Posted on October 9th, 2014 7:00:10 AMYogaGloNo comments
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Sally Kempton reminds us that many of the traditions of meditation contain specific alchemical processes for working with difficult emotions – using the fire of attention, the fire of spaciousness to create a transformation in what may feel like disease or a dysfunction inside our physical or emotional system.
Taylor Harkness is an instructor bent on moving people to play both on and off the mat with skillful action, an open heart, and a healthy dose of gratitude. An avid rock climber, rookie sky diver, hungry learner, psychology nerd, nature lover, and paramedic, Taylor applies his adventurous experiences of life to his teachings and to keeping it real in the classroom. Taylor’s long-term goal is marrying yoga with primary health care and mental wellness, and his passion for the way the body works is infectious. Catch one of his upbeat classes, and you may just find your frown turned upside down.
Oh, Happy Day! - A deep, lunging flow to turn any frown around. This class builds on a heated, feel-good sequence to open the front body and flirt with both a camel and a humble warrior variation. Use this class to kick-start a gloomy day, or simply shift perspectives any time you need some shine. Recommended props: Two blocks and a strap.
Wake-Up Rockstar! – Good morning, sunshine! You have the whole day ahead of you. Start it off right with fluidity and a light heart. This short but warming flow will wake up the whole body, deepen the breath, and create space for goodness to flood in to the rest of your day. Smile at all that lies ahead and stand in your awesomeness, Rockstar. Your glow is showing.
Happy Hips, Hammies & Lower Back - A life behind a desk, the wheel of a car, or even standing all day for work can be rough on the legs and lower back. Wake up the stiff parts of the hips, hamstrings, and lumbar spine with a stretchy, feel-good flow and then release into some yin style stretches. Props Needed: Two blocks and a strap.
A Quickie, But Goodie - In a hurry and want to sweat? Well, let’s get to it! This quick flow will have the whole body feeling revitalized from your head and shoulders to your knees and toes. Think of this flow as your short on time, go to tune-up. Props Suggested: Two blocks and a strap.
Cutie-Pie Crow - Crow pose is strong and elegant. But, this little cutie-pie crow variation is sure to be a fun challenge. A quick flow will prep you for the twisting motion, the balancing aspect, and the cute factor. If all poses were this adorable, puppies would have some major competition.
You Got This! - An hour to move, an hour to groove! A balanced, challenging and playful flow that is laced with positive affirmations will keep you on your toes as we work our way around the mat and into the shoulders, core, hips, and hammies. Lunges and twists will dance their way into the mix, and we’ll finish with a deep hip stretch and a restful savasana. Props Suggested: One or two blocks.
Posted on October 7th, 2014 12:00:47 PMYogaGloNo comments
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Kia Miller and Jodi Blumstein will be in town teaching FREE Kundalini and Ashtanga classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Kia’s Class Schedule:
Friday, October 10th: 10:00-11:30am – Kundalini, Level 1/2
Friday, October 10th 12:00-1:00pm – Kundalini, Level 2/3
Jodi’s Class Schedule:
Saturday, October 11th: 10:00-11:30am – Ashtanga, Level 2/3
Saturday, October 11th: 12:00-1:00pm – Ashtanga, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to take amazing classes with these amazing teachers. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
Minute Maintenance Session with Marc Holzman: Also known as the “Better Than Nothing” session. This is a quick Hatha/Flow sequence for those overwhelming times when you feel there just isn’t enough time to practice. We’ll stay focused and hit all classes of poses. Props Needed: A block and a strap.
Minimum Daily Practice with Claire Missingham: An any-time-of-day sequence that has all the essentials: Five minutes Surya Namskar, five minutes of Standing Poses and five minutes of Backbending, followed by five minutes of forward bending and twisting. Now, get set, GO!
Wake Up Call with Annie Carpenter: Got no get-up and go? And no time? Grab 20 minutes and this short flow will wake up your spine, arms and shoulders and a bit of core too! Down Dog, Planks, Lunges and Twists will get your circulation going. Props Needed: A block and wall space.
Awaken Your Entire Body with Jason Crandell: If you want a strong, quick flow practice that will awaken your entire body, this is your class. This practice will get your blood moving and help you stay focused through your day. You’ll kick off practice with a few spinal lengtheners, transition into a steady stream of salutations, standing poses, and peak with Urdhva Dhanurasana. This practice provides minimal instruction so that you can have some peace and quiet while you move your body.
