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In this six week series we’ll explore strengthening techniques from toes to head (in that order!). With a unique use of props we’ll investigate ways to increase stability and strength in commonly weak joints (wobbly ankles in tree pose?) and shore up muscle activation with a variety of strengthening techniques including isometric exercises, eccentrics, and concentric muscle loading, balancing the more common isometric types of muscle contractions our bodies are usually exposed to in a yoga class.
Start your morning off with a commitment to your well being by building a stronger yoga practice! Handouts with practices you can do at home (or in your other classes!) between sessions supports your learning and the physiological changes we seek in building strength.
Week 1: Commitment: When you commit to activities or causes from an ego perspective, as a way to please others, or “look good,” burnout and a loss of direction are likely. Committing to things that speak to your heart will lead you in the direction of devotion and dedication. From this deeper place, your commitments enhance your life and well being. You become steady and discerning, instead of anxious and judgmental. Align and embody Earth element; engaged; grounded; steady; committed to sustaining life. On your mat you will strengthen these qualities in yourself, exploring unique ways to strengthen your periphery: Hands & Feet (ankles, calves, fingers, and toes too)!
Week 2: Self Appreciation: This week we practice Self Appreciation for your Core, the deepest part of you, the center from which you expand your light into the world. Learn multiple ways to progress or regress your core routine to accommodate any achy parts while you build strength that can alleviate the ache. We’ll explore the entire tubular core: front, back and sides using alignment strategies to keep the pelvic floor engaged without overcompensating. Come and enjoy the empowering tantric teachings that support healing on all levels--body, mind & heart!
Week 3: Self Effort: Yoga teaches that life doesn’t just happen to you, but that you are empowered to co-create with the Universe! The Tantra teaches that there is no predetermined script or plan, but that we are co-creating with grace in each moment. Fate is given to you, destiny is what you do with it. And, grace requires your effort to be experienced. Join me as we explore the role of self effort in your practice, specifically in how it relates to strong and healthy Hips & Hamstrings.
Week 4: Patience: Nature once again invites us to align with Her! When we are impatient, we are oftentimes trying to change the unchangeable. We get stressed, irritable, angry. In this state we suffer not only emotionally, but physically and spiritually too. Heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, stress hormones are released and we become distant from our heart’s wisdom and power. This happens each time your mind chastises your or your body for not being “enough.” Aligning with the “bright quality” of patience is an empowered choice. Empower yourself by expanding the strength in your Chest & Back, uplifting your heart and supporting your capacity to move at the pace of nature!
Week 5: Self Care: Come explore the Earth element as it relates to Self Care. Earth is your capacity to think grounding thoughts infused with discernment, steadiness, stillness and calm. As you embody the Earth element in your practice you will Engage with yourself by strengthening your Shoulders and Arms, In this way of caring for yourself, you can then Expand yourself outward, back into doing, a doing that is infused with love and balanced energy, extending your heart through the shoulder you offer a friend to lean on and your arms with which you embrace a loved one.
Week 6: Work & Play: In yoga, as in life, we need a balance of work and play to stay healthy and happy. Too much discipline and work; drudgery, fatigue and boredom ensue. Too much play, you can’t pay your bills or create anything of lasting value. In yoga, we seek madhya, the place in the middle. When you create space and freedom with play you can engage more deeply with your work...and it takes less discipline! In your physical practice you’ll “work” to integrate the strength of your Head and Neck into your yoga shapes, bringing more “play” and ease to your practice.
Friday mornings 7am in the yoga Dome. Beginning July 8th through August 12th.
75 minute workshop style classes.
Handouts to support your practice between classes.
Series cost: $120.