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Restorative Bridge Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 11, 2012 |

restorative bridge poseRestorative Bridge:  Relax and Replenish December 21st was my dad’s favorite day of the year. While he was definitely of the yang, high-energy, non-stop activity camp—not a fan of the short winter days—he loved the fact that after Winter Solstice, the days would begin to lengthen. For my dad, it was all uphill after December 21st. As a culture we’ve chosen to fill the year’s darkest days with a relentless

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Finding Challenge in Yoga

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on December 10, 2012 |

challengeFinding Challenge in Yoga When you hear that a yoga class is “challenging,” what does that mean to you? I imagine if we polled 100 yogis, we’d get 100 different answers. The reason we’d find such variance is that the idea of challenge is highly subjective. What is challenging for one person may be a snap for another, and vice versa. Also, when we talk about challenge in yoga, we

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Three Gratitudes for Thanksgiving

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 27, 2012 |

gratitudesThree Gratitudes for Thanksgiving Many of my friends as well as numerous facebook pals keep gratitude journals, noting three things to be grateful for each day. While I don’t tend to keep such a journal, this Thanksgiving, I’m thinking happily of three obvious qualities innate to being human. 1. Breath: Every life starts with the first gulp of air and ends with the last gasp. How we land in ourselves,

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Gratitude: We All Built That

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 21, 2012 |

gratitudeIn honor of the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are republishing this blog about gratitude that we ran in September. Enjoy! Gratitude:  We All Built That September 6th, 1984 is etched deep in my cells. I remember exactly where I was sitting (in my kitchen), and what I was reading (The Vegetarian Epicure) when the phone rang. Back then there was no caller ID, but when I picked up the phone,

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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 |

body positive 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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