• Posted on July 28th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    They say that being a parent is the toughest, yet most rewarding job in the world. It comes with more responsibility and stress than any other occupation, so that’s why it is so important that we have the ability to cultivate mindfulness and presence, acceptance and awareness, compassion and gratitude so we can be the best we can be; the greatest gift we can give to our kids.

    This week’s featured classes will help you navigate the road of parenthood through breath, body and mind awareness.

    • While Baby Naps with Claire Missingham: A fantastic little ‘While the baby naps’ class focused on bringing you back to your centre line physically and mentally. Zip back up the rectus abdominals and open your chest to release tension from the shoulders and neck from carrying and feeding. Make the most of the moment!
    • Mommy & Daddy Emergency Meditation with David Harshada Wagner: A deep five minute reset meditation especially for busy overwhelmed parents and caregivers.
    • Practicing Yoga with Baby with Jo Tastula: This fun little class is a good introduction for practicing yoga with your baby. Lots of seated movement for opening legs, torso and arms. Have fun with tickles in head to knee pose and windmill in straddle. Also lunges and downward dog mini cuddle savasana if all goes well. Prop Suggested: A blanket.
    • Practice for New(ish) Parents with Jason Crandell: This class for new(ish) parents (and everyone else that is madly in love, is oh-so tired and whose shoulders and back are killing them) I filmed this class 6-months (to the day) that my daughter was born. It was done in pure self-interest to help my shoulders, neck, upper-back and hip-flexors feel less terrible. If you are new(ish) parent—or are madly in love with someone or something else—and your shoulders, neck, upper-back, and hip-flexors are paying the price (and, you’re starting to get out of shape), this one is for you. Props Recommended: Strap and Blanket
    • Guided Mediation for Parents with Elena Brower: This meditation was designed to bring you to a place of patient listening and acceptance of yourself, so you can begin to do the same for your children. Rather than rushing to “fix” things, this practice is all about observing and seeing yourself clearly, so you can design your responses and your relationships to your children.
    • Low on Sleep Practice with Stephanie Snyder: This sequence will help restore you when you are functioning on very little sleep. Easy twists will encourage mental clarity and standing poses that will bring some heat and energy without deplteing you. We finish with a soothing restorative supta baddha konasana. You will need 2 blocks, a blanket and 2 bolsters or pillows.


  • Posted on July 24th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Sianna Sherman explains that one of the most important things as a yogi is learning how to trust our intuitive knowledge. She reminds us that practicing yoga can enhance our intuitive capacities and that is one of the greatest gifts of all.

    Take this class with Sianna: http://bit.ly/Upfm2l


  • Posted on July 21st, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    Have you ever had one of those days, or even weeks where you felt like nothing is going in your favor – days where you wish you could rewind time and just start over again? Days where you wish you could just hit the reset button? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. The good news is that even though there is no magical button you can press, there is yoga and yoga can help “reset” you on those less than stellar days.

    This week’s featured classes will help reset your mind and body so you can meet the rest of your day with clarity and ease.

    Yoga for a Reset

    • Deep Body Reset with David Harshada Wagner: An extended meditation connecting to and soothing the respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems of the physical body.
    • Reset Your Expectations with Tiffany Cruikshank: This class is about resetting your expectations to change your relationship to your practice and yourself. We’ll use a hearty array of standing poses to prepare for a backbending practice to reframe your expectations. Culminating with viparita dandasana variations and backbend/headstand transitions (but don’t let that scare you away that’s just the last few minutes.
    • Reset Your Entire Body with Jason Crandell: This practice will reset your entire body. It’s not a sweaty massacre of a flow practice, but it may be exactly what you need. You will proceed through all of the major muscle groups of your entire body, beginning with the ball of your feet and finishing with your neck. To name a few, you will unravel tension in your calves, hamstrings, quads, and hips before proceeding to your spine and shoulders. This is a thorough, complete class that will leaving you feeling more than 60-minutes better. Props Needed; Block
    • Reset with Felicia Tomasko: Wherever and however our journeys take us in life, long periods of sitting may create stagnation, tightness and tension in the body. This practice of supported bridge series, hip openers, pigeon, a delicious seated forward fold and twists helps to reset whatever needs to be reset. We spend some time on the Earth practicing with devotion to remember that wherever we travel, the best companion is our own heart.
    • Reset Your Natural Breath & Pranayama Practice with Sianna Sherman: Pranayama is the expansion of the life force energy. Rest into your natural breath as you cultivate a deepening relationship with the prana in your own body through these techniques. Finish with a sweet chant of Prana.
    • Reset Your Mind with Tara Judelle: In this short practice to reset your nervous system for calm and ease we use pranayama, forward bends and an inversion to prepare you to meet the rest of your day with clarity.


