Sunday Gentle Yoga ~ March 19, 2017

This Sunday morning practice is designed for those new to yoga. The practice will focus on proper alignment, gentle stretching to avoid stiffness and asanas (poses) to improve balance and flexibility.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am
East Burke Club House
$10.00 per person/per session

Yoga in Review

February 19, 2017

Thanks to the lovely members of today’s class who were champions of the arms and shoulders today.

The focus of the class today was strengthening the arms and shoulders. We focused on proper alignment in poses that require upper body strength, such as down dog and plank. One of the focal poses of the day was cactus pose.

I’ve linked a great review of the pose here.

Next week:

Muscle and Organic Energy

Yoga Certified

Wow! This journey of becoming a certified yoga teacher has been a fantastic adventure of learning, reflection, and camaraderie. Beginning in August of 2015 and ending August 2016, a group of 18 came together for one weekend each month to delve into the world of yoga. Along with that I found myself also delving deeper into the self, striving to better understand the inner workings that led me to this wonderful experience.

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Like the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly, emerging from the safety of Heart Space Yoga and teacher trainer Andrea Thibaudeau has been a metamorphosis of sorts. We delved into the history and philosophy of yoga, anatomy, and dived deeply into ourselves, becoming more aware of all that we need to feel spiritually and physically complete.

My most powerful takeaway is that I already have within in me, as do all living things, what is needed to be fulfilled. To learn to trust your own wisdom is a compelling lesson – one that should not be forgotten or dismissed. As I move forward with newfound skills and knowledge I hope to instill this same teaching into the work I do with others. Another way of saying this is that each of us is enough, just as we are. At our core is perfection and when we take the time to look inward with awareness and a non-judgmental mind, we can see the perfection that exists within. Perfection does not mean without flaws or challenges, but rather that what we are is all we need to be. This does not mean we never change, because without change there is not growth. By looking inward we can recognize the challenges we face. Andrea often referred to this as ‘the rub’ – those things we encounter in life that make us feel a bit uncomfortable. These ‘rubs’ are the truths we want to access through self-awareness and when we treat them as opportunities to expand we can enhance our lives.

Moving toward my own expansion and a desire to bring the world of yoga and mindfulness to others, I am taking steps to creating my own studio and offering of classes. I am so excited about the possibilities, which are endless. To begin I have ordered the supplies I will need to teach my classes. . .

They arrived this week~
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Whew! What a load of boxes! I was so excited that I poured myself a glass of wine and went to work making a celebration of the unpacking ~ and look how wonderful my props are~

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My hope is to tie nature into my yoga practices and so I went for the natural, earthy tones and hope my students will love them as much as I do. More importantly I hope I will put them to good use helping others.

I immediately invited my husband to a little restorative session with the new props and I think he appreciated my experimentation. He certainly looked relaxed.

As I move forward on this journey I will be looking for places to offer classes. I have been approached by a number of friends and acquaintances, mostly in the 50-70 age group, and I am working on developing classes for beginners as well as restorative classes for those who need more directed relaxation and mindfulness time or those who have physical limitations.

I have added “Sweetwater Studios” to my menu bar on the home page of the blog, where readers can access information about Sweetwater Studios~Fitness, or Sweetwater Studios~Photography.

There is so much to be appreciative for these days, and so many who have, and continue to support me in my journey!

Namaste to you all!

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Gratitude #66

So so so thankful for YOGA! All the time and patience the ancient yogis put into discovering all aspects of yoga AND passing their knowledge down over the centuries is totally appreciated by me.

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When I practice yoga I can let everything else go and live in that moment. Could it get any better than that?

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The Yoga Trapeze

For as long as I can remember I have loved being upside down. As a school girl I loved hanging upside down on the monkey bars, or hanging one leg over a metal rail and twirling myself around on the one knee while pushing myself off with the other leg. As a cheerleader and gymnast my favorite routines involved cartwheels, and as a yoga student I love inversions.

Years ago I saw an ad for an inversion table and have always wanted one.

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I never purchased one, but recently I came across a product that I think is even better.

The Yoga Trapeze:

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As you can see, I’ve hung it from the beam in my living room.

I discovered this item through an ad on Facebook and immediately went to their website, YogaBody Naturals.

Set up was a breeze – all it took to connect it to the beam were a couple of eye hooks and caribiners. Before I knew it I was inverted:

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Inversions are only one of many exercises that can be done with the Yoga Trapeze, though it’s the inversions that sold me. I can comfortably stay inverted for about 5 minutes and have been doing so two or three times a day since the trapeze arrived. My neck feels great (I had been contemplating a visit to the chiropractor when the trapeze arrived), and my back feels good. I am working on loosening my shoulders and upper back and practicing supported back bends so I can feel more confident in wheel pose in my yoga classes.

I am excited about trying the many other opportunities available with my new trapeze. And sometimes, the new perspective one has when upside down can help one see life a bit differently.