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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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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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