Friday, December 30, 2011

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Weekend at Yoga Life in Jacksonville with Krista Shirley





http://www.yogalifejax.com/event.asp?eventID=147


Saturday, April 28, 2012
Recharge Your Yoga Practice with Krista Shirley

This spring, Krista Shirley of the Yoga Shala Orlando joins Yoga Life for a weekend workshop. Come study with her in the mornings for a Mysore-style practice, followed by afternoon lectures.


April 28-29, 2012

Saturday:
10:00am - Noon: Mysore Practice
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Deconstruction before Reconstruction
Intended for students with a daily practice. In this workshop we will learn how to deal with the discomfort we face in our yoga asana practice. Muscles and bones and nerves, emotional scares and fears and hurts… They all come to the surface with daily asana practice. Join Krista in a discussion about deconstruction before reconstruction.

Sunday:
10:00am - Noon: Mysore Practice
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Leave Your Expectations at the Door
Suitable for all levels. Let go of what you think you know and allow yourself put faith and trust in your teacher and your daily yoga practice. Guruji always told us to practice, practice, practice and all will come. Let’s explore this concept, this truth! If we can find safety on our yoga mat, with our yoga teacher, and ourselves, the benefits can spill into all areas of our lives.



Krista's Bio: Krista has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2004. Krista spent a week studying with Manju Jois in 2004 but primarily kept her daily practice up on her own for several years before embarking on her first trip to Mysore in 2006 to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), Sharath Rangaswamy, and Saraswati Rangaswamy at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Insti-tute. She travels back to Mysore every year to spend several months under the guidance of her teachers. In February of 2009 Krista was given authorization to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

Learn more about Krista at her studio’s website: www.theyogashala.org


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!! REGISTER BEFORE MARCH 26, 2012!
$150 FOR ENTIRE WEEKEND!

Entire Weekend (after March 26th): $165
Mysore sessions: $40 each
Lecture sessions: $45 each

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Weekend Workshop with Krista Shirley at The Yoga Shala, Winter Park, Florida



A few weeks after I return from Mysore, India please join me at The Yoga Shala for a weekend of Ashtanga Yoga classes Mysore style, along with lectures on the practice.



Krista Shirley Weekend Workshop
March 23-25, 2012

Friday, March 23
6:30-8:30pm Guided Primary Series Practice

Saturday, March 24
10 AM - 12 PM Mysore
1:30 - 4 PM BBDO
Let’s explore the use of breath, bandhas, dristhi and opposition of force in our practice. In order to successfully progress in our practice, we must have full control of all four concepts. But how? Spend the afternoon with Krista exploring these concepts in depth, and learning how to apply them in each and every asana in the primary series. Serious work, and some serious fun! Suitable for all levels. Will begin and end with Chanting.

Sunday, March 25
10-12 PM Mysore
2-4:30 PM: Deconstruction before Reconstruction
Intended for students with a daily practice. We go through phases in our practice…In the beginning it feels good, and we feel good for doing the practice. But as you get deeper into your practice the honeymoon phase ends as you start to uncover deep seated physical and emotional blockages. These blockages must be dealt with in order for us to let go of that baggage we hold deep within our bodies and minds. This can be extremely uncomfortable both physically and mentally and this is often the point where people either choose to face themselves and dig deep, keep practicing but on a very surface level, or walk away from yoga altogether. In this workshop we will learn how to deal with the discomfort we face in our yoga asana practice. Muscles and bones and nerves, emotional scares and fears and hurts….They all come to the surface with daily asana practice. Join Krista in a discussion about deconstruction before reconstruction. We will begin and end with chanting.

ENTIRE WORKSHOP by February 23, 2012: $170; $200 thereafter. For more information and registration contact Krista@TheYogaShala.org



Workshop Cancellation Policy/Refunds:
All cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will be given in the form of studio credit only (less a $15 processing fee). No credits will be given within 10 days of the start of workshop.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Kino MacGregor returns to The Yoga Shala, Orlando, Florida in February 2012

Kino MacGregor will be returning to The Yoga Shala February 25-26, 2012. She is an inspirational yogini with a wealth of knowledge to share with the Orlando Ashtanga Yoga Community.

Be sure to register as soon as possible because Kino's workshops always sell out.




