CATALYST

Issue Section: Yoga Culture

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: 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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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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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 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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30 Years of Yoga in SLC

In writing this brief history of Salt Lake yoga, I’m relying on memory, CATALYST archives and a little help from some yoga friends. This is by no means an exhaustive history. Pleas …

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Yoga: “When All Effort is Relaxed”

How (not) to wreck your body doing yoga. On January 5, the American yoga world was upended. Yoga, the ancient practice that Americans have adopted in increasing numbers over the pa …

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