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Episode 77: Build Your Infrastructure and Love Freely, A Level 2 75 min Yoga Class

18 Feb

Upon learning about and delving into the earthquake in Haiti, and specifically the lack of infrastructure within the area where the earthquake hit, and the lack of foundation to receive help, it forced me to look at what was going on in my ‘home’, my heart, my surroundings so that I could help create clarity HERE and NOW.

Why HERE and NOW?

I donated money. In fact, how could you not? It was made so easy to give, so very easy to give. You saw how fast the human heart can open up and offer. You all experienced a sense of unity did you not? It’s amazing how open our hearts are. I have so much faith in the human race and our ability to open our hearts. I have no doubt.

Now, our ability to keep the hearts open and sensitive, to work daily to make choices that will optimize our well being and that of those around us is a different story. I can speak from personal experience as I say that I’m lazy when it comes to that stuff. I often times choose to ‘fix’ what’s broken in the house later. It’s too much of a pain now. I’ll eat healthier later. This pound of ice-cream isn’t gonna hurt me now. I’ll discipline and engage with my daughter later, she’s only 16 months old, there’s plenty of time….and on and on and on. That later, turns into years (or at minimum months). Those every day things are the infrastructure:

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

The basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society, such as transportation and communications systems, water and power lines, and public institutions including schools, post offices, and prisons.

If we don’t tend to that, regardless of how open our hearts are, how willing we are to give, how much we want to work, the delivery of that love, support, resources will not get there easily. At least that’s how I see it. The foundation will not be set when push comes to shove. Infrastructure is not exotic, it’s not exciting, it’s very grounded, methodical, and I guess you could say boring? Our job as yogis is to make these every day choices, these mundane often boring and at times, may I say annoying tasks sacred, valuable and full of meaning. It is in those every day ways that we build our foundation, our underlying system within our household, within our relationships, within our BODIES that we create the optimal way for us to share that wealth of heart and spirit with which we are all blessed.

Build the infrastructure and Clear the path to Love

The more that we cultivate our infrastructure, the more that we will be able to share and love each other, support each other in a myriad of ways. We will be ever more effective and clear and raise ourselves and each other to a higher level of consciousness.

So, scroll below to do the yoga class (and check out the corresponding sequence) with this theme, so that you can infuse and strengthen your infrastructure in order to serve more fully!

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This week’s class is a variation of the theme that I touched on above. It’s a Level 2 Yoga Class and it was recorded on January 18th 2010 at Yoga Matrika 🙂

The Yoga Asana Sequence

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

one legged downward facing dog with hips squared

SpiderMan Deep Lunge

Plank

Chattarunga

chattarunga dandasana

Salabasana with arms interlaced behind the back/Cobra

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Urdhva Hastasana

Surya Namaskar C

urdhva hastasana transition into uttanasana uttanasana ardha uttanasanaLunge with bent leg plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dogLunge with bent leg uttanasana ardha uttanasanatransition into uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Urdhva Hastasana variation with thumbs interlaced

Utkatasana variation with thumbs interlaced

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Vira II/Reverse Vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Push up Vinyasa

chattarunga dandasana

Parsvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prepParsvakonasana

Trikonasana/Trikonasana with arm over ear

trikonasana

Downward Facing Dog with knees bent into straight

dd_bent_legs

Uttanasana

Hands on hips shoulders up to Tadasana

Standing Hip Stretch x2

Standing Hip Stretch Front (shrub)Standing Hip Stretch (shrub)

Standing Baby Craddle

Garundasana

Malasana

Malasana

Uttanasana

Deep Lunge

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Ardha Bhekasana

Eka Pada Pavrita Adho Mukha Svanasana (One Legged Twisting Dowward Facing Dog)

Dhanurasana x3

Child’s Pose

Supta Padangusatasana

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Holiday December Yoga Workshop in Pittsburgh!

21 Nov


A Yoga Workshop to Get You Through the Holidays

  • Do you just need time to yourself to relax and remember what truly matters?
  • Do you long for time to clarify your intentions for the upcoming year?
  • Do you wish to make the holidays more meaningful…again?
  • Are you already stressed out by the upcoming holidays?

Then this workshop is for you! You’ll get an opportunity to heat up you body with yoga asana and cool your mind with sweet relaxation and mediation 😀 I know that often times I feel like I just need the TIME, well THE TIME IS NOW!

DO IT FOR YOURSELF!

Season of Light, Body of Peace

Make this holiday season count by giving the best of yourself, and be ready to step into the last part of the year with your Heart full and ready to Light all those around you.

