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Parvrtta Sukhasana: Ease with a Twist

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 11, 2013 |

sukhasanaParvrtta Sukhasana: Ease with a Twist I recently had the good fortune to sit a 10-day silent Insight Meditation retreat. A friend once compared these sitting marathons to extreme sports, calling them “extreme sitting.” It’s kind of true. All in all, at this particular retreat, we sat for almost eight hours every day, alternating with five hours of walking meditation, in 45-minute increments. In 1988, when I first started going

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Yoga Injuries: Whose Fault Are They?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 11, 2013 |

yoga injuriesYoga Injuries: Whose Fault Are They? This morning, YogaDork posted an article about a man who successfully sued a Bikram studio for a severe back injury. The 58-year-old veteran claims that teachers encouraged him to push past the pain of an old injury to the point where he broke his back. The student claims that teachers told him that doing more yoga could fix his physical issues and that his

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Share Your Gifts with the World

posted by Crystal Griffiths on September 10, 2013 |

share your giftsShare Your Gifts with the World Ask for what you want. Think big and ask big. In an infinite world even the largest request is small. The key is don’t ask from your ego; ask from your heart. The ego asks because it wants to be superior, made larger and more significant. The heart asks because it wishes to share, heal and inspire the world. When you have a large

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Marketing Your Yoga Classes with Soul: Part 1 – Alignment

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 5, 2013 |

marketing your yoga classesMarketing Your Yoga Classes with Soul As I prepare to offer my first Curvy Yoga classes this month, I’ve been renewing marketing of my classes, and considering what soulful outreach really looks like for me. I say “for me” rather than for everyone because I believe that ethically putting our work out into the work means aligning how we do outreach with our values and character, which is another way

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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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