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Practicing Patience: Allow the Tree to Grow

posted by Lynae on March 27, 2012 |

patience Patience by Lynae Hermansen Growing up, especially while in college, I would become very anxious and beat myself up for not having already “arrived” at what and where I wanted to be, such as having a secure path that ensured financial success and happiness, already having a degree, let alone even knowing what I specifically wanted to major in, which college, and how I wanted to make a career out

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Yoga Straps: How it All Started

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 26, 2012 |

yoga strapsThe Birth of Yoga Straps I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true that necessity is the mother of invention. Sometimes those little inventions born of necessity can turn out to be the tip of a much bigger iceberg (another cliché). This is what happened in early 1986 when Mary Dunn came to Salt Lake City to teach a yoga workshop. At the time Salt Lake had a healthy Iyengar

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Embrace Change

posted by Crystal Griffiths on March 22, 2012 |

embrace changeEmbrace Change and Renew your Life! When you get into a certain pattern and set of habits, it can be very hard to change. Sometimes you can be in a negative pattern your whole life and think that that is just how “life is.” The only way your “life is” is a reflection of your thoughts and habits. Life is not your pattern. Life is whatever you choose it to

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Diary of a New Yoga Teacher: Part 3

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 19, 2012 |

new yoga teacherWeek Four One person showed up, which could have been my worst nightmare because how can you get a good momentum going with just one other? Yet it turned out to be a dream. She needed yoga at this moment in her life, and I was able to tailor the class to her: no headstands because she was too frazzled, and careful hamstring stretches because of an injury she was

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See Possibility

posted by Crystal Griffiths on March 13, 2012 |

see possibiiltySee Possibility that Lies Waiting in the Struggle Instead of avoiding pain, instead of wishing life wasn’t hard sometimes, instead of cursing the setbacks, welcome all of it. The struggle is what produces growth. Resistance is what produces fight. Pain is a wonderful teacher that, if used properly, shows us the way to bliss. It is unrealistic to believe that life is always going to be easy and just because

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Cat-Cow Stretch: The Divine Feline Asana

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 8, 2012 |

cat-cowCat-Cow Stretches Awaken Your Spine Every morning as I begin to stir, the three felines that share my sleeping hours begin to mobilize along with me. The promise of breakfast, of course, is the great motivator, but before breakfast—before they do anything else—they do a little cat yoga. They begin with Downward Facing Cat. As their front paws stretch forward, I watch as the stretch ripples its way up to

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Diary of a New Yoga Teacher: Part 2

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on March 5, 2012 |

new yoga teacherWeek Three I’ve prepared even more than usual for this week with a special mix tape I created to go along with each stop on the road trip through the class. I have poetry to read at certain intervals, I’m wearing some of my favorite yoga clothes, and I even shaved my legs for no particular reason. I arrive early, light the candles, turn on the fountain, start the music.

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My Mula Bandha Moment

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on February 28, 2012 |

mula bandha“Come to Tadasana. Press down through your feet. Move your thighs slightly back. Mula bandha. Broaden across your collarbones. Now, inhale and lift your arms overhead…”  One of These Things Is Not Like the Other If you, like me, were like “thighs back … what?! What did she say after that?,” you’re not alone. I used to take a class where something along these lines was the instruction. And I

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Pursuit of Perfection

posted by Crystal Griffiths on February 27, 2012 |

perfectionPerfection is Overrated In a certain sense, perfection is a myth. Major growth, creativity and fulfilled living is possible when you realize that you are a human being and by default, imperfect. The wise see the perfection in their imperfection and have come to love that part of themselves. Part of being human is being fallible. No matter how “perfect” certain people may seem, it is just not true that

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Diary of a New Yoga Teacher: Part 1

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 21, 2012 |

new yoga teacher Week One Three people come, and I’m deeply grateful. This is a fairly new yoga studio on the western edge of town, a place where no yoga studios have yet ventured. We’re in a location where we’re both greatly needed and greatly not expected (translation: invisible despite our lovely sign, postcards here and yonder, and tweets about town). When I went to my first teacher meeting, I asked the other

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