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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!

 

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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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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!
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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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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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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.