ARE YOU READY TO YOGA?

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“The reasons above are used when I try to persuade friends, family, and total strangers to take yoga for the first time.” It’s a big action for many, but a move in the right path for the bodies and minds of those that take it.
The benefits of yoga are many for both body and mind, and the great news is that yoga is accessible to anyone and everyone. If you can breathe, you can do yoga! It’s a question of finding the best style, the right teacher, the right format, the right level and the right venue.
I’m here to remind you that there are simple recommendations that can keep your practice safe and practical, regardless of the style of instruction:
*INTENTION—take a few moments to make sure your head’s in the right place before you step on the mat. Most of the time, we’re to blame for our injuries. We watchasana the rest of the class and let ego take over—we want to be the best even if we’ve never tried it before! No amount of ego is going to help you if you push your body too far.
*3 KEYS—in Yoga at Connie’s instruction, there are three “checks” used for each pose: foundation, alignment, and breath. If the foundation is secure, whether it’s your feet, hands, shoulders, forearms, or hips, you’ve significantly reduced your chances of falling. Alignment refers to the spine, pelvis, and joints. Be attentive of these areas—your body will let you know if you’re going too far out of your natural alignment. The last is obvious: if you are not breathing, we recommend to back off and start over!
*PRIVATE CLASSES—most people experience Yoga asanas for the first time in a packed studio with little guidance. If you’re starting out, take a Private Class that will teach you the fundamentals before you head into a class. You’ll feel assured and enjoy it a lot more.
*PACE YOURSELF— Slow and steady wins the race here—when you’re consistent and mindful, your practice will evolve. Plus you’ll start to enjoy yourself!

Enjoy your week, Connie

   

Come Together Let’s Walk Monday at 5:30 pm

 

2017 Let’s Get Fit Schedule

Free Fun Fitness Classes and Health Activities

May 1      Zumba w/ Amber Taylor                       DMH & St Mary’s – Blood Pressure

May 8      Tai Chi w/Ariane Buckley                      St Mary’s – Grip Strength

May 15    Tabata w/ Shelli Reinhardt                  DMH – How To Read Nutrition Labels

May 22    Piyo w/ Kathy Doty                                Fleet Feet – Bra Fit Specialist

May 29    Memorial Day – No Class/Activity

June 5      Cardio Dance w/ Cynda Roberson      St Mary’s – Blood Pressure

June 12    Yoga w/ Connie Pease                          DMH & St Mary’s – Cancer Fighting      Foods & Fleet Feet – Shoe Fit Specialist

June 19   Strength Training w/Mimi Walters & Toni Eichenauer       Dermascan

Fairview Park Pavilion – Monday Nights 5:30 pm

 

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Schedule for May 22nd – 26th

 

Monday
9:30 am Sub Decatur Athletic Club
Tuesday-
7:45 am No Dance
8:30 am All Levels Yoga Nikki Hebert
6:30 pm All Levels Yoga Emily Cook
Wednesday-
10:00 am Sustainable Yoga Sue Weinstein
Thursday
8:30 am All Levels Yoga Kathleen Owen
6:30 pm All Levels Yoga Nikki Hebert

Wine and Yoga

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August  25th
Time:6 pm – 8 pm
We all know that yoga and wine are great stress relievers; for some people they may even be the go-to treat. Take it a step further – throw in humor and you’ve got the ultimate stress reliever trifecta. The yoga class is accessible, creative and engaging, will make you smile , feel great and the wine will do the rest!
Location: Barn
Cost – $10.00
Call Connie to save your spot- 217-620-3306
Wines from www.thedecanterfinewines.com

 

What the Tuck?!?!

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It’s time to debunk myths and set the record straight about the tuck. I’m talking about the pelvic tuck, also known as the pelvic tilt. For a while now, the tuck has become far too popular in fitness vocabulary. The word “tuck” has been used by weightlifters and CrossFit coaches to teach athletes to how to engage their glutes and open their hips; think at the top of a squat or a box jump. Yoga teachers have also taken to using the term to cue a flattening of the spine to prevent low back crunching. The tuck originated as a well-intentioned correctional cue. However, the tuck has taken on a life of it’s own. From a biomechanics perspective, the tuck is causing more harm than it is good as people are misunderstanding it’s proper use and purpose. If you have pelvic floor dysfunction or a diastasis recti or other core issue, the last thing you want to do is tuck your pelvis under you as it creates a reduced curve in your lumbar spine (your spine needs its curves for balance), it tightens the pelvic floor muscles, and it creates muscle imbalances in the hips and core. Having a pelvic floor dysfunction or core issue resolved by becoming aware of a tucked pelvis is very gratifying.

2017-2018 Teacher Training

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We practice yoga because it makes our lives better – healthier, happier, more holistic.

This practical, foundation program will advance your practice, acquaint you with the many layers of yoga, build your confidence and help you find your voice.

If you aspire to teach, you are in good company: many of the Central Illinois Yoga Teachers started their journey here. We want you to master the fundamentals, so completing our program will mark the beginning of your successful career as a yoga teacher.
OUR 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

Advanced study of asana (proper alignment, benefits, and potential risks)
Principles of anatomy
Science and art of sequencing
Hands-on adjustments
How to observe bodies
Informed use of props to improve or modify a posture
Cultivating your voice
Confidence-building through practice teaching
Yoga history and philosophy
Sanskrit names of postures
The Business of Yoga

WHAT MAKES YOGA AT CONNIE’S TEACHER TRAINING UNIQUE?

Teaching Tradition Lineage: Krishnamacharya, TK Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of the bestselling book “Yoga Anatomy,” and Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga.
Intelligent Sequencing: Learn the art and science of designing and delivering a safe, dynamic class.
Learn to teach truly: Our program is not about memorizing and reciting sequences. Instead, an emphasis is placed on teaching principles for clearly instructing students bodies into alignment.
Find Yourself: We give you space and opportunity to find your teaching style.

Below is a “schedule” for our weekends.  I will do my best to stick to it, but please know that schedules are good to have but often have to be put aside when things come up.

 8 Weekends, Friday 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm: Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

(140 contact hours)

Dates: To Be Announced

Our current schedule is as follows: 

Friday 6:30 -9:00 pm

6:30-7:30       Yoga Class

7:45-9:00       Into and Review

Saturday and Sunday 8:30-4:30pm

            8:30-10:00    Yoga Class

            10:15 – 12:45 Postural Training

            12:45-2:00     Lunch

            2:00-3:00       Session

            3:15 – 4:30       Session

 

Specific Session weekends:

Bio-Mechanics Workshop

Beryl Workshop

Please keep in mind the refund and make-up policy.  If you are going to miss any of a weekend, please contact me as soon as possible.

Refund Policy:

All payments must be paid when due.

Once the student begins the training, there will be no refunds issued.

If Yoga at Connie’s cancels the teacher training, a full credit or refund will be given.

Yoga at Connie’s reserves the right to amend this policy at its sole discretion.

 

YTT Make-up Policy:

Although 100% attendance is highly encouraged, please note the following regarding making up missed work.  If a participant misses all or a portion of a YTT weekend, it is their responsibility, at their own expense, to make up the missed work by the next YTT weekend.  A typical YTT weekend consists of approximately 20 contact hours with an instructor.  These hours are part of the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification requirement.  Depending on the time missed, make-up work may include any or all of the following:  participation in additional classes/downloads missed, journal writing assignments, paper writing assignments, phone conversations with the instructor and private lessons with the instructor or other assigned teacher at that teacher’s private lesson fee.

The true meaning of APARIGRAHA (letting go)

 

 

 

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The true meaning of APARIGRAHA ( letting go)
This week has been troublesome. My father has COPD and was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday for breathing issues. He could not catch his breath which is life, and all I could think about was he was losing his. I wanted him to try harder because I know when the breath is held too long that what nourishes us can turn toxic. The hospital room was full of chaos that Wednesday evening before a nurse took my dad’s hand while he was grasping and began to pray for breath. There was a calm that came over the room, and at that moment there was peace. The nature of aparigraha is impermanence – everything changes. Falling back to the breath and watch the rise and fall of each inhalation and exhalation, we can feel the truth of the transience of all things. My dad’s fear was gone as he returned to his breath. Dad told me later he felt he had only a few breaths left that night. In my heart, I knew he was right.
APARIGRAHA means nonpossessiveness and can also be interrupted as nonattachment, nongreedy, clinging, better said “letting go.” Our journey in this life should be light while caring and enjoying thoroughly.
Why is aparigraha so hard to practice? Still unable to shake the worry and stress, so I then decided to dive deep into trying to understand better what practicing Aparigraha meant. Is it just letting go, detaching yourself? Or is there more to it. I wonder how many suitcases of expectations, plans, resentments, and unforgiven moments I carry around with me on a daily basis. “Aparigraha is taking what we need: taking what serves us and letting go when the time is right. Aparigraha allows us to become more present by letting go of expectations.” I remembered this quote from a yoga tape I once watched, and I wrote it down for moments like these. I sat for a long time in silence, contemplating these two sentences. I dropped into a place of mental stillness that had been evading me for days. My faith in God and art of the practice is finding space to think clearly enough to discern what needs to be held closely and what needs to be let go. “Aparigraha isn’t about letting go of all things – it’s about letting go of the right things at the right time.” Practicing trust will keep us in check and keep us open to life’s unfolding.