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  • Teaching Yoga: It’s a Two-Way Street

    Teaching Yoga is All About Listening

    “Listen to your body” has become a widely disseminated instruction in the yoga world. It’s an important one, a skill that reaches out into life off the mat. But when we tell students to listen to their bodies, we teachers need to remember to listen to our students too. When we listen we create an environment where students feel respected and safe, and we also might learn something in the process.

    About 25 …continue reading

  • Meatless Monday Recipe: Carrot Soup with Onion Relish

    Meatless Monday Recipe

    Meatless Monday has become de rigueur in many restaurants around the country. In honor of this new tradition, we’re going to feature a favorite meatless recipe each Monday. This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is a tasty carrot soup that’s good on its own, but great with a zesty onion relish. This recipe is vegan (when you use olive oil instead of butter) and gluten free.

    Carrot Soup with Onion Relish

    from Vegetarian Cooki…continue reading

  • Healthy Yoga Practice - Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

    Some Ligaments of the Hip Joint
    Healthy Yoga Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

    For the past few years, I've been on the faculty of the teacher training program at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. Early in the 2013 training, one student who had been teaching in a fitness studio asked a very important question. She explained that one of her female students became unusually flexible prior to ovulation, probably because of the presence of…continue reading

  • How to Practice Ahimsa on the Mat

    Most who practice yoga these days have at least heard of the word ahimsa. We might even have read some of the in-depth literature on it, or practiced incorporating the idea of ahimsa—non-harming—into our lives. Translated as “dynamic peacefulness” by Alistair Shearer, it is arguable that ahimsa is the foundation of the entire practice.

    Ahimsa is the first of the yamas, the first of yoga’s Eight Limbs. In the yoga tradition, the yamas, al…continue reading

  • Get Back to Your Root Vegetables

    Eat Root Vegetables to Take Off the Chill

    In the Northern Hemisphere, January is cold as it gets. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from the inside.

    Rev Up

    Vigorous movement can help take off the chill. Outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country sk…continue reading

  • Talasana: Sway Like a Palm Tree

    Talasana: Palm Tree Pose

    January signifies new beginnings, a fresh, new, canvas on which to paint our intentions. The new year often inspires a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, including caring for our bodies, stimulating our minds and seeking new, revitalizing experiences, or experimenting with balancing what we already do with practices that complement our lives.

    The key is patience. Changes, big or small, take time. It takes time to f…continue reading

  • Yoga Poetry - Not Rare But Precious

    Precious Rest
    Yoga Poetry
    Not Rare But Precious

     

    Think of what’s not rare but precious.

    ~ Ruth Gendler

     

    The gift of light. Of dark.

    The squeaky swing set

    that’s really a blue jay

    searching for love and gravity.

    What tells you to lie down.

    Why standing back up

    each morning is precious

    as breath or clouds splintering

    into rain dissolving the drought.

    The horizontal day that turns

    into the vertical night,

    the stubble on the path

    between the furrows of labor,

    h…continue reading

  • Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

    Prasarita Padottanasana on a Nature Collection Ultra Mat
    How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

    Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past? An antiquated practice moving inexorably toward extinction? If you read the numbers, you could easily get that impression. According to a CBS poll, 68 percent of Americans claim they do not make resolutions. That number is 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years prior to the poll.

  • The Season of Generosity

    Photo courtesy of Santito the Cat
    ’Tis the Season of Generosity

    One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn't asked for was just so m…continue reading

  • Why Bendy People Might Not Make the Best Yoga Teachers

    Trikonasana
    How the Struggle Teaches Yoga Teachers How to Teach

    Years ago, I heard a famous quote embellished in the film, Annie Hall. In the film Woody Allen said, “Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.” (Allen’s embellishment is the second sentence.) It was meant to diss teachers, especially gym teachers I guess, but in my three decades of yoga practice and teaching, I’ve come to understand this quote in a comp…continue reading

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