Posted on December 18th, 2014 7:00:27 AM
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Elena Brower defines our gift as our medicine. Our presence, our attention and our healing that we give to the world is our medicine, it is our gift. When we practice yoga, we can become closer to our gift so we can share it well with those around us.
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Posted on December 8th, 2014 7:00:33 AM
We all struggle to maintain focus in our daily lives. With a world full of constant distractions along with our need to multitask, it is so easy for us to lose focus and concentration, even on the simplest of tasks.
A little lack of focus here and there is completely normal, but when you find your mind wandering at important times such as during business meetings, when you’re drafting an email, during conversations with friends and family, when you’re working on a project – anything that requires concentration, lack of focus can become a problem.
If you are finding it hard to focus, not to worry! This week’s featured classes will help you to create physical and mental focus and concentration through the breath and the heart.
- Finding Your Focus with Steven Espinosa: A steady opening warm up prepares us for several Standing Poses (Crescent, Extended Side Angle, Warrior 2, Reverse Warrior) followed by a combination of Standing Leg Balances (Tree, Dancer and Hip Openers) and Seated Poses with Twists. Concludes in brief Savasana. Emphasis is on creating physical and mental focus through the breath and the heart.
- Increase Focus & Concentration with Felicia Tomasko: Increase focus and concentration by cultivating the sattva guna, the attitude of clarity and equanimity. Through cultivating focus, through attention to our feet, standing balancing poses, lighting up our inner luminosity, transforming the raging fire of pitta to the light clarity of the sattva guna. We’ll then progress onto the floor for a sweet languid restorative practice that continues to allow us to cultivate our sense of equanimity, balance, sweetness and ease, we’ll slow down in a way that opens up all of the 72,000 nadis, or channels of the body, before settling into a sweet savanasa. This practice uses two blocks and a bolster for the restorative portion of the body.
- Focus and Clarity with Tara Judelle: This class uses pranayama and the asymmetry of standing balancing poses in order to focus the mind and bring one into the present moment. Perfect for pre-meeting, presentation, big event, or preparing oneself for the day.
- Develop Steadiness in Body & Mind with Alex van Frank: This total body practice will help improve overall balance while strengthening the feet and legs. By developing steadiness in physical balance the mind has the opportunity to develop a calming steady focus.
- Choose Your Focus with Stephanie Snyder: This class is based on the yogic principle that what we focus our attention on will expand. Take a moment to choose what it is that we deem worthy of our attention and then practice sticking with that throughout the practice. This is a pleasing, straight-forward sequence starting with vinyasa movement, and then moving into long-hold standing poses, twists, heart-openers and forward folds. Props Suggested: Two blocks.
- The Role of Focus in Meditation with Sally Kempton: What does it mean to take your seat in meditation? In this practice session, Sally explores the role of correct focus as the doorway to meditation, and then guides you into a soft, gentle focus practice that can help you slip easily into the meditation slip-stream.
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Posted on December 4th, 2014 7:00:10 AM
In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Kathryn Budig explains how we can use asanas as a tool to make us comfortable with the skin we’re in right now and to see our lovely selves exactly as we are, without labels.
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Posted on December 3rd, 2014 7:00:08 AM
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Kia Miller will be in town teaching two FREE Kundalini classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Kia’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, December 5th 10:00am-11:30am – Kundalini, Level 2/3
- Friday, December 5th 12:00pm-1:00pm – Kundalini, Level 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to take an amazing class with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
Posted on December 1st, 2014 7:00:15 AM
Whether we realize it or not, all living things yearn for stability. We are constantly seeking to establish harmonious and balanced relationships with ourselves and our environment. But how to do we achieve stability in an often times unstable and unpredictable world? Yoga can help. This week’s featured classes will help us recognize that we have the power to create anchors of stability in our lives and within ourselves.
- Inner Stability, Outer Fluidity with Chelsey Korus: A powerful way to learn to deal with the instability of life. Learn to transition the legs from binds to extensions and from standing to inverted positions with a fluid outer body and a strong, focused inner body and core.
