Open your heart with Durga

by Irena Lambrou

 
“As we move towards the bright season of light, remember that it is oh so nourishing and necessary to draw back into ourselves for healing…”
Our monthly Advance Your Practice theme will be Goddess Durga: Awakening Courage

 

Jai Jai Durga Maa!

 

Embrace the Earth Mother, the Divine Feminine, Durga–Shakti or Devi as she is also called. One of Durga’s symbols is a bow and arrow, signifying great strength and yogic focus.

 

In this two-hour “Advance Your Practice” workshop, we will call upon the strength of victorious Durga to assist us into opening our hearts. In the physical practice of yoga, also known as asana, we will explore the metaphor of a bow through bow pose (danurasana). Our practice will lead us through a progressive series of heart openers so that we can explore upward facing bow or wheel pose (urdhva danurasana), forearm wheel (eka pada viparita dandasana) and king pigeon (eka pada rajakapotasana), with lots of opportunity for variations and modifications along the way.

 

As we move towards the bright season of light, remember that it is oh so nourishing and necessary to draw back into ourselves for healing, just as one would draw back your bow before extending the arrow of your energy out into the fullness of life. End class with a long savasana dedicated to the Goddess Durga. To experience this extended practice, register by May 11 and save $5. Are you a 3 OMS member? Save $5 AND get an additional 10% off! Register here.

 

I’m looking forward to sharing this practice with you!

Yoga for Healthy Neck and Shoulders

by Elizabeth Ruff  ERYT 500, LMT, Soma Practitioner

Oh man…if I had a penny for every time someone mentioned they wanted to work their neck or shoulders in yoga class, I could feed the world! It’s no wonder this request is so popular though, given this recent study from the July/August issue of the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy stating that up to 75% of adults experience neck pain as a musculoskeletal disorder. Reasons stated range from ergonomics to trauma to insomnia. In addition, shoulder and rotator cuff problems are stated to be in 25% of adults over 50 yrs old and 30% of cadavers have torn rotator cuffs.Read More

Meet Lakshmi and Celebrate Earth Day with Irena

Om Shri Lakshmi Namaha!

Greetings yogis and yoginis! I will be offering the second installment of “Advance your Practice” on April 20th. As this is Earth day, we will be focusing on the Goddess of Abundance, Lakshmi. According to Natalie Rousseau, the Hindu deity Lakshmi “invites us to fully embody our earthly existence and to enrich our lives with gratitude and pleasure, generosity and abundance.”

Many students have inquired about this workshop, so I wanted to give a brief description of the what and the why. The idea behind this workshop is to offer a longer practice so that you can really immerse yourself in your practice, allowing extra time for: pranayama or breath work both at the beginning and at the end of practice, an extended savasana or rest pose, and meditation. Our practice of the month centers around the Lotus pose. The practice will offer variations and/or alternatives to this pose for those of us with sensitive knees and tight hips.

You can register here for this workshop, or in person the next time you are in the studio. I hope you can join me for an exploration of our earthly sensations as we bloom into spring!

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Ask a yogi: what’s a mala?

A few weeks ago in Elizabeth’s Tantra Yoga workshop, students were guided to practice chanting using a mala. We see them all the time associated with the yoga practice, but it’s not often that we are offered the chance to use them in a supported way such as a workshop. Naturally, one of the questions that came up was what exactly is a mala and how do we use it?Read More

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In the chakra system, the heart chakra-or anahata chakra- is the fourth chakra and is located right near your heart in the center of your chest. Represented by the color green, it is also associated with the element of air and scents of jasmine, lavender, and rose. Read More

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Oh, the beloved TFL.

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How to harness the power of the New Year

For many of us, the New Year is a great time to take a step back and reassess some of our habits, goals, and priorities on our lives. While it’s just a date on the calendar, having a set time to be mindful about our choices and to step outside of ourselves a bit can be a really powerful exercise.

While the old idea of making a New Years “resolution” is definitely still out there, more and more people are eschewing making a resolution in favor of setting an intention. And for good reason, too. Studies show only about 8% of resolutions are kept each year. Making a proclamation about something you will or will not do can be a tough row to hoe, ever for those with strong follow through. Setting an intention, however, allows for more gentleness with yourself and a broader application of what your goals really are. While there are many ways to go about intention setting, one of the most powerful can be choosing a word for your year.Read More

3 ways to stay grounded through the holidays

The holiday season can be a time of joy, happiness, peace, and togetherness…but along with this, it can also be a time of full schedules, short patience, and heightened tensions. Here are 3 ways yoga can help you stay grounded through this most wonderful (and hectic!) time of year.Read More