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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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Upavista Konasana: From Side Splits to Stillness

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 11, 2013 |

upavista konasanaUpavista Konasana: From Side Splits to Stillness My dad was a competitive gymnast in his teens and 20s. When he stopped competing, he still enjoyed practicing in our yard on his pommel horse. My sisters and I inherited his athleticism in various ways, but I ended up with the lion’s share of his flexibility. While my sisters and I had fun crawling around the yard, spider-like, in backbends—what yoga practitioners

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Yoga Injuries Again: Healthy Hip Joints

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 5, 2013 |

yoga injuriesYoga Injuries Again:  Healthy Hip Joints Five years ago my sacroiliac (SI) joint was so completely, chronically out of alignment that at times I literally could not walk. After many trips to a chiropractor, neuromuscular therapist and many extremely uncomfortable acupuncture treatments, my chiropractor suggested I have X-rays taken so that he could see what was at the root of the issue. The X-ray showed an amazingly healthy spine with

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Healthy Asana Practice: Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 4, 2013 |

healthy asanaHealthy Asana Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints! Last spring I was honored to be invited to co-teach a training at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. The 20-some students were earnest, curious and right on board with our slower-than-usual approach to asana practice, and our emphasis on meditation and philosophy. I am inspired to know that this group of teachers is bringing their wisdom into the world of yoga.

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