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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!

Yoga for Gardening: Poses to Practice in the Dirt

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 20, 2015 |

yoga for gardeningYoga for Gardening: Relief for Your Achin’ Back Springtime signals blooming bulbs, veggie planting and for me, lots of requests from students for yoga poses to counteract the effects of gardening. Shoveling, squatting, kneeling and bending over—the forms your body has to assume to get your garden ready for planting—all take a toll, especially when we likely haven’t been doing these things much over the winter. Here are some tips

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The Wisdom of Humility in Yoga Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 14, 2015 |

humility in yogaHumility in Yoga Practice “A deep sense of humility will help you learn yoga. It is important to remember that no one path or school has a monopoly on the truth. There are excellent and poor practitioners in all schools of yoga. “Gaining maturity in yoga practice involves learning to respect the paths that other people are on and acknowledging their merits, maybe even acknowledging that your own path is

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Can Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear?

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on May 13, 2015 |

fearCan Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear? I’m not sure when I realized this, but yoga has helped me to overcome many fears—fear of being seen, speaking in front of groups, trying new things. Fear stopped me from moving ahead. I have used and can use my practice to move through just about anything. Insidious as it sounds, the benefits of a daily yoga practice have a way of sneaking up

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The Power of Yoga

posted by Bruce Black on April 23, 2015 |

power of yogaThe Power of Yoga – On and Off the Mat At times I’m in awe of how the simple act of lifting my hips in Downward Dog, or resting my forehead on the mat in Child’s Pose, can make a difference in my life. Each time that I step onto my mat, the poses help me become more fully aware in each moment. I notice how I enter or leave

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Yoga Wedge: Save Your Wrists While You Deepen Your Upward Bow

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2015 |

upward bowUse a Yoga Wedge to Deepen Your Upward Bow Upward Bow (Urdva Dhanurasana) is one of the emblematic yoga asanas. “Exhilarating” is probably one of the best descriptors for Upward Bow. It ain’t easy, though. Upward Bow requires a bendy spine; shoulder joints constructed to allow for a fair amount of extension; and elastic quadriceps muscles. Not everyone is born with shoulder joints that can extend easily or bendy spines,

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Bolster Your Supta Baddha Konasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 10, 2015 |

supta baddha konasanaRestore Your Energy with Supta Baddha Konasana Sometimes Restorative Yoga is just the thing. Most of us live very busy lives. Our to-do lists are ever growing and we often have to run from one place to the next. Sometimes we even find ourselves running to get to our next yoga class! Restorative Yoga aims to give us time to relax and renew our energies. You needn’t spend hours relaxing

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Expand Your Half Moon Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 2, 2015 |

half moon poseHow to Use a Block to Expand Half Moon Pose Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) balances strong, active rooting with lightness and expansion. Ardha Chandrasana strengthens your legs and abdomen, while it stretches your hamstrings, calves and shoulders. It strengthens and lengthens the spine. It is therapeutic for stress, digestive issues, anxiety and fatigue. In addition, Half Moon Pose builds balance and stability. If you look at the photo, it’s

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How Discipline Sets You Free

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on March 25, 2015 |

Create Healthy Rituals: The Freedom of Discipline “Some regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~ Julie Andrews I agree with Julie Andrews wholeheartedly! I have always been a list maker and checker-offer. As I have gotten older, I sometimes lose my lists, yet the list is still a big part of my day. I find my electronic

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Grounding in Malasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 13, 2015 |

malasanaUse a Wedge to Root in Malasana In India, where Yoga began, squatting is a go-to pose for many of life’s daily tasks. Before there were chairs, counters and tables, women squatted on the ground to prepare and cook meals. Some still do. Malasana supports apana, the downward-flowing energy that governs elimination. Apana energy grounds agitation, making Malasana a great counterpose for stress. Malasana also relieves constipation. In addition, it

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Are Yoga and Western Medicine Incompatible?

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 9, 2015 |

yoga and western medicineWhen Yoga and Western Medicine Can Work Together In the past few days, an article by a yoga teacher named Hemalayaa has been making the Facebook rounds via bloggers such as it’s all yoga, baby, YogaDawg and Linda-Sama Karl, among others. The author of the article expresses shock and disappointment at the use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications by yoga teachers who, she opines, are just taking a “happy pill”

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