Local Yoga: Water Yoga

by Rosie Lazroe, Coordinator, Local Yoga Directory

The buoyant feeling of floating in a body of water can bring welcome relief to those that suffer from chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia or general aches and pains. Yoga is wonderful for achy bodies, but when we ache it can be very challenging to get up and down off the floor. While chair yoga classes are available for those with limited mobility, we can also think out of the box and try a few yoga postures while cooling down in our favorite body of water. Continue reading

Local Yoga: The Zen of Kickboxing

by Rosie Lazroe

Although yoga is a major part of my life, there is nothing like a good cardio workout. Every so often I explore a new type of cardiovascular exercise, and as I dove in to my latest cardio adventure, I wondered when my love for cardio began. A trip down memory lane led me back to high school, when the seeds of a physically fit lifestyle were first planted. Continue reading

Local Yoga: Mindfulness in Minutes

by Rosie Lazroe

What a joy it is to be completely in the moment! Children naturally exist in a state of present moment awareness. They live their lives through play, and, as we all know, it is easy to be in the moment when we are having fun.

I have been teaching yoga to kids for over a decade and have found that when kids are introduced to yoga and meditation in a joyful environment, they will grow to love the practice. In fact, I have witnessed children lean into these practices all on their own when faced with boredom or stress. Continue reading

Local Yoga: OM – Training the Mind to Meditate

by Rosie Lazroe

Silent meditation is one path to explore when seeking to cultivate a neutral mind. To become still, we must first learn how to become present. Present moment awareness comes in many forms, most of which are quite accessible to everyone, every day. Think of the simple things that we do as we go through the motions of our daily routine. These are all opportunities to train the mind. Continue reading

LOCAL YOGA: Spring the Energy Body into Motion

by Rosie Lazroe

Take a moment to sense the space surrounding you. Imagine that your physical body is the nucleus within a cushion of unseen energy that radiates effortlessly from within. This cushion of energy around the physical body is called the auric field, or energy field, and some people believe that it is just as real as our physical form.

The idea that we all have a bubble of energy surrounding us can be an abstract concept to grasp. However, some yogic lineages believe that a person’s energy field is quite real, and contains thousands of invisible energy pathways called nadis. The nadis work with the chakra system, both of which originate at the spine and flow outward into the auric field. As information comes to us from the outside world, it filters through the nadis and chakras, and is then redistributed back out into the world around us. Continue reading

Local Yoga: ‘Being There’ as Meditation

by Rosie Lazroe

How often do we get to experience quality time with our friends and loved ones? When I asked myself this question, I discovered something eye opening. While in the presence of friends and family, more often than not, I find that my brain is preparing for the next adventure. This is a sign for me to slow down and hit the reset button.

Human contact is essential for our health and well-being. Heart connections keep the spirits lifted and the immune system strong. Real, genuine conversation keeps the mind sharp and youthful. So, I asked myself, how can I be fully present during my downtime with friends and family without feeling guilty that I’m not mentally tackling my to-do list? My heart responded quickly and proposed that I treat every human interaction as a living, breathing meditation.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: A New Commitment for a New Year

by Rosie Lazroe

Welcome 2019! This year, I resolve to spend more time focusing on my heart, and I invite you to join me in making the commitment each month to do something that feeds your soul. We can do simple things like getting more rest or larger things like traveling to a new destination. I hope the following ideas spark even greater ideas within you. Let’s make this year the best one yet!

January: Let’s start off the year by establishing healthier sleep patterns. Start small by increasing the amount of sleep by five to 15 minutes each week. Yoga postures such as forward folds can calm the mind for better sleep.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: The Yoga of Sound

by Rosie Lazroe

Picture this—Lying on a yoga mat, cocooned in a cozy blanket of soothing sounds that clear the mind of thoughts. At times you can even feel the sound vibration move through you, easing the body of pain. Yes, sound yoga is a thing!

Sound bath and sound healing sessions use many different instruments; however, the most popular ones used in yoga classes are crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls and gongs. These instruments have different individual functions, yet all follow the concept of brainwave entrainment. During a sound bath, human brainwaves will begin to match the sound frequencies made by each instrument. As a result, brainwaves will resonate at an alpha or theta state, which induces deep relaxation in the body and draws the listener into a deep state of calm.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: Screen Time Yoga

This past summer, I made an agreement with myself to significantly limit my screen time. I chose to deactivate all social media accounts, and vowed not to look at my phone immediately before bed and upon waking. By September, I noticed that my eyes were brighter, I had adapted a healthy sleep/wake cycle, and my mind felt refreshed. My screen time has definitely increased since then, but it is during this time of year that we need to be especially careful about how long we stare at our screens.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: Restore Yourself with Restorative Yoga

by Rosie Lazroe

Today I would like to introduce you to one of yoga’s sweet gifts to the world: the style of restorative yoga.

One can think of a restorative practice as the sweet reward for a busy life well lived.

Restorative yoga is like a magic elixir that has the power to help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, reduce hypertension and lower triglyceride levels. It is a beautiful compliment to an active yoga practice, and has the power to relax the inner environment so deeply, that the body and mind will naturally feel refreshed throughout the most active of days. What can you expect in a class?  Continue reading

Local Yoga: Meditation Made Easy

Developing a seated meditation practice may not be the easiest thing to accomplish. To sit perfectly still with the little aches and pains in the body and the many racing thoughts in the mind might seem to be anything but meditative. However, using these four mindfulness tricks may help ease the transition to bring meditation into a daily routine. Continue reading

Local Yoga: Cooling Pregnancy Yoga to Beat the Heat

During pregnancy, it can be challenging to stay cool in the summer months. Even women who love the feeling of the sun shining down on them need to retreat for shade so as not to overheat. The following list of yoga tips are geared toward pregnancy but can be enjoyed by anyone to beat the summer heat.  Continue reading