Here’s the info:

Sunday December 6 from 12:30-2:30pm at Yoga Matrika

6520 Wilkins Ave
Point Breeze
Pittsburgh PA 15217

You can Pre-Register at the Yoga Matrika Website for $25 or $35 at the door!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

I look forward to seeing all of you there 😀

If you would like the PDF for my  dec workshop go ahead and click on it 🙂

PS

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Episode 73: Skillfully Attune to Know Deeper, A 75 Min Level 2 Yoga Class

8 Aug

How Do We Truly Know Anything?

Man am I always a mess! Believe me, I do try to be neat…and tidy…and organized…but somehow I always end up with fantastic chaos all around me 😉 The worst part about this is that I was like this BEFORE I welcomed my beloved baby, so now with her in the picture my chaos(mess) has escalated to new heights. The good thing is that as the mess escalates my need to find clarity also grows and thus came the theme for this week’s yoga class 🙂

My teacher John guided me to recognize how one truly begins to know something. How do we acquire knowledge? Deep knowledge? How do we align with anything? You soften, feel and attune. We attune to the Highest. We attune by getting close to that which we wish to know. This learning is not a head thing, but a heart thing as we truly begin to ‘vibe’ with and resonate with each other at a much deeper level 😀 Listen and practice to the class and see if you can begin to attune to something bigger!

Finally something other than a Level 1 basic yoga class! This week’s class is a Level 2 Yoga Class, not quite an ‘advanced’ yoga class, but a bit faster in pace and a warmer practice. You will find within this class preparations for more advanced postures such as Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana into Handstand (Standing Splits into Handstand) and Archback (maybe even a drop back *yikes*). If you are a seasoned asana practitioner and are acquainted with these poses, please feel free to rock it in the comfort of your own sacred practice space 😉

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This week’s Yoga Class Online is a Level 2 Yoga Class

http://cdn2.libsyn.com/scy/73_Episode_73__Skillfully_Attune_to_Know_Deeper_A_75_Min_Level_2_Yoga_Class.mp3?nvb=20090809025652&nva=20090810030652&t=03eed956c1db92c1be9da

This class was recorded at Yoga Matrika on June 15, 2009

The Sequence of Yoga Poses in this week’s Yoga Podcast Episode is:

Downward Facing Dog

Straight Legged Lunge/Straightening Front Leg (hamstring stretch)

straight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Uttanasana

Urdhva Hastasana (Moving into standing arch back)

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Tadasana

Urdhva Hastasana (Moving into standing arch back)

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Parsvakonasana Prep

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prep

Parsvakonasana Full

Parsvakonasana

Uttanasana

Handstand Prep through Standing Splits

standing splits

Malasana

Malasana

runner’s stretch or hanumanasana prep

Deep Lunge on Forearms

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Twisting Parsvakonasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep

Pigeon Prep

Pigeon with Twist

Pigeon with a twist

Modified Child’s Pose on Forearms

Lunge with Thigh Stretch

Lunge with thigh stretch

Plank on tops of the feet

chattarunga dandasana on tops of the feet

Vinyasa

Balasana

Urdhva Dhanurasana x 3

urdhva dhanurasana

Supine Twist

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Savasana

Episode 69: Take a Moment To Stay Steady Level 1-2 70 min Yoga Class

18 May
Steady....Im trying!

Steady....I'm trying!

Always doing SO many things at once.

I know for myself it is very rare that I do just ONE thing at a time. Now being a Mom, it becomes even harder. The mind races from one place to the next, things become so cluttered and often times takes us away from our center. Practicing some asana and taking even just a few moments to pause quietly and feel can give us so much access to the vast wealth of steadiness that we all posses. When we see that steadiness, when we find the Center, we can make better and better choices regarding our lives, our health, our relationships and how we choose to step into the world. Let’s practice together!

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This week’s class is an uptempo Level 1-2 Yoga Class.

You are more than welcome to use props, especially blocks for poses like Trikonasana. I also really love to have a blanket by so I can sit on it during the centering at the beginning of class 🙂

Try out this fancy little player and listen and practice 😀

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The Asana Sequence:

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squared

Twisting Lunge

lunge twist backbend 2lunge twist backbend

Plank

Cobra

cobra

Uttanasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana/Urdhva Hastasana

Surya Namaskar x 2

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

Crescent Pose (jump switch)

Parsvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prep

Parsvotanasana

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Tree Pose

Malasana
Malasana
Ardha Chandrasana
ardha chandrasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Pigeon Prep

Ardha Bhekasana

Lunge Twisting Thigh Stretch
Deep Lunge Thigh stretch Backbend 2Deep Lunge Thigh stretch Backbend 1

Dhanurasana x 3

dhanurasana

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Supine Twist with Legs Crossed

Savasana