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The Yoga of Surrender in Sayulita

posted by jodi on October 7, 2014 |

Sayulita heartThe Yoga of Surrender Sayulita is a small, laid-back fishing village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon if you just want to be on a tropical beach and do as little as possible. In our vast, open schedule, I imagined we would find time for lots of yoga classes, but that was not to be. First, there was the food poisoning—from

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Body-Positive Yoga: The Aging Yoga Body

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 1, 2014 |

Body-positive yoga is gaining ground. As we start to welcome all shapes, sizes, races and genders, here's a plug for celebrating our aging bodies too.

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My Body, My Friend?

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on September 25, 2014 |

yoga bodyYoga Body – My Body, My Friend I once had to initiate a break-up. With a friend. It took me a long time to realize it, but our friendship had become toxic. I shared responsibility for letting the relationship get to the one-sided point it did, but it wasn’t really about that. What it was really about was what I hadn’t let myself see, as well as what I hadn’t

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How Yoga Can Change your Habits

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 24, 2014 |

change your habitsHow Yoga Can Change Your Habits When I first began practicing asana back in 1982, my intention was to regain my natural flexibility. Years of hiking, biking and not stretching had tightened me up, and I felt a need to balance my strength. I’d always been curious about the mental dimension of yoga, even though I had no idea what it was. So I found a hatha yoga class and

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My Para Rubber Yoga Mat – Friend or Foe?

posted by admin on September 18, 2014 |

para rubber yoga matMy Para Rubber Yoga Mat I expected movie love. I wanted to fall head over heels in love with my brand new Para Rubber Yoga Mat. But that was not to be. I packed up my Para Mat and took her for an inaugural four-day retreat, banking on the fact that I would adore it. I actually spent a lot of that retreat thinking how much I regretted bringing her.

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The Yoga of Swimming

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 17, 2014 |

yoga of swimmingThe Yoga of Swimming I step into the cold pond, each step a bit more of a shiver, my feet happy and a little nervous on the rounded rocks and moss. My friend surges ahead of me and drives up, splashing me with cold and life. I know I need to take another step and let go, sink in to my shoulders, but I also know that yelping will likely

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The Mixed-Level Class Conundrum

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 16, 2014 |

mixed-level classHow to Keep Everyone Safe and Happy in a Mixed-Level Class (Hint: There’s no easy answer.) Last weekend began the first segment of a teacher training I’ve been coteaching for the past three years. It’s always fun to meet the new trainees and to hear inspiring stories about how Yoga practice has changed their lives. During the last class of the weekend, we asked them to share with us what

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Teacher, Know Yourself

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 10, 2014 |

know yourselfTeacher, Know Yourself It is wisdom to know others; it is enlightenment to know oneself. ~ Lao Tzu I’ve been fortunate to learn from so many knowledgeable yoga teachers over the past 32 years. My first teachers, Olivia Cita Mason and David Riley, as a physical therapist and doctor, planted a seed of curiosity about anatomy in me, and introduced me to the Iyengar system. The late Mary Dunn inspired

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Baddha Konasana – Barre to Blankets

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 9, 2014 |

baddha konasanaBaddha Konasana: Barre to Blankets During grade school, my sisters and I took ballet classes. We studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory with a lovely young dancer named Donna Ficker. A year or two into our lessons we had to find a new teacher when Donna’s mother moved the family to New York, where her younger sister Suzi changed her name to Suzanne Farrell and joined George Balanchine in the New

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Yoga Poetry – What the Sky is Made Of

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 3, 2014 |

iridescent cloudsYoga Poetry – What the Sky Is Made Of The sky is made of soft rain and hard light, the old yearning to be held, the ancient fear of not having enough, and the fountain of wind that says, Something’s gone, something else is arriving.   The sky is made of rocks shattered finer than the smallest atoms of human memory, air we call breath once we take it in

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