So the next time you feel that 2pm. mental slump at the office, try getting upside down!
You don't have to lift into an handstand or headstand to get the benefits that being upside provides. Simply put your head below your heart. Which can be done in a forward fold or a wide legged fold as well as typical inversions (headstand and handstand).
Don't- do inversions right after eating. I don't think this needs an explanation.
Do- stay in your inversion for several breaths. You won't get the benefits of the pose if you lift into it and then immediately come back down. Use a wall or props to help you hold the pose for longer.
Do- let go of your ego and allow the pose to be what it is in your body right now.
Don't- force it. Take your time and breathe.
Do- stay safe. Remember that while in headstands you are putting weight into your neck. Start with a strong foundation and take your time.
I placed a bucket by the door with a sign that said "suggested donation $10". Some people donated more than that each week but the best part was that I was reaching a community of people who really needed yoga in their lives due to their financial circumstances or health.
Now that I have the Bee Yoga Fusion yoga studio I am unable to offer a walk-in community class due to class size limitations of the space. I've held on to the Monday night community class, offering it at a discounted rate for students who can't afford class passes or the price of a drop-in class. But as I look around the room I know that my services are not reaching the depth that they once did in helping to create a yoga practice for people who were financially unable to afford it.
For the month of November and December, for every student that uses their class pass to pay for a Monday night class I will be donating $1 to go towards a Pay It Forward Yoga Class Pass. The Pay It Forward Class Pass will be given to chosen individuals who have expressed the need for yoga in their lives.
No you don't need to show me your W-2 but I am asking that you be honest both with yourself and with our yoga community. If you can purchase a weekly Starbucks and enter 5 marathon races per year this Pay It Forward Class Pass was not created with you in mind. This pass is for the yogi who has come upon hard times, who is barely staying afloat and yet still scrapes together $10 to show up and roll out their mat each Monday night because yoga is their saving grace.
To be considered as one of the Pay It Forward Class Pass recipients please answer these questions:
- How has yoga changed your life?
- What is holding you back from living your best life?
Submit your essay questions to Gretchen@BeeYogaFusion.com by January 1st, 2015.
For privacy reasons winners will not be announced publicly.
*****There will also be a bucket for donations as you enter the studio. ******
I'm a type-A person that likes to be in control but when I roll out my yoga mat in a class I rejoice in the ability to be a student again, to put my teacher hat aside. To open and allow this gifted teacher to shift my perspective, to open my heart in the poses and create space for me to breathe. When we allow this shift to happen, when we let go and allow the class to unfold in front of us we are then open to experience compassion and gratitude. By freeing our minds of the blocks that normally hold us back; the restlessness, anxiousness, the boredom. We open ourselves to ourselves.