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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.

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February Pose Of The Month: Twisting Triangle

 

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.

BENEFITS:
• 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.

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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.

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November Pose of the Month: Shhhh… It's a Secret

Happy November Yogis! This month we’re going to shake things up a bit. November’s Pose of the Month is… a secret!

Here’s the skinny on YogaSport’s Super Secret Pose of the Month…

WHAT IS THE POSE OF THE MONTH?
• We can’t tell you… it’s a secret!

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT IT IS?
• Come to as many classes as possible this month.
• Compare notes with other YSC yogis.
• Guess with wild reckless abandon!

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I FIGURE IT OUT?
• Submit your guess on the YogaSport Facebook Page.

You will experience the Super Secret Pose of the Month in every class this month. Happy Guessing!

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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.

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Holiday Challenge: Practicing Self-Care

The holiday season is upon us – start preparing your body and mind for the craziness of over-eating and mall madness shopping!

Research shows that the best way to defend ourselves from burnout and fatigue is strategic self-care – every day activities and commitments that allow you to relax, rest, and restore your body, mind, and soul. Your yoga and meditation practice, along with thoughtful healthy nutrition, is a key component of quality self-care.

Think of it as putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Just imagine: With each Holiday Challenge sticker added, you fend off holiday stress, mall madness, and soon, those chilly December doldrums. All the while, you become stronger and more compassionate for family, friends, and loved ones.

Don’t leave yourself unarmed! Visit the studio for a toasty warm practice and an extra dose of strength and serenity to carry you through the holiday season.

See ya on the mat!

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November Pose of the Month: Handstand

It’s time to get upside down! November’s Pose of the Month is handstand. Adho Mukha Vkrsasana is a balance pose that improves blood circulation and can change up your perspective. This month, your YogaSport instructors and assistants will help you find a solid foundation and then guide you into increasing strength and balance as you work toward your mastery of this difficult asana. By the end of November, you may just find yourself getting upside-down every chance you get! Feet up yogis!handstand (510x800)

BENEFITS:
• Stretches the shoulders, arms and wrists
• Improves sense of balance and calms the brain

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Engage your bandhas
• Inhale as you bend, exhale as you kick
• Extend both legs completely
• Look between your hands

STEP BY STEP:
1. From Down Dog, place your right heel in front of your left big toe.
2. Extend your left leg in the air, pushing the ball of your foot back.
3. Lift up onto your right toes and keep your right leg engaged.
4. Shift your weight forward and stack shoulders above your wrists.
5. Keep your weight forward and bend your right knee.
6. On the exhale, extend your right leg straight as you kick up.

You will experience Handstand in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana.

 

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October Pose of the Month: Chaturanga Dandasana

The pose of the month for October is Chaturanga Dandasana (High Push Up to Low Push Up). We do this pose many times in each class as part of our flow, but this month your YS Teachers will be breaking this pose down, so we can focus on building proper alignment and strength in Chaturanga Dandasana.

BENEFITS
• Strengthens the entire body
• Builds upper and lower body integration

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Stack your elbows over your wrists
• Engage your quadriceps and abs
• Look forward

STEP BY STEP
1. Place  your hands in line with your shoulders and your feet hip width apart.
2. Shift your weight forward onto the balls of your feet.
3. Lower your shoulders in line with your elbows (be mindful not to go any lower).
4. Tuck your hips and engage your abdominals.
5. Engage your thigh muscles.

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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.

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August Pose Of The Month: Twisting Triangle

Ready to twist? The pose of the month for August 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 August, 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.

BENEFITS:
• 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.

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