You CAN Do Yoga!

"But I can't do that!"

This is the most commonly heard term of negativity for yoga teachers.

But is it true? Not in the least.

Sure, there are more advanced practitioners that enjoy seeing their practice change, but some yoga practices serve mainly for relaxation and meditation and TRULY listening to what the body needs - which for some of us may only be gentle movement. 

A few weeks ago, we mentioned Yin Yogaand now we are introducing you to another yoga class that is on the Home Yoga & Barre schedule several times weekly - Gentle Yoga.

In gentle yoga classes, and in most classes for that matter, students are encouraged to move and breathe at their own pace, listening to the body and when something doesn't feel right. You don't HAVE to do anything in yoga classes. :)

Gentle yoga finds its place in studios between Yin Yoga and Vinyasas. It is slower than a vinyasa and more on the mat like a yin class, but it is usually accompanied by shorter holds in postures than yin classes. It is just as relaxing as yin yoga, but involving more breath and movement combinations. Everyone can do this! A good teacher will give a few variations to a particular yoga pose. This is what makes Gentle yoga classes perfect for the beginner to go to!

Wanting to relax after work and fall asleep a little easier? Join Alyssa for Candlelit Gentle Yoga Tuesday nights at 7pm and for a morning Gentle Yoga class Saturdays at 8am!

Break It Down: Warrior I

You may see a yogi go through a practice and think, "I can do that. What's so hard about yoga?", and it's not "hard", but it is complex. Every yoga posture has meaning. Today, we are going to break down one of the basic yoga postures. You will see this in multiple yoga classes at Home Yoga & Barre.

Believe it or not, this is a heart opener AND a hip opener - two areas of the body where stress and tension is held. This pose can do wonders for us physically and mentally!

Stepping or flowing into this pose, you will feel the calves, quadriceps, hips, abs, chest, and shoulders all activate and open. 

In this photo, the left foot is forward. The hips are square and facing forward. Ultimately we would like that left knee at a 90 degree angle. Because our models hips are tighter, she adjusts so the pose fits her own practice, by walking the back foot inward a bit, increasing that 90 degree angle.

The heart is open and the shoulders are relaxed. The back foot is pressing through the heel, opening the calf muscle, and it is turned slightly out to the right front corner of the mat for proper alignment. 

This posture is very grounding, so when you feel like you have so much energy in your mind and need to come out of the clouds, try this number out!

If you want to learn more about the fundamentals in yoga, take a look and pre-register for our October Beginner's Series!