Well, we tried 50° outdoor yoga and let me tell you, it’s not great. Mountain pose is a not so steady, shivery shaky move like this shivering gal here.
That said, there will be NO Yoga in the Park this evening. Keep an eye out as we may do some pop ups if we have some warmer days though the end of autumn.
Hey y’all! Quick reminder that there is no Yoga in the Park at the Lily Pond this evening. Our practice has taken us to the Northwoods this week!
Next classes are this Sunday 10/11 at Broken Bat Brewery at 10:30am on the field and Thursday 10/15 at the Humboldt Park Lily Pond. See you there!
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With the ground already soaked and more rain on the way for this evening, Yoga in the Park at the Lily Pond will be cancelled for tonight.
As there is no class on Thursday 10/8, our next scheduled class will be at Broken Bat Brewery on Sunday, October 11th at 10:30am. The cost of a ticket gets you an hour-long class and the option to have a beer on the house following class.
Come check it out and start your Sunday off right with a class and a pint!
Starting in October, we'll be hosting a class on Broken Bat Brewing's indoor wiffleball field the second Sunday of every month through the end of the year!
Classes will be at 10:30am, followed by a pint on the house in the Broken Bat taproom. Pre-registration is required, sign-up through Eventbrite. Check back in the next few days or follow us on your favorite social media site for the link to come.
Social distancing will be enforced. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. Masks must be worn while walking to and from your mat, but may be removed during class and while seated with your beverage.
Haven't been to Broken Bat before? Check them out at brokenbatbrewery.com
This month, we have been focusing on maintenance of energy. Depending upon the weather, the stressors of our day, how much we slept, what we ate, or the general state of our bodies and minds, the energy we need, may be very different.
Did you wake up roughly this morning, stiff from a poor night's sleep? Perhaps you forgot to buy coffee or tea for your morning cup on your weekly grocery run; you're feeling sluggish and the only thing you want to do is go back to bed or at the very least, sit and do nothing all day? You're in need of waking up your bones, your blood, your mind.
Or is it that you spent all day on your feet, serving customers, chasing your kids, running from office to office? Your mind is racing, your limbs are vibrating, and what you really need is a sense of stability, of grounding... a moment of silence to connect with the ground below your feet, with just yourself.
These are very different places to be and each of us has had these days in our past. There is a different requirement to stabilize ourselves and find that balance of energy. For this span of needs, let's turn to goddess pose.
You asked, we answered! The rain date from yesterday's class will be next week :
Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00pm.
There will be no class on 9/17. See you all there!
Well, we're rained out!
Although I don't typically offer a rain date for this weekly class, I will be scheduling one for this class given that the September 17th class is already cancelled while I am out of town.
If you have thoughts or preferences on a great time to have class between Sunday 9/13 and Wednesday 9/16, feel free to give us a shout! Leave a comment, message us on Facebook, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Either way, the final rain date and time will be posted here, on social media, and via email by tomorrow evening (Friday 9/11). Stay tuned!
As we move into the month of September, we prepare ourselves for change. The weather slowly cools, the days become shorter and darker and our bodies prepare to settle and hibernate for the winter. With these changes, we often find our minds following the body's lead slowing our thoughts, our motivation, and our productivity.
For the month of September, we will focus on gaining and maintaining energy before the draining of the seasonal change, beginning with the Midweek Mudra.
I particularly like Anushasana Mudra for its simplicity. Pointing or creating the number one with our hands is something that most of us do on a regular basis. It's a familiar and often comfortable position for the hands to form. It is a gesture that can be adjusted to use one or both hands; it can be taken during a meeting, in the car, or even as you take a walk.
While the primary function of this mudra is to balance energy in all directions, it also has the benefits of increasing body awareness, lengthening the breath, supporting physical alignment, and creating a sense of alertness and wholeness in the self.
To find Anushasana Mudra:
1. Curl the middle, ring, and pinkie fingers in toward the palm, wrapping the thumbs around the fingers
2. Extend the index fingers outward (just like you're creating a "number one")
3. Hold hands out to the side of the body with palms facing upward, elbows resting gently near the ribs or allow the backs of the hands to rest on your lap
4. Relax the shoulders back and down, allowing the spine to be naturally aligned
Back pain. It comes in all sorts of horrible shapes and sizes... and usually at the worst times.
One of the biggest challenges with treating back pain is determining its cause. However, there are a handful of tools we can use that are likely to support a myriad types of back pain. Viparaita Karani, Legs up the Wall, is one of those tools.
But now maybe you're thinking, "I can't get onto the floor like that" or "That puts even more pressure on by back to straighten my legs that way". No problem! Whatever the concern, there is a krama, or level of modification, for any need.
In addition to the commonly pictured version of this pose (as above) there are many adjustments that may be a better support on a given day or for a particular type of pain. Some of the many options are listed below; pictures follow.
This gesture supports the skeletal and muscular systems, creating space by directing attention and breath to the spine. Anudandi Mudra can also support a sense of relaxation and increased well-being. It can be done at any time throughout the day alone or incorporated into a practice focused on posture or breath.
To form this mudra, simply:
Optional affirmation to support the mudra:
As my wave of breath flows freely, I sense greater ease in the back of my body.