Yoga for Every Body

Feelin' good in the bodies we have!

Mod for your bod! June 12, 2014

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SURYA NAMASKAR TRANSITION – MODIFIED

In grade 5 I had a teacher wBRIGHT SUN SHINING THROUGH TREEho could be easily distracted into a ½ hour discussion off topic as long as we asked him about space or rocket ships.  Modifications are my rocket ships.  Each week when I teach my classes I am asked questions about modifications that can be used and practiced.  “Sheryl, in my other class my teacher is asking us to do (insert pose name here), but I just can’t get into it the way they’ve described it. Do you have any suggestions.”   I usually do!  Having practiced in my body as it is for so long, I have learned to modify.

The most asked question? How do I step my feet to my hands from Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog)? The following are a few different ways to practice this.

*One caveat, with practice this transition gets easier and easier, so challenge yourself, don’t limit yourself to only the easiest modified version although it is a great place to start and to be.

1.  The first and simplest way to make this transition is to drop the knees completely to the ground.  From all fours (table top) take the gaze to the hands, step the right foot forward, lift the back knee and step the left foot forward.  This is also an excellent practice for those who are not comfortable moving from the floor to standing.

2.  The second modification is a little more challenging, but is a great way to start to practice the transition.  Step the foot as far forward as you can, step the other foot forward, then take smaller steps to get the feet all the way to the hands. (I like to practice this at home, sometime pausing and allowing for opening through the hamstrings as I move forward).

3. If transitioning into Warrior pose, step the foot as far forward as you can, than rise.  If you need to broaden your stance do so now.

4. Building on the previous option, step the foot as far forward as you can, then reach back with the same hand (right foot, right hand), take a hold of the foot and draw it forward.

5.  The final modification is to use momentum.  As you exhale, bend the knees and shoot the hips back, look at the hands and draw the foot to where you want that foot to go.  To begin this may be just behind the right hand if you are moving the right foot.

One of the keys for someone who may have a larger body, or breast or belly, is to think about where you need that foot to move to.   You may want to think about drawing the foot not to the midpoint, but rather to the outside edge of your hand creating space for the foot to move through.

As you practice you may move into this transition more easily, but be patient and practice, practice, practice!

 

Wednesdays Spring Session – Full March 17, 2014

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Yah!  we are all filled up!  There’s still some room for the Saturday session…hope you can join us!

 

the Yamas January 15, 2014

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Lately I’ve had this gnawing, punch me in the gut kind of feeling to study more yoga, the written kind.  The kind that reminds me that I’ve read the same 30 pages of the Bhagavad Gita over and over, much like when i attempted to read the bible, but the kind that tells me that  this time I should persevere and dive deeper than my physical practice.  So, this morning when I had an email letting me know that one of my favorite yoga blogs (Y is for Yogini) had a new post about Brahmacharya (one of the 8 limbs of yoga) it seemed like divine intervention.

I started thinking about where the next 11 weeks of our yoga session would go, and what are some of the ways and the things that we would explore each week and it occurred to me that although I have shared a physical practice with you (asana – another of the 8 limbs) I have not really shared the deeper spiritual limbs of yoga.Image

So, today begins our exploration of those 8 limbs. We’re starting with one of my favorites – the Yamas, they include 5 things (which we will explore individually over the next few weeks): Ahimsa, Satya, Brahmacharya, Asteya, Aprigraha.

The Yamas – a lot of people describe the yamas as the ‘don’t’ list. Don’t hurt people, don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t have sex etc. But I see them more positively.  Lets take our theme Yama for tonights class  for instance- Ahimsa.  

“Entire abstinence from causing any pain or harm whatsoever to any living creature, either by thought, word, or deed. Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injuring. It is positive, cosmic love!” ~Swami Sivananda. 

See the positive?  It’s like the okay to go ahead and be kind to yourself!  Seriously, sometimes this is exactly what I need, someone to tell me not only is it okay to stop beating myself up, and to stop talking badly about myself , but it’s like a rule.  A real rule.  There’s no caveat that says it’s only for thin, fit people or smart people or whatever the tapes say in our brain.  It’s for EVERYBODY.  How cool is that?  

Anyway, take some deep breaths and think about it for a bit.  We are going to tonight in our physical practice.

Peace.

  

 

Winter 2014! November 27, 2013

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I can’t believe I’m posting the schedule for 2014 already!  But here we are…                        

Gentle Yoga - a great class for those just starting out! FULL!

Wednesdays 12 weeks ( Jan 8 – March 26) 7:30-8:30

Where: Kuhlektiv, 684 Osborne St.

Cost $135.00

Register and pay online HERE!

Beginner Flow – a more active beginner friendly class!  Connecting breath with movement.

Saturdays 12 weeks ( Jan 25 – March 29 ) 9:00-10:00

Where: Be Yoga, 130 Marion St.

Cost $125.00

Register and pay online HERE!

2 week Introduction to Flow Yoga

A couple of classes to familiarize yourself with sun salutations and flowing from one movement to another.  A great place to start if you would like to join the beginner flow session!

Saturdays, January 11-18 9:00-10:00

Where: Be Yoga, 130 Marion St.

Cost $40.00

Register and pay online HERE!

 

schedule update September 28, 2013

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The Wednesday night fall session is now full!  There’s still room for you in Saturday morning though!

 

Fall Classes and Workshops! August 20, 2013

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Happy August!  I’m so happy to tell you about the upcoming sessions and workshops I’ve got planned.  Wednesday classes having been filling up quickly so register to hold your spot!   Saturday classes are a lovely way to start the weekend.   Move into the rest of your weekend ready to take on the world feeling calm and renewed.

FALL SESSION

Gentle Yoga (Women Only)

Wednesdays (October 2 – December 18/13) 7:30-8:30

Location: Kuhlektiv (684 Osborne St)

Introduction to Flow Yoga (co-ed)

Saturdays (October 5 – December 7) 9:00-10:00am

Location: Be Yoga

FALL 4 WEEK WORKSHOP! 

Introduction to Sun Salutations – the base of most yoga classes. A great place to start and move into the Intro flow classes held Saturdays.   In this workshop we will focus on moving with our breath.  Finding ways to move through sun salutations in different variations and finding a way for YOU to feel confident in any flow class!

Saturdays (September 7-28) 9:00-10:00am

Location: Be Yoga

Register by emailing me at hagenste@gmail.com or by going to the Fees page to register online using paypal.

 

Summer Session FULL! July 10, 2013

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Hi Everyone – I’m excited to say that the summer session is full. I look forward to announcing the fall sessions in a couple of months!
Namaste

 

 
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