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Opening the Heart + Breathing—Or, Why I Had a Meltdown in Class

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on April 2, 2012 |

heart openingThe Heart Opening Breath I recently went to class with a new (to me) teacher. About halfway through class, she announced that we’d be doing pranayama (or breath work) for the last 30 minutes of class. “Great,” I thought to myself. “I love pranayama.” Getting Set Up After she guided us through a couple restorative poses to get grounded, we set up for pranayama. We got our pranayama pillows and

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Yoga Poetry: Hold to the Center

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 2, 2012 |

yoga poetryHold to the Center What shines here? The rain that falls from what’s lost but still searches for itself? The sleeping coyote in the den? The window shade half exhaled? The awning where ice melts? I walk into the outside, my long thought dissolved. Someone calls out, the hard bud on the tip of one branch stops moving. I can’t see the sun that knits all to earth’s center, but

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Our Favorite Recipes

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 28, 2012 |

favorite recipesOur Favorite Recipes:  A Wonderful Homemade Soup for Any Time of Year I love to cook. Like my grandmother, one of my favorite pastimes is to read cookbooks. I love trying new techniques and learning new things. Most of all, I love making good, healthy, made-from-scratch soups that taste better as they settle and mellow (kind of like the body after Savasana!). I stopped eating meat in 1978 and have

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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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