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12/7/11 - 40 Day Challenge

We're excited to announce the 40 Day Challenge that will Kick Off January 15th! Studies have shown it takes 40 days to develop a healthy habit or erase a destructive habit, so this is a great way to jump start your New Year's wellness resolutions.

Attend at least 30 classes during the 40 Day Challenge to strengthen the connection of your body, mind, and spirit, and enjoy other benefits such as improved flexibility, better stress management, improved focus, increased patience, better sleep, and many more!

Committing to your yoga practice can truly transform your life!

As an added bonus, if you meet or exceed the goal of 30 classes, you'll be registered in our drawing for one of several prizes including the Grand Prize: 6 months of unlimited classes! Read more about the 40 Day Challenge on our Special Events page.

7/14/11 The Benefits of... Forward Folds

by Beth Forward bending poses are a staple of any yoga class. They allow for a nice, lengthening stretch throughout the entire spine, shoulders, and pelvis and are therefore often used within a yoga class to realign the spine after twisting and asymmetric poses. Forward bends also tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles. The compression of the abdominal and digestive organs that occurs has a detoxifying effect that can improve and stimulate digestion. Additionally, forward bends are great for stretching and lengthening the hamstrings, calves, and hips making them especially beneficial for athletes such as runners and cyclists.

You may have noticed that many yoga classes end with forward bends. This is due to the calming effects that forward bending postures have on the mind and body, which helps prepare you for savasana. When you fold forward, you are turning inward physically, mentally and emotionally, resulting in greater introspection and a sense of peace. These poses are therefore also helpful for reducing anxiety and stress.

Use the following gentle forward bend anytime you have a sore back, tight hamstrings, or just need a few moments to relax and de-stress. Stand with your feet wide (several feet apart), taking care not to lock your knees. Place your hands on your hips and with a long spine, inhale and roll your shoulder blades onto your back. On your next exhale, fold forward. Allow your hands to rest on the ground, a block, or a chair. Do not let your hands dangle in the air. By placing them on something solid, the pose becomes more grounding and stable and therefore more relaxing. Again ensure that you are not locking your knees. Enjoy a few deep breaths. Then inhale, lengthen your spine, and bring your hands to your hips. Roll your shoulder blades onto your back and exhale fully. On your next inhale, press down into your feet to come up to standing. Walk your feet together. Please note that forward bends are not recommended for anyone with herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, or sacroiliac pain.