Happy March everyone! March Pose of the Month is Dolphin Pose. Calm your nervous system and restore a sense of balance and equanimity in your body and your mind. Enjoy this challenging pose and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!
• Stretches shoulders and upper back
• Lengthens hamstrings, calves, and arches
• Strengthens arms, legs, and core
KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Align your wrists at the width of your shoulders
• Set your feet at the width of your hips
• Flatten your palms against the mat
• Drop the crown of your head and gaze between your heels
STEP BY STEP:
1. From Downward Dog, lower your forearms to the mat.
2. Squeeze your armpits toward each other.
3. Press your chest toward your legs.
4. Draw your thighs up and point your tailbone to the sky.
5. Relax your heels toward the mat.
You will experience Dolphin Pose in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana.
Name: Alberto Doria
Day Job: Chiropractic Intern at Parker University, currently seeing patients 😉
How long have you have been practicing at YS? About half a year
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Nicole’s class particularly Fridays!
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Sleeping, I should be a pro as I can sleep through anything, even alarms sometimes.
What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Crow pose, still working on it. Tree pose is a favorite one to practice at random places, like boats.
Why did you start practicing yoga? Vitality, detoxification, and awareness of my own body and how to control it with my mind.
Who inspires you the most and why? My wife Natalie, she is always striving to make herself a
better person and doctor. She challenges me to be the best version of myself, always loves me even during difficult times and her vibrant energy and focus is infectious.
What do you just love about YogaSport? I love the community, the teachers, the location, and of course the hot, sweaty hours of yoga.
What’s your guilty pleasure? I have a few; related to music, probably the Spice Girls or Hansen. (Oh the Nineties)
Furthest city traveled: I love to travel; the furtherest has been Tokyo, Japan
I’m missing part of my brain, the area involved with coordination and balance oddly enough, due to excision of a brain tumor; so don’t laugh if I fall in some poses. J/k you can laugh!
We are super pumped to announce that we have recently switched software providers from MindBodyOnline (MBO) to WellnessLiving (WL). If you had a YS MBO account, you should have received an email from us on 2/2/17 requesting a password change. Use your email to login, create a new password and voila, you will have access to our cool new system.
What is this login for?
Your WL login gives you access to schedule classes online, buy passes and products in the online store, write reviews, and so much more. Stay tuned for announcements on fancy new features we will be rolling out this year.
What about the YS mobile app?
Download the WellnessLiving Achieve App:
Once you have updated your password (see above), you can book classes and make purchases from the WellnessLiving Achieve app. The former YS app was part of our MBO system and is no longer available so delete it from your phone and get rid of your digital clutter!
How do I login from a computer?
Simply visit the WellnessLiving Login page and login with your email and new password.
We cannot tell you how excited we are to be making the change. You will see that this system is visually beautiful and incredibly user-friendly. Thank you for helping us make the switch and we look forward to an incredible, sweaty, and inspiring 2017 together!
Ready to twist? The pose of the month for February is a real wringer: Parivrta Trikonasana, also known as Twisting Triangle. This twisty standing pose provides an incredible opportunity to build both strength and flexibility, all while rinsing your internal organs and providing a healthy rinsing for your spine. During the month of February , your YogaSport instructors will help you develop a new love and appreciation for your Twisting Triangle… who knows, maybe it will be the start of a beautiful new relationship!
Read on for alignment points and step by step directions to enter a masterful twisting triangle.
• Rinses the organs and tissues of the mid-body and digestive system
• Releases the lumbar spine and helps relieve lower back pain
KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Square your hips forward
• Stack your torso over your front leg
• Drop your shoulders toward your hips
STEP BY STEP:
1. From Pyramid (left foot forward), lift half way up to a flat back.
2. Place your right hand on a block and press your chest forward.
3. Engage your abdominals and press your left hip back.
4. Extend your left arm to the sky, spreading your fingers.
5. Press into your feet and engage your powerful legs.
6. On the inhale, extend your spine. On the exhale, twist deeper.
Name: Colleen Carrera
Nickname: Leener or Leeny
Day Job: Physician Assistant in Pediatric Oncology at Children’s Medical Center
How long have you have been practicing at YS? Not long enough! Since August of 2016
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I haven’t tried a workshop yet, but enjoy the longer weekend classes.
