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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!

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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Teaching Yoga: On Hip Joints and Humility

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 5, 2015 |

teaching yogaTeaching Yoga: The Wisdom of Humility For the past two years I’ve had the privilege of attending retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center led by Joseph Goldstein. Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Goldstein has written or co-written—with the likes of the Dalai Lama, among others—11 classic books on mindfulness practice. His voice has been a constant in my three decades of mindfulness practice. On silent vipassana retreats with my

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Balasana: Bolster Your Child’s Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 3, 2015 |

balasanaBalasana: Practicing Child’s Pose on a Bolster Few things in life are more comforting than curling up in Balasana (Child’s Pose). Balasana quiets the mind and restores spent energy. Among its many benefits, Balasana focuses the breath into the back body and supports the natural outward expansion of the lungs on each inhalation. Like all forward bends, Child’s Pose turns our focus inward. But for some people, especially yogis whose

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Feeling Sick? To Teach or Not to Teach Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 23, 2015 |

suptabaddhakonasanaHow to Know Whether to Teach Yoga When You’re Not Well Yesterday morning I woke up with a sensation that’s all too familiar, a little scratchiness at the back of my throat. That’s how a cold/flu/sinus infection always starts for me. I’ve been throwing some herbal defenses its way and it doesn’t seem to be getting worse, but it’s not getting better either—yet. By far the most stressful part of

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Why Listening to Your Body Might Not Be Enough

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 11, 2015 |

listening to your bodyListen to Your Body, but Also, Find an Experienced Teacher If you practice yoga, you’ve probably heard the entreaty, “Listen to your body.” It’s good, sound advice. When you embark on any physical practice, it’s important to know and respect your body’s limits. Those limits can change over time, of course, but tuning in and listening to what your body is telling you each time you practice is essential not

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Healthy Yoga Practice – Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 19, 2015 |

healthy yoga practiceHealthy Yoga Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints! For the past few years, I’ve been on the faculty of the teacher training program at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. Early in the 2013 training, one student who had been teaching in a fitness studio asked a very important question. She explained that one of her female students became unusually flexible prior to ovulation, probably because of the presence of

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How to Practice Ahimsa on the Mat

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 14, 2015 |

yoga matPracticing Asana with Ahimsa Most who practice yoga these days have at least heard of the word ahimsa. We might even have read some of the in-depth literature on it, or practiced incorporating the idea of ahimsa—non-harming—into our lives. Translated as “dynamic peacefulness” by Sutra translator Alistair Shearer, it is arguable that ahimsa is the foundation of the entire practice. Ahimsa is the first of the yamas, the first of

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Use a Yoga Wedge in Dog Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 15, 2014 |

yoga wedgeHow Using a Yoga Wedge Can Save Your Wrists 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,

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Advanced Yoga — with Yoga Props

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 18, 2014 |

yoga propsHow Using Yoga Props Deepens Practice Early last week, yoga made it into The Wall Street Journal. The article, titled “In Yoga, Blocks and Straps Get More Respect,” plugs yoga props as a way for anyone, including experienced practitioners, to deepen their practice while maintaining integrity. While acknowledging the mainstream misconception that many yogis see props as “crutches” to use until you can do the poses without them, the author

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How Aligning the Chakras and Yoga Can Change Your Practice and Your Life

posted by jodi on November 11, 2014 |

chakras and yogaAnodea Judith on the Relationship Between Chakras and Yoga Practice Since first learning about the chakras in the 1970s, Anodea Judith has made teaching them her life’s work. Her first book Wheels of Life (1987, revised 1999: Llewellyn Worldwide) has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages, with a number of best-selling books to follow. She calls them portals between the inner and outer worlds that provide a template for

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