- We will NOT teach from a voice rooted in an exchange economy of food, guilt, calories, indulgence, or anything related to not “being enough” as you are.
- We will create a safe-haven for our friends to feel empowered so they can take effective steps in promoting their own self-care and overall wellness.
- We will open a dialogue about what real nourishment is.
- We will remind our friends that food is food, love is love, and yoga… yoga is a GIFT!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
When I think back to the development of my home yoga practice, two pivotal times in my life come to mind. The first was when I am under ten years old. My family and I lived too far in the woods to get anything good on our incredibly old television (manual VHF/UHF dial, anyone?) so I had to get creative. One of my favorite activities was snooping around my parent’s personal belongings, which was how I found my mother’s book, The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnudeananda. My yoga practice started on the floor of my parent’s living room, when I would flip through the pages of the book until I came to a picture, and then I would try and mimic it. For years, this was my entire yoga practice. Curiosity may have not worked out so well for the cat, but it introduced me to yoga, and led me onto the path I’m still traveling.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
You are the season of retirement, of full barns and harvested fields. The cycle of growth has ceased, and the busy work of giving life is now completed. I sense in you no regrets: you’ve lived a full life.
I live in a society that is ever-restless, always eager for more mountains to climb, seeing happiness through more and more possessions. As a child of my culture, I am seldom truly at peace with what I have. Teach me to take stock of what I have given and received, may I know that it’s enough, that my striving can cease in the abundance of God’s grace. May I know the contentment that allows the totality of my energies to come to full flower. May I know that like you I am rich beyond measure.
-Edward HayesAs you, O Autumn, take pleasure in your great bounty, let me also take delight in the abundance of the simple things in life which are the true source of joy. With the golden glow of peaceful contentment may I truly appreciate this autumn day."
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Friday, September 27, 2013
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I suppose that yoga found me in Kansas. About five years ago, I walked into a yoga studio completely by accident. (I don’t remember what I was looking for at the time, but it definitely was not yoga). The woman at the desk invited me to stay for the class that was about to start.
What do you like about Power Yoga?
It teaches me to tend the sacred fire.
How has your yoga changed since the first time you practiced?
Oh, wow. I started off practicing a very different style of yoga. When I started to understand the energetics of yoga and the subtle body, I discovered that vinyasa flow was a much better fit for my constitution. More than anything, I’ve learned how to breathe.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Posted by Mighty Yoga at 8:42 AM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By Liz Falk (dare we say it, our local Rocketeer?)
If you're a fan of Vinyasa Flow yoga or you're an Ashtangi but sometimes crave a little spice, Rocket Yoga will suit your fancy - more accurately it will blow your mind! :) After my first Rocket class, I experienced a Savasana euphoria. Perhaps you've had this experience… where your body, mind and being feel so complete that if you weren't a yogi, you'd think it was an out of body experience. Yet because you're a yogi, you realize it's actually the most humble and refreshing in-body realization you've ever had. You're present. You're alive. And you realize it more than ever. In my experience this euphoria is a known, yet somewhat rare phenomenon, at the end of yoga classes, and The Rocket sequence seems to be ingeniously designed to facilitate this feeling every class.
To me, The Rocket is the best of Vinyasa and Ashtanga combined into one awesome class. Originally designed by Larry Shultz, a student of K. Pattabhi Jois and traditional Ashtanga Yoga, Larry created the Rocket as a more accessible alternative to traditional Ashtanga by encouraging students to try full or modified poses from 1st-3rd series (in traditional Ashtanga teachers were authorized to give a student a new pose to practice after the teacher felt the student had mastered the previous one.) Schultz was a yoga teacher for the Grateful Dead, and Bob Weir named the sequence The Rocket because "it gets you there faster".
The combination of the two styles creates "a feel good" routine that is challenging, fun, energizing and yet still, utterly restorative. The sequence includes arm balance and inversion options within the standing and seated portions of the sequence, back bends and counter forward folds, twists and more. Most intermediate yogis will recognize most of the asanas of the Rocket, and the style of sequencing calls for numerous poses done in a row on the right side before repeating them all on the left side. This style of sequencing will be new for Ashtanga students, yet still feel familiar and meditative. And Vinyasa Flow students will find the numerous seated poses with a Vinyasa in between (i.e. the lift-up, jump back, chaturanga, up dog, down dog, jump through to a seat) to be new and challenging.
Warning - Rocket Yoga is likely to have the following side effects: unexplained happiness, sense of freedom, physical tiredness, restlessness of the mind, cleaning of organs (detox), a new love for yoga, a desire to do handstands all the time, ability to focus and relax.
Want a taste of The Rocket? I'm teaching it at Mighty Yoga during our Anniversary Week, Sunday, Aug 25 @ 1:30pm. Join us for an awesome flow at the bargain price of only $4!
And I'm psyched that my teacher and Rocket master, David Kyle, is visiting Ithaca and Syracuse yoga studios next month as part of a Rocket Science Yoga Weekend organized by the Finger Lakes Yoga Alliance. Mighty Yoga is hosting a $10 community class w/ David, Friday night, Sept. 6 @ 6:30pm. We're calling it Rocket III Happy Hour. This class sold out last year, so you don’t want to miss this!
For more info about the weekend and to sign up online visit FLYA’s website like now!
Rocket Science Yoga Weekend
w/ David Kyle
September 5 - 8, 2013
Ithaca & Syracuse Yoga Studios
Visit www.fingerlakesyogaalliance.com and Register here!