• Posted on November 12th, 2012 8:00:43 AM YogaGlo No comments

    One of the most important elements of yoga is our breath. Also known as Pranayama. Over the course of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, our breath becomes quick and shallow. Constricted breathing can lead to lack of oxygen to the blood and to the brain which can result in a number of health problems. Several studies show that proper breathing sends oxygen to every single cell in your body which purifies the blood stream and in turn, will help all the internal organs function properly.

    This week we are focusing on developing your breath’s depth and rhythm to unblock restrictions:

    Yoga for Pranayama

    You can use our new Search Feature to search through all of our Yoga for Breath/Pranayama classes on your own. To get you started without searching, we’re highlighting six classes in a variety of styles, levels and durations that are designed to help heal the body and clear the mind.

    • Advanced Breath Meditation with Harshada Wagner: Pranayama is the art of using the breath to heal the body and quiet the mind. In this 30 minute session, Harshada guides a simple but powerful sequence of deep breathing exercises.
    • Daily Pranayama Practice with Kia Miller: Energize yourself with this simple but effective practice of pranayama. This is a wonderful daily practice.
    • Breath Flow with Dice lida-Klein: A level 2 flow that is focused on the Breath. Alignment points are given throughout the practice, but we try to connect to our breathing regardless of the difficulty of the asana. This is a full spectrum class with external and internal poses, as well as inversions, backbends, twists and forward folds. Enjoy yogis!
    • Cultivate Awareness of Your Breath with Jason Crandell: 100 out of 100 yoga teachers are likely to say that breathing is the most essential element of the hatha and vinyasa yoga practice. Yet, how often do teachers actually teach how to breath smoothly and skillfully? Speaking for myself, not often enough. This practice will create deep relaxation in your body and mind by cultivating awareness of your breath and subtle energy.
    • Introduction to Pranayama with Christina Sell: This gentle introduction to pranayama is perfect for the new student who wishes to develop a pranayama practice. Basics of reclined posture and seated posture are reviewed while guidance is given for how to create and maintain a full yogic breath and how to establish ujjayi pranayama.
    • Pranayama with Jodi Blumstein: The focus of this class is Pranayama. We begin with a discussion of Pranayama and an introductory practice, then we do the half primary with the focus on the breath and the subtle energy body.


  • Posted on December 27th, 2011 12:47:06 PM YogaGlo No comments

    Tiffany Cruikshank Body and Mind Overhaul Premium Workshop

    The holidays are over and the New Year with all its promise is just around the corner. Whether 2011 was a brilliant year or one you’d like to improve on, we can’t think of a better way to kick off a healthy 2012 than with Tiffany Cruikshank’s Body and Mind Overhaul premium workshop.

    Just how does this jump-start work? Here are the details:

    Need an overhaul for your body and your mind? Then you’re in the right place. This workshop is a series of classes meant to eliminate toxins, stimulate digestion, regulate the metabolism and calm the mind. When you cleanse the body you eliminate the layers of tension, debris and general heaviness and lethargy to rejuvenate the body and the mind. Each class is purposely designed to work through the entire body with this series.

    This program can be done for 1 week, 1 month or several months. You can use it for a week here and there whenever you need a tune up or you can do a longer intensive cleanse. Use it as you need it, when you need it, from wherever you are to keep your health on track. There are four 60 minute classes and two 30 minute classes to be used as a 6 day a week practice. You can use them in any order that works for your schedule with one day of rest a week. There is also a 20 minute “filler” class for the days when you feel like you don’t have time for your practice so that you can stay on track even when life throws you a curve ball.

