As a gift to our students and friends, here is a recording of a short practice to get you through the holidays and ready to start the new year. Feel free to link directly to this video or download it from YouTube. This is a 30-minute gentle yoga practice. If the link does not work, cut and paste this link into your browser: https://youtu.be/mkuVF1y4olk
I get asked a lot about restorative yoga and why it’s important to focus on relaxation. We even had someone ask us why they should come to the class to “lay around”. Restorative yoga is all about relaxation and in this fast paced high intensity and distraction saturated environment, people need to find ways to relax their minds as well as their bodies. Restorative yoga can be very challenging for the person who is always on the go because it invites consideration for relaxation and letting go. There is a real science to it. Different conditions warrant different movement and poses to help the body and mind settle in and relax. For a person who is feeling high energy intensity from the day, it’s always smart to start them standing up or at least moving to get the energy to settle down. For a person who is suffering from fatigue, starting sitting or laying down is helpful. The practice can take many different directions, but it ends up in relaxation. Applying appropriate breathing techniques as well as supported postures allows the nervous system to access the para-sympathetic response and further nurtures the enteric nervous system for digestion. For the busy person who finds it difficult to slow down and relax, this class can be challenging, but certainly much needed for recovery. Sooner or later, the busy person can hit a wall and be faced with imbalance, colds, flu, and even more serious conditions. Try it out, especially if you are feeling tired, overwhelmed, stressed, or out of balance. It could save you a trip to the doctor’s office.
This last 18 months, I have re-discovered how breathing can shift my mental and physical health in either direction. Through the study of Buteyko Breathing Method, I’ve learned how to transform my mental awareness to one of anxiety to calmness and a feeling of sharp alertness. When I’m breathing light, my focus is sharp and I feel my best. My skin has a healthy glow to it and my overall physique has improved. When I begin to feel signs of anxiety or overwhelm, my attention goes to my breath and sure enough, I have begun to breath faster. Slowing down and taking slow mindful breaths deep into my tummy helps me to relax. I owe this all to my practice of Buteyko. That’s what I got more educated and started to incorporate it into yoga therapy. To understand more, go to my article written for the West Seattle Herald or schedule an appointment. I will be teaching a 5 week series on Buteyko coming soon.
I love this time of year when the weather starts to change and I’m drawn to new routines. I love to walk especially after rain; it smells so fresh. The earthy textures and smells awaken my senses. If you don’t have a regular practice of meditation, you might try using a short walk as a way of practicing mindfulness. So many of my clients say that they have a hard time sitting and meditating. Why not try a walking meditation. The Fall is a perfect time to try it with all the changing colors and smells. Take a short walk, and allow your mind and senses to focus on what you see, smell, and feel. If your mind wonders, as it will do, just remind yourself that you were just thinking, and return to sensing. You can even try verbalizing to yourself what you are sensing. The dew, the earthy smell, the soft leaves… This type of meditation allows your awareness to expand and it can be very relaxing. Take a break from thinking, planning, and worrying, and try to use your senses and enjoy.
As of December 1st, we are making a few changes to our class schedule. I know change can be difficult, and we strive to listen to our students and accommodate schedules as much as possible for the good of all. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on new classes and times that fit your schedule. Please make sure to watch the schedule for January class additions. Let us help you make 2017 a year of health and wellbeing.
- Monday Yoga For Everybody (9:30) now starts at 10:00 am.
- Tuesday Flamenco Just for Fun at 7:15 is cancelled and replaced.
- Tuesday Tian Shan Qi Gong starts at 7:15 pm.
- Wednesday Feldenkrais ATM at noon cancelled. Moved to Thursday.
- Wednesday Yoga Rock and Roll starts at 7:00 pm.
- Thursday Feldenkrais ATM starts at noon.
- Saturday Yoga Fitness is replaced by Yoga for Every Body at 9 am.
We have a week behind us after the shocking events of last week. The reality of our situation has certainly started to settle in, but I’m sure that more reality will come as the details get laid out. After spending the last week doing 2 daily meditations, I feel compelled to ask myself, what can I do to keep my eye open and vigilant over the health of the community. Read More
Does your practice support you during these challenging times? There has been so many wise words shared on Facebook, and through email. I feel compelled to share with you all the great thinking from so many yoginis that I share in sangha. “Be the rock in the raging river”. Having a practice that supports you through challenging times will help you maintain stability or have a path to regain it when you lose your footing. Read More
As a yoga teacher and therapist, I find that it is difficult to steady myself right now. I am reminded by my husband, my students, my friends, and fellow teachers, that now is our time. We have to be the leaders to help people through these difficult times. Read More
In the absence of words that can make any sense of our current situation, I would like to share some thoughts that came to me from Indu Aurora. My heart hurts, yet I know that it will be ok even though it does not seem like it at the present time. My hope is that as we move forward, we will grow stronger, and our future will become more clear. We can unite and grow stronger; challenge, grief, and loss bring people together. Read More
I’ve starting doing some work with Michelle Babb, a very talented nutritionist in West Seattle. We presented a workshop last Tuesday (9/13) at Chaco Canyon about empowering the female body to make wise choices about food, exercise, and breathing. It was a full house and only an introduction of what is to come, as what Michelle and I both discovered is that we have so much more to share. Read More