Loving life with nature, beauty and yoga's wisdom.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Having Picture Archives for Fresh Choreography Ideas

This coming Saturday I'm teaching my "Deepen Your Back Bends Workshop" at www.bamboomovesyoga.com in Englewood and I'm feeling to add in some fresh new choreography. These late winter cold and slushy days are heightening my craving for new beginnings. Since there's no time in my schedule to hop around town and take other's classes for inspiration I decided to go way back into my yoga pose picture files.

I started blogging in early 2011 and from that point onward I have been scheduling almost weekly photo sessions with my husband Amit. I'm so lucky and appreciative that he has a great eye and the desire to help me. These pictures were taken during a hot August afternoon in 2011. At this point we were figuring out the best angles to photograpgh yoga poses in nature. Looking back at these pics the lighting could have been better. Regardless, I'm delighted with how we've advanced with our pics. Now we can take great shots in less than 15 minutes.

If you lead yoga, dance or fitness lessons I highly recommend documenting your craft. Especially now that we live in a nearly everyone is a photographer society where most of us have cameras in our phones. Whether you share your pictures online or keep them to yourself, photo notes inspire your work and keep your talent circulating.

I've been playing with this interlaced hands sequence for the past few days and already some new yoga shapes and transitions have emerged in my choreography. I'll photograph them this weekend and share them with you soon.

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Heart Lightening Meditation

Science says the heart's energetic field is far stronger than the brain's. Since energy wants to entertain similar energy and intertwine with each other, your heart's energy affects you, what you attract and all that surrounds you. This is why being around happy and positive people lightens your heart and mingling with negative people contributes to depressed feelings, insecurity and disease.

Expand and strengthen your heart by practicing a heart lightening meditation. Start by becoming still. You can sit, stand or recline. Close your eyes and place your right hand on your belly and your left hand on your heart center. Feel the wave of your natural breath and the pulse of your heart on your hands. As your mind settles into following your breath and heartbeat, place your hands on your thighs if seated or alongside your hips if standing or reclining with your palms facing out.

Visualize a green mist of light swirling in a circle entering your heart space. Focus for a few moments on this calm and lightening energy moving through you and healing what ails you. When you feel done, deepen your next inhale and exhale and open your eyes. Know that by practicing this exercise you are positively creating a healthy heart for yourself and all the people, animals and things that you interact with.

Saturday March 1st at 4 pm during my "Deepen Your Back Bends Workshop" at www.bamboomovesyoga.com we will practice this meditation and more.

Register online $40  $50 day of.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Open Your Heart and Deepen Your Back Bends Workshop

Back bending heightens your ability to let go of the past and be open to the present in both mind and body. When we back bend our spine, jaw and forehead softens while the basket of our ribs open. This enables our heart space to broaden and our lungs to breathe easy. The muscles on our backside tone in all the right places to support good posture and a healthy back. Also feelings of depression lift as a result of the lighter feeling that comes from practicing back bends.

In this workshop you will:

Learn how to get into and breathe easy in several back bends.

Use props such as blocks, blankets, belts and the wall to go deeper into back bends.

Practice back bending prep and counter poses such as twists, forward bends, hip and shoulder openers that are personal for you to get into and out of back bends so you can fully enjoy their healing quality.

Learn about and meditate on the 4th chakra. It is a subtle body energy center which resides in the center of your chest and shoulder blades. It governs your ability to balance loving yourself and others.

Saturday   March 1st   4pm   2hours

$40 paid in advance, $50 day of

Register at www.bamboomovesyoga.com in Englewood, NJ

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wearing Beautiful Lines

My early education focused on both dance and art. My teachers from both subjects often referred to nature to describe the most appealing lines to simulate with your body or to paint on canvas. When it comes to dressing, I believe combining different pieces that create beautiful lines on your figure and often this means not following the trends is the key to a functioning and flattering outfit.

Wearing black is a ladies' go to color to streamline her shape. However wearing all black can make you appear shapeless. You need a color to break it up, flatter your skin tone and show off your shape. Fortunately I'm wearing www.carmenandersonny.etsy.com scoop neck black tunic top with kiwi colored piping forming an inverted V. What I love about this black top is that it includes a color pop with beautiful lines to highlight a woman's shape. It covers your tail and shows off your curves without clinging and being overly revealing.

This top combined with black leggings, a tank underneath, boots, kiwi accessories, a black parka (not shown) and Carmen Anderson NY's signature extra long sleeve detail, makes me feel warm and look chic as I wear my winter basic black yoga that lasts all day look. Wearing a hint of baby green helps as I anticipate an early spring. This top also comes with orange lines.

www.carmenandersonny.etsy.com is a yoga/lounge wear clothing line. It is made with luxuriously soft and silky modal fabric which consists of natural fibers. Made 100% in New York City.