Kino MacGregor Weekend Workshop
February 25-26, 2012

Saturday, February 25
10 AM - 12 PM Guided
2 - 4 PM Arm Balances for Everyone
Break a sweat while learning to safely balance on your hands, have fun while challenging yourself and gain access to your own inner strength. The magic of the arm balance is demystified and made approachable so that every practitioner who is not afraid to put in the work can feel the beauty of flight. When done correctly arm balances can build self-esteem, increase energy flow and heal old injuries. Every student will leave with proven techniques to safely build the structural support necessary for stability in all strength based postures.

Sunday, February 26
8 AM - 10 AM Mysore
12 - 2 PM: The Spiritual Journey of Asana
Yoga is a daily practice that demands our full devotion before we can begin to even scratch the surface of its deeper meaning as a lifelong spiritual path. Kino leads you through a discussion of key elements of the sacred, foundational text of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Rather than a historical account Kino integrates yoga philosophy with daily asana practice and modern life. Written more than 2,000 years ago the teaching of Patanjali is composed of 195 Sutras organized in four books and holds the essence of the eight-limbed path of Asthanga Yoga. By exploring the basis of physical yoga postures and methodology for spiritual learning in the Yoga Sutras you will delve deeper into the process of self-realization, the true intention of all hatha yoga.


ENTIRE WORKSHOP by January 5: $150; $170 thereafter. For more information and registration contact Krista@TheYogaShala.org


Workshop Cancellation Policy/Refunds:
All cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will be given in the form of studio credit only (less a $15 processing fee). No credits will be given within 10 days of the start of workshop.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida (in the Orlando area)

The Yoga Shala's 2012 Four Week Beginner Yoga Course dates are up! Be sure to register for your spot today!



Four Week Beginning Yoga Course
This four week beginner Yoga course is designed for students with little or no yoga experience. Students are introduced to Ashtanga yoga in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. This beginner Yoga course is progressive, in order that each class will allow students to build from the previous. At the end this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge of the history of the Ashtanga Yoga method, a physical foundation of the sun salutations, standing postures and breath work required to advance in the Ashtanga practice, and the self-assurance to enter into the Mysore program. All classes are held at our Orlando Yoga Shala location. This course requires pre-registration, call 407-506-4626 for more information.

Beginner Course Dates - You must call to register

January 2-27

January 30 - February 24

February 27 - March 23

March 26 - April 20

April 23 - May 18

May 21 - June 15

June 18 - July 13

Please select the course time and dates you wish to enroll. You may come five days per week during the month beginner course (unless you register for the evening class, which is four nights per week); please keep in mind that it is most ideal to come four-five days per week but please be sure you can come at least three days per week in order to receive maximum benefit from the program.


Beginner Course Timings

6:30-7:30am

8:30-9:30am

9:30-10:30am

12:00-1:00pm

7:00-8:00pm


Call Shanna 407-506-7735 or Krista 407-506-4626 to Register



The Yoga Shala is located at 927 North Pennsylvania Avenue, in the heart of downtown Winter Park, Florida. We are the only authentic Ashtanga Yoga School in Central Florida and we feel very honored to share this yoga practice with you. Ashtanga Yoga is suitable for everyone! Regardless of your fitness level, age, strength, or flexibility, we can help you achieve better physical and mental health one yoga practice at a time. Call us today.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thanksgiving yoga with the family :)

Photos of The Yoga Shala's Second Anniversary

On October 12, 2011 The Yoga Shala celebrated its 2nd Anniversary! We are so grateful to be part of the Orlando, Florida landscape. A big thank you to all the students who have supported our humble little Ashtanga Yoga School.















Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 - Make it the best it can be!

A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne
Creator of The Secret and The Power

You can make 2012 the best year of your life! And you can do it very easily, right now.

All you have to do is set the most powerful intention you can ever set in your life, which is that you will focus only on what you want, think only about what you want, and talk only about what you want. Decide right now that anytime you find yourself thinking or talking about what you don't want, you will stop and demand of yourself, "What is it that I want?" And with all your might, with all your strength, with all your willpower - you will focus on what you want!

This one intention, repeated daily until the New Year and reinforced through 2012, will ensure that you make 2012 the year that your dreams came true, and the greatest year of your life!


May the joy be with you,


Rhonda Byrne
The Secret... bringing joy to billions

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Year's Day Celebration at The Yoga Shala



Join us on New Year's Day for a traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice. Best way you can start the year.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Yoga for Cancer Patients

As hospitals continue to become more specialized their patients generally have multiple physicians in an fast paced hospital environment. Many of these patients find the opportunity to slow down a welcomed one. Because patients find that they often need a period of relaxation and peace of mind yoga is quickly becoming a major option for complementary treatment therapy for cancer patients.

