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Yoga classes to pop up around Calgary

11 Feb
Naaz Ali

Founder of Pop Up Yoga Calgary Naaz Ali strikes a pose in downtown Calgary.
-Metro/Katie Turner-

From the studio to the streets. That’s the concept behind Pop Up Yoga — a newly developed concept that’s striking a pose in Calgary.

Founder of Pop Up Yoga Calgary, Naaz Ali, said she wanted to introduce a new way of practicing yoga, while building a sense of community.

“Pop Up Yoga is basically an initiative to bring yoga into community spaces,” she said. “We’re looking at bringing yoga events into art galleries, into community centres, farmers’ markets, outdoor events, all those kinds of things.”

Classes will be more accessible not only in price, at a rate of $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, but in location as well, according to Ali.

After teaching yoga in studios for nearly three years, she said she’s noticed the classes seemed limited to a certain group of people.

“We’re missing out on the people who can’t necessarily afford studio space,” she said. “We’re missing out on people who maybe enjoy yoga but are intimidated by a studio setting. This project kind of bridges the gap.”

Ali is in the process of setting up her first Pop Up Yoga class and encourages those interested to check back to popupyogacalgary.com for updates.

viaYoga classes to pop up around Calgary | Metro.

Q: My lower back started hurting after yoga class last night. Should I take a few days off or work through it?

13 Oct

We’re taking questions from students! If you have a question about Bikram Yoga that you’d like us to answer, just leave a comment below this post or on our Facebook Page. You can even email us or ask your question on Twitter!

Q: My lower back started hurting after yoga class last night. Should I take a few days off or work through it?

A: It’s quite common for beginners to experience a sore back as a result of all the bending we do in Bikram Yoga. Your body is asking for a day or two off. In the meantime, you can try icing the area two to three times a day, applying Traumeel – a natural medicine that’s used to aid recovery from sprains, strains, bruises, nerve pain, swelling and post-surgical pain – several times daily and soaking in a hot bath with a cup of Epsom Salt. You may also want to increase your dosage of an antioxidant like Vitamin C, which is excellent for recovery when you work out hard. When you’re ready to return to the hot room, focus on lifting more in the chest to prevent hinging in your low and middle back. Decrease your depth and bend gently.

Remember: this is a pretty intense physical practice so you really need to pamper yourself in-between classes. It should be part of your regime.

viaQ: My lower back started hurting after yoga class last night. Should I take a few days off or work through it?.

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Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey – Trailer

29 Sep


This is the story of a woman who thought she had it all — until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne embarked on a journey and turned to a deeper practice of yoga. Along the way, she discovers what YOGA IS. Suzanne’s journey led her to India, where she studied various disciplines of yoga and met with respected gurus. During her visit, she came face-to-face with a near death experience and discovered that something had shifted within her; the light had returned. Inspired by her experience, she returned to the U.S. to explore what yoga means to the West and how it can transform lives. What she found was something wonderful: a path that can enable anyone to transform suffering in order to experience daily peace and happiness.

Bikram Yoga: 30 Day Challenge

2 Aug

Bikram Yoga: 30 Day Challenge [May 2011] from Think Loco! on Vimeo.

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Getting the Hang of Anti-Gravity Yoga

19 Jul

yoga anti gravity

I am sitting inside a silk sling suspended three feet off the floor, feeling like a caterpillar in a giant orange cocoon.

I’m trying out an anti-gravity yoga class, a type of body work that’s been gaining popularity since being featured in The New York Times and O Magazine, and showcased to the TV masses when Pink took to the air during her 2010 Grammy performance.

The instructor directs me and about a dozen other students to use our hands to draw back the edges of the colorful silk slings, which are 9 feet wide and attached to pulleys bolted to the ceiling. We comply and end up sitting on the fabric like a swing — and then swinging. I’ve practiced yoga for years — and this is definitely not your traditional yoga class.

Hard-core yogis and yoginis would probably balk at even using the word “yoga” to describe this form of exercise, which combines modified yoga poses with movements from Pilates, acrobatics and core strength training.

Anti-gravity yoga was created by Christopher Harrison, a competitive gymnast turned professional dancer who worked on Broadway and in movies such as Footloose before running an aerial performance company in the 1990s. He discovered yoga while looking for relief for his ailing, aging joints and then started mixing it with dance and aerial movements to create what he refers to on his website as “suspension training.” His company, AntiGravity Inc., offered classes to the public for the first time in 2007, and he credits the regime with helping him through a 10-month recovery from Lyme disease the following year.

Since then, Harrison has helped several dozen anti-gravity yoga franchises open in U.S. cities such as New York, San Francisco and Salt Lake City, and internationally in places such as Mexico City, Montreal, Dublin and Phuket, Thailand.

My class is at Gravitas, a Portland studio that offers anti-gravity yoga along with other new forms of body work, including “hot” yoga, taught in an infrared room that heats the people but not the space, and gyrokinesis, a Pilates-type exercise system developed by an ex-ballet dancer that focuses on spinal movement.

The 75-minute anti-gravity yoga workout is equal parts disconcerting and fun. It’s disconcerting because the first time you walk into the studio, it’s easy to feel intimidated by those silk hammocks, which you spend most of the class sitting inside, grabbing onto or hanging upside down from. But it’s also fun, because once you get acquainted with the basics — and stop caring how you look — it’s a blast.