- Calm Amidst Turbulence, Steady Amidst Change with Rod Stryker: In this practice, forward bends, twists, and longer holds will lead you to an incredible sense of stability and calm. Discover the power of stillness, calm in the midst of turbulence, and steady in the midst of change. The very qualities that allow us to embody yoga to the fullest.
- Explore Standing Asanas, Find Stability During Upheaval with Claire Missingham: To gain better understanding of the standing asanas, the alignment and then how to place them in the flow – as this is often the quickest moving part of a class, there could be the tendency to rush through and not pay enough attention to detail. Also, this is a great class to ground you and stabilize you during any upheaval. Prop needed: Block
- Balance for Vata Dosha with Marc Holzman: Vata Dosha holds the elements of Air and Space which, when out of balance, can bring feelings of being hyper-mobile, dry, cold, and excessive light & expansion to the extent of ungrounded-ness. In this class we will cultivate a practice to encourage opposite energies to promote balance through: warmth, stability, grounding, focus and JUICINESS! Our pace will be slow, smooth, steady, and fluid. Props Suggested: a strap and blanket.
- Stability & Flexibility with Steven Espinosa: Strong Level 1 challenging enough for beginners and intermediate students. Steady opening warm up leads into an energetic Standing Pose flow with Warriors 1, 2 & 3 for strength and endurance. Focus is on establishing stability to create greater flexibility. Continues with Utkatsasana (Chair) and Parivrtta Utkatasana (Twisting Chair). Followed by Hip Opener in Agnistambhasana (Firelog) also includes brief tutorial to safely engage hamstring stretch in Hanumanasana (Monkey). Continues with Back Bends in Bridge and/or Upward Facing Bow, Spinal Twist and 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.
Posted on November 19th, 2014 12:30:02 PM
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, you’re in for a big treat as Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor will be in town this weekend teaching FREE Ashtanga classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Richard’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, November 21st: 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 2
- Friday, November 21st: 5:00pm-6:30pm, Ashtanga – Level 2/3
- Saturday, November 22nd: 12pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2
- Sunday, November 23rd; 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 1/2
Mary’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, November 21st 12:00pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 1/2
- Saturday, November 22nd: 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 2
- Sunday, November 23rd: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2/3
- Sunday, November 23rd: 5:00pm-6:30pm, Ashtanga – Level 2
Co-Taught Class with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor:
- Saturday, October 22nd: 5:00pm-6:30pm, Ashtanga – Level 1/2
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take amazing classes with these amazing teachers. Please check our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
Posted on November 17th, 2014 7:00:32 AM
It’s that time of year again. Cold and flu season. While everyone is bound to suffer from the occasional cold, the practicing yogi is less likely to catch one and their recovery time is a lot quicker. Why? Yoga can help strengthen your immune system, making you less susceptible to those crummy colds. They say that the best treatment is prevention, so make sure you give a little extra love to your practice during this busy time of year.
This week’s featured classes will help regulate and boost the immune system, keeping it strong and healthy.
- Yin for the Immune System with Felicia Tomasko: This deep work with a yin practice is designed to support the functioning of the immune system and awaken the inner intelligence of the body. According to Ayurveda, the immune system serves as the body’s intelligence, and this deep practice serves to awaken it.Our focus here is improving the circulation of the lymphatic system, an integral part of the immune system, through forward folds, twists, and supported backbends.
- Immune System 101 with Jo Tastula: A brief overview of what it is and how it works AND some super easy and effective exercises that you can do ANYWHERE to help boost your immune system. Learn body tapping for skin stimulation, swinging arms kidney massage, lymphatic drainage sun salutations and positive thinking hip openers. I hope this class motivates you to a new level of health!
- Ashtanga for the Immune System with Jodi Blumstein: This is a traditional full primary series class where Jodi is emphasizing and explaining the many many ways that the practice positively impacts the immune system. Focus is placed on explanation of how the postures affect the circulatory, endocrine, respiratory and nervous systems.
