Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell has written for Catalyst since 1998. A yoga and meditation teacher since 1986, she writes columns based on these principles, as well as branching out occasionally to write about diverse topics, from kitten rescue to music and art. She has published two books—Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators—with Rodmell Press. Her third book, Yoga for Healthy Hips, will be published by Shambhala Publications in 2018. Charlotte also edits Hugger Mugger Yoga Products’ blog and is editor for Yoga U Online. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and in the folk sextet, Red Rock Rondo.


Articles

Heal, Health

A DIY meditation retreat: Previously hidden treasures can emerge

Like so many traditions, the 18-day meditation retreat I attend each year at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was not to be in 2020. The retreat has become a touchstone for my partner …

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Move, Yoga

Yoga of presence: Finding your intelligent edge

Before I began teaching yoga, I assisted in classes for about four years. My job was to walk around the room and make adjustments while the teachers taught and demonstrated poses. …

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Health, Yoga

Ground yourself: Going stir-crazy? Try walking meditation

As an introvert, I’ve been spared the particular COVID – related hardship that comes from quarantine. Still, certain necessary sacrifices have recently proven to be bittersweet. Fo …

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Yoga

Spring into a summer yoga practice: Our intention colors the results of our actions.

Yoga teachers often describe yoga poses in terms of their heating and cooling qualities. Many of us sequence our everyday yoga classes with these qualities in mind. For example, I …

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Community, Health, Yoga

Zoom Yoga

Maintaining community in quarantine These times of quarantine are challenging us all, one way or another. My yoga studio, Mindful Yoga Collective, has been closed since mid-March, …

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Health, Yoga

Lost in thought?

Instead, mind your thoughts. Over the past decades of mentoring people in mindfulness practice, the most common quandary I hear from novice meditators is this: “I can’t meditate. W …

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Alternative Therapies, Yoga

Baby backbends: Yoga’s unsung power poses

You won’t see them on Instagram. There are so many other backbends that look way more impressive on a sunset-drenched beach. In fact, they may barely register as backbends when you …

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Heal, Yoga

Manual adjustments in yoga class

What to do and what not to do Years ago, one of my former students took a yoga class at a local health club. My student had been practicing for several years and had developed a he …

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Health, Mindfulness, Move, Yoga

Human hibernation

Yogic help for deeper sleep Right now, much of the world is sleeping. Creatures such as bears, marmots, bats and bees hibernate. Reptiles fall into a state of sluggishness and inac …

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Mindfulness

From being in the moment to Mindfulness

Mindfulness is trending these days. Since 2014, mindfulness has made the cover of TIME twice. The practice even has its very own magazine, Mindful, with articles touting the practi …

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Mindfulness, Yoga

The sleep puzzle

It’s not so simple Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or staying asleep? If so, you’re not alone. According to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 30-35% of Americans …

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Mindfulness, Yoga

The “if only” trap

Finding contentment in your life as it is In 1996, I attended a 30-day silent Insight meditation retreats. As with many retreat centers, the cabin where we practiced was designed t …

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Mindfulness, Yoga

Hearing meditation

Doorway to the present There are lots of things to love about spring and summer—the long hours of daylight, the invitation to shed layers of clothing, and the opportunity to spend …

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Mindfulness

Respect

The yoga of cultivating care I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1990. During that year a longtime yoga teacher based in Seattle, Aadil Palkhivala, frequented the Big Island to …

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Mindfulness, Yoga

Peak experiences

Nice, but sometimes an impediment People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but …

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