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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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Your Path

posted by Crystal Griffiths on February 16, 2012 |

your pathTrust Your Path Don’t abandon your path when you face difficulty. That’s not what it’s about. The people who live the life of their dreams stay with their problems. They do not run from them. The nature of this world, or life, is change. Nothing lasts forever. Train yourself to be still, cool, calm and collected when things don’t go well. Sometimes the world is trying to get our attention

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Yoga for One: A Poem

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on February 8, 2012 |

yoga for oneYoga for One The room widens, the floor unfurling all directions. The air quiets on her arms and face. She sits in the center of the mat, hands on knees, and breathes in the wide light of the early afternoon, the walls breathing with her. She bows and waits, listens to the tone that chimes in the clearing in the center of whoever she is. When she stands, the golden

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Perfect Rest: Yoga for Insomnia, Part Two

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 4, 2012 |

yoga for insomniaPerfect Rest:  Yoga for Insomnia, Part Two Last week I posted the first of a three-part series on dealing with insomnia. Part One talks about some of the reasons why we can’t sleep, especially the infamous monkey mind. Today’s installment talks about strategies for helping you wind down, some of the daily life culprits that can interfere with sleep, and what to avoid as you prepare for sleep. According to

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