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Earth Elements Yoga Mat

posted by admin on September 13, 2012 |

earth elements yoga matEarth Elements Yoga Mats The first limb of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Yama, contains the seeds of sustainable living. The Yamas are precepts for ethical living, and the first of these precepts is ahimsa (non-harming). Add to that three of the other Yamas—asteya (non-stealing or taking only what you need), brahmacharya (wise use of life energy) and aparigraha (non-greed), and conscious, sustainable living seems to be at the heart

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Dhanurasana: Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 5, 2012 |

dhanurasanaDhanurasana:  Bow Pose Over the centuries, the bow and arrow has symbolized everything from birds in flight to a phallus to the path of a sadhu, the most direct and efficacious route to enlightenment. A bow’s combination of tautness and flexibility is a metaphor for the Indian philosophy of balance in the Universe. Plato said, “The harmony of the ordered world is one of contrary tensions, like that of the

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The Danger of “Easy”

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on September 4, 2012 |

easyWhen Comments 1Did Easy Become a Bad Word? One of the common misconceptions about yoga classes that aren’t vigorous vinyasa flow is that they’re “easy.” Sometimes the person saying that means it in a positive way, like “thank goodness I can catch a break.” But other times—I’d say more often than not—that’s meant in a negative way, as though going to an “easy” class is getting away with something. I

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Is Full Time Yoga Teaching for You?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 29, 2012 |

full-time yoga teachingThe Ups and Downs of Full Time Yoga Teaching In 1997, after leaving a job as media director for a private school, I decided to see if I could make it as a full time Yoga teacher. I’d been teaching since 1986, always opting for the security of supplemental part-time work to ensure my basic living expenses were handled. Back in 1997, there was only one Yoga studio in Salt

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Yoga Poetry: Surprise Lilies

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 28, 2012 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry:  Surprise Lilies Green shots, pink ribbons in the alley lining the dumpster, or sidewalking the driveway around the broken lawn mowers. Past moving out date, before school buses, they come anyway in the open slash between the heat that levels us and the storms behind the horizon.   When you don’t know, when you’re lost when there’s nowhere to stand, there they are, never bent or expected. They

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Yoga Straps Rescue a Pear Tree in Peril

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 27, 2012 |

yoga strapsYoga Straps Rescue a Pear Tree in Peril I recently had to have an old box elder tree removed from my back yard. Once a towering shade tree that protected my yard from the blazing summer sun and provided a hideaway for at least two litters of feral cats, the old box elder was dying. Only a half dozen of its branches had sprouted a piddly few leaves this year.

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Rejection is an Essential Part of Your Process

posted by Crystal Griffiths on August 21, 2012 |

rejectionRejection Brings You One Step Closer to Your Dreams It’s amazing to me how many people are afraid of the word “no,” especially when it comes to intimate relationships and being an entrepreneur. I’ve seen in my own life and in the life of many of my friends that we tend to spend so much time avoiding a “no” that we waste time. Instead of marching right through our fears

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Summer Bodies

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 14, 2012 |

summer bodiesSummer Bodies When we were 16, my stepsister and I used to talk incessantly about what swimsuit we would get for the summer. For me, being out of shape and thinking I was overweight (if only I knew then what I know now about how a 5’4″ girl is not fat if she weights 120 pounds!), that swimsuit needed to be a one-piece in a dark color, perhaps with a

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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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