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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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Starting a Meditation Practice: Rituals Work!

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 17, 2013 |

ritualsStarting a Meditation Practice:  Rituals Work! I’ve never been much for formality. It’s a familial thing. My parents’ spiritual proclivities—if they had them—were very much their own personal business. Even though I haven’t gone in for institutionalized rituals, if I’m honest with myself, I realize that I’ve formed my own personal rituals around all kinds of things—my morning routine, my bedtime routine, and my meditation practice, among others. Meditation is

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Yoga for Everybody: The Language of Bodies

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 15, 2013 |

yoga for everybodyYoga for Everybody:  The Language of Bodies Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I use words to describe bodies of various sizes and shapes, thinking catalyzed by excellent questions posed as part of the Curvy Yoga certification I’m doing with Anna Guest-Jelly. I realized that when it comes to bodies that don’t look at those regularly seen on the cover of yoga magazines, I’m wandering through a language

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Yoga Selfies – What Do You Think?

posted by Nancy Alder on July 11, 2013 |

yoga selfieYoga Selfies – What Do You Think? Last week the New York Times published an article about the recent wave of yogis that are posting photos of themselves using apps such as Instagram. To say that the article has raised both ire and defenses is an understatement. Proponents and fans of the yoga “selfies” are putting up their dukes to proclaim they are wonderful, inspirational and encouraging others to get

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Please Don’t Denigrate Gentle Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 10, 2013 |

gentle yogaGentle Yoga Leads us to the Heart of Practice Throughout the past few years of the yoga boom, as I’ve become more familiar with the yoga blogosphere, I’ve been dismayed by some of the common, recurring themes. These include “yoga for weight loss” claims, the almost poetic praise of expensive yoga pants, the popularity contests among yoga stars, and especially, the pervasive belief that sweaty, fast-paced routines are for “serious”

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