Snowflake Dogma- Strengthen the Neck and Back

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October 13th 1:00-5:00 pm    The Spine and Neck
Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.
Anatomy and developmental stages of the spine
Discussion and assessment of spinal movements
Spinal orientation to gravity – sequencing and practice
The breath and the spine
Tips for keeping the spine safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice
Contact Connie 217-620-3306 Cost is $50

Silent Vipassana Meditation

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Sept. 14th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Silent Vipassana Meditation
The course is not easy and it’s not fun. This will take a beginner from point A (in my case kicking and screaming) to point B (meditating in a very healing, purifying way) .
Contact Connie 217-620-3306

Fee- $10.00

Grace. Grit and Yoga

Hike Yoga & Meditate (Earth Day)

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Yoga practitioners across the country celebrate Earth Day as a practice that relates to AHIMSA, the yogic principle of non-harming!
Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to explore this mind-set, as we look for ways to give back to our life-sustaining planet. Learn how to green your yoga practice plus our favorite yoga poses.
This is an intimate group hike and yoga capped at 15 people, so reserve your spot now. Message me if you plan on attending.
Event includes a guided hike with trail facts, awareness of conservation efforts, yoga, meditation, and trail snack.
A liability waiver will be provided at the start of the hike. A signed waiver is required for participation. Youth under 18 years of age must have a guardian’s signature to participate. Youth must have a guardian or adult present to participate.
Meet at the Conservation Building at noonish. 
Bring a mat and water.
(All Yoga Levels)
This is a FREE class

Fearless Warriors at Any Age

 

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We want you to know that whether you are turning thirty (or forty, or eighty!) or even if you just want to practice in a stronger, more resilient way, you are not alone.  In this two part workshop, you will find your feet, develop strong legs, increase abdominal strength , and develop a strong home practice.

Pre-registration required. Contact conniepease@hotmail.com or 217-620-3306 for more details.  RYTs receive 4 hours continuing education credits for each weekend, applicable towards Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements.

 

Weekend # 2 

April 8th Sunday 1-5

Themes:

  1. Community and Connection-KNEES AND HIPS
  2. Be the Change- SHOULDERS
  3. Find Strength through your FEET
  4. Steady is the New Strong- LEGS
  5. Have faith, Abdominal Strength
  6.  Let Practice

Cost $25.00

 

Snowflake Dogma of Yoga

 

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Everyone knows that no two snowflakes are exactly alike even though they look similar , and this is true for bodies after all we are not cookie cutters.  While we all have the same bones, muscles and joints; the shape of those bones, the flexibility and strength of the muscles are different for each of us.  That means each of us is are unique, with different movement possibilities.   It is important to understand what keeps you from doing a particular movement or posture, in order to practice safely and therapeutically. This series will introduce you to Biomechanics of yoga.

Beyond Yoga Alignment:
Biomechanics, Posture, and Performance

Pre-registration is required.  Contact conniepease@hotmail.com for details or 217-620-3306    RYTs receive 7 hours continuing education credits for each weekend, applicable towards Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements.

Weekend #1:   Hips,Knees and Ankles

Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.

  • Anatomy of the hip, knee and ankle joints
  • Discussion and assessment of the movements available in these joints
  • Sequencing suggestions for group classes and home practice
  • Tips for keeping these joints safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
  • Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice

March 9-10, 2018 at the BarnStudio

Friday 5:30 to 8:30, Saturday 1:00 to 5:00

Cost is $50

Weekend #2:  The Shoulders, Elbows and Wrist

Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.

  • Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints
  • Discussion and assessment of the movements available in these joints
  • Sequencing suggestions for group classes and home practice
  • Tips for keeping these joints safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
  • Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice

April 13-14, 2018 at the Barn Studio

Friday 5:30 to 8:30, Saturday 1:00 to 5:00

Cost is $50

Weekend #3:   The Spine

Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.

  • Anatomy and developmental stages of the spine
  • Discussion and assessment of spinal movements
  • Spinal orientation to gravity – sequencing and practice
  • The breath and the spine
  • Tips for keeping the spine safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
  • Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice

May 11-12 2018 at Barn Studio

Friday 5:30 to 8:30, Saturday 1:00 to 5:00

Cost is $50

 

2017 Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Week:

Closed Thanksgiving Day
 

Christmas and News Year Week:

 All classes take place the same as usual.
 
 
Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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

   

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.