Posted on October 30th, 2014 8:51:38 AMYogaGloNo comments
Each of us has a story about what we thought yoga might be or how it would/would not fit into our lives before we took our first class. For many, their first yoga class spoke to them in a way that opened a path to much greater learning and study. Giselle Mari shares a little insight into her own discovery of yoga and the magic that lies within the practice:
Posted on October 27th, 2014 12:00:43 PMYogaGloNo comments
Have you ever had such a harried, stressful day that unwinding and getting a truly restful night’s sleep is a challenge? You’re not alone! We live in such a fast-paced environment where our senses are constantly being stimulated that sometimes we just can’t stop the wheels from turning. The good news is that yoga can help us slow down, re-center, and prepare for a night of sleep that is restorative and transformative. Imagine a world in which we’re all sleeping better – that’s a world we’d like to create with you!
This week’s featured classes will help you make the transition from your busy day to a restful evening.
Prep for Deep Sleep with Rod Stryker: This sequence will slow you down, calm your nervous system, and unwind tension – the perfect preparation for deep and sound sleep. Whether you sleep well or not, this practice will benefit you by helping to center you and lead you to glorious grounding, calm, and ease. Prop Suggested: Strap
Evening Sleep Prep Flow with Tiffany Cruikshank: Unwind with a flow that will get you moving right away and then ease off into stillness. We’ll meet the restlessness of the mind with movement and then slowly ease in so the mind settles and prepares for a deep restful sleep.
Let Go & Let Sleep with Jo Tastula: This class offers loving support for insomniacs. Grab a your pillow or blanket if you have one and enjoy this dreamy guided practice of letting go. Very simple spinal rolls while seated on the floor or on a chair, abdominal breathing, spinal twist and full guided savasana. Let go and let sleep!
Insomnia Practice with Elena Brower: If you’re still awake, treat yourself to this sequence of forward bends, plow pose and shoulderstand. With a combination of strong alignment and quiet rest, return your system to homeostasis and get thee to sleep.
Calm Your Nervous System for Sound Sleep with Felicia Tomasko: Get ready for a sound sleep with this Ayurvedically-themed practice that focuses on calming the nervous system and reducing the vata dosha that may be in excess or out of balance. We use circular motions of the joints, including the shoulders, chest and hips to release pent-up tension in the joints before a supported forward fold, bridge moving the breath and ending with legs up the wall to calm the nervous system.
Posted on October 27th, 2014 7:00:36 AMYogaGloNo comments
October 31st, 2014 Update:
We are not seeking another patent. The original patent from 2011 has been forfeited along with patent Register number 8,605,152. This was in process months ago and we instructed our law firm to forfeit both patents well before we made our statement on Monday. As any organization who has worked with an outside legal firm knows, there are many moving parts. When our patent was issued in late in 2013, we created standing instructions with our law firm to maintain our patents. We were not notified of the timing of the routine action taken in September and it in no way represents a desire on our part to seek another patent.
Original Statement Published October 27th, 2014:
As several of you are aware, we filed for a patent to protect our online yoga classes in 2010 and in late 2013 we were awarded that patent (Registration No. 8,605,152).
Our purpose in seeking patent protection was to prevent a few other online yoga providers from copying the look and feel of our online classes. Though there was a lot of misinformation shared about this patent and many false assumptions made about our intentions for seeking such a patent, there are several calm, rational voices across a range of industries who remain concerned about it. We have heard those concerns and carefully considered them. On balance, the majority of the concern is about how broad the patent seems to be and that it may prevent filming in general.
In an effort to remove confusion and concern within the yoga community and beyond, we have decided to focus our efforts on narrowing our protections. To begin this process in earnest, we have decided to forfeit the issued patent. We still believe the look and feel of our classes are unique to YogaGlo and have become associated with high quality teaching. We will continue to protect that just as we would protect our logo or our name.
In the year since our patent was awarded, there have been several new entrants to the online yoga space and we’ve been thrilled to see that. We have not enforced our patent and we firmly stand by our belief that encouraging all companies to be creative and develop their own unique look and feel (rather than copying from others) is a vital way that online yoga customers will have the best available choices for their practice and that online yoga communities will thrive.
Posted on October 23rd, 2014 12:37:33 PMYogaGlo2 comments
For every one of us, our yoga practice is unique and personal. How we practice, what we practice, how often we practice and why we practice are specific to each of us. And ever-evolving. This is also true for every yoga teacher. Jo Tastula shares a little insight into how she came to yoga and the role it plays in her life:
Posted on October 20th, 2014 7:00:08 AMYogaGloNo comments
Our feet are our foundation, our connection to the earth. They keep us mobile, aligned and balanced, yet they are often one of the most neglected and abused parts of the body. How often do we actually stop and think about our feet and what we put them through EVERY DAY? Probably only when they start aching after standing or wearing uncomfortable shoes all day.
Our body reflects everything we do with our feet. When our feet are tired, our whole body is tired. When our feet hurt, even the simplest of tasks might be hard. Whether we realize it or not, because of the way we treat our feet, most of us have feet and ankles that are no longer in balance. Because of the misalignment of our feet, our body now has to make adjustments in order to keep its balance. This means that our overall posture changes. When our posture changes to compensate for foot problems, our joints become misaligned which in turn, can lead to chronic joint inflammation in addition to other health related problems.
The good news is that practicing yoga helps bring flexibility and strength to our feet, toes and ankles, leading to overall better alignment and health of the body.
Awakening & Integrating the Feet with Mary Taylor: When we wake up the feet, the pelvic floor automatically comes on line. Grounding through the feet and integrating movement from deep in the core in this way is how we learn to move in a graceful and rhythmical movement in and out of postures. In this class we will draw from poses in the Primary and Intermediate Series to embody this important integrating pattern. Props Suggested: A blanket and wall space.
