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Member Spotlight: Jonathan Greer

Jonathan Greer 1Name: Jonathan Greer

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!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Both of my degrees are in music, so I hope through all that training (and student loans) that I’m a fairly decent singer!Jonathan Greer 3

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

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I’m an avid Mets fan. I could talk baseball for hours!Jonathan Greer 2

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September Pose of the Month: Triangle

It’s almost Fall, y’all! This month’s pose of the month is: Trikonasana, also known as Triangle. During the month of September, your YogaSport instructors and assistants will help you develop a deeper, stronger Triangle. Read on for alignment points and step by step directions to enter a masterful Triangle .

BENEFITS:
• Strengthens your legs, back and abdominals
• Stretches your hips, legs and spine
• Opens your shoulders and chestAngela Triangle Pose

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Heels are in one line
• Squeeze into your legs
• Radiate through both arms

STEP BY STEP:
1. From Warrior 2, straighten your left knee and tilt your pelvis to the back wall as you reach your left arm forward.
2. Lower your left hand down to the mat, your shin or a block and extend your right hand to the ceiling.
3. Stack your arms in one vertical line.
4. Engage your inner thighs by drawing your heels toward the center of your mat.

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August Pose of the Month: Reverse Plank

Hey Yogis! August is upon us, and after a month of toe work, it’s time to give those arms and shoulders some love. The August 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!

BENEFITS:

• Strengthens arms, wrists, and legs
• Stretches shoulders, biceps, chest, and ankles
• Stimulates thyroid gland

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:

• Point your toes
• Flatten your feet onto the matReversePlank_BW
• Straighten your legs
• Press your hips up
• Drop your head and gaze back

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.

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July Pose of the Month: Toe Pose

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.

Benefits:
1. Stretches feet and toes

2. Helps prevent plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the band of connective tissue that supports the arch of your foot and extends to the heel)toe_pose2

Alignment:
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.

3. Smile!

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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!
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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.

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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!

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March Pose of the Month: Forearm Balance

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Happy March everyone!  March Pose of the Month is Forearm Balance, or Pincha Mayurasana. We all know that an inversion, such as shoulder stand, is excellent for calming the nervous system and restoring a sense of balance and equanimity. Forearm Balance provides the same benefits, with a lot of core thrown in for good measure. Enjoy this challenging pose and we look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Benefits:

• Improves sense of balance and calms the brain
• Strengthens shoulders, arms, back, and core

Key Alignment Points:

• Engage your core muscles
• Look between your arms
• Drop your shoulder blades down your backForearm_Balance_Pose
• Ground your forearms and palms down and push away from the mat

Step by Step:

1. Setup into Dolphin with arms shoulder width distance.

2. Step your feet together and walk forward a step.

3. Lift your right leg in a full internal rotation extension.

4. Bend your left knee and gently kick up.

5. Extend your legs into the air.

6. Internally rotate your thighs and press the balls of your feet up.

 

July Pose Of The Month: Bird Of Paradise

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The pose of the month for July is: Bird Of Paradise. During the month of July, your YogaSport Instructors will guide you into developing a strong foundation to build your Bird Of Paradise. Read on for alignment points and step by step directions to find your best practice in Bird Of Paradise.

 

BENEFITS:
• Creates incredible balance
•Opens the hips

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Lift torso into True North
• Draw your shoulders down and back
• Press your heart forward
• Straighten both legs

STEP BY STEP:
1. From Prayer Squat, wrap your right arm around to your lower back and your left arm through your legs.
2. Clasp your hands or use a strap/towel for more extension.
3. Shift your weight into your right leg and press your foot into the mat.
4. Pull your core muscles in as you stand up.
5. Extend your left leg as much as possible.

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

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June Pose Of The Month: Toe Pose

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 calm. Starting today, your YS instructors and assistants will guide you to healthy feet (and mind!) all month long.

Benefits:
1. Stretches feet and toes

2. Helps prevent plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the band of connective tissue that supports the arch of your foot and extends to the heel)toe_pose2

Alignment:
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.

3. Smile!

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May Pose Of The Month: Camel

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May’s Pose of the Month is Camel. This intense heart opener is notorious for causing even the most practiced yogis to see stars! But have no fear, your YogaSport instructors will guide you carefully into a camel pose that takes you just to your edge. Learning to balance our biggest, fullest effort with ease and self-compassion is a lesson that we can all stand to take off the mat and into our lives.

BENEFITS:
• Stretches the entire front body and deep hip flexors
• Strengthens back muscles
• Improves posture
• Stimulates organs of the abdomen and neck

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:3-Camel_3826

• Stack hips over knees
• Toes may be flat or tucked
• Draw shoulder blades together
• Relax neck and head

STEP BY STEP:

1. Kneel on the mat, knees hips width distance.
2. Place palms at the small of your back.
3. Keeping hips aligned over knees, arch back and take your gaze up to the sky or the wall behind you.
4. Draw your shoulder blades together to open your chest to the sky.
5. If you can do so without bringing your hips behind your knees, reach for your heels.
6. To exit, release your heels and bring palms to back. Rise up slowly.

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

 

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April Pose of the Month: Peter Pan Abs

 

We know Peter Pan’s real secret to eternal youth… a strong, tight core! That’s why April’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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