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A Steady Unfolding: The Yoga of Patience

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2014 |

sukkhasana-300x199The Yoga of Patience I had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the past few weeks. My partner and I attended two back-to-back nine-day retreats. The first nine days focused on the cultivation of kindness and compassion, and the second nine days focused on mindfulness practice. I feel immense gratitude for the teachings, the practice and the wisdom of the teachers. When I

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Yoga Poetry – Then It’s Over

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 28, 2014 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry Then It’s Over The blue breaks through the setting clouds, an old fire, while the field lays down its colors for the night. Sky tumbles over itself day to night, tension to calm. What we think happened, and what no one but the wind saw– all lost to the first falling star. Nothing hurts for a moment. Those you love shine whether still here or long gone. A

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The Yoga of Walking

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 23, 2014 |

yoga of walkingJust Walk – The Yoga of Walking I’ve always loved walking. Even back in the 1960s, when most people considered going out for a drive to be a leisurely Sunday activity, my father took us out on walks. Unlike most kids in our neighborhood, my sisters and I walked the mile to school, rain or shine (but not uphill both ways …). As a family, we spent summer evenings walking

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Sequencing Yoga Poses: Not Just Cool Choreography

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 16, 2014 |

sequencing yoga posesSequencing Yoga Poses In 1989 I went to India for a three-week intensive with B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta. Mr. Iyengar had just turned 70, and Geeta was officially handling the majority of teaching duties. However until the last week of the intensive, B.K.S. appeared every day and taught much of every class. During the last week, he traveled out of town to teach a class for one day,

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Ending a Yoga Class

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 14, 2014 |

ending a yoga classEnding a Yoga Class When we begin teaching at a certain time, we don’t usually envision the class ending. Such was the case with my Monday noon-1:00 pm. Class I started teaching three years ago. The class was one of the first at a new yoga studio in the west side of our town where there aren’t other yoga studios, which tend to be clumped on the east side. Our

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Revolved Lunge – Settle In

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 9, 2014 |

revolved lungeRevolved Lunge aka Chaise Lounge Pose Born to Anjana (a supernatural woman) and Kesari (king of the monkeys), Anjaneya had magical powers and royalty in his genetic inheritance. His godfather was Vayu, the wind god. Anjaneya was considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. His auspicious pedigree made him a bit of a star among mortals. According to legend, Anjaneya once mistook the sun for a glowing piece of

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Yoga Gossip: Have You Ever Been Dissed by Another Teacher?

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 7, 2014 |

yoga gossipThe Yoga Gossip Machine:  What Do You Do When Another Teacher Disses You Behind Your Back? When students ask my opinion about another teacher in town, I’m deliberately vague. First, with the plethora of teachers (100 or more) being trained annually in various local trainings, I no longer know 99 percent of the teachers in town. Second, even if I do know the teacher about whom they’re inquiring, I don’t

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Yoga and Flexibility: Do You Have to be Flexible to Practice?

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 3, 2014 |

balasanaWhy Yoga and Flexibility Are Not Synonymous Fred is hands down the least flexible person I’ve ever encountered. In 28 years of teaching asana, I’ve never seen anyone who came close to his lack of mobility. His Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) was little more than a forward nod. Before coming to my classes, he had not sat on the floor since childhood, and required tall stacks of blankets to do

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All Sewn Up – How We Make Our Yoga Bolsters, Eyebags and Meditation Cushions

posted by admin on June 29, 2014 |

yoga bolstersTrina Ensures Our Yoga Bolsters Make the Grade Have you ever wondered what makes great yoga bolsters stand out? Like most things, there’s not just one factor. The number one quality that makes yoga bolsters rise above the pack is the balance between firmness and softness. A great bolster is firm enough that it bends only a miniscule amount, but is soft enough on the outside that it’s comfy for

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Tips for Practicing Yoga Outdoors

posted by jodi on June 26, 2014 |

Take Your Yoga Outdoors! Practicing yoga outside in the sunshine is idyllic. Maybe there’s a gentle breeze flowing, or you’re so close to the ocean, you can feel the wind off the waves. A change of scenery can shift your perspective, and inspire profound reflection. But what happens when it’s so hot outside, you can’t even touch your mat? Dark colored mats get really hot in the direct sun. Suddenly

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