Stable Foundation with Marla Apt: Using the feet to align and enliven. The feet can be the gateway to alignment of the joints, balanced action in the muscles and ease in the asanas. In this practice you will mindfully focus on the actions of the feet as well as balancing the weight on the feet as the foundation of the standing poses to bring evenness to the legs, hips, pelvis and back. Prop Suggested: A block.
Show Your Feet Some Love with Giselle Mari: We spend a lot of our time on our feet and rarely give them the love they so deserve. In this brief session give your tootsies some attention that can increase awareness of your feet while giving them some release and relief. Props Needed: Two Blocks, One Blanket, One Tennis Ball and Wall Space
Healthy Feet and Ankles with Tara Judelle: The key to a healthy back is smart feet. The foundation sets the tone for the entire body from the base up. In this short class we will work to open up the stability and mobility of the feet, ankles and knees for a healthier body. Props needed- a blanket, and a block.
Root Chakra Flow with Jo Tastula: This is a grounding class that focuses on the earth element, creating strong foundations and the 1st Chakra. Anatomically we’ll concentrate on the feet, legs and base of the spine as our pillars of support. We start with seated meditation followed by seated postures and simple sun salutation with crescent moon (anjaneyasana) to warm up. Our flow plays with balancing poses such as Tree, Warrior 3 & dancer (vrksasana, virabhadrasana & Natarajasana) and floaty transitions that help to really find your feet! Lots of forward bending to promote the grounding process. There’s a side plank with variations for good measure. Guided meditation in (reclined cobbler) supta badhakonasa and savasana to finish. Optional Prop: Blanket
On Your Feet All Day? with Felicia Tomasko: Do you stand on your feet all day? Nurses, teachers, doctors, firefighters, restaurant workers, veterinarians, flight attendants, retail salespeople? This is the yin practice for you. Get grounded and rebalance the body with this slow yet powerful yin practice. We begin on the earth, supine, on our backs, with a sequence that works with flexibility and mobility of the feet, legs, and hips. The second part of this practice involves some seated feet stretches, cat stretch variations on our hands and knees and then ends with a pigeon pose to continue to allow ourselves to release the tension stored in the body after standing all day. By the time we get to savasana, we’ll be ready to stand up again.
Posted on October 16th, 2014 8:20:12 AMYogaGloNo comments
As many of you know, we’ve developed a comprehensive yoga program for cyclists – from pre and post race classes to off-season conditioning and mental race prep, our Yoga for Cyclists program provides a robust library of classes to help cyclists in every aspect of their training. We have been thrilled to sponsor and work with Boulder Cycle Sport’s Cyclocross team during the past two seasons to fine-tune our offering of yoga classes and better understand how yoga can help riders perform optimally, unwind mindfully and train safely during and after the racing season.
Here’s a little peek at a few of the BCS Cyclocross athletes we work with as they share their love of riding and how yoga has helped shape their experiences on the bike and off:
You may also enjoy our blog series on why yoga is especially useful for cyclists:
Posted on October 13th, 2014 7:00:10 AMYogaGloNo comments
Bandhas are energetic locks or psychophysiological contractions in the body that prevent energy from flowing to a particular area of the body. There are three main bandhas: mula (in the pelvic floor) uddiyana (in the abdomen), and jalandhara bandha (in the neck/throat). When the bandha is released, prana can flow freely throughout the body with an increased pressure, allowing us to collect, contain and control that energy.
Take your asana to the next level by learning to combine it with bandhas, the doorway to the energetics of practice. This week’s featured classes will help us apply the bandhas to our practice so we can increase our ability to build creative power and increase the transformative potential of our yoga.
Intro to the Bandhas with Jodi Blumstein: In this class we introduce the bandhas in a short practice designed to create awareness of this subtle and elusive aspect of practice. There will be an exercise at the beginning to really wake up this new awareness and then an opportunity to apply this advanced concept. Props Needed: A block.
Using the Bandhas Effectively with Rod Stryker: According to the yoga tradition, the bandhas are the next step after asana. In this short outline, we look at the three major bandhas, their affect as well as how we practice them. Learning to use bandhas effectively opens the doorway to taking your asana to the next level.
Cultivating the Core Sheath with Tias Little: Access the central channel of the body by directly engaging the “core sheath”. Via the all powerful ilio-psoas muscle, the inside legs, and musculature along the spine, this class is an internal guide to the deepest muscles of the body. We aim to use less force and more fine articulations of the core structures that support the yoga bandhas. Suggested Props: Blanket, 2 blocks, strap
High Flying Flow with Dice lida-Klein: This flow incorporates all the essential elements of a 60 minute flow practice. We use a block and blanket to fire up our bandhas in our Surya Namaskar A and we follow it up with a strong standing sequence. Many handstand options are given through out class for those of you high flyers! Enjoy my fellow yogis.
Pranayama Hit with Amy Ippolit: Ujjayi and Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril) pranayama (breathing). This practice is perfect before you sit for mediation and gives a quick explanation of the bandhas and Ujjayi pranayama followed by Nadi Shodhana pranayama to balance the right (masculine) and left (feminine) sides of the body. Have a blanket or a cushion to sit on.
Yoga for Core Strength & Awareness with Tara Judelle: Strong class to activate the core as the centralizing magnet of movement. Strong focus on the bandhas, using standing poses, working into arm balances, eka pada koundinyasana II (extended leg arm balance dedicated to sage koundinya, parsva bakasana (side crane) eka pada koundiyasana I. Class focus is on utilizing the core as the center of digesting awareness in order to cultivate center in challenging experiences.