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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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Spring Yoga – A Poem by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 28, 2013 |

vernal yogaSpring Yoga – A Poem by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Pre-Vernal Yoga Class Look at the tips of branches: green buds almost ready The grass newly shaggy. Bundles of miniature hands, pale purple, just opening their palms into lilac.   The damp sky wants to evaporate itself pure blue. The four women in this mid-day yoga class want to soar into strong arrows and subtle warriors   but it’s still pre-vernal: everything,

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MC Yogi Rocks Urban Flow Yoga Studio

posted by jodi on May 22, 2013 |

mc yogiMC Yogi Rocks Urban Flow Yoga As soon as I found out I was heading to San Francisco for a work event, I looked into taking another class from Rusty Wells at Urban Flow Yoga. “If Rusty Wells started a cult, chances are I’d join it,” someone named Khanjera tweeted recently. If I lived in San Francisco, I’d probably be a regular at Urban Yoga for Rusty’s deep, sweaty, lovey

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Vasisthasana: Balancing Outside Your Comfort Zone

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 21, 2013 |

vasisthasanaVasisthasana:  Balancing Outside Your Comfort Zone If you practice yoga, you probably favor some poses over others. Most of us like the poses that are easy for us as well as the ones that show off our strengths. The others, not so much. At some point in my 30 years of practice, almost every pose that’s been within my reach has held favorite status for me, at least for a

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Integrity Matters: Who is Your Yoga Teacher—Really?

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 15, 2013 |

integrity mattersIntegrity Matters:  Who is Your Yoga Teacher—Really? Last week I went to a funky roadhouse called The Garage on Beck to listen to some friends who play jazz there on Thursday nights. I happened to join a table that included a friend I hadn’t seen in years. This friend is a longtime Zen practitioner of 20 years, until the center where he practiced imploded in early 2011 due to sexual

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