My anti-gravity class begins with a series of stretches inside silks meant to get students relaxed and ready for harder work. We move through a sequence of increasingly difficult poses, including variations of the classic yoga sun salutation, lunge, warrior and triangle poses, using the silk as a belt-type support to intensify the stretches.

Then it’s time to go upside-down. Remember the inversion racks and anti-gravity boots that were popular in the ’80s? I think of them as I pull myself into a monkey pose, hanging upside-down with my legs bent, ankles and feet wrapped tight around the silk and my head and the backs of my hands resting on the ground.

Anti-gravity yoga is touted as being beneficial for people with back issues because using the sling as a prop takes pressure off the spine. I’ll vouch for that, but that doesn’t mean it’s always comfortable or easy. The practice includes lots of challenging core strength work, including grabbing the silk between outstretched hands and pushing it out in front of me as I lean forward into a modified plank pose, then repeating it again and again.

After class, I’m slightly dizzy, a normal reaction for a beginner who’s not used to spending that much time upside-down, as the instructor explains. The dizziness wears off by the time I drive home, and I find myself plotting when I can squeeze in another class.

viaGetting the Hang of Anti-Gravity Yoga – SecondAct.com.

 

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Hot Yoga, ok but what should I bring and how should I dress?

12 Jun

Yoga towel

You can find the accessories required for the practice for rent at Yoga studio. It is available at lower cost (about $ 2): towels, mattresses, water bottles. Personally I prefer to get my stuff and if you forget one of them, the renting is perfect.

It is advisable not to wear jewelry or perfume and it’s better to be dressed with a light and comfortable tank top, a shirt, pants or shorts. The shoes will be left at the entrance of the studio.

After practice, you will find everything in the locker room to freshen up, a shower, some body cream, a hairbrush …. so no excuses, just take your matt!

Namasté

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Different types of “hot yoga”: Moksha vs Bikram

10 Jun

Maybe have you asked yourself: “What type of hot yoga do I practice?” or “What is the difference between Bikram yoga and Moksha yoga ?”. Here is the answer!

WHAT IS  BIKRAM YOGA?

Le yoga Bikram est un style de yoga dérivé du Hatha yoga. Si vous avez la curiosité de l’essayer, il est préférable que vous cherchiez à suivre un cours certifié proche de chez vous ou si vous êtes casanier, un livre ou une vidéo qui vous aidera progressivement à plonger dans le monde du Bikram.

Bikram yoga is a style of yoga derived from Hatha yoga. If you are curious to try it, it is preferable that you follow a certified course near you or if you are a homebody, a book or video that will help you gradually into the world of Bikram.

Founder

Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga founder

Bikram Choudhury was born in India where he used to practice yoga every day until he immigrated to the U.S. in the 70s. He then joined the “Yoga College of India” in Los Angeles and decided to create its own form of yoga now more commonly known as Bikram yoga. Today, Choudhury goes around the world and teach Bikram yoga to individuals as well as famous huge classes. You can also find his writings in a book on Bikram yoga and more than 400 franchise schools located around the globe.

Postures

A Bikram yoga class is designed to help us evolve through a sequence of 26 positions developed by Choudhury. Choudhury developed this series of positions in order to increase blood pressure and facilitating the flow of blood in each body part. The sequence is performed using the classical positions of Hatha yoga such as the position of the eagle, the triangle or the tree. Choudhury claims that the practice of these positions in a specific order will warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons and will facilitate muscle tone as well as overall health.

26 positions - Yoga Bikram

Heated room

A classic Bikram yoga session is practiced in a room heated to 101 Fahrenheit degrees. Choudhury said that the heat from the room helps to warm the body before the start of practice, this allowing our muscles to relax and become more flexible. Bikram yoga enthusiasts acknowledge that the practice in a heated room helps cleanse our system by releasing all the toxins gradually as you train and then sweats. The heated room must allow you to work more deeply, however be careful of not hurting yourself!

Bikram classes

Bikram yoga classes are given only in studios affiliated with the “Bikram Yoga College of India“. You must be careful that the Bikram Yoga teacher is certified by the college. All Bikram yoga class lasts for 90 minutes and is suitable for both beginners and enthusiasts. Then each adapts to his own abilities and level of comfort.

WHAT IS MOKSHA YOGA?

Moksha Yoga is a relatively new discipline which is also related to hot yoga. This is two yoga instructors in Toronto who invented it. Moksha Yoga is a series of 40 postures practiced in a heated room and there are three levels of lessons, each lasting 60 to 90 minutes.

The series of regular postures begin with a resting pose that is practiced usually at the end of yoga, relaxation posture savasana. Then there are standing poses, another posture savasana, then poses on the ground to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the lower body. The session ends with savasana posture. By cons there may be some variation in the order of the series standing and / or on the ground. This type of yoga has several “dog upside down” postures, while Bikram yoga hasn’t.

Like other types of yoga, Moksha Yoga is beneficial for stretching and toning muscles, improving flexibility, calming the mind and detoxifying the body.

Moksha Yoga, in addition to individual benefits it can bring, is a practice that was designed for the sake of social consciousness : building ecological studios, assistance to the local community.

IN CONCLUSION

Moksha Yoga is a bit more flexible with regard to the sequence changes, the different types of courses and durations of training. So you can find yourself with different Moksha yoga lessons according to the teacher.

Namasté

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