Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Interesting Things

I have been a bit distracted lately and haven't quite had the time I would like to devote to this blog. The Husband was deployed last week and I've been making the transition to running a household for two on my own again.

But I came across this posting on LollyKnittingAround regarding being compassionate toward yourself and your practice that I found just beautiful. We all need to remember to be in the moment and not where we think we 'should' be.

And the co-director of Yoga North Studio has started a blog titled The Yama's and Niyamas and I have always found her writing style to be very fluid and lovely to read.

Between Lauren's post and Deborah now devoting a blog to these Guidelines, I think the Universe is telling me I need to pay more attention to them!


Friday, April 24, 2009

A Good Cause

National MS Society - Walk Event: Home

My sister Kate has participated in the Multipule Sclerois Society Walk - Twin Cities for several years now on behalf of her good freind Jen. Jen was diagnosed with a rather aggressive form of MS at a young age, but it doesn't matter when or how a person gets MS, the fact is it is a debilitating disease that affects their quality of life.

Please take a look at the MS Society's secure web page for Team Kate and if you can donate a little something it would be very much appreciated.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Strange things in the yoga world

This was just too strange not to link to:

Yoga with Dogs: Bonding with Their Downward-Facing Humans

Do we really need to be paying for a yoga class to bond with our furry freinds? How 'about some floor time while listening to music or watching TV or taking your fuzzy buddy for a walk?

And I haven't made up my mind on the new Yoga Journal "movie": Ogden - the Inappropriate Yoga Guy. I find myself laughing and groaning at the same time - and I have a wierd sense of humor.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Workshop Opportunites!

Oh my goodness, I hadn't realized how much time had passed since my last post! Thank you for being so patient.

I am super excited right now about all the workshop opportunites that are coming up not only here in Duluth but down in Minneapolis. I love going to workshops because it exposes me to different instructors and methods of teaching. I always learn something new each time I go, and I get to challange myself in new ways I didn't think possible. So if you are able, check out some of these sessions coming up.

At Yoga North, Duluth, MN:

April 17th 6-8pm
Vinyasa Yoga & the 5 Elements
with Tanya (Boigenzahn) Sowards
Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, often heat-building avenue to help study the connection between breath and movement while doing asana. The tattwas, or 5 subtle elements, are what yoga sees as the foundation of all creation. When we are out of balance in one element, such as earth, it's possible that poses such as balances may become more difficult, and so on. This workshop will introduce you to the tattwas through a variety of yoga sequences to help you learn to not only see how balanced you are in your subtle elements, but also how to master them. We'll discuss how to move beyond challenges such as floating, balances, strength and the chattering mind to help find a practice that allows you freedom and joy in body and spirit. $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

April 18th 9-11:30am
Intro to the Rocket Series
Tanya (Boigenzahn) Sowards
The “Rocket” is a vinyasa flow class with an emphasis on 1st, 2nd, 3rd Ashtanga Series Sequences. Have fun and stretch your yogi limits in this creative and dynamic class designed for yogis who want to explore a variety of challenging poses while still earning the benefits of a steady and dedicated practice. This invigorating routine wakes up the nervous system and rejuvenates the mind. Focus on back bending, arm balancing, inversions, and spinal twisting. Pose modifications and tools to help strengthen areas of your body/mind will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to do what you can, smile a lot, and to practice ahimsa. Bliss out with a challenging and enriching yoga practice that will awaken your soul, cleanse your body, and make you feel divine! $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

April 18th 1:30-4:00pm
Tejas Workshop
Tanya (Boigenzahn) Sowards
Tejas is word used in yoga and ayurveda that is described as an internal force or quality of prana or energy. When it is vibrant, it leads us to, as my teacher Yogarupa states, "the quality of personality that expresses itself as creativity, courageousness, compassion, and a melting tenderness that draws all hearts." When we align with this force, it helps us to attract the conditions and relationships that are most condusive to our growth, happiness, and success. Using Vinyasa Krama, or the correct application of sequencing, we'll unlock the forces of Tejas to help us all shine brighter and embody the strengths of our higher selves. $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

