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Healthy Yoga Practice: Does Your Practice Feed You?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 28, 2014 |

What is Healthy Yoga Practice? More than 20 years ago I decided that I would ingest only foods that would contribute to my health and well-being, and avoid “non-foods” that have no nutritional value, things like chemical-ridden processed foods and zero-nutrition soft drinks. I haven’t eaten meat since 1978, and spent about 12 years on a vegan diet before returning to eating occasional eggs and goat yogurt and chevre. I

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Finding the Moon

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 28, 2014 |

moonFinding the Moon Did you stop now that you found the moon almost full, floating west across a small clearing between the clouds? Did you still yourself in the lawn chair on the deck, and give up waiting for one desire to name itself, or another to dissipate?   Where have you been, the beautiful world asks. Wind furrows your hair. The moon folds under a cloud the size of

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Earth Day Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 22, 2014 |

earth1Earth Day Yoga – Every Day is Earth Day Today is the day that we celebrate this beautiful planet that sustains us all. Back in 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the devastation of a California oil spill a year before and by the energy of the anti-war movement, felt that Americans should mobilize around protecting our environment. He conceived the day as an opportunity for a “teach-in” about

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Earth Week Yoga: Is Your Yoga Sustainable?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 17, 2014 |

paschimottanasanaEnergy Conservation Makes for Sustainable Yoga Earth Week is a great time to recommit to greening our lifestyles. This includes all areas of our lives—how we eat, how we travel, how we work and how we play. It also includes how we practice Yoga. In the past decade, the yoga products industry has stepped up to the plate for the environment. We now have lots of choices: mats made from

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Always Remember to Cherish Yourself

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 16, 2014 |

cherish yourselfCherish Yourself It’s very easy to make other people and their priorities more important than you and your goals. Make sure to hold your own goals, dreams, desires and needs in a very high regard. Do not give away so much of yourself that when you need energy there’s none left. Being of service is one of the fastest ways to be happy and to find success, but there is

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What is Iyengar Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2014 |

iyengar yogaIyengar Yoga:  Technique, Sequencing, Timing and the Eight Limbs One of the first things I did when I moved to Salt Lake City in 1982 was search for a hatha yoga teacher. Back then the extent of yoga advertising was a black & white flyer hanging on the natural foods store’s bulletin board—the kind with the little phone numbers you could tear off the bottom. That is how I found

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Advanced Yoga Practice: It’s All in Your Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 9, 2014 |

advanced yoga practiceAdvanced Yoga Practice:  It’s All in Your Mind Must. Do. Everything. A former student recently told me that she had to stop coming to class because she just couldn’t make herself sit out poses even when she knew they were bothering her back. Even though I encourage people to abstain when a pose doesn’t feel right, and my class culture is anything but competitive, this particular student realizes that it

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Digestive Demons on the Loose: When You Suddenly Get Sick in the Middle of Teaching Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 8, 2014 |

suptabaddhakonasanaWhen Digestive Demons Spring to Life in Your Yoga Class I had just led the class in the opening Sun Salutations when it hit: a fast-moving stomach flu that made me almost sink to my knees. Luckily, I could, telling the students we were going to do some seated poses. I kept my eyes steady as the waves roared diagonally through my torso. While I didn’t need to rush to

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Hasta Padangusthasana – Time to Fly

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 7, 2014 |

hasta 2Hasta Padangusthasana – Take Off! Last month I wrote about Garudhasana (Eagle Pose), a pose that honors Garuda, the eagle god whose 40-mile wingspan caused hurricanes and dried up the oceans whenever he took flight. Garudhasana spreads our wings (shoulderblades) and our deep hip rotators, preparing us for flight. In a sense it is a jumping-off point for the expansion that April—derived from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open”—

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What’s Normal Range of Motion?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 3, 2014 |

ROM of Major JointsAnd how does understanding range of motion help us in our Yoga practice? Have you ever wanted to get into an intermediate or advanced class and been told that you had to be able to do Lotus Pose, or do Upward Bow with straight arms? I’ve never been a fan of this type of classification, partly because it takes into consideration only one small part of a person’s Yoga experience.

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