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Not planning or following a schedule. Although sometimes hectic, spontaneity has led me through many unexpected adventures.
What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Yogi squat to crow. I find it a fun and powerful transition.
Why did you start practicing yoga? I am an avid runner and terrible stretcher… yoga was my way of improving flexibility. I originally started practicing for the physical aspect, but kept with it for mental sanity.
Who inspires you the most and why? My patients. They are some of the strongest and bravest kids, fighting for their lives.
What do you just love about YogaSport? I love that I finally found a studio in Dallas that challenges me to be a better yogi and person.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Drinking out of the milk jug and eating out of the ice cream carton, anything not to do the dishes… Sorry mom!
Furthest city traveled: La Paz, Bolivia
What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I’ve backpacked through Europe and South America, with many more places on the bucket list.
Ariana began her yoga journey in 2014 after a soccer injury left her sidelined. The ways in which yoga mentally and physically challenged Ariana had her hooked. Yoga taught her to slow down, while discovering the inner strength and quiet she had not known existed. After moving to Dallas from Boston in 2016 for a new job and adventure Ariana discovered YogaSport. The welcoming warm atmosphere with genuine individuals enabled Ariana to find home in a new city. Embracing YogaSport fully, Ariana became an Energy Exchanger in 2017.
Welcome to 2017! We are so excited about our new 30 day whole health program created by your very own YS teachers. Check out the info below for all of the details, what you will gain, what you will learn and how you will FEEL!
What Are People Saying?
“A few years ago, Renee worked with me on mindfulness and meditation. Before her coaching, I couldn’t go more than a minute without assuming my meditation timer had broken. She helped me figure out ways to just sit and BE. I can’t recommend Renee enough.” – Christopher
“Angela has the gift of drawing out of you what you need to be better. A better person, a better, more understood version of yourself! From that place, all of a sudden everything is possible.” – Sarah
Meet The Be Free Creators
Renee – Chief Zen Master
Renee first discovered Yoga in 2004 at Verizon where she worked in Marketing. She found YogaSport where she started the 40 Days to a Personal revolution in January of 2007. Renee was attracted to the YogaSport due to the athletic nature of the Baptiste practice. She has studied and taught the mental practices of concentration and meditation to YogaSport and within the Dallas community since 2012. She did the 200 Yoga Teacher training in spring of 2015. She is passionate about helping and inspiring others. She currently works as Director of Loyalty Marketing at La Quinta Inns and Suites.
Random Fun Fact: Renee hiked the Inca Trail in Peru.
Angela – Life Coach Extraordinaire
Angela started her career in marketing and advertising. After getting laid off at her job, she became a full time personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She eventually made her way to yoga, opened up YS in 2004, and is still here today on 4140 Lemmon Ave! In the past year, she has grown her life coaching interests by making her signature life coaching program, Spark, a 5 week online program. She just launched her Spark podcast too! Check it all out.
Random Fun Fact: My childhood nickname is Nikki.
Sayonara 2016 and welcome to 2017 yogis! We’re ready to start 2017 off strong, so our January Pose of the Month is crow. Let’s get ready to build strength and find balance. Fly crows!
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ― Alfred Tennyson
KEY ALIGMENT POINTS
• Keep your back rounded
• Contract your abs
• Lift your head and shoulders and set your gaze forward
• If both feet are off the floor, touch your big toes together
STEP BY STEP:
1. Squat down so your butt hovers a few inches over your heels.
2. Let your elbows and knees drop out laterally.
3. Lean forward and lower your head and chest a bit.
4. Lift heels and rest your knees/shins on your upper arms/triceps.
5. Squeeze your elbows into your torso, tip forward and lift your feet, one at a time.
You will experience Crow in every Power Flow class this month.
Vinitza was never a yoga fan until August 2016 when she began her yoga practice at YS.
After applying to the Energy Exchange program in an attempt to twist her own arm into yoga, she quickly discovered how much her body loved this new exercise. Within a few weeks of practice, she began to notice just how much more flexible she had become, and the most exciting part, how multiple aches and pains from previous injuries were starting to diminish. Yoga has now become an excellent supplement to support her activity in other sports of varying intensity.
Vinitza graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Fashion Design, and also attained an Associate Degree of Arts plus a Graphic Design Certification.