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Blog Archives: January 2017 — December 2017

Opening the Doorway to the New Year

December 30, 2017
Jenny O
Referring to the statistics, only 64 percent of resolutions last longer than the first month, and only 46 percent last longer than six months. Even more discouraging is the statistic that only 14 percent of people over 50 actually achieve their resolution, compared to 39 percent of people in their 20’s. In order to make the resolutions more concrete and have a longer life we have to look at the way a resolution is “made”. In yoga we look at intentions or sankalpas. Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means an intention formed by the heart and mind ...

Job Search for Yogis

December 27, 2017
Lynn Chang
The new year is a natural time to reset and refresh. For many, that also means getting a new job! Perhaps your current job is less than ideal, you’ve thought about making a change, but just the IDEA of job search bogs you down. Searching online, tailoring your resume for each job, and then waiting and waiting to hear back a response (and wondering if it fell into the dreaded resume black hole)… This is what living your yoga means: Applying strength, ease, and balance into ALL areas of life. You spend most of your waking hours at work. It ...

The Myofascial Body

December 27, 2017
John Mackey
We are made to move. That's my mantra.  A little anatomy shows us the reason to abide by this maxim. What is myofascia and what do we need to know about it?  Do we need to exercise it and exactly how do we do that? Specifically, the fascia is a connective tissue throughout the entire body. It is associated with skin, bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, just about every organ. It provides protection and is a support structure also. It is constantly remodeling itself, either for better or for worse. “For better” means that it should ...

Be Happy and Healthy: Get to Know Your Pelvic Floor

December 15, 2017
DeLora Frederickson
I’m not sure when I first heard about the pelvic floor, but I do remember the first time I stood in front of a class and talked about it. It was a group of women I had decided to teach about mula bandha. The thing I remember most is the looks on their faces. When I slowly scanned from face to face they responded like I was speaking a language they didn’t understand. Over the years that I’ve done this work, this look has diminished, but is ALWAYS present on some of the faces of the students that I teach. I wondered why. Why would this be a ...

The Decision to Become a Yoga Therapist

December 10, 2017
Whitney O'Baugh
Greetings! The decision to become a Yoga Therapist can be overwhelming and at times confusing even for seasoned yoga teachers or healthcare professionals. I will address my personal experiences along my path, as well as outline some basic information around the practice, the path, and the purpose of becoming a professional Yoga Therapist. When reading the requirements for certification it can be easy to find the time, energy, and money required to receive this in depth education insurmountable. When I began my journey I was overwhelmed and ...

Yoga Therapy: The Gift of Healing

November 30, 2017
Shanti Kelley
When I first decided to enter the Yoga Therapy program at Yoga Yoga, I actually didn’t even know what Yoga Therapy was.  All I knew was that I wanted to help people in a different way, deepen my practice, understanding and skill. I also knew that after 20 years of teaching, two 500hr specialized Teacher Trainings and a successful public class offering I was ready to take the next step Professionally. Whatever you think Yoga Therapy is, it isn’t. In a funny way, that’s the magic of yoga. There are elements that are body and structure ...

Yoga & Animals

November 22, 2017
Samantha Oswald
The sound of wolves howling together–long, haunting, and beautifully primal–can bring me to tears and stop me in my tracks like no other. The same goes for the roar of a tiger. Heard up close, it’s enough to make my entire body vibrate and feel humbled. When I tell people that I used to spend my days cleaning up after hippos, preparing diets for black bears and porcupines, and grabbing my zip ties to fix just about anything, they always seem a little surprised and quite curious. My path to yoga has been a winding and unique one. Yoga and ...

The Art of Holding Space

November 15, 2017
Jenn Wooten
Some of us are natural born caregivers, nurturers and supporters Our capacity to feel and respond to the suffering of others is a much needed gift in the world. This gift, however can leave us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and even impair our immune function. When we find ourselves overwhelmed and burned out, our response is to compartmentalize, or to cultivate indifference - which doesn’t serve anyone. In this transformative weekend Angie and Jenn will guide you to learn to use your gift of compassion and empathy consciously, without ...

Yoga for Grief and Healing

November 14, 2017
Kimberly Wharton
Grief can be defined as our reaction to a loss, whether it be life, heart-break, empty-nest, or any unexpected life change. If you watch television or listen to the news, you know the images and events that we have seen all too often, are now part of our daily tapestry. We sometimes store these events away in our physical or energetic body, run from them, avoid them completely, or numb them away. I believe the only way to get to the other side, is thru. I do not believe there is any one correct way to grieve, but I do know the effects of ...

The Path and the Practice of Meditation

November 03, 2017
Sheila Singh
What is meditation? Depending on who you ask the answer can be quite varied. There are so many different lineages and many methods of practice. Yet, these manys ways ultimately lead us in the same direction- back to the simplicity of Being in our direct experience. This state of Being provides a sweet contrast to a life that is filled with constant doing. In my exploration, meditation has offered me a kind way to meet myself, others and life. In the depths of my practice I have felt my own messy humanity and tasted the essence of a nature ...

