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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!

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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Save Your Wrists and Build Strength in Dog Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 28, 2014 |

crystal-dogSave Your Wrists and Hands in Dog Pose! Adho Mukha Svanasana, aka Downward Facing Dog Pose or simply Dog Pose, is arguably the most ubiquitous of poses. Yoga teacher Donna Farhi calls it the “‘garlic’ of yoga poses—a panacea for whatever ails you.” Dog Pose is simultaneously an inversion, an arm balance, a forward bend and a restorative pose. It opens your shoulders, strengthens your arms, lengthens your spine, stretches

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Healthy Yoga Practice: Does Your Practice Feed You?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 28, 2014 |

What is Healthy Yoga Practice? More than 20 years ago I decided that I would ingest only foods that would contribute to my health and well-being, and avoid “non-foods” that have no nutritional value, things like chemical-ridden processed foods and zero-nutrition soft drinks. I haven’t eaten meat since 1978, and spent about 12 years on a vegan diet before returning to eating occasional eggs and goat yogurt and chevre. I

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Earth Week Yoga: Is Your Yoga Sustainable?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 17, 2014 |

paschimottanasanaEnergy Conservation Makes for Sustainable Yoga Earth Week is a great time to recommit to greening our lifestyles. This includes all areas of our lives—how we eat, how we travel, how we work and how we play. It also includes how we practice Yoga. In the past decade, the yoga products industry has stepped up to the plate for the environment. We now have lots of choices: mats made from

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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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