  • Posted on July 17th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Kia Miller explains that our body is a map, which reveals the patterns and emotional tendencies that govern our life. Many of these patterns of thinking and feeling get coded into our muscles and joints. She reminds us that a particular focus on the breath will help us unravel years of stress and tension and will help us to reclaim our vitality, stand tall and walk with majesty.

    Take this class with Kia: http://bit.ly/WcyEsS

     


  • Posted on July 16th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    My Yoga Moment

    Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for many years, we all have a “moment.” A moment where something shifted and our practice allowed us to see ourselves and the world around us in a different way. A moment where we fell out of a pose and laughed and it was everything. A moment that showed us we’re stronger than we realized. A moment where we finally kicked up into headstand on our own and couldn’t believe it. A moment where we could finally let it all go and just be.

    That “moment” is different for everyone and this summer we want to celebrate YOUR yoga moments. We also want to acknowledge the many yoga studios all over the world that make so many incredible yoga moments possible. Want to share your yoga moment with us? Here’s how.

    This week’s Yoga Moment comes from Anna Garrido during her practice at Mandiram in Barcelona, Spain.

    I’ve had many “special moments” in yoga throughout the years. I will never forget the first time I did Sirsasana on my own, after months of practice. I couldn’t stop smiling, and I had to control myself not to laugh aloud and tell everyone in the room what I just did!

    But the most beautiful shifting moment I have had in yoga was in Savasana. I was attending a teachers’ training and we did a “yoga for kids” session. I loved the teacher: she was joyful, loving and full of light. In savasana, after the very fun class we had had, everything was moving inside me, but I was very relaxed. She read a few words and then asked us to repeat these words internally: “I love myself. Exactly as I am now. I love myself sooo much. I respect myself. I totally love myself.” When I tried to say that, I surprisingly realized I wasn’t able to say those words to myself. There was a block inside me that didn’t let me say “I love myself”! Suddenly, I was aware of my lack of self-esteem. I fell into tears. I silently cried for minutes, releasing an enormous weight I had carried for years. I felt terribly sad to see all my pain but at the same time I felt deeply happy and grateful to see the truth and to feel that something had shifted inside me.  At the end of savasana, for the first time in a very long time – and although it was almost painful – I was able to say… slowly, carefully and very low: “I love myself.” 


  • Posted on July 14th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    From tight hip flexors and hamstrings to achy knees and low back pain, running can certainly take a toll on the body. Over time, an activity like running can shorten and imbalance muscle groups in ways that can inhibit your athletic performance and cause injuries. The good news is that yoga can help. Yoga is a perfect complement to running, as it can help cultivate freedom, balance and flexibility in the lower body so you can stay injury-free and running for years to come.

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    • Cross-Training Flow for Athletes with Stephanie Snyder: This sequence is designed for the athlete (or anyone) who has tight hip flexors, quads, and hamstrings. Activities like running, hiking, cycling can all shorten these muscle groups in a way that can inhibit your athletic performance and cause aches and pains in the low back and knees. We will move through a flowing vinyasa class that will help cultivate freedom and flexibility in your lower body.
    • Strengthen Hamstrings, Stretch Quads with Jason Crandell: Most asana practices include an abundance of hamstring stretching and very little hamstring strengthening. Conversely, most practices do several postures that strengthen the quadriceps and few that stretch the quadriceps. This sequence flips these roles by emphasizing postures that strengthen the hamstrings and stretch the quadriceps. In addition to benefiting regular asana practitioners, this class will be particularly helpful to runners.
    • Post-Run Stretch with Tara Judelle: For runners post exercise to stretch and lengthen hamstrings, hips and inner thighs to create balanced muscles. Includes, Uttanasana, Pasarita Padotanasa, Pigeon, Runners Stretch, and Janu Sirsasana.
    • Post-Marathon Practice with Felicia Tomasko: Just ran a marathon or feel like you did? This hip and hamstring practice that uses two blocks is entirely done on the floor, mostly on the back, without our usual forward folds and twists. Cultivate stability in the low back and hips with this practice that is cross-training not only for runners, but for the rest of the us.
    • Cross-Training for Runners with Tiffany Cruikshank: A 45min flow aimed specifically at runners with a focus on the hips & legs. Designed to be a good cross training routine for low intensity training days or rest days.
    • Post Cardio Yoga Practice with Elena Brower: Specific standing poses and hip openers – and one delicious backbend – to root our thighs back into their sockets and open our quads and hamstrings efficiently, thereby easing our lower backs. Superb for runners, hikers, swimmers, cyclists, and elliptical enthusiasts; we practice matching the intensity of any perceived boundary – in our postures or in our lives – with some more softness, more respect, more attention.


