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Entering the Days of Awe

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 18, 2012 |

days of aweIn fall, the Jewish holidays come—first Rosh Hashana, the new year, and then Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. In between the two are the 10 days of awe, a time when a person is supposed to reflect on her life, making amends to anyone she’s offended or hurt on the basis that praying together can help us come into alignment with the holy, but we can only make amends

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Got Computer Fatigue? Do Parsvakonasana!

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 17, 2012 |

parsvakonasanaGot Computer Fatigue? Do Parsvakonasana! Most of us spend our days sitting in front of a computer. In the process our shoulders hunch forward, our legs get sluggish and our minds suffer fatigue from physical inactivity and fast-paced information processing. As the years pass, my body seems to have a harder time recovering from chair sitting and shoulder hunching. This tells me that I need to get up and move

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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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