April 18th 6:00-8:00pm
Chakra Balancing for Couples Workshop-Yogi Date Night!
Tanya (Boigenzahn) Sowards
Help balance your vibes with this workshop especially designed for couples. Learn the basics about the chakras, biofield and marma (acupressure) points, as well as how to assess your partner's energy field and chakras. Then we'll do a guided chakra balancing sequence to help you and your partner find peace, harmony and well being. Handout with photos provided so you can take your new tools home with you to practice. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. NOTE: Please bring a pillow and blanket, and a yoga mat if you have one. $65, pre-registration required.

From the Yoga House, in Edina, MN:

Kino McGregor and Tim Feldman,
Friday, May 1
1:30 – 4:30 pm - introduction to working with the body & surya namaskara

Saturday, May 2
11:30 am - 1:30 pm – standing postures
1/2 hour break
2:00 - 4:30 pm – first half of seated postures

Sunday, May 3
7:00 - 9:00 am - MYSORE PRACTICE
11:30 - 1:30 pm – remainder of seated postures
1/2 hour break
2:00 – 4:30 pm - setu bandhasana & backbends

Monday, May 4
6:00 – 8:00 am - MYSORE PRACTICE
1:30 - 4:30 pm - finishing postures

Matthew Sweeney
FRIDAY, July 10 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Gentle Alternative Vinyasa Sequence (I) Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence
Beginning with a short introduction about the workshop and Vinyasa Yoga this class will commence with Moon Sequence. Feeling tired? Depleted? Injured? Or otherwise a bit low? This sequence is a gentle flowing Vinyasa form accessible for all levels. Although this sequence was originally intended for practice on the full moon, the new moon and during the menstrual cycle, it is appropriate at any time for women and men. The sequence focuses on the hips, groin, lower spine and abdominals, which will feel awake and alive after moving through the postures. It takes pressure off the neck, shoulders and wrists (common from the standard jumps in the Ashtanga series) and is useful as a regular alternative to the intense heat of the traditional Ashtanga. Whether old or young this sequence is great for any age. Some Yoga experience is recommended.

SATURDAY, July 11 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Jumping Through and Jumping Back
This class will explore the methods and techniques necessary to implement greater ease and ability with jumping through and jumping back. This class will begin with a warm up based on the traditional series and then explore the jumps in Surya Namaskara followed by the jumps in and out of the sitting postures - both cross-legged and straight-legged. These useful techniques have been comprehensively developed over many years and are applicable for students of any level.

2:00 – 4:30 PM
Vinyasa, Back Bending and Mula Bandha
This class will begin with a short Vinyasa warm up. This will be followed by exploring variations of back bending and drop bac ks. Simple hands on exercises will be provided to increase awareness of the articulation of the lower spine, pelvic floor and psoas muscles. This session will also include some practical advice for understanding and applying the mula bandha, or root lock and will conclude with a group discussion on Yoga Philosophy.

SUNDAY, July 12 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Alternative Vinyasa Sequence (II) Simha Krama: The Lion Sequence
This sequence is the second series that Matthew has designed. The Lion Sequence flows from the Moon Sequence, introducing postures that expand upon concepts begun in the latter series. It involves exploration of different standing postures, therapeutic back bends, a shoulder opening sequence and a playful approach to various inversion postures. This sequence can be a useful alternative to the traditional Intermediate Series where you may find certain postures (or the whole sequence) becoming either too painful, impossible or simply inappropriate for you.

2:00 - 4:30 PM
Headstand, Handstand and Meditation
This class will begin with a short warm up, followed by an exploration of headstand and handstand. A combination of easy to follow techniques and a fun atmosphere of learning will infuse this session. This class will finish with the subtle aspects of Yoga including Pranayama (breathing exercises), Meditation and a final question and answer session.

And, please check out the Yoga Center of Minneapolis website. They have SO MANY great weekend workshops that I just can't list them all here! Seriously, there is something for everyone. Yoga Center of Mpls is where Tanya Sowards (see top) teaches.