    The individual classes in this premium workshop package include:

    • 60 minute Sweat Your Heart Out – a heart-pumping flow class to get you moving
    • 60 minute Source Your Strength – a strength based class with holds to let you settle into the areas that resist and give your mind a place to rest
    • 60 minute Cleansing Flow – flow class more focused on eliminating toxins and stimulating the digestion
    • 60 minute Yin – to release tension and get into the deeper areas that are harder to let go of
    • 30 minute Yin – to reset the nervous system, great for high stress lifestyles and great just before bed to induce a deep rejuvenating sleep
    • 30 minute Flow – quick well rounded flow
    • 20 minute Filler – get what you need and continue the cleanse even when you don’t have time

    The classes in this series are level 2 but there are options throughout to ramp it up to a level 2/3 as you progress. These classes are meant to be repeated so there is just enough explanation to keep the flow and still enjoy it over and over with plenty of little tidbits of information as you go.

    If you want more info on detoxification you can do this series with Tiffany’s  book, Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life, and follow the detailed guidelines there on nutrition, pranayama, meditation, myofascial release and some simple home remedies for detoxification.

    If you’d like to follow along with others in their Body and Mind overhaul journey, you can join Tiffany’s Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Facebook Page to connect with others and find mutual inspiration.

    Are you ready to kick-off the New Year with an entirely new start? Purchase Tiffany’s premium Body and Mind Overhaul Workshop today and you’ll be on your way.


  • Posted on August 5th, 2011 8:55:08 AM YogaGlo 2 comments

    Remember when Prof. Bill Mahony and Scott Lewicki led a Yoga and the Way of Spiritual Love workshop? It’s now online in four separate parts as a premium workshop so that you can download away and dive deeper into heart-centered spiritual practices can open us to the experience of love for the world, for others, for ourselves, for life itself, for divinity.

    Here’s the full workshop description: The complexities and possibilities of life’s journey give us an opportunity to strengthen, deepen and clarify this love. In this workshop we will focus on some of the characteristics and possibilities of a yogic life illumined by the light of spiritual love. To help us do this, Bill will lead us in reflecting on teachings from the Narada Bhakti Sutra 10th century text from India, that can inform us as we refine our understanding of the spiritual love that can stand at the heart of a deep yogic practice. This is a wonderful text consisting of short, aphoristic teachings that can give us guidance regarding ways to cultivate higher levels of spiritual love and to bring it forth more fully in our lives. The workshop will incorporate the yogic ideal that integrates philosophy with practice. Woven through the workshop will be asana sessions led by Scott Lewicki based on themes drawn from Bill’s talks. The workshop will also include periods of meditation led by Bill.

    The full workshop is available for purchase as one complete set or you can purchase individual sessions:

    • What Is a Heart Centered Yoga? - This session introduces our text, The Narada Bhakti Sutra, and introduces the way we will be approaching it as yogis and yoginis. We listen to and then reflect at depth on the meaning of a small selection of sutras, and do so through conversation with each other in the spirit of satsang. In this session we define bhakti in the context of a Heart-Centered Yoga and as the highest form of love (paramaprema). We identify several types of devotional love – such as the love of a mother for her child, the love of friends to each other, the mature love of those in a long-time relationship, and the love that builds in times of separation. We explore these types of love through examples in timeless stories and from our own experiences. The asana in this class reinforces these teachings in the body and mind by looking at our intentions in practicing yoga and how we can always come from a place of higher love. The practice includes jumping for joy in handstand, connecting to each other in standing poses, and opening the heart wide in backbends, illustrated by the types of Bhakti.
    • What is the Nature of Spiritual Love? - Continuing our study of the Narada Bhakti Sutra through hearing them (the yogic process of shravana) and reflecting on them (manana),  in this session we deepen our definitions of Heart-Center Yoga and of spiritual love. We explore what the Narada Bhakti Sutra means when it says that higher love is of the essential nature of ambrosia. We also discuss a number of practices and modes of conduct – such as unwillingness to do harm, generous compassion, and others that can be can be nourished in our daily lives and express the deep, loving yearnings of our hearts. The asana in this class examines how we can use our yoga practice to help burn away any obstructions to a deeper connection to our hearts. In this practice we use visualizations to cast these obstructions into a ritual fire built from continuous sun salutations and deep hip openers. Includes an introductory heart-centered meditation, including basic sitting instructions.
    • Inner Stances on the Path of Love - This session provides additional practices and ways of being in the context of bhakti as a yoga, emphasizing that modes of doing emerge from inner states of being. We discuss the importance and value of practicing illuminating discernment between what is loving and what is not loving in a yogic context and reflect together on methods of transforming and releasing inner states that deflect our love. The asana in this class again focuses on ways to burn away any obstructions, by offering them to the fire pit of the heart (tyaga) and to have emerge an experience of higher love. The practice includes freely flowing sun salutations, deeper back bends, and preparation for deep meditation. Includes a gentle meditation based on the experience of sound dissolving into clear awareness.
    • Fruits of the Path of Love – In this session we reflect on the ways in which a life based in a yoga oriented toward higher levels of spiritual love informs and illumines all of the other goals of our lives (purusarthas). We experience love as not requiring an object, as independent, and as timeless. Our satsang discussion reinforces our understanding that our very embodiment as human beings in all our wondrous particularity is a graceful gift, and that our heartfelt response to this gift is one of gratitude. The asana in this class creates visualizations in each pose that enable us to see our practice on the mat as a practice of love in all parts of our lives (purusartha). The session includes students freely choosing the poses that they like practicing and then choosing the poses that they for any reason avoid practicing, and then finding a connection to higher love in all the easy and challenging situations in our lives.  Includes a heart-centered meditation oriented toward the awareness of inherent joy.

