YOUYOGA December Special and Schedule Update October 31, 2011

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December Special

YOUYOGA will be offering a second session of YOU in Flow evening classes beginning:

November 28 – December 15…..Everyone is Welcomed!

Classes for this session will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm  – 7:15 pm

Purchase 6 class pass for $48 ($8 per class), or Drop-In for $10 per class

Please purchase pass prior to  Friday, November 25.  Pass can be purchased with cash or check made out to Ericka Bell

Need more info contact:  Ericka 913.645.7974

Schedule Updates

Wednesdays, YOU in Stillness at 9:30 will be removed from the schedule starting in November 2011.  I will be taking classes of my own towards my 500 Yoga Certification, and I’m looking forward to sharing my new knowledge about Yoga with all of you.


Sunday Inspiration 15 October 30, 2011

“Luck is the residue of your design.”

Walter Camp


Notes From The Students October 28, 2011

“I’ve been visiting  Matt Ross Community center for two years now and have been taking Chair Yoga. Ericka Bell is my very capable instructor. She has an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of yoga. Plus, she understands the attitude and ambiance that it takes to make each session a valuable experience.  I truly look forward to her class every week.  Ericka always makes you feel comfortable.  She speaks softly and ends each session with meditation. I suffered from lower back pain for years. Chair Yoga has reduced the problem significantly. Ericka encouraged me to try something new. Her gentle manner  helped me to stay with it.  Namaste: I bow to the light I see in me, just as I bow to the light I see in you.”



4 Ways To Increase Your Balance: Part 3 October 27, 2011

If you’ve been practicing Wall Sit from Part 2 of 4 Ways to Increase Your Balance I feel confident that you’ve found your thighs.  The burn means your waking up those muscles, and making them stronger.  Now let us take that energy to the core.  Building a strong core is the 3rd step for increasing your ability to balance.  A strong core will also help to minimize lower back pain.  Often when we think of building strength in the core we find ourselves on the floor performing those dreaded sit-ups…….it can be a challenge for most people to even get to the floor. So, grab a stable chair and we are going to work that tummy from a seated position.  Let’s get to work!


Core Exercise: Seated Crunch

Begin seated in your chair.  Move forward bringing your sitting bones to the edge of the chair.  The feet face forward, while the legs make a 90 degree angle by stacking knee over ankle.  Draw the bellybutton to the spine, as you move your shoulders over hips.  Feel your feet rooted deeply on the ground, and feel the muscles of the legs draw up on the bones.
Take a nice inhale as you raise your arms straight up towards the sky.  Interlace your fingers, and place the hands at the base of your skull where the head and neck meet.  Elbows are wide and out to the sides.  Allow the neck to feel long, while the shoulders melt away from the ears.
Take another nice inhale, and feel you ribs move away from your waist……feel a big stretch in the side-body.  As you exhale, draw the chin towards the heart, the belly towards the spine and the tailbone draws up……imagine it moving forward between the legs.  Inhale while moving back to the starting position.  If you want to increase  your awareness of lower body’s form you can place a yoga block, or small ball between the upper thighs. 
You’ve just completed a seated crunch.  Bring your energy into the core and feel yourself working, building strength. Repeat this action 10 times.  As you build strength try to perform 3-5 sets of 10.  Remember you’re building the blocks to better balance one step at a time.  Stay consistent, stay patient, and be supportive of yourself……..No Negative Thoughts!!!  Keep working, and stayed tuned for part 4!
To Read Part 1 Click Here
To Read Part 2 Click Here

Halloween Candy…Trick or Treat? October 26, 2011

Oh my goodness it’s that time a year again.  Your kids gather all of those tempting treats in one spooky night just to leave you with a large bowl full of temptation night after night!!!  And not just candy, but all of those sweet treats that bring you back to your childhood.  We think one piece won’t hurt, but with almost every candy being bite size… “just one” usually turns into an amount that you wouldn’t disclose to your closest friends. So, what do we do?  We don’t want our hard work of healthy eating and mindful physical activity to be blown away in one night, right?  Here are some suggestions:

1.  Everyone in the family is allowed one treat per night for a week.  Whatever is left can be donated to your, or significant other’s work office.

2.  Everyone selects 5 of their top picks from the bowl… go first, because they did the work……donate the remainders to a local community center for their patrons.

3.  Create individual bags made of similar candies.  Store them somewhere where the eyes don’t get ahead of the brain, and save them for that next family movie night. 

The moral of the story…..there’s nothing funny about a Treat that plays a Trick on the size of your behind!  If you have any ideas that work well for your family, please share them with us.  YOUYOGA wishes you and your family a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!


Sunday Inspiration 15 October 23, 2011

“Wisdom comes with what you let go of, not what you hold on to.”