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Want to Run 100 Miles? Yoga Can Help

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 22, 2011 |

Endurance RunningYoga, Meditation and Vegan Diet Keep Scott Jurek on Top It is a rare person indeed that would consider spending the better part of 24 hours running non-stop on grueling, high-altitude trails. Even more rare is the one who would do this many times each year, consistently coming in first and obliterating course records all the while. This takes not only extraordinary talent and a healthy heart, but also the

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Another Argument for Slow, Gentle Stretching

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 21, 2011 |

In Yoga classes, we hear and talk a lot about muscles—which muscles are stretching or contracting in a certain pose, how to stretch or engage muscles, how poses effect certain muscles, etc. This is because it is our muscles that move our bones via their paired contracting and stretching actions. As a teacher, it’s essential to understand how muscles move our skeleton. Having at least a cursory understanding of the

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Intellect and Yoga: Help or Hindrance?

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 16, 2011 |

Intellect and Yoga - Partners in Awakening?In the past two days, I’ve enjoyed reading two posts on the role of the intellect in Yoga practice. One, by Ed and Deb Shapiro, posted in the Huffington Post is titled Why Your Intellect is an Obstacle in Yoga is an The other, posted today by Carol Horton on elephant journal is titled Why Your Intellect is (or Can Be!) an Integral Part of Yoga. Two totally different things,

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Heidi (“Almighty”) Wirtz on Climbing and Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 14, 2011 |

yoga climbingWhat do rock climbing and Yoga have in common? Well, just about everything. According to Heidi Wirtz, a professional climber and yogi, both climbing and Yoga both improve coordination, dexterity, range of movement, balance; and both build and tone muscles, core strength, and mental and physical focus. The only difference is that climbing takes place in the vertical world, while Yoga inhabits the horizontal plane. Wirtz—dubbed “Heidi Almighty” by fellow

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The Yoga of Dance, the Dance of Yoga

posted by Lynae on November 8, 2011 |

LynaedanceI began dancing when I was three years old with a singing and dancing studio in Utah. I was initially interested in Yoga to improve flexibility for dance and to expand my knowledge in health and fitness. Aside from increased flexibility and knowledge of physiology, Yoga influenced my dancing most by transforming my interior life. I introduced myself to Yoga when I was in 7th grade with an MTV Power

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Virasana: Warm and Rooted

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 7, 2011 |

virasanaVirasana:  Warm and Rooted The Huangdi Neijing, (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon) is a 2,000-year-old text on traditional Chinese medicine. Organized as a Q&A between the Yellow Emperor and Taoist master Qi Bo, one exchange between the two involves longevity. The emperor asks:  “I am told the people in ancient times could all survive to more than 100 years old, and they appeared to be quite healthy and strong, but

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Yoga and Running: Perfect Cross Training

posted by Crystal Griffiths on November 2, 2011 |

yoga cross trainingFor November, we’re focusing on the benefits of Yoga practice for people who love other forms of physical activity. Look for upcoming articles on Yoga and climbing, Yoga and skiing, and Yoga and dance. This may sound crazy, but Yoga and running have a lot in common. They both require practice, agility, flexibility, patience and your own breathing method. Runners who take up Yoga often begin to love running even

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Dog Poses from an Expert

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 1, 2011 |

yoga dogsHumans are not the only ones who can enjoy Yoga. Our animal companions are in fact the inspiration for many traditional asanas. Think Dog, Cobra, Tortoise, Eagle, Cow, Cat, Pigeon, Rabbit, Crow, etc. Last month we posted a photo of Pushkin the orange tabby demonstrating a Savasana sandwich. At that time we sent out a call for photos of your animal companions practicing Yoga. Mary Wilburn sent us some photos

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Mukta Spike Mat: Instant Acupressure

posted by Lynae on October 26, 2011 |

spike matAt first sight, you may look at a spike mat and think, “Ouch!” Initially it may feel that way, but give it a moment and the discomfort will dissolve into heat and unfolding relaxation. It turns the distressed into the de-stressed … The ideas behind the spike mat (Mukta Mat) come from the ancient art of Chinese acupressure and the Hindu “bed of nails,” both of which have numerable restorative

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Trance Dance: Shaking Up the Inner Fire

posted by jodi on October 21, 2011 |

trance danceTrance Dance:  Shaking Up the Inner Fire Sometimes you just need to get away. Last April my friend Danielle and I drove to Moab, Utah, for the last two days of Shiva Rea’s desert retreat. We talked the whole way down, effortlessly, as we meandered down the highways of Utah, stopping to take pictures along the way–of deer antler heaven, decrepit houses and barns, yoga altars, and gorgeous majestic red

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