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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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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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Walking Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on October 9, 2012 |

walking yogaWalking Yoga I just walked for almost two hours through downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, where I’m trotting around on book tour for my novel, The Divorce Girl. There is little I love more than taking to the streets, my backpack and cap on, to explore a new place. There’s something about seeing a place for the first time, on the hoof, that allows me to wake up to my connection with

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Cancer Wellness House: Healing the Whole Community

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 7, 2012 |

cancer wellness houseCancer Wellness House:  Healing the Whole Community Back in the ’60s, when my aunt was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer (and lived with it for 25 years), and my uncle with pancreatic cancer, that information was for adults only. Cancer was one of those things you didn’t talk about, and we kids were never to mention it to the people living with it, or to their families. It was considered

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One Percent More: Embracing Progress Over Perfection

posted by Crystal Griffiths on October 4, 2012 |

one percent moreOne Percent More One of my favorite things about life is that we all get a chance, once a day, to start over. The morning comes bearing gifts of renewal, redemption and a chance to start all over again. The fresh dew on the spring leaves glimmers as the sun is just starting to poke her head out from the horizon and imbue each morning with the promise of revival.

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The Power of Transitions

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on October 3, 2012 |

transitionsThe Power of Transitions, On and Off the Mat When I’m teaching, I like to remind my students that one of the times they’re most likely to get injured in yoga is in the transition between poses. Why? Because they’re less likely to be paying attention. It’s eas(ier) to get all kinds of focused during a pose. Turn the foot here, align the knee there, move with the breath, elongate

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