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How to Choose a Meditation Cushion

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 25, 2015 |

meditation cushionHow to Choose the Right Meditation Cushion—Zafu, Zen or V-Shaped People sometimes chuckle when I tell them that sitting meditation is physically rigorous. But it’s true. When you sit still and tune into your body for any length of time, you’re likely to become uncomfortable. And sitting for long periods in the same position will at some point start to make you antsy. Even in my hour-long meditation classes, people

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Feeling Sick? To Teach or Not to Teach Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 23, 2015 |

suptabaddhakonasanaHow to Know Whether to Teach Yoga When You’re Not Well Yesterday morning I woke up with a sensation that’s all too familiar, a little scratchiness at the back of my throat. That’s how a cold/flu/sinus infection always starts for me. I’ve been throwing some herbal defenses its way and it doesn’t seem to be getting worse, but it’s not getting better either—yet. By far the most stressful part of

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Meatless Monday: Homemade Polenta

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 17, 2015 |

polentaMeatless Monday: Make Your Own Polenta Okay. So it’s Tuesday. But it’s Fat Tuesday, which is all about indulging in conspicuous consumption before the Lenten fast. I’m not sure what this week’s recipe has to do with conspicuous consumption, humble and simple as it is. But polenta is capable of complementing, and starring in, a huge variety of dishes. It’s become ubiquitous among culinary creatives. Maybe that’s conspicuous enough to

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Why Listening to Your Body Might Not Be Enough

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 11, 2015 |

listening to your bodyListen to Your Body, but Also, Find an Experienced Teacher If you practice yoga, you’ve probably heard the entreaty, “Listen to your body.” It’s good, sound advice. When you embark on any physical practice, it’s important to know and respect your body’s limits. Those limits can change over time, of course, but tuning in and listening to what your body is telling you each time you practice is essential not

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Meatless Monday: Anna Thomas’s Green Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 9, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Eat Your Greens! Dark, leafy greens are some of the most nutrient-packed foods around. The more you can integrate them into your diet, the better. Here’s an easy recipe that includes a huge amount of greens. Like all soups, the flavors will mellow over time, so make a big batch and enjoy it over a few days. Anna Thomas is the author of four cookbooks, including the original

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InBody Outreach – Yoga for Everybody

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 4, 2015 |

inbody outreachInBody Outreach Provides Yoga for the Community “Yoga is for everybody” is not only a generous thought, but a reality many of us try to integrate in to our yoga classes. Many teachers are happy to welcome students of all sizes, ages and flexibility levels to our classes. But what about those who don’t have the means to attend a community class? What about seniors, people in treatment or in

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Chili, a Hearty Exploration

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 2, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Veggie Chili Winter is a great time to enjoy hot, hearty foods. A steaming bowl of chili warms you from the inside out. The fun thing about chili is that you can play a lot with the recipe. For example, I’ve added things like a few tablespoons of peanut butter; frozen, and then sauteed tofu; sautéed tempeh; a few tablespoons of various sweeteners; extra beans for extra protein;

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Teaching Yoga: It’s a Two-Way Street

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2015 |

teaching yogaTeaching Yoga is All About Listening “Listen to your body” has become a widely disseminated instruction in the yoga world. It’s an important one, a skill that reaches out into life off the mat. But when we tell students to listen to their bodies, we teachers need to remember to listen to our students too. When we listen we create an environment where students feel respected and safe, and we

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Carrot Soup with Onion Relish

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 26, 2015 |

meatless monday reccipeMeatless Monday Recipe Meatless Monday has become de rigueur in many restaurants around the country. In honor of this new tradition, we’re going to feature a favorite meatless recipe each Monday. This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is a tasty carrot soup that’s good on its own, but great with a zesty onion relish. This recipe is vegan (when you use olive oil instead of butter) and gluten free. Carrot Soup

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Healthy Yoga Practice – Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 19, 2015 |

healthy yoga practiceHealthy Yoga Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints! For the past few years, I’ve been on the faculty of the teacher training program at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. Early in the 2013 training, one student who had been teaching in a fitness studio asked a very important question. She explained that one of her female students became unusually flexible prior to ovulation, probably because of the presence of

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