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Changes in Schedule

February 19, 2011

Hi guys!

There are some changes in the schedule. I needed to take out the Tuesday and Thursday night schedule and added the Yin Yoga class into the MWF classes. 🙂

To check out the changes click here.

Namaste!

-Karen

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A student’s take on her Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga practice.

February 11, 2011

ashtanga is passion, yin is love
ashtanga is excitement, yin is calm
ashtanga is challenge, yin is surrender
ashtanga is heart, yin is soul

whatever way you put it at the end of the day all i can say is yoga makes my heart, body, mind and soul happy and whole.
-Ria Tirazona

(Postponed) Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Clayton Horton. March 18 – 19, 2011

January 21, 2011

Unfortunately this workshop is cancelled.  Will update you guys when the new date is finalized.

What’s the difference? / Which one can I attend?

January 14, 2011

I’ve been ask time and time again, what’s the difference between the classes?  I’ve tried to keep my answer simple but if I’m passionate about something, I find it hard to limit  my words.  Hopefully this will help anyone who is interested. 🙂

Yin Yoga: This is a quiet, slow and relaxed way of yoga practice. We encourage the body to be completely relaxed as we hold the pose for an extended period of time (3 to 5 minutes).  Typically the targeted areas are the lower back, sacrum, hips, knees, and ankles; encouraging more opening and spaciousness in the joints.  Most of the poses will be executed in a supine, prone or sitting position.  (I wrote a longer FAQ on Yin Yoga or you can visit here for more information.)

Vinyasa Yoga: Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”, which means we move from pose to pose with an inhale or exhale.  We also hold poses for a few breaths.  There are different mini series of poses in my class which flows from one pose to the next.  The sequencing of the class differs from teacher to teacher.  Breath work makes it easier for the body to transition to the next pose and helps detox the body.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga:  This form of yoga is dynamic, physical and athletic.  It is an ancient system of yoga led by K. Pattabhi Jois.  This type of yoga is a vinyasa (movement with the breath).  The main difference is that there is a set series of movement.  An Ashtanga class in studio A should be the same in studio B.  The practice makes use of Bandhas (body locks), Breath, and Drishti (focal point).  A LED Ashtanga class is where everyone moves together and the teacher guides the class into the next pose.  The main goal of this method of practice is to have a strong calm mind by purifying the body.  😉   For more information, you can check out this website.

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This is my take on how they are different or not so different from each other. 🙂

The difference would be the execution of the practice.  Yin is very slow and relaxed.  The challenge is to stay quiet, relaxed constantly and keep the pose for the 5 minutes (as compared to the typical 5 breaths only).  Vinyasa and Ashtanga are strength building, dynamic and fluid.  It’s almost a dance.  Yin Yoga and Ashtanaga Yoga are quiet and serious practice and their goal is meditation and eventually enlightenment.  Vinyasa yoga is where we can explore and have fun with different poses while keeping it safe and healthy.

First-timers, regulars and returning yogis are all welcome to all three of my classes.  If you are really out of shape and want an easy introduction into yoga, join the Yin Yoga class since it’s only 1hr and a relaxed type.  If you want to challenge yourself and gain strength, join the Vinyasa Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga.

Each method/type of yoga practice varies and has different effects on a person’s body.  They may even have opposite philosophies but the main goal of yoga is to unite mind and body.

I hope this helps. 🙂 If you have any questions, suggestions, corrections, or reaction to what I wrote, feel free to email me. 🙂 Thanks.

Peace,

-Karen

December 24 Free Yin Yoga Class

December 25, 2010

Right before Christmas, I had a free Yin Yoga Class. 🙂 Here are the pictures of that day. I’d like to thank everyone who came and especially Lester Guevara for taking the photos. 🙂

There is another Free Yin Yoga Class on December 31, 2010. It’s free for several reasons, the biggest reason being that I want to give something back. 🙂 For all those interested in attending, please email or text me to reserve your space. 🙂

Namaste.

-Karen

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Free Yin Yoga Class

December 15, 2010

Namaste.

To end the year, I would be giving free Yin Yoga class on December 24 and 31 (Friday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  Please text or email me to confirm your space.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a quiet, slow and relaxing yoga practice.  We encourage the body to be completely relaxed as we maintain poses for an extended period of time, usually 3 to 5 minutes.  Typically, the targeted areas are the lower back, sacrum, hips, knees and ankles, encouraging more opening and spaciousness in the joints.  Most poses will be executed in a supine, prone or sitting position. (Please let me know if you cannot sit on the floor.)

What would I expect from a Yin Yoga class?

Yin Yoga is very different from all the other yoga class you’ve been in.  I would be asking you to continuously relax and remain still in a pose which will be held for an extended period of time.  We would be moving slow from pose to pose.  There are only a few poses done in a Yin Yoga class, usually 10 poses or less.  This is not a muscle strengthening class.  Please don’t expect flying poses.

Who may attend this class?

Yin Yoga is suitable for almost all levels, from someone who has no yoga experience to a seasoned yogi. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular styles of yoga.  Anyone attending drug rehabilitation, stress management, eating disorder treatment, or recovering from pain and trauma may find this yoga form useful in treating their condition.  It is not suitable for those who have recently injured their hips, pelvis, and lower spine.  That also means it is not suitable for women who just given birth.

What do I need to wear and bring?

Please wear comfortable and loose clothes.  Most poses will be executed in a supine, prone and sitting position.  Bring a soft / thick towel for padding.  Bring your yoga mat if you have one (the thick ones will be the best for Yin Yoga).  Optional: Yoga Bolsters, Blocks, Meditation Pillows, and Yoga Belts. Leave your jewelry, watches and glasses in your bag (or better yet at home). Bring your water bottle too. Keep yourself hydrated.  For more on how to prepare for a yoga class, please refer to this link: Class

Why do we practice Yin Yoga?

  1. To balance our practice.  Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in more active yoga or workouts.
  2. Relaxation. Relaxation is the key to stay in the pose for an extended period.  The muscles need to stay relaxed in order for us to access the deeper tissues.
  3. Joint Health. Yin Yoga helps increase the blood flow to the joint tissues by releasing the tension found in our joints.  It helps create space in the joint.
  4. Meditation.  The long quiet hold of the poses help cultivate a calm and peaceful mind.

Other benefits of Yin Yoga may include:

  • Feeling calm and balanced
  • Regulated energy levels (chi)
  • Greater strength
  • Improved health
  • Stress levels lowered
  • Greater stamina
  • Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints
  • Slowed signs of aging
  • Improved meditation
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Improved practice of yang yoga

Is there any potential harm in doing Yin Yoga?

Just like any other yoga practice, if you do not engage the practice correctly, it will cause more harm than good. It is important not to over-extend yourself in a yin pose. Stay relaxed at all times by keeping the external body soft. We do not want to use a yin attitude and yang engagement in a yin practice. This may cause unnecessary injury. In general, people who are guided well in class find yin practice absolutely beneficial. We have not known of any bad effects in practicing Yin Yoga.

I hope to see you there.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Peace.

-Karen

I’m back!

December 14, 2010

Namaste!

I’m back from vacation and training. 🙂 Sorry to all those who wanted to have session while I was away. Anyway, I’m back and ready to teach. So classes resume tomorrow (Dec 15, Wednesday, 8pm). Hope to see you all there. Text or email me at 0917-8436111 or (e k a g r a t a s a l a @ g m a i l . c o m) to confirm your slot. 🙂

Karen