    Enjoy!


  • Posted on July 7th, 2011 8:00:14 AM YogaGlo 3 comments

    Kathryn Budig and Tiffany Cruikshank will be teaching a very special backbend workshop on Saturday, July 23rd from 10 am – 1pm that you won’t want to miss. They’ll teach you how to use your anatomy to your advantage to create an empowering and liberating backbending experience that will allow you to access your full potential.

    Shoot for the Moon Yoga Workshop with Kathryn Budig & Tiffany Cruikshank

    Register today to take part in this fantastic workshop.

    We look forward to seeing you at the studio as we Shoot for the Moon together!


  • Posted on May 10th, 2011 12:09:13 PM YogaGlo 1 comment

    Join Prof. Bill Mahony and Scott Lewicki for a very special event – Yoga and the Way of Spiritual Love: A Philosophy, Meditation and Asana Workshop based on the Narada Bhakti Sutra on June 18th & 19th.

    Bill Mahony Scott Lewicki Workshop

    Register now to take part in this special workshop.


  • Posted on February 24th, 2011 1:42:59 PM YogaGlo 8 comments

    Join Noah Mazé and Desirée Rumbaugh for a special anusara yoga workshop: Love is Stronger than Fear on April 5th and April 6th.

    You can register for the entire workshop ($80) or select individual sessions:

    Tuesday

    • 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Love is Stronger Than Fear Part I – Exploring backbends ($25)
    • 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Love Starts with You – A strong mixed level potpurri practice ($25)
    • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Align with All That You Are – Deepening forward bends and hip openers ($20)

    Wednesday

    • 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Love is Stronger Than Fear Part II – A deeper exploration of backbends coupled with strong balancing work ($25)
    • 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Radical Courage – Enjoy the full spectrum of hand balancings ($25)

    This promises to be a very special workshop – so join us!


  • Posted on January 11th, 2011 7:00:12 AM YogaGlo 6 comments

    Noah Mazé and Sianna Sherman paired up recently to host a fantastic Winter Solstice Yoga workshop at YogaGlo and it’s now available as a premium workshop for purchase and download.

    Winter Solstice Yoga: Join Sianna Sherman & Noah Mazé for a truly unique weekend of solstice celebration, asana, music, candlelight meditation and kirtan. In each session, Sianna and Noah interweave Asana to the live accompaniment of guest musicians, Spring Groove and Yehoshua Brill. As Nature’s darkness embraces us, we invoke myth and teachings of the Goddess Kali. We explore the mysteries, beauty and fierceness of she who reminds us that darkness is yet another form of light. Come ready to play deeply and intensely on your mat, sing, dance, and celebrate “the Season” in an incredible way.

