Thought yoga was just for us humans? Think again!

Now there aren’t just yoga classes, but doga (dog yoga) classes for our furry friends as well! Contrary to what you might think, doga classes aren’t a new phenomenon, they’ve been around for a while and are now catching on in a big way.

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Doga class attendees feel it helps their dog, as well as themselves, to experience the benefits of yoga together. Heck, if yoga is such an amazingly valuable practice for humans, why not for our fellow canines as well?

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Doga classes incorporate everything from meditation and massage to gentle poses involving both you and your pooch, which can include anything from camel pose (shown above) to a quite literal downward-facing dog (shown below)!

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Whatever the pose, one thing is for sure: doga is an amazing way to bond with both your pooch and your practice, so why not give it a try? It’s sure to bring a new level of harmony and perspective to any yogi with a canine companion!

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Want to know more? Check out the links below and don’t forget to visit us at www.barefootyoga.com for you or your furry friend’s yoga needs!

 

 

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This post was written by Carolina on April 2, 2014

Spring Growth

Spring Crocuses

The first blooms of spring are already in sight. Everything dormant is now growing and so for the month of March, let’s set our intention for growth. What does it mean to grow? Yes, there are yoga poses to strengthen, lengthen and possibly ‘grow’ your spine. But growth also means stepping out of our comfort zone, challenging ourselves, testing and knowing our limits, and learning from our experiences, good or bad.

We all have our favorite poses that we tend to incorporate into our practice again and again. We have our favorite teachers who we think are more suited to our needs. We have our favorite style of yoga that we practice daily. If we kept to our favorites, we deprive ourselves from potential growth and learning. Can we attempt that challenging pose and be alright with the outcome, physically, mentally and emotionally? Can we push ourselves not to give up on it and attempt it again next time?

Can we be open to another teacher’s style  and take whatever he or she has to offer and incorporate into our own practice? If you like Vinyasa, why not try Restorative or Yin Yoga for a change? If you usually take a 5 count breath, try stretching it to 8 and vice versa. Expand yourself and attend that Kirtan concert or meditation workshop you’ve been curious about. Use positive re-enforcement and imagery to help you in your quest. Start your exercise with no expectations of success or failure and let the end result guide you to your next step.

Find yoga supplies for your own spring growth at www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Grace on March 24, 2014

The Fatigued Yogini: 7 Poses to Help You Get that Energy Back

Everyone experiences low energy at some point or another; and most of the time the antidote is as simple as a good night’s sleep or strong cup of coffee. But what about when that doesn’t do the trick?
Yoga has been shown to have a wide variety of health benefits in relation to chronic pain conditions, anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia. Why not benefit from the incredible healing yoga offers even when the issue may be as simple as having stayed up too late watching the newest episode of that must-see show?
To get your body and mind back on the path to your most energized and revitalized self, check out the invigorating poses below!

Camel Pose

Camel Pose (Source: YogaOutlet.com)

A full body stretch that will rejuvenate the body and spirit.

 

Warrior I Pose

Warrior I (Source: YogaOutlet.com)

An uplifting pose that releases stress by stretching and opening up the torso, arms, and pelvis.

 

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose (Source: YogaOutlet.com)

A blissful side stretch that calms while reenergizing.

 

Chair Pose

Chair Pose (Source: YogaOutlet.com)

A pose that can be done almost anywhere at anytime, the chair pose stretches and strengthens the back, legs, and hip flexors.

 

Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose (Source: YogaOutlet.com)

A simple but powerful pose that calms and enlivens, mountain pose does your body and mind a world of good, whether you’re in the middle of your practice or just taking a moment to center yourself on a busy day.

 

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose (Source: YogaOutlet.com)

A rejuvenating pose that relieves stress while improving balance, this pose is great for that extra dose of energy and poise.

 

I don’t know about you, but I feel better already! To find out more about yoga and the props and accessories that help you practice with the utmost comfort and ease, visit us at BarefootYoga.com.

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This post was written by Carolina on March 21, 2014

Yoga and the Seattle Seahawks

The Surprising Connection You Might Not Know About!

Russell Wilson July 29, 2013 Photographed by Peter yang

Source: espn.go.com

When I say the word yoga, what does it make you think of? Words that come to my mind are relaxation, energy, and maybe that I really should pick up that new mat I’ve been in desperate need of. A word that generally doesn’t come to mind is football, but after my discovery of this article, detailing the yoga practice of the Seattle Seahawks, that’s changed. With the aggressiveness and intensity football requires, I had never considered that legends like Russell Wilson (pictured above) and Marshawn Lynch need some help getting calm and centered just like the rest of us. But they do, and now I regard football with a somewhat different perspective thinking about them at the Renton training camp site doing chaturangas and Vinyasa flow sequences. Could part of why we brought home that Lombardi trophy be because we played with a good dose of yoga mixed in? I don’t know for sure, but I think the odds are pretty darn good.

