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Healthy Boundaries: The Teacher-Student Relationship

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 12, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipHealthy Boundaries:  The Teacher-Student Relationship It seems to happen with alarming regularity that a spiritual teacher is exposed (no pun intended) for having misused his position to take advantage of students’ trust. It’s been just about a year since the Anusara scandal erupted, and just today, I read an article in the New York Times exposing a centenarian Zen teacher who’s being accused of proliferating a pattern of sexual misconduct.

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The Teacher-Student Relationship: Healthy Boundaries

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 12, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipWhy Are Boundaries Important in the Teacher-Student Relationship? It seems to happen with alarming regularity that a spiritual teacher is exposed (no pun intended) for having misused his position to take advantage of students’ trust. Like most people participating in this conversation I do not know if the allegations are true. I don’t intend to discuss the issue’s veracity here, although I do trust that the blog that broke the

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Viparita Karani: Legs Up the Wall

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 7, 2013 |

legs up the wallIt’s National Viparita Karani Week:  Stop What You’re Doing and Get Those Legs Up the Wall The yoga blog, it’s all yoga, baby, just tipped us off that this week—February 4-10—is National Legs Up the Wall Week. Apparently Toronto-based yoga teacher, David Good, feels that taking a load off your busy legs and your busy life is worth designating a week for. We agree. It’s a genius idea, actually. In

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Malasana: How to Know Squat

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 6, 2013 |

malasanaMalasana:  How to Know Squat One of my favorite things about writing about asana practice is that in the process of researching poses each month, I often learn something new. Even as I head into my 32nd year of practice, I’m well aware that I know only a small fraction of what there is to know about yoga. So I’m always delighted when I uncover something that helps me understand

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Fire Up Your Belly

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on February 5, 2013 |

fire in your bellyPower Up:  Fire Up Your Belly! Have you ever heard that phrase “fire in the belly?” Although I always understood what that meant in a colloquial sense, I’d rarely experienced it for myself—or seen it up close. That is, until my teacher, Cora Wen, fired up hers. Standing in Your Power I was recently at a yoga teacher training with Cora, and after meditation, she decided to share with us

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Yoga Poetry: Who I Didn’t Know I Was

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

yoga propsYoga 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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