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Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 30, 2014 |

new year's resolutionHow to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past? An antiquated practice moving inexorably toward extinction? If you read the numbers, you could easily get that impression. According to a CBS poll, 68 percent of Americans claim they do not make resolutions. That number is 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years prior to the poll. Perhaps it is

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The Season of Generosity

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 23, 2014 |

generosity’Tis the Season of Generosity One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn’t

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Why Bendy People Might Not Make the Best Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 17, 2014 |

yoga matHow the Struggle Teaches Yoga Teachers How to Teach Years ago, I heard a famous quote embellished in the film, Annie Hall. In the film Woody Allen said, “Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.” (Allen’s embellishment is the second sentence.) It was meant to diss teachers, especially gym teachers I guess, but in my three decades of yoga practice and teaching, I’ve come to understand

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Use a Yoga Wedge in Dog Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 15, 2014 |

yoga wedgeHow Using a Yoga Wedge Can Save Your Wrists Adho Mukha Svanasana, aka Downward Facing Dog Pose or simply Dog Pose, is arguably the most ubiquitous of poses. Yoga teacher Donna Farhi calls it the “‘garlic’ of yoga poses—a panacea for whatever ails you.” Dog Pose is simultaneously an inversion, an arm balance, a forward bend and a restorative pose. It opens your shoulders, strengthens your arms, lengthens your spine,

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Yoga Poetry – Everything That Rises

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on December 12, 2014 |

eucalyptusYoga Poetry – Everything That Rises Rise up without fear to the coffee and daylight skimming the dark.   Rise through the remnants of the dream where you are lost, all pay phones broken.   Rise toward the piano you haven’t played for months, and place your hands on the keys of your memory.   Play badly but loud, and let the ringing rise through your arms.   Rise into

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Instant Maui – Your 20-Minute Vacation

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 9, 2014 |

instant mauiTake a Midwinter Break in Instant Maui It’s the season of short days, long nights and monumental to-do lists. Potlucks, concerts, rehearsals (for those of us who play holiday concerts) and gifting take us out of our usual routines. At a time when our schedules are stuffed to capacity, often the first things to get knocked off our to-do list are those niceties we do to take care of ourselves.

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Shoulderstand – Save Your Neck with Yoga Blankets

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 5, 2014 |

sarvangasanaHow Using Yoga Blankets in Shoulderstand Can Save Your Neck Looking to see the world from a new perspective? Going upside-down is one way to shift your point of view—literally. Inverted yoga poses are perfect for cultivating fertile creative ground in the body/mind. In addition to their many physical benefits, inversions are said to allow us to see with new eyes. When we turn upside down, the world looks different.

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Yoga Gifts For Every Body and Every Budget

posted by admin on December 2, 2014 |

yoga gifts Our Guide to Choosing Perfect Yoga Gifts Looking for a gift for your favorite yogi? We’ve created gift guides with suggestions for beginners, teachers, men who practice yoga, meditators, yogis who travel, and those who love hot yoga. There’s even a guide with gifts that every yogi would love to receive. Here’s a handy guide to gifts by price. Gifts under $15 Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. A

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How to Choose the Best Yoga Mat for Your Practice

posted by admin on November 26, 2014 |

yoga matHow to Choose the Perfect Yoga Mat Before the late 1980s, there was no such thing as a yoga mat. The small but dedicated population who practiced yoga cobbled together an array of towels, blankets and foam pads for practice, but mostly we used whatever surface was available. Back then there were very few dedicated yoga studios. We practiced in church basements, YWCAs, gyms and school classrooms—where we had to

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Advanced Yoga — with Yoga Props

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 18, 2014 |

yoga propsHow Using Yoga Props Deepens Practice Early last week, yoga made it into The Wall Street Journal. The article, titled “In Yoga, Blocks and Straps Get More Respect,” plugs yoga props as a way for anyone, including experienced practitioners, to deepen their practice while maintaining integrity. While acknowledging the mainstream misconception that many yogis see props as “crutches” to use until you can do the poses without them, the author

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