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Yoga Poetry – The Slant of Everything

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on January 30, 2014 |

Sun_beams_through_cloudsYoga Poetry – The Slant of Everything Always just to your right, an angle at sunset or slashing down from the pilot light of the clouds, the slant of everything. Sometimes, no danger, just heat lightning and crickets to echo the humidity. Sometimes everything lifted on one sudden breeze, surprisingly cold as it slants through the summer opening between day and night. The golden west calls past the horizon ahead.

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2014 |

yoga for insomniaYoga for Insomnia Part 1:  Taming the Monkey Mind It’s after 3:00 am. You’re wide awake, mind racing. You might be worried about paying your mortgage. You might be puzzling over something someone said to you and rehearsing your response. Maybe an upcoming project has you feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps you are excited, on the cusp of an event you’ve long anticipated. Each minute that ticks by brings you closer to

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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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Back to the Roots: Warming Veggies to Take the Chill Off

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 21, 2014 |

warming veggiesWarming Veggies to Take the Chill Off Much of the U.S. population has been inundated with snow or shivering in subzero temperatures for more than a month. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from

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Should You Teach Yoga When You’re Sick?

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 20, 2014 |

teach yogaCreating Safe Space:  Should You Teach Yoga When You’re Sick? Last winter dealt me a double whammy. After three years free from all manner of maladies, the sore throat/sinus/fever malaise caught me in early December. Then in the wee hours one January morning, the nasty norovirus took hold. The most violent symptoms abated after about 24 hours, but I felt the effects for four or five days. I hear 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 everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?” — B.K.S. Iyengar (Sparks of Divinity, Rodmell Press) When I first read Iyengar’s quote many years ago I interpreted this way: It is

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Why Things Go Better When You Listen to Your Body

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 8, 2014 |

listen to your bodyWhy Things Go Better When You Listen to Your Body Once I started listening to my body (admittedly <1% of the time, especially at the beginning), I was surprised by how it affected how I felt. (I’m obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed sometimes.) My bodily experience shifted—in that, I actually had one. Unreal. (Thank you, yoga.) Shouting From the Rooftops As my yoga practice helps me continue

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Ardha Supta Virasana: The Courage to Open

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 6, 2014 |

supta virasanaArdha Supta Virasana: The Courage to Open What do skiing and sitting in chairs have in common? Well, not much in terms of musculoskeletal engagement, adrenal activity and sensory delight. However, there is one thing that both have in common. When you sit and when you ski, your hip joints are in a flexed position, i.e. you are bent forward at the hips. There’s nothing wrong with flexing at the

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Tips for Yoga Teachers: Honoring Our Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 2, 2014 |

iyengarTips for Yoga Teachers:  Honoring Our Teachers Teaching Yoga is an honor. It is an opportunity to share what is most sacred in us, and an opportunity to guide others in the process of transformation. This is not a small thing. It is not only an honor; it is an enormous responsibility. For who among us can point the way to transformation if we ourselves have not tread that path?

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