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!

Introducing Danika Hanson June 11, 2012

We are happy to announce that Danika Hanson will be joining us over the next few months to help us keep our classes rolling as the summer can bring  changes in schedules for everyone.  She has a passion for yoga, and believes it is beneficial to all who are willing to try.  You can share in her practice on the following dates:

Thursdays, YOU in Flow @ 6:15 – 7:30 pm:

June 14 and 28

July 5, 12 and 26

August 2, 9 and 16



Danika in her own words:

I was first introduced to yoga through a friend encouraging me to try Bikram style. It was enlightening and empowering! I practiced off and on while living in Colorado, but my passion for yoga blossomed here in Kansas City.

I found a renewed love for spirituality and a closeness to God as I continued to practice. Yoga became more about mindfulness than about competitiveness. Thus, I realized I wanted to share my new-found passion with others! I received my teacher training at KCFitnessLink in Kansas City, Kansas in September 2011.

I feel that yoga is for Every Body! And, Any yoga is better than no yoga! I am blessed to have found this path of yoga and hope to continue to pass along the yoga love!



Reflection on Today’s Yoga Practices at YOUYOGA March 8, 2012


the beautiful lotus flower



Today’s classes were so enjoyable. We practiced “playing our edges” by facing challenges with kindness and grace. We also worked with a mindfulness of “Matrika Shakti”….defined as the power of the word.  Begin seeing obstacles as only challenges…..knowing that in-time with a loving consistency all things will unfold. Thank YOU Lakshmi Voelker for sharing this beautiful concept with us. May all of us carry this mind-set as we move through our day……seeking peace, harmony and bliss.


YOUYOGA Mission Statement February 26, 2012

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At YOUYOGA we strive to create a comfortable atmosphere of acceptance, while sharing our knowledge and passion for yoga; to help YOU become your best self in mind, body and spirit. Namaste


Here We GROW Again! November 30, 2011

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The New Year is already promising to be exciting, and we’re looking forward to sharing this excitement with all of YOU!   Our yoga space is growing….literally….we’re knocking down the walls!  We’ll be expanding our space, adding more props, adding new classes, as well as adding some weekend workshops for 2012.  As soon as construction begins we’ll be posting updates on the blog…….so stay tuned and enjoy the process of growth with us!  We’re looking forward to sharing our new expansion with all of you.  And as always sharing in your yoga practice that let’s you be you! 


Breathing With Intention November 18, 2011

We enter the world with our first breath and we exit this world with our last breath, but what are we doing between those two points of our lives?  Yes, we’re breathing, but what is the quality and depth of our breath?  Most people breath in the upper part of their chest never exploring the full possibilities of their lunges.  Sometimes the breath is even held while we focus on a task, or while we are working on a new challenge.  However, the breath can be a powerful tool if you’re willing to explore the possibilities.

During my classes this week we worked on a form of breath know as Viloma II; this breath helps to create heat in the body.  So, if you’re feeling low on energy, sluggish, or a little cloudy in the head this is the breath for you.  On the other hand, if you’re feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed you can try the cooling breath known as Viloma I.  I felt it important to share these breathing styles with my students this week since we are heading into the holiday season.  It can become easy this time of year to feel over stressed; which can then lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, as well as fatigued.

Take a moment right now and notice how you’re feeling.  Once you decide, select the breath that you think will be most beneficial for you in this moment.  Try 1-3 rounds of breath at first, eventually working you way towards 3-5 rounds.  Keep the breath even and smooth….not feeling tension or stress….allow your body to be breathed.  With each of these breathes imagine your torso is a glass segmented into thirds.  During the practice of the cooling breath you’ll be pouring the breath out of your torso…the breath will move from the top, down.   So, the opposite will occur during the heating breath….you’ll be pouring the breath into the torso….the breath will move from the bottom, up.

Viloma I (cooling breath):

Inhale deeply, hold the breath at its’ peak.  Slowly release the breath 1/3… pause…slowly release the breath another 1/3…pause…slowly release the last 1/3 and empty the breathe all the way out….slowly inhale…repeat this sequence.

Viloma II (heating breath):

Inhale deeply, release the breath all the way out and hold for a moment at the bottom of the breath.  Slowly inhale 1/3…pause…slowly inhale another 1/3…pause…slowly in the last 1/3….pause at the peak, and then release the breath all the way out…repeat the sequence.

After practicing each breath take a moment and notice what sensations you’re experiencing…..just note them, and notice how the experience changes each time you practice these breathing techniques.  Most importantly, remember to keep the body calm, the brain quite and the breath flowing.  Your breath is always with you, so call upon it to nourish, calm, heal, and energize the body whenever you need it.


4 Ways to Increase Your Balance: Part 4 November 8, 2011

So, how has it been going?  Have you been working Step 1: feet, Step 2: thighs, and Step 3: core?  If you’ve been putting in the time you may already notice a difference in your balance.  You’ve also proven that you’re willing to commit to a process.  Building balance requires a consistent effort, and a belief that your balance will improve.  Which brings us to step 4: the brain.

Our thoughts are powerful…..what we think usually becomes our truth.  So, if you keep thinking you can’t balance I almost guarantee that you won’t.  On the other hand if you believe balance comes easily….than eventually it will.  Why are the most simple concepts so hard to accept?  The next time you practice balance repeat to yourself; “I have great balance and it gets better each time I practice.”

One final tip for balance…..find your Drishti. This is the yoga term for gazing point.  Find something at eye-level, or even slightly above the eyes.  Look at the item and then slowly begin to let you focus drift past the item…..almost as if you where in a trance.  Soften the breath and face….. quite the brain.  Try to hold your balancing pose; such as Tree Pose for 1-3 full rounds of breath before coming out of the pose.  Exit the pose as mindful as you entered the pose.  This will help to cultivate a catalog of balance that will be easier, and easier to call upon when needed.

During the month of November I will share some poses that will let you put your efforts into action.  Keep working, keep believing, and it will all come together for you.