Day Job: Architectural Associate
How long have you have been practicing at YS? About 6 months
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Every class, because I learn something new every time!
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Building and repairing things / Problem Solving
What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Crow
Why did you start practicing yoga? I was out of shape and my sister got me a GroupOn for Christmas
Who inspire you the most? My brother. He has taught me to be strong willed and persistent in anything I set out to do and I would not be where I am today without him.
What do you just love about YogaSport? All the friendly people of course !
What’s your guilty pleasure? Dr. Pepper and sour candy
Furthest city traveled: Berlin, Germany
What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? Sailing is one of my favorite pastimes and I hope to sail the world one day!
We know Peter Pan’s real secret to eternal youth… a strong, tight core! That’s why July’s Pose of the Month is Peter Pan Abs. This month, your YogaSport instructors and assistants will help you focus in on your abdominal muscles and learn how to access the deep layers that support a healthy spine and body.
• Strengthens the upper, lower, and transverse (deep) abdominals
KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Hold your straightened leg at a 45 degree angle from the earth.
• Align the inner edge of your foot against the inner calf of your opposite leg.
• Point your bent knee directly toward your face.
• Activate your toes and feet in a demi-point.
STEP BY STEP:
1. Lie on your back and lift your feet directly up to the sky above.
2. Lower your left leg to 45 degrees.
3. Bend your right knee toward your face and place the inner edge of your right foot against your left calf.
4. Extend your fingers in the direction of your left foot and peel your shoulders off the mat.
5. Exhale strongly as you tighten your abs and reach for your toes.
6. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat…. You get the idea!
7. Switch your legs and complete an equal number of repetitions with your right leg extended.
We want you to be part of the YogaSport team! We are seeking positive, friendly, service-minded yogis for our Zen Master position. In exchange for four regularly scheduled hours per week of service (and a six month commitment) you can soak up a free YS membership with full benefits for the duration of your service! This opportunity is designed for students who want to be more deeply involved with the YogaSport community and those who are striving to keep up a regular YS practice on a tight budget. Our staff are celebrated as a vital part of the YS family, and our community thrives on people who are committed to excellent service and the growth of the studio. If it sounds like we’re speaking your language, check out our Energy Exchange page for more information and details on how to apply.
We are currently not hiring for the Energy Exchange team, but please feel free to submit your application to be considering during our next round of hiring.
Have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nickname: Too many
Day Job: Teacher
How long have you have been practicing at YS? Almost 5 months
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I love Nicole’s Tuesday/Wednesday 5:00 classes. She rocks!
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Anything to do with music or movies! I can basically be your personal Shazam, I know a lot of music!
Why did you start practicing yoga? I’m probably the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet. I’m all over the place, so I would say balance is definitely something I’m working on with yoga. Also for more peace of mind and relieving the everyday stress.
Who inspires you the most and why? My mom. When I was young she worked very hard to make sure we only had the best. She was a good example of a strong, independent and successful woman. She always seemed to be motivated!
What do you just love about YogaSport? YogaSport was the first studio I came to where I felt comfortable immediately. Everyone is super personable and makes you feel right at home!
What’s your guilty pleasure? Reality TV (It’s so bad I know but so entertaining at the same time. It’s hard not to watch.)
Furthest city traveled: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Summer Time! For many of us, that means flip-flops, sassy sandals, and tall wedges. Regardless of your summer footwear, take pause to give your feet some extra love. This month’s Pose of the Month is Toe Pose! Besides stretching the oft-neglected bottoms of your feet and toes, toe pose allows the opportunity to practice internal focus and mental calmness. Starting today, your YS instructors and assistants will guide you to healthy feet (and mind!) all month long.
1. Stretches feet and toes
1. Set knees together
2. Lift torso and retract shoulder blades back and down
3. Hands to heart, fingers spread
4. Engage your abdominal lock
Step by Step:
1. From Down Dog, drop your knees to the mat.
2. Tuck your toes and sit back on your heels.
Nickname: Jonny G
Day Job: Catering Sales Manager at the Belo Mansion
How long have you have been practicing at YS? Almost 3 years
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Beginners Workshop with Christopher. Before that, I had never done yoga in my life!
What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Current favorite is Warrior Two
Why did you start practicing yoga? I was looking for a group exercise that stimulated more than just my muscles
What do you just love about YogaSport? Welcoming and friendly community!
What’s your guilty pleasure? Local beer, it keeps me from getting rid of this belly!
Furthest city traveled: Prague
Are you ready to leap into the summer months with us? This month, you’ll practice hopping into handstand via playful and energizing leapfrogs. Leapfrogs build and strengthen the core muscles needed to enter and hold a powerful, controlled inversion. By the end of the month, you’ll be floating with considerably more ease… and dare we say having fun while you do it? Check out Angela and Kelly’s demo above to prep yourself for flight.
• Develops core strength required for handstand
• Strengthens thighs and calves
KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Seal the inner edges of your feet together
• Bend your knees wide
• Press your palms flat into your mat
• Stack your shoulders over your wrists
STEP BY STEP:
1. From Downward Dog, step your feet together and walk halfway up your mat.
2. Stack your shoulders over your wrists.
3. Press the inner edges of your feet together.
4. Bend your knees out toward your arms.
5. Engage your core and exhale as you hop up.
6. Continue to press the inner edges of your feet together while you are in the air.
You will experience Leap Frog Handstands in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana.
Name: Stephanie Bayers
Day Job: Dermatology Resident Physician
How long have you have been practicing at YS? 7 months
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Any that Nicole teaches – she keeps it light-hearted and fun, always has me laughing!
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Sleeping
What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Savasana, especially with lavies. I love the cool down with the relaxing music, and the lavies are so refreshing – I’ve never seen that done anywhere else!
Why did you start practicing yoga? For the health benefits – physical, mental, emotional. The rest of my day can be quite stressful and yoga is a great way to relax and forget about all of that. I always leave feeling better than when I started.
Who inspires you the most and why? This was a tough one since there are multiple, but
ultimately I have to go with several patients I’ve had over the years that have been positive,
uplifting and strong in the most adverse conditions. I think back to them often whenever I’m struggling with something to refresh my perspective of what is actually worth worrying about and what isn’t.
What do you just love about YogaSport? The people, and especially the assistants! This group has the happiest, friendliest, most supportive group of structors I have ever come across! I’m not very flexible and occasionally end up in an incorrect position. Previous yoga studios I practiced at would call your name out during class to correct something. Here, the assistants come by and quietly adjust you allowing you to really have your own personal practice without anyone else knowing your level of experience.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, any Kardashian television show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/Orange County, many others…
Furthest city traveled: Brisbane, Australia
What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I love playing blackjack in Vegas! It’s probably a good thing I don’t live there!