Save the Date:
Finding Balance Through the Elements - A five week series starting, Saturday mornings, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m., November 30th through December 28th. Find balance over the hectic holiday season by exploring a different element each week in this moderate Hatha practice.
Winter Solstice Celebration - Monday, December 23rd, 6:30 p.m. - Flowing Through the Elements - Vinyasa Edition with Tina, Anne, Carolyn, Jess, and me!
Yoga with me this week:
Join me at Just Plain Yoga for:
Monday, 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. For the late fall flow, we're focusing on a grounding sequence and exploring pathways to Ardha Visvamitrasana.
Saturday, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Just Plain Hatha (Level 2-3) - Calm the mind, move the body, connect with the breath. Week 2 of Finding Balance Through the Elements series! This week - WATER – Flow & Transition: Water always finds the path of least resistance. The sound of ocean waves can move one to silence. Let your body become the water, let your breath become the waves; find your rhythm, and move with grace.
Ayurveda & Yoga
Bringing the knowledge of Ayurveda into our yoga flows can help us open and engage in a more harmonious manner.
The Autumnal Equninox indicates the change in season - moving into a period known as Vata that runs through the fall in the Ayurvedic world. As the days get shorter and the nights longer, Vata's air qualities arise, so I will be adjusting our sequencing to focus on grounding and pacifyiing vata imbalances.
Fall is Vata Time
Vata embodies the elements of air and ether, with air being predominant. Air qualities are lightness, mobility, roughness, and ether qualities are expansiveness and minuteness. These qualities are predominant in the fall and can cause imbalances, especially for those individuals with a vata dosha.
Fall is a time when we can have a tendency to become less grounded, out of sorts, and anxious if vata imbalances arise. If you don't have a meditation practice currently, this is a great time to start one. Meditation is wonderful grounding practice that also gives you the gift of spending time within.
Key pranayama for the fall: Ujjayi (victorious breath), Sama Vrtti (equal ratio breath), and Kapalabhati (skull shining breath).
Key asana: slow and mindful Sun Salutations or vinyasa flows, standing postures, balance poses, squats, and twists, bridge pose, inversions, and seated postures which allow expansion in the spine. Slowing down, flowing mindfully, and rooting into the posture while simultaneously rising and expanding.