Yogasmic

On Tuesday night I took my passion for large group classes to the extreme. The new Lululemon at West End hosted a Yogasm event at International Market Square. All were welcome to come and practice yoga for free! I LOVE free! Their goal was to get 1,000 yogis all practicing at the same time. Not sure if they hit that number but the place was defiantly filled. Here are a few photos from the event:

Picture from Lululemon

I think my favorite thing about things like this is realizing how big our community is. There were so many yogis I had never seen before. I know I shouldn’t be surprised as I really only practice at three locations and I know there are SO many studios in town, but I never really grasped how many yogis are around Mpls.

I met one lovely lady next to me who is doing great things for this community. She’s started a blog where she interviews different teachers, studio owners, and eventually wants to create a hub for all things yoga. Her site is TC Yogi and I recommend you check it out if you’re in the area. Check it out even if you’re not – lots of cool stuff.

That’s all for now – hope you all are having a groovy day!

-B

April 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Yogi Things. Leave a comment.

Come One, Come All!

Tonight I’ll be getting my Yogasm on with about 1,000 other yogis. Sounds kinky huh?!!?

from Lululemon

Lululemon is putting on a free class in Downtown Minneapolis in attempts to break the record for largest yoga class. I’m stocked since I’m 1) obsessed with Lulu (clothes and overall brand); 2) Lots of twitter/blog friends will be there that I’m jonesing to meet in person; 3) Huge yoga class for FREE (and you know my take on big classes)!

So if you’re in the area please come… I’ll be the tall blond(ish) on the bright orange mat!

More details: Please help lululemon athletica make history as we attempt the largest yoga class in the USA!

The class will be led by lululemon ambassador Rita Katona of CorePower Yoga, with the assistance of her fellow Minneapolis ambassadors. This is a complimentary class for all levels!

Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your boss!

Class Information: Registration: 6:00-6:30 PM Vinyasa Flow: 7:00-8:00 PM

BYOM: Bring your own mat Complimentary parking at IMS and overflow parking is located at the Aldrich Lot across the street

-B

April 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Yogi Things. Leave a comment.

Doing it In Public or In Private?

I was catching up on my weekly stories (AKA Celebrity Gossip) and I saw a post about Anne Hathaway leaving a private yoga session and it made me think; would I enjoy private sessions more or less then my normal classes.

picture from: Just Jared

Typically there are about 50-60 yogis in my class and I’ve always loved the energy jive that happens there. Your mat is two inches from your neighbor; you can hear their prana-a-flowing… Just helps keep your mojo going throughout class. Then I realized that I’ve never taken a private session before. It’s never just been me (or even me and few friends) with a teacher. I assume there are a lot of positives to this: lots of personal adjustments, alignment checks, personalized session… Nothing sounding too awful to me!
So I guess instead of taking one side to the other I’d like to throw the question out to you.

-B

March 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . musings, Yogi Things. 3 comments.

Fearless Yoga

Fearless Yoga; WTF? I said this in class the other day and that’s basically the look I got from about half my class. I think most thought it was some adjective about how their arms should be and the other half thought I was just having a mumble-stumble when talking about Warrior ll. What I wanted to tell them, without making them hold Warrior ll for 15 minutes, is that yoga should be a fearless practice. Not fearless of the postures (some kind of freak me out) but fearless of failure.

I grew up playing competitive sports so I’ve always had the mindset, like many people, that failure wasn’t an option. I liked to win. I thrived on winning. Then I moved onto college and then the “real world”. Office life has its own set of competitive pressures that bring out the “failure is not an option” attitude. We are always striving to get ahead, to perform better than our peers and to win that next big raise.

