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Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose: The Yogic Snake Dance

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 8, 2013 |

bhujangasanaCobra Pose – The Yogic Snake Dance Few members of the animal kingdom elicit more passionate reactions than snakes. Mostly known for their stealthy, slithery sinews and the venomous bites of some species, snakes have largely gotten a bad rap over the centuries. The truth is, as snake-a-holic David E. Jensen pointed out in the June Catalyst (“Confessions of a snake-a-holic”), most snakes are harmless. Snakes are stealthy and swift,

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Mindful Yoga Practice: Teaching Independence On and Off the Mat

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2013 |

vir100Mindful Yoga Practice:  Teaching Independence Some years ago, I took a weekend vacation to the Southern Utah desert. I planned to leave right after my Thursday morning Yoga class, which meant I would miss my Thursday evening class. Several weeks before my mini-vacation, I called a teaching colleague who agreed to substitute teach the class. After my vacation I arrived home to the usual slew of messages on my voice

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Shoulderstand: How to Invert Safely

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 1, 2013 |

sarvangasanaSalamba Sarvangasana:  Bloom a New Perspective Looking to see the world from a new perspective? Going upside-down is one way to shift your point of view—literally. Inverted yoga poses are perfect for cultivating fertile creative ground in the body/mind. In addition to their many physical benefits, inversions are said to allow us to see with new eyes. When we turn upside down, the world looks different. The world hasn’t fundamentally

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Yoga for Moms: Moms Don’t Do Yoga … Or Do They?

posted by Michelle Young on June 27, 2013 |

yoga for momsYoga for Moms “Moms don’t do yoga.” A statement said to me by a friend while I was weeks away from expecting my first child. I wasn’t completely aware of how my life would change with the new arrival, but I knew that couldn’t be true … at least not for me. This Mom still does yoga. Now in all honesty my yoga practice has changed and changed immensely. I

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Spiritual Arrogance: The More People Doing [My Practice] the Better

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 26, 2013 |

spiritual arroganceSpiritual Arrogance:  The More People Doing [My Practice] the Better I have a neighbor who is perhaps the kindest, most generous and considerate person I have ever met. George spends a lot of time outside, working on his house and in his yard. I’m always glad to see him. Even if I don’t interact with him, I smile at his presence, knowing that it’s a good thing for the world

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Yoga with a Surrey with a Fringe On Top

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on June 18, 2013 |

yoga tunesYoga Tunes – Yoga with a Surrey with a Fringe On Top “A Surrey with a Fringe On Top,” that wonderful and dreamy song that Gordon MacRae sings to Shirley Jones in Oklahoma, is perfectly suited for sun salutations, at least in my world and, on occasion, in the yoga classes I teach. Having grown up in a 1960s household in which my mother played show tunes while spraying Lemon

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Do You Shortchange Your Savasana?

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 17, 2013 |

savasanaDo You Shortchange Your Savasana? Decades ago I attended an early morning—6:00 to 7:00 am—asana class for a few months. While I’m not a natural morning person, I attended the class because it was one of only three each week that my favorite teachers offered. The class was usually vigorous, as morning classes often are. While I enjoyed the opportunity to start my day with asana practice, I always felt

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Who Does Yoga?

posted by Nancy Alder on June 17, 2013 |

who does yogaWho Does Yoga? If You Can Breathe, You Can Do Yoga At least once a week I have a conversation with someone that goes like this: Them: What do you do for a living? Me: I teach yoga. Them: Oh I would love to do yoga but I am totally not flexible. The idea that yoga requires flexibility and strength is one perpetuated by the media, by the increased number

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Are You a Yoga Show Off?

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 5, 2013 |

yoga show offWalking Your Talk:  Are You a Yoga Show Off? One of the things I really loved about yoga practice from the get-go was the fact that it is not meant to be competitive. My early teachers were all quick to emphasize that comparing yourself to your neighbors is not helpful. As a decidedly Type B introvert, I found this to be a relief. We Type B introverts do not always

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Why I Teach Old-School Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 28, 2013 |

old-school yogaWhy I Teach Old-School Yoga I began practicing yoga in 1982 at a modest studio behind the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. The teacher was June Bains, a trim, 60-something woman whose studio space had pink, plush carpet and no yoga mats, music or art on the walls. Still, it was a dedicated yoga space, something that was quite rare in those days. What made me fall in love with

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