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

Greening Your Yoga Practice

Asana practice has the unique ability, among physical activities, of helping us replenish the prana (life energy) we spend during our daily activities. We spend prana when we talk, …

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Vrksasana: Growing Roots

Trees are our partners in keeping this living, breathing planet alive. We inhale the oxygen that trees exhale, and they inhale the carbon dioxide we exhale. We are inextricably tie …

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Yoga: Give Your Body Some Gratitude

The past few years have given me a bit of a wake-up call. My body, which has always been very low maintenance, has been sending me a big message: “Stop taking me for granted!” Almo …

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Health, Yoga

Love Your Lungs: Undo Dirty Air with Yoga!

The Romans had detox in mind when they added February to their calendar in about 700 BCE. The Latin februum means “purification.” February is named after the Roman purification rit …

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Grounding Your Practice

In 1989, I went to Pune, India to study with Geeta and BKS Iyengar. A group of 30-some dedicated practitioners from around the U.S. joined senior teacher Mary Dunn for a three-week …

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Yoga: Exploring the Body of Emotion

Instead of running from fear, investigate the sensation. Disappointment. Devastation. Fear. Sadness. Dread. Sleeplessness. Numbness. Loss of appetite. For myself, and for many of m …

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Yoga: Why Practice Mindfulness?

A diagnosis of cancer and the experience of equanimity, then gratitude. Last July, I had the good fortune to sit an 18-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Ma …

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A Life of Practice: Reflecting on 30 years of teaching yoga in Salt Lake City

I attended my first yoga class in early 1982 in a small studio with pink plush carpet. After an hour-plus of slow, mindful movement and a nice long Savasana, I pretty much floated …

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If You’re Bored with Yoga…You’re Not Paying Attention

How many times would you guess you’ve practiced Adho Mukha Svan­asana (Downward Facing Dog pose)? Or how about Trikonasana (Triangle pose)? Pick any one of yoga’s staple asanas and …

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Food & Health

Yoga: Mindful Eating

A habit to savor. On every silent Insight Meditation retreat I’ve attended—at The Last Resort in Southern Utah, or at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California—meals ha …

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The disappearing art of mindful communication. —by Charlotte Bell In 1992, George H.W. Bush committed what was considered a fatal error during a debate with Bill Clinton and Ross P …

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Comings & Goings: David Littlefield (1949-2016)

– By Charlotte Bell If you’ve attended arts events in Salt Lake City and beyond—Ballet West, Sundance Film Festival, Utah Opera and, back in the day, Grateful Dead shows, to name a …

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Yoga Culture: Yoga for Text Neck

Stemming the latest epidemic.—by Charlotte Bell We’ve all seen it. Chances are if you have a smart phone you’ve done it, maybe a whole lot. That is, you bend your head forward to t …

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Yoga Culture

Redefining “advanced” yoga. —by Charlotte Bell   Recently I read a blog lamenting the yoga cultural emphasis on “advanced” poses and how all the social media photos of yoga pr …

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Yoga Pose of the Month

Ignite your digestive fire. —by Charlotte Bell Fire transforms—wood into ashes, ice into water and then into steam, raw ingredients into a warming meal. In the Vedas of ancient Ind …

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