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Janu Sirsasana: Moving Inward

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 19, 2012 |

janu sirsasanaMoving Inward:  Janu Sirsasana The end of the year inspires reflection: What has transpired over the past year? What haven’t we completed? Where do we intend to go in the next year? Forward bending poses express introspection. I like to practice them toward the end of a yoga session—and the end of a year. As we fold our bodies forward, we internalize and integrate the benefits of whatever poses came

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When the Brokenness Vanishes Before Your Very Eyes

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 13, 2012 |

brokennessWhen the Brokenness Vanishes Before Your Very Eyes It isn’t what they told you, a chip broken from the hip bone or splinter in your finger that can never be removed. Healing comes before your very eyes, whether or not you’re watching at times. You can’t find what’s broken in the falling-down house of the body that is actually upright enough to live in most days. The old or the

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Getting in Touch with Your Body: It’s More than Sunshine & Rainbows

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on November 5, 2012 |

Nadi ShodhanaHow Nadi Shodhana Taught Me to Listen Don’t you hate it when people talk about something that seems like a metaphor but you’re not sure if it is? Like listening to your body? Or trusting your gut? I sure do. When I was starting my yoga practice in the late ’90s, I had no idea that the instruction to “listen to your body” was an actual thing. I thought it

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Beef Up Your Skeleton: Yoga for Osteoporosis

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 31, 2012 |

yoga for osteoporosisYoga for Osteoporosis Images of witches, ghosts, black cats, zombies and skeletons abound today. These iconic images are meant to be scary, and some of them are—although I have to say that having lived with a few black cats in my life, they’re not at all scary. Halloween images are nonetheless meant to evoke a bit of fear and apprehension. When you see an image of a skeleton, the first

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Sattva Jute Mat: How It Works, How to Care for It

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2012 |

Sattva Jute Yoga MatJute Yoga Mats Combine Sustainability with Great Grip If you were around in the ’70s, you may remember macrame. A crafty pursuit consisting of elaborate knot tying, macrame plant hangers, wall hangings and jewelry were ubiquitous for a time. Jute was the perfect macrame fiber—strong, earthen-colored and a little bit rustic. I still have a roll of macrame-ready jute in my attic. Nicknamed the “Golden Fibre,” Jute is a natural

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Mindful Yoga: Trusting Your Own Experience

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 29, 2012 |

mindful yogaMindful Yoga:  Trusting Your Own Experience The only time I’ve ever injured myself in 30 years of practicing yoga happened when a teaching colleague told me my Headstand was incorrect because I was putting more weight on my arms than on my head. I was a novice student, only four years into my yoga practice. I knew my neck was not very strong due to a whiplash injury, but I

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Live your True Calling

posted by Crystal Griffiths on October 24, 2012 |

imagesLive Your True Calling Life ends not when you die, but when you stop believing in your true calling. Your true calling isn’t something your friends, parents or lovers want you to become. Your true calling isn’t living vicariously through someone else. And most certainly your true calling isn’t working just to “make a living” and “get by.” Your true calling is that soft voice within you urging to be

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Balancing on the Equinox

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on October 23, 2012 |

equinoxBalancing on the Equinox The golden tree holds her pose for several breaths, each one a dazzle of wind, rise, fall, feather and run. Meantime, time. Meanwhile, a man on a bicycle pumping hard to get up the hill. Meanwhile, the dog tearing down the street, leash flying behind him. Meanwhile, the equinox: a balance point when one white plastic bag pauses at the side of the tree, a flag

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Yoga for Insomnia: Relax Your Body, Relax Your Breath

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 22, 2012 |

yoga for insomniaHere’s the third part in a series about yoga for insomnia. Look for the fourth and final part soon! Here are Parts One and Two. Yoga for Insomnia Roger Cole, Ph.D. in sleep physiology and longtime Iyengar Yoga teacher, lists four things that must occur for relaxation to happen (not necessarily in this order): 1. relax the breath 2. relax the body 3. relax the nervous system 4. relax the

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Hanumanasana: Leap into Fall

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 17, 2012 |

hanumanasanaHanumanasana:  A Flying Leap A few months back, I recounted the story of Anjaneya, a child prodigy—part monkey, godson of the wind god Vayu, and reincarnation of Shiva—that got himself into trouble for making a giant leap for the sun without the sun god’s permission. Long story short, Anjaneya was not only absolved of his crime, after some wrangling with the sun god, but even elevated to god status. Dubbed

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