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Elsie’s Yoga Link Love for the Week Ending 2/28/2010

28 Feb

I’ve been throughly enjoying the new Elsie’s Yoga Kula FB Page! You guys are awesome 🙂

I decided to share with all of you some of the awesome links that have been posted to the page as way to grow the community and to stay inspired!

From now on I hope to do this little post weekly, so that we can all refer to these empowering bits of wisdom as we go through the week, and also come back to these posts as a way to remember. I know that there is plenty of inspiration for class themes to keep me going for a while!

Lovely Yogic Words of Wisdom

Anusara Yoga: Weaving the Shamrock Within (by Cat McCarthy) my favorite quote from the article:

Therefore, what is considered to be fortuitous is actually an ability to spot the breaks in the woven fabric of a quilted clover field. Perhaps there’s luck involved. But I see it as an empowering skill to see changes in patterns and shifts in perspective, so that the full spectrum of life can become favorable. This is the alchemizing foundation of the tantric philosophy of Anusara Yoga.

Being Judicious, Not Judgemental– This one was shared by one of our mighty kula members Sara Lee Cely 😀 The Web site is pretty cool. Quite inspiring.

Yoga Therapy: Yoga For Movement Disorders– Yoga Therapy is my first love and this article gives a great overview of an awesome resource for folks that have a harder time being in their bodies, whether it be because of some physical condition, disease or simple lack of every day activity. I would venture to say that the book that is mentioned in this post is fantastic for yoga beginners of all shapes and sizes.

Publishing a Podcast Episode of Elsie’s Yoga Kula 🙂 This of course is a post from my own yogic social media and consulting site. Check out what it took for me to get EYK #4 out

Stabilize the Periphery and Move From The Core” (and blogging)– This is one of my favorite blogs.

The Teachings of Money Trees– From one of my buddies from the LA Kula that I so adore. Kris Nelson is fantastically wise and deeply talented as a teacher of life (and business). Here is a bit of it:

The darkness is the past, pain, indulgence, unsacred, sacrileges, excessive, and unconscious. In our attempt to turn towards the light, the darkness is often rejected, hidden, obscured, and denied. This leads to all sorts of issues, challenges, and future pain. Like the Money Trees teach, the darkness can never be abandoned – it’s a part of life, and one half of the paradox of light, of seeking. Resolving the darkness and resting in the darkness is one side of the ladder of spiritual growth.

PREVENTION Not Treatment| Ideas of Change in America– Another addition by a virtual kula member (she’s amazing). This time sharing some much needed insight and power for change within our health industry. This is how I live my life and what I aspire for the country 🙂 Check it out!

Ask The Yogacist: But What Kind of Yoga is Right For Me?– Got some loooove from the mighty @YogaDork! Sharing the love back 😀

The Interior Liberation of Gratitude– Can I just tell you what a Rock Star Elena Brower is? Seriously. This is a must read post, plus she’s doing so many great things around the yogasphere 😀 I share a smidgen with you..you must read the whole thing!

For years I’ve taught Anusara yoga, always finding ways to express, explore and unearth the richness and relevance of these two aspects of our practice, but never explicitly felt comfortable saying the words, even though I felt their meaning and the prosperity in my body when I set my attention on them. Somehow, this job of representing an enormous fitness conglomerate has brought me so much closer to the space of my heart, and yours, and every student and teacher with whom I’ll have the honor of sharing what I’ve come to understand. And here in my heart I’ve found nothing but gratitude.

Hope you all enjoy these great inspiring yoga links 😀

And come join me in the fan page! Add your own links and share with the kula.

Have a lovely end of February!

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Episode 74: Sankalpa, 90 min Level 1 Yoga Class

14 Sep

Sankalpa

Ready to delve into the depth of your Heart? Yikes!

One of my all times favorite themes to teach is Sankalpa, or Intention. This isn’t a general intention, or a teeny tiny intention but your heart’s truest wish, your deepest heart’s desire embedded in the richness of your Self. I know that when I was first offered the opportunity to meditate, truly ponder my sankalpa, it began to shift me very deeply. In fact it was the mere asking of ‘what is my intention’ that facilitated living a more fulfilled and truthful life. It informs my life every day, and now it becomes even more important as it helps guide me to be a better mother. I also must be honest. The power of one’s own Sankalpa is very powerful, and at times requires a great shift from us if we are going to align with it fully. I felt my Sankalpa, I knew it in my cells and for many years I chose to ‘ignore’ it’s fullness, for lack of better words. I was not ready to truly embrace what living in my truth would require of me. It took me years, plus the help of those around me who knew me and loved me enough to require me to be absolutely honest with myself 😀

I recorded this week’s yoga class at Yoga Matrika in Squirrel Hill, where I’ve had the opportunity to teach series classes, all with a connecting theme. This specific series was called “Yoga With Grace”, just a very welcoming way in which to offer yoga classes that were beyond just the yoga poses, beyond the asana. I had the opportunity to teach more from the Heart, from a deeper place of basic Anusara philosophy, tapping deeper into the Source.

Although this class is a very basic Level 1 yoga class, with a lot of basic alignment and instruction, the theme is always one that we can always step deeper into. If you are feeling a bit down, disconnected, lost, possibly need a tune up, do this yoga class 🙂 Oh, and how about a piece of paper? and pen? Just to write down some thoughts, especially during the opening meditation. Let me know how it goes….

