In this Newsletter: A Tree Poem, Exploring Tree Pose, Congratulations! New Classes & Workshops
April Newsletter- Advice from a Tree
Advice from a Tree
by Ilan Shamir
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The energy and birth of spring
The growth and contentment of summer
The wisdom to let go of leaves in the fall
The rest and quiet renewal of winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moom that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breeze
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
This month we will explore Vrksasana-Tree pose. The focus will be on rooting our feet into the Earth to create a strong foundation for our practice. As we explore the stability, security and safety of having our feet firmly planted into the ground the awareness will naturally be brought to the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra-Muladhara is an energy center located at the base of the spine but we connect to it through use of standing poses and body locks. Using the souls of our feet to connect with stability will enable us to hold ourselves upright.
Like a tree we will grow the pose from the roots up. In each class we will revisit this pose again and again. The repetitive action will bring sure-footedness each time we visit Vrksasana-tree pose. Building our security is closely associated with the root chakra. As we become more secure in this pose we positively connect to that energy center.
As we progress though class we will explore Mul-Bandha. Mula-Bandha is a body lock that brings a contraction that physically connects us directly to the Root Chakra. It brings more stability into the pose. It shores up the foundation that we’ve already created with rooting our feet into our yoga mats. Mula Bandha is the principal, key and primary Bandha of the Yogic traditions. Mūla Bandha is endemic to all safe, grounded workings of bodymind disciplines. This Bandha in and of itself conditions the Muladhara Chakra. We will work primarily with the physicality and technical aspects more than the esoteric.
And by the end of the month we will have grown like the tree.
New News! New News! New News!
NEW: Congratulations! New Certification! New Classes! New Workshops!
A year ago on March 28th 2013 I taught my first class at Joy Yoga on Washington Avenue! For the last year I’ve been teaching at Joy Yoga!
I have reached my goal of an Experienced 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher!
I am now an E-RYT 200 HR with Yoga Alliance – meaning I have taught over 1000 in two years.
Under the guidelines I am able to facilitate training for Continued Education Credits and be a Teacher in 200 Teacher Trainings.
I picked up new classes! Schedule:
Saturday- Joy Yoga Washington Ave.
• 7:30 AM Wake Up Salute the Sun-Surya Namaskara
• 9:00 AM Slow Flow/Basics
• 12 NOON Beginners Workshop
Sunday-Joy Yoga Washington Ave.
• 7:30 AM Wake Up Salute the Sun-Surya Namaksara –NEW!
• 9:30 AM Slow Flow/Basics
• 12:00 Noon Slow Flow/Basics
• 1:15 PM Slow Flow/Basics – NEW!
Monday-Sundance Yoga Studio-Friendswood (3/10 – 6/26)
• 7:15 PM – Level II
Tuesday- Dynamic Fitness-Pearland (4/22 – 10/28)
• 7:30 PM
• 7:30 PM
Workshops! Workshops! Workshops!
SUNDAY MAY 25th
Joy Yoga Washington Ave. Work Shop: Creating Altar Space
In this workshop learn how to create altar space to use as a visual to help align with Asana practice or meditation.
15 minute opening discussion on Altars and how they are used. 15 Minutes of creating an altar to align with a Sun Salutation practice-Surya Namaskara. 30 minute Sun Salutation practice. 15 minute discussion on the Moon Salutations-Chandra Namaskara and how to create an Altar to align with asana practice. 15 minute Moon Salutation Asana practice and 30 minute guided Moon Meditation to help you align with the Moon energies. Please brings eye pillows/eye mask, pillows, sweater, blanket for this meditation to help make you comfortable.
SUNDAY JUNE 22nd
Joy Yoga Washington Ave. Work Shop: Animal Spirit Guide Meditation
In this workshop learn about different types of animal spirit guides and meanings, experience a guided meditation to meet your animal spirit guide.
15 minute opening discussion about Animal Spirit Guides, types, and what to expect during the meditation. 30 Minute Asana practice to help you move energy and align physically with the animals. 45 minute guided meditation to meet your spirit animal. 15 minute discussion about experiences. Please brings eye pillows/eye mask, pillows, sweater, blanket for this meditation to help make you comfortable.
SUNDAY AUGUST 17th
Joy Yoga Washington Ave. Workshop: How to Read your Chakras
In this workshop learn what a chakra is and how to read them, experience a guided meditation to help you align with them.
15 minute opening discussion on anatomy of a chakra and explanation of what it is and what it can do for you. Discussion and demonstration how to read Chakras using a pendulum, meaning of the direction of the swing and what happens when chakras are aligned. 45 minute guided meditation to open and align chakras. Please brings eye pillows/eye masks, pillows, sweater, blanket for this meditation to help make you comfortable, bring a favorite necklace or bracelet with a weighted charm or crystal attached. A pendulum or fishing weight on a string will do, bring pen and paper to record chakra readings.