Monday, October 15, 2012

what is therapeutic yoga?

by:  Cheri Clampett

(blend of restorative poses, gentle yoga & breathwork)

Friday, October 5, 2012

paul grilley : prana & breath

Paul Grilley discusses Prana and Breath in this clip. Part 1/7

-  Prana = life force/life energy
-  Prana makes you breathe and controls all of our physiology
-  Yoga exploits the relationship between prana & breath
-  We have voluntary control over our breath
-  We can influence our breath: stop it, change the rhythm
-  Breath is easy access to prana
-  Prana moves the muscles of body that draws air in
-  Prana makes us exhale
-  Prana beats the heart and acts on the digestive functions
-  Prana moves/flows the nerves and coordinates the activity of the chakras
-  Breath is an easy, obvious and traditional access to prana
-  Prana is the physical energy we are trying to manipulate through the breath
-  We are trying to feel prana in our bodies by manipulating our breath
-  Three Breathing Postures: Neutral, Expanded and Contracted
-  Natural elasticity in the rib-cage and abdominal section
-  We are looking to get to a neutral state -- calmness
-  If we can conserve prana, gather it, hold it to a chakra - it will change
-  Prana will change and transform to an astral awakening

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 2012: Inversions & Take Root

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Hello Friends,

We are entering into holiday season.  What are you gonna be this Halloween? Get festive!

I have a new yoga class in Cobble Hill at an absolute adorable studio (Take Root) that offers intimate yoga classes for small groups.  Come by!!

October Focus: Inversions

What are the benefits of inverting in yoga practice?
  • Improves your circulation.  Allows your body to work with gravity to ease the circulation process.
  • Calms the mind
  • Strengthens your core
  • Stimulates your lymphatic system which is responsible for waste removal, immune system response, and fluid balance.
  • Stimulates pituitary gland

Inversions we will explore:

  • Halasana (Plough pose)
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
  • Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall)
  • Sirasana (Headstand)

Monday, October 1, 2012