I see that same mindset when people come to their mat for class. Hell, I had when I first starting practicing yoga. You come in with the “I will conquer” mindset. You’re going to hit every pose perfectly. Your down dog will make your teacher weep it’s so perfect. You will not fail at this! What a stressful thought process, right? So this is where I pop-in. Whether it’s in my own head or into other’s minds… Fearless Yoga! Be fearless of failure because there is no way to fail at yoga. It’s always a practice and always evolving. Your heels don’t touch the ground on down dog? So what! Your arm isn’t as low as your neighbors in Triangle? Who cares! Yoga is all about yourself and how you feel. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s not about succeeding or failure. In a way, it’s neither! You can’t win at yoga and you can’t lose; you’re just playing. You can succeed and you can’t fail; you’re just trying.

So I hope that the next time you go to your mat that you don’t think/stress about conquering the next hour of yoga. That you simply take each breathe as it comes and each posture as it comes with an open mind and a fearless attitude. You will not fail at this. It’s just not possible.

-B

March 12, 2010. Tags: , , , . musings, Yogi Things. Leave a comment.

iMantra

Boy oh boy have I been slacking. Well, the opposite really. The non-Yogi job has been quite literally insane so my brain hasn’t been left with much added energy. With that said I felt I should at least get something on here so you fine yogis didn’t start to worry!

The one thing that I have learned from this week is how much a good mantra can help you in all situations. Since my yogi training I’ve loved keeping my mind in check with a simple “let go”. It works wonders throughout your asana practice and what I have recently discovered is the magic it does for “work” stress. I’m not the type that can leave work at the office so when I finally roll into bed my mind starts a fluttering with to-do lists, emails to write, ideas for a new campaign…To calm it down enough to get some shut-eye I simply start breathing and repeating my mantra in my head. Let go. Let go. Let go. Next thing I know I’m waking up (earlier then I would like) and well rested! I’ve even figured out how to channel it AT the office. Someone calls with the “ahhh! need this now” and before I can even think about stressing I look at my handy whiteboard and read “let go”. Smooth sailing from there. Stress reigned in, work accomplished, happy Brittney! All thanks to Mr. Mantra!

So my challenge (yes, challenge) is for you to think about what you love about being on your mat and try to apply it somewhere else this week. Whether it’s an actual pose (hey, rock on with some Gorilla Yoga) or some meditation… Maybe some Om’s in the elevator to calm you down. Whatever it is, just try and find that bliss off your mat in this crazy world of ours.

More to come soon – promise! -B

March 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Yogi Things. Leave a comment.

A Few of My Favorite Yoga Things

Besides working, I’ve been prepping for my first (reffing) workshop this Saturday. It will be a heart opener for all levels. I’m excited/nervous which means I’ve been giggling, sweating, fidgeting and eating too many mini-Snickers.

So to take my mind off of it for a bit I thought I would start “ A Few of My Favorite Yoga Things” list:

First, my Yogitoes. I sweat. I sweat a lot! These have saved my a lot of slipping in downdog.

Next up, my Lululemon Wunder Unders. I will warn you, I’m pretty much obsessed with all of their clothes (bags, manifesto, water bottles… you get the picture) but these bad boys are amazing. I never thought I would be caught in public wearing leggings but I rock these pants just about everywhere. Check ’em out – you’ll be hooked!

India Arie, Beautiful. Just listen to it and you will understand why its a staple on any yoga mix…

I have a love/hate relationship with Chair Pose. It’s one of those postures in my asana practice that makes my forehead crunch up and my competitive nature kick into overdrive. I have very tight hamstrings so getting “low into my chair” never quite looks the way I want it to. And that’s why I dislike this pose. It conjures up that “you vs. me” mindset that I’ve worked so hard to banish. Yoga is not about what you look like or the person next to you… it’s about you. That is why I love this posture. Because it reminds me, tells me, that I’m not competing with anyone. I’m here, where I’m supposed to be, and if it’s not low, so what.

So that’s it for now – Have a wonderful weekend! -B

[note: I’ m silly and forgot to publish this on Friday 🙂  ]

February 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Yogi Things. 1 comment.