Pose of the Month: ” Utthita Trikonasana” or Triangle Pose

Hello Everyone! I am back to continue to explain to you how to get pose in proper alignment and not overstretch your muscles and start to enjoy your poses and your yoga practice! Today, pose of the month is Triangle Pose or “Utthita Trikonasana” according Indian Sanskrit. “Utthitta” means ” extended in Sanskrit, “tri” means “three”, and “kona” indicates an angle. Benefits of this pose: tones the ligaments and improves flexibility; strengthens the ankles; relieves gastritis, indigestion and acidity; correct alignment of the shoulders; massage and tone the pelvic area; alleviates backache.
-Begin your Triangle from WarriorII on the Right side;
-Exhale, and bend your torso sideways to the right.Place your right palm flat on the floor, and press your right heel down on the floor;
-Adjust your pose until your weight rests on your right heel and not on your right palm;
-Raise your left arm towards the ceiling, in line with your shoulders and right arm;
-Turn your head, keeping your neck passive, and fix your eyes on your left thumb;
-Keep your right leg active, stable and firm;
-Take your shoulders back and tuck in the shoulders blades and back ribs;
-Keep your heels in line with each other;
-Your spine should align with your tailbone and the back of your head;
-Tuck in your buttocks and tailbone
-Your body weight should not rest on your right palm.
Stay in this pose for 15-30 breaths.
Enjoy your pose and I will see you soon for the next pose of the month!20150726_090503_resized_1

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Happy Yoga Class with Jacob and Yelena, Friday, August 7th 5pm,2015

djembe photooriginal-african-djembe-drum-9058002Join us for a special happy yoga event with Jacob! Jacob will use African djembe is a goblet-shaped drum that is traditionally carved from a single piece of African hardwood and topped with an animal skin as a drumhead. The name Djembe is believed to come from the phrase ” Anke dje,Anke be”, which means ” everyone gather together”.The “Dje” means gather and the “be” means everyone. The making of the drum was spiritual, and the blacksmith was obliged to make offerings to the spirits of the trees he cut down. Africans say that the drum contains three spirits. The belief is that the djembe drum contains the spirit of the tree from which it was made, the spirit of the animal whose skin is played, and the spirit of the carver. The djembe is used in many rituals in the Africa cultures that use them such as funerals, weddings and baptisms.
Jacob has been playing Percussion for 10 years and currently studying Percussion Performance at Marian University in Fond du Lac.He first was introduced to the djembe while assisting his instructor Scott Elford in his master class on Caribbean and African Percussion styles. Jacob is very interested in the percussion techniques and styles of other cultures around the world and planning on studying them in graduate school.
$15, Preregistration is required. SPACE IS LIMITED! Please call us or email lotusyogaonline@gmail.com

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Summer Schedule Updates

Please mark your calendar for July: Lotus Yoga will be close from July 21 through July 24th. All classes will
resume on Saturday, July 25th.

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Introductory Yoga For The Beginners with Yelena Storma on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:15pm-7:30pm

IMG_1533This Workshop is designed for people who are the beginners to yoga practice or people who have never done yoga before. Yelena will walk you through the basic yoga poses and show you how to align your body and enjoy your practice without pain and discomfort. You will gain a strong  foundation of yoga while incorporating yoga breathing.

Please bring your yoga mat, water, towel and your great attitude!

Look forward seeing you!

$10 Fee Pre-registration  required. SPACE IS LIMITED! Sign up today! Please call Yelena to reserve your spot (920)540-8112 or email lotusyogaonline@gmail.com

 

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Pose of the week Downward-Facing Dog ( Adhomukha Svanasana)

IMG_1474We are continuing our  education on how to get  the appropriate alignment and start to enjoy your pose and yoga practice.  Downward Facing Dog is the most challenging pose for the beginners. New people have a hard time to avoid tension and pain from wrist area, they experience instability from foundation of their arms and legs and experiencing  heaviness of all body. Let’s explain with details what we can do to get Happy Downward- Facing Dog!

– From forward fold, bend one of your knee’s and step back approximately 4ft one leg at a time ;

-Keep your palms about 2-3 ft apart, distance between your feet is the same  as that between  your palms;

-Raise your heels, tighten the muscles at the top of your thighs and pull your kneecaps in;

-See if it’s possible to bring your heels down, if not, no worries, just work from what is possible;

-To avoid tension on your wrist area pressing between your index finger and thumb, spreading fingers wide.  Your three fingers are free;

-Pull your inner arms up from the elbows to the shoulders, moving ribs towards your legs;

-Move deltoids into the shoulders and lift your shoulder blades ;

-Pull belly in to flattening your lower back.

There you go! Enjoy your pose,  do this pose without any judgment . We are judgmental all the time in our life, not focusing on the present moment which distracts us from ourselves, our senses , abilities and possibilities. Start to enjoy your pose, letting go everything that is bothering you and letting the light shine through!

Benefits:Slow down the heart beat, calms the brain and gently stimulates the nerves, reduces stiffness in the shoulder blades and arthritis in the shoulders joints, relieves pain in the heels and strengthens the ankles, and tones the legs.

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