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Bound Angle Pose: Support Your Spine with a Yoga Strap

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 3, 2015 |

yoga strapBound Angle Pose: Use a Yoga Strap to Support Healthy Sitting I was first introduced to poses associated with yoga in grade school, when my sisters and I took ballet lessons. I remember practicing Baddha Konasana—called “Butterfly” in girls’ ballet classes—every day. With ballet’s emphasis on turnout, Butterfly is one of its important warm-up exercises. Practicing Baddha Konasana requires and develops outward rotation of the hip joints—that is, if the

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Meatless Monday: Penne with Tomatoes, Olives, Lemon and Basil

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 31, 2015 |

The Finished ProductMeatless Monday: A Simple, Fresh, Piquant Summer Pasta Dish Few things in life are more pleasurable than eating a sun-warmed homegrown tomato within seconds of picking it. So when I harvest tomatoes and herbs from my garden for a dish I’ll be making, I always indulge in some sweet cherry tomatoes while I’m at it. A close runner-up to eating tomatoes while you’re still in the garden is making a

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How to Relieve Knee Pain with Yoga Blocks

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 27, 2015 |

yoga blockYoga Blocks Alleviate Knee Discomfort Having spent most of my yoga teaching life in Utah, the place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth,” I’ve hosted a lot of dedicated skiers in my classes with various knee issues. Movement restrictions tend to fall into two camps: those whose knees don’t flex very far and those whose knees feel painful when the knees are flexed and the thighbones are externally rotated

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Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 25, 2015 |

ardha padmasanaSupta Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody In 2001, I co-taught a teacher training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, BC. The 50 attendees were experienced yoga teachers and body workers from all over the world. During the training we questioned teaching methodologies that shoehorn students into a one-size-fits-all model. One misconception we talked about was the perceived necessity of practicing what is probably yoga’s most emblematic pose: Padmasana (Lotus

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Meatless Monday: Chilled Avocado-Cucumber Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 24, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Cooling Avocado-Cucumber Soup Soup from scratch is one of my favorite things to make. In the winter, a bowl of hot soup is comforting and warming, with the added bonus of providing meals for several days. In the summer I don’t have much of a taste for anything hot, including soup. So instead, I’ve collected several chilled-soup recipes that have become summer staples. This is one of them.

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Entering a Pose or Entering Your Body? You Decide

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on August 19, 2015 |

IRHA BanquetEntering a Pose or Entering Your Body? You Decide Last summer I was at an amazing workshop taught by Rod Stryker on his book, The Four Desires. His work is a yogic style of Desire Mapping. Not only was I learning how to excavate and manifest my heart’s desires in a new way, I was moving more deeply into an asana practice that yes, helped me to understand and love

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De-stress Your Shoulders, Chest and Neck with a Sukasana Pillow

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 18, 2015 |

Simple, Supported Backbend with a Sukasana Pillow Most of us spend most of our days hunched over a keyboard. When we leave work, we hunch over a steering wheel. They we get home and hunch over a cutting board. You get the idea. We spend a whole lot of our lives bending forward, often to the detriment of our neck and shoulders. Yoga has many antidotes for this, of course.

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Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #4

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 17, 2015 |

meatless mondayKale Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Feta for Meatless Monday The kale keeps on coming. Even if you don’t have a steady supply in your back yard, you can find organic kale in most grocery stores. Because it’s in season, it’s more tender than in the wintertime, making it great for raw consumption. This is the fourth kale salad I’ve offered in the Meatless Monday series. I made this one

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Align Your Side Angle Pose with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 13, 2015 |

yoga blockYoga Blocks Help You Align and Lengthen There are so many positive things to say about Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose). It promotes strength, stability, flexibility, expansion, grounding and balance. Plus it feels really great. Side Angle Pose engages every part of your body. While Side Angle Pose may not be as glamorous as some of the backbendy, hip-openy, gymnastic poses you’ll see on Instagram, it’s a stellar staple of asana’s

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Moving Abroad: How Yoga Can Help

posted by Anna Johnson on August 11, 2015 |

moving abroadStaying Calm While Moving Abroad If you are among the millions of people who reside abroad then you know that everything can get chaotic really fast. We must adjust to differing cultures, customs, language, food and lifestyles. How does one maintain balance in the midst of such disorder? By releasing all of the built-up anxiety on your mat, keeping up the one thing that can always remain the same: your

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