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

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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Yoga

Connect and release: A yogic approach to neck pain

I begin most of my yoga classes by asking if students have “requests.” These requests include types of poses they’d like to practice (maybe standing poses or twists), or areas of t …

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness of thinking

Making peace with the monkey mind This is my idea of hell—or at least, one iteration of it: sitting on a 30-day silent meditation retreat with one little phrase of a Strauss polka …

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Yoga

The practice is the performance

Undoing the foundation of how we do everything. I’ve played music most of my life. As a member of the Salt Lake Symphony, I practice most days. I practice so that my embouchure (th …

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Making peace with our differences

Cultivating equanimity in relationship It’s been a full year since a dear friend succumbed to cancer. A longtime yoga student and generous soul, I was privileged to know her for 20 …

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Fitness, Health, Mindfulness, Yoga

Mobility, agility and power: Yoga practice and strength training

Studies show that resistance training builds strength and muscle mass, increases bone density and reduces the signs and symptoms of chronic disease. I first came to Utah in 1982, p …

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Heal, Health, Move, Yoga

Stabilizing Your Joints

Protect your joints, build stability Instagram may currently dominate and define 21st-century yoga’s outward image, but social media didn’t invent yoga photography. As long ago as …

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Yoga

Yoga Culture: Animal Wisdom

How to practice yoga wisely in the heat of summer. In early June I visited the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. In my childhood, I’d spent many days wandering around visiting a …

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Yoga

Yoga: Healthy Boundaries

The teacher-student relationship—again. It seems to happen with alarming regularity that a spiritual teacher is exposed (no pun intended) for having misused his position to take ad …

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Yoga

Yoga: Practicing Kindness

Gratitude for your mentors. In the past few months, I’ve been exploring metta (kindness) meditation in CATALYST. The first installment covered practicing kindness for an easy being …

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Yoga

Yoga Culture: Metta Meditation

Practicing kindness toward yourself. (This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Find the first installment in the March 2018 CATALYST: https:// catalystm …

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Mindfulness, Yoga

Yoga: Take a Kindness Break

In recent years, our lives seem to have gotten harsher. Our culture has factionalized. No one wants to listen to anyone with whom they disagree. Dialogue has become not just disres …

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Yoga

Stop Being Judgy and Unyogic!

How Discernment Got Lost in 21st-Century Yoga. In 1988, I attended my first silent Insight Meditation retreat. I noticed one thing right off—how incredibly out-of-control my mind i …

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