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Yoga and Flexibility: Do You Have to be Flexible to Practice?

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 3, 2014 |

yoga and flexibilityWhy Yoga and Flexibility Are Not Synonymous Fred is hands down the least flexible person I’ve ever encountered. In 28 years of teaching asana, I’ve never seen anyone who came close to his lack of mobility. His Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) was little more than a forward nod. Before coming to my classes, he had not sat on the floor since childhood, and required tall stacks of blankets to do

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All Sewn Up – How We Make Our Yoga Bolsters, Eyebags and Meditation Cushions

posted by admin on June 29, 2014 |

yoga bolstersTrina Ensures Our Yoga Bolsters Make the Grade Have you ever wondered what makes great yoga bolsters stand out? Like most things, there’s not just one factor. The number one quality that makes yoga bolsters rise above the pack is the balance between firmness and softness. A great bolster is firm enough that it bends only a miniscule amount, but is soft enough on the outside that it’s comfy for

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Tips for Practicing Yoga Outdoors

posted by jodi on June 26, 2014 |

Take Your Yoga Outdoors! Practicing yoga outside in the sunshine is idyllic. Maybe there’s a gentle breeze flowing, or you’re so close to the ocean, you can feel the wind off the waves. A change of scenery can shift your perspective, and inspire profound reflection. But what happens when it’s so hot outside, you can’t even touch your mat? Dark colored mats get really hot in the direct sun. Suddenly

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Yoga Poetry – The Bridge

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on June 26, 2014 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry – The Bridge The bridge is made of weather. The bridge is made of time. Translucent, the color of water, it spans the world in sharp relief to lushness of green, western edge of blue, rain shadow in between.   Five miles north, the cedars drink up the storm while the sky inhales old starlight, already dead when it lands, for rock and root, bowed thunderhead and nightfall,

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Chaturanga Dandasana: Help from Your Hyoid

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 24, 2014 |

chatturangaChaturanga Dandasana:  Help from Your Hyoid What’s an eight-syllable name that, when spoken by a yoga teacher, elicits fear (or at least, a groan) in roughly half the population that practices yoga? The same phrase evokes a feeling of invincible awesomeness in many others. The answer:  Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose). Chaturanga looks like a push-up, but it’s not a push-up. It is primarily practiced as a transition pose in

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Foot Yoga for a Fine Foundation

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 12, 2014 |

foot yogaFoot Yoga Pampers Your Feet If the Shoe Fits … I can’t claim to have made healthy choices in all areas of my life throughout my history on the planet, but I can claim relative intelligence about one aspect of being in a body:  I’ve always worn sensible shoes. I’ve owned one pair of heels in my entire life, a pair of platform shoes I wore a few times in

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Yoga Mat History 101

posted by admin on June 10, 2014 |

yoga matEver Wondered Where Yoga Mats Came From? Here’s Yoga Mat History 101 Things in the Yoga world have not always been as easy as they are now. Back in the olden days of Yoga in the U.S., practitioners had to deal not only with the challenges inherent in practice, but also the added difficulty of sliding around on a variety of different types of floors. I liken it to how

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What to Do When Your Yoga Class Falls Asleep

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on June 9, 2014 |

kitty savasanaWhat To Do When Your Whole Yoga Class Falls Asleep They fell asleep, every last one of them. I could tell people were dozing off when I led them through a guided imagery in Savasana, telling them about the need for rest and replenishment as the seasons changed. They obviously took me at my word. Snoring abounded. Slow, deep breathing took over. Some people’s eyelids fluttered just a bit; others

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Quick and Tasty Dinner – Romaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 5, 2014 |

romaine saladRomaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms I’ve been eating garden lettuce for several weeks now. My Romaine is not quite as big as what you’ll find in grocery stores, but it’s so tender and fresh. I’ve been enjoying this lively salad for the past few days. It’s especially fun to make this salad at the moment because my backyard chives are in bloom and the blossoms make

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Yoga Poetry – You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 29, 2014 |

yoga poetryYoga Poetry You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World Whatever you lift to the sky, the sky covers: middle-of-the-night exaggerations dissolve to slivers of sadness on your pillow, middle-of-life jolts compress the heavens into one streak of sleet, thawing into softer ground. Like the rain cycle that obscures the view, you can lose your way on old ground or forget the innate blue light in everything, ready again. The

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