Yoga and how it influences our day-to-day living

This quote by T.K.V. Desikachar sums up my philosophy on yoga (any and all types of yoga) and why I practice and teach it.

“Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind”

Yoga is not just about stretching, it is not just for the flexible or for those that can sit still…it’s for anyone looking to be present in their lives and to enhance the life they are already living.  It takes practice but the rewards are worth it.

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New Month, New Season, New Schedule!

MONDAY:

11:00 am-12:15 pm Deep Stretch & Relax with Flow at The Yoga Collaborative, North Falmouth

6:30-7:30 pm Hatha Yoga at YMCA Cape Cod, Hyannis

TUESDAY:

11:00 am-12:15 pm Chair Yoga at The Yoga Collaborative, North Falmouth

WEDNESDAY:

11:00 am-12:00 pm Slow Flow Yoga at Orleans Yoga, Orleans

THURSDAY: 

10:30-11:30 am Hatha Yoga at Fitness Company for Women, Mashpee

12:30-1:30 pm Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease at YMCA Cape Cod, Hyannis

1:45-2:30 pm Yoqua at YMCA Cape Cod, Hyannis

7-8:30 pm Discover Yin Yoga at the Heels Over Head Yoga Studio, Mashpee.  Check out the webpage or my blog for more details on this special class held once a month. Next class is September 15th!

SATURDAY: 

7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga at Sandwich Recreation Department, Oak Crest Cove, Sandwich

SUNDAY:

11:00 am-12:30 pm Yin Yoga and Meditation at Orleans Yoga, Orleans

1:45-2:45 pm Hatha Yoga at YMCA Cape Cod, Hyannis

**See Class Schedule page for descriptions

 

Winter…a yin time of year

I know I am in the minority but I love winter. This newsletter by Terry Cockburn of Freeport Yoga Company sums up the reasons why I do:

“Old Man Winter truly has us, doesn’t he?  Good thing we New Englanders are a hearty bunch, and a few (several?) feet of snow doesn’t get us down.
Winter is a very yin time of year; a time for slowing down and introspection.  We naturally have less energy to burn in these colder winter months, so yoga, school, and work cancelations can actually benefit us in an effort to maintain balance.  Take advantage of these snow days as a time to nourish your body and mind, and give yourself permission to slow down and keep in sync with the earth’s natural cycles”.
Come check out a Yin Yoga class to encourage slowing down and introspection. I will be teaching Yin tomorrow and every Sunday at 11 am at Orleans Yoga and Pilates on 6A in Orleans and at 4:30 pm at The Moving Meditation Yoga Studio in West Yarmouth on Rt 28. No yoga experience necessary!
If you feel like moving dynamically check out my 8:30 am class at Village Yoga on Marston’s Mills off Rt 28 or at 1:30 pm at the YMCA in Hyannis.
Check out Terry’s tips on how to maintain a home yoga practice when the weather conditions outside make it difficult to make it to a studio:
I especially like the last tip – I have always noticed and appreciated the beauty of winter that lies beyond icy roads and the dirt on top of the snow…perhaps it’s because I crave silence to balance out my yang life with my children or because the wildlife really stands out against the whiteness of the snow….
  • Practice Gratitude.  Sub-zero temps, piles of snow to remove, and the tropical vacation photos on our Facebook feed can attribute to the winter doldrums.  Make it a practice to notice and reflect upon the positives, such as having a warm home, more than enough food to eat, the relationships in your life, and the natural beauty of your surroundings.  Consider extending the positive effects of this practice outward; show kindness to a friend or neighbor by writing them a note of thanks, offering them freshly baked cookies, or shoveling snow from their steps.  Let friendliness, compassion, and appreciative joy into your heart and see how that changes your life, as well as the lives of others.
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Hope to see you before the next snow fall!

Fall is upon us…and with it a change in my teaching schedule. The time for Align and Flow with Restorative at Orleans Yoga and Pilates has “fallen back” to 4:15-5:30 pm starting tomorrow, Friday October 24th. Please join me for a mindful practice of opening the spine and the heart and then consider staying for the wonderful Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga teacher from NYC as she helps to open the hips and teaches us to ground down in this 2 hour class 6-8 pm. Sign up online at http://orleansyogaandpilates.com/

Sandwich Fitness Day Saturday March 15th

I am very excited to be a part of Sandwich Fitness Day for the 2nd year in a row. Please join me this Saturday, March 15th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Wing School on Route 130 in Sandwich.  There are some great new activities (can’t wait to check out Soccerobics!) and returning activities from last year.  I am happy to be teaching Family Yoga at 11:30 am in the Library and hope some of my young students will bring their families to share in the many benefits of yoga.  What a great opportunity for parents to set a good example in participating in physical fitness and what a great opportunity for family members to have some indoor fun together before spring arrives and we take it outside! Check out this link http://www.sandwichhealthy2gether.org/wellness-day-2014.html for more info or just come and check it out.  You do not need to be a Sandwich resident to enjoy the fun.  See you there!

Yin Yoga Workshop on March 7th

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Join me on Friday, March 7th for a Yin Yoga workshop from 6-8pm at Orleans Yoga + Pilates.

Description below:

Enjoy this meditative yoga practice that targets the Yin Tissues or Connective Tissues of the body – the Ligaments, Bones & Joints – which require gentle pressure applied for a period of time in order to regrow & strengthen those tissues which shrink as we age. Benefits of practicing Yin Yoga include increased range of motion for the muscles, regaining space & strength in the joints, moving the energy in our body, increasing the health of our organs as well as quieting our minds.

 

Yoga for Young People Facing MCAS

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New Class Series at Sandwich Rec: Yoga for Young People Facing MCAS

Dates: 01/26/2014 – 03/02/2014

Time: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

What to bring: yoga mat, water, small healthy snack

What to expect: Learn to do and to use yoga poses and breathing techniques to calm and clear the mind to prepare for life’s stressful moments

Provided: handouts for children to use at home

Format:

  • Short centering (meditation)
  • Yoga poses to warmup (could be used for a short morning practice to calm the mind/prepare for the day)
  • Short mindful eating practice using the snack children bring to gain awareness for what we put in our bodies & its effects
  • Yoga poses to calm the mind and body and bring about relaxation (could be used before bed to bring about a restful sleep)
  • End with breathing techniques that could be used anytime but especially before/during testing
  • Will encourage daily/weekly practice and journaling