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Yoga Injuries Part III: Practicing in the Yoga Tradition

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 18, 2012 |

yoga-injuriesTraditional Tools for Preventing Yoga Injuries Yesterday, I wrote about the issues inherent in dropping one component of a larger system of practice into a culture with a vastly different mindset. If you’d like to catch up on this discussion, you can read the post here. Today I’d like to talk about how Western yoga might look different if we approached practice from the perspective of its original intentions. Traditionally,

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Yoga Injuries Part II: Eastern Practice Meets the Western Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 17, 2012 |

yoga injuriesYoga Injuries II:  What Happens when an Ancient Eastern Practice Meets Modern Western Sensibilities? While much of the yoga blogosphere has moved on from the yoga injury discussion of last week, the issue is still percolating for me—probably because I’ve been thinking about this a good, long while. Last week I wrote a post that posed the question of whether the root cause of the rise in yoga injuries might

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Shelter from the Storm: How You Can Help

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 16, 2012 |

the road homeHow You Can Help The Road Home Keep Families Warm this Winter As I write this morning, light snow is floating down from the sky. The inch-thick dusting has made the streets and sidewalks quite slick. Earlier this morning I took my car to the shop for some minor maintenance. Since the garage is 1/2 mile from my house I can easily drop my car off, walk home and walk

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The Road Home: Shelter for All

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 12, 2012 |

the road homeHugger Mugger Benefits Salt Lake’s Homeless through The Road Home Less than a block from one of Salt Lake’s premiere piano studios and a luxury rug gallery, about two dozen men mill about an empty lot adjoining Catholic Community Services. The weather is kind on this crisp January afternoon—clear, blue sky dotted with a few friendly clouds. In a few hours, women and children will join the men, lining up

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Use Your Fear

posted by Crystal Griffiths on January 10, 2012 |

use your fearDon’t Fear Your Fear—Use Your Fear! The way you see the world changes after you start to become who you truly are. Seeking stops. Needing stops. You start to simply just be. A veil of unconsciousness is lifted and you begin to see clearly why things didn’t work out the way they did in the past. You see that if you have gotten what you thought you wanted it would

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Youch! Yoga Injuries: How Not to Wreck Your Body

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 9, 2012 |

yoga injuriesThe New York Times Takes on Yoga Injuries Last week’s New York Times article titled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” made quite a splash in the yoga blogosphere. And the waves are still rippling out. Today, Cyndi Lee of OM Yoga asked her Facebook friends to share their thoughts on the article and has already amassed a huge number of comments. As a practitioner who’s just passed my 30-year

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What About Your Circumstances?

posted by Crystal Griffiths on January 5, 2012 |

What are your circumstancesYou Are Not Your Circumstances! Do not attach your self-worth to the circumstances of your life. What happens “out there” does not define who you are. When things don’t go your way, when things go “wrong,” and when you do not seem to currently have enough money, do not attach a story or sense of self worth to your circumstances. Who you really are, the power being within you, can

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Grounding: How I Root Myself

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 4, 2012 |

groundingGrounding:  Strong, Solid and Free My feet don’t often touch the ground. Now, don’t me wrong; no one’s going to mistake me for David Blaine or anything. But that’s just because my illusion is even better than his. My feet are physically on the ground, but they’re definitely not always emotionally on the ground. Public Speaking and Me This has started to change for me a bit in the past

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The Novice Yogi Challenge

posted by Matthew on December 27, 2011 |

novice yogiA Novice Yogi Explores the Push-Pull of Practice The most difficult part of starting an exercise routine—millions of people know what I’m talking about—is sticking with the program. It’s easy to have good intentions and start. You buy the equipment, maybe get a new outfit and imagine yourself as a stronger, thinner, more flexible, toned, and happy you. But before you know it, there are more good excuses to miss

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Solstice Yoga: Restorative Supta Baddha Konasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 21, 2011 |

solstice yogaSolstice Yoga Last night was the longest night of the year. When I drove to my yoga class yesterday morning, there was not even a hint of morning light in the sky. The dark days beckon us to hibernate, and yet, the holidays are some of our most socially scheduled days of the year. I love practicing Restorative Yoga in the winter. It’s a time when conscious rest is the

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