Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and complete. It’s a sense of harmony. Our lives are made up of so many different areas, both internal and external – (work, finance, family, friends, romance, health, our mind, heart, hobbies, etc.) that sometimes it seems impossible to give 100% to each and every area, all of the time. But guess what? That’s ok. Giving 100% to all of those areas, all of the time, does not create balance. It only creates stress.
Living a balanced life is about integrating components of your life that are important to you without focusing “too” much on one component or being too extreme towards one area (remember, when one area of your life is imbalanced, it can affect the others). Of course there will be times when you need to make choices about what has to come first, but as long as you don’t neglect the other areas of your life, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to live the balanced life that most of us crave.
Feeling like you’ve been focusing too much on one area of your life and putting others on the back-burner? This week’s featured classes will help you explore your capacity for balance, on the mat and off.
Chakra Meditation for Balance with Giselle Mari: This chakra meditation provides a great entry point to these seven subtle energetic centers and the karmic relationships that correspond to them. Sit, be still, and focus your attention, intention and bija (seed) mantra on your chakras to make way for peaceful balance. Prop Suggested: A blanket to sit on.
Find Steadiness & Balance with Alex van Frank: Feeling a little wobbly? This class will work on steadiness and balance. Poses are either on the ground or at the wall to find support or safety. Props needed: Wall space, a block and a strap. Props Suggested: A chair and two blocks.
Balance & Align Belly and Throat with Stephanie Snyder: This class focuses on the relationship between the belly chakra- Manipura and the throat chakra- Visshuda. Move through poses to balance and align these areas. There is a range of motion that begins with very restorative supine and moves into a more challenging flow with a sweet and simple end. Prop Needed: A block.
Balance Flow with Noah Maze: Move with your breath and cultivate balance in sun salutations, standing balancing poses and smooth transitions between poses. Cultivate a calm engagement in this steady flow. Enjoy! Props Needed: 2 Blocks
Getting the Body out of Distress with Kia Miller: This class is a gentle but effective way to balance the subtle meridians of the body. By applying pressure at certain areas we stimulate the energy to flow. The intelligence of the body does the rest, leaving us feeling more at ease, centered and peaceful.
We are thrilled to announce that Alex van Frank is now a YogaGlo teacher!
Alex van Frank is a yoga teacher, wholesome food advocate and mother. She has been bringing cultures and people together throughout her world travels and teaching. Born in Europe and raised in South America and the United States she brings a global view in both her teaching style and in accessibility.
Yoga and meditation are her way of bringing awareness, loving kindness, abate the causes of suffering and bring a sense of community to her students. She has created “Big Love Yoga”, which emphasizes the cross-cultural accessibility of yoga for all body shapes and mindsets, regardless of limitations. Alex creates a compassionate environment in which students can learn what is important and true to their own body and mind, whether that be physical strength, mental calmness or something more.
Alex is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance certified and has experience in various forms of yoga including restorative, Anusara, vinyasa, therapeutics, meditation and most recently in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Alex received a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from Washington University School of Law. Based out of San Diego, California she teaches public classes and has a thriving private practice. When not in town she can be found leading and teaching internationally at retreats or practicing belly-laughing therapy with locals.
Feeling Angry or Frustrated? - This practice will help give you a pause from the tsunami of emotions running through your mind and body. It is an all around practice with standing poses, forward folds, hip openers, variations on cat and cow pose, fish pose and more.
Big & Beautiful Belly - This practice is ideal with a big belly or if you would like to learn to practice yoga in a very accessible way using a chair. This practice will take the spine in a full range of motion that will help move energy and support the body. Stretch and release! Props Needed: A chair. Props Suggested: A blanket.
Yoga 101 - This lecture covers the elements and methodology of beginner yoga, how it helps you access your body and mind as well as suggestions for ways to fit yoga into your everyday life. This lesson also covers the benefits of the following props: blankets for comfort, blocks for steadiness, the strap for expansion, and the chair for stability.
Had A Rough Day? - This class can be helpful in settling the emotions, feelings and tension of a rough day. The aim is to gently opening the body and settle the mind to a more confident and hopeful state. The class begins with a brief meditation and then work through poses that will help you feel hopeful, victorious and confident. Props Needed: A bolster and a blanket. Prop Suggested: A chair.
Find Steadiness & Balance - Feeling a little wobbly? This class will work on steadiness and balance. Poses are either on the ground or at the wall to find support or safety. Props needed: Wall space, a block and a strap. Props Suggested: A chair and two blocks.
