Grace
10:05 am

Partner Yoga vs. Acro Yoga

Ever wonder what the difference is between the partner yoga workshops we've had and acro yoga that you've seen?  Bea Porter, one of the partner yoga instructors, breaks it down for us:

Taken from www.acroyoga.com “AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek  means high, or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of union, or joining. The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world.”

 

Taken from www.partneryoga.net “Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ is a visionary practice that expands the traditional practice of Yoga into the realm of relationship. Designed for two or more people, Partner Yoga utilizes the forms and principles of individual posture while incorporating the presence of another to deepen the impact of the experience. This particular style of Partner Yoga awakens our human potential through the integration of universal principles such as compassion, trust, balance and creativity.”

 

Neither AcroYoga or Partner Yoga are a substitute for your daily yoga practice, rather they are a way to expand your practice and experience some of the same and new poses while being supported with another. Both practices provide a deeper experience of union all while finding a deeper stretch, strengthening your body and finding fun in your practice with another.

 

While some postures overlap between the two practices they also have their very own styles. Partner Yoga classes and workshops usually start with assisted postures on the floor and lead to one final flying pose while Acro Yoga incorporates more acrobatic and flying postures to their practice.

 

Whichever class you decide to try, be ready for some of the best yoga assists you’ll ever received and a lot of fun!

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Grace
11:33 am

5 Ways To Use Yoga Blocks

 

Myth: Yoga Blocks are just for beginners.

 

Whether you're a beginner yogi or you've been practicing for years, check out these fun ways to incorporate blocks into your practice.

 

1. Wheel Pose with Blocks

Using blocks underneath your hands in wheel pose assists you in opening through the      shoulders and provides a deeper bend in the upper back.

 

Wheel Pose

 

2. Camel Pose with Blocks

Placing blocks underneath in your feet in camel pose helps to lengthen the front side of your body. Give this a try and you'll feel a deeper stretch through your quads and hip flexors.

 

Camel Pose

 

3. Lolasana with Blocks

Blocks are great for arm balancing poses. Do you have trouble getting your feet off the floor in lolasana (scales pose)? Use blocks to assist you lifting your body off the mat.

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4. Locust Pose with a Block

Placing a block between your feet in locust pose encourages you to use your whole body. You will engage your core and use the entire leg to help strengthen your back.

Locust Pose

 

5. Handstand Strattle Press with Block Assist (click to play)

If you're working on pressing into a handstand, start with your feet on top of blocks to give yourself an extra lift.

 

 


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Grace
8:53 pm

Student Highlight: Chris

“The sense of community is amazing!  Every time I walk through the door, I feel like I have arrived at home.” Read More

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Grace
11:53 am

Top 10 Reasons NOT To Do the 40-day Revolution

10.  Your body feels too good to mess it up with yoga.  That back ache is like an old friend and you wouldn't want to get rid of it with all of the back and core strengthening we do in yoga.

 

9.  You HATE stretchy pants.  Pant suits, skinny jeans, and a blazer are waaaay more comfortable.

 

8.  You don't like naps at the end of exercise.  And in those hot classes, the lavender towels make you too relaxed.

 

7.  You're afraid the bartender will ask for ID.  No need to feel the anti-aging effects of yoga - not you.

 

6.  Having a distracted, cluttered mind is ultimately your goal. Yoga and meditation would totally compromise that.

 

5.  Your doctor is totally HOT and you want to visit him/her more.  A regular yoga practice and eating healthily would make you too healthy and feel too good to see the doctor enough.

 

4.  You prefer to get your energy from a can.  Natural energy and endorphins from yoga aren't for you.

 

3.  You might have to buy new clothes.  Doing yoga regularly might make your body more toned, your muscles leaner and longer and your metabolism faster.  Horrible.

 

2.  You have too many friends and don't like being in a class full of encouraging and friendly people. Nice people weird you out.

 

1.  You have no need to create a good habit.  Figuring out how to make yoga, meditation and better eating part of your life is not on your priority list.

 
You don't need the 40 day revolution,
but if you want it, sign up here!
 

You don't need another resolution - you need a revolution!  Awaken your body and soul in a program that will challenge you body, mind, & spirit.

40 days of yoga, meditation & mindful eating will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.This revolution is a practical program that will spark radical change in you!  What makes this program different is that you focus beyond the external changes in your body and transform from within as well.  During this 40 days program, you'll discover where you limit yourself and make changes to live a fuller life!   

 Your Commitment:

  • Yoga 4 days/week at the studio, 2 days/week at home (Note - there will be opportunities most weeks to earn double class credit)
  • Build a daily home meditation habit
  • Mindfully become aware of eating habits and change habits that are not working for you.
  • Attend optional weekly meetings (these meetings will count as a class credit)
  • January 22 - March 2  
  • Orientation Meeting 1/20/17

If you are even thinking about signing up, 
JUST SIGN UP  
 
The program is FREE to join!
Just pay for your yoga! 
 


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Grace
8:47 am

Meet Jamie - May Yoga-lebrity and Teacher/Staff Member of the Month!

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Meet Jamie, although I’m sure you have already!! She is our yogi concierge, and also teaches classes. This little nugget grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma as an orange bleeding, “band nerd”. (Careful, not that burnt orange color!) She now lives in Sugar Land with her husband Allan, son Jeremy (20), and daughter Julia (19). 

Besides yoga, what gives you joy? Happy hour of course!

What songs/music are you listening to right now?  Current stuff and 80’s!

What’s your guilty pleasure or food? Wine, cheese, and olives

What is your favorite pose to give you energy? To calm you down? For energy, Sun A’s and Sun B’s. To calm, nothing!

What would you tell your teenage self? Take a chill pill!

What do you do when you have free time? Go out for dinner or drink with the husband or friends.

What 3 items would you bring with you on a yoga retreat? A beauty magazine, bug killer, wine, and mascara. I know that’s 4, but who cares

 

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AY SUP
5:41 pm

40 Day Revolution by Cassie Noble

Finding my roots…
“You’re always 2 years ahead of yourself, slow down,” my mom would often tell me throughout my childhood. During date nights, my husband would set ground rules that we 'couldn’t talk about any future plans'. In other words, I struggled with presence. I always found the present to be a “waiting place” that produced discontentment and anxiety. I wanted it all and I wanted it all right now. I think this is why I gravitated to yoga 4 years ago. It forces me to live within a moment- within a breath; however, I never carried that practice off the mat, until the 40 days. The combination of meditation, focusing on diet, and self-reflection (and of course, lots of yoga) taught me how to enjoy each breath of moments in life. I have found myself thinking less about “where am I going to be in a year?” and more about “here I am.”

Expectation did not meet reality. What I expected was 40 days of yoga (easy, right?); in reality, it was a 40-day journey to finding myself (whoa.) The revolution was three-fold: body, mind, and in a sense, spirit. Through the weekly meetings, Erin and Grace offered a safe place to celebrate successes, create meaningful reflection, and to connect with our community of ‘revolutioners’ through our failures. The party at the end was well earned! Each week offered a relevant theme, and the last week’s theme was “triumph”; I learned, however, 40 days was not the end, but actually the beginning. For me, the 40 days planted the seeds of being gratified with the here and now. I still find myself pondering the future, but I am no longer in a rush to get there. I have found my roots, and from here, I will rise.
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