Darlene B. Ralicki, BS, RYT
 
Upcoming Yoga Schedule

Find me at Just Plain Yoga on:

Mondays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Vinyasa Flow -  Breathe, move, energize, and release in this dynamic vinyasa flow practice set to a fun, eclectic soundtrack.   New early spring flow started March 23rd!  We'll be opening up to new beginnings offered by spring.  Join me as we explore pathways to Natarajasana (dancer) and Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance).
               
 
Sunday, April 19th, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. -Lunar Vinyasa Flow (once a month).  Breath, movement, mantra, meditation...slow down and enjoy the vinyasa of rejuvenation.  


Find me at Sangha Yoga on:

Friday, April 3rd, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. -Lunar Vinyasa Flow (once a month).  Breath, movement, mantra, meditation...slow down and enjoy the vinyasa of rejuvenation.  Theme for this class is Anahata chakra (heart). 




 It's Kapha Time

The late part of winter (starting early March) and most of the spring is considered Kapha time.    Kapha embodies the elements of earth and water.  Earth qualities are solid, heavy, stable, and grounding, and water qualities are fluid, soft, smooth, and cool.  These qualities are prevalent in the winter, continue in spring, and eventually are reduced as we near summertime.  Just as in nature, the earth begins to thaw, purging itself of toxins to allow new life to emerge.  As humans, we follow nature’s cycle and begin to detoxify; often this comes in the form of excess mucus, congestion, and springtime allergies.  As we melt away toxins, a renewed sense of excitement begins – spring fever!  
 
 

As we move into spring, I adjust yoga sequencing to continue to generate internal heat, burn off toxins, and increase metabolism and circulation, which help pacify kapha imbalances.    

To pacify Kapha and keep in balance, make sure to get enough rest and exercise, as well as take time to retreat into a quiet space for meditation or reflection.  In addition, working with the pranayama and asana listed below will help increase circulation, energy, and metabolism.

Pranayama

Key pranayama for the winter:  Kapalabhati (skull shining breath), Bhastrika (bellows breath), Ujjayi (victorious breath). 

Asana

Key asana for the winter  Sun Salutations, vinyasa, or rhythmic yoga postures, standing balance, strong standing asana (Warrior), core strengthening, energizing backbends, as well as inversions and arm balances to increase energy and circulation. 

                                         

 
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