Bring Your Yoga Practice Outside

Summer is here! And when the sun shines, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring your practice outside. With your bare feet on the grass, practice malasana, ardha chandrasana, handstands and forward folds. Work on your tan, smell the sweet summer air and connect with the natural beauty all around you.

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Love Liberates

“Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.'” ~ Maya Angelou

 

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a trip to Yogaglo

I’m just getting back from a great trip to California. One of my best friends (and an amazing yoga teacher, check her out www.pilarcarillo.com) and I took Jason Crandell’s class at YogaGlo in Santa Monica. YogaGlo is an online yoga studio. Only $18 a month, some of the best teachers across the U.S. travel to Santa Monica, teach classes for free, then post the classes online for yogis across the world. Super cool concept. I started practicing with YogaGlo when I lived in England, when the rain and grey kept me away from class.

The studio itself is clean and modern. Sunshine streams in from the skylight. It’s a great space for yoga practice.

From the start, Jason has been a favorite of mine. He lives in San Francisco, travels extensively, and trained under Rodney Yee. His classes are alignment-based but it ain’t no Iyengar 🙂 . He’s a skilled and thoughtful teacher who doesn’t make it to the East Coast too often, so I was psyched to practice with him while in CA.  I have learned so much from him on YogaGlo and would love to do a 500 hour training Crandell-style. Here are a few photos from my trip. If you’re in LA, definitely check out YogaGlo!

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Restore in 10 minutes

But you don’t have the time right? You haven’t finished what you started and you need to. Consider this: you might be more productive if you allowed yourself to slow down. Instead of pushing your body to its limits and slowing down only when you get sick, give yourself time to take it easy. EVERY DAY. Whether it’s savoring your morning cup of coffee undisturbed (no email or Facebook) or practicing this yoga sequence at the office. This is a guilt free break. In France, it is now illegal to check your email after 6pm. Illegal! Imagine that. We don’t need to take it that far, but there’s something to be said for the principle. Give back to your body, go easy on it sometimes. Do you push yourself hard each day, mentally, physically or both? Show it some love, gratitude and respect. Throw a little R&R in your day with this sequence. Take a deep breath and enjoy!

Yoga for Stress Relief Wednesdays in April 5:30-6:30pm

Yoga for Stress ReliefJoin me for my 4 week series, Yoga for Stress Relief, at West River Yoga, a great studio and psychotherapy practice in Brattleboro, VT. Using restorative yoga, breath work, and mindfulness, we’ll bring deep ease to the body and learn how to respond to stress cues.

Pre-registration required. To register online, please visit my event listing on Eventbrite, found here. Feel free to email me with any questions or to reserve a space, carabehan@gmail.com.

sneak peek: Burlington Yoga Conference

Burlington Yoga Conference

 

This weekend is the 6th Annual Burlington Yoga Conference, March 8-9, 2014. Burlington is a yoga-laden little town and how cool  to have its own yoga conference?! I’ll be helping out with registration and am psyched for a full weekend of yoga with teachers  Dawn Mauricio, Coral Brown, Bram Levinson and Coby Kozlowski. Some of Burlington’s best teachers are on the schedule, too.

The Herd Brothers will be playing live music in many of BYC’s workshops. I first heard them in Elena Brower’s workshop at Wanderlust VT. What’s their yoga groove style?  “Post rock, ambient instrumental music designed to enhance your yoga flow.” Sold. Super dreamy dudes, super dreamy tunes. I love the combination of live music and yoga, especially with an indie rock twist.

The Burlington Yoga Conference is a great time. Vermont Yogis, see you this weekend!

For more information and to register, visit www.burlingtonyogaconference.com.