Posted on March 6th, 2014
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Amy Ippoliti reminds us that yoga teaches us that ANYTHING is possible. That there is infinite potential and possibility inside, so why not go for it?! Be awesome! Whether you are feeling stiff, have an injury or you’re super bendy, get the most out of exactly where you are.
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Posted on March 5th, 2014
One thing’s for sure about tantra: Its history is as complicated as its philosophy. Though there’s a lot of beauty to it, the tradition has picked up some not-so-positive connotations along the way. Many people equate “sex” or “weird sexual practice” with the word. But, says Coby Kozlowski, a teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Life, but this isn’t totally accurate, as there are lots of different philosophies within the tradition. “The word itself has a vast history and can be thought of in many ways,” she says. “So often when we hear the word tantra, we think ‘sex.’ But tantra is a much more diverse and rich part of the evolution of yoga and is both a school of thought and body of practices. Within each school of thought there are diverse belief systems and today it stands as a path for many spiritual seekers.”
The word tantra itself is translated as to weave, or loom, since the root “‘tan’ means to ‘stretch or expand,’” says Kozlowski. The suffix “tra” generally translates as tool or instrument, making tantra an instrument by which to weave. “We are given the gift of embodiment, and have the opportunity to dance with all that life has to offer and weave into the infinite tapestry—a constant and never ending loom, which is always expanding into more.”
So why do we think of tantra as being so much about sex? Danny Arguetty, also a Kripalu teacher and student of Douglas Brooks, points out that tantra incorporates many different philosophies which diverged into three separate approaches over time. One of the arms became increasingly sexual in nature, but tantra as a whole got stuck with this connotation. “The Tantra involves a vast array of thoughts, philosophies, and schools which are often thought of as representing either a right handed, left handed, or centric approach,” says Arguetty. “The left handed practices used sexual practices of varying degrees – from benign to sadistic – and are the reason the Tantra still has negative associations in India.”
But the associations just deepened as tantra moved to the U.S. “As yoga migrated to the West,” he says, “small groups of practitioners discovered the approach of left handed schools in turning sexual intercourse into a practice of raising energy, honoring pleasure by delaying and then having a more powerful orgasm, and feeling the dance of the feminine and masculine energies (Shiva and Shakti). With the help of these teachings and the Kama Sutras, neotantra (sometimes called California Tantra) was born, popularized, and created the association of Tantra as sexual practices. While many other Tantric schools do not deny physical intimacy as a conduit for rich exploration, they are also invested in infusing passion, increased energy, and pleasure into broader facets of life.”
So that’s how it got its sexual and, in some circles, its negative connotations. But as both teachers point out, there’s a much richer way to think about tantra and incorporate the idea into our lives. Kozlowski says, “if you keep the more original definition in mind, tantra is about building upon and integrating past experience – good and bad – into the self. Tantra Yoga then becomes an opportunity to surf the different flavors of life such as grief, sadness, sorrow, passion, lightness, peace and recognize that tantra is not about escaping or disassociating from life but rather a rich relationship with all the different flavors that life has to offer.”
How often have terrible situations in life – a job loss, a divorce, or some other form of rejection – later turned out to be turning points for something better? Keeping in mind the fact that the really painful things that happen to us are often, eventually, ways of inviting in better things is important. Of course, sometimes a bad situation is just a bad situation, and not always a door to something great. But even these times can be opportunities to learn to at least sit with the lousy stuff, and know that it too shall pass – and we’ll be the better for it. Oftentimes it seems like it’s the kindest, most soulful, and most giving people who have been through the most difficult situations in their lives. And that seems to be more than just coincidence.
“Each moment becomes an opportunity to find a deeper and more intimate connection and an opportunity to delve into the intelligence and luminosity around us and in us,” says Kozlowski. “Rather than trying to reach a peak experience of enlightenment, we can both weave and bind to this moment and feel the evolutionary impulse of desire that expands us into the more.”
What has been your experience with tantra, in any of its forms? Please comment below.
Alice G. Walton, PhD is a health and science writer, and began practicing (and falling in love with) yoga last year. She is the Associate Editor at TheDoctorWillSeeYouNow.com and a Contributor at Forbes.com. Alice will be exploring yoga’s different styles, history, and philosophy, and sharing what she learns here on the YogaGlo blog. You can follow Alice on Twitter @AliceWalton and Facebook at Facebook.com/alicegwalton.
