Hey Yogis! September is upon us, and after a month of balancing, it’s time to give those arms and shoulders some love. The September pose of the month is Purvottanasana, better known as Reverse Plank pose. Your YogaSport teachers and assistants will guide you through setting up a stable, effective reverse plank that strengthens your arms and wrists while stretching your biceps and shoulders. For all the details on alignment and step-by-step directions for getting into the pose, see below!
• Strengthens arms, wrists, and legs
• Stretches shoulders, biceps, chest, and ankles
• Stimulates thyroid gland
KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
STEP BY STEP:
1. From seated with legs straight in front of you, place your hands on the mat several inches behind your hips with finger tips facing forward.
2. Activate your feet and point your toes.
3. Press your hands and feet down into the mat and squeeze your thighs and glutes to lift your hips up.
4. Flatten your pointed feet onto the mat.
5. Let your head drop back gently.
Nickname: JoJo, Jo
Day Job: Customer Support Associate for Northern White Sands
How long have you been practicing at YS? September 2016
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Friday’s at 5:30pm always get my weekends off to a great start!
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Baking
What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Shavasana
Who inspires you the most and why? My mom & sister! Both are incredible women who have preserved through many struggles . They are my biggest support system and without them I am lost.
What do you just love about YogaSport? What is there not to love about YogaSport?! The staff, classes, assistants, lavi towels, incense, smiles, community; it’s all worth loving & the many reasons I keep coming back.
What’s your guilty pleasure? The State Fair of Texas
Furthest city traveled: Pisa, Italy
Meggan practiced yoga off and on for about a year in the Dallas area before joining YS in January 2017. YS has helped her develop her practice more than expected along with reduce the affects of life stresses. She works as a nurse and enjoys helping others and herself to grow and take care of the bodies we live in.
Meggan is very excited to give back to the studio community that has made her feel so welcome and learn from all the vibrant personalities.
We are so proud of what YSC member Mara is up to. Mara Richards Bim received her 200-hour teacher training here at YS in 2014 and is a voice coach for current teacher training participants. She is the founder of Cry Havoc, a director, an adjunct faculty member at Eastfield College, and a consultant for Dallas ISD’s Department of Theatre and Dance. For three seasons she managed the education programs at Dallas Theater Center including Project Discovery (2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award). Before returning to Texas in 2012, Mara spent 15 years working in NYC theatre including at the nationally recognized New Victory Theater as well as The Joyce Theater and MCC Theater. She also is a NY certified theatre teacher (Pre-K through 12).
Cry Havoc’s most recent production, Shots Fired, was about the Dallas police shooting in 2016.
“Cry Havoc’s teen actors convey as much depth, empathy and emotion as any adult actors onstage in Dallas and likely anywhere. These are kids to watch.” – Dallas Observer
“Never have I seen an audience that wasn’t predominantly white at a theater. Cry Havoc has tapped into something that appeals to different kinds of theatergoers. It is a conversation to be had. There is no agenda to this play, just real voices from the Dallas community.” – Dallas Observer
“Shots Fired, is another remarkable entry from a theater company that only has, with this show, four productions under its belt….That fact that it comes from high school kids says much about Bim’s vision for this company. The city is taking notice; Cry Havoc has only been giving public performances for a year and a half, and has already received its first TACA grant, which is huge.” TheaterJones
We invite you to support her amazing cause and the incredible teens involved at their next production which starts this week!
The Great American Sideshow
Opens August 4th and runs through August 12th
created by Cry Havoc Theater Company
In this political allegory, Otto Barron is the new owner of The American Sideshow. Along with the carnival barker Narcissa, he sets out to sow discord and wreak havoc all in the name of making the sideshow great again. The pair convinces some of the carnival performers to embrace Barron’s version of reality. Those who refuse to go along with Barron’s vision begin disappearing until there is no one left who remembers how The Great American Sideshow began or what it once stood for.
All tickets $15. Recommended for middle school and above.
To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.cryhavoctheater.org.
Day Job: Graphic Designer in the Office of Advancement at the University of Dallas
How long have you have been practicing at YS? Ermm… since 2010… So 7 years?
What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Inversions always!
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Coffee-consumption! All other endeavors continue to be a work-in-progress.
Why did you start practicing yoga? My best friend roped me into an Ashtanga workshop when we were in college, but I really didn’t commit until years later when I started doing P90X. The yoga video (despite being the longest – nearly 2 hours in duration!) was always my favorite and inspired me to kick off a tour of studios in Uptown. YogaSport was my first and last stop. And now I get to be a student AND a teacher!
Who inspires you the most and why? My dad, who passed away just over 3 years ago, continues to inspire me to live my best life. He was the most loyal and selfless person I know, whole-heartedly championing the causes of not just his family and friends, but all who knew him. He stayed active, adventurous, tenacious and happy-go-lucky his whole life, despite the debilitating illness he battled for over a decade. The most important lesson he taught (borrowed from Calvin Coolidge): “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
What do you just love about YogaSport? The fact that I know I’ll be getting a consistently powerful practice infused with the Baptiste methodology. I am also forever grateful for the community that inspired and unconditionally supported me when I took the plunge and signed up for teacher training.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Why can’t it just be pleasurable without the guilt? ;P Just about any and all sweet treats. My newly discovered favorites are ice cream macaron sandwiches.
Furthest city traveled: Chiang Mai, Thailand
What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I once jumped out of a plane and swam with sharks (although not in the same day) and would happily do both again should the opportunity present itself.
August is here! This pose appears less frequently in our routine practice, but has amazing benefits for the body and mind. During the month of August, your YogaSport teachers and assistants will guide you into a more powerful, lighter Revolving Half Moon as you access less-used muscles in your ankles, thighs, hips, and glutes. You will also rinse and wring out your internal organs through this deep standing twist AND challenge your mental focus. See below for key alignment points and step by step directions for building your Revolving Half Moon.
• Strengthens ankles, legs and glutes
• Increases balance
• Rinses internal organs
KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Square your hips to the earth
• Straighten your legs
• Lift your chest up in line with your legs
• Press your back foot to the back of the room
STEP BY STEP
1. From Airplane Pose (right foot standing), place your left hand on the ground, or a block, a foot in front of your big toe.
2. Extend your right hand to the sky.
3. Press your right foot down, straighten your standing leg and lift your standing (right) hip as you draw your left hip down.
4. Lengthen the crown of your head forward and twist, stacking your right shoulder over your left.
5. To challenge your balance, gaze up to your right thumb.
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.