Posted on November 19th, 2014 12:30:02 PMYogaGloNo comments
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 AMYogaGloNo comments
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.
Posted on November 9th, 2014 4:00:29 PMYogaGloNo comments
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.
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 4th, 2014 12:00:02 PMYogaGloNo comments
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!
Posted on November 3rd, 2014 7:00:07 AMYogaGloNo comments
Did you know that low back pain is one of the most common health complaints? Almost everyone will have some kind of low back pain in their lifetime. If you’re suffering from low back pain, you’ve come to the right place! This week’s featured classes will strengthen the sacral area and legs so we feel greater movement and relief in the low back.
Low Back Stabilization with Annie Carpenter: Practice this quick and effective sequence regularly to protect your low back and sacrum. Balance your flexibility with support; your stiff areas with release. Can be used alone or before another flowing sequence. Prop suggested: A blanket.
Loosen the Low Back with Felicia Tomasko: The low back is the center of our body, the place from which we feel support. This slow, sweet practice helps us to feel our sense of of suppleness, flexibility, and stability in the low back, hips, pelvis and legs. We’ll be using a block and a strap for this practice of long holds alternating with undulating, repetitive postures that loosen up the low back. Sometimes we wonder if we’re just entertaining ourselves or if we’re diving into a spiritual practice. How do we know? If we taste that sweet nectar of peace. In this practice, we’re tasting the sweet nectar of peace.
Yoga for Lower Back Pain with Kathryn Budig: Muscular low back tightness can sometimes be helped through alternate strategies. By focusing lower in the kinetic chain (hips and hamstrings) we make more space for the low back to relax. This gentle class focuses on easygoing hip and hamstring opening that leads up to standing Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana. Props needed: Strap and 2 blocks.
Low Back Relief with Tias Little: This class focuses on the sacrum and low back. It is designed to help strengthen the sacral area and legs and to feel greater movement and relief in the low back and pelvic region. Props will be used to make the poses more accessible. Props Needed: Two blocks, a bolster, a strap, a blanket and a chair.
Core & Back Strengthening with Kia Miller: Practice key strengthening poses for the back and front body. Dynamic movements followed by short holds gradually build intelligence in your body and invite calmness to your mind. This is a great practice to support good lower back health.
Posted on October 27th, 2014 12:00:43 PMYogaGloNo comments
Have you ever had such a harried, stressful day that unwinding and getting a truly restful night’s sleep is a challenge? You’re not alone! We live in such a fast-paced environment where our senses are constantly being stimulated that sometimes we just can’t stop the wheels from turning. The good news is that yoga can help us slow down, re-center, and prepare for a night of sleep that is restorative and transformative. Imagine a world in which we’re all sleeping better – that’s a world we’d like to create with you!
This week’s featured classes will help you make the transition from your busy day to a restful evening.
Prep for Deep Sleep with Rod Stryker: This sequence will slow you down, calm your nervous system, and unwind tension – the perfect preparation for deep and sound sleep. Whether you sleep well or not, this practice will benefit you by helping to center you and lead you to glorious grounding, calm, and ease. Prop Suggested: Strap
Evening Sleep Prep Flow with Tiffany Cruikshank: Unwind with a flow that will get you moving right away and then ease off into stillness. We’ll meet the restlessness of the mind with movement and then slowly ease in so the mind settles and prepares for a deep restful sleep.
Let Go & Let Sleep with Jo Tastula: This class offers loving support for insomniacs. Grab a your pillow or blanket if you have one and enjoy this dreamy guided practice of letting go. Very simple spinal rolls while seated on the floor or on a chair, abdominal breathing, spinal twist and full guided savasana. Let go and let sleep!
Insomnia Practice with Elena Brower: If you’re still awake, treat yourself to this sequence of forward bends, plow pose and shoulderstand. With a combination of strong alignment and quiet rest, return your system to homeostasis and get thee to sleep.
Calm Your Nervous System for Sound Sleep with Felicia Tomasko: Get ready for a sound sleep with this Ayurvedically-themed practice that focuses on calming the nervous system and reducing the vata dosha that may be in excess or out of balance. We use circular motions of the joints, including the shoulders, chest and hips to release pent-up tension in the joints before a supported forward fold, bridge moving the breath and ending with legs up the wall to calm the nervous system.
Posted on October 23rd, 2014 12:37:33 PMYogaGlo2 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: