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The Power of Transitions

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on October 3, 2012 |

transitionsThe Power of Transitions, On and Off the Mat When I’m teaching, I like to remind my students that one of the times they’re most likely to get injured in yoga is in the transition between poses. Why? Because they’re less likely to be paying attention. It’s eas(ier) to get all kinds of focused during a pose. Turn the foot here, align the knee there, move with the breath, elongate

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Relax with Lavender Flowers

posted by Nichole on September 25, 2012 |

lavenderThe Calming Fragrance of Lavender Flowers Lavender is the perfect herb to place in the spotlight for autumn. Lavender is known for its amazing healing properties, the ability to uplift an individual’s mood and to promote relaxation. There are many different types of lavender available on the market today. I recommend trying a few of the ideas that I have listed below to determine which type of lavender will work

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Beware the Yoga Voice

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 19, 2012 |

ygoa voiceWhat’s a Yoga Voice and How’s it Different from your Authentic Voice? For almost three decades my outgoing message on my home voice mail has given general info about my yoga classes. Because I teach out of a rented public space there’s not a central studio number to call for specific information about my classes, other than my home phone. The first time I recorded my outgoing message decades ago,

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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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