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Parsvakonasana: Finding Continuity

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 9, 2015 |

parsvakonasanaParsvakonasana: Finding Continuity Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) is a pillar among standing poses. It combines strong grounding with expansion and spinal rotation. It looks like a lateral stretch, and may even feel somewhat like one, but it’s not. In a true lateral stretch, your pelvis is not moving in the same direction as your spine (think Parighasana or Gate Latch Pose). In Side Angle Pose, your legs, pelvis, spine

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Meatless Monday: Parsley Pesto

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 8, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Parsley Pesto Most of us are familiar with basil pesto. It’s the most traditional form of pesto. But over the years, many other base ingredients have proven to make tasty, refreshing pesto pastes as well. Kale’s recent popularity has made it a worthy pesto base, by itself and in combination with fresh basil. Arugula also makes a delicious, savory pesto. Currently, parsley of both the curly and Italian

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Yoga and Respect: Nothing is Trivial

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 3, 2015 |

yoga and respectYoga and Respect: It’s the Little Things I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1990. During that year Aadil Palkhivala frequented the Big Island to teach workshops. I was fortunate to get to work with him a number of times and very much appreciated the depth of his practice and teachings, even way back then. One of his workshops was held in a venue that usually accommodated tumbling

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Meatless Monday: Spring Garden Vegetable Hodgepodge

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 1, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Spring Garden Vegetable Hodgepodge I’m a big fan of Deborah Madison, former chef of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. For that matter I’m a huge fan of Greens Restaurant. On the fortunate occasions that I get to visit the Bay Area, I always make time to go to Greens at least once. The food is healthy, innovative and always inspiring. As a vegetarian since 1978, it’s like Christmas

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Compassion: On and Off the Mat

posted by Bruce Black on May 28, 2015 |

compassionHow Practicing Yoga Cultivates Compassion It’s a mystery how it happens, but, thanks to the poses that I do on my mat, I can feel a deeper sense of compassion for others and for myself. Why is that, I wonder? When I press my palms against the mat in Downward Dog, I can feel compassion for my tight hamstrings and stiff shoulders. Standing on one leg in Tree Pose, I

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Ease Your Lower Back with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 26, 2015 |

Yoga BlockHow to Use a Yoga Block for Standing Forward Bend Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) is one of yoga’s most emblematic poses. We practice it in almost every style of yoga—as part of the Sun Salutation, as a resting pose between other standing poses and as a part inversion/part hamstring stretch on its own. The most immediately noticeable effect of practicing Standing Forward Bend is, of course, the sensation in the

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Yoga for Gardening: Poses to Practice in the Dirt

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 20, 2015 |

yoga for gardeningYoga for Gardening: Relief for Your Achin’ Back Springtime signals blooming bulbs, veggie planting and for me, lots of requests from students for yoga poses to counteract the effects of gardening. Shoveling, squatting, kneeling and bending over—the forms your body has to assume to get your garden ready for planting—all take a toll, especially when we likely haven’t been doing these things much over the winter. Here are some tips

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Meatless Monday: Spring Arugula Salad

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 18, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Spring Arugula Salad Anyone who says salads are unexciting has never tasted arugula. When the leaves are small, they pack a hefty, savory punch; when they get bigger their peppery flavor can be downright spicy. I’m not sure how arugula grows elsewhere, but in my garden it’s always the first of my salad greens to be ripe for picking. It’s also the first to bolt, which it does

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The Wisdom of Humility in Yoga Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 14, 2015 |

humility in yogaHumility in Yoga Practice “A deep sense of humility will help you learn yoga. It is important to remember that no one path or school has a monopoly on the truth. There are excellent and poor practitioners in all schools of yoga. “Gaining maturity in yoga practice involves learning to respect the paths that other people are on and acknowledging their merits, maybe even acknowledging that your own path is

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Can Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear?

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on May 13, 2015 |

fearCan Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear? I’m not sure when I realized this, but yoga has helped me to overcome many fears—fear of being seen, speaking in front of groups, trying new things. Fear stopped me from moving ahead. I have used and can use my practice to move through just about anything. Insidious as it sounds, the benefits of a daily yoga practice have a way of sneaking up

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