The Benefits of Partner Yoga

If you follow our events, you probably noticed that we hosted a "Partner/Couple's Yoga" class at Purple Squirrel Pastry Company across the bridge on Main Street in Pittston.

We know some of you mentioned you wanted to attend and missed it - well not to rub it in, but you missed out. ;)

The event was a blast! We had a great group of couple's show up to support both of our local businesses! They got to enjoy a local coffee brand and tons of treats made by Purple Squirrel! If you haven't tried their goodies, you've got to. They are out of this world. The red velvet cupcakes - that was the BEST cream cheese icing I have ever had, and I ALWAYS get red velvet everything! 

Before we got to the treats, we enjoyed treating each other to an hour of partner yoga followed by some thai massage.

Benefits of Partner Yoga

  • Creating Intimacy: There's something really great about learning to move with your partner into and out of postures and feeling them breathe.
  • Teamwork: Nothing says teamwork like trying not to fall over when your backs are against each other in a tree pose.
  • Communication: A majority of relationship issues could be solved with better communication, so this allows us a new environment where it is essential to the practice to communicate with your partner.
  • Learning TOGETHER: Whether you're learning about each other's strengths and weaknesses, or learning a totally new thing, like listening to your breath and learning yoga from scratch - you're doing it together.

The best part? Everyone can do it! We had several beginners in the group including my own boyfriend, and they all did great! Everyone had fun and moved slowly, working with their partners getting into the postures.

Once we finished the physical postures, we did some thai massage, allowing one partner to relax while the other gently rubbed out their arms and legs. Obviously, it felt good.

Stay tuned for when we will have another!


How To Fall Asleep Faster

Insomnia is a HUGE problem in America and all over the world right now. Our pace through life is so fast. We are always striving to increase knowledge, skills, life experience, titles - you name it, we have probably pushed ourselves to get it. All of this forward thinking takes us out of the moment. We stop being present, and where is life really? It is NOW. Not in 10 years when we have that family and kids or grandkids. It is happening everyday. What we all need to remember is to enjoy the process of reaching our dreams. Enjoy the moments of struggle, because they will lead to plenty of gratitude when we finally reach that goal.

This is a reason why we can't sleep well, and insomnia can lead to multiple health issues. Some mild effects that may be noticed are weight gain, increased stress and anxiety, less energy, increased blood pressure, etc. Of course these can become more serious over time. Sleep is more important than we often think, so if you are consistently getting under 8 hours of sleep nightly, come to yoga!

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Yoga has been proven to help us fall asleep faster, and ask some of the students at Home Yoga & Barre! Because in yoga we are focusing on increasing our lung capacity and breathing so much slower, this helps us to release the physical tension in our bodies. An example of physical tension - those tight and active muscles! This then allows our minds to slow down, decreasing that anxiety and depression, allowing us to enjoy the present moment we discussed earlier in this article. Take a class and notice if afterward you are moving more peacefully throughout the rest of your day!

Here are some great yoga poses to do at home to fall asleep faster.

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!

The Third Chakra

During some classes, you may have experiences a guided meditation dealing with the chakras.

Our focus today is discussing the Third Chakra, which is located near the belly button. This chakra is usually identified with the color yellow and deals with the ego, willpower, and action.

A Balanced Third Chakra...

If you're third chakra is balanced, you'll feel motivated, self-confident, purpose, self-motivation, and unattached to things or people.

Are you feeling indecisive, a lack of control, or low self-esteem? Doubting yourself? This means your third chakra is BLOCKED

How does one unblock the third chakra? You know those core strengthening postures we despise in yoga...do those! Another great one is boat pose.

Just like having a blocked third chakra decreases self-confidence, there's also a such thing as an overactive third chakra. An overactive third chakra deals with obsession with power, control issues, anger, and perfectionism.

How can you soothe an overactive third chakra? Postures like crescent lunge with a twist, side crow, revolved triangle, and bow pose.

Some of you have asked us about the chakras. If you're interested in learning more about them, join Kelly Corazzi on September 19 for a great workshop! Click here to pre-register!

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!

Why Do Yoga

You've seen more businesses popping up with this word "YOGA" very prominent in the names. The first you heard of this was on the 90's TV show, "Sex And the City". Since then, you've wondered what yoga is, and why - mostly - women like it.

If you're not aware, September is National Yoga Month. We won't get into the history of yoga just yet, since that is enough for a whole other post, but I will tell you that there are a whole slew of reasons you should try yoga!

  1. Exercise. Yoga is relaxing AND it is a form of exercise. Search YouTube and you will find yoga practitioners effortlessly flowing through a yoga practice - except they aren't effortlessly doing anything. Yoga is more difficult than it looks, mainly because our bodies are so tight! Which leads me to our next reason.
  2. Flexibility. You lift weights alot. You run. You also sit at a desk everyday and drive a car to get to that desk! This all leads to us being tight AND weak - regardless of what you may think - a tight muscle is NOT also a strong muscle. Yoga improves our range of motion, which improves all of these other activities and also our comfort level and strength while doing them!
  3. Stress Relief and Better Breathing. These two are tied together for good reason. While practicing yoga, you will learn to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth, usually. This is because inhaling and exhaling through the mouth actually increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Nasal breathing increases your lung capacity and circulation of blood throughout the body, making it able to detoxify itself, and this way of breathing increases performance during runs and other activities! Try it and see!
  4. Weight Management. We aren't burning a whole ton of calories in most yoga classes, but we all know that when we are stressed out, aren't sleeping enough, overtraining or not getting enough water - our body is in a state of stress. Therefore, our body secretes a hormone called cortisol. This is something that bloats a majority of us and stores belly fat. We are "off balance" in some way when this happens. Well, yoga regulates this hormone. It brings us physically and mentally back to balance. Yoga also helps us to be more mindful of our body and mind, which also means being more thoughtful about what we are eating, which often comes with the side effect of losing weight.
  5. Present. A good asana (physical yoga) and meditative practice will help bring you to the present moment. It encourages us to accept things and people as they are. It changes our perspective and allows us to enjoy just "being" rather than always moving forward.

These are only a few of the ways yoga can improve your life. If you'd like to learn more about yoga, join us for our Beginner's Workshop this October! Click here for more information.