I started doing mobility work when I was in my yoga teacher training. I had just started implementing strength training into my lifestyle, so I was in a constant state of soreness. It was a weird transition, because poses I used to love were usually unattainable in my practice because I was so damn sore. I thought, “This is why athletes hate yoga. Instructors are asking them to do things they are physically incapable of doing. What can I do to change this?”Read More
I noticed a HUGE shift in my energy once I established a practice- even before it became a daily one. Meditation has so many benefits to our overall well-being but it can be a hard one to consistently make time for to practice. In a group setting we're given a bit more guidance. We try different meditations and can pick and choose which ones we like, and resonate with and want to dive deeper into. And, overall, I really enjoy being a space holder for people to have the experience they need to.Read More
Intro to Vinyasa Flow!
Elevating your vinyasa flow practice.
Whether you’re a regular at Soul Strong, or another studio, you may have noticed that most classes these days are simply titled “Flow.” But what exactly does that mean & why is it so popular? Well, the “Flow” is actually referring to Vinyasa Flow, a style of yoga that for the most part, is based off of the original & ancient power yoga - Ashtanga Vinyasa - which links together poses with vinyasas (plank → chaturanga → up dog → down dog). Ashtanga Yoga, founded by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is directly linked to the father of Yoga- Krishnamacharya- who taught Jois. So, if your friends poke fun at you for your trendy yoga practice, you can now remind them that this practice has ancient roots! In this workshop, we seek to honor those roots by diving deeper. Not only will we be refining our alignment, learning modifications & exercises to sustain your vinyasa practice for life, but we will also be learning a bit of the history behind the practice.Read More
I'm willing to bet that you know who you are at the very deepest center of your being. I'm talking about the part of you that knows no fear, that is infinitely loving, wise, and always has the answer, that knows all that ever matters is love.
Many of us have had fleeting moments of connection to this Self. I usually experience this sense of knowing and ease when I'm in meditation, or when I'm practicing yoga, or when I'm completely in alignment with my purpose through teaching or writing. Sometimes I feel it when I cuddle with my pup or when I hug a loved one.
And then the inevitable stress of life happens and I find myself moving farther and farther away from that Self. All of a sudden, I become so caught up in what needs to get done, fears about the future, how I’m not doing or being enough, and that sense of deep inner alignment isn’t at the forefront anymore.
But even when life throws us its curveballs, it is always possible to wake up from the trance of separateness and ground back to the core of who we are. Sometimes all we need is time for ourselves- away from everything else- to remember the infinite love that has been there all along.
The Return to Self Half Day Retreat is all about taking the time for ourselves to come home to who we truly are when everything else is stripped away. Enjoy four hours of self-exploration, deep relaxation, and sweet community. It’s about showing up to nurture yourself so that you can then nurture the world.
Join us as we move through a gentle yoga flow before settling into a refreshing yoga nidra. We’ll have some reflective free time to enjoy catered goodies and create our own aromatherapy spray. Then, Jessica will guide you into relaxing, supported poses while she bathes your energy in sound therapy through Himalayan singing bowls.
We’d love to have you for this special day.
Return to Self Half Day Retreat with Jessica and Malia October 14, 2018 1-5 PM $70 early bird special (runs through October 1st) $80 after October 1st
A DIFFERENT KIND OF BIRTH PREPARATION.
If you’re currently pregnant, not only is your body undergoing one of the most divine acts of creation, but your quest to find the right prenatal class before your nine months is up can be a feat of its own. But look no further, my friends. Our very own Jill Birt- yogi, mother & registered nurse- is offering something especially unique this fall. Her PREPARED series not only leads you through prenatal adapted yoga practices, but the series also prepares your body, mind & soul for the birthing & life of your new baby. Jill is here to prepare you for parenthood. The whole shabang.
So, what makes PREPARED different than other prenatal classes? For starters, PREPARED is a series, meaning it meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30PM - 8PM; September 18th - October 11th. Included with your purchase, you will have access to any of the yoga classes at Soul Strong Yoga for the duration of your series. All this for only $225! LEARN MORE.
