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5:05 pm

What poses are you working on and why?

We asked instructors this question:

I've been shaking for 15 minutes each morning. To release all the crazy injuries, traumas and beasties living my hips and spine. ~Lisa

For me yoga asana is a means to an end. I do yoga to increase mobility and strength and peacefulness of mind rather than as a way of achieving certain poses. I am interested in being able to move my body well in the most functional, graceful, and pain-free ways that I can. The things I am working on most in my practice right now are shoulder and thoracic mobility and pectoral opening. I am also trying to do a pull up and increasing my time hanging from a pull-up bar or tree branch.~Jennie

Hand- and head- stands--having scoliosis, stacking the spine is hard HARD; all my imbalances come to light, so it's been a long and incremental process getting all the pieces together. And now that they are there, I am going to keep them there! Otherwise, I've been working on pranayama and poses that contribute to that best. ~Koa

All of 'em! Those I like, don't like or am indifferent about. I work with them regardless. Virabhadrasana 1 is a special pose for me because it always feels like the first time. ~Kristen

Downward dog is a pose that continues to challenge me.  It is easy for me to hyperextend into the pose, to over arch my back and fall into my shoulders.  Downward dog is a friendly reminder to me to find integrity or stability in my body rather than flexibility. ~Rachel S.

Pincha mayurasana because I love flipping things upsidedown. :) And lots of gentle twists and poses to strengthen and move my hamstrings because I'm caring for an injury. ~Mara

Savasana! Because that's where the magic and the work is. I love and struggle to give myself the space to be still and listen. Also Bakasana because it requires strength and balance in the physical places I'm most interested in right now: chest, shoulders, and core. ~Naomi

To balance this season of transition, both personally and in nature, I am working not on a single pose but on a sense of steadiness. Hence, my practice right now is very regimented:  Arm balances on Mondays. Backbends on Wednesdays. Standing poses on Fridays. Restorative on the days in-between. Formal seated meditation every morning. I don't always follow this prescription, but right now it comforts me.  ~Angie

Triangle, I'm looking for something new! ~Katie

I like practicing Goddess Pose- I find it to be a great lesson in Sthira and Sukha- it requires a patient and sweet surrender as you settle into the strength of the pose. It's mentally and physically challenging, but also very rewarding! ~Olivia 

Patience in all poses and bringing in more inversions at home: headstand and shoulder stand ~Theresa

3:31 pm

Why Yogis (You!) Should Try a Pilates or Core Class

by Lisa Wells

Yoga saved my back and my life. I'm not kidding. I was a mess when I started practicing nearly 30 years ago. My back was literally failing and my life was not so pretty either. I came to yoga to heal my back pain. I was recently diagnosed with spondylolithesis (a broken spinal at L4/L5). Yoga reduced the pain and began to rebuild the failing structure. And to be honest, it didn't 'cure' my spondy and about 10 years later after birthing 2 large babies my spine failed sufficiently to require surgical intervention and stabilization.

Enough of that. Yoga helped a lot, but it didn't take care of all the strength building that I needed, either before or after the surgery. I found that I needed to supplement my yoga with movement specifically focused on building strength in my torso or core musculature. And this is where Pilates comes in. oseph Pilates created a series of exercises that are incredibly efficient at building core strength. Joseph was a creative character and loved working with toys; he adapted hospital beds, household chairs, and wine barrel rings, among other things, to help his clients isolate, strengthen and lengthen their core muscle architecture. With strength in your core, you can return to yoga, or running, or mountain climbing, or simply carrying a baby around with more confidence that you will not injure yourself.

Fast-forward another decade or so and I've accumulated some overuse injuries in my body from my nearly 30 years of yoga practice. So I started looking around again for other complementary movement forms that will help keep my practice sustainable for the next 30 years. And what I found was resistance stretching and functional fitness. The movements from these modalities are helping me rebuild and sustain strength in muscles and connective tissue that I had overstretched in my yoga practice. Overstretched connective tissue (aka becoming too flexible, which for some of us might not look like we are very flexible at all) creates unstable joints. And unstable joints get easily injured and are painful. Resistance stretching brings strength and stability back to overstretched joints. It also safely takes us toward greater range of motion without risking over stretched connective tissues.

All of that is a mouthful to say, come try a Pilates or Core class. Here's the schedule:
Mondays 12-1p Core with Lisa
Mondays 5:45-6:45p Pilates with Theresa (in the small room, please pre-register)
Wednesdays 12-1p Core with Lisa
Wednesdays 5:45-6:45p Pilates with Theresa (in the small room, please pre-register)
Fridays 12-1p Pilates with Mara

And starting in June
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:45p Core Yoga with Mara!