind of Yoga “Breathe in one nostril for a count of four, and out the other for a count of eight,” Ursula told me today, sharing the kind of thing you might hear in a yoga class. Only I wasn’t in a yoga class, and Ursula isn’t a yoga teacher, but an energy healer. Lying on a massage table, breathing as she told

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Body Mindfulness – Why Yoga Really Is All About the Body …

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 13, 2014 |

body mindfulness … Even Though Yoga’s Not Just About Asana “It is through the body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” — BKS Iyengar This quote frequently shows up on Facebook and in various blogs. I’ve looked around to find some context for it—what he meant when he said it—but so far context has eluded. So perhaps like all good sutras, it is meant to be interpreted through each

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Yoga Resolutions – 4 Things You Can Wish for Your Yoga Practice in 2014

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 31, 2013 |

yoga resolutionsYoga Resolutions – 4 Things You Can Wish for Your Yoga Practice in 2014 Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past? An antiquated practice moving inexorably toward extinction? If you read the numbers, you could easily get that impression. According to a CBS poll, 68 percent of Americans claim they do not make resolutions. That number is 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years ago.

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How Important is Yoga Alignment?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 26, 2013 |

yoga alignmentHow Important is Yoga Alignment? My first yoga teacher was a student of the venerable Indra Devi. I only took classes from her for six months before moving to another state, but those classes planted a seed that has been flowering for 30 years now. June Bains was not a flashy teacher. She didn’t teach detailed yoga alignment—at all. But somehow who she was gave us all permission to explore

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