Career Exploration for Yogis by CAREER ZEN

November 02, 2017
Lynn Chang
“So what do you want to be when you grow up?” Back in grade school it would have been so helpful to learn how to answer this question. There are actually 500,000+ career options out there! So much more than the “doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer” that we typically rattle off. If you’ve ‘fallen into’ your current career path and are wondering what else is out there, or have been wanting to make a change but not sure to what, or will be retiring soon and looking for something more fulfilling, this workshop is for you! The first step is to ...

Sister Sutras

October 25, 2017
Long before I read Pantanjali’s “Yoga Sutras”, the word sutra beckoned to me as a melodious, dignified, comforting sound. As the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of accomplished seamstresses, I heard in it the English verb suture, to stitch, and the steady hum of my mother’s Singer sewing machine. Too busy to spend much time at her machine now, my mother still sometimes sews matching dresses for her granddaughters — much as she once sewed her daughters’ school clothes and Halloween costumes, much as her own mother sewed her ...

Advanced Asanas for the Mind

October 16, 2017
Joe Hauger
We are now living in an overstimulated, vastly changing world with the rate of change accelerating at a much higher pace than ever before. The mind needs its yogic filters in place to adapt, to be calm and contained. The mind, without being regulated via yogic technique, will only rise to the limitations of the Earth plane. If regulated, the mind will go to the heavens. It is all a matter of perspective. “Asanas for the Mind” are Meditative Postures used to train the mind. The mind is comprised of the negative, positive, and neutral minds....

Balance and Awaken your 4th Chakra Through Yoga and Art

October 14, 2017
Leticia Alvarez
Chakras – What are they?  You might be familiar with the word or you may be thinking what the heck are my chakras? Where are they located?  What do they do? The simple answer is, chakras are organizing centers for receiving, assimilating and transmitting life’s energies.  When our chakras are aligned and buzzing in harmony with our own energy, life can seem a little bit more balanced – less chaotic. In the upcoming Yoga and Art workshop, you will get an overview of each chakra and then, focus will turn to the 4th chakra – Anahata ...

3 Ways Yoga Enhances Athletic Performance

September 29, 2017
Deanna Velazquez
Looking to achieve peak physical condition? Want to enhance your athletic performance, but not sure how? As a former personal trainer and group fitness instructor and now a 500-RYT for over 15 years I’ve worked with and have seen all types of athletes from every walk of life. From professional athletes, runners, bodybuilders, CrossFit enthusiasts, to the everyday gym rat (just to name a few). They all have the same objective - each athlete wants to reach a goal. Their goals may be different depending on their area of interest, but the things ...

Shoulder to Hand, Down Dog to Arm Balances

September 28, 2017
John Mackey
Arm balances can be safe, fun, and gratifying for your practice. But just like any yoga practice, it's important to use correct alignment, and have the knowledge and enough strength so that we can do them safely. But what if we don't? And even if we have the strength, how do we know that we are doing them in such a way that our practice is not compromised? Many times we think that muscle strength (myofascial strength) is the primary consideration that prevents us from getting into an arm balance.  But we know from our regular yoga practice ...

The Power of Yoga to Support Recovery

September 27, 2017
Laura McCann
Two-thirds of American families are either dealing with addiction or are affected by someone in their lives who has an addiction. That’s why I’m a big proponent of taking the stigma out of not just addiction, but any kind of mental illness; so that many of us, as well as our friends and family members will feel supported in asking for help. To prevent relapse people need to find ways to express their emotions. Emotions have identifiable sensations inside the body and have to find a way out – they are energy in motion. The nature of energy ...

Get the shot, or go to a workshop. Which would you rather do?

September 25, 2017
we enter cold and flu season, it’s a good time to consider practices to help keep us healthy. The body’s immune response to pathogens such as cold and flu viruses is composed of a combination of several different specialized systems and functions of the physical body including the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, and the endocrine system. The efficient functioning of these various systems as part of the immune response is affected by our ability to rest and relax, to move and exercise, and to maintain a positive outlook. Kundalini ...

Celebrating the Divine Feminine in Yoga

September 25, 2017
Ana Pilar
Hello Shakti combines storytelling, yoga practice and live drum-guided meditation for a crazy-fun-transformative experience that brings Goddess energy bone deep. Founding teachers Ana Pilar Cruz and Jamie Waggoner offer workshops, special class series, immersion weekends and pilgrimages for modern tantrikas, yogis & Goddess folk of all kinds. Ana Pilar and Jamie are bringing their Embodying Shakti class series back to Yoga Yoga in October 2017. This series includes some basics about Shakti energy and an overview of the better-known Tantric ...

Breathe. Just breathe.

September 22, 2017
So often when we (when I!) run around and are anxious, stressed, etc. we forget to breathe! Or we take small short breaths, increasing our heart rate, and keeping our anxiety up. Ever notice when you're angry how your breath changes, or when you're excited, or when you're extremely calm? Our breath is intrinsically tied to our mental and emotional state. This concept fascinates me! I have been learning more about this mind/body/breath connection and am excited to dive deeper in this Pranayama (4th limb) workshop. By becoming more aware ...

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