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

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in North Wales

Whole Body Yoga Studio presents yoga instructor Vladamir Tcharov, from Pranakriya School of Healing Arts, who will lead a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The training will be offered through nine intensive weekend sessions, taking place September 7 to 9, October 12 to 14, November 2 to 4, December 7 to 9, January 11 to 13, February 8 to 10, March 1 to 3, April 5 to 7 and May 3 to 5. Continue reading

Multiple Yoga Teacher Trainings Available at Anahata

In keeping with its mission to establish itself as a premiere yoga teacher training studio, Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center is expanding its offerings. In addition to its foundational 200-hour teacher training and prenatal teacher training, it is now offering a 300-hour program.

The 300-hour training is open to graduates of any 200-hour program and is offered in five modules designed to deepen a teacher’s skills in the areas of anatomy, chakra yoga, ayurveda, meditation and the art of teaching. Continue reading

Local Yoga: Yogic Philosophy

by Rosie Lazroe

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-fold yogic path. Devoted study and practice of these 10 principles can literally bring your yoga practice to life throughout all of your daily activities.

Yamas

The five Yamas are ethical guidelines for the yogi, pertaining to his or her relationship with others in society, the outer environment and nature.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: The Importance of Yogic Breathwork

Take a deep breath. Loosen your jaw and feel your eyebrows soften. Now take another long, deep breath in and out. Notice if your body feels a bit more at ease.

Yogi Bhajan emphasized that the rate of breathing and state-of-mind are inseparable. When the body is under excessive stress, it can sometimes forget how to breathe efficiently, and the natural ability to breathe effortlessly can become lost.

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Meet Rosie: Healing Through Yoga

For 17 years, Rosie Lazroe has been healing through yoga. It began in the spring of 2001, when she found herself laying in a hospital emergency room with a resting heart rate over 150 bpm. As the ER nurse was about to inject medication to reboot her heart rhythm, Rosie felt a cold rush flow through her body and then faintly heard her dad tell her to open her eyes. After receiving a second injection, her heart rate slowed down.

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Spotlight Profile: Jamie Nichols

Clinical Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher Jamie Nichols, MA, will lead weekly yoga classes at Lina’s Harmony, in Warrington, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday until June 25.

Students from beginner to advanced can enjoy the gentle movement, strength building and flexibility improvement of this regular practice. Classes will include a combination of traditional hatha yoga and restorative yoga, ending on a restful note for a good night’s sleep and a renewed sense of wholeness.

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