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Utkatasana: Awaken Your Inner Fire

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 11, 2013 |

utkatasanaUtkatasana:  Not a Chair Pose Have you ever seen the famous paintings of ancient Indian yogis sitting in chairs meditating? Me neither. Over the millennia, the vast majority of sadhus who committed themselves to the yogic life owned little more than the minimal clothing they were wearing, along with a bowl and utensils for collecting their daily alms of rice. Most of them likely never saw a chair, let alone

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Silencing Your Inner Critic: The Multi-Layered Beauty of Movement

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on March 6, 2013 |

inner criticHow Yoga Can Help You Silence Your Inner Critic I recently had a new student come to my class. As we were chatting before class, she told me that she hadn’t done yoga in several years. She explained that the reason was that the last time she went to a class, she wasn’t able to keep up, and the teacher didn’t offer to help her. She left feeling humiliated and

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Being on the Ball

posted by Lynae on February 26, 2013 |

yoga-balls1Sitting on the Exercise Ball The creeping muscle and balance loss that can accumulate over the years from a sedentary, full-time job scares me. The body boredom I was experiencing with mine was making me anxious. I decided to incorporate an exercise ball into my desk furniture to add versatility to my day and rid myself of the slouchy, stagnant feeling I can get sitting at my desk. I have

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Start Your Day with a Quick, Energizing Superfood Breakfast

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 25, 2013 |

superfood breakfastSuperfood Breakfast:  No More Oatmeal Fatigue I stopped eating meat in 1978 and haven’t looked back. The truth is, I never liked meat. My body doesn’t digest it well. I won’t go into detail, but I’ll just say that I felt exhausted, heavy and had constant stomach aches when I ate meat as a child. When I stopped eating meat, those symptoms went away almost instantaneously. For 15 years I

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Santacon and Jivamukti — Lessons in Sangha

posted by jodi on February 20, 2013 |

jivamuktiSantacon and Jivamukti — Lessons in Sangha We were late to getting to class, again. On a Saturday morning in December, instead of hopping off the subway at Union Square for the quick walk to YogaWorks for Chrissy Carter’s class, my boyfriend and I stayed on the subway a little longer and headed to Jivamukti. Just after 10:30 a.m., we saw our first of many Santas. There was definitely a

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Saturday Yoga with the Happy Dog, Old Dog and Purring Cat

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 19, 2013 |

yoga with petsSaturday Yoga With the Happy Dog, Old Dog & Purring Cat When I unroll the mat, the big, young dog trots across its length, leaving big paw prints, a new pattern to notice in the breaths to come. Meanwhile, there is the old dog, pushing herself up with all her strength to take deliberate steps until she can collapse the end of the mat. I make a note in my

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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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