Want to know more about the Seahawk yogis? Check out the links below!

And whether you’re limbering up for your health and well-being, or getting in shape for the gridiron, visit www.barefootyoga.com for all your yoga supply needs!

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This post was written by Carolina on February 19, 2014

Circle Practice

Circle Practice

You may have been to some studios where yogis and yoginis practice in a circle. Traditionally, the teacher is at the ‘head’ of the class and the students look to the teacher. The idea of practicing in a circle is not to put the teacher up on a pedestal to be idolized and exalted. The teacher is there to keep you safe and guide you in your practice.  One should look to oneself for the ultimate teacher and focus inward into what our bodies are telling us. Or alternatively, to the other students who are ‘reflecting’ your practice. We have to be smart and kind to our body, mind and spirit.

For yoga mats and props to help with your own yoga journey, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Grace on February 18, 2014

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Michelle Kronenberg

Michelle Kronenberg

Our yoga teacher of the month is Michelle Kronenberg.

I was so fortunate to meet Michelle back in 1996, while breakfasting at the home of Nagaratna after practicing yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India.  What was most apparent when I met her was her sense of humor.  She was hilarious.  A New Yorker living in LA, and deeply immersed in a yogic journey of discovery.  She was completely in touch with all the humorous elements of her upbringing and her new-aged pursuits, and made fun of herself better than anyone else.  As I got to know Michelle a little better, her dedication to the practice of yoga and meditation was inspiring, as were the many profound insights she had to share.

Almost 20 years later, Michelle is a premier yoga teacher in Malibu, California.  Her passion and commitment to yoga are “the real thing.”  “This is what I do, this is my life,” she says.

Michelle brings a deep and diverse range of knowledge and experience, mixed with lightness and joy – to her classes.  Michelle has an Ivy League education of yoga training and it shows in her teaching.  She lived in India for a year and studied with Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga. In Pune, India, she also studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, the creator of the Iyengar system of yoga. Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Erich Schiffman, Lisa Walford and Guru Singh are more notable teachers from whom she has learned. Most recently she spent a month in Italy studying with Donna Holleman, an Iyengar-influenced teacher who has created her own system.

Her classes can be strong and yet incredibly precise. She never teaches the same sequence. “I teach for the moment,” she explains. “I want my students to come away from my class more aware and more centered, sharper and clearer,” she says. Her classes are laced with humor, “just so we don’t get too serious” during the practice.

“I use my practice to sharpen my mind and there is a freedom that comes from that,” she says. “It gives me respite from the unending chatter of the mind. That is what I share in my teaching and that is what I hope people leave my classes with. I hope they take that philosophy off the mat into their lives.”

“My life has been devoted to the path of self-discovery and yoga on so many levels.” She admits that it is not always an easy path, “but it is an amazing reflection for me to see myself and where I am in my life. In order to maintain my centeredness and bring myself back to a place of openness and self love, I use my sitting practice.”

As for her teaching, she notes, “I love to teach. I love the detail. I love seeing people come into their bodies and wake up. As a teacher you can see people start to breathe and feel truly alive. For me, the studying, practicing and teaching of yoga awakens a sense of presence, and the feeling of being present encourages my heart to soften and open,” she says. “When I live from my heart, I feel greater love and compassion for myself and others. My hope is that my students feel this as well.”

Michelle Kronenberg’s yoga schedule.

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This post was written by David on February 11, 2014

Horse Stance

Horse Stance

In honor of the Year of the Horse, let’s review the horse stance. Stand with your legs wide apart, feet turned out at a diagonal, and bend your knees. Make sure your knees are tracking over your second toes. Hold your hands at your heart in prayer and keep your back straight and vertical. Keep your pelvis tucked under, making sure it is not sticking out behind you. If your hands are out at your side in ‘cactus’ position, then this pose is sometimes known as Moonflower or Goddess pose. Try lifting your toes, then set them down and lift your heels, alternating between them for a few breaths. This is a great grounding yoga pose.

Horse Stance

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on January 28, 2014

Make Yoga a Habit!

Make Yoga a HabitKundalini Yoga recognizes the soul as perfect, with no need for change, redemption or purification. As human beings, our lives are governed by our habits – good or bad. Things can change by our choices and our actions. We do sadhanas (committed prayers) and kriyas (techniques or practices within a yoga discipline to achieve a specific result) to change and challenge ourselves.

Research has shown that it takes 40 days to make or break a habit. If you have been trying to get to classes more often or just make time for practice, take the 40 day-challenge and make a commitment to practice at least once a day, twice or every day, whatever you think you can accomplish. Reward yourself and acknowledge your intentions and progress along the way. Let’s make yoga a habit.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on January 15, 2014