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.

Guinea Pigs Wanted

I’m taking my yoga reffing to new venues: Prego-Yoga Sports Yoga.

For the Prego-Yoga I’ve been introduced to a wonderful teacher. We met through my teacher training when we had a day talking about Future Mama Modifications. We’ve been emailing back and forth and I’m super excited to start working with her. I’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as that training gets underway… If there are any Minneapolis Mamas out there that are willing to be students please email me as well!

The second venture is Sports Yoga. Growing up I was a total jock and spent many hours working on my fitness. Personal trainers, weight lifting coaches, physical therapists… you name it and I’ve tried it! Well, all except one. Growing up yoga wasn’t talked about as much as it is today (or not at all in MN) so I never thought of trying it out. Sure we “stretched” to prevent injury but pulling your arm across your chest and counting to 10 really doesn’t do a whole lot. Flash forward to 2010 and yoga is in the news all the time and it’s word count in the Sports Section is increasing more than ever! Athletes are realizing the amazing benefits of yoga and are adding it into their workout regimen.

So where am I am going with this? Well, I’ll tell you. I was going to nab some lacrosse players but I’m a little late for that. So instead I’m switching to one of my new favorite summer sports: Golf. If you’re not a golfer I suggest you get out there and try it. It’s like yoga in a way. Your first time out there is completely frustrating because you don’t know what you’re doing and everyone around you is better at it. Then you have one good drive or chip it perfectly and BAM! You’re hooked. [Similar to yoga except there is typically beer involved with golf]

So back to what I’m doing: I want to try and find a few avid golfers that are either working with a golf-pro or have a pretty good idea of where their handicap should be. I want to start adding yoga into their weekly workouts and track how their golf game improves. I really think that the mental benefits of yoga (relaxation through breathing, mental focus) and the physical (arm strength, hip opening, and core strength) can greatly improve someone’s game!

Through my blog I’ll keep you up to date on the progress and some of the sequencing I’m doing, but for right now I’m looking for some guinea pigs.

TWIN CITY GOLFERS, EMAIL ME! I can’t do it without your help so give me a shout and I’ll hook you up with some FREE sessions! Heck, maybe I’ll even treat you to a round a golf!

-B

March 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Teaching, Wanted. 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.

Spring Cleaning

I love this time of the year! Spring has this “fresh start” quality about it that makes me want to get a jump on the Summer. My list of things to do is always the same: Deep clean the house, gut my wardrobe, start scheduling parties and weekend trips… But new to this year is a body cleanse.

Now wait. Before you groan and click away I want to set a few things straight.

1)      This is not going to be a lemonade and pepper drink cleanse

2)      I’m not a doctor so don’t post a million comments about how I shouldn’t be promoting cleanses

3)      I’m not doing this to drop a ton of weight before swimsuit season

Ok, now that those few things are outlined, I’ll continue.

The reason I’m doing this cleanse/jump start is because Winter is my comfort-food season. I load up on pizza, indulge in cookies and chocolate, drink dark beer till my tummy is swishing, and overall enjoy every food/drink out there! I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It’s a great thing and a ton of fun in the process; however, I start to feel a little sluggish and notice that my energy level just isn’t where it should be. I also notice that full binds (grabbing around the thigh) just isn’t as accessible. Yikes!

So what exactly am I going to be doing? Well I’m kinda making it up as I got but here is the general idea. I’m going to be eating clean for two weeks. During that two week time I’ll be doing some research about the best “cleanse” which you typically do for two days. I’m still not sure if I want to do that part since I have a hard time believing it’s healthy. I know there is a ton of research out there that it’s ok to do in moderation but I’m a big supporter of protein and vitamins and I haven’t found a cleanse where you get that. Anyways…

Clean Eating: This is basically going to consist of LOTS of veggies and fruits, lean protein (steamed or grilled), TONS of water and uberhealthy grains. It also means no processed foods or alcohol (sigh).

Throughout the “detox” I’ll do mini-posts about what I’ve been eating and how I’ve been feeling. I’ll warn you that they will be honest and probably brutal as I’m known to get HANGRY when I skip my sweets.

I’ll also be adding a few more yoga sessions into my weekly routine and maybe some morning workouts. I’ve been trying to convince my body to go to Spin classes in the morning but it just won’t listen. Maybe combining it with this “jump start” will give it the added incentive.

What I’m hoping to get out of this: I’m hoping to shake out all those access goobers hanging in my body from winter and regain some energy that’s been lost. I’m hoping to curb my sweet tooth that came with the four boxes of Girl Scout cookies. I’m hoping to break my morning latte habit. I’m also hoping to that my full bind will be a little easier when this is over. J

So wish me luck. I’ll be starting on Sunday!

-B

March 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Food, musings. Leave a comment.

Really?!?!

I’m working on longer post but I had to give you all something to smile about.

Saw this at YogaDork (GREAT yoga blog) and had to repost… Enjoy!

Really?!?!

March 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Silly Stuff. 1 comment.

Bumblebee

One of my very favorite quotes/piece of trivia is about the Bumblebee. I read it in one of Baron Baptiste’s books and it has stuck with me ever since. In fact it’s inspired the name of this blog (in case you were wondering where THAT came from).

Aerodynamically the bumblebee should not be able to fly but it doesn’t know this, so it flies!

How amazing of a life mantra is that? You can basically apply it to everything you do in life.

