Topic: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Students of silence

University of Utah students learn from composer Phillip Bimstein about the power of “radical quiet” On a chilly February afternoon, a crew of workmen yelled and their tools clanged …

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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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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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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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