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What’s That Oily Film on my New Tapas Yoga Mat, and How Do I Get Rid of It?

posted by admin on August 8, 2012 |

tapas yoga matWhat’s that Oily Film on my New Tapas Yoga Mat, and How Do I Get Rid of it? You unwrap your brand new yoga mat, and carry it to your favorite class, anticipating how solid your Down Dog will be today. But in your Down Dog, you find that your hands and feet are sliding even worse than they did on your old worn-out mat. Your new mat feels oily

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The Counterpose of Grief

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on August 6, 2012 |

counterposeThe Counterpose of Grief I’ve always been attracted to the idea of pose/counterpose in yoga. The idea is that once you’ve done a type of pose, or series of poses, in one direction, you want to make sure the body is balanced, so you also offer a counterpose. This may be something that takes the body in the opposite direction, but it may also be something that is energetically complementary—grounding

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I Sing to My Bones

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 31, 2012 |

my bonesI Sing to My Bones   About to change full of light transclucent with shadow and electricity all held up, out by the aging trunk children of summer wild eyed and dreaming of red, of orange in the pale wind of this last warm day.   I know this tree. These scars of lightning breaks from age that stretch us too far then release too much   just enough   I

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Advanced Yoga — With or Without Props

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 30, 2012 |

advanced yogaAdvanced Yoga — With or Without Props Most of my students have been attending my classes for many years—some for decades. When a newbie comes to class, they often remark that their fellow students, the longtimers, are so mellow and uncompetitive, each doing her own practice at her own pace. If a longtime student opts to lie down in a Restorative pose in lieu of a backbend or standing series,

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Living Your Dreams

posted by Crystal Griffiths on July 26, 2012 |

living your dreamsLiving your dreams takes courage; it just does. On the one hand you have your heart, your soul and your intuition nudging you in one direction. On the other hand you have your personality and your mind desiring to stay in your comfort zone. Living life on the edge in pursuit of your dreams happens as you take action from your intuition, and you stay with the fear as your

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TreeUtah Builds Community One Tree at a Time

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 24, 2012 |

treeutahTreeUtah Builds Community One Tree at a Time At the most essential level, the lives of all animals—including humans—on this planet depend on trees. We inhale the oxygen exhaled by trees, and trees inhale the carbon dioxide we exhale. Our lives are intertwined with those of the plant world. According to TreeUtah’s website, “through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. The average tree can clean up to 330

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The Traveling Yogi: Sunday Kirtan Flow at Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica

posted by jodi on July 18, 2012 |

kirtan flowKirtan Flow at Bhakti Yoga Shala Traveling Yogi is a new periodic feature on our blog. Author Jodi Mardesich loves visiting new studios as she traverses the country. Just a block from the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica, in a super high rent district (with a Barneys New York Co-op–enough said), sits a small studio called Bhakti Yoga Shala. Small, and more Santa Cruz than Santa Monica, this

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Falling Into Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 16, 2012 |

balanceRedefining Balance I don’t have the best balance, particularly some days on my right side or left, and always without warning. While leading a class in Tree, at least I felt awkward when my little birch or big cedar of a body tipped so suddenly, and I had to land both feet on the ground before climbing back up. But then I told myself (and I told them) our balance,

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Cell Phones in Yoga Class? I Think Not

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 10, 2012 |

cell phones in yogaCell Phones in Yoga Class? I Think Not A few days ago it came to light that a yoga teacher was fired for discouraging cell phone use in her class. Hired by Facebook to provide a yoga break at their Menlo Park facility, Alice Van Ness shot a student a disapproving look when that student in the front row interrupted practice to tap out a text in the middle of

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Working with Addiction: Replacing Unhealthy Habits with Heatlhy Ones

posted by Crystal Griffiths on July 5, 2012 |

addictionOvercoming Addiction:  Replace Unhealthy Habits with Healthy Ones Most human problems are created by our inability to properly feel and express our feelings. Example:  addiction. An addiction from my point of view is a way of distracting yourself from yourself. So, instead of feeling your feelings you’re eating, drinking, working, sexing, drugging, being violent, etc. Addicts from my experience and point of view are not just homeless bums on the

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