I Love Going to Yoga-PERIOD, end of statement! The Calming Centering helping to send your focus inward, the soothing Breath Work taking you off Autopilot Breath, the mixture of the various Poses, and finally we gloriously arrive at the ultimate relaxation-we get to chill out in Savasana, S-W-E-E-T. I like to compare my yoga experiences to maybe finishing a good book, or having eaten “JUST ENOUGH” of a satisfying meal, or perhaps relaxing with a really good glass of Champagne. If had to choose one word to describe my yoga class it would be SATISFACTION. Okay I just thought of another word-CONTENTMENT.
But I swear, back in the day when I was brand new to the world of yoga every time I went to my weekly yoga classes this one Perky, Overly Cheerful instructor would never fail to say the words, “Honor Your Body”. I mean seriously women; I thought I was honoring it by coming to this yoga class twice a week!!!!! READ MORE
You Are Not the Only Person in this Yoga Class
As someone who has both taught yoga and practiced with other instructors for many years I’d like to give my “2 Cents Worth” on the subject of, “What Not to Do” in a yoga class. Please understand that this is NOT a personal venting session, it’s simply my attempt at helping you; the yoga student walk in the shoes of your yoga instructor (if only for an hour). READ MORE
When you enter a yoga studio you’re usually greeted with a soft mix of gentle tunes and a serene vibe permeates the space. The sounds literally invite you to find a spot and roll out your mat, directing you to the promise of a peaceful practice.
It’s funny how Music has a way of setting the mood, taking you to a place that quite possibly promises to sooth the soul and quiet the mind. Music can transport us to new places and move our emotions on the VIRTUAL DIAL from Stressed-Out Crazy to Peaceful just by the beat of a drum, the movement of fingers on a guitar, or the placement of ones lips on a sexy saxophone.
It also has the ability to miraculously carry us to the distant past in just a few beats. These days though you can add the sense of “Smell” to that blissful formula. READ MORE
Merry Christmas, Felize Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, Happy December Solstice,
Happy ______________ you fill in the blank.
Whatever term you use, whatever December holiday you’re celebrating, just know that we live in a diverse, multicultural society which is FANTASTIC!
So it’s important to know that we’re “ALL” just sending out Positive VIBES that scream loudly to the world:
Peace on Earth and Good Will to
Don’t Wait Until January 1, 2018 To Start that Exercise Program
I’m a bit of a gym/yoga studio type of lady so I’ll let you in on a little secret, the regulars (meaning the crowd that attends yoga or gym class come rain or shine) have a name for you sports newbies. They refer to you as BW’s, which is their cutesy acronym meaning “Burnout Warriors”. I get it, it’s a New Year so of course we’re stepping up our game. We’re cycling harder, hitting the yoga room with a renewed spirit, using the barre routine with a bit more passion, and even operating the treadmill with a tad more Enthusiasm!
I’ve been in those January 1st workout classes and the situation is REAL and Crowded as HELL. READ MORE
Why the Intriguing Name?
There’s Eagle Pose, Crocodile Pose, Rabbit Pose, Dolphin Pose, Fish Pose, Half Frog Pose, Crow Pose, etc. (believe me when I say that animals are WELL represented in the yoga culture) and who can forget the most well-known pose of all; you’d have to live on another planet is you don’t recognize the Downward Facing Dog Pose. Really I get it, in the yoga world the deep seated adoration for our fuzzy, furry, and wooly animals come through Loud and Clear but Cow Pose………it’s always been a bit of a stretch for me to visualize. READ MORE
4 Different Styles of a Downward Facing Dog -Yogis Choice
If you’re anything like me, sometimes the fullest expression of a pose is “DO-ABLE” but not necessarily desired? For instance, we all have those days when you want a more involved, up-tempo yoga practice that is more physically demanding. Then again, maybe your body is longing for a more gentle style that incorporates fewer Asanas (postures), a bit more time spent practicing Pranayama (regulated breathing), and adding more Meditation into the mix. It could be that your body needs a yin style of yoga, working the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones and holding the poses longer (sometimes lasting up to 20 minutes).
So, I’m just saying that wherever you are on the “Yoga Wheel of Choice” it’s always great to have OPTIONS. READ MORE
My Secret Love Affair with Chair Yoga
Okay, if I’m being PERFECTLY HONEST here chair yoga was never on my radar when I began teaching yoga. And when I say it wasn’t on my radar let me be ABSOLUTELY CLEAR; I had no first, second, or even an inkling of thought about it. My mind was more on teaching a gentle style of hatha yoga to the people and totally going into the “Zen Zone” on my sticky mat. Now indulge me while I paint you a Mind Picture of what I envisioned my mat yoga class would consist of.
Smooth Jazz or Reggae music
Aromatherapy: The sweet smells of scented Lavender, Sandalwood and Orange wafting throughout the room
A total Chill Mood followed by an Unhurried, Decelerated, Yoga Session. Ahh, so sweet!