Grace’s Pick of the Week: The Key Muscles of Yoga

Grace’s product Pick of the Week is the book “The Key Muscles of Yoga” by Ray Long: “Whether you are just curious or plan on taking a teacher’s course, this book is a great reference. It is suitable for the beginner or the the experienced yogi as you will refer to it again and again. This book is beautifully illustrated with comprehensive descriptions of bones and muscles and how it relates to each yoga movement.”

The Key Muscles of Yoga

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 18, 2013

Objects of Meditation: Yoga @ MOHAI

Yoga Class at MOHAIEvery Saturday in September, teachers from 8 Limbs Yoga will be conducting morning Hatha yoga classes at MOHAI. This will be held at the Grand Atrium and all levels are welcome. Doors open at 8:10 am (closes at 8:40, so don’t be late!). Free to all unless you want to explore the museum after the class, in which case, the usual museum fees will apply. Bring your own mat!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 10, 2013

Free Yoga event on Saturday in Seattle!

Fit Mob

Ease your way into fall with a free yoga session at Lake Union Park this Saturday, September 7, offered by FitMob! Join professional instructors Lara Hedin, Kathleen Meehan Lorenzo and Dawn Jansen as they teach you how to use yoga to improve both your physical and mental health. Workouts will be catered to all fitness levels.

Location – Lake Union Park in Seattle, WA
Date – Saturday, September 7, 2013
Start Time – 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. workout

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 5, 2013

Ujjayi Breathing

Yoga BreathingUjjayi breathing is a technique used in Taoist and yoga practices. Sometimes also known as the ‘ocean breath’ because of its sonorous quality, it is done by breathing through the nose, passing air at the back of the throat, making a ‘rushing’ sound. Ujjayi breathing is calming and balancing. It increases oxygenation and builds internal heat. The breath allows the practitioner to build energy, maintain a rhythm, and clear toxins from the body. It helps to slow the breath down, to focus awareness of the breath and to keep the mind from being distracted.

I have used this technique when I was a nanny. When the kids are restless or hyper during nap times, I’ll focus on my breath. When you are anxious or agitated, the kids pick up on it. Calming yourself is the first step. They say ujjayi breath is similar to the breathing of a new born baby. Ujjayi breath works just like a ticking clock to simulate the sounds a baby hears in the womb. The ”rushing’ sound also works like white noise. Very soon the kids will take on the rhythm you set, taking longer breaths and calming themselves, and off they go to dreamland. Try it and let me know if it worked for you!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on August 27, 2013

Using the Wall as a Prop

It is very common to use props in a yoga practice. Yoga Props help with alignment and do the pose that is right for your body. There is no stronger prop than the wall. It is there like a steadfast friend, always at your back, or wherever you need it most. Use the wall with you legs straight up the wall for sivasana or to help you square your hips in warrior 3. There are so too many poses you can do at the wall to mention here but it will certainly help with your practice.

Sivasana Warrior 3

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on August 15, 2013

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Anne Phyfe Palmer

Anne Phyfe PalmerOur teacher of the month for August is Anne Phyfe Palmer. Anne Phyfe is the founder of 8 Limbs Yoga Studios in Seattle, Washington. She opened 8 Limbs in Oct of 1996. Since then, 8 Limbs has been at the center of a bustling yoga community in Seattle. Currently there are 4 locations.

Over the last 17 years, 8 Limbs has become more than a business and a yoga school. It is an urban community for people looking for connection in our busy city. Anne Phyfe puts out a monthly newsletter that is insightful and inspirational. Not only is Anne Phyfe a shaper of our Seattle yoga community, but she is a dynamic yoga teacher whose classes explore a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to acting as Education Director of 8 Limbs, Anne Phyfe teaches yoga classes and trains other teachers through the 8 Limbs Yoga 200 and 500-hour Teacher Trainings and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training. She collaborates with and supports her fellow teachers to maintain high standards of teaching and content and to offer 8 Limbs students many paths to travel on in their yoga practice.

Anne Phyfe’s main yoga teachers include Rod Stryker and Sarah Powers – two of the many teachers she brings in to her studio regularly. I have always enjoyed her creative classes, and look forward to future ones. And, the 8 Limbs boutique has always been a great showcase of Barefoot Yoga products. When you come to Seattle (hopefully in the summer) – take a class with Anne Phyfe at 8 Limbs.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on August 14, 2013

Gotu Kola

In India, the Gotu Kola herb is considered the premier herb. Yogis use it to aid in meditation. It is said to develop the crown chakra, which is the energy center at the top of the head. It was noted that elephants like to munch on its leaves, thus the association with memory and longevity. This creeping tropical plant grows in Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Himalayas and many parts of South Africa. Mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts, it’s been used for thousands of years in India and China for treating open wounds, improving mental clarity and treating skin ailments.

Gotu Kola

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on July 23, 2013

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

Yoga: The Art of Transformation is an exhibit by the Smithsonian through their first ever crowdfunding effort, “Together We’re One”. This allows numerous artworks from London and Jodphur to be shipped to Washington, D.C. in October. There will be programs for kids and adults, Indian music concert, a symposium and an arts festival. This exhibit explores the history of yoga through scriptures, devotional icons, manuscripts, photography and film.

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on July 11, 2013