Topic: Yoga

What Yoga Is and Is Not

Three common misconceptions. —by Charlotte Bell               As yoga’s popularity has exploded in the past 15 or so years, a whole lot of new yo …

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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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Ignite your digestive fire

Fire transforms—wood into ashes, ice into water and then into steam, raw ingredients into a warming meal. In the Vedas of ancient India, fire was personified by the two-headed fire …

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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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Yoga Culture

Why can’t we all just get along? —by Charlotte Bell Last month I had the good fortune to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions. I presented both a yoga class and a musical …

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Yoga of Compassion

Opening the Door of Compassion: A response to the tragedy of Cecil. I grew up in a mini menagerie. At various times my family shared our homestead with parakeets, a goat, a horse, …

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Yoga Pose of the Month

A lotus pose for everybody: Supta ardha padmasana. —by Charlotte Bell In 2001, I co-taught a teacher training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, BC. The 50 attendees were experienced y …

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Yoga Pose of the Month

Tap into the power of your own two feet. —by Charlotte Bell I’ve been blessed with many longtime yoga students. Many have attended my classes for more than 10 years, some for more …

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Yoga Pose of the Month

Finding continunity: Utthita Parsvakonasana. —by Charlotte Bell Name a very basic pose you’ve never seen described in this column. Extra points if you don’t look at the photo. I do …

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Yoga Pose of the Month

Sustainable stretching: Supta Padangustasana. –by Charlotte Bell People begin practicing yoga for many reasons. For me, at least at first, it was mostly curiosity. Many students c …

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The Yoga of Gardening

Poses to practice in the dirt –by Charlotte Bell Springtime signals blooming bulbs, veggie planting and for me, lots of requests from students for yoga poses to counteract the eff …

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Yoga Pose of the Month: On Hip Joints and Humility

Genes and fancy poses. —by Charlotte Bell For the past two years I’ve had the privilege of attending retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center led by Joseph Goldstein. Co-founder o …

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Yoga Pose of the Month

Sway like a palm tree: Talasana is simple, but powerful. —by Charlotte Bell January is a fresh, new canvas on which to paint our intentions. The new year often inspires a commitmen …

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Upavista Konasana

From side splits to stillness. —by Charlotte Bell   My dad was a competitive gymnast in his teens and 20s. When he stopped competing, he still enjoyed practicing in our yard o …

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