YouYoga

YOGA THAT LETS YOU BE YOU

Maris shares: the Benefits and Joy of Yoga with her students August 31, 2012

My yoga journey began back home in the Philippines in 2003. Starting a yoga practice and radically changing my diet and habits were among the best decisions I’ve made in my life. In Manila, I explored different styles such as Ashtanga, Bikram, and Vinyasa. As I practiced over the years, I discovered how to nurture myself, to listen to my body, and to be simply grateful for whatever the present moment brings. Yoga started out as a physical activity and slowly evolved into a deeper practice that helps my psychological and spiritual growth. Upon moving to the U.S. in 2010, I started on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. I completed my yoga teacher training at KC Fitness Link and registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. In addition, I attended Levels 1 and 2 trainings with Yoga Fit and other workshops with renowned visiting teachers such as Desiree Rumbaugh and Max Strom. It brings me great joy to share yoga with my students and to witness them enjoying the many benefits of this wonderful practice.

Maris Aylward, CYT 200

 

 

Teachings at YouYoga:

Fridays: Beginning @ 9:30 – 10:30 am

Fridays: Vinyasa Flow @ 10:45- 12:00 pm (Begins in October) 

 

Danelle shares: Being in the Moment, Day by Day with Her Students August 30, 2012

I have been doing Yoga for about ten years. It started out as just a physical workout, to improve strength, balance, flexibility, but almost without my noticing, it grew into a spiritual journey too, and I found yoga permeating every aspect of my life. It helped me as a singer, an actor, a grade school teacher, a daughter, a partner, a friend. It really helps me be a better version of myself while, at the same time, helping me discover and appreciate who that really is. I found myself teaching yoga in my drama classes, to help with posture, relaxation and focus, and using yoga in my own acting career to balance and calm myself before going onstage.

In 2006 I was lucky enough to spend some time in Ireland with my aunt, a wonderful and inspiring yogi and yoga teacher, helping out in her yoga studio office and assisting with teaching kids yoga classes.  I thought, “When I grow up, I want to be a yoga teacher!” I don’t know that I’ve grown up yet,  but I did my formal yoga teacher training though KC Fitness Link, and am so blessed every day by the every widening circle of yoga students, teachers and practitioners that I now find myself surrounded by.

 I love how, as Inyengar says, yoga means…”all our bones, flesh, fibers, ligaments, joints, senses, mind and intelligence are harnessed. In this way, the practice of asana, performed with all elements of our being, awakens and sharpens intelligence, until it is integrated with our senses, our mind, our memory, our consciousness and our soul. ” And I love how yoga teaches us to be in the moment, day by day, accepting where we are just now and knowing that, “if you learn a lot of little things, one day you end up knowing a big thing.”

Danelle Drury, CYT 200

 

 

 

Teachings at YouYoga (beginning October 1):

Mondays: Vinyasa Flow @ 7:00 – 8:15 am

Tuesdays: Vinyasa Flow/Sculpt @ 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Saturdays: Vinyasas Flow @ 12:00 – 1:15 pm (rotation)

 

Ericka shares: Acceptance, Growth and Confidence with Her Yoga Students August 29, 2012

I’ve began taking Yoga 11 years ago after having my first child.  The idea of intentional movement with conscious breath was a welcoming idea due to my dance background. I was blessed to have my first instructor  teach me from the beginning to meet myself were I was at in the moment.  Acceptance lead to growth. Growth gave way to confidence. Confidence birthed a willingness to try new things.

8 years ago, I earned my 200 hour Yoga certification from KC Fitness Link with Darryl Olive.  In January of 2012, I completed my Chair Yoga Certification with Lakshmi Voelker founder of Get Fit Where You Sit.   My goal as a yoga instructor is to share a balanced approach to yoga.  I want my students to understand proper alignment, along with the importance of proper breathe in each pose.  Let’s not forget… a strong sense of self too.  In sharing a strong foundation, my hope is that my students will have the opportunity to find acceptance, growth, and confidence within themselves.

I’ve had the opportunity to teach a Matt Ross Community Center, 50 Plus Program of Johnson County Parks and    Recreation, City of Lenexa Senior Center, as well as Children’s Mercy Hospital, and I’m looking forward to sharing our approach to yoga at our own yoga space: YouYoga

Ericka Bell, CYT 200, LVCYT, Blogger

Creator of YouYoga

 

YouYoga….

 
 
 
 
 
With all the new growth and changes happening at YouYoga….I thought it important to share with you the teachers of YouYoga too. We want you to know our stories, our passion, and what our goals are while sharing our teachings with our students.

So, over the next several days/weeks I’ll be posting our bios and photos in an attempt to give each of you a greater picture of who we are at YouYoga….as each of us strive to let your yoga practice be reflective of YOU!

Namaste

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday Inspiration 46 August 26, 2012

 

 

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Gandhi

 

Kids…gotta love their perspective August 25, 2012

So, while driving my kids to school today…I shared with them that I may not be able to attend as many class room parties/field trips with them this year due to putting energy towards growing YouYoga’s offerings for our current and future …
students…The car became quiet, so to fill the space I shared with them that both of my parents worked, and were never able to attend daytime school events during the year. Hoping they’d find appreciation for all of my attendance during the past school years….At last a response: my 9 year old, son stated: “Yeah Mom, but Papa and Abuela (my parents) worked at General Motors building cars for the whole entire world to use. You just teach people yoga, and they really don’t need that…”

Really??? I know this was his attempt to say, it would be nicer if you could come on a field trip with me this year, and yes it would be! But, I also want him (both of my children) to understand that taking time for self to connect with breathe, body and mind should be  just as important to people, if not more than making cars for the entire world!

We invite you to come join us as our class offerings will be expanded beginning October 1……details are coming soon! Until then, check out our schedule for current class offerings: https://balancedenergyyoga.wordpress.com/class-schedule/ 

Together we can show our children/grandchildren that happy, healthy people are the most important thing in the world!!!

Namaste

 

Yoga and Shoulder Pain…it doesn’t have to be August 22, 2012

 
Have you ever hurt your shoulders during a yoga practice? I’ve actually heard of students leaving their yoga practice behind due to intense shoulder pain. As a yoga teacher, I firmly believe that if we learn how our bodies work……then we can learn to move with our bodies in less harmful ways, helping us to develop strength, flexibility, and the balance we desire. I’ve found an article at MyYogaOnline that shares information on the shoulders, and how they function to support a yoga practice. Please enjoy and allow yourself sometime for an ah-ha moment!