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.
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!
Whoever says yoga isn’t a workout probably has never taken a vigorous, fast-paced, heart pumping flow. A vigorous yoga session done right can be more strenuous than an hour on the treadmill, plus using your own body-weight is a great way to get and stay toned. Adding a yoga practice to your exercise regimen will not only make you work up a sweat, but it will strengthen and stretch your muscles, improve your posture, and prevent workout injuries.
This week’s featured classes are fantastic for cardiovascular work, building strength, and cultivating endurance.
Brisk Power Flow with Marc Holzman: Back by popular demand, the 30-minute brisk flow has been revived and extended by 15 more minutes! This is a vigorous 45-minute non-stop flow/strength builder with many vinyasas incorporated until the final backbend. Standing poses, two arm balances (hello EP Koundinyasana #1), hip and thigh openers and a short savasana. You’ll be blissfully sweaty. Props: Blanket, Strap, 2 Blocks
Every Day Go-To Flow with Jason Crandell: This is a strong, thorough flow practice that includes a little bit of everything. Designed to be a class that you come back to time and time again, this practice includes hip openers, salutations, standing pose flows, inversions and backbends. This class is at a slightly quicker pace than most of my classes. Prop Needed: Some wall space.
Fun Continuous Flow with Tiffany Cruikshank: This is a fun continuous flow with some good core, leg and hip work throughout. Less talking, more doing so the instruction is minimal with options to make it more like a level 2 or more like a level 2/3. Have fun!
Beginner Challenge Flow with Stephanie Snyder: This is a well-rounded flow that will challenge level 1 students and meet level 2 students somewhere in the middle with modified standing poses and backbends. The pace is quick-ish so the practice will feel strong and vigorous for both level 1 and 2. Optional Props; Strap or towel
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Jodi Blumstein reminds us that consistency is the most important and valuable piece of our practice. It’s certainly more valuable than how long or how deep your practice goes on a daily basis.
Chakra, Sanskrit for “spinning wheel of energy”, signifies one of seven specific energy centers in the body and mind. The seven main chakra centers are aligned along the spinal column and are connected to our being on several different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Since our chakras are connected to our being in so many different ways, it is important that they are balanced. When our chakras are balanced, energy flows freely and we are able to achieve mental, physical and spiritual well-being. If the chakras are out of balance, the energy doesn’t flow as smoothly or effectively, resulting in feelings of disconnect or dissatisfaction.
Want to learn more about these fascinating spinning wheels of energy? This week’s featured classes concentrate on introducing and opening up the chakras through asana and meditation. Also, our seven part chakra series will provide more insight into each of the seven chakras.
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.
Chakra Radiance from Root to Crown with Sianna Sherman: Learn the wisdom of the 7 Chakras and how each chakra is meaningful for your life. Each chakra has specific asanas and mantras for activation. From the root to the crown, you will be transformed and bring greater radiance and balance into your life. Prop Needed: A block. Props Suggested: Blankets for shoulderstand and wall space for inversions.
Tour Your Chakras with Elena Brower: Take a quick, comprehensive tour of your chakras. With just a few minutes at each latitude, learn the shorthand for the function of each chakra and become familiar with ways to open and explore your practice with the chakras in mind.
4th Chakra Heart Flow with Claire Missingham: This heart flow is a morning sequence that gets the energy around the heart (4th Chakra) flowing. Vinyasa to begin to slowly build the rhythmic foundations of breath and movement within the framework of structured alignment and skilled sequencing. Based around the concept of the heart. Props: 2 blocks, blanket
2nd Chakra Sacral Flow with Jo Tastula: This is a creative flow that explores the water element and fluid movements. We delve deep into the hips, pelvis and lower back and also the second chakra which is our center for birthing creativity. Guided meditation to start, then warm up pelvic tilts and figure 8 leg rotations. We flow through warrior/triangle sequences (virabhadrasana/trikonasana) into more challenging transitions like half moon into standing hip opener (ardha chandrasana and eka pada galvanasan prep). Finishing with pigeon (eka pada raja kapotasana) and guided savasana. BLESS!! Optional Props: Blanket, block
According to the yoga tradition, the bandhas are the next step after asana. In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Rod Stryker explains the three major bandhas, their effect as well as how we practice them. Learning to use bandhas effectively opens the doorway to taking your asana to the next level.
Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. She has been practicing yoga since the 70s, performed and taught for the Martha Graham company in the 80’s and continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy. She believes that Yoga has a multitude of expressions and can truly transform and heal each of us, teaching us to embrace passionately all that life presents.
Annie is the author of RelaxDEEPLY, a CD of restorative yoga, and Yoga for Total Back Care,” a DVD produced by Yoga Journal and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal and Origins magazines. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads public classes, 200/300 Teacher Trainings and mentors young teachers at Exhale in Venice, at YogaTree in San Francisco, and internationally.
Annie’s first YogaGlo classes are now on the site so you can start practicing online with her today:
Elemental Core Flow – Strong, challenging flow to explore how your back and front bodies support each other to create length and core strength. Connect to a pace that slows and grounds while strengthening your core in many plank variations including Vasisthasana (side plank), Virabhadrasana 3 and handstands. Quiet, deep savasana.
Pranayama to Quiet a Busy Mind – A short and sweet sitting meditation practice with Ujjayi and Viloma 2 breath to shift your active or distracted mind into a calm, grounded peaceful state.
Sunset Flow – A great quickie practice with enough Yang so you feel alert and strong. The practice has a nice cool down finish too. Two short standing pose flows and deep hip and hamstring release.
Hip Opening Inquiry – Learn the nuances of your hips and how to stand tall in tree pose! Use the asymmetry of tree pose to find the symmetry within.
Grounded & Free – Deep, slow and strong. This practice will help you discern the difference between hip flexion and spine flexion. Ground your hips, lengthen your hamstrings and open your psoas so you’ll feel stable and free. Supta and Uttitha HastaPada Gustasana, Vira 3 and Sirsasana are your guides.
Femurs Descending – A strong flow with specific alignment cues focusing on softening groins, moving thighs back and supporting the lower back symmetry. This class starts slow, then moves into a strong flow of sun salutations, neutral standing poses, balancing poses and handstands. Backbends are included to release the core work and finishing with a sweet savasana. You will feel grounded and focused and work hard.