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 M.D. Celebrates 20 Years of Teaching Yoga

Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.

Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’”  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

Joint-Freeing Yoga Available for All Mobility Levels

Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, in Lederach, is offering a Joint-Freeing Yoga class from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on September 22.

Introduced to the Anahata community by long-time instructor Liz Chesla, Joint-Freeing Yoga gently and systematically moves each joint through its full and natural range of motion. Considered “The Great Healer”, the sequence enhances joint mobility and helps relieve joint pain and stiffness while increasing body awareness and mindfulness.  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