- Immune System Booster with Kia Miller: When you are feeling down or depleted this is the practice for you! This meditation stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and the right hemisphere of the brain to adjust, balance and help remove inner conflict. Think of it as advanced immune therapy! Use it to promote heath and wellness and combat any dis-ease of the body. Practice regularly for maximum benefits. Enjoy!
- Immunity for Fall with Dice lida-Klein: This class is focused on ridding the body of toxins and impurities via deep twists, a good amount of folds and a nice dose of inversions through handstands. We venture through postures like twisted lunge (knee up and down), twisted half moon pose, twisted triangle and ardha matsyendrasana. For folds we incorporate seated fold, standing fold, seated wide legged fold and standing wide legged fold. We finish with a supine sequence from the floor. Enjoy my fellow yogis and stay healthy this fall/winter!
- Enhance Your Immune Function with Elena Brower: A quiet hourlong exploration of various postures to enhance your immune function. Address and approach the glands that control your hormones, which enhances organ function. Sometimes with specificity and more often with a simple reference and some much-needed healing silence, this practice offers a little science and lots of time for listening.
Want more? See all of our yoga classes for the immune system.
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Posted on November 9th, 2014 4:00:29 PM
Why is it that we feel so compassionate sometimes and then other times we have no feeling at all? Why does compassion sometimes feel arbitrary? Can we cultivate a life in which compassion is a fundamental, permanent, on-going condition that we live in? Studies show that yoga can, indeed, help keep us in the space of compassion from moment to moment.
This week’s featured classes will cultivate compassion in our lives.
- Find Compassion, Insight & Ease with Stephanie Snyder: This special class is a combo of somatic movement and vinyasa flow. The first 30 minutes are restorative and nurturing floor work and then the last 30 minutes are well rounded vinyasa flow including Urdvha Danurasana. The somatic movement will inform your vinyasa with compassion, insight and ease.
- Cultivate Compassion with Tiffany Cruikshank: A meditation on compassion by the Dali Lama, one of my personal favorites. This is one you will want to repeat, possibly daily. Especially helpful if you are struggling with someone and having trouble making peace with them and just a great overall practice for cultivating compassion in your life.
- Compassion with Tara Judelle: Focusing on the heart, the lungs, and the shoulder girdle to give space for the heart (the seat of the mind) to open. This classes eases you into backbends to facilitate the attitude of compassion.
- Four Steps of Self-Compassion with Sally Kempton: Sally helps us to invoke the experience of self-compassion through four steps, and then leads us in a meditation on living AS compassion.
- Universal Compassion with David Harshada Wagner: Send your loving kindness, well wishes and light to all beings.
- The Warrior Within with Steven Espinosa: Cultivating your inner warrior by finding a balance between strength and sensitivity, courage and compassion, power and grace. Gentle warm up leading up to a strong Standing Pose series focusing on Virabhadrasana (warrior) 1, 2 and 3. Also includes a breakdown of Warrior 3 starting at the wall and then without the wall. Continues with Virasana (hero), Hip Openers (eye of the needle) and Supta Padagustasana (hamstring stretch). Concludes with Back Bends in Setu Banda Sarvangasana (bridge) and/or Urdhva Danurasana (upward facing bow) and Supine Spinal Twists.
Posted on November 6th, 2014 8:00:43 AM
If you Glo in LA, come join us next week as Stephanie Snyder will be in town teaching FREE Vinyasa Flow classes at the YogaGlo studio. You do not want to miss this!
Stephanie’s Class Schedule:
- Wednesday, November 12th: 10am-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
- Wednesday, November 12th: 12pm-1:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
- Thursday, November 13th: 10am-11:00am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 1/2
- Thursday, November 13th: 12pm-1:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2/3
Don’t miss this opportunity to take these amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more info and head on down to the Glo!
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Posted on November 4th, 2014 12:00:02 PM
If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Felicia Tomasko will be in town teaching one FREE Yin class and one FREE Restorative class at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!
Felicia’s Class Schedule:
- Monday, November 10th: 10:00am-11:30am – Yin, Level 2
- Monday, November 10th: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Restorative, Level 1/2
Don’t miss this opportunity to take these amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule or more information and head on down to the Glo!
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