Whether it’s physical or emotional, most of us have experienced some kind of pain at one point in our lives. We are all different, so we all experience pain differently and cope with that pain in different ways. Some hide and suppress it, avoiding the healing process that we all need to go through in order to move on, while others decide that they no longer want their pain controlling their lives so they confront it. If you are having trouble healing or don’t know how to heal, practicing yoga is great way to being the healing process.
This week’s featured classes will help you heal – mind, body and spirit.
Yoga Nidra for Healing & Inspiration with Rod Stryker: 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. Blanket or pillow for head, Bolster under the knees.
Healing Flow with Mantra with Jo Tastula: The use of mantra has a purifying effect on the mind and combined with asana becomes a very potent practice. In this class we use the breathing mantra So Hum and the Tibetan mantra of compassion Om Mani Padme Hum, as a vehicle for quieting the mind and accessing an authentic place of peace. Lots of seated meditation and slow paced flow. Be warned, there are very few vinyasas! Prop Suggested: A blanket.
Release Stress, Activate Healing Prana with Kia Miller: Stress and tension find their way into our muscles and joints creating congestion; physically, emotionally and mentally. This kriya systematically works to release stress and activate the healing flow of prana. Awaken a higher level of awareness and bliss. This is a great one to do anytime you need to change your inner channel. Clear your mind and set yourself up for the best day ever! Class ends with a breath meditation. Prop Needed: Blanket
Heal a Painful Memory with David Harshada Wagner: This is a powerful healing visualization where the practitioner is guided back to a memory that causes them pain. They use breath and awareness to soothe and ease the intensity of the painful memory. Prop Needed: Something to write on.
Healing Practice for Sore Muscles with Stephanie Snyder: This is a gentle flow designed for the days when you feel sore or just worked. We explore being in the pose without hitting our max. This allows for release of tension. We begin slowly and build in order to give the body plenty of time to heal itself.
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this Saturday & Sunday, as David Harshada Wagner will be in town teaching FREE Meditation classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Harshada’s Class Schedule:
Saturday, August 9th: 10-11:30am – Pain Body – Pleasure Body An exploration of the way our subtle body holds positive and negative energies and how those energies influence our minds, our behavior, and our experience of life. The class will include a discussion of the koshas or subtle layers described in the Patanjali Yoga Sutra, practices to get free from our pain body and strengthen our pleasure body, and guided meditation.
Sunday, August 10th: 1o-11:30am - Living Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita In this class, we will explore three key shlokas (Sanskrit verses) from the 2500 year old treatise on Yoga, God, and life. The teachings of “The Gita” happen on a battlefield during an important battle in the Indian epic Mahabharata. It’s teachings can provide great insights for modern spiritual warriors on the path of living mindfully. Class includes discussion and guided meditations inspired by verses in the Gita.
Don’t miss this opportunity to take amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
In order for our practice to truly evolve, it is important that we brush up on the foundation of our yoga poses. We can have all of the strength and experience in the world, but if we don’t understand the mechanics of the pose, then how will we be able to bring our practice to the next level?
From Meditation & Up-Dog, to Inversions & Savasana, we’re breaking down all of your favorite poses so you can safely and effectively get the most out your practice.
Sirsasana Tutorial with Marla Apt: This short sequence will take you through a few poses to prepare to go upside down into headstand and then you’ll practice the preparation for headstand and then learn the primary actions and alignment of the final pose (practicing at the wall). Props: A block and wall space.
Meditation Tutorial with Giselle Mari: Have you ever wondered if you’re meditating correctly? This simple yet effective offering provides you with 3 steps you can apply to your meditation practice, taking the guesswork out of this mindful experience. Props Recommended: Block, Blanket
Handstand to Chattarunga Tutorial with Marc Holzman: It’s a little scary to move towards the floor from a handstand. Here are a few remedial steps to build strength and confidence so you can lower yourself with ease. Props Needed: A chair and wall space. Props Suggested: Two blocks.
The Interior Architecture of Savasana with Tias Little: This class is a map of the interior body in Savasana. Through guided imagery and anatomical detail, we first set the posture. Then Tias leads students through the inner labyrinth of the pose in order to to prepare for yoga nidra, the Great Yogic Sleep. Through small internal detail, learn to rest from your ears to your innermost brain, and from your skin to your soul. Suggested Props: Bolster, 3-4 blankets
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Tiffany Cruikshank explains that our physical practice can shift our mental perspective and that our mental perspective can shift our reality. Step into your strength as a woman and embrace your perfectly imperfect self!