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Today I want to welcome you to my blog and just give you a little detail about me. I am a mother, grandmother and a E-RYT 200 hr yoga instructor whom loves everything about yoga day and night. I began practicing yoga in 2007 to add variety into my exercise routine. I quickly became passionate about yoga and fully dedicated to my practice. Yoga has completely transformed my mind, body, soul and allowed for self discovery. I furthered my practice over the years through countless hours of classes and workshops from teachers across the country. After so many years of practicing yoga I wanted to share my passion with others, that is when I received my 200 hour certification through Yoga Flow in Pittsburgh PA. I went on to teach students the love I have for yoga. I started this blog to help others embark on the journey of yoga, to give everyone a chance to fall in love with the art, no matter what age or body shape you are. I want to spread my knowledge on safe alignment in yoga poses by posting a yoga pose and breaking it down for you, maybe for you to try or to further your practice. I want to share my true passion that I deeply hold for yoga and to help yogis with my own personal opinions of yoga products that work for me or that don’t. After today I will start with a review or a pose to help your yoga journey.
I have to start out today’s blog by saying, take advantage of outdoor free yoga happening in Pittsburgh Market Square, now through September 24th at 10:00 am Sunday’s. Take one hour classes from amazing yoga instructors from all over the Pittsburgh area. Enjoy the great sunny mornings alongside fellow yogis, breathing in the fresh outdoor air and flowing to the sound of yoga music. This is a great place to do yoga outdoors in the summer time, just make sure you bring your yoga mat and water. My experience here were all good vibes, fellow yogis were very friendly and also the yoga instructors I flowed along side with. Feeling lots of energy across our mats, you definitely have to give this a try. You will enjoy every breath you take in as every exhale you breathe out. Today’s credit 10:00 am class goes to Dominique from Yoga Flow, she pulled off a great flow class on the square. She made us all feel relaxed as her spiritual energy was shooting across our yoga mats, you could also feel the energy around us in the square as she had us all breathing together as one. We started out with a neck stretch which really felt good, she flowed sun salutations as well as other poses, towards the end we did a hip opener, bridge and inversion. I give thumbs up to give a yoga class a try on the square, it’s a wonderful experience, you will enjoy it just as I did and many others. Have a peaceful and positive day! Namaste’ Connie
Tadasana, (Mountain Pose) is the foundational asana for all other standing asanas. You want all four corners of your feet connecting with the earth creating equal weight from the front, back, inside and outside of the feet. How you do this is bring the feet together putting a natural separation in the heels, lift up the toes, spread the toes and place them back down onto the mat. Next start to straighten the legs making contraction of the quadriceps along with the slight internal rotation of the femurs while pressing the femurs back. Tightening in the Mula Bandha ,(or Root Lock: performed by tightening the muscles around the pelvic and perineum area) next bring the navel to the base of the spine and slightly tuck it up and under the rib cage. This is called the uddiyana bandha , this bandha is a contraction of the muscles of the lower abdominal area. The uddiyana bandha is considered the most important bandha, as it supports our breathing and encourages the development of a strong core. Arms are along side your body, palms facing forward and fingers reaching for the floor. Lift and broaden the sternum from inside while allowing the shoulder blades to draw lightly down against the back ribs, furthering an expansive heart center while creating ease in the neck. Next, roll the shoulders up by your ears, then draw them back and down without losing the alignment of the spine. Reach through the crown of your head, relaxing your jaw, keeping a natural space between the teeth closing the lips down, breathing through the nose. If you feel comfortable, close your eyes focusing your drishti past your third eye, or gaze past the tip of your nose. I hope you find this helpful either for a beginner to yoga, or to further your own practice. I enjoy being able to share my passion for yoga with you. Have a wonderful, peaceful and positive day. Namaste’
Today I want to give you my own opinion on some yoga mats that I have personally tried myself. If you are doing unheated yoga a cheap mat would definitely work for you. You can purchase these mats just about anywhere, including Target and Five Below. If you are doing heated or hot yoga you will need a better mat to keep you from slipping and sliding all over. Continue reading “My Personal Opinion on My Top Three Yoga Mats”