YouYoga…..We Invite YOU to Come Share in Our Fall Offerings….Begins October 1, 2012 September 6, 2012
Keep Updated with NEW BEGINNINGS at YouYoga August 6, 2012
Summer has been ticking along nice and steady, but I must admit we’re all looking forward to a change of pace, and sharing our expansion of class offerings with you all soon. Please note that YouYoga’s schedule will not change until after Labor Day weekend; however in the efforts to reboot my battery before the expansion begins I will not be holding my classes on the following dates:
Classes not being held from August 7 – August 14:
Tuesday 8/7 :
Beginning @ 9:30 – 10:30 am
Unplug/Unwind @ 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Vinyasa Flow @ 9:30 – 10:45 am
Vinyasa Flow @ 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Chair Yoga @ 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Vinyasa Flow @ 6:15 – 7:30
Tuesday 8/14 :
Beginning @ 9:30 – 10:30 am
Unplug/Unwind @ 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Please check schedule to see what other classes might work for you during this week with our welcoming and passionate YouYoga teachers. Also feel free to contact me with any questions, or concerns: 913.645.7974
Belly Dancing Open House with Maya’s Oasis and Mandi:
Come join Maya and Mandi on Sunday, August 26 @ 2:00 – 4:00. They will be offering free Belly Dance Sessions, Refreshments, and Prizes!!!! We’re looking forward to having them become a part of the YouYoga and AKKA family.
Find out more about Maya’s Oasis: www.mayasoasis.com
Beginning September 4, 2012 YouYoga will be expanding our offerings…….yeah!!! It’s our goal to offer you various practices at various times in hopes to meet more of your needs for your wellness goals. Some of the practices will include: Yoga Sculpt, Wall Yoga, Pilates on the Mat, Meditation and more……..stay tuned for new schedule coming out soon……..we know that you’ll be pleased.
We’ll also be rolling out our New Logo and New Website within the next week, or two. The website will make it easier for you to stay up to date with schedule, workshops, and any special offerings. You’ll be able to purchase classes, and gift certificates online too! We’ll be working towards offering video clips online that will help you with breathing, proper alignment, and wellness tips.
We can’t thank you all enough for your constant support and encouragement. It’s our privilege to be able to share yoga/Pilates with YOU!!! Looking forward to continued growth for many years to come.
Namaste, Ericka and the YouYoga Teachers 🙂
NIH Asks Older Adults, “Ever Consider Yoga?” July 10, 2012
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently sent out a bulletin asking older adults if they had ever considered yoga. It is accompanied by a great video featuring Dr. Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging. She is a senior and has been practicing yoga for two years now. The video only takes a couple of minutes. Dr. Bernard discusses how she has benefitted from yoga and how other might also. See the video here.
While Dr. Bernard started with hot yoga, remember there are many types of yoga, so it is a viable alternative for everyone regardless of current fitness level. I invite you, using the comments below, to share your experiences with both mat and chair yoga. Here is your chance to help others understand the positive impact yoga can have on their lives.
For a Bio of Dr. Bernard click here.
Yoga and COPD July 2, 2012
Chances are that you know at least one person that suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Decease (COPD). Roughly 12 million Americans suffer from COPD. COPD, either through chronic bronchitis or emphysema, impacts a person’s ability to breath. This of course can have a profound impact on the quality of someone’s life.
I know because my mother has COPD. Back in the 1980’s she quit smoking cold turkey. Unfortunately, nearly 25 years later, she was diagnosed with COPD. Based on my observations of her battle with COPD over the last 7 years, living with COPD is complicated and can result in a dangerous downward spiral of health. Difficulty breathing and ongoing bouts with bronchitis limits your ability to exercise which often results in weight gain which further exasperates the issues with breathing. You can see how COPD can impact both your quality of life and independence. The true danger in this is the feeling of losing control of your health that then leads to loss of hope. While this is not a disease that is limited to seniors, COPD is especially tough on seniors, because it can multiply the impacts of our natural reduction of physical ability that comes with age.
What does this have to do with yoga you might ask? One of the challenges for people with COPD is finding a way to stay physically active or regain the ability to be physically active. Exercise to build or maintain lung capacity as well as to maintain a healthy weight is very important in limiting the impact of COPD on those that have it and to maximize quality of life. The first images that pop into your mind of people doing yoga may lead you to believe that yoga is not the answer, but actually yoga is an excellent option for people of all ages and physical conditions that suffer from COPD including seniors.
