Fear of flying?

If the idea of being held up in the air by a fellow student is intimidating or the thought of supporting another human being as they seek to find balance off the ground makes you queasy, you’re in good company. Before taking their first class, many students question if they’re strong enough, flexible enough, or otherwise fit enough for AcroYoga.

What outweighs the uncertainty however is the intrigue that this yoga style brings. There’s a ‘magic’ in the poses and a beauty in seeing the partnership of two AcroYogis in action.  And you can discover what it’s all about at this Saturday’s AcroYoga 101: FUNdamentals with Leyna Schaeffer. To help you look past the fears and consider the possibilities we’ve put together this collection of videos and articles.

Here’s a video from instructor Leyna Schaeffer giving a quick look at what happened at a recent AcroYoga 101 class.

 

 

Here is one of many available TED Talks on the interpersonal benefits of AcroYoga.

 

Yoga Journal’s sample class gives a sense of how AcroYoga poses are learned.

AcroYoga 101: A Classic Sequence for Beginners

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Leyna shared this video for a look at some of the poses you’ll learn.

 

For a quick summary on AcroYoga’s benefits check out this article.

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At the end of the day, the best way to decide if AcroYoga is right for you is to try it. Don’t miss this opportunity. Find your wings and fly. Register today.

 

Father’s Day Flow Playlist

>>Enjoy this collection of music celebrating fathers.

  1. Buddha’s Lullaby – Manose
  2. Daughters – John Mayer
  3. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  4. My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  5. Papa Was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
  6. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
  7. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
  8. Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
  9. Father’s Child – Michael Kiwanuka
  10. Piece by Piece (Idol version) – Kelly Clarkson
  11. Long Time Sun – Snatam Kaur
  12. Om Mani Padme Hum 1 (Mantra) – Jane Winther
  13. Ancient Irish Gregorian Chant – Serenitatis Gregorian Chant for Meditation
  14. Gregorian Chant Lullaby –  Serenitatis Gregorian Chant for Meditation

 

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Summer Yoga Flow Playlist

>>>Enjoy the summer grooves of this playlist from Sunday, June 4.

  1. Angelic Rays – Crystal Voices
  2. Groovin’ – The Young Rascals
  3. Windows Are Rolled Down – Amos Lee
  4. Rock on Hanuman – MC Yogi with Krishna Das
  5. Love Belongs to Everyone/Gayatri (Deep Dub Mix) – David Newman, Krishna Venkatesh
  6. Lovely Day (Remastered)- Bill Withers
  7. Be Thankful for What You Got – William DeVaughn
  8. Lokah Somasta – Deva Premal and Miten
  9. Summertime (feat. Peter Gabriel) – Larry Adler
  10. Black Hole Sun – Stella Starlight Trio
  11. Moon River (feat. Killa Kyleon) – Earl Klugh
  12. Om Mani Padme Hum 1 (Mantra) – Jane Winther
  13. Sanctus – Ashana

Mantra: ADI SHAKTI

In honor of Mother’s Day we offer this devotional mantra that invokes the primary Creative Power which is manifest as the feminine. It calls upon the Mother Power.

Mantra:

Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo

Translation:

First force of all creation, to You I bow
Divine force, everywhere, to You I bow
Creative force, primal force, to You I bow
Rising up, Divine Mother, to You I bow

Benefits:

The Adi Shakti Mantra tunes one into the frequency of the Divine Mother, and to the primal protective, generating energy. It is said that chanting it eliminates fears and fulfills desires.

 

Does separation make us feel more connected?

Despite the technology that allows us to message or speak to one another at any time, you don’t have to look very hard to see the  growing struggle for individuals to connect with others. In the news and social media, inflammatory comments are rampant and creating walls between people of differing ideas and beliefs. What is going on?

Noted author and speaker Brené Brown has done extensive research on connection which she defines as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

Because Brown contends that we are hardwired for connection, it’s puzzling to see the surge in “othering” (the purposeful separation created between a perceived “us” vs. “them”) that’s appearing in our daily discourse. Whether it be political leanings, skin color, religion, or ethnicity, the divisions in our country are growing deeper.

If connection is so vital to us, why then are we working so hard on separating ourselves?

There seems to be aamma-quote-2n evolutionary drive behind ‘othering.’ Psychologist speculate that having strong distinctions between groups was important in our tribal past when knowing who wasn’t a part of your group was essential for survival.

