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Ardha Chandrasana: Dynamic Balance

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2013 |

ardha chandrasanaArdha Chandrasana:  Dynamic Balance Some schools of yoga teach that it’s best not to practice on the two ends of the moon’s cycle—the full and new moons. The theory is that because our bodies are mostly made of water, like the tides of the ocean, the tides of our cells shift with the phases of the moon. During the full moon, our energies tend to rise—have you ever had trouble

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Step Out of Your Own Way

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 10, 2013 |

step out of your own wayStep Out of Your Own Way So easy to forget how to walk through your thoughts, to let the weather in your head erase the weather threading itself, right now, through the trap lines of the wind, the tunnels of quiet between the rushing grasslands. So simple to stop seeing what time wants to show you. On the edge of the train’s calling, a whistle half lost in the merciful

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The Yoga of Empowerment

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on April 9, 2013 |

yoga of empowermentThe Yoga of Empowerment I came to yoga right around the time I came to social justice work. For me, the two will always be inextricable—and that’s not because I was doing yoga while making calls on a phone bank. It’s because at the root of both, I see a desire to be fully embodied—accepted and free. What Yoga Has to Do With It When I first became an activist,

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Wasatch Community Gardens: Building Community from the Ground Up

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 8, 2013 |

wasatch community gardensWasatch Community Gardens:  Building Community from the Ground Up After a pretty white winter, spring is finally edging its way into the Salt Lake valley. Gentle rains replace the several feet of snow that blanketed our valley from December through much of March. Sunny jonquils dot the landscape and tulips are about to burst forth. For me, it’s past time to plant lettuce, kale, chard, carrots, beets and spinach. I

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Why Supta Baddha Konasana is My Favorite Pose

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 28, 2013 |

supta baddha konasanaWhy Supta Baddha Konasana is My Favorite Pose We all have our favorite yoga poses, and Supta Baddha Konasana is mine. For one thing, it’s done lying done with plenty of supports: a bolster to lie back on, a folded blanket into a pillow for the head, and what I call wing walls, composed of folded blankets, for the knees. But it’s more than the props and the reclining involved

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Yoga, a Respite for Children with Emotional Disturbance

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 27, 2013 |

yoga for childrenYoga for Children with Emotional Disturbance The greatest reward of teaching yoga for the past 26 years has been getting to know my students. Maybe this is true of everyone’s yoga classes, but I am continually in awe of the wisdom, kindness, generosity and the diversity of gifts my students bring to this world. I am grateful beyond measure that this sangha of wise and spirited people has chosen to

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Let Go: Have Faith in Your Path

posted by Crystal Griffiths on March 20, 2013 |

faithChoose Faith There are super frustrating times on The Path. Instead of fighting against frustrating times with more frustration, anger and resentment, take a higher road today. Remember, a delay is not a denial. The world’s timing is always perfect and if something isn’t quite manifesting yet, there is a reason. So today, instead of choosing to be angry, hurt or just plain ol’ pissed off, take a big deep

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Yoga Teacher Training: How Teaching Begets Learning

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 18, 2013 |

yoga teacher trainingYoga Teacher Training:  How Teaching Begets Learning Every once in a while, I reflect on what it means to have practiced yoga for 31 years. It’s honestly hard to fathom. Time is a pretty elastic concept for me, but if I reflect on how old I was when I started—26!—I can’t help but marvel at the lifelong friend yoga has been for all these years. And still, when I contemplate

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Yoga Poetry for Spring

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 13, 2013 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry for Spring Welcome You come through the gate, and your life on earth begins: green wavering into the hue of early spring, the growing heat pouring leaf into form just as you did, are doing, will do with lack, rain, rivers, kisses, wind, and horizons that come each turning. You stand up in your dream, lean on the fence, look wide toward the lights spilled across the black

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Utkatasana: Awaken Your Inner Fire

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 11, 2013 |

utkatasanaUtkatasana:  Not a Chair Pose Have you ever seen the famous paintings of ancient Indian yogis sitting in chairs meditating? Me neither. Over the millennia, the vast majority of sadhus who committed themselves to the yogic life owned little more than the minimal clothing they were wearing, along with a bowl and utensils for collecting their daily alms of rice. Most of them likely never saw a chair, let alone

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