If you think you can’t do something you will never be able to. But if you just try it you will succeed. [note: in my book, which is VERY long, trying counts as succeeding]

Let me apply this in two ways for you. One is on the mat and the other is off.

First, on the mat:

Crow Pose. Wow do I struggle with this pose. From the first time I ever saw it done I was like “no way, no how”. Since most of you don’t know me offline I’ll give you a quick description. Tall. Not the lanky tall either. I’m the “she used to play basketball and really muscled her way around” tall. So to see some little yogi in the front of class just hop her knees on the back of her arms and balance there and then tell me to do… now way Jose! Needless to say, or drag this story on any farther, I struggled in crow for a VERY long time. Then one day in class I didn’t think about it. We were midway through and the yoga-ref threw it into the practice casually during one of our flow sequences. Before I had time to worry about not getting into it or falling because I couldn’t hold myself up, I was in it! I didn’t think about not being able to do it so I did it!

Off the mat:

Back in early July I was throwing around the idea of taking Yoga Teacher Training at Core Power. It was my home studio and I was hooked on it. I wanted to learn more. To deepen my practice and to become one of the yoga-refs that I adored. Every time I would open the application my mind would wander to amazing places filled with Lululemon yoga pants instead of suits, bare feet instead of high heels, and yummy smelling yoga studios instead of whatever smell was abusing the office kitchen. Then I would snap out of it and realize that I wasn’t good enough at yoga to become a teacher and that it was a silly idea. I thought of all the reasons I couldn’t do it. This went on for quite some time until a blunt friend finally got sick of me thinking/wanting to do it and said “shut up and stop saying you can’t – why can’t you?” I stopped and realized that there is no reason that I couldn’t do it. That if I just stopped thinking of all the reasons that I couldn’t do it I would see that I could. So I did it. I rocked it. I loved it. I’m now teaching and helping others tap into their inner yogis. I’m still learning about reffing yoga and still learning as a student.

Moral of these two stories: Be the Bee. Don’t think about why you can’t and just do it.

-B

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . musings, Teaching. Leave a comment.

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.

“Carve the Pow-Pow” Restorative Poses

My hubby is off on his “Man Ski Trip” this weekend so in honor of him I’m going to go through a couple of “feel better so you can get up in the morning” poses. I’m sure I’m supposed to note somewhere on here that you should check with your doctor before doing anything… so yep… do that.

Ok, so because I’m thinking of my burly man, I’ll be grooving the modifications (he’s not exactly Gumby, but getting there).

First, relax. Take a minute to do some deep inhales and exhales. Get the mighty pow-pow (or whatever has your mind in a bundle) out of your head and just breathe. Where are you tight? What’s going to hurt in the morning? Just breathe some air in there!

Cat and Cow warm-up: I love these to start. Starting from a tabletop (shoulders above wrists, hips stacked on knees) – on your inhale, drop your belly towards the ground, eyes gaze up, shoulders pull back and down (Cow). On your exhale, push your spine up the sky, pushing out of your shoulders and hips (Cat). Do about 5 of each… slowly… These are great for loosening up the spine and opening up your shoulders/chest.

Downdog: Come back to a neutral tabletop, curl your toes under and life your hips to the sky. Peddle your feet out; shake your hips side to side (feet are hip distance apart). Push down onto your hands (which are shoulder width apart). Now, pull your shoulders back and down. If your hammies are tight, take a little knee bend. If you want to open them more, after you bend your knees, kick your tailbone to the ceiling and straighten your legs. BREATHE!

Ragdoll: From downdog slowly walk your feet forward and let your body hang heavy. Hands grab opposite elbows. Sway slide to side – open your spine! Stay here for several breathes. Again, no rushing this buddy, just breathe and move so it feels good.

When you’re ready, slowly go back down to downdog – peddle it out again. Now lift your right leg high, move the hip around a little – breathe – step right foot forward into a low lunge.

Low Lunge (instead of Crescent Lunge): Drop your left knee to the ground and rise up. Put your hands on your right thigh and gently shift your weight forward so you are stretching out your hip flexors and glutes. Hold and breathe. Now reach your arms to the sky and take a baby back bend. BE GENTLE! Come back to center slowly. You can do an easy-twist here if you want to: reach your left hand out in front of you and your right arm back behind you. Keep and nice tall back and breathe. This will rinse out those inner organs (aka flush out the beer toxins from last night). Slowly come back to center, place your hands on the ground and go to downdog. Peddle out your feet and do the same sequence on the left side.

Modified Half Pigeon: Lay back on the ground with your knees bent to the sky, feet on the ground. Take your right ankle and place it on your left knee (right knee bowing to the right). Now gently grab behind your left thigh and slowly pull back. Hip flexor, glutes and hammies should be feeling this one. Hold here for several breathes and then do the left side.

Supine Twist: I’m assuming the glutes and core are a little sore, time to work those out. Laying on your back with your legs out in front of you, life your right knee and pull it into your armpit. Again, hold it here and breathe. When you’re ready to move on, bring your right arm out to the side, look at it, now use your left hand to gently pull your right knee across your body. Make sure to keep both shoulders are the ground. Hold here for several breathes. Now do the left side.

Good job all – this isn’t a very long sequence but it should help loosen anything up for the morning. Some other postures that would also be great: Prasarita, Supta Baddha Konasana and Warrior 2 .

Have fun  -B

February 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Sequence. Leave a comment.

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