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Yoga Resolutions – 4 Things You Can Wish for Your Yoga Practice in 2014

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 31, 2013 |

yoga resolutionsYoga Resolutions – 4 Things You Can Wish for Your Yoga Practice in 2014 Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past? An antiquated practice moving inexorably toward extinction? If you read the numbers, you could easily get that impression. According to a CBS poll, 68 percent of Americans claim they do not make resolutions. That number is 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years ago.

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How Important is Yoga Alignment?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 26, 2013 |

yoga alignmentHow Important is Yoga Alignment? My first yoga teacher was a student of the venerable Indra Devi. I only took classes from her for six months before moving to another state, but those classes planted a seed that has been flowering for 30 years now. June Bains was not a flashy teacher. She didn’t teach detailed yoga alignment—at all. But somehow who she was gave us all permission to explore

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Yoga Poetry: Speaking to the Wind

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on December 24, 2013 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry Speaking to the Wind Where are you now, wind, when you’re everywhere? Jack rabbit of shadow, rustle of dry grass. Then it’s night, and you sweep through the center of tree or field, your hands too in love with what their wrists do when dancing.   What unfolds its wet wings in the shimmer only to be dried into flight by you? What climbs a happy slope of

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In Praise of Older Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 18, 2013 |

older yoga teachersWhy Older Yoga Teachers Have a Lot to Offer—If You Take the Time to See It Truth be told, this post has been brewing in me for a while. But today when author and yoga blogger extraordinaire Carol Horton posted this blog on Facebook, I finally decided it was time. (Please note that Carol didn’t write this blog; she found it and posted it for discussion.) Let me start with

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The Power of Generosity

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 16, 2013 |

power of generosityThe Power of Generosity One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn’t asked

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Yoga Poetry: Finding the Question

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on December 11, 2013 |

yoga poetryFinding the Question Is it the wind from the cedars brushing the wet ground, the nests of the wrens tucked into the rock’s eve? Is it the storm over the horizon willing the dark night to lighten with change? Is it the old love unrequited still burning underground, the bitterness of what I wish I didn’t say or lose threading through branches in winter? from the branches in winter? Is

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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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