Gentle Yoga 7/6 at 7AM

Aside

I am subbing for Dani Weir’s Gentle Yoga class at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga – Normal Heights location, East Room. Please join me tomorrow (Friday) from 7-8 AM.

Announcing a new class

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a new class starting on May 20th. I’ll be teaching Vinyasa and Deep Rest from 4:30- 5:45 at The Little Yoga Studio.  This is the perfect way to transition from your weekend into your week! We’ll do a little meditation, a sweet, rhythmic Vinyasa flow, and then some deep relaxation practices including pranayama, yin & restorative yoga practices, yoga nidra, etc. to help you release stress.  I’m very excited about exploring the balance between yin and yang energy in this class! Modifications will be provided for all levels of practice. Please see the TLYS website (link above) for details on pricing.

New Sunday class!

Please see my schedule for details of my new Sunday Hatha Yoga class, starting March 11th at plan-B-fitness (1815 5th Avenue). The class will be 11:30- 12:30. In Hatha Yoga, we may flow through Sun Salutations or move more slowly through poses, taking time to relax and deepen each posture, developing strength, flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. Classes will be adapted to suit the needs of the students in class each day (I take requests!) and modifications will be provided for all levels of practice. This is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of yoga poses. And of course there will be music and poetry and words of wisdom!

The first class is free for students new to plan-B-fitness. Please come and check out the beautifully painted studio space. I hope to see you in class.

Schedule changes

Monday, February 27th will be the last classes at the South Park location (6 and 7:30pm).  I am closing this class in March. There will be no changes to the rest of my schedule:

  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7 at plan-B-fitness (1815 5th Avenue)
  • Sunday mornings at 9 at Pilgrimage of the Heart (assisting my teacher, Nikole Fortier)

I’m also teaching the Friday morning community class at The Little Yoga Studio again on March 2. I would love to see you there. It’s just a $5 suggested donation for this class.

I hope to be adding a new class and some special events as we get ready for spring in San Diego. Stay tuned for details!

Full moon classes

The moon is full again. Remember to take time to slow down and get grounded this week. Go outside, take a few deep belly breaths, and bask in the moonlight!

Photo Credit: Sebastian Anthony on Flickr Creative Commons

I’m offering the following full moon classes:

  • Gentle yoga – 6pm on Monday at 1934 30th St – This class is perfect for beginners, those with injuries, or anyone looking for a slower, more relaxing and meditative practice.
  • Chandra Namaskar – This Moon Salutation flow is a somewhat more active full moon practice. I’m offering it Monday at 7:30pm at 1934 30th Street, and again on Tuesday morning at 7am at plan-B-fitness (Gallery of Fitness: 1815 5th Avenue)

Reflections on gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving!

With deep gratitude, from my heart to yours. Namaste.

As we approach Thanksgiving, those of us who live in the US are thinking about gratitude. This year, I have so much to be thankful for. To begin with, I’m alive!!! I’m healthy, and those I love are well and safe.

Not only do I have a roof over my head, but I live in an apartment I like, in a great neighborhood and with a beautiful view. Not only do I have enough to eat and drink, but I get to eat a range of delicious and healthy food. We joined a CSA this year, and we get plenty of gorgeous produce practically right to our door.

Not only do I have love in my life from all sides, but my man and I are getting married next summer. I’m so very grateful to have this amazing friend, partner, and supporter who wants to spend the rest of his life with me.

I am so, so grateful for yoga, which has brought so many gifts into my life. It has transformed my health, my spirit, my sense of fulfillment, and indeed how I view my work and personal life. I feel so privileged and honored to teach yoga, to have such beautiful and sincere students, to share the practices that mean so much to me. I am doing my dream job, and I can honestly say that I love what I do.

So, as an expression of my gratitude, Vinyasa Yoga at plan-B-fitness is happening on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th. If you feel like opening your day of giving thanks with yoga, I’ll be there at 7. Happy Thanksgiving.

Full Moon

Credit: Rowena (Rubber Slippers in Italy) on Flickr Creative Commons

Tomorrow night, a beautiful full moon will grace our night skies. In my morning Vinyasa class at plan-B-fitness, we’ll embrace this lunar energy by doing Chandra Namaskar, or Moon Salutations, as the basis of our practice. There are many versions of Chandra Namaskar, but most are a little deeper and slower moving than the corresponding Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) to reflect the difference between lunar and solar energy.

The term Hatha Yoga is often used to describe the yoga of asana, or physical postures, pranayama, or breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation. Hatha includes all styles of yoga that focus on these areas, including Vinyasa flow, but you will often see “Hatha” used to describe a class that does not follow any particular school or tradition of yoga, but is perhaps a blend of different influences. Ha represents masculine, solar energy, and tha represents feminine, lunar energy, so one interpretation of Hatha Yoga is the unification of solar and lunar energies within each of us. In our practice, we are always working to acknowledge and balance opposing forces: yoga is envigorating and calming, grounding and uplifting, building confidence and humility.

In the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, days of the full moon and new moon are considered rest days on which no asana are practiced. “Moon days” arise from the belief that, as beings made up largely of water, we are affected by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun in different ways. It is believed that we are more headstrong during the full moon phase, lacking grounding and therefore more likely to injure ourselves, whereas during the new moon, we may feel a lack of energy. In other traditions where moon days are not observed, practitioners have still developed special full moon and new moon practices, such as Chandra Namaskar, to acknowledge the changes in energy that may occur at these times.

Even if you do not believe that the phase of the moon has any connection with how we feel, there are lessons that it can teach us. The moon with its cycles reminds us to tune in to the changing rhythms that are inherent in all aspects of life. It shows us that it is normal sometimes to shine brightly and at other times to rest, quiet and dark – and how to transition smoothly and calmly between these states.

Acknowledging the moon phase in our practice is really a way of acknowledging our connection with nature. Taking time to slow down and move a little more deeply within can be an act of great courage and a considerable challenge in our fast paced, externally focused urban world. However, taking the time to be quiet and look within can be one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and has considerable healing power.

On Thursday, I hope you will join me for a Moon Salutation flow! And if you cannot be there in person, I hope you’ll take a little time to reflect on how the energy of the moon manifests itself in your life. Namaste.

New class on Monday nights!

Some of you have been asking me for a later class on Mondays, so I’ve added a second class in my South Park location (1934 30th St 92102). I will now teach two classes there on Monday nights. For the time being, both will be all-levels Hatha Yoga – just pick the time that works for you! Starting next Monday, November 7th, classes will be 6:00- 7:15 and 7:30- 8:30. Both classes are $10 per class. Hope to see you at one of them!