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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 – SHEA THIELEMANN

Name: Shea Thielemann

Nickname: My family calls me ‘Shea-Bird’ and coworkers call me ‘Shea-nia’ (both because I like break out in song)

 

Day Job: Licensed Professional Counselor

How long have you have been practicing at YS? 4 months – I attended my first yoga class this August

 

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I’m still discovering what YS has to offer, but so far I like it all!

 

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

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? half pigeon, my hips crave it now!

Why did you start practicing yoga? to care for myself and my body in light of my profession.

Who inspires you the most and why? I am continually inspired by my siblings. I am quite a bit older than both my brother and sister, but continue to learn from them and feel inspired by watching them walk their own paths. Not to mention, they are both hilarious.

What do you just love about YogaSport? I have appreciated how welcoming the staff has been. I was so intimidated to try yoga for the first time, and have been thankful for how the staff has put my fears to rest.

What’s your guilty pleasure? all shows related to ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

Furthest city traveled: Istanbul, Turkey

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I have lived as an illegal alien.

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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!

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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 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: 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