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Slowing Down — The Power of Pausing

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 28, 2013 |

slowing downSlowing Down – The Power of Pausing Years ago I took a vacation to Baja, where some friends had relocated. One morning when the beach was completely deserted, I decided to take a solitary walk. As my pace slowed due to the mushy sand and my desire to shake off the usual brisk pace of my life, I began to notice things along the way that I might not have

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Would You Like to Start a Daily Meditation Practice?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 27, 2013 |

daily meditation practiceHow Simple Rituals Can Help You Build a Daily Meditation Practice Last year I spent a long weekend at Green Gulch Farm in Northern California. Green Gulch is a lovely, green valley in the hills above Sausalito. A branch of the San Francisco Zen Center, it is both an organic farm and a retreat center for Zen students of all stripes—from householders wanting to spend a week or more practicing

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Jathara Parivartanasana: Expand your Elixir Field

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 21, 2013 |

jathara parivartanasanaJathara Parivartanasana:  Expand your Elixir Field If you plant a garden, you know that August is your garden’s most bounteous month. Squash, eggplant, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, peppers, and of course, succulent tomatoes—an altogether different fruit from the mealy, pinkish orbs in the grocery store—are plentiful and at their juicy best. Late summer is the time we harvest and assimilate Earth’s bounty, the fruits of our labors. It’s likely no

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Got Emotion? Yoga Can Help — But Not in the Way You Think

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 20, 2013 |

emotionGot Emotion? Yoga Can Help — But Not in the Way You Think I feel fortunate. I got to grow up in a time and with a generation that has dominated Western culture since we were but wee sprouts. I’m part of the baby boom generation, and even though this vast swath of American culture is steadily and inexorably moving into senior status, I still feel very lucky. We had

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When Your Yoga Teaching Just Doesn’t Do It for Someone

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 19, 2013 |

yoga teachingWhen Your Yoga Teaching Just Doesn’t Do It For Someone Sometimes those who come to our classes are exhilarated to be with us, having chosen us from many other teachers. Sometimes it’s the opposite. A few weeks ago, I encountered someone who clearly wasn’t so thrilled to be in my class. “Biff” arrived with his rolled-up mat under his arm, took a quick look at me, and actually stepped back.

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Mindful Living: Just This Task

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 7, 2013 |

mindful livingMindful Living:  Being Present in Your Daily Life Mindfulness has become a buzzword in the yoga world. I read a lot about mindful living, mindfulness practice. In fact I’ve practiced mindfulness over the past 27 years. Sometimes it’s been a challenge to make time in my schedule to do formal practice, although in recently years I’ve committed to getting up early to fit in at least 30 minutes of sitting

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Why Practicing Yoga is Like Swimming Upstream

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 6, 2013 |

practicing yogaWhy Practicing Yoga is Like Swimming Upstream In 1988, I attended my second 10-day silent Vipassana (Insight) Meditation retreat. The retreat began on December 26, 1988 and ended on January 6, 1989. One of my clearest memories of that retreat was a revelation that took place on New Year’s Eve. In my days as a party girl at Indiana University and in the ensuing years, like most people I considered

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Why There’s No Substitute for a Good Yoga Teacher

posted by Nancy Alder on August 6, 2013 |

good yoga teacherWhy There’s No Substitute for a Good Yoga Teacher I have a confession to make:  I am a yoga teacher who has no yoga teacher. I can attend classes, watch videos or participate in online practices, but I do not have a main yoga teacher with whom I practice. Frequently students or friends ask me for recommendations of videos or online classes to take if they are unable to make

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Yoga Poetry – Do You Know Where You’re From?

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 30, 2013 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry Do You Know Where You’re From? Blue falling off its ledge the expanse collapsing into pale rain or nothing but sun. Do you know where you’re from?   The sea-shaped gullies break or gap. The herd lost in the woods that should be in the field. The scalloped rises formed by wind or its absence. Do you know where the motion originates in a field of big bluestem,

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Silent Yoga Mind – Equanimity in Chaos

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2013 |

silent yoga mindSilent Yoga Mind – Equanimity in Chaos I just returned from 10 days of silence on an Insight (Vipassana) Meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. This is not the first time I’ve done such a radical thing. In fact, it was the 15th time I’ve sat in silence for anywhere from a week to a month since I stepped onto this path in 1988. There are so many things

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