Showing posts from October, 2017

Eka Pada Muktasana and Dwi Pada Muktasana

Eka Pada Pavana Muktasana
One footed releasing the winds pose Restorative Pose

Key Benefits
helps low back pain How to get into Eka Pada Pavana Muktasana
Lay in Supta Tadasana bring one leg towards your chest and wrap your arm around the shin.Keep the other leg in Supta Tadasana.  Bring both legs to Supta Tadasana and change sides.  Key Points
Relax the groin of the bent leg as you bring it towards the head and relax the foot. Keep the hip moving away from the head. The Supta Tadasana leg is strong and the hamstring is reaching for the ground and the big toe mound is reaching away from the body. 
Take the hands under the shin for a knee injury or use a belt
Dwi Pada Pavana Muktasana
Two Footed Releasing the Winds pose Restorative Pose

Key Benefits
helps low back pain How to get into Dwi Pada Pavana Muktasana
Lay in Supta Tadasana bend the legs and deepen the hip groins into the hip sockets and wrap both arms around the shins, keep as much of the sacrum on the ground as possible. …

Gaze to the past and present

Today I did a photo shoot with Paula and it brought back so many memories. Memories of Tuesday morning practices with Paula, practices with my babies, doing other promotional shoots for her, and fun shoots with my kids, which means not all of these poses have perfect alignment, but I chose these for the emotions they evoke. I wanted to put up some of my favorite pictures through the years that have been caught on camera.

Daniel came over and sat on me when I was a few months pregnant with Emma 

Paula had a photographer come out and take some pictures for the studio, we ended up having some fun with some poses.

 Daniel loves to sit on my bolster and pretend it is a Train. 
I loved doing headstand while pregnant. 
Carolyn Belko helped me all throughout my pregnancy with Emma. This was one of my favorite poses to be in.

Emma came out practically knowing what yoga props were. 
 We had a makeshift yoga photo session with the two kids one day. There is nothing more fun than playing with the kid…


Hero's pose Seated pose

Key Benefits
cures rheumatic pains in kneesrelieves gouthelps achieve shapely arches, ideal for pain in feet, calves and feel for calcaneal spurs and coldness in feetgood for those who work in water or stand for hours on feet and inflammation of blood vesselsdone with ease on cyclecan be done immediately after food and will relieve heaviness in stomach How to get into Virasana
Kneel on floor knees together feet just wider than hip distance lean forward and place head on floor. Take your fingers behind your knees and with your fingers move your calf muscle down your leg towards your ankle and out towards your outer leg as you sit back between your feet.  Key Points

Press all ten toes, the top of the feet, and the shins into the floor as you extend your torso towards the ceiling. Lengthen your thighs towards your knees and move your tailbone into the body. Release the groins down and extend the arms towards the kneesOpen the chest and move the shoulders a…

Exciting News!

Two great announcements!

First I will be holding a free monthly intro to yoga class at Yoga Space on a Saturday. Time and which Saturday is yet to be determined. I will update when we set the class on the schedule.

Secondly, I am going to start creating 30 min Iyengar level 1 and level 2 sequences that you can do from home.

I know how hard it can be to leave your house, especially if you have little kids. I know how hard it can be to pay for a weekly yoga class, especially if you have to pay for a babysitter. I know how frustrating it can be if the only yoga you can take is from a yoga teacher you don't know because that is who teaches at your gym.

I know you want to do yoga.

I know the benefits of yoga. I have read studies, I have witnessed its effects in my life, and I have seen it change others. I want to bring yoga to you.

So starting soon you will grab your mat, maybe a yoga block or two and come do yoga with me!

Until then, enjoy these videos taken by my son of standing pose…

Level 1 vs Level 2

Tues nights starting Oct 10th I will be teaching a Level 1 and a Level 2. I want to explain the differences of the classes so you can see which class is best for you.

I teach both classes in progressive manner so each week builds on the previous week, linking what you are learning throughout the month. Allowing you to perfect new poses and really focus on certain aspects of your yoga practice.

In Level 1 each week the emphasis is on standing poses, as these are the foundation of all of our yoga practice for the rest of our lives. Later in the year we start to incorporate the same schedule as Level 2.

In Level 2 each week of the month has a focus
Week 1- Standing poses
Week 2- Forward bends/ abdominal
Week 3- Back bends/ abdominal
Week 4- Restorative

Level 1- Brand new beginners, those coming back, those with injuries

basic standing poses, balancing, and forward extensions seated posesintroduction to forward bendsintroduction to backbendsinversionsshoulder stand sequencerestorative inve…

Children's yoga and Katie's Karate Class

Once a month I get to teach a children's yoga class as part of an art cooperative program. The class is small, but fun to do. I have to be creative in how I teach and make sure I am presenting my material in almost a non yogic way, as I know some parents have concerns about yoga. So all poses are talked about in Animal, shapes, nature names. We count while we hold poses, and just as we do in my adult classes we have a focus for the class, but there is nothing to stop us from throwing in a few back bends to our standing pose class. :)

I want to teach more children yoga classes but they are hard to teach with my little ones in the way, hopefully as the kids get older I will be able to teach more of them.

I was approached this week about writing a review about a new children's yoga book. I LOVE children's yoga books. I think I have 4 or 5 in my house. I am very picky, I want the story to flow about yoga, and I want to see poses that make a good sequence that my family can pra…