Issue Section: Yoga Culture

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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: 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: 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: 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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