Why is yoga a great option for those that suffer from COPD?
- Yoga is all about breathing – The power of breath and breathing is a core principle in yoga. In the treatment of COPD patients are taught how to breathe correctly. Yoga teaches you to control and use your breath as well as helps build lung capacity.
- Yoga is all about movement – Yoga teaches you to couple breathing and movement. Since movement equals exercise, it is a great way to build your physical capabilities. It makes a great addition to your current exercise program and is the perfect way to get started again if you have not been exercising.
- Yoga is all about meeting yourself where you are – Many think yoga is only for the young and already fit. Yoga, more than any other form of exercise, has the ability to meet you where you are no matter your physical capability or age. You can start in Chair Yoga and build from there. I would argue that yoga is the best single physical activity people with COPD can undertake.
- Yoga at YouYoga is all about community – When you are trying to overcome any challenge, it is always better to have support doing so. At YouYoga we have built a community of likeminded people studying yoga for many reasons, but all wanting to do so in an inviting, safe, non-judgmental, supportive environment.
If you suffer from COPD or know someone who does, I encourage you to consider yoga as a way to minimize its impacts, improve your quality of life and to preserve your independence.
Lymphatic System Cleansing Breath April 19, 2012
As I went through my Chair Yoga Certification with Lakshmi Voelker, one of the things I found most interesting was the process of our Lymphatic System and how much it needs our attention to function at its best. I’ve shared this breath with my students, and I like to pair this breath with Eagle Pose. Eagle Pose squeezes the lymph nodes found under the arms, and in the groin. This helps to emphasis the action of the breath by forcing the toxins away from the glands.
I invite you to read the following information from Lakshmi. Take the time to understand it, and then take the time to apply it. You’ll reap the same benefits whether your on the mat, or on the chair. It’s simple and takes a minimal amount of breathing with awareness to help you body function properly with less toxins, and the only side-effect is calm and clarity!
Be well! Ericka
Understand the power of the breath. Your body is as healthy as its cells. Healthy cells mean a healthy blood stream (circulatory system). Breath is the control system that cleanses the blood stream. It gives oxygen to cells and controls the flow of lymph fluid in the body, which contains white blood cells that protect the body and cleanses the system.
The lymph system is the body’s sewage system. Every cell is surrounded by lymph. We have 4 times more lymph than blood. Blood is pumped form the heart through the arteries to thin porous capillaries. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the capillaries where they are then diffused in to the fluid around the cells called lymph.
Cells take necessary nutrients and oxygen for their health right out of the lymph and excrete toxins back into the lymph. Dead cells and toxins then go into the lymph system to be drained out of the body. If the lymph system shut down for 24 hours, we would die as a result of trapped blood proteins and excess fluid.
The blood stream has a pump, the heart. The lymph has only deep breathing and muscular movement as its pump. We must breathe deeply to help stimulate lymph movement.
Learn how to breathe first. (Then, look into your eating habits and body movement. For those of you more interested, visit my Web site to learn about The Rebounder.) Deep breathing creates a vacuum that literally cycles the lymph thorough lymph nodes and, thus, the blood stream; it multiplies the pace at which the body eliminates toxins.
Deep breathing and exercise accelerate this process of cleansing 15 times its normal pace. Fully oxygenating the body has got to be our number one priority. One out of three Americans get cancer. Only one out of every seven athletes gets cancer. Why????? Athletes are giving the body oxygen regularly. They are firing off their internal vacuum—the lymph system—that is then cleansed through the circulatory system. More oxygen gets to the cells and fewer toxins stay in the body.
In the lymphatic system cleansing breath we need to breathe at the 1:4:2 ratio.
We hold the breath four times as long as the inhalation so we can oxygenate the blood.
We then need to exhale twice as long as we inhale because exhaling eliminates toxins such as excess carbon dioxide from the blood and activate the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system cleansing breath goes as follows:
Start the breath deep within the abdominal area
Inhale for the count of 1
Hold the breath for the count of 4
Exhale through pursed lips slowly for the count of 2.
Conclude each ratio with one inhalation through the nose and one exhalation through the mouth.
Continue the ratio 9 more times for a total of 10 rounds three times a day.
Gradually increase the ratio as the days and weeks pass going to 2:8:4 then 3:12:6 and on till you can comfortably get to 7:28:14. This may take a few weeks to a few months to obtain