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July 2012 Schedule

Regular classes:
Wednesday 5-6PM            Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
Friday 6:15PM-7:15PM       Xplore Yoga              Rock & Flow
Saturday 10:30AM-11:45AM   Yoga Source Los Gatos    Foundations of Flow (Assistant)
Sunday 9AM-10:30AM         Just Breathe Rivermark   Heated Vinyasa Flow*

*starts 7/22

Subbing:
Monday 7/2 8-9:30PM        Xplore Yoga              Hatha Flow Heated
Monday 7/23 6:15-7:45PM    Yoga @ Cindy's           Heated Vinyasa Flow
Saturday 7/28/2012 8-9:30AM Yoga @ Cindy's          Heated Gentle Flow

*I will be out 7/4-7/8

Practice, practice, practice!

Sure, there are those that are probably born a little more flexible than other people. But, as the CEO of my company (Brocade Communications) says, “Everyone in the room is probably smarter than me, but I can out-hustle any of them.” (Of course I’m paraphrasing slightly.)

After many months of practicing (slow and with patience), I can now put my foot behind my head comfortably. This is a real rah-rah moment because I wasn’t sure that it was ever going to happen and it did.

June 2012 Schedule [Updated 6/16]

Regular classes:
Monday 5:30-6:45PM         Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
Wednesday 5-6PM            Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
Friday 12PM-1PM            Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
Friday 6:15PM-7:15PM       Xplore Yoga              Rock & Flow*
Saturday 10:30AM-11:45AM   Yoga Source Los Gatos    Foundations of Flow (Assistant)

Subbing:
Thursday 6/14 7-8AM        Yoga @ Cindy's           Heated Vinyasa Flow
Thursday 6/21 7-8AM        Yoga @ Cindy's           Heated Vinysas Flow
Thursday 6/21 12-1PM       Yoga Spring Studio       Gentle Flow (All Levels) 
Saturday 6/30 4-5:30PM     Yoga @ Cindy's           Heated Vinyasa Flow
*Starts 6/22

May 2012 Schedule

Regular classes:
Monday 5:30-6:45PM       Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow
Wednesday 5-6PM          Xplore Yoga              Heated Power Flow
Friday 12PM              Yoga Spring Studio       Heated Power Flow

Subbing:
Sunday 5/6 8-9:30AM      Xplore Yoga              Heated Vinyasa Flow

I will be in Asia from May 13-June 10th

Teachers Aren’t Showing Off – They Just Want to Inspire You.

I used to think that some of my teachers were showing off by putting their feet behind their head, doing handstands or some crazy arm balance. At some point, I realized it’s because they want to show that it is humanly possible to do it. Sometimes they push you a little more because they know you’re being complacent in an easier modification.

I definitely know this now because when I try to teach arm balances and inversions, I want the students to TRY and HAVE FUN with something totally crazy. I want them to realize it’s okay to fall on their face, roll over or look totally goofy and stupid in the meantime. I wasn’t born doing Bakasana (crow.) The first time I actually tried it, I held it for 1/10th of a second – and what a glorious 1/10th of a second it was.

Now I feel like I can hold it forever AND I can jump back to chaturonga. 

Just try.

What I learned as a Yoga Teacher Part I

Your pants are probably more see-through than you realize.

While adjusting students, I’ve noticed that 50% of the pants out there are see-through. So much so that I can read “PINK” splattered across the bum of your Victoria’s secret undies. The funny thing is, I don’t really judge and I don’t really care. This was more of an observation is anything. It does make me wonder how bad my pants show through… If you are worried about flashing your teacher, you might want to do a bend over test when you buy new pants. I haven’t seen too many issues with the people who buy higher end pants (e.g. Lululemon, Lucy, Nike.) Just saying…

Power Yoga vs. Vinyasa Yoga

I’ve pondered this question many many times. Generally, I have heard that power classes are harder the vinyasa.

I’ve taken some very difficult vinyasa classes where I came out drenched in sweat. I’ve taken easy power classes where I’ve felt good enough to take another class right afterwards.

So what’s the difference?

Well, when I teach a power class, I make it slightly more cardio oriented. There are a lot more mini-vinis, stretching holds aren’t as long, but strength and energizing poses are emphasized. There is also a little more focus on core and upper body.

For vinyasa, expect a little more hippy-love. I’ll admit I’m not as good with the vinyasa dialogue as I could be, but I’m working on it. Vinyasa is more breath and mind-focused, and a lot more meditative overall. Greater emphasis is placed on slow steady movements and slow steady breathing.

Of course, I could be totally wrong, but this is just my interpretation… and this is what you can expect from my classes! Expect a little butt-kicking either way.