New studies show that not only is yoga a great exercise and great way to stay in shape, but also a great tool in calming the nervous system. Combining different poses and breathing techniques as well as meditation, yoga is used to relieve symptoms of patients suffering from diseases like leukemia and mesothelioma. While yoga is not a cure for cancer the stretching and breathing techniques involved are serious aids that help improve issues with sleep and reduce the dependency on sedatives as well as relieve muscle pains associated with cancer.

Exploring the basic characteristics of a body under attack by cancer, it’s easy to see where yoga can aid in cancer treatments. While a cancerous body is highly acidic, lacks oxygen, contains a plethora of toxic substances, and has low immunity yoga can be used in the reduce many of these symptoms.

Yoga is particularly useful for removing harmful bodily acids using particular poses that stretch muscles, release lactic acids. The practice of yoga is also able to minimize acid flow working the vagus nerve. Furthermore stretching muscles through the use of Asanas aids the permeation of acids through the skin and the release of acid by process through the kidneys. These processes cause a patient’s heart rate and metabolism to increase and push the body to allow re-oxygenation through heavy breathing.

Oftentimes a major contribution that causes cancer is an extreme deficiency in the immune system. Many yoga poses that twist and compress organs are helpful in fighting cancer because they rejuvenate organs by stimulating the digestive system. This allows vitamins and nutrients to be carried throughout the entire body.

- Article by Trevor Bradshaw

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Krista Shirley weekend workshop at White Orchid in Tampa December 3-4th










A very big thank you to the White Orchid Yoga family. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend in Tampa and look forward to returning to work with the yogi's out in Clearwater and Tampa!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Sunday Workshop in Ormond Beach, Florida



On Sunday, December 11, 2011 Om Away From Home is excited and very proud to bring the first authorized Ashtanga teacher to the area. Krista Shirley is the real deal, spending months in Mysore, India every year for the past 7 years honing her practice to share with everyone. She is one of the select few who has been authorized to teach this pure tradional method, the only one in all of Central and Northern Florida. A true Ashtangi. This workshop will consist of two parts. Fully led primary series from 10am-12pm, from 1pm-4pm the workshop will concentrate on detailed instruction of the asanas in the primiary series and their meanting as well as their benefit. All are welcome to take just oen part of the workshop or the full day. Pricing for the workshop is $35 for the led primary series, $40 for the instruction, meaning and benefits session and $65 for the full workshop. For more information or questions call Om Away From Home at (386) 265-1966 or Debra (386) 585-0711. Class size is limited so early regristration will more guarantee your spot.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weekend Workshop with Krista Shirley at White Orchid Yoga in Tampa

What are you doing this weekend? If you have no plans make some to come join me for a weekend workshop at White Orchid Yoga in Tampa!

Saturday, December 3
9-11am Guided Primary Series
1-3pm Lecture/workshop: Deconstruction before reconstruction

Sunday, December 4
9-11am Mysore Practice
1-3pm Lecture/workshop - Creating a daily yoga practice

Visit www.whiteorchidyoga.com for more information


Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Yoga Shala is turning 2!


Please join us for our 2 year anniversary celebration! Our Led Primary Series Yoga Class is full but you may email and be put on the waiting list. And the rest of the days activities are open to everyone so join us at 12pm for Chanting, Yoga Discussions, and a slide show and video. From 1-3pm we will do a veggie potluck and do a raffle giveaway of Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture and much more!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Yoga Shala - Orlando's Ashtanga Yoga School turns 2 this month!

Two Years and Lots of Memories

Two years ago Krista Shirley opened The Yoga Shala in Winter Park. For many it has become a place where one can spend time on themselves and get away from the chaos of everyday life.

Over the past 2 years it has grown to become an elite yoga studio with the main focus on the practice Mysore style Ashtanga, an authentic, traditional style of yoga handed down by K. Pattabhi Jois, or as we know him simply as Guruji. It has not always been a smooth ride down this path, but as a family grows and prospers through the thick and thin, so does The Shala and the family that it has become.

There was a time, not too long ago when I wanted to cut out the negative people in my life. At the same time, I didn’t want to hurt them by telling them that I was cutting them out of my life. I turned my focus to The Shala and to the people like me who were spending their time there, searching and finding peace in their lives. Within a matter of a few months, those negative people, whom I was hoping to cut ties, just moved away. This just wasn’t one person, but several people, who just decided to change their lives, far away from mine. So, without any hurt feelings or arguments, the negative people left and I was surrounded by positive people, wanting a better life, physically, spiritually and mentally. That is what The Shala helped me to be a part of.