Despite the progress in globalization, societies around the world continue to cycle through periods of self-imposed divisions, most notably when fear and uncertainty are left unchecked.

The reason for our resistance to connection during times of stress, may be found in the teachings of the Tao Te Ching.  It reminds us of the value of opposites. There is no black without white, no light without dark, no good without evil, no left without right, no front without back. We experience things only in contrast to other things. The more we focus on the differences, the more value we give to the commonalities.

Could the reason for the increase in ‘othering’ and separation simply be a natural response to our increasing need to feel connected? With our 24-hour news cycles and constant bombardment of bold, sometimes shockingly candid discussions on social channels, could we be feeling less safe, less certain and be in greater need to seek comfort among those who are like us? And as we seek to make those connections, is it possible we inadvertently create more divisions?

I think so. I believe, too, that we can find connection without ‘othering’ by bringing more yoga to our lives. In upcoming posts, we’ll explore yoga’s role in helping us find greater connection – and unity – in a different way.

~ K

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Taking a first step into yoga can be daunting. Google the word yoga and you’ll find more than 600 million results including videos, photos, and articles. With so much information to sift through, it can be challenging to know where to start.

That’s why we created  Absolute Beginners. In six weeks, we’ll show you that  yoga isn’t something that is scary or intimidating. It is a practice that is completely attainable regardless of age, gender, background, or size. Yoga is for every body.

What is Absolute Beginners?

Absolute Beginners includes six weekly sessions that explore yoga in a fun, safe, and comfortable, judgement-free environment. Classes progressively build to provide you with a solid foundation in the fundamentals. The format is open and students are encouraged to ask questions. The group is at the same experience level, and with the class enrollment capped at a small size, each student receives personal attention from the teacher.

What makes Absolute Beginners unique is that it allows you to immerse yourself in what you’re learning. Starting in week 3, you’ll receive 30 days of unlimited classes so you can apply your newly found skills outside of the core sessions and gain confidence in your practice. You’ll also receive a complimentary yoga mat.

Absolute Beginners is perfect for first-time students as well as former students who want to reignite their practice. The program is open to all ages and levels of experience. If you have any concerns about the program being right for you, contact the studio for a consultation.

What will I learn in Absolute Beginners?

  • YOU WILL LEARN KEY YOGA TERMINOLOGY, BOTH IN ENGLISH AND IN SANSKRIT.
  • YOU WILL DISCOVER FUNDAMENTAL ASANAS, OR POSES, SUCH AS DOWNWARD FACING DOG, CHILD’S POSE, AND THE WARRIORS.
  • YOU WILL EXPLORE HOW TO COMPLETE EACH MOVEMENT SAFELY, AND HOW TO MODIFY MOVEMENTS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL ABILITIES.
  • YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO SAFELY USE YOGA PROPS SUCH AS BLANKETS, BLOCKS, AND STRAPS.
  • YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO APPLY THE SKILLS YOU LEARN IN YOGA CLASS, SUCH AS MEDITATION, BREATHING, AND ALIGNMENT, TO YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE THE YOGA MAT.

Two new sessions begin the week of January 8. Learn more.

See also “So You Want to Learn Yoga” Part 1 and Part 2.

Save Up to 25% On the Gift of Yoga!

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Now through December 24, enjoy special savings on the items below to help you wrap up your final week of holiday shopping.

  • SAVE 20%!  Aromatherapy Balms, Mists, Rollers, and Bath Salts. Hand-crafted savasana spray mists and balms in tins and tubes make great stocking stuffers and are available in a variety of scents like lavender, citrus, and flower power! Pair with essential oil rollers and bath salts for a gift of stress-relieving bliss. Available in studio only through 12/24.
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Today I Rise [VIDEO]

 

Where are you?
Little girl with broken wings but full of hope
Where are you?
Wise woman covered in wounds

Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?

Today is the day I will not sit still and give in anymore
Today, I rise

I am bruised, but I will get up and walk again
Today, I rise

I don’t care if you ignore my beauty
Today, I rise

Through the agony of my darkest nights I heal and thrive
Today, I rise

I move through the world with confidence and grace
I open my eyes and I am ready to face
My wholeness as a woman and my limitless capacities
I will walk my path with audacity
Today, I rise

I reconnect with the many aspects of myself
I’m in awe of the reality I can breed

I am a queen
I am a healer
A wise woman
A wild woman
I will rise and be

I am a rebel I will wake up and fight
I am a mother
And… I am a child

I will no longer disguise my sadness and pain
I will no longer suffer and complain

I am black and I am white
There’s no reason to hide

Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?

