Posted on October 23rd, 2014 12:37:33 PMYogaGlo3 comments
For every one of us, our yoga practice is unique and personal. How we practice, what we practice, how often we practice and why we practice are specific to each of us. And ever-evolving. This is also true for every yoga teacher. Jo Tastula shares a little insight into how she came to yoga and the role it plays in her life:
Posted on September 6th, 2013 7:00:05 AMYogaGloNo comments
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” - Charles Buxton
A couple of weeks ago, Jo Tastula reminded us how important it is to make time for ourselves. We tend to really over-extend ourselves as we give to everyone and everything around us – and that’s great when we have energy coming in, to then expend energy outwards. But if we don’t have anything coming in, we can really start to deplete ourselves and what good are we to anyone if we are completely depleted?!!
So this weekend we challenge you to really make some time for yourself. You’ll be surprised to see the positive effect it will have on your life and your relationships.
Posted on August 22nd, 2013 7:00:02 AMYogaGloNo comments
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Jo Tastula reminds us that as women, we tend to take on the nurturing roles and we tend to really over-extend ourselves as we give to those around us. That’s fair and good when you have energy coming in to then expend energy outward, but if you don’t have anything coming in, you really start to deplete yourself.
Posted on April 11th, 2013 7:00:42 AMYogaGloNo comments
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Jo Tastula reminds us that the number one rule when dealing with insomnia is don’t try too hard. You can’t try to fall asleep. When you work at it, it doesn’t happen. Sleeping happens all on its own when you let go and when you let yourself let go.
Posted on December 3rd, 2012 12:30:47 PMYogaGloNo comments
In this Pose of the Week, Jo Tastula demonstrates Side Plank Pose or Vasisthasana. She shows us how to stabilize our Plank Pose in order to transition into the perfect Side Plank Pose. She also provides a modified option of the pose.
We’re highlighting six classes in a variety of styles, levels and durations that are designed to help your body transition with the seasons.
Align with Elena Brower: We are always being guided, helped, aided in some way; our practice is a chance to align with that influence. We will start and end with a restful awareness of your foundation, using subtle alignment cues for your feet while flowing into ever-evolving alignment with the space in our bodies, in any moment. Sweet flow, inversion, hip openers, arm balances, hips and backbends, finishing twists as well as meditation. Strong and delicious.
Nurturing Flow for Life Transitions with Jason Crandell: Nurture your body and mind as you transition from one season to another. This slow, deeply grounding sequence contains head-supported forward bends, restorative postures with minimal props required, and inversions. Although this is an active practice, it is calibrated to restore your energy, calm your nerves, and support your immune system. It’s just the thing you need when you want a complete practice but don’t have any energy to spare.
Balance & Controlled Transitions with Jo Tastula: This is a lively class that focuses on standing balance postures as well as slow controlled transitions. Balance postures are physically strengthening and also develop both coordination and tempo. Sun salutations to warm up (surya namaskar a & dancing warrior) and balance poses swan (hamsasana), standing splits with hands interlaced (uttana padasana) eagle (garudasana) crow (bakasana) and inversion tripod headstand (sirsasana). The trickiest transition is probably triangle to extended hand-to-big-toe (trikonasana to supta utthita hasta padangustasana). Finishing poses are single pigeon (eka pada rajakapotasana) and forward bend (paschimottanasana).
The Power of Change with Jo Tastula and Harshada Wagner: A transformational journey with Harshada and Jo. In this joint class, meditation teacher Harshada Wagner will join with vinyasa yoga teacher Jo Tastula to explore our practice’s power to support deep change in our minds, our bodies, and our lives. In this special 90 minute class, Harshada will lead guided contemplation and meditation exercises and Jo will lead a level 2 flow concentrating on inner listening and authentic movement.
Changes, Shifts & Transformations with Steven Espinosa: One of the amazing benefits of our yoga practice is we can come to our mat feeling one way and finish feeling completely transformed. A challenging Level 1-2 class which begins with a 30 minute continuous Standing Pose Flow with Warriors 1 & 2, Extended Side Angle and Triangle. Continues with several Shoulder Openers and Hip/Thigh Stretches. Also includes both Standing, Seated and Supine Twists. Concludes Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Hamstring Stretch) and Savasana. No Back Bends.
Arm Balance Transition Tutorial with Dice lida-Klein: Connecting arm balances can be a challenging thing to do. Transitioning from one arm balance to the other requires arm and core strength…but more importantly the willingness to try things that may seem impossible! In this short tutorial we break down the transition from Eka pada koundinyasana 1 (twisted arm balance), to dwi pada koundinyasana (two-footed arm balance) and into Eka pada koundinyasana 2 (arm balance w/ leg to the side). Variations are given using a block underneath the chest. Work your chatturanga my fellow yogis. It is the gateway to the arm balances!
Posted on April 16th, 2012 12:40:16 PMYogaGloNo comments
Jo Tastula demonstrates Intense Side Stretch Pose or Parsvottanasana. In this standing pose, you will complete a forward bend while in Mountain Pose and work on opening your shoulders. She provides some friendly tips to help make the pose a little easier to complete.