Monday, September 27, 2010

Anusara Yoga Grand Gathering

Yoga Journal hosted the 2nd Anusara Yoga Grand Gathering September 19th - 23rd in Estes Park, Colorado.  It was a magical time - 3 1/2 days studying and practicing with my primary yoga teacher, John Friend, 12 of the top Anusara Yoga teachers, and 600 plus yoga practitioners!!!   The gathering opened on Sunday night with a warm welcome from John and an introduction of the 12 presenters and the 3 scholars on the program.  

I started the mornings with meditation lead by John, Sally Kempton, and Douglas Brooks on their respective day.  After breakfast each morning, John lead a 3 hour master class, each one was filled with asana, wisdom, shakti, and fun. In the the afternoons, I studied with Christina Sell, Christy Nones, Douglas Brooks, and Martin Kirk.  It was one great session after the next. The evenings were filled with a thought provoking scholar's panel discussion, a lively kirtan with Shantala,  a fun talent show, and hanging with friends from Houston, Arizona, and Colorado as well as meeting new friends.   

What a wonderful time - yoga, great teachers, good friends, and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, one of my favorite places!! 

Good Times!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day of Free Yoga

This was my first time participating in the Free Day of Yoga and it was great! I started the day teaching a Flow Class at 8 am at The Yoga Institute. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people get an early start to their day. I attended Raye Lynn's Backbend and Inversion class at 9:30 which was great fun. The studio was buzzing all day with lots of first time practitioners, seasoned yogis, and everyone in between. I stayed to help with the sign in for the 11:30 Yoga Basics class with Molly Donovan which was a full house. Then it came to me - How great it would be to capture this yoga-full day with pictures. So, I whipped out my iphone and went to work (well, it really wasn't work). But you know what I mean. We concluded the day with a Rock and Roll Vinyasa Class with George Sroka. Please check out the scenes of Molly's and George's classes in the video below.

Raye Lynn, owner of The Yoga Institute, gave away 4 one-month unlimited yoga memberships to 4 lucky yogis - one winner per class. What a wonderful gift- the gift of yoga.

Some students spent the entire day with us practicing yoga - a yogathon of sorts. Others took an early class, grabbed a snack, and returned for another class. It was fun to watch.

Visit Yoga Month to find more free yoga classes through the month of September.

Friday, September 3, 2010

September is National Yoga Month

September is a great time to learn more about yoga, try a new method, a new studio, or to try yoga for the first time. Many studios around the country including Houston are offering free classes on September 6th and offering a pass for a Free Week of Classes. Please visit Yoga Month to find events and participating studios in your area!

The Yoga Institute is offering four free classes at both the Houston and Clear Lake studios on September 6th. Come join me at the Houston location at 8:00 am for a Flow Class!

Life Time Athletic City Centre is offering a pass for a Free Week of yoga classes. Get one from Yoga Month and join us for yoga.

See you there!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yoga for Better Digestion

Pavanamuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose) We've all heard the old saying,   “You are what you eat” .   And while this is generally tru...