Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tim Thomas Does Yoga

Oustanding goalie for the Boston Bruins, Tim Thomas is noted for his flexibility at the net. And, I learned today that he practices yoga to stay on top of his game!!!!

In the summer of 2007, Tim began a yoga-based conditioning program to increase his flexibility and strength. He has said that it "helps balance out your body" - and looking at his recent performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, we surely agree!

Take a look at Tim's yoga practice:


Go Bruins!!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ashtanga Yoga Flow Class

Studion 191 is a very spacious, clean beautiful studio. The music is soft and low. The room is hot!!!! Ceiling fans were on but the room is heated for this particular style of yoga. The instructor, Bill, is very knowledgeable and gave assists where needed.

How did I come to this class, you ask? Well, my son, Brendan and I have taken some yoga classes together and he invited me to this one - along with my daughter, Katie. I believe I was the oldest person in the room!!!!! That being said, I was pretty much able to keep up with the flow but found it really challenging. Because the room is heated, and you are moving quickly, you will sweat. Although I had a towel, I found my hands and my feet slipping so I needed to be really careful.

Yes, this was challenge for me but sometimes you really need to give yourself a little push. I wasn't doing a headstand - Brendan was - but I was pretty darn close. And I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday than with my 2 wonderful kids. We were in the moment - together.

Lakshmi Voelker's Chair Yoga

While at Kripalu, I attended a demo of Lakshmi Voelker's chair yoga class. I have to say at the outset, Lakshmi is an entertainer of the first order! Her class was full of energy - and this woman was a hoot!!!!!

Her contention is that regardless of age, physical ability or current level of activity, your health can be improved by practicing adaptive yoga poses using a chair. During the demo, a student on one side of the stage performed a yoga practice using a mat and no props On the opposite side of the stage, another student did the same practice but she was seated and used modifications. This person represented someone who may have movement disorders or would have some limitations. Lakshmi was in the middle of the stage and demonstrated the full chair practice with no modifications.

I'm always open to new ideas to make my classes fresh and fun. But, this demo was so invigorating - and fast-paced - that I never took a note! Suffice it to say, I had fun and I hope my joy extends to my students as Lakshmi's did for hers. For more info, here's a link to her website: http://http://getfitwhereyousit.com/whatischairyoga.htm.

Aging with Grace: Better Bones and Balance with Yoga

That's the name of the yoga class I recently attended with my friend, Diane, at Kripalu Yoga Center. Hey, when I saw "aging with grace", I knew it was meant for me!!!!!

The class was taught by Betty Eiler and if anyone is a picture of aging with grace, it is Betty. At 76 years old, she has a well cared for body - slim and strong. Besides that, she oozes grace in her manner. As my mother would have said, "she has a nice way about her."

Betty studied with B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar style of yoga uses lots of props - and I mean lots! We had bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks, chairs, etc. While I times I found this cumbersome, it surely is a way to help a student achieve a pose that otherwise might be too much of a challenge. In one session, Betty instructed us in how to fashion a strap into a "harness" of sorts. This particular use of the strap was most helpful in keeping shoulders back and down. It's a great tool for improving one's posture.