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Yoga for Holiday Tolerance

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. -MC

Peace in yoga
Dear Friends,
I was watching Kurt Johnsen, an instructor who hosts Yoga for Life on Veria TV. The class he was teaching was a challenging one (even for me!) Here's what he said about it:
It does not matter how much you did in this class, it matters how you can use these exercises outside of class. If you were able to adapt to the changes here, it will translate to the rest of your life. The breath you use in this class will turn to tolerance as you deal with others.

May you breathe tolerance as you navigate through the next few weeks of holiday craziness.

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Yoga This Week 11-26

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. Alice Roosevelt Longworth 

 Dear Friends,

One of the eight limbs of yoga is the yamas-the observances for right living.  One of these yamas is aparigrapha, which is non-judgement or non-hoarding.  This past week as we were bombarded with Black Friday deals as early as Thanksgiving night and as I was recovering from my sister in law's excellent and abundant cooking, I had occasion to reflect on this yama.
 We live in a world of immediate gratification, craving endless feeds, news stories, bigger, better, and updated technology and I admit, some of these things have become a part of my every day life. After all, I'm using one of those things now as I am communicating with you. But as I watch the people around me interact endlessly with their electronic stimuli while simultaneously carrying on a conversation with someone two feet in front of them, I realize I can't judge them but only control my response and commitment to simplify my life and not be lured into buying for buying sake this holiday season.
So your homework this week is to pick one thing that you can eliminate or simplify.  How many facebook posts does one need to make in a day?  Use the time for your yoga practice-sit, breathe, smile, enjoy!
PS Please note on The December schedule I will be there on Saturday, December 29th and will also have class if the majority wishes on Wednesday, December 26th.  Please let me know!


Yoga This Week 11-19

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." -William Shakespeare

Dear Friends,
This week is Thanksgiving, a holiday to celebrate our many blessings and friendships. When we set an intention at the beginning of our yoga class, thankfulness is the main blessing I begin and end class with.  I am thankful for all of you who not only support me but yourself in whatever stage you are in your yoga practice.
Remember there is no class on Monday (I will be doing  teacher conferences) but there is class on Wednesday to get ready for Thanksgiving festivities and Saturday to burn off some of those extra calories with Strong n'Calm.  Karen tells me she has something "special" planned for us!
Be looking for the December schedule and as always homework is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/YogaAnita.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Yoga this Week 11-1

“It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.” – H.W. Shaw

Dear Friends,
One of the Niyamas, or observances in a yoga lifestyle is called Svadhyaya. It means to look within and to study. Is there something that you need to have a second look at? Perhaps it is your job, your relationships, your interactions with others, your health choices-take a look.

Speaking of health choices, there are some exciting new yoga classes coming up in November at Liberty Fitness Center. Introduce a family member or a friend to yoga and get a special rate on a Monday. Try a Body Strong class combined with yoga on a Saturday. Be looking for our new schedule next week!

Homework this week: UPAVISTHA KONASANA

1. Seated in Staff pose, spread the legs out as wide as comfortable with the toes and knee caps pointing straight up.
2. Inhale the arms up towards the ceiling, and exhale the arms forward reaching through the fingers, lowering the palms flat to the floor.
3. Walk the fingertips forward, gently deepening the stretch. Keep the focus on reaching out from the waist to keep the spine long.
4. Breathe and hold for 3-8 breaths.
5. To release: slowly inhale the arms back up to the ceiling and exhale them down to your sides or slowly walk the hands in as you round up the spine.
Benefits: Seated angle deeply opens the hips while stretching the entire back side of the body: legs, back, and arms.