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January Pose of the Month: Peter Pan Abs

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.

BENEFITS:
• 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.

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December Pose of the Month: Seated Meditation

The pose of the month for December is: Seated Meditation. Even for many practiced yogis, sitting silently in meditation can be overwhelming, intimidating, and… well, just plain hard! We are so used to doing in order to achieve the goals we want for ourselves that “just sitting” can seem counter productive and, quite frankly, a waste of time. On the contrary, the benefits of a regular meditation practice are sung far and wide by not only yogis, but doctors, psychologists, and scientists as well. Studies show that as little as five minutes of meditation a day can lead to physical and chemical changes in the brain associated with relaxation and positive mood.

During the month of December, your YogaSport instructors will guide you into some helpful exercises to get you started and then allow a few minutes of space for you to get your meditation on. With a little practice, you’ll be totally zen just in time for the holidays!


BENEFITS:
• Calms and focuses the mind
• Slows emotional reactivity
• Creates clarity and awakens intuition
• Develops a mind-body connection

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Seated and alert
• Spine straight and tall
• Heart open and receptive
• Internal focus and gaze

STEP BY STEP (one of many variations):
1. Set a timer for your desired length of uninterrupted meditation.
2. Take a comfortable seated posture that is both alert and receptive.
3. Bring your hands to your heart or another mudra of your choice.
4. Close down your eyes and turn your gaze to your third eye center.
5. Become aware of each inhale and exhale. Release all other thoughts.
6. Notice thoughts as they arise, but let them go without judgment.
7. Stay. Trust your timer.

You will experience Seated Meditation in every Power Flow class this month.

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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.

Angela Wagner, YS Owner, Featured Voyage Dallas

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Written By: Voyage Dallas Magazine

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Wagner.

Angela, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

After I graduated college in 1999, I worked in the marketing and advertising industries. I loved the work but was very stressed by the high-pressure environments. I taught fitness and yoga classes at night and on the weekends. When I left work and went to the gym, I always felt so fulfilled and knew that I was helping people.

After a few years in the c

orporate world, I was laid off from my job. I decided to become a full time personal trainer and fitness instructor. I didn’t love personal training but I absolutely loved teaching yoga and working with groups. But, I missed the business side of going to my corporate job. So I decided to combine the two and in 2004, I opened up YogaSport on Lemmon Ave.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

 

No Way! It’s been a series of ups and downs throughout the years. I almost closed my doors at year three but my dad encouraged me to keep it open for one more year and give it my all. I am so glad he did. Even 14 years in, there are seasons and cycles that are slower and more stressful than others. There is always a new challenge (new yoga studios, new fitness studios, new fitness businesses opening up in a very competitive market) but at the end of the day, I believe EVERYONE needs yoga and fitness and there is enough business for everyone. The true (and fun) challenge is finding the people who aren’t already practicing and inviting them in to try something new. That is when we can really make a difference in people’s lives. And that is what it’s about for me.

Personally, I have grown up while running this business. I was 26 when we opened and I will turn 41 next week. I went from a single gal to a broken-off engagement to knee surgery to marrying the love of my life to going through infertility treatments to having two kiddos, all while having the studio be not only my heart and soul but also my paycheck. I am now a wife and mom of 2 (Luke is 4 and Zoe is 2) and I am grateful that YogaSport has been the constant for me in my life.

One of my biggest challenges today is finding balance in mom-life and work-life. Every working parent feels this but owning your own businesses is like having another child. For me, it’s always been hard to unplug and really take days off or have a vacation without putting some energy into the studio. I have learned to hire people who support the big picture and love what they do. My staff is incredible and they keep me inspired and on point every single day. And most days, they are the ones truly running the show. 🙂

So, as you know, we’re impressed with YogaSport Dallas – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.

At YogaSport Dallas we teach Power Yoga based on the Baptiste Yoga style. It’s an athletic style of yoga (simply meaning you get a workout) but it’s not pretzely. The movements are accessible to most people and we always offer modifications. It’s awesome to see a practitioner of ten years practicing alongside a brand-newbie, and both students are challenged and feel successful.

What sets us apart? Some good stuff. First and foremost, everyone will tell you that we specialize in community. There is a reason we have been around for so many years and that’s because we really care. We know your name. We know that your son had surgery

last week. And we truly want the best for you. Second, I am a stickler for quality. Every teacher has gone through my 200-hr and/or 300-hr teacher training and our team is focused on creating a consistent and reliable experience. The consistency and quality is truly unparalleled.

Another difference is that we don’t play music and we don’t have mirrors. This is very different than most power yoga studios. Life is intense these days. We are constantly bombarded by distractions and noise. Research shows that we are actually afraid of being alone with our own thoughts and insomnia, anxiety, and depression are on the rise because of it. We need peace. We need to learn to sit with ourselves and our emotions. The YogaSport practice teaches you how to do this in a way that isn’t scary or boring. We keep you moving and breathing, tell you fun stories that you can relate to, and laugh a lot.

