In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Tara Judelle explains that compassion is not always an obvious and natural trait, especially if and when another is treating you poorly or most importantly, with our own self. The hardest is to keep compassion with ourselves. So the idea of introducing themes like compassion into our practice is that it insinuates itself into muscle layers, cell layers and thought streams until it becomes our living reality.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Tara Judelle explains the importance of gratitude. It’s so easy to get in a space of fear, negativity and complaint, but when you practice yoga, you can really feel the unnerving expanse of non-dual awareness — you feel unity of space, you feel that the overall universal feeling is gratitude. For everything: our feet, our breath, our hands, our body, for today, for this life.
In this Overheard in Yoga Class, Tara Judelle explains the power of forgiveness and letting go. When you carry around anger and resentment, it’s like carrying around a 100 pound suitcase all of the time – it’s too heavy. Holding on to anger, whether you realize it or not, robs you of the freedom and the energy and the space and the love that you know is your authentic self.
In this Pose of the Week, Noah Mazé and Tara Judelle walk us through Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana. Start with your feet and legs all the way together. Bring your hands on your hips, lift your spine up as you inhale. As you exhale, bow forward keeping the legs straight and touch the floor.
In this Pose of the Week, Noah Mazé and Tara Judelle demonstrate Mountain Pose or Tadasana. The classic pose is done with the feet and legs together, the body in a straight line, the chest lifted and the throat open so the gaze is to the horizon. Noah and Tara also provide two modifications for this pose.
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Tara reminds us about the importance of maintaining a clear mind during our practice. Our body is merely a sub-category of the mind, so when we get distracted with the “mind stuff” it affects our grounding, our body, our practice.
Ever wonder how yoga helps your feet? Your knees? Your head? Your heart? Ever taken an “all around” class that touches on each part of the body in sixty minutes but found yourself wanting more when it was over?
If you are interested in exploring the ways in which yoga can expand and enlighten every part of your body, Tara Judelle‘s seven-part Toes to Top series is for you. In this series Tara explores the architecture of the human body through yoga:
Toes to Top: Feet – Exploring the architecture of the human body through continuous movement, centering awareness in the stability and the mobility of the feet.
Toes to Top: Knees – Continuous movement focusing on this largest joint in the body and initiating movement from the base of the tibia: Includes Garudasana, ArdhaChandrasana to ArdhaMatsyendrasana, Agnistambhasana, and Gomukhasana.
Toes to Top: Pelvis – This class will explore, in detail, the bowl of the pelvis, its movement, its stability and mobility and its seat as the center of our weight bearing self.
Toes to Top: Core – The core is not only the organization center for our power and locomotion but in this journey of the vertical construct, our energy springloads with fire as we ignite the solar plexus, kidneys, and center for digestion and intuition.
Toes to Top: Heart – Building our body architecture upwards, we use the tools from the previous centers: Feet, knees, pelvis, core in order to localize our energy and movements into the heart space.
Toes to Top: Shoulder Girdle – Working upwards from the heart, this class focuses on the construct of the shoulders in order to help facilitate the upward moving energy from the heart to the brain.
Toes to Top: Head – This includes headstand, shoulderstand, pranayama and meditation.
There you have it: seven sixty-minute classes exploring the body. Set a goal for yourself to take this series and let us know what you learn about your body, about yoga, about yourself. Enjoy!