    Sessions available for purchase include:

    • Art of Theming – Feel Your Words
    • Winer Solstice Celebration – A Celebration of Love
    • Fire of Transformation – Part I
    • Fire of Transformation – Part II
    • Anchor Yourself with Gratitude

    These unique premium workshop video downloads were designed to expand your practice and knowledge of the anusara method and philosophy. Classes can be purchased individually or you can purchase the entire workshop for a special combined price. Since these are Pay Per Download classes, you can download them to your computer and use them whenever you want – no internet connection required.

    Enjoy this very special Winter Solstice series that you’ll be able to come back to again and again.


  • Posted on December 27th, 2010 2:52:55 PM YogaGlo 13 comments

    A New Year of new beginnings is right around the corner! Join Christina Sell & Noah Mazé for three Anusara Yoga Immersion workshops next year that will take you on a journey into the study of anusara yoga including asana, philosophy, pranayama and meditation. The immersion is perfect for those wishing to delve into the mysteries of the profound practices of yoga and is designed for dedicated students of yoga to take their practice to the next level. It is a prerequisite for the Anusara Yoga Teacher Training.

    As you plan your year of yoga in 2011, be sure to set aside these dates and register for them now!:

    • May 3 – 7 – Immersion I: Awakening, Step into the Flow of Grace
    • June 28 – July 2 – Immersion II: Yoga, a Path of Sadhana (practice)
    • Aug 30 – September 3 – Immersion III: Empowerment & Transformation

    Or, register for all three workshops at once for a discounted price. All workshops will take place at our YogaGlo studio in Santa Monica. We look forward to joining you on this special journey!


  • Posted on November 23rd, 2010 4:22:56 PM YogaGlo No comments

    Noah Mazé and Naime Jezzeny paired up recently to host a fantastic Yoga of Healing: Adjustments & Therapeutics for Teachers and Students workshop at YogaGlo and it’s now available as a premium workshop for purchase and download.

    Yoga of Healing: Adjustments & Therapeutics for Teachers and Students
    Complete adjustment and therapeutic training: designed for teachers (and interested students) trained in anusara yoga, this training will progress from common adjustments of poses on Level 1 and 2 syllabi into further refinement of the eye and touch and understanding detailed therapeutic applications.

    Sessions available for purchase include:

    • Standing Adjustments
    • Elbows, Wrists and Hands Adjustments and Therapeutics
    • Shoulder Thoracic Cervical Spine
    • Lower Body Therapeutic Adjustments
    • Upper Body Therapeutic Adjustments
    • Therapeutic Anusara Yoga

    These unique premium workshop video downloads were designed to expand your practice and knowledge of the anusara method and philosophy. Classes can be purchased individually or you can purchase the entire workshop for a special combined price. Since these are Pay Per Download classes, you can download them to your computer and use them whenever you want – no internet connection required.

    Enjoy!


  • Posted on October 19th, 2010 10:03:40 AM YogaGlo 4 comments

    Join Sianna Sherman & Noah Mazé for a truly unique weekend of solstice celebration, asana, music, kirtan and great company. In each session, Sianna and Noah will interweave Asana to the live accompaniment of guest musicians, Spring Groove and Yehoshua Brill. Friday night will include candlelight meditation (bring a special candle, or we will provide them), and Saturday afternoon’s class will culimnate in kirtan. As Nature’s darkness embraces us, we will invoke myth and teachings of the Goddess Kali. We will explore the mysteries, beauty and fierceness of she who reminds us that darkness is yet another form of light. Come ready to play deeply and intensely on your mat, sing, dance, and celebrate “the Season” in an incredible way.

    Register today to reserve your spot! For further information and to register, please email info@noahmaze.com