I call upon Kālī to give me life
I transform my anger into power
No more heartache or strife

The world is missing what I am ready to give
My wisdom
My sweetness
My love
And my hunger for peace

I weep with the trees and the rivers and the earth in distress
I rise and shine and I’m ready to go on my quest

Today, I rise without doubt or hesitation
Today, I rise without excuses, without procrastination
Today, I call upon my sisters to join a movement of resolution and concern
Today is my call to action
I will fulfill my mission without further distraction

Today is the day
Today, I will start
To offer the world the wisdom of my heart.

Today I Rise from Blaze of Grace on Vimeo.

Are you finding the strawberries in your life?

Flow In Yoga

The internet was abuzz earlier this week about the death of Zach Sobiech.  Diagnosed with cancer four years ago at the age of 14, Zach amazed his family and friends with the way he lived his life and his unwavering positive outlook. Last year when he learned the cancer had spread, Zach poured his energy into making the most of his last days. He wrote a farewell song called “Clouds” and the music video on YouTube went viral. (Watch Zach’s story below.)

After learning about Zach I thought of Pema Chodron’s tale of a woman being chased by tigers. Finding a cliff she climbs down a vine but sees there are tigers below. Looking back up she sees a mouse is chewing through the vine. Tigers above, tigers below and a pesky rodent destroying the thing to which she clings.  The woman looks around and sees luscious strawberries growing…

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Maria De Noda On Core Strength Vinyasa and Her Upcoming Workshop

IMG_2851Maria De Noda has trained in many styles, and is influenced by many teachers but her biggest influences in body movement, alignment and anatomy have been Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff and Tom Myers. She has studied extensively under the guidance of Sadie in Core Strength Vinyasa and has a personal yoga practice of over 20 years. Maria is registered through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Maria brought Core Strength Vinyasa to BAMBU at her sold out workshop in October. She returns later this month with Rediscover Your Power: Warrior Flow. We had a chance to ask Maria a few questions about the event on behalf of BAMBU students.

Core strength vinyasa yoga sounds like something for only very strong and athletic students. Is that true?

Not at all. Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga (CSVY) is a practice open to everyone. I teach it to all levels from individuals with health problems who practice in a chair to those who ran a marathon over the weekend. The practice works with the deep core line of the body, engaging deeper muscles than other practices. Most of us use the outer muscles of the body, but in this style of yoga, we learn to engage the muscles that are deep inside the body to make your yoga practice more effective no matter what your experience or fitness level is.

What differences will I notice with this style of yoga?

What is different about CSVY is that with it the body moves in a more natural, holistic and therapeutic way than the traditional yoga practices. The poses are the same, but HOW to get into them is different. A yoga pose is a template, and students in this style learn to fit their body appropriately into that template, with what feels right for them. Everyone’s pose shouldn’t be the same exact one and that’s OK. CSVY is about true balance and finding a practice that is right for you so you can own it. The practice is based on new, real world anatomy and biomechanics. As we learn more about the body a yoga practice needs to evolve and change. I will be bringing you the latest information.

Who is this workshop designed for?

The workshop is designed for everyone. New students can come and learn more about the body and how to safely transition from one pose to another. There will be plenty of modifications and suggestions. Advanced students will learn how to enhance their current practice by engaging deep core muscles that don’t get engaged in a traditional yoga practice. CSVY doesn’t take away from anyone’s practice; it adds to it. Yoga Teachers can come and get CE credit by studying with me and learn new ways to lead students in a more holistic, safe and natural way. Keep in mind that I am the only yoga teacher in this area qualified to teach this style as I am a CSVY Master Trainer and have spent the last couple of years studying the style with the creator, Sadie Nardini, in person and assist at her workshops. Come learn something unique. Your body will thank you.

Is this the same as the workshop you did in October?

No, this workshop is new and different from the previous one. While we will be reviewing some of the information from October as a refresher and also for anyone who might have missed that workshop, we will be learning new poses and new ways of coming into them. This workshop will focus on the Warrior series and I will be bringing in more things that I have learned as I continue to train with my teacher.

Click here to register and learn more about Maria’s Rediscover Your Power: Warrior Flow workshop on February 20 from 2-4pm.