  • Posted on July 10th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Kathryn Budig reminds us that one of the biggest ways to improve our posture or practice is our level of confidence and how we talk to ourselves. So not only bringing confidence, but bringing a really strong helping of self love.

    Take this class with Kathryn: http://bit.ly/1mBfmqA


  • Posted on July 8th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    Kathryn Budig at the YogaGlo Studio

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Kathryn Budig will be in town teaching FREE Vinyasa Flow classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!

    Kathryn’s Class Schedule:

    • Tuesday, July 15th: 10:00am-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
    • Tuesday, July 15th: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
    • Wednesday, July 16th: 10:00-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 1/2
    • Wednesday, July 16th: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2/3
    • Thursday, July 17th: 10:00am-11:00am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
    • Thursday, July 17th: 11:30am-12:30pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 1/2

    Don’t miss this opportunity to take amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!


  • Posted on July 7th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    Felicia Tomasko at the YogaGlo Studio

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Felicia Tomasko will be in town teaching a FREE Yin class at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!

    Felicia’s Class Schedule:

    • Monday, July 14th: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Yin, Level 1/2

    Don’t miss this opportunity to take this amazing class with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule or more information and head on down to the Glo!


  • Posted on July 7th, 2014 YogaGlo No comments

    Fear is an involuntary response to physical and emotional danger. If we didn’t feel it, we wouldn’t be able to protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often times we fear things that are far from “threatening” – mostly from past experiences, cultural norms, what we were taught and how we were raised. A benign fear, like a fear of spiders or a fear of roller-coasters might not affect your life very much, but a fear of failure, fear of what people think or fear of the unknown can really hold you back and can prevent you from achieving your goals and dreams.

    The good news is that yoga can help us pinpoint our fears so we are aware of them. Once we are aware of our fears and start to work on them, our body starts to release some of that fear and we can move forward in a new pattern.

    This week’s featured classes will help you overcome your fears and find your strength to navigate any obstacle, on the mat and off.

    Yoga for Fear

    • Explore & Release Fear to Find Your Greatness with Tiffany Cruikshank: In this class we use inversions and arm balances to explore fear in our lives. Most of us don’t realize how much of an impact fear has on our daily lives, the power it has to limit us and our capacity for greatness in our lives. This class also looks at how to release fear from our tissues to open ourselves to our full potential. If you’re working toward a goal in your life this class will help you direct your focus and shed the fear that holds you back. (one block if you have it, not needed)
    • Fearlessness Meditation with Harshada Wagner: Fearlessness Meditation. This meditation focuses on clearing the energy of fear from the subtle body and cultivating the attitude of deep fearlessness.
    • Fearless Heart Flow with Sianna Sherman: A strong practice of standing poses, arm balances and basic backbends with bahnda and mudra. Multiple variations of Utthita Parsvakonasana to open the hips and shoulders along with variations of Down Dog, Hanumanasana and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. This flow will energize you, strengthen you and remind you of Durga’s fearless heart power as you keep making the choice of Love in challenging life situations. Optional props: One Blanket, Two Blocks
    • Dropping Into the Unknown with Tara Judelle: This class focuses on moving into dropbacks, moving from the bones and the organs in order to learn new cues to move you into the unknown. Includes, Ustrasana, Udhva Danurasana, and Dropbacks.
    • Courage & Fear with Steven Espinosa: It takes a lot of courage to do yoga and sometimes asks us to face our fears. An energetic opening warm up leads into a strong continuous Standing Pose Flow. Followed by Inversions with L-Pose or Handstand at the wall including a tutorial demonstration. Continues with Hip/Thigh openers, Back Bends in Salambhasana (Locust), Dhanurasana (Bow) and Seated Spinal Twist. Concludes with brief Savasana.
    • Turn Your Fear into Stability with Elena Brower: With this practice we transmute any “heavy” energy – sadness, grief or fear – into grounding stability. Through this sweet flow sequence, with interesting use of the back foot leading into anjaneyasana, even forearm stand, we will address the musculature of your legs and groundedness of your feet in order to transmute what’s weighing us down energetically into a strong and steady foundational energy.