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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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Supported Matsyasana: Floating on Earth

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2012 |

matsyasanaSupported Matsyasana:  Floating on Earth My fourth grade teacher, Miss Hazen, loved to travel. She had visited what seemed like every single state in the U.S. As she taught us about all the states and their capitals, she told us little tidbits about each state she’d gleaned from her travels. One of these little morsels struck a deep chord in me:  Miss Hazen talked about a curious lake out west

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Living Gracefully with the Financial Challenges of Teaching Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 28, 2012 |

teaching yogaTeaching Yoga:  How Do You Live Gracefully with the Financial Challenges? This morning two of my favorite bloggers/yoginis, it’s all yoga, baby and Linda-Sama Karl of Linda’s Yoga Journey, posted a blog by a yoga teacher who was fresh out of bankruptcy court. Jay Fields, author of the blog Grace & Grit, discussed the very real day-to-day challenges of trying to make a living as a yoga teacher, and the

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The Women Learn the Invocation to Patanjali

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

patanjaliThe Women Learn the Invocation to Patanjali   to Gopi and the women in her teacher training   We stop and start, yogena, trying too hard to not try too hard, voices smooth water moving slow over the tremble of stone, the ease of eddy. We want to land on each syllable, tilt it right with inflection at just the right speed. We want to sing with heart, to arrive

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From Teacher to Yoga Studio Owner

posted by Barbara Denowh on June 26, 2012 |

yoga studioFrom Teacher to Yoga Studio Owner Two years ago, while at a retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch with Cora Wen, I got an intriguing phone call. I had been teaching yoga for a couple of years at local gyms and really liked it. I had a regular following. I was consistent and non-flakey so I started to get the time slots that I wanted (more precious than gold; if you

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Downward Dog Pose for the Dog Days of Summer

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 26, 2012 |

Downward Dog PoseDownward Dog for the Dog Days Feeling dog tired? Hankering for a little shuteye in the shade? You’re likely just feeling the sultry, energy-sapping swelter of the dog days of summer. Ancient Greeks and Romans first identified the dog days. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, they run from July 3rd to August 11th, although other sources say they begin as early as June 23rd and end in September. During

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Learn to Sit

posted by admin on June 12, 2012 |

learn to sitLearn to Sit Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours sitting—at our computers, in our cars, at our dining tables, in front of the television. We often become so engrossed in whatever is in front of us that we forget to stretch and shift, or we do so unconsciously, often moving in the direction of slouchier posture as the hours roll by. As longtime yogi and writer

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