All posts tagged: yoga for beginners

Are you doing yoga “right”?

This is a re-post of one of the most read blog posts I have written in the past 5-years.  This originally appeared in the blog in February 2009.  It’s a great reminder as we start the new year for a healthy and safe way to approach your practice. Both new yoga students and more experienced yoga students, at some point in a class or practice, may wonder if they are doing a particular pose correctly.  Many students wish that instructors would just come over and correct their pose or hope that, in time, they’ll start to get it right.  Most new students are sure they can’t possibly be doing yoga right and many experienced students have developed poor alignment habits that feel right, but are blocking them from deepening their asana practice. This is why we all, regardless of experience level, need to continue to take classes, workshops and find instructors that provide encouragement and assistance in deepening our practice at all levels.  Even the Masters have a guru. A well-trained instructor has studied principles …

Summer Yoga Schedule

Summer Schedule 2012 June through August Please note that ONLINE REGISTRATION is required. If classes do not meet minimum enrollment during the summer, they are likely to be cancelled.  Please make sure we know of your intention to attend class.  There is no penalty if you sign-up online and then do not make it to class. The summer schedule will change from week to week depending on instructor availability and enrollments.  Please make sure that you check the online schedule weekly for any changes.  Your instructors need vacation time too!   Summer Schedule 2012 June through August Monday 6:00pm Matrika Flow w/Heather Open Level 7:30 pm Yoga Booty Ballet w/Aleta Open Level Tuesday 5:45 pm Matrika Flow Plus w/Sharon Open Level 7:30 pm Yoga Dance w/Alexis Open Level Wednesday 10:45 am Mom & Baby Yoga w/Rachel Gentle 6:00 pm Prenatal Yoga w/April Gentle 7:30 pm Matrika Flow w/Marilyn Open Level Thursday 10:00 am Yoga I w/Heather Beginner/Open 5:30 pm Yoga for Balance w/Alexis Gentle/Open Friday 10:00 am Prenatal Yoga w/April Gentle Saturday 9:00 am Matrika …

Day 4: Week One, Yoga with Rodney Yee

“It is crucial to learn how to open your upper chest and your arms with increasing relaxation in your neck and sense organs (Yee, 54).” “The repetition of Tree Pose and Warrior I in the following sequence lets your body make its own subtle adjustments to bring understanding and ease in the poses (Yee, 54).” Ever since I went back to working a job where I spent the majority of my time sitting in a chair in front of a computer screen, I have felt my chin migrate forward and I can just FEEL my whole head in front of my spine.  It’s awful and it feels wrong.  I try to remember to draw my chin in towards my heart and release my shoulder blades down my back during the day, but it is really challenging.  When I finally get a chance to stand up, I feel desperate for a stretch.  I just want to get into downward facing dog and feel the weight of my head releasing down from my spine instead of creating compression and tension as …

Cardio Yoga

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Aleta Howard will be joining the Yoga Community and offering her unique YBB (Yoga Booty Ballet) classes starting February 2nd and through the spring.  What is YBB?  On the schedule, we are calling it Cardio Yoga.  If you think that “yoga” means traditional asana, then you might feel that YBB is more of an exercise class and wonder what it is doing on a yoga studio schedule. Well, first of all, YBB combines some elements of Hatha yoga that will be recognizable to yogis who do have experience with more traditional yoga classes that are based on asana.  Second, YBB includes yoga kriya from the Kundalini tradition and the creation and support of a personal intention is an important part of each and every class.  Third, what is yoga?  While this is a deeper issue that would require both a lifetime of examination and certainly a much more respectful examination than I can offer here, I would like to suggest that expressing the body with joy, opening and …

Yoga at Home for $2 a Month

There are a LOT of great reasons to practice yoga at home on your own: 1-You have work and/or family responsibilities that make it impossible to consistently get to a yoga class.  This may be especially true for new parents who are juggling jobs, childcare and EVERYTHING! 2-You travel often and wish you had a practice you could take with you on the road 3-It’s a great way to advance your practice and always do the poses and exercises that best support you in how you feel (if you’re calling the shots, then you don’t have to do any handstands if you don’t want to!). 4-If you are not feeling well, are injured or need a modified practice for any reason, you can learn how to do a practice that will help you feel better 5-You want to make yoga a part of everyday—a real part of your life and not just a class or workshop that you take every once in a while. Many of my students ask me how to start a home …