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Sequencing Yoga Poses: Not Just Cool Choreography

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 16, 2014 |

sequencing yoga posesSequencing Yoga Poses In 1989 I went to India for a three-week intensive with B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta. Mr. Iyengar had just turned 70, and Geeta was officially handling the majority of teaching duties. However until the last week of the intensive, B.K.S. appeared every day and taught much of every class. During the last week, he traveled out of town to teach a class for one day,

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Ending a Yoga Class

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 14, 2014 |

ending a yoga classEnding a Yoga Class When we begin teaching at a certain time, we don’t usually envision the class ending. Such was the case with my Monday noon-1:00 pm. Class I started teaching three years ago. The class was one of the first at a new yoga studio in the west side of our town where there aren’t other yoga studios, which tend to be clumped on the east side. Our

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Revolved Lunge – Settle In

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 9, 2014 |

revolved lungeRevolved Lunge aka Chaise Lounge Pose Born to Anjana (a supernatural woman) and Kesari (king of the monkeys), Anjaneya had magical powers and royalty in his genetic inheritance. His godfather was Vayu, the wind god. Anjaneya was considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. His auspicious pedigree made him a bit of a star among mortals. According to legend, Anjaneya once mistook the sun for a glowing piece of

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Yoga Gossip: Have You Ever Been Dissed by Another Teacher?

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 7, 2014 |

yoga gossipThe Yoga Gossip Machine:  What Do You Do When Another Teacher Disses You Behind Your Back? When students ask my opinion about another teacher in town, I’m deliberately vague. First, with the plethora of teachers (100 or more) being trained annually in various local trainings, I no longer know 99 percent of the teachers in town. Second, even if I do know the teacher about whom they’re inquiring, I don’t

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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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