"Designing Your Own Practice"
A guide to putting together a practice of your very own that works specifically for you and your body needs.
We will be exploring new music, Kundalini Yoga, Barr/Pilates & weight workout video's.
You will have homework assignments, it will be fun!
This work will all be done on my blog page on this site.
"Hiking & Yoga"
Socially distancing I will start with taking out only 2 students at a time, where we will hike in the woods and do some Yoga on the way. We will meet at the trail. You will need hiking boots or sturdy shoes for its muddy and wet and lots of branches and sticks down. But the spring green and streams are just beautiful.
I am open for days and times.
For more details on both classes, please contact me via email or phone.
GOT 5 MINUTES? Get your weights!
With so many closings around us it’s hard to stay grounded in what is real.
So it is important to take care of yourself and those you love.
For this to, shall pass but it might take a bit longer than you think. So prepare. Stay home, enjoy your house, get rid of what you don’t need.
As the weather gets better visit friends, have picnics. Take walks. Read more, watch less TV unless its “Outlander” or something you really enjoy.
Take up a new hobby. Plan a new garden bed. Re-do a room in your house.
Listen to music and take time to relax. Breathe.
I was hoping to stay open but most of the recreational programs and Yoga studios, including Kripalu Yoga Center where I did my training are postponing for a few weeks so I thought it would be prudent of me to do the same.
We will continue this session hopefully in two weeks time.
During your time at home, do your practice. Create a space where you can find some quiet, put on some of your favorite music and move. It’s a good habit to get into.
At this time, I am reminded of some of Yoga’s philosophy, the Yama’s and Niyama’s. "The yamas are really about restraining behaviors that are motivated by grasping, aversion, hatred, and delusion; the niyamas are designed to create well-being for ourselves and others," says Stephen Cope, a senior Kripalu teacher and the author of The Wisdom of Yoga. People sometimes think of them as yoga's Ten Commandments, but they aren't concerned with right or wrong in an absolute sense. "There's no thought of heaven or hell. It's about avoiding behaviors that produce suffering and difficulty, and embracing those that lead to states of happiness.” Yoga Journal
I will be practicing Saucha, the first of the niyamas, the active observances. It involves keeping things clean, inside and out. "For me, [the concept of] saucha means both physical and mental hygiene," says Cope. "You want to keep your thoughts uncluttered so you can feel free from afflictive emotions; you keep your body and environment in order, to create a sense of calm." A mind trained by meditation has more complexity and orderliness. Physical orderliness can also affect the mind. So get rid of clutter, scrub floors, simplify your life—all these are expressions of saucha." Yoga Journal
Our winter hibernation has come a bit late, but let us welcome it with open arms, giving us the time to reflect and take care of ourselves. I look forward to our return to classes, and if you are interested in a hike, just let me know for I will be on the trails, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the woods.
Be well. Namaste. Anne xox
To read the entire article on the Yama’s and Niyama’s go to:
About Pilates & Movement
There is a reason I have been teaching Yoga and Pilates for 17 years.
It is a good workout, you will see results. You will feel stronger, more alert and relaxed.
You focus on your body and quiet the mind.
And you work at your own pace.
Pilates class focuses on the core.
You will work your entire body.
I have revised the workout to include a therapeutic approach,
which is helpful in recovering and preventing injury.
As we age, or even as we are younger, recovering and preventing injury is the basis of Pilates.
It was developed by Joseph Pilates who was working in an interment camp in Germany.
He came to America in the 1930’s and was widely acclaimed for his work
with dancers and acting professionals in NYC.
Pilates will enhance your recovery as you work at your own pace.
The class includes upper body strength with weights,
stretching with bands,and core strength with core stability balls. (provided)
You will see and feel the difference.
Coupled with a healthy diet which includes a lower carbohydrate intake,
protein, lots of veggies and eating at regular times
will make a difference in your health and well-being.
About Kripalu YOGA
My goals for YOGA are for a quieter mind, a relaxed body, stretched, strong and flexible.
It is a meditative class with deep breathing, centering,
and allowing yourself to relax,
release and let go.
This class is a deeper practice with reflection of the postures and self-observation
to deeply connect with your inner self.
We are so often these days distracted and this class
will offer focus on the body, mind and spirit.
It is a practice of mindfulness and compassion.
Finding the peace within.
Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you."
"For me, the best way to still my mind is to move my body.
And a mind emptied of busyness that preoccupies most of our lives,
and redirected into the natural rhythms of our body
and heart has immeasurable power, an unlimited capacity for wisdom." Gabrielle Roth