Jill’s Prenatal website, mamaprep.org, really describes this series best. She states:
“Each class of this series is structured with a specific intention in mind. These set intentions weave their way throughout class in the form of discussion, breathwork, movement and meditation allowing you to fully embody the teachings of the class. Topics of discussion include ideals such as fostering your mind-body connection, understanding the process of labor from both a scientific and energetic viewpoint, and tools to manage Labor, Delivery and Motherhood. Each class will also include a guided take home reference to allow you to continue your practice at home as well as guide you through your labor when the time comes. The Series will end with a Spiritual Blessing Ceremony for all participants to solidify the community of connection and bless the way for your journey into motherhood.”
So whether you’re intimidated by practicing yoga during this time of change, or have never felt more comfortable in your body, this series meets you where you’re at & helps you dive deeper.
For more information on Prenatal Yoga, see the links below:
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"Sweat with intention"
What Is Buti Yoga? Enjoy an interview with Soul Strong’s only certified Buti Yoga teacher, Teri. Also, learn about a very special upcoming Buti event at our studio!Read More
We all know the scenario. We’re in a vinyasa class, coming into a wide-legged forward fold when the instructor says, “Now if headstand is in your practice, feel free to invert now.” Or maybe you’re in a down dog, and the instructor tells you to take a few handstand hops. If you’re an upside-down junkie, this is no big deal. But if you’ve never found yourself inverted before, this moment may cause more stress than it’s worth. We highly recommend finding inversions in a monitored setting with close attention from an instructor (like our upcoming Inversion Workshop with Jackie!) before popping up. But first, let's get down to what all the fuss is about and the benefits of a headstand.Read More
As a modern-day yoga instructor, some of the best words I can hear are “I’d love to take a private lesson.” Why, you may ask, is one-on-one instruction my teaching dream? And quite possibly the dream of many students, too? To put it simply: the 60 minute public class only begins to touch the surface of what this practice is all about. While getting in an hour long flow whenever possible is an incredible way to stay grounded & fit throughout the week, private lessons allow students to dive deeper. In fact, the roots of yoga are far more grounded in the guru-yogi relationship than they are today, where practices were supported by the mentorship of a seasoned yogi. Here are my top five reasons for why private lessons are key to integrating the practice of yoga into a lifestyle of yoga.
For students just beginning their yoga practice, or looking to test the waters of advanced asana, private lessons can offer more hands-on instruction, ensuring that you’re learning the proper form from the start. Learning good alignment habits from the get-go can help you create a sustainable practice: preventing injury & practicing yoga for life. In the public class setting, an instructor simply doesn’t have enough time to adjust every student in the room. Private lessons provide this individual attention.
Have you ever wondered what “Om” means and why we chant it? Maybe you want to dive into spiritual theory and explore the Bhagavad Gita? Or are you confused by what the instructor means when they say “Shine your heart to the front of the room” or “Knit your ribs together”? Or you want to know where your sacrum is? Private lessons are for these very questions and needs. Then, it’s just about finding the right teacher to fit your needs. There are so many facets to yoga and private lessons allow you to explore these.
Yoga Therapy is another facet of yoga that is not taken advantage of enough. A qualified yoga therapist will be able to use the practice of yoga for healing on a deeper level. Yoga therapists create practices for almost everything: from yoga for PTSD, eating disorders and anxiety, to injuries, unique bodies and disabilities.
Your Practice is Personal
Whether or not you schedule a private lesson with a yoga therapist or a regular instructor, a private lesson provides you with the tools to customize your practice for your needs. Instructors can help you open up those tight hips, work towards a handstand or relax with some restorative postures.
The chance to connect one-on-one with a teacher can not only provide a clear direction for your physical practice, but it can make you feel supported on this physical/spiritual journey. After all, yoga is a practice. And the more you practice, the more you encounter bumps in the road, blocks, and struggles. The support of a teacher can help you feel less alone. Because after all, we’re all on this journey together.
UPDATE - Gentle Yoga is now called Slow Flow.
While our traditional Flow class is inspired by Vinyasa yoga, building internal heat & strength, and our Restorative classes are a good old yogi nap, Gentle yoga meets you somewhere in the middle.
In this class, the slow pace and myriad of modifications makes it perfect for anyone just beginning their yoga journey, those looking to slow down & give their body some rest & recovery, or those dealing with injury. Our instructors demo how to use different props to assist the practice to work for your body just as it is right now (cause your body already rocks! And so do props!). Join us every Monday and Wednesday morning in the studio for a little stretch, stress-relief, and savasana.