Quick and Dynamic Practice with Darren Rhodes: This is the weird that works sequence. Dynamic movements to warm up the back and legs and then move into a variety of arm balances, forward folds, and twists sequenced simultaneously. When you got lots to do, this is your go to class!
Posted on October 2nd, 2014 7:00:24 AMYogaGloNo comments
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Kia Miller explains the solar plexus, which relates to energy inflow, physical grace, rhythmic existence and psychological integration. Much stress and emotional tension is buried in this area. When our energy is balanced in the solar plexus we are able to access our inner power and grace.
Posted on September 29th, 2014 7:00:14 AMYogaGloNo comments
Fall is a great time to reboot and refocus the mind and body. The summer days have come to a close and new habits and routines are being formed, so this is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and start new. Whether we’re letting go, recovering from an illness, starting a new chapter in our lives, starting a new season or a new relationship, cleansing is an important part of honoring what came before and preparing for what’s next.
So this week’s featured classes will be sure to give your mind and body a good rinse, inside and out.
Cleanse Your Body, Balance Your Mind with Kia Miller: This class focuses on cleansing your body and balancing your negative mind tendencies. An active Kriya to move the issues out of your tissues followed by a short active meditation that helps to rebalance your energy. Do this class any time you feel your mind fall into negativity. Don’t be a slave to your mind. Choose the thoughts you want to embrace and release the others!
Deep Rinse & Cleanse Practice with Noah Maze: This sequence of twists and inversions will deeply rinse and cleanse you on every level. This sequence thoroughly prepares you to twist and invert, and deepen familiar poses as well as introduce some less familiar. Yoga turns us inside, to the source of wisdom, so that we can embody and live this wisdom to the fullest.
Energize the Internal Organs with Tias Little: Tias guides a deeply nourishing class of revolving poses to energize the internal organs. When the organs perform optimally, there is radiant health, vitality and sustained energy for the entire body. Through a slow yet deeply penetrating sequence, Tias leads a practice to squeeze, wring and cleanse the blood (and prana) through the abdominal organs. This class taps the profound ways that twists bring life, creativity and joy to the body. Props Needed: A bolster, a strap, a blanket and a block.
Release, Cleanse & Heal with Steven Espinosa: Yoga helps release our body from “fight or flight” mode (sympathetic nervous system) to “relaxation response” (parasympathetic system) allowing for physical and emotional cleansing and healing to happen. A slow but steady basic opening warm up including Surya Namaskar (sun salutations). Leading into an energetic Standing Pose series linking Extended Side Angle, Warrior Two, Reverse Warrior and Triangle together. Also includes breakdown of Uttkatasana (chair) to prevent knee discomfort. Continues with Bakasana (crow), hip opener in Pigeon and a series of Seated Poses for grounding and calming the lower body. Concludes with Backbends, Spinal Twist and brief Savasana.
Flush Out Toxins, Cleanse the Body & Mind with Tiffany Cruikshank: A short detox flow to flush out toxins and cleanse the body and mind. We will use the breath and movement to pump the blood through the abdominal organs as a refresher for the whole body. This class uses breath work and cardiovascular movement to increase circulation around the liver and digestive organs to help move stagnation and enhance detoxification. If you have a block, strap and blanket we will use them but there are modifications if not. A nice detox used on its own or in conjunction with a dietary modifications to help give your body a fresh start. Props: Block, Strap, and Blanket optional
Nerve Cleansing Practice with Jodi Blumstein: The 2nd series of ashtanga yoga is called Nodi Shodona – or Nerve cleansing practice, and usually consists of a pretty fast paced, challenging sequence of asanas. HERE, Jodi has put together a very accessible, level 1 practice that anyone can do to experience the sensations and effects of Nodi Shodona in 30 minutes.
Posted on September 23rd, 2014 1:44:24 PMYogaGloNo comments
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Dr. Chris Chapple will be in town giving a lecture at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Dr. Chapple’s Class Schedule:
Thursday, September 25th 9:00am-12:00pm – The Bhagavad Gita, beloved by Emerson, Thoreau, and Gandhi, opens its readers to the big questions in life: Why do bad things happen to good people? What can be done about family dysfunction? What is the nature of the self? What is the best path for action? How can one be devoted? What is knowledge? In this session we will work with the first six chapters of the text, focusing on Jnana and Karma Yoga. Jnana Yoga teaches the undying nature of the Self and the transience of things in the material world. Karma Yoga advises that the best action requires a spirit of nonattachment to the fruits of one’s labor.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this amazing lecture from this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!