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What Love Looks Like

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 13, 2013 |

what love looks likeWhat Love Looks Like This morning as I sat in meditation a stray thought popped into my head seemingly out of nowhere, as most thoughts do. I momentarily wondered what I would do if I went outside to feed my four beautiful feral cats and found that one of them was sick, injured or worse. Would I go to work anyway? How would I deal with it? I dutifully dismissed

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Upavista Konasana: From Side Splits to Stillness

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 11, 2013 |

upavista konasanaUpavista Konasana: From Side Splits to Stillness My dad was a competitive gymnast in his teens and 20s. When he stopped competing, he still enjoyed practicing in our yard on his pommel horse. My sisters and I inherited his athleticism in various ways, but I ended up with the lion’s share of his flexibility. While my sisters and I had fun crawling around the yard, spider-like, in backbends—what yoga practitioners

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Yoga Injuries Again: Healthy Hip Joints

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 5, 2013 |

yoga injuriesYoga Injuries Again:  Healthy Hip Joints Five years ago my sacroiliac (SI) joint was so completely, chronically out of alignment that at times I literally could not walk. After many trips to a chiropractor, neuromuscular therapist and many extremely uncomfortable acupuncture treatments, my chiropractor suggested I have X-rays taken so that he could see what was at the root of the issue. The X-ray showed an amazingly healthy spine with

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Healthy Asana Practice: Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 4, 2013 |

healthy yoga practiceHealthy Asana Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints! Last spring I was honored to be invited to co-teach a training at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. The 20-some students were earnest, curious and right on board with our slower-than-usual approach to asana practice, and our emphasis on meditation and philosophy. I am inspired to know that this group of teachers is bringing their wisdom into the world of yoga.

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Teacher-Student Relationship: Students Have Power Too

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipThe Teacher-Student Relationship:  When to Call the Teacher Out Twenty-seven years ago, in my first year of teaching yoga, I attended a workshop on using yoga to heal back issues. The workshop was a week long and was team taught by what was then a who’s who of senior yoga teachers. I had previously worked with only one of the teachers on the roster, so I was excited to experience

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Is Yoga at a Turning Point?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 28, 2013 |

turning pointIs Western Yoga at a Turning Point? Joseph Goldstein sometimes recounts his meditation adventures in his dharma talks. In one particular talk, he spoke of a time when he was sitting in meditation and rather enjoying a long thinking jag. In the midst of being thoroughly absorbed in thoughts and reveries, he remembered where he was and what he’d intended to be doing. This prompted him to give himself, as

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Blogging Yoga Teacher Training: Every Day is a Good Day

posted by Sarah Kramer on October 21, 2013 |

yoga teacher trainingBlogging Yoga Teacher Training: Every Day is a Good Day It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in Salt Lake City and a small group of women are gathering gingerly in a pebbled courtyard. We smile at each other, almost nervously. We’re playing guessing games in our head: What’s her story? Is she here for the hour-long Yoga Basics class? Or something more? We notice who holds bags that might contain books

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Gomukhasana: Facing the Cow

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 14, 2013 |

gomukhasanaGomukhasana: Facing the Cow It’s common knowledge that cows hold sacred status in India. To ancient nomadic and farmers, cows represented wealth, nourishment and nurturance. While they are valued for their milk that yields staples of the Indian diet—ghee, yogurt and cheese—cows are not slaughtered for their flesh. Only when a cow dies of old age can her hide be made into shoes. In Hindu mythology, Nandi the bull is

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In Gratitude

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on October 14, 2013 |

gratitudeIn Gratitude The wind thanks you, unfurling over the worn horizon so it can billow into night. The stars too, whether talismans of light dying or just being born, behind the small birds arriving or staying behind, who balance gratefully on thin branches of the coming winter. The squirrel in the field, the hidden fox, the mammals under and over ground, find a way out of no way. The world

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Cheap Yoga Deals: How Does the Yoga Community Benefit from Them?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 10, 2013 |

yoga dealsCheap Yoga Deals:  How Does the Yoga Community Benefit from Them? Everybody loves a deal—everybody. That includes me. I can easily be sucked into buying something I don’t need just because it’s deeply discounted. Who knows? I might actually need that discounted thing someday. Might as well get it now while it’s such a great price! About four years ago, the internet exploded with deals. Sites such as Groupon and

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