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Posted on March 3rd, 2014
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Tara Judelle will be in town teaching FREE Hatha classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Tara’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, March 7th: 10:00am-11:300am – Hatha, Level 2/3
- Saturday, March 8th: 10:00am-11:30am – Hatha, Level 2/3
- Saturday, March 8th: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Hatha, Level 2/3
- Sunday, March 9th: 10:00am-11:30am – Hatha, Level 2/3
- Sunday, March 9th: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Hatha, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to take these amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
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Posted on March 3rd, 2014
“With yoga comes confidence that never withers away, a smile that never wanes and the inner strength to endure any situation.” – Shankar
Confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. You may have confidence in some areas and not in others. So a great way to build confidence is to try and draw from those areas where you’re self assured. Another great way to build confidence is through yoga. Carol Rossi, a yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, explained to Women’s Health Magazine that confidence can be developed the second you challenge yourself. “The practice of yoga poses is a mirror for the practice of life,” she says. “So over time you will find yourself more confident in situations off the mat. Confidence is developed by realizing that, in yoga, you’re not just trying to achieve some ideal shape, but are working to appreciate your gifts and limitations,” Rossi says.
This week’s featured classes will help empower you to fully shine internally and externally.
- Self-Confidence Practice with Steven Espinosa: A strong mixed level class with gradual opening warm up leading into an energetic flow of Sun Salutations and Standing Poses. Continues with hip, thigh and hamstring openers followed by further standing pose series. Concludes with backbends in Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana) and/or Upward Facing Bow (Urdhva Danurasana). Primary focus is on mindful, conscious movement of breath and body. Combined with alignment awareness to create a safe experience while building our self confidence.
- Yoga for Confidence with Rod Stryker: This energizing practice enlivens body and mind. Accessible asanas with a focus on the abdomen and navel center, twists, mild back bending, abdominal strengthening and work with the breath will activate the subtle (pranic) body and empower you to fully shine internally and externally. Prop Suggested: Blanket
- Confidence – A Block Party with Marc Holzman: Cultivating a deep sense of self-confidence through remembrance of our Divine Self. A super fun, dynamic practice utilizing blocks in almost every pose. We hit the legs, core, an arm balance and a supported sirsasana (headstand) at the wall; all with fun vinyasana variations peppered throughout. Props – 2 blocks, wall space
- Breathing Practice for Confidence & Clarity with Elena Brower: A brief but complete Level 1 breathing practice. Perfect if you’ve been longing to begin a meditation practice and cannot seem to make it a reality. This 15 minute practice will focus on your solar plexus as the center for confidence and clarity in your body; we will open that space, fill it with breath and observe where it’s contracted and how we can open it up again and again, no matter where we are.
- Balanced, Accessible Practice with Jason Crandell: Designed for new students, and others that want to revisit the basics, this practice will stretch and strengthen your entire body. You will work on essentials such as downward-facing dog, cat/cow, and standing postures. This practice will leave you feeling more comfortable and confident in your body. Optional Props: Block, chair, blanket
- Build Up the Confidence for Handstand with Noah Maze: Get educated and systematically prepared for handstand with sun salutations, shoulder openers, standing poses, and work at the wall. Whether you are a proficient handstander, or whether you wish for the courage to start a handstand practice, this class will help you engage and refine this powerful pose, while increasing your confidence and trust in yourself.
Posted on February 27th, 2014
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Seane Corn will be in town teaching a FREE Vinyasa Flow class at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Seane’s Class Schedule:
- Tuesday, March 4th: 5:00pm-6:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to take an amazing class with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
Posted on February 27th, 2014
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Elena Brower reminds us that when we aim to create more consciousness, we have to look at where we’re denying ourselves or others our consciousness, and in order to do that we can look towards the two possible reactions that are constantly available to us: an automatic reaction and a consciousness response.
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Posted on February 27th, 2014
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Felicia Tomasko will be in town teaching a FREE “Extreme” Yin class at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Felicia’s Class Schedule:
- Monday, March 3rd: 5:30pm-6:30pm – “Extreme” Yin, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to take this amazing class with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
Posted on February 26th, 2014
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Jodi Blumstein will be in town teaching a FREE Ashtanga class at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Jodi’s Class Schedule:
- Saturday, March 1st: 1:00pm-2:30pm – Ashtanga, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to this amazing class with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
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Posted on February 26th, 2014
You’ve seen his local classes at the studio and you’ve waited patiently wondering when you might be able to practice with Rod online. The wait is over! We are thrilled to announce that Rod Stryker is a YogaGlo teacher and you can start practicing with him right now, wherever you are.
Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and widely considered to be one of the West’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. He has taught for nearly thirty-five years and authored, The Four Desires: Creating a Life or Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity and Freedom as well as countless articles on yoga and meditation. A highly respected speaker, he is known for making the deepest aspects of yogic science practical and accessible to audiences from all walks of life, from corporations to yoga teachers and students of all levels. Having studied closely studied with two great Tantric yoga masters, Rod is one of only a few Americans transmitting an authentic, living tradition, one that has been practiced and handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years. He continues to lead trainings and advanced yoga study programs throughout the world and to guide others to the positive intersection of ancient wisdom and modern life.
Rod’s first classes have been added to the site for your study and exploration:
- Meditation on the Breath - Perhaps the most universal of all meditation practices, meditation on the breath is one of the most accessible (excellent for those starting to practice) as well as deep approaches to meditation. In addition to balancing the body and helping to build focus, the latter stages of this meditation opens the gateway to the Infinite. Recommended for all levels, enjoy and discover how ten minutes can lead to stillness and perfection.
- Yoga Nidra for Healing & Inspiration - Deep rest is key to healing and rejuvenation as well as improved focus. Enjoy this twenty minute Yoga Nidra session, the ancient yogic science of relaxation, and experience how twenty minutes of guided, systematic, relaxation practice can replenish and renew you. Use it to start your day, rest in the middle of it, or just before falling asleep and unlock your innate capacity for healing, inspiration, and peace. Props Suggested: Blanket to lay on or cover up with.
- Preparation for Meditation - With the body properly prepared, meditation becomes much more accessible. This practice effectively opens the hips and waist, strengthens the lower back, deepens and regulates the breath, and leads to stillness and focus. A truly efficient and balanced practice, it is recommended whether or not you plan to use it as a preparation for mediation.
- Prep for Deep Sleep - 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.
- Intro to the Bandhas - Take your asana to the next level by learning to combine it with bandhas, the doorway to the energetics of practice. Through a sequence of key asanas you will experience and learn to apply bandhas (yogic locks) and thus increase your ability to build creative power and increase the transformative potential of your yoga. An incredibly efficient, yet powerful way to practice.
- Yoga for Confidence - This energizing practice enlivens body and mind. Accessible asanas with a focus on the abdomen and navel center, twists, mild back bending, abdominal strengthening and work with the breath will activate the subtle (pranic) body and empower you to fully shine internally and externally.
Posted on February 25th, 2014
Over the years, many of you have asked for online courses for yoga teachers. Specifically, you’ve asked for courses to help extend your knowledge of yoga sequencing so that you can enhance your teaching. Jason Crandell’s The Art of Yoga Sequencing online course was designed with you in mind!
This online yoga course will provide you with the tools to develop meaningful, authentic and effective yoga sequences for you and your students. It will provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and technique to generate fresh, safe sequences that represent your voice and vision as a teacher. The Art of Yoga Sequencing will teach you how to create effective sequences for each posture category including arm balances, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, energetically balanced practices, practices for better sleep and more.
This Yoga Sequencing course contains 7 modules and provides approximately 50-hours of continuing education. It contains lecture, practice, sequencing templates, downloadable sequences, reflection questions, key teaching points for each posture group, and a curated list of YogaGlo classes that compliment the module. Content is available for as long as you need.
This online yoga sequencing course is right for you if:
- You want information about every posture category, including the essential technique for every posture group, how to prepare for every posture category and how to conclude every posture category.
- You need the tools to develop safe, effective sequencing that represents your voice and builds your student-base.
- You need more confidence creating mixed-level yoga classes while meeting the needs of beginners and experienced students.
- You crave the support, inspiration, and knowledge that will allow you to teach effective, authentic and purposeful yoga classes.
- You want help teaching your students challenging postures like bakasana, handstand, upward-facing bow, hanumanasana, as well as basic postures like bridge pose, revolved triangle and more.
You will receive:
- 30+ hours of professionally-produced lecture, discussion and practice video.
- Sequencing templates for each posture group—so you can create your own sequences within an effective, safe structure.
- 20+ prepared sequences, to practice and teach.
- New yoga sequences every month to keep your practice and teaching fresh.
- Live chats with Jason twice a-month to ask questions and get feedback—for an entire year from the day you join the program.
- Feedback on your sequencing
- 35+ recommended YogaGlo classes to practice and study
- 3 free months of YogaGlo subscription time
The 7 Modules include:
- Sequencing with Authenticity and Purpose
- Turning Inward: Sequencing for Safe, Effective Forward Bends
- Creating Space and Freedom: Sequencing for Efficient Backbends
- Releasing Tension: Sequencing for Cleansing Twists
- Taking Flight: Sequencing for Strong, Stable Arm Balances
- Inversions: Sequencing for Handstand, Forearm Balance, Headstand and Shoulderstand
- Beyond the Asanas: How to sequence for contemplative and energetic themes
We are honored to offer such incredible teachings to yoga students and teachers all over the world and we look forward to supporting you in your journey for ever-increasing knowledge and awareness.
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