Wide Angle Yoga

strength / flexibility / tone / balance

Want a Little Balance in Your Life?

It's a challenge some days to find steady ground. A deadline at work is approaching, your dog gets into the garbage just as you're leaving for work (on time), some gum finds it's way to the bottom of your shoe, your boss puts another project on your desk, you're too busy for lunch, the dinner you carefully prepared, burns while you catch up on a little laundry . . . life . . . happens. Stress develops in our minds, then tension begins building inside, effecting all internal systems. 

Practicing balance postures on your yoga mat, or in your living room, kitchen or bathroom, can make a BIG difference on how these unsettling events effect your health. Begin a daily practice of standing on one leg at a time with or without the support of a wall, countertop or chair. Keep your breath full and slow. Try holding balance in any variation of Tree Pose for 1 minute at a time then increase to 2-3 minutes on each leg. Sure, your feet, ankles and knees get stronger, your legs develop long lean muscles. your glutes get toned, your belly smooths out and your posture improves but it's what happens to your central nervous system that wins out with balance practice.

Keeping balance is more than concentrating on maintaining Tree Pose with a some dignity. Balance postures help us sustain the ability to maintain a calm demeanor that guards our emotions against negative reactions to outside pressures. We can't know what each day will bring, but with practice in balancing postures, we really can find more balance in our lives. Balance in just being is the fundamental basis of a well-lived life.

WAY Studio balancing classes include inversions that build strength, mental clarity and steadiness on and off the yoga mat. Balance/Inversions Class, Wednesday nights at 6:30p.m.

I hope to see you soon! - Debra

Bringing Yoga Home

Traditional yoga practice is the only form of physical activity that promotes proper function of all systems of the body. This fact alone is the reason to add yoga into your life at home, especially if you have a routine of other physical activities. Learn how to care for yourself through body awareness during even a basic yoga practice. Your body will let you know where you are tight and where you are weak to give notice of the existence of needed attention before real injury or illness becomes a reality. Yoga will relieve tension in tight muscles to help protect joint mobility, prevent injury with proper alignment in poses specific to your sport and give you the ability to understand your own body language with the knowledge you gain from consistent yoga practice. You can avoid the onset of problems by knowing which yoga postures bring relief when your body first begins to feel out of sync and how to use yoga for an existing injury or illness to gain a personal awareness on why the ancient practice of traditional yoga is a modern day healing art.

Yoga classes once or twice a week instill conscientious habits of proper alignment for home practice. At Wide Angle Yoga, individual attention is given in each class to build confidence in how and why to practice postures for full benefits. New classes are scheduled with 2 free classes on the 8 class pack. I'll look forward to seeing you soon! - Debra