All posts tagged: ABP

Intro to Ashtanga Primary Series

As you all know, the Ashtanga sequence has a very special place in my heart. It is where I feel at home. It is familiar, always available to me, and such a complete practice for me. I used it throughout both my pregnancies (with modifications) to stay strong and to also train my breath and mind for the big events. I’ve seen the decline of Ashtanga classes from schedules around town for years and years now. Maybe the numbers weren’t profitable enough to sustain those classes, but I’m always pleasantly surprised when I learn someone else is an Ashtangi. It may not be as trendy as Baby Goat Yoga or Harry Potter Yoga, but Ashtanga is and should honored as the foundational practice that led to vinyasa classes that we’re familiar with today. So we’re bringing Ashtanga to Austin Bouldering Project for Sunday Fundays in September! Phoebe and I will teach each session as an introduction to the Primary Series.  We will practice a modified version of the full 90-minute sequence and offer instruction to …

Restorative Yoga Series

I’m a firm believer in balancing the hard and the soft in life. While most of my teaching schedule is vinyasa classes, I do offer a couple of classes to help students slow down each week. It’s even evident in how I teach my vinyasa classes. I try to save the entire second half of class to longer, slower stretches and a plump savasana at the end. The slower second half is JUST as important as the strength and stamina portion of the standing, heat-building postures. In my personal practice, I’m probably 75% restorative or slow flow at this point in my life and only 25% vinyasa or bigger energy play – especially while I’m following the My Peak Challenge workouts. I need restorative yoga to keep me sane and rest my body. I need meditation to clear the excess, the negative, the hopelessness, the drama, the anger, the cobwebs and other mental hang-ups that flood my mind. Without these practices, you’d find me buried under my kids’ filth day after day, crying myself to sleep. I …

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