When you enter The Shala, on a busy day or night or even on a slow one, a sense of relief comes over you and you know at that moment, everything is going to be alright. You just roll out your mat and see what happens, letting the world outside exist for a short while without you. During your practice you may laugh, you may cry, or you may be just going through the motions. Either way, it is always something that you are glad that you did for yourself and grateful that you have a place to do it.

Not everyone understands the emotional attachment we feel to The Shala. To many of us, it’s more than a yoga studio. It’s a place to see your friends regularly, it’s a place to find healing, it’s a place to feel safe, and a place to grow and change, no matter how difficult it may seem that day.

So today, I am grateful to have a place where I can grow and change. I am grateful to have a place where I can see my friends. I am grateful to be able to share what I know about Ashtanga yoga with anyone who comes in and wants to learn about it. But most of all I am grateful for Krista, who followed her dreams to make The Shala possible for anyone who wants to participate in this amazing community of people who make it such a wonderful place to be.

- Maureen Hanusek

Director of Evening Mysore Program at The Yoga Shala

Monday, October 03, 2011

Donations to Silent Auction

I often get contacted by various non-profit organizations asking for donations of any kind to their silent auctions in an attempt to raise money for their cause. I am always more than happy to donate a few month memberships and sometimes a private lesson or two. I recently sent in four month memberships for a local non-profit to auction off to raise funds for their cause and this is the email response she sent to me once they received my package:

I'm not sure if I let you know that your very generous gift was received by us - thank you so much!
It has been interesting for me the journey of asking and the giving that has been offered. The larger corporations seem to not have money, nor can they spare a gift card, but it is the independent business owners like you who have enabled us to have something really fabulous to offer! Thank you so much once more.

I wander why this is the case? Can anyone out there give some input here? Is it because alot of people have to approve such donations and it is too time consuming for these companies? Any ideas? I'd really love to know why this happens so often. This particular non-profit is not the first to tell me they have very little luck getting any kind of donation from larger companies.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Facing Your Fears, and Letting Go

Facing Your Fears, and Letting Go

There are some days when I get up, drag myself to the mat and dread every second of it. There are days when I leap out of bed and float to my mat and want it to go on for hours. But it’s those days when I really don’t want to practice when I need to do it the most.

There are many reasons we don’t want to practice, we are tired, stressed out, feeling ill or just being lazy. But there are other reasons, and it may be that we don’t want to face our fears. Facing our fears is probably the best reason to do your yoga practice, but is for sure the hardest.

The fears that we may have can range from not wanting to push outside our comfort zone, to not wanting to face our true self, to feeling inadequate, to having to let go of what you thought you were.

The fear of dealing with the physical discomfort is a natural human behavior, so the lesson in this is easy. We must work through the discomfort to move forward. If we always did things that made us feel comfortable in life, we would probably not have many life experiences or feel very successful. On the other hand, if the lesson to learn is easy, making it happen is the actual challenge.

Attachment to fear may be one of the factors that are preventing us from moving forward. Think about it, we have lived so long with this idea of who we are, that we have this fear, so much so that we have no idea how to let it go. It’s ingrained in our being and letting it go could leave an empty space in our lives.

The other day, while watching others do their practice, I felt a sense of loss to the person I once was. It was a feeling I had never had before. I knew that I had changed, that I had become more dedicated to my yoga practice and have changed my lifestyle, but what I hadn’t realized until that moment, was that I was no longer the person I thought I was.

Over the past few years, I have given up habits and behaviors that would not be conducive to a yogic lifestyle. While giving up those things was not difficult, realizing who I have committed myself to becoming shocked me in a way that was never even conceivable until now. What came to light, at that moment was a sense of loss. I was attached to who I had been for so many years and had a fear of embracing who I had become, of whom I have wanted to become and of whom I would like to evolve into. Fear overtook my entire being at that moment and I just wanted time to stop so I could put the brakes on for a moment to analyze the situation.

Since that moment, I have been mourning the loss of my former self. A flood of emotions overwhelm me on and off the mat, and the physical discomfort of daily practice feels more like agony. The more I try to hold on, the more painful the process becomes. So the lesson is easy, “let go”. But the action of doing so is very difficult.

Non-attachment is part of the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. I believe it is one of the most difficult practices, for sometimes we don’t even realize what our attachments are. I for one