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Your Achin’ Back: Yoga for Snow Shoveling

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 10, 2013 |

yoga for snow shovelingYour Achin’ Back:  Yoga for Snow Shoveling Ahhhh … fresh powder. In the past few days, Utah’s been blanketed with the stuff. Even the southwestern part of the state, where snow is a once-a-decade event, got five inches that effectively shut the city of St. George down for lack of snow removal equipment. It took me about 20 minutes to dig out my car last Thursday and shovel my walks

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Utah Food Bank: Feeding Utah’s Families

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 5, 2013 |

utah food bankUtah Food Bank:  Feeding Utah’s Families While driving to the Utah Food Bank to visit their main Salt Lake City facility, I was picturing a rather large, but cozy, food pantry where anyone in need could come and collect supplies at any time. Boy was I wrong. The Utah Food Bank, founded 108 years ago—how’s that for a yogically auspicious history?—is instead housed in an 86,000-square-foot warehouse that’s stacked to

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The Advanced Yogi: Not What You Think

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 4, 2013 |

advanced yogiWhat is an Advanced Yogi? Recently I led some yoga students through a rather lengthy series of leg-stretching asanas based on Supta Padanghustasana (Supine Big Toe Pose). I traditionally end the series with a one-legged version of Yoganidrasana (ankles behind the head). Of course, most people in my classes feel pretty flexible if their foot ends up within a few inches of their faces—and honestly, that’s really quite flexible compared

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Asanas for Snow: Yoga for Skiing

posted by Sarah on December 3, 2013 |

yoga for skiingYoga for Skiing As the days get shorter most skiers start daydreaming about the sparkling white wonderland and the bounding, weightless dance with gravity that awaits. Skiing or riding down the side of a mountain thrills the senses and nourishes the soul but can take a heavy toll on the body. Engaging gravity and speed standing on your feet requires quick reflexes, balance, and power and often leave muscles tight

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Happy Thanksgivukkah: The Yoga of Cleaning, Sorting and Cooking

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 27, 2013 |

ThanksgivukkahHappy Thanksgivukkah: The Yoga of Cleaning, Sorting and Cooking I spent a good part of the last few days scrubbing cabinets, amazed at how much sticky muck lines the tops and sides when you don’t think to clean them more than every decade. Then I started in on reorganizing the fallen piles of pots and pans, the giant bowl of never-used cookie cutters, and the menagerie of parts for food

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Supta Baddhakonasana: Rest and Digest

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 25, 2013 |

Supta Baddhakonasana - Bound Angle PoseSupta Baddhakonasana:  Rest and Digest As daylight hours wane, all living things naturally turn inward. Autumn is the time of inward and downward flow. In autumn, we hunker down, settle into our roots, and let go of what is no longer needed. As trees release of their leaves and plants turn brown and brittle, we also let go of the high-energy vibrancy of the sun’s radiance, in favor of the

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Rubber Yoga Mats

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 24, 2013 |

rubber yoga matWe’ve sold out of our Urban and Native Rubber Mats. Check out our great, new Para Rubber Yoga Mats! Natural Rubber Yoga Mats The rubber plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia provide the material for our Urban (Recycled Rubber) and Native (Natural Rubber) mats. Native to South America, rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) are tapped for their latex, the source material for all natural rubber products. While more than half the rubber

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Silent Time: Encouraging Individual Exploration

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 19, 2013 |

silent time at city creekThe Gift of Silent Time in Yoga Occasionally I’m invited to team teach a class that will benefit a local charity. I always accept these invitations, as I feel that this is a great way to use my skills to benefit my community. I also enjoy the opportunity to observe different teaching styles of the other teachers who donate their time. I admit to being an old-school teacher. I grew

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The River of Your Life: A Yoga Meditation

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 14, 2013 |

yoga meditationThe River of Your Life: A Yoga Meditation Writer Anne Lamott says there are two great metaphors for our lives: rivers and gardens. Thinking along the river lines when it comes to yoga, I recently decided to use this guiding metaphor as a way to explore the running and slow meandering of our lives during a Savasana meditation. Feel free to use my words or adapt your own to unfurling

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What Love Looks Like

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 13, 2013 |

what love looks likeWhat Love Looks Like This morning as I sat in meditation a stray thought popped into my head seemingly out of nowhere, as most thoughts do. I momentarily wondered what I would do if I went outside to feed my four beautiful feral cats and found that one of them was sick, injured or worse. Would I go to work anyway? How would I deal with it? I dutifully dismissed

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