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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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Youthlinc – Serving Communities Near and Far

posted by admin on September 2, 2014 |

youthlincYouthlinc Creates Lifetime Humanitarians One of the best ways to gain perspective on your life—its ups and downs, joys and obstacles—is to venture out of your own back yard. Stepping away, even for a short time, creates space around the things that vex you, and helps your problems seem a little more surmountable. In that space, in relationship to others, you might also remember that you’re not alone. People outside

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What is Iyengar’s Legacy?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 26, 2014 |

iyengar's legacyWhat is Iyengar’s Legacy and What Will be Yours? September 6th will be the 30th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Taken by a sudden heart attack while talking on the phone, his death was a huge shock. He was not old—63—and very athletic, vital and energetic. Here one moment, gone the next. About a year after his passing, my sisters and mother and I got together for a few days.

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How Iyengar Yoga Influences Your Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 19, 2014 |

iyengar yogaIyengar Yoga: What Makes it Different? In recent days, many in the worldwide yoga community have been aware that the 95-year-old yoga teacher, BKS Iyengar, was hospitalized last week. He left this life today at 3:15 am (India time). If you practice almost any form of Hatha Yoga, whether or not you have studied directly with BKS Iyengar or someone who teaches his method, your practice has likely been influenced

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Eat Your Antioxidants!

posted by admin on August 18, 2014 |

antioxidantsBoost Your Antioxidants with a Seasonal Fruit Salad One of the best things about summer is that the sweetest, most succulent fruits and veggies are in season. Berries, in particular, are so much better when you can find them fresh and at the height of their sweetness. Among the most antioxidant-rich foods are berries, with blueberries at the top of the list. Stone fruits such as plums also rank high

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Where Is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 7, 2014 |

yoga practiceWhere is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question When I started doing yoga, I was confused a lot. Always having a hard time remembering left and right, and also being somewhat disembodied after years of residing in my frontal lobe, I had trouble following direction. In Warrior II, when the teacher said to turn my back foot in one way, I would often turn it the other way.

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How Yogic are Your Tomatoes?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2014 |

homegrown tomatoesThe Case for Homegrown Tomatoes I’ll admit it. I’m a tomato snob. Homegrown, organic, heirloom tomatoes in all shapes colors and sizes make the heat of August worth enduring. Nothing parallels eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine, still warm from the sun. I first came to love homegrown tomatoes as a child—Big Boys and cherry tomatoes from our little patch in a sunny spot alongside our garage. I

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