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New Kid on the Yoga Block: Savasana Interrupted

posted by Matthew on October 11, 2011 |

by Matthew Coles My first time at Yoga was more strenuous than I anticipated in many ways. Though I never broke a sweat, my muscles were challenged and stretched. They were so stretched that I had to modify several of the moves to keep them from snapping right off the tendons. My tight hamstrings were yelping and I felt their protests for a couple days to come. Despite my constant

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Paschimottanasana: Storing Your Vital Energy

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 10, 2011 |

paschimottanasanaFall is the beginning of the yin cycle, a time when the sun’s yang energy begins to wane as its angle shifts and the days shorten. Yin is quiet, rooted earth to yang’s bright, expansive heaven. In autumn, we harvest hearty root vegetables and colorful hard squash for winter storage. We naturally move inward in autumn. Ancient practitioners of Chinese medicine advised people to “retire early at night and rise

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A Quality Life Community: Beginning

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 3, 2011 |

yoga for cancerThis post will kick off our October blog. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve chosen to feature periodic posts this month that focus on yoga for cancer survivors, caregivers, and their families and friends. The author, Amy Putney Conn, teaches Yoga as an integral part of free community classes cancer patients and survivors. Her non-profit organization, A Quality Life Community, offers a complete healing and wellness program for

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Do Your Animal Companions Practice Yoga?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 29, 2011 |

Send Us Your Photos! I often say my cats are my greatest Yoga teachers. That first looooonnnggg stretch they do when they get up from a nap looks like it feels oh so good. They don’t worry about form. They just move naturally, with precision and grace, kind of … well … catlike. My cats are great fans of Yoga props. A bolster on the floor is an invitation to

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New Kid on the Yoga Block

posted by Matthew on September 26, 2011 |

by Matthew Coles “New Kid on the Yoga Block” is a new series written by writer, designer and Yoga novice, Matthew Coles. Matt’s column will follow his experiences in beginner yoga. Please welcome Matthew to our stable of bloggers. “Can you touch your toes?” I’ve been asked many times over the years. I reach and reach and don’t usually get past mid-shin. Sometimes, I hear laughter or I’m asked if

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Honoring Autumn

posted by Nichole on September 21, 2011 |

As summer slowly comes to a close, I am inspired to honor autumn. Although the official first day of fall is September 23, 2011, I find that I begin to acknowledge this seasonal change with the beginning of a new academic school year. Many of us are eager for this transition, while others may be more resistant. I internally associate autumn with gratitude, change and relaxation. I allow myself to

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You’re Invited to a Yoga Block Party!

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 19, 2011 |

yoga cork blockWin a Pair of New Orchid Recycled Foam Yoga Blocks! We’re celebrating National Yoga Month by giving you a chance to win a pair of our new Orchid-colored Recycled Foam Yoga Blocks. We love our new Orchid Recycled Block and we want to give you the chance to love it too. We will be giving away a pair each of these new eco-friendly yoga blocks to three lucky winners next

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It’s a Yoga Block Party!

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 16, 2011 |

We love our new Orchid Recycled Yoga Block and we want to give you the chance to love it too. We will be giving away two of these new eco-friendly blocks to three lucky winners next week. All you have to do is like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or post a comment on the blog. It’s that easy!       If the color is not enough

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Ubhaya Padangustasana: Root and Fly

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 9, 2011 |

ubhaya padangustasanaLate summer, including most of September, is the time when Earth energy rises. Earth energy creates stability, steadiness, nurturing and grounding. Earth season is the time we preserve and store our harvest, and the time when we reflect on and integrate our experiences and memories. Last month I wrote about Earth season and the predominance of stomach and spleen energy during this time. Until Autumn Equinox, the stomach and spleen

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Another reason for BPA-Free Water Bottles for Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 29, 2011 |

BPA Free Waterbox BottlesBPA Contributes to Love Handles The bad news on BPA just keeps rolling in. Lynn Johnson Hasselberger, of myEarth blog, just posted an article on how BPA might be contributing to America’s love handles. Studies show that rats whose mothers were exposed to BPA while pregnant suffered disrupted metabolic function that resulted in higher rates of obesity once out of the womb. This occurred despite their eating a healthy diet

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