Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Stan Woodman

Stan Woodman

Our teacher of the month for June is Stan Woodman, co-owner of Kaia Yoga in Connecticut. Stan took his first yoga class in 1991, and eventually completed his 1,000 hour certification with Beryl Bender Birch. Stan’s practice is rooted strongly in traditional Ashtanga Yoga, but he sings the praises of various styles of meditation and yoga, including Restorative Yoga: “Targeted breath work—particularly that connection between the inhale and exhale—creates a rhythm in our nervous system, in our wiring, that settles the organs, increases blood flow, and re-energizes us.” (source)

Stan and his wife, Gina Norman, founded Kaia Yoga with an eye towards a holistic way of living, incorporating meditation, spa treatments, a café offering whole foods and juices, and yoga for people of every age, including prenatal and kids’ yoga.

In a mission to relieve suffering, they are also deeply involved with charitable work through the Kaia Foundation, which currently supports four charities directed mainly towards benefiting women and children.

Kaia Yoga has been a long-time customer of Barefoot Yoga, and offers a number of our yoga props, mat bags and eye pillows for customers in their boutique. Stop by one of Kaia Yoga’s three locations in Westport and Greenwich to enjoy the beautiful space that they have created, and flow through one of Stan’s amazing classes to develop your strength, flexibility and mindfulness.

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Studios, Yoga Teachers

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 13, 2014

5 Fascinating Facts about Yoga You Didn’t Know

Thought you knew everything there was to know about yoga? Think again! Check out the five fascinating facts even we didn’t know below!

1. According to a 2008 study, around 16 million Americans regularly practice yoga.

Yoga in Times Square

Yogis on June 21, 2013, practicing in New York City’s Times Square

2. One of the first Westerners to practice yoga was Carl Jung, a renowned Swiss psychiatrist known for founding analytical psychology and his friendship with well-known neurologist Sigmund Freud.

Carl Jung

Carl Jung

3. The Rig Veda is one of the oldest Hindu scriptures, as well as one of the oldest texts in the world. It documents the first mention of yoga, specifically Veda yoga, which is the oldest known form of yoga.

Rig Veda

The Rig Veda

4. Om is part of both Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, and in Hinduism the three major sounds of OM (A-U-M) are representative of the three major Hindu deities (called Trimurti). They are: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva the destroyer or transformer.

OM

5. The Sanskrit definition of the word yoga is simple but powerful. It means unity. This reflects yoga’s power to positively influence the body, mind and spirit, integrating them into the whole and harmonious person that is uniquely You! Once we have achieved unity in ourselves, we can create more unity in the world around us.

Yoga on the Beach

Yogis practicing on the beach

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Posted under Health and Fitness, Styles of Yoga

This post was written by Carolina on June 12, 2014

Top City Parks for Yoga This Summer

As summer approaches, there are lots of outdoor yoga classes throughout the country that offer instruction for a variety of skill levels – many of them for free! Consider stopping by your local park for some yoga fun in the sun.

Bryant Park Yoga

  1. New York City – Bryant Park
    Tuesdays at 10:00am, Thursdays at 6:00pm
    Admission: FREE!
    Vinyasa Flow under the trees with YogaWorks instructor Lindsay Ashmun. These athletic classes focus on alignment and graceful flow.
  2. Seattle – Seattle Center
    Wednesdays at 11:30am
    Admission: FREE!
    Have fun learning the basics of Hatha Yoga as you gently stretch and breathe your stress away.
  3. Boston – Boston Common
    Thursdays at 6:00pm
    Admission: FREE!
    Enjoy the beauty of trees, grass, and water found at historic Boston Common while practicing power Vinyasa flow. Classes are geared towards students of all levels.
  4. Chicago – Millennium Park
    Saturdays at 8:00am
    Admission: FREE!
    A variety of area instructors offer classes throughout the summer on Millennium Park’s Great Lawn.
  5. Miami – Bayfront Park
    Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00pm, Saturdays at 9:00am
    Admission: FREE!
    These classes offer a unique atmosphere to relax and invigorate, with a stunning view of the bay!
  6. San Francisco – Golden Gate Park
    Saturdays at 11:00am
    Admission: By donation.
    Enjoy rejuvinating flows and meditation for your mind, body, and spirit in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful parks.
  7. Los Angeles – Runyon Canyon
    Daily at various times
    Admission: By donation.
    These classes have been held at Runyon Canyon for over a decade, with a casual vibe that is welcoming to yogis of all ages and fitness levels.

For yoga supplies to maximize your practice indoors and out, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Events

This post was written by Lauren on June 10, 2014