Thursday, February 21, 2013

Some wonderful workshops this weekend

Hands-On Adjusments
Looking to go more indepth with your hands-on adjustments in your classes? Check out the workshop with Shelby Lefrinere (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), Refining Our Communication in Asana Adjustments, Saturday 2/23/13 1:30-4:30 pm. Only $30 pre-register, $40 at the door (Please contact Shelby Lafrinere at 619.964.0313 or email Workshop is hosted by Yoga Well at 2333 El Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Upper back issues: Kyphosis
On the subject of back pain, an over-rounding in the upper back is called kyphosis. Body Awareness Yoga will be conducting a clinic that address this condition and strategies to manage, and in some cases, reverse the unhealthy affects of kyphosis. No previous Yoga experience is necessary but this clinic is for active women looking for a way to be proactive with their spinal health. 1 to 3 pm for $35 at 1075 Broadway in El Cajon Body Awareness Studio.

Namaste - I bow to your form

A nice etymologicial discussion of the word:

With my children and family yoga classes, I like this song interpretation: "There's a light in me, there's a light in you, and together we are one." Or for secular classes, I like to say "Namasate is the yoga way of saying 'Thank You.'"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yoga Surveys - just for fun

Scroll to the bottom of the page to fill out two little yoga surveys...let me know what influences YOU!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kids Yoga Feedback - Leave Your Comments Here!

I am overjoyed when I get written or verbal feedback from parents/kids/educators about the classes that I have shared with them. But since I only have this free blog (for now) there hasn't been a really useful place to put these comments...until now! Please, if you have something to say about a class that you attended with your child, a class YOU attended, a class your CHILD attended or some feedback in general, I would very much appreciate your leaving your comments here.

AND if you have pictures of your child/family/self in one of my yoga classes, please submit it to me and you'll see it here soon. I'm going to set up a photostream so I can share the visual joy!

Best Regards

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yoga IS for every body

The Spring 2013 issue of Yoga International Magazine has a great article entitled "When Life Gives You Curves," and it's all about learning how to modify your practice to suit your body. The author does a great job of talking about some of the common issues in practice (for any body), like knee (alignment, pain), leg position (under hips vs. feet together), shoulder (flexibility), wrist (sensitivity), booty (position and size accomodations), belly (accomodating and LOVING it), breasts (accomodating and LOVING them), and in general, FEELING your yoga poses rather than concentrating on some perfect picture or even a mirror (or worse, trying to look like an instructor or neighbor in class).

Yoga knowledge, yoga experience, yoga skills, comes from the inside - from listening to your body, from really tapping in to your inner wisdom (and allowing it to make mistakes, to learn and most importantly to be nutured).

Whether you are 3 or 93, 30 pounds or 230, there is a way to modify a (physical) yoga practice to encourage you to be at peace with your body, to understand it, and to love it.

The article isn't up online yet, but I will provide a link when it is availabe. In the meantime, check out the rest of their website for the winter/spring issue. The magazine is published by the Himalayan Institute, one of the foremost schools of yogic study (and the traidition of which is followed by my school, YogaWell). It's a little bit less commercial than some other yoga mags out there, and has a lot more content about holistic healing, yogic lifestyle, home practice, and media reviews.

Enjoy, and remember, whatever you body, Yoga is For You!