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This Week’s Yoga Class is a Level 1 Basic Class

The Sequence of Yoga Poses in the Class is:

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana/Straight Legged Lunge/Straightening the Front Leg

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squaredstraight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Downward Facing Dog

Repeat sequence above on other leg

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Hands on Hips, Shoulders up/Tadasana

Arm Salutes

Half Sun Salute

Lunge with knee on the floor

Lunge with bent leg

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Lunge with knee on the floor

Lunge with bent leg

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana

High Lunge

Downward Facing Dog

Modified Plank with Knees on the Floor

modified plank pose

Modified Salabhasana with hands off the floor

Cobra Pose

cobra

Downward Facing Dog/Tadasana

Arms interlaced behind the Back

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Behind the Back

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Child’s Pose

Facing to the Side

Parvakonasana

parsvakonasana prepParvakonasana with forearm on thighParsvakonasana

Prasaritapadotanasana

prasarita padotanasana

Vira II

warrior II

Tree Pose

Sitting Poses (grab a blanket)

Agni Stambasana

Agni Stambasana

Sukhasana Twist

Apanasana

apanasana

Savasana

Episode 68: Align and Re-Align with Sensitivity- Level 1-2 75 min Yoga Class

10 May
Looking up

Be Open to Uncertainty

Aligning and Re-Aligning

My baby girl has recently started having solid food. She got constipated. One would imagine that the only thing that it would affect, would be her demeanor, as she was pretty uncomfortable. In fact, this constipation made other things come out of alignment. She was unable to process her food properly because nothing was really moving 😦 She threw up. A lot. This made me very worried, as she had never done that before! This is this week’s yoga class theme. Listen to find out what my very wise Randy had to say and how it all turned out 🙂 Oh yeah, the class was recorded on April 22 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association

Thank you all for your comments!

Just to let you all know. I’m plan on supplementing the live yoga classes with little extra episodes sprinkled here and there. Since the yoga classes themselves are so long, I never want to make my intro more than 6 minutes, as you really need to be getting to practicing! Given this predicament, I’ve decided to address emails, questions and feedback that I get from you guys in another supplement of the podcast, this is going to be all about Elsie’s Yoga Kula, meaning both YOU GUYS (your feedback, your questions, etc) and a little bit of extra sharing on my part, thoughts, focused classes, or practices, or even news about yoga products or any other online yoga tools that I have found helpful.

What do you think about that? Let me know!

To add just a bit more to my plate I have started a new website/business 🙂 YoGeek.Me. I have posted my very first blog post there: Top 10 Ways That Technology Empowers Yoga Professionals. Check it out! I would love for you to leave your comments, especially if you are a yoga teacher or maybe someone that simply feels a bit awkward with technology!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE LOVELY MAMAS OUT THERE!!!!!

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This week’s online yoga class podcast is a 75 min Level 1-2 Class

The Asana Sequence

Seated side stretch

Hands and knees

Downward Facing Dog

Child’s pose

Hands and knees

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog with knees bent

dd_bent_legs

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

one legged downward facing dog with hips squaredstraight legged lunge

Uttanasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Straight Legged Lunge

straight legged lunge

Plank

Chattarunga

chattarunga dandasana

Cobra

cobra

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana

Arm Salutations

Half Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskar

tadasanaurdhva hastasanauttanasana ardha uttanasana plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing doguttanasana ardha uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Crescent Pose

Parvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prep

(Random TMI- sorry about that!)

Downward Facing Dog Opening the hip

One legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hip

Pavrita Parsvakonasana Prep or full

PICTURES FOR THE FOLLOWING POSES ARE COMING!

Uttanasana Twist (slide)

Utkatasana Twist

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana Prep

Modified Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana Sequence

Eka Pada Gomukhapaschimotanasana

Baddha Konasana

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha

Supine Twist

Savasana

Episode 66: Pause and Feel, A 75 min, Basics (Level 1) Yoga Class

3 Feb
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This is a leve 1 (Basics) Yoga Class. This is a great class for yoga newbies.

The sequence of poses in this yoga podcast:

Seated Side Stretch and Looking Up

Still seated arms interlaced above the head (parvatasana arms)

sukhasana_parvatasana_arms

Easy Seated Twist

Modified Krounchasana (seated hamstring stretch)

seated_hamstring_stretch_prep_sideseated_hamstring_stretch_prep_fronthamstring_stretch_sideseated_hamstring_stretch_front

Hands and Knees

Cat/Cow Stretches

Hands and Knees Alternate Limb Core work

hands and kneestable top variation

Balasana

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog with Knees bent

dd_bent_legs

Balasana

Downward Facing Dog

Repeat Balasana and Adho Mukha Svanansana again

Downward Facing Dog opening the hip

Downward Facing Dog with hips squared

one legged downward facing dog with hips squared

High Lunge/Straight Legged High Lunge

straight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Uttanasana

Tadasana

Half Sun Salutes x 3

Straight legged Lunge/Crescent Pose

plank

Salabasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Tadasana

Tadasana on tippy toes

Balancing on one foot with hands on hips

standing_one_leg

Tree Pose

Malasana

Malasana

Agni Stambasana Prep

Easy Seated Twist

Easy Supine Twist

Knees to chest (Apanasana)

apanasana

Savasana