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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 yoga practiceHealthy 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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Teacher-Student Relationship: Students Have Power Too

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipThe Teacher-Student Relationship:  When to Call the Teacher Out Twenty-seven years ago, in my first year of teaching yoga, I attended a workshop on using yoga to heal back issues. The workshop was a week long and was team taught by what was then a who’s who of senior yoga teachers. I had previously worked with only one of the teachers on the roster, so I was excited to experience

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Is Yoga at a Turning Point?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 28, 2013 |

turning pointIs Western Yoga at a Turning Point? Joseph Goldstein sometimes recounts his meditation adventures in his dharma talks. In one particular talk, he spoke of a time when he was sitting in meditation and rather enjoying a long thinking jag. In the midst of being thoroughly absorbed in thoughts and reveries, he remembered where he was and what he’d intended to be doing. This prompted him to give himself, as

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Blogging Yoga Teacher Training: Every Day is a Good Day

posted by Sarah Kramer on October 21, 2013 |

yoga teacher trainingBlogging Yoga Teacher Training: Every Day is a Good Day It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in Salt Lake City and a small group of women are gathering gingerly in a pebbled courtyard. We smile at each other, almost nervously. We’re playing guessing games in our head: What’s her story? Is she here for the hour-long Yoga Basics class? Or something more? We notice who holds bags that might contain books

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