Posts

, ,

September Pose of the Month: Half Moon

Double Pigeon has flown away and given Pose of the Month status to Half Moon! September’s Pose of the Month is Half Moon (ardha chandrasana). This month your YogaSport Instructors will guide you into this posture to help build strength, balance and focus!

BENEFITS
• Strengthens ankles, thighs, abdomen and spine
• Improves coordination and balance

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Create a straight line from your bottom hand to your top hand
• Straighten your legs
• Press your back foot to the back of the room

 

STEP BY STEP
1. From forward fold, extend your right leg to the back of the room.
2. Tighten your left thigh.
3. Plant your left hand a foot in front of your left baby toe.
4. Place your right hand on your right hip and gently rotate your hip open.
5. Squeeze your right thigh.
6. Extend your right hand to the ceiling.

,

Member Spotlight: Tory Broadhurst

NaTory B 1me: Tory Broadhurst

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!

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice?tory B 3 Tree pose or Chair. I feel like those poses really mentally challenge me. And of course child’s pose.

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

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I haveTory B 2 been skydiving before and loved it!

, ,

January Pose of the Month: Crow

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

BENEFITS:
• Strengthens upper body and core and improves balance
• Emotionally teaches you to move through resistanceCrow Pose

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.

, ,

Member Spotlight: Bre Berger

BreBerger1Name: Bre’Ann Berger

Nickname: Bre or Breezy

Day Job: I’m a Kindergarten Teacher to 16 little learners in South Dallas.

How long have you have been practicing at YS? I’ve been practicing at YogaSport for about 7 months now.

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I am in love with the 90 minute classes on Saturday morning. I enjoy waking up early and starting my weekend with purpose.

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: I am very crafty! Each Christmas, I design my own wrapping paper using brown paper bags and ink stamps. It is time consuming yet beautiful!
BreBerger3

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? My most favorite pose would have to be bird of paradise because it combines balance and flexibility.

Why did you start practicing yoga? I have been a dancer my entire life, and in 2013 I began to take yoga to improve my balance. What I didn’t realize was that I was beginning an internal personal journey that would last a lifetime.

Who inspires you the most and why? My grandmother, Estelle, is the most inspirational person that I know. She leads a life of love and service to those around her as she radiates positivity and compassion, and not to mention, her amazing cooking and baking skills are the talk of my hometown in Brusly, LA.

BreBerger2

What’s your guilty pleasure? Cajun food!!! Did someone say crawfish boil?!

What do you just love about YogaSport? I fell in love with YogaSport for 2 reasons. 1) They offer hot yoga classes taught by the most knowledgeable and motivational staff that I’ve experienced in Dallas. 2) The YogaSport community welcomed me with open arms. When I chose to enroll as a member, I knew I was becoming a part of an amazingly supportive family.

Furthest city traveled: Honolulu, HI

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I’m getting married in November!

Mac or PC? I’ve owned a Mac since 2008, and I’d say I’m a die-hard Apple fan!

, ,

February Pose of the Month: Half Moon

So long Peter Pan and hello to Half Moon! February’s Pose of the Month is Half Moon (ardha chandrasana). This month your YogaSport Instructors will guide you into this posture to help build strength, balance and focus!

BENEFITS
• Strengthens ankles, thighs, abdomen and spine
• Improves coordination and balance

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Create a straight line from your bottom hand to your top hand
• Straighten your legs
• Press your back foot to the back of the room

STEP BY STEP
1. From forward fold, extend your right leg to the back of the room.
2. Tighten your left thigh.
3. Plant your left hand a foot in front of your left baby toe.
4. Place your right hand on your right hip and gently rotate your hip open.
5. Squeeze your right thigh.
6. Extend your right hand to the ceiling.

, ,

September Pose Of The Month – Revolving Half Moon

September has arrived! This is another pose that appears less frequently in our routine practice but that has amazing benefits for the body and mind. During the month of September, 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.

BENEFITS
• 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.

featuredasana_revolving_half_moon_Final

 

 

May Pose of the Month – Revolving Half Moon

Froggies, it’s time to scrape yourselves up off the floor and dive into our new Pose of the Month for May – Revolving Half Moon! This is another pose that appears less frequently in our routine practice but that has amazing benefits for the body and mind. During the month of May, 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. Bring on the Spring Cleaning! See below for key alignment points and step by step directions for building you Revolving Half Moon.

BENEFITS
• 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.

featuredasana_revolving_half_moon_Final