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  • Watch, learn and help your low back

    Thu, May 30, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    My friend and coworker, Barry Noreen, agreed to be my yoga guinea pig. Here we are a few weeks ago in the park outside The Gazette. I showed him a short sequence of yoga poses and stretches he could do to help make his low back a bit more mobile and less stiff.


    Contact me at jen.mulson@gazette.com or 636-0270.

  • Nationally known yoga teachers in town this week

    Wed, May 29, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    A couple of years ago, I received a gently chiding email from a reader after I suggested that one’s yoga practice might get a bit stale from time to time.

    I understood where the reader was coming from – that yoga isn’t really about the asanas (postures), per se, but more about  learning to be in the present moment and comfortable with uncomfortableness. And really, you can keep practicing the same sequence of postures over and over, and technically, it “shouldn’t” (don’t like that word)  ever get old. Ask anybody who practices Bikram yoga. Every class is the exact same 26 pose sequence.

    And if you do practice the same postures repeatedly, you know that every day and every practice is completely different. Some days you flow like water, into and out of warriors and triangles and half moons. Your breath is strong and sturdy, and you stick your balance poses. Other days are disasters. You can’t hold a lunge for the life of you,  your breath is ragged, your mind is scattered and you can’t lie still for 30 seconds in savasana.

    This is all a roundabout way to say I think it’s important to learn from new teachers. The same asana can come to life in a brand new way under the tutelage of a different teacher. Perhaps you can learn something new about your body and your thought patterns.

    There are two teachers in town this week who could bring a new energy into your practice for a few hours.

    Dave Farmar is a Baron Baptiste-trained teacher. He’ll guide a 90-minute power vinyasa yoga class on Thursday. Translation: You will be challenged and you will sweat. It’s from 7:30-9 p.m., cambio. Yoga, 3326 Austin Bluffs Parkway, $20;  291-1798, 321-8547, cambioyoga.com.

    Jeanie Manchester will be in our fair city on Saturday for a special playshop at Playoga. Manchester will guide a four-hour (don’t be scared! you can do it.) Eye of the Tigress workshop that will focus on the entire spectrum of practice, including standing poses, balancing, inversions, arm balances, backbends and more. She’s trained in ashtanga, Iyengar and anusara styles. It’s 2-6 p.m., 1763 S. Eighth St., Suite No. 2, $65; 210-5080, playogastudio.com.

    Contact me at jen.mulson@gazette.com or 636-0270.

    Dave Farmar

    Dave Farmar

    Jeanie Manchester

    Jeanie Manchester

  • Karma yoga opportunity

    Thu, May 16, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Yoga Teachers of Colorado Springs (YTOCS) and Guardians of Palmer Park are helping clean up Palmer Park on Saturday, May 18. It’s the first karma yoga event for YTOCS, but not the last. They plan to hold similar activities quarterly. 

    Clean up is 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Stick around for a noon yoga class. Bring a disposable grocery bag. There will also be bags onsite.

    Meet at the entrance by the dog park in Palmer Park, 3650 Maizeland Road. Details: meetup.com/Anandaful-Yoga/ or gopalmerpark.org/gopp/Welcome.html