This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on October 28, 2013
Our teacher of the month for September is Doug Swenson. Doug has been a student of yoga since 1969. He is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet, and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. He has written several books: Yoga Helps, The Diet that Loves You Most, Power Yoga for Dummies, and Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow.
Of the many great yoga teachers I have been so fortunate to study with over the last 25 years, Doug stands out as one of the most lighthearted. His knowledge and experience is extensive, and he delivers it with such humor and passion, that his students are inspired to float and fly through a rigorous yoga practice like children at a playground.
When he is not in South Lake Tahoe, Doug can be found in many corners of the world, teaching and training students in one of most all inclusive, creative yoga forms available.
Visit Doug at his website http://www.sadhanayogachi.com, and plan a trip to see him for a happy, and potentially life-changing yoga experience you will carry with you forever.
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 25, 2013
For some of you, school may have already started. For others, the autumn brings another semester. If you are planning on taking a teacher training course, or just for self-improvement, here is some recommended reading:
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
Yoga, The Spirit And Practice Of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 24, 2013
Our honored friend and customer AIReal Yoga in Ventura, California offers a high-flying spin on traditional yoga classes, using Barefoot Yoga Mats. AIReal Yoga is a form of yoga using a swiveling hammock as a tool to help balance, assist in correcting alignment, deepening stretches and inverting without compressing the spine. It can be beneficial for beginners and advanced yogis alike, and people love it for relieving tension and stress as well as building core strength.
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 20, 2013
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.”
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 18, 2013
Every 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!
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 10, 2013
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.
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 5, 2013
Ujjayi 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