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Yoga Poetry: Who I Didn’t Know I Was

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 4, 2013 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry: Who I Didn’t Know I Was I didn’t know I was a runner, even in one-minute spurts between long walks on uneven sidewalks. I didn’t know I could balance upside down in the middle of the day, sometimes without the friendly wall to help me. I didn’t know I could reach beyond the aching hamstrings to hold the lonely foot in my happy hand. I didn’t imagine the

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The Yoga Sutras: Learning Through Experience

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 24, 2013 |

yoga sutrasThe Yoga Sutras:  Learning Through Experience Not long ago, I found a link to a short autobiographical account of B.K.S. Iyengar’s journey into yoga. He began his journey into yoga at age 14. After only two years of study with T. Krishnamacharya, Iyengar was told by his guru to go out into the world to teach. The rest of his yoga journey of almost 80 years has been spent studying

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Listen to your Body: What Does that Really Mean?

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 16, 2013 |

listen to your bodyTeachers say it all the time, but what does “Listen to your body” mean? About 20 years ago I attended a workshop with a well-known yoga teacher. We were working up to Urdva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow), stretching our quads and preparing our shoulders for at least 30 minutes before we started practicing the most rudimentary backbends. By the time we finished Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) I was feeling warmed

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What It Takes To Even Reach My Edge

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

my edgeWhat It Takes To Even Reach My Edge Each time I stand up today, my thighs burn and my butt aches. As I make my way from chair to door, I’m amazed at how I’m shuffling, off-balanced too, because of the intense workout yesterday. Standing poses against the wall plus sandbags (suspended from my upper thighs in a strap) equals amazingly shaky strength at the moment, and shaky weakness the

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Why I’m Not a Fan of this Concept: Full Expression

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 7, 2013 |

full expressionWhy I’m Not a Fan of this Concept:  Full Expression I’ll admit to not being a fan of some tried-and-true yoga phrases. And you know what’s at the top of my list? “Full expression.” Have you heard that one? It usually sounds something like: “If you’d like, you can come into the full expression of the pose.” Or, “And if you do this, you’ll be in the full expression of

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New Year’s Resolutions: Making New Habits

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 2, 2013 |

habitsNew Year’s Resolutions:  Making New Habits Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, have you made them yet? How do they usually pan out for you? I’ve never been much for the ceremony of making New Year’s resolutions. I’ve found that my resolve is not strong enough to form a new habit simply because the calendar has turned. My inspiration to change a habit—and the ability to effectively do

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Closet Purge: A New Holiday Tradition?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 26, 2012 |

closet purgeCloset Purge:  A New Holiday Tradition? How was your Christmas day? My December 25th—and the weeks leading up to it—was a harmonious combination of the warm and familiar, and the adventuresome new. On the side of tradition, I got to play the 1951 made-for-TV opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a production I watched every year as a child and whose music was woven into my birth family’s culture. For

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Yoga Deva: A Yoga Nomad’s Home Away from Home

posted by jodi on December 18, 2012 |

yoga devaYoga Deva:  A Yoga Nomad’s Home Away from Home Toward the end of a road trip to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family in Gilbert, Arizona, we snuck away to a yoga class. We had searched online for a place to practice, but by the time we finally left that Saturday morning, we realized we would have been late to the studio we had planned to attend. Everything seems extra

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Love Dissolves My Name

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on December 13, 2012 |

loveLove Dissolves My Name It doesn’t happen all at once. It happens instantaneously. It takes and leaves everything. When love comes, the storylines dissolve: no longer you against the odds or your worth drowning in undercurrent voices that you thought birthed you. The false bottom drops out and you fall right through what you thought essential to your survival but what, over time, turned to paper scaffolding. Now you can

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Restorative Bridge Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 11, 2012 |

restorative bridge poseRestorative Bridge:  Relax and Replenish December 21st was my dad’s favorite day of the year. While he was definitely of the yang, high-energy, non-stop activity camp—not a fan of the short winter days—he loved the fact that after Winter Solstice, the days would begin to lengthen. For my dad, it was all uphill after December 21st. As a culture we’ve chosen to fill the year’s darkest days with a relentless

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