Sometimes I go with the flow in my yoga classes, letting students’ requests and my own intuition guide the practice. At other times I plan my classes out, with a theme of my own in mind. This week I am practicing the latter. Here’s what you can expect in my Portland-area yoga classes for the week of February 24-28, 2014.
12:00-1:00pm East/West Yoga: 3rd Chakra. Imagination, will, discipline, the fire in your belly that drives you to make your dreams reality.
5:30-6:45pm Prenatal Yoga @ Zenana Spa: Grounding practice with a focus on the 1st chakra.
8:15-9:15pm CoreRestore @ CorePower Yoga NW: We will release tension in the shoulders, using the props to sink deep and gently stretch fascia. Also deep hip stretching.
9:45-10:45am Mama Fusion:
1:05-2:00pm WSAC: 2nd Chakra. Pleasure, creativity, flow. We’ll focus on the sacrum, pelvic bowl, and hips.
4:30-5:30pm Tiny Tots Yoga @ Zenana Spa: Adventure to the moon. Mindful looking. New relaxation tool for savasana.
8:15-9:15pm C2 at CorePower Yoga NW: Cross-body lymph cleansing. Plenty of twists, with emphasis on pumping the lymph nodes down the inside of the legs & arms. Great practice to prevent colds!
12:00-1:00pm East/West Yoga: 4th Chakra. Love, compassion, joy, service. Arms & hands will figure large as they are considered extensions of the heart. We’ll also use back bends, side bends, pranayama and mudra to open the heart.
3:30-5:30pm French American International School: Adventure to the moon, mindful looking. Older kids will finish mandalas. Younger kids will play the feather breath game.
1:05-2:00pm WSAC: 3rd Chakra. Imagination, will, discipline, the fire in your belly that drives you to make your dreams reality. Triumphant Ujayii breath will figure large. Plenty of core & twists too.
7:30-8:30 C2 @ CorePower Yoga SE: 1st Chakra. Grounding, elimination, nourishment. Scarcity vs. Abundance. Focus on legs, feet, large intestines, bones.
3:15-4:00pm PreK & K Kids Yoga @ Harmony Montessori: #2/5. Trip to the zoo, mindful belly breath, breathing buddies, learn Sa Ta Na Ma.5:30-6:30pm Pre/Post-Natal Restorative @ Zenana Spa: 1st Chakra focused class with plenty of grounding postures.
As you can see I’m up to my eyeballs in the Chakras right now! I like to teach chakra series at least once a year. The chakras are loci where the body’s energetic pathways come together. Energy tends to get stuck or flow too fast in these vortices of energy. I appreciate going through the chakras at least once a year, to assess my own place in relation to each one. Like a series of psychological mirrors, we can use the chakras to uncover our own mindless habits in the different aspects of our lives. I hope you can join me this week for class.
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