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Virabhadrasana II: The Quiet Warrior

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 7, 2011 |

virabhadrasana IIVirabhadrasana II:  The Quiet Warrior March is the month of yin and yang. It enters with a roar and leaves with a song. In March the hardiest of bulbs begin the arduous task of breaking through frozen ground, and by month’s end, their delicate blooms dance in the breeze. Named after Mars, the red planet with the astrological reputation as a warrior, March is a time of bluster and calm,

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Nadi Shodhana: Purifying the Subtle Body

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 8, 2011 |

February was awarded month-hood relatively late in the game. Along with January, it was the last to be added to the Roman calendar in 713 BC. The addition of these two served to define the no-man’s-land of winter that Romans had traditionally considered a monthless period. February originally took its place as the last month of the year, where it remained for almost 300 years. As such, it seemed a

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A Year of Daily Pranayama

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 13, 2011 |

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never felt the beginning of a calendar year was sufficient reason to commit to anything, so the fact that a particular resolve arose for me on that very day is a surprise, neither pleasant or unpleasant, but certainly unexpected. Not that January 1st has no meaning for me. Despite my reticence to commit to resolutions, January 1st has long been a

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Parighasana: Open to the New Year

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 10, 2011 |

Parighasana - Gate Latch PoseParighasana – Gate Latch Pose Parighasana:  Open to the New Year Perhaps it’s the year’s darkest days that inspire us to midwinter reflection. Or maybe it’s a few thousand years of tradition that prompt us to put the past year to rest as we embark on a new one. Either way, January is the time when we traditionally contemplate the past and set intentions for the future. Around 450 BC,

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Trikonasana: Brighten Your Day

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 1, 2010 |

Trikonasana - Triangle Pose - photo by Butch AdamsTrikonasana: Brighten Your Day December is a month of paradox. At the time when days are shortest and darkest, when our bodies and minds are most amenable to hibernation, our social schedules are often overbooked. Between family events, parties, shopping, dinners and all the rest, we often have little time and energy to do what is most natural for the dim days of December—restore and regenerate. According to the Chinese

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Uttanasana: Breathe into Autumn

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 11, 2010 |

uttanasanaUttanasana:  Breathe into Autumn According to Chinese medical philosophy autumn is the time when nature’s vital life force returns to earth. Trees let go of their leaves and sap flows downward into the roots. This is why fall is a good time to plant perennials. Autumn’s downward-flowing energy helps young plants establish solid roots. It is a natural time of internalization, not only for trees and plants, but also for

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Sukhasana: Easy Pose? Not Necessarily

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 6, 2010 |

sukkhasanaSukhasana:  Easy Pose? Not Necessarily Fall and winter are the perfect time to embark on a meditation practice. The definition of Yoga, according to Alistair Shearer’s translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, is “the settling of the mind into silence.” The sutras outline eight limbs of yoga practice, of which asana, the practice of poses, is the third. Others include ethical precepts, personal practices, breathing exercises, refinement of the

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Going with the Flow: Four Days in Cataract Canyon

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2010 |

Relentless desert sun and stinging mega-raindrops. Stalwart rock walls and delicate cryptobiotic soil. The lilt of laughter punctuating endless desert silence. Lazy flatwater and heart-pumping rapids. Sand in everything. Last week I spent four days on the Colorado River as it winds its way through Canyonlands National Park. I’ve traveled this route before, but it was not at all the same trip. Sure, the cliffs, mesas and hoodoos have been

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Crucial Lessons in Letting Go

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 22, 2010 |

Last night I returned from what has become the most consistent annual mile marker in my life, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I first attended on a lark after seeing a poster on the bulletin board of a local music store in 1983. Among the stellar roster of musicians listed on the poster was New Grass Revival, who I’d seen—and been wowed by—several times in Bloomington, Indiana, in the ’70s. If

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Pose of the Month: Natarajasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 3, 2010 |

natarajasanaNatarajasana: Shiva’s Celebratory Dance It’s June, time to kick off your shoes and shed your extra layers. The Roman poet Ovid named June after juniores, or youth, following as it does, the month of May (named for maiores, or elders). With its long hours of daylight, June celebrates the carefree fullness of summer and the plethora of outdoor festivities it brings—festivals, weddings, outdoor concerts and farmer’s markets. Kinda’ makes you

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