Finally, one of our biggest secret weapons is our assisting team. We have an assisting team of people trained in hands-on assists. Almost half of our classes have a dedicated assistant who guides the students throughout the entire class. It ensures that your practice is safe (we are total anatomy geeks by the way), and it helps your body and mind understand the practice on a different level.

The bottom line is that you are safe with us, we are absolutely committed to getting you results, and you will feel at home.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

My plans for the future are to expand the current YogaSport community within our current space. People always ask if I want to open a second location and my answer was, and still is, no. I believe that there

is something special in having one location where all of my resources (energy, time, love, money) stay. I want to be small enough that the students know who the owner is, and can have a conversation with me and come to my class. The reason I am still in this business is because it’s personal to me. I will continue to do everything I can to keep YS the tight-knit community that it is.

As far as what’s next? I am always working on things and creating new workshops and side hustles… I have a wellness coaching and essential oils business that I do online and at the studio. My coaching business (www.angelawagnercoaching.com) is morphing into something special. Stay tuned for details, especially if you are a mom.

Pricing:

  • New Student Special – 14 days for $39
  • 4 Week, 8 Class Beginner Series (offered 4x/year) – $99 early/$109 regular

Contact Info:

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – SARA WEAVER

Name:  Sara Weaver

Nickname: Sweavee or Weaver

Day Job:  Project manager at AT&T

How long have  you  have  been  practicing at YS? Almost a year

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? All of them! I am a morning person so the early classes really help kick start my day.

Name one thing  you  consider yourself to be very good at: Providing the positive outlook

 

What’s the number one yoga pose you  just love to practice? Pigeon out of necessity and any challenging balance pose to keep me on my toes or rather off my toes

 

Why did  you start practicing yoga? Curiosity. I’m a very curious person.

Who  inspires  you  the most and why? Not one individual, but everyone I meet. Each with their own struggle, strengths and goals helps put life in perspective.

 

What do you  just love about YogaSport? The community and atmosphere are unlike any other studio I’ve been to. It is a welcoming family.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream

Furthest city traveled: Tokyo

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us?  I won a hot dog eating contest!

 

JANUARY POSE OF THE MONTH – SUPER SECRET

JANUARY POSE OF THE MONTH – ?

 

 

WHAT IS THE POSE OF THE MONTH? 

We can’t tell you… it’s a secret!

HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO KNOW WHAT IS IS?

  1. Come to as many classes as possible this month.
  2. Compare notes with other YSC yogis.
  3. Guess with wild reckless abandon!

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I FIGURE IT OUT?

Submit your guess on our Facebook page at facebook.com/yogasport

You will experience the Super Secret Pose of the Month in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana. 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – LAUREN LUONG

Name: Lauren Luong

Nickname: At the studio it’s Little Lauren 🙂

Day Job: Rug Design

 

How long have you been practicing at YS? Almost 2 years.

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I don’t think I could have one. They all combine to make a great experience!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Artsy Stuff

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Half Moon, because it feels so freeing. And it’s challenging enough that I have room to grow in it.

Why did you start practicing yoga? For self-awareness and the calming benefits.

Who inspires you the most and why? My husband, because he’s the most balanced person I’ve ever known. Also the funniest!

What do you just love about YogaSport? I love the community here, how I’m always learning something new, and how the practice is more physically challenging than other yoga.

What’s your guilty pleasure? McDonald’s French Fries!

Furthest city traveled: Longsheng, China

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? My husband and I are avid squirrel-watchers. They’re the funniest animals.

DECEMBER POSE OF THE MONTH: SEATED MEDITATION

The pose of the month for December is: Seated Meditation. Even for many practiced yogis, sitting silently in meditation can be overwhelming, intimidating, and… well, just plain hard! We are so used to doing in order to achieve the goals we want for ourselves that “just sitting” can seem counter productive and, quite frankly, a waste of time. On the contrary, the benefits of a regular meditation practice are sung far and wide by not only yogis, but doctors, psychologists, and scientists as well. Studies show that as little as five minutes of meditation a day can lead to physical and chemical changes in the brain associated with relaxation and positive mood.

During the month of December, your YogaSport instructors will guide you into some helpful exercises to get you started and then allow a few minutes of space for you to get your meditation on. With a little practice, you’ll be totally zen just in time for the holidays!

BENEFITS:
• Calms and focuses the mind
• Slows emotional reactivity
• Creates clarity and awakens intuition
• Develops a mind-body connection

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Seated and alert
• Spine straight and tall
• Heart open and receptive
• Internal focus and gaze

STEP BY STEP (one of many variations):
1. Set a timer for your desired length of uninterrupted meditation.
2. Take a comfortable seated posture that is both alert and receptive.
3. Bring your hands to your heart or another mudra of your choice.
4. Close down your eyes and turn your gaze to your third eye center.
5. Become aware of each inhale and exhale. Release all other thoughts.
6. Notice thoughts as they arise, but let them go without judgment.
7. Stay. Trust your timer.

You will experience Seated Meditation in every Power Flow class this month.

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August Pose of the Month: Revolving Half Moon

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.

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.

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Member Spotlight: Hunter Read

NaHunter Read 2me: Hunter Read

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!