Posted on December 18th, 2014 7:00:27 AM
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Elena Brower defines our gift as our medicine. Our presence, our attention and our healing that we give to the world is our medicine, it is our gift. When we practice yoga, we can become closer to our gift so we can share it well with those around us.
Take this class with Elena: http://bit.ly/1yZNpLu
Posted on December 15th, 2014 7:00:28 AM
We know how stressful and uncomfortable travel can be. Sitting in a car, plane or train for hours or even days on end can take a major toll on the mind and body. The good news is that yoga can help alleviate some of the physical and emotional discomfort that a lot of us feel before and after traveling. Happy trails!
This week’s featured classes will help you unwind after a long trip, open your hips after being cramped, and help you create “home” wherever you are.
- Darren’s Travel Practice with Darren Rhodes: This practice is the morning Hatha yoga practice that Darren does when he travels. This class is casual, conversational, and yet gets the job done. A full spectrum class focusing mainly on standing poses.
- Post-Travel Grounding with Felicia Tomasko: According to Ayurveda, the process of traveling increases, and often even disturbs, the cold, airy, dry energy of the vata dosha. Connecting to the earth, cultivating warmth, and slowly lubricating the joints help us stay balanced. In this easy-going yin practice, we continue to refer to the principles of the science of Ayurveda to inform our use of hip openers, forward folds, and simple supine twists. By focusing on the seat of the vata dosha in the body (the abdomen, pelvis, and low back), we cultivate the feeling of being grounded and at ease. Much of what happens when we travel is that we lose our sense of time and space, some part of ourselves gets left behind–jet lag, something lags behind. Practice helps us become integrated so we can enjoy our destination and the present moment.
- Find Home When Traveling with Marc Holzman: Yoga for Travelers. This 30 minute class can be performed before or after you travel to ground your energy and find your sense of home. Various thigh stretches ending in a delicious wall sequence of headstand, viparita karani, and shoulder stand.
- Clear the Mind & Unwind After Travel with Stephanie Snyder: This practice will help you unwind after travel. Let go of your journey and let your body and mind know that you have arrived! In this class we begin with savasana and end with a breathing kriya that will clear the mind and leave you ready for whatever awaits whether it be relaxing or a business meeting. Prop: Strap
- Pre-Travel Yoga with Jo Tastula: Arrive at your destination in fine form with this PRE travel class to strengthen your body and your traveling intentions. We work on strengthening the core abdominal, spinal and arm muscles to prepare for lifting heavy bags & sitting in cramped spaces for long periods of time. Short flow with lunges, crescent chest openers, forward bends, plank strengthening exercises, finishing with bridge and a twist!
- Yoga for Travel with Jason Crandell: When I get off a plane or out of a car, I want to do 3 things: open my hips, fix my back and appreciate that I’m at my destination. This is my go-to practice to re-balance my body. It has just enough movement and strength to make you feel alive, manage your jet-lag, and help reboot your system.
Explore all of our yoga for travel classes so you’ve always got a few handy when you’re on the go.
Posted on December 11th, 2014 8:58:45 AM
Kia Miller shares her path to discovering yoga and how it helped her feel more comfortable in her body and to learn who she was from the inside out. When she began practicing Kundalini, she experienced a deep sense of peace and empowerment that no longer relied upon outward reinforcement of who she was or who she should be but instead allowed her to land fully within herself and be content, present and aware:
Feeling inspired? Start practicing with Kia.
Posted on December 10th, 2014 9:23:07 AM
We are thrilled to announce that Carole Westerman is now a YogaGlo teacher!
Carole Westerman’s mission is to bring yoga to everyone! She is an experienced yoga teacher, with certifications in the following disciplines of yoga: Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Children’s, Kundalini, and Thai Yoga Massage. Carole is a certified Childbirth Educator, has experience attending births as a Doula, and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology. Carole is also the Director of 500-Hour Level Yoga Teacher Training program at Lotus House of Yoga, where she is part-owner of three locations. She is on the Teacher Training faculty of several yoga schools, as well as being on the faculty of 90 Monkeys, and travels to teach nationally and internationally. She has created her own curriculums for 500-Hour, 200-Hour, Prenatal and Children’s Yoga programs that she has taught in numerous locales. Carole is a mother to three daughters, and has worked many years in the fields of children and family services.
Carole teaches her own eclectic blend of yoga, combining elements from her diverse background and training. Always striving for harmony and balance in her teaching and personal practice, Carole integrates both Yin and Yang aspects into her classes. Carole’s more receptive, therapeutic, and nourishing side is drawn from her trainings with Judith Hanson Lasater and Sarah Powers. While her more energetic and dynamic side is influenced by her studies with Shiva Rea and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa.
Living yoga is what resonates with Carole; taking the skills, challenges, successes, and experiences we have on our mats, and applying them to our everyday lives. She believes that as we align our bodies in poses, we are actually aligning ourselves toward optimal health. As we flow, we are actually learning to ride the ups and downs of life with grace and ease. All of these elements, and more, come together in her classes to weave together a complex and beautiful tapestry that becomes the fabric of our living yoga. She invites you to come explore with her on the mat, and she truly believes yoga will change your life.
You can start practicing with her today:
- Slow Flow Prenatal – Prenatal class suitable for all trimesters. We will learn to connect to our breath as a way to connect with our baby and prepare for our birthing time. Through an easy going flow, we will coordinate breath with movements in order to increase awareness of our unique breathing patterns. We will observe our breath during periods of rest and during periods of challenge. This will allow us to see the breath as a valuable tool which will directly support and enhance our birth experience.
- Head to Toe Prenatal Flow - This all-trimesters class is designed to be all encompassing for the days when you want a little bit of everything. Many of the common head-to-toe discomforts of pregnancy will be addressed leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed. This practice is great for when you want to create optimal ease and comfort in the ever-changing pregnant body.
- Gentle & Revitalizing Prenatal Chair Flow - We know we always feel better after a yoga practice, but sometimes it’s such a challenge to get started. In this practice, we start off seated on a chair (or couch!) and gradually ease ourselves into a gentle but invigorating practice. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling like “you” again! With most of the poses done either on the chair or with the chair, this class is accessible even on your most tired days. Plenty of hip and shoulder opening, with some TLC for the feet, this class will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for whatever your day has in store.
- Restorative Yoga for Stress-Free Fertility - This restorative class is designed to help ease stress and pressure related to fertility and trying to become pregnant. It will also enhance breath awareness and bring energy to the pelvic region. Nourish your body and help bring peace to your mind while holding poses like “mountain brook”. This is also nice to do with your partner if you both need a little TLC.
- Midnight Meditation for Mamas - Are you finding yourself up in the middle of the night? Do you have trouble going to sleep at night or falling back to sleep after getting up? This meditation will help you turn your mind off, tune into your breath and inner wisdom and find your happy place. You can practice this meditation anywhere, even in your bed.
- Prenatal Yin for a Courageous Heart - In this Yin practice, we honor our courageous hearts through a sequence designed to re-invigorate our heart energy and passion for starting a family. As mothers, we express love through our hands, arms, and heartbeat. This class will give us an opportunity to nourish these parts of ourselves, as we infuse our body with self-love and model this to our baby. Taking care of our family starts with taking care of ourselves.
Please join us in welcoming Carole to YogaGlo!
Posted on December 8th, 2014 7:00:33 AM
We all struggle to maintain focus in our daily lives. With a world full of constant distractions along with our need to multitask, it is so easy for us to lose focus and concentration, even on the simplest of tasks.
A little lack of focus here and there is completely normal, but when you find your mind wandering at important times such as during business meetings, when you’re drafting an email, during conversations with friends and family, when you’re working on a project – anything that requires concentration, lack of focus can become a problem.
If you are finding it hard to focus, not to worry! This week’s featured classes will help you to create physical and mental focus and concentration through the breath and the heart.
- Finding Your Focus with Steven Espinosa: A steady opening warm up prepares us for several Standing Poses (Crescent, Extended Side Angle, Warrior 2, Reverse Warrior) followed by a combination of Standing Leg Balances (Tree, Dancer and Hip Openers) and Seated Poses with Twists. Concludes in brief Savasana. Emphasis is on creating physical and mental focus through the breath and the heart.
- Increase Focus & Concentration with Felicia Tomasko: Increase focus and concentration by cultivating the sattva guna, the attitude of clarity and equanimity. Through cultivating focus, through attention to our feet, standing balancing poses, lighting up our inner luminosity, transforming the raging fire of pitta to the light clarity of the sattva guna. We’ll then progress onto the floor for a sweet languid restorative practice that continues to allow us to cultivate our sense of equanimity, balance, sweetness and ease, we’ll slow down in a way that opens up all of the 72,000 nadis, or channels of the body, before settling into a sweet savanasa. This practice uses two blocks and a bolster for the restorative portion of the body.
- Focus and Clarity with Tara Judelle: This class uses pranayama and the asymmetry of standing balancing poses in order to focus the mind and bring one into the present moment. Perfect for pre-meeting, presentation, big event, or preparing oneself for the day.
- Develop Steadiness in Body & Mind with Alex van Frank: This total body practice will help improve overall balance while strengthening the feet and legs. By developing steadiness in physical balance the mind has the opportunity to develop a calming steady focus.
- Choose Your Focus with Stephanie Snyder: This class is based on the yogic principle that what we focus our attention on will expand. Take a moment to choose what it is that we deem worthy of our attention and then practice sticking with that throughout the practice. This is a pleasing, straight-forward sequence starting with vinyasa movement, and then moving into long-hold standing poses, twists, heart-openers and forward folds. Props Suggested: Two blocks.
- The Role of Focus in Meditation with Sally Kempton: What does it mean to take your seat in meditation? In this practice session, Sally explores the role of correct focus as the doorway to meditation, and then guides you into a soft, gentle focus practice that can help you slip easily into the meditation slip-stream.
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Posted on December 4th, 2014 12:00:10 PM
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this Saturday as Jodi Blumstein will be in town teaching FREE Ashtanga classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Jodi’s Class Schedule:
- Saturday, December 6th: 10:00am-11:30am – Ashtanga, Level 2/3
- Saturday, December 6th: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Ashtanga, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to these amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
Posted on December 4th, 2014 7:00:10 AM
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Kathryn Budig explains how we can use asanas as a tool to make us comfortable with the skin we’re in right now and to see our lovely selves exactly as we are, without labels.
Take this class with Kathryn: http://bit.ly/1zlZn3O
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Posted on December 3rd, 2014 7:00:08 AM
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Kia Miller will be in town teaching two FREE Kundalini classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Kia’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, December 5th 10:00am-11:30am – Kundalini, Level 2/3
- Friday, December 5th 12:00pm-1:00pm – Kundalini, 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 December 2nd, 2014 3:49:09 PM
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us as Noah Mazé will be in town teaching a FREE Hatha class and a FREE Vinyasa Flow class at the YogaGlo studio this week. You will not want to miss this.
Noah’s class schedule:
- Thursday, December 4th: 10:00am-11:30am, Hatha – Level 2
- Thursday, December 4th: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Vinyasa Flow – Level 2/3
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to take amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more info and head on down to the Glo!
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Posted on December 1st, 2014 7:00:15 AM
Whether we realize it or not, all living things yearn for stability. We are constantly seeking to establish harmonious and balanced relationships with ourselves and our environment. But how to do we achieve stability in an often times unstable and unpredictable world? Yoga can help. This week’s featured classes will help us recognize that we have the power to create anchors of stability in our lives and within ourselves.
- Inner Stability, Outer Fluidity with Chelsey Korus: A powerful way to learn to deal with the instability of life. Learn to transition the legs from binds to extensions and from standing to inverted positions with a fluid outer body and a strong, focused inner body and core.
- Calm Amidst Turbulence, Steady Amidst Change with Rod Stryker: In this practice, forward bends, twists, and longer holds will lead you to an incredible sense of stability and calm. Discover the power of stillness, calm in the midst of turbulence, and steady in the midst of change. The very qualities that allow us to embody yoga to the fullest.
- Explore Standing Asanas, Find Stability During Upheaval with Claire Missingham: To gain better understanding of the standing asanas, the alignment and then how to place them in the flow – as this is often the quickest moving part of a class, there could be the tendency to rush through and not pay enough attention to detail. Also, this is a great class to ground you and stabilize you during any upheaval. Prop needed: Block
- Balance for Vata Dosha with Marc Holzman: Vata Dosha holds the elements of Air and Space which, when out of balance, can bring feelings of being hyper-mobile, dry, cold, and excessive light & expansion to the extent of ungrounded-ness. In this class we will cultivate a practice to encourage opposite energies to promote balance through: warmth, stability, grounding, focus and JUICINESS! Our pace will be slow, smooth, steady, and fluid. Props Suggested: a strap and blanket.
- Stability & Flexibility with Steven Espinosa: Strong Level 1 challenging enough for beginners and intermediate students. Steady opening warm up leads into an energetic Standing Pose flow with Warriors 1, 2 & 3 for strength and endurance. Focus is on establishing stability to create greater flexibility. Continues with Utkatsasana (Chair) and Parivrtta Utkatasana (Twisting Chair). Followed by Hip Opener in Agnistambhasana (Firelog) also includes brief tutorial to safely engage hamstring stretch in Hanumanasana (Monkey). Continues with Back Bends in Bridge and/or Upward Facing Bow, Spinal Twist and brief Savasana.
- Turn Your Fear into Stability with Elena Brower: With this practice we transmute any “heavy” energy – sadness, grief or fear – into grounding stability. Through this sweet flow sequence, with interesting use of the back foot leading into anjaneyasana, even forearm stand, we will address the musculature of your legs and groundedness of your feet in order to transmute what’s weighing us down energetically into a strong and steady foundational energy.