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A letter from Jen
This month we celebrate the 9th Anniversary of The Yoga Loft! In 2005 I had no idea what may happen after I opened up the doors, but I am so glad that I did! Confucius said " Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life". Our wonderful community of students, teachers and teacher trainees is so incredible that it honestly makes my job seem even less like "work". I thank you so much for your efforts and dedication, your support of the studio and team of teachers and for helping us as we transition into "The 21st Century" with our new Mind Body scheduling.
holding the asana
holding the asana
How many times have you cringed at hearing "and we'll hold for five breaths" visit this section monthly to learn cueing and some fitness tips that might make those five breathes having you exhaling a bit more easily.
For the upcoming Holiday season it is nice to incorporate more restorative poses in our practice, our meditation or even the tiniest bit of free time. Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose) is a great example of a calming pose that is suitable for all levels yet packs such a bang for its buck in benefits. It literally means "undoing the action" or "reversing the action" . During this pose you will be benefitting from a semi-inversion while supporting your legs with the wall and your low back with some support.
According to the ancient texts, holding Viparita Karani could "destroy old age and death"...... while this may be a little far fetched, we know that practicing restorative yoga poses can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, digestive discomfort- just to mention a few. Whether you have a few minutes or a 20 minute break, try to add this pose in to help stay calm in the midst of holiday mayhem.
For more you can check out this Yoga Journal article.