Posts Tagged by Intent Yoga
|January 4, 2014||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Yogathon||
At Intent Yoga we embrace the idea of New Year Intentions as a way for creating change and transformation. What better way to get started than another 6 week Yogathon. Yep 6 more weeks. We don’t mess around with 30 day challenges. Research says it takes 6 full weeks to change old patterns and create new habits. The reality is most people give up at two weeks if they ever get started at all.
So what motivates people to stick with something? We believe a financial reward is motivating and we play for cash and prizes. The fall Yogathon winner took home more than $250. Second place received more than $150 and third place got over $100. We think that’s pretty motivating don’t you?
Everyone, yes you. Get up off the sofa and venture out of the house.
Salutations to the Sun, Yogathon – 6 weeks of yoga transformation!
Your home, the office, the park, anywhere you can lay out a 24″ x 68″ yoga mat and you guessed it Intent Yoga.
January 13 from get started with the Monday 6am class if that’s too early for you there are 4 additional classes that day.
February 22 Saturday morning classes. Wrap up Party TBA
$20 contribution for the prizes (by Friday 1/10)
$25 to join in any time after that
There will be No measurements, No weigh ins
We don’t care how much you weigh or the girth of your hips. We want your strength and mobility to improve. We want you to discover the joy of sweating and breathing hard. Your reward will be a higher state of consciousness, knowing the difference between down dog and up dog and cultivating the ability to say “my kundalini is rising” with a straight face. The results we seek cannot be measured in inches and pounds.
This is an exercise in being personally responsible for your own practice.
How do you win?
Attend classes, practice Surya Namaskara on your own and bring in your friends. We have a referral REWARDS program. Participants of the last Yogathon brought in over 25 NEW students, earning $$$$ for their account with us.
Each time you attend class you will be entered to win cash (entry fees provide the cash) and prizes. One of our members is going to donate a health and wellness basket worth at least $100.
Prizes will be distributed at our Wrap UP Party.
Bring $20 in envelope with your name & phone number printed clearly on front by Friday 1/10… $25 afterwards.
WARNING! Yoga may be hazardous to your health. You will bend in unusual ways, while precariously balancing on one limb. You will experience moments of clarity and one pointed focus, do not be alarmed. You will exhibit strength and mobility you did not previously possess. You will appear taller and more radiant. You will be more productive at work. You will expand your thinking and find spiritual enlightenment. We cannot stress enough…DO NOT BE ALARMED!
By participating in this activity you acknowledge you are acting at your own risk and peril and you agree not to hold the organizer responsible in the event of injury, death or insanity.
We hope you will participate in connecting with other lighthearted, fun and funny people in our yoga community.
|January 15, 2013||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Jean Hoiland, Uncategorized, Updates||
The topic of age related shrinking popped up after the 8am Slow Stretch class this morning. It was a small class with an age range of 65 to 79 and height range from 5’ 11” to 5’ tall. Everyone in the class said they had indeed noticed diminishing height with age; the range from 1″-2″.
My curiosity was piqued so I promptly came home and measured my 76 year old mother.
If you have ever attended my 9:30am therapeutic yoga class you are familiar with how much I torture her in this class. My sisters and I have all decided she must stay young because she is far too much fun to leave this world before the age of 100.
Therefore I make her attend yoga classes as often as possible. I have had her do burpees and mountain climbers. I have strapped a heart rate monitor on her and marched her huffing and puffing up steep hills, pushing her along if needed. Most recently she has overcome the fear of going upside down and did a supported headstand in yoga class. I am determined to keep her moving, fit and strong.
This morning when I asked her how tall she was at her tallest, she stated a whopping 5’ 1 ¼”. When I measured her at 10:30am she was 5’ 3/4”, not bad considering most people her age lose up to two inches. I think I may succeed in my mission of keeping her hovering near 5′ 1″.
Now to check in with the tape measure for myself. I am 5’ 4 ¾”, one half inch taller than in my teens, twenties and early thirties. Success, I always wanted to be taller. I began my yoga practice around the age of thirty five, I am now 48, and according to most health statistics I should be getting shorter.
I’m pretty sure I won’t get any taller as I have maintained my current height for more than ten years, but I am grateful my stature has not diminished. So what do I attribute my lack of shrinkage to?
In my opinion there are five contributing factors:
- Jumping off the carport, out of trees and off a moving swing as a kid. Impact is important in bone development. Of course I didn’t know that back then, it was just something fun to do and most likely got a rise out of my mom and dad.
- A healthy diet. Home made, organic and no artificial sweeteners. Don’t get me wrong I grew up during the era of Tang and jello but back then those things were sweetened with pure cane sugar not aspartame or corn syrup.
- Having a mother who nit picks you about posture. Constantly reminding me to get my shoulders back, sit up straight, stand up tall. HA! Now I get to torture her but she just doesn’t seem as irritated by it as I was as a kid.
- I regularly hang from monkey bars. In grade school it was called a cherry drop in which you sat on top of the bar then dropped back and got a good swing going then at the appropriate moment you straightened your legs and landed like an Olympic Gymnast. Now a days I head to the play ground at JJ Smith or the back yard swing and just hang from my arms then my knees. It feels wonderful for the spine.
- Finally there is Yoga. The additional half inch in height occurred only after taking up the practice of yoga and learning how to properly align my body through the release of tension in some areas and increased strength in others.
So there you have it. Impact sports when we are young, a good diet and a relentless mother will set the stage for being tall into old age…and if that doesn’t work, take up yoga with an instructor who gets testy if you don’t follow instructions.
The Iyengar style of yoga with its meticulous emphasis on proper alignment and form in postures is my yoga of choice. I will be forever grateful to the teachers who had me hold poses for what seemed like an eternity while pointing out every miniscule misalignment of my joints for everyone to see.
…and the instruction of how to flow from warrior II to side angle and then into reverse warrior without the slightest movement through the legs or hips, not just once but over and over again until perfection and ease were achieved.
There have been many exceptional teachers who have inspired my practice and teaching style and all of them have been students and teachers of proper alignment in the Iyengar tradition. I have no doubt the practice of yoga has allowed me to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally and literally physically over the last decade.
From 5’ 4 ¼” to 5’ 4 ¾” ….there will be no shrinking on my watch.
That’s my mom Carol Hoiland in the above picture. I made her go for a beach walk and then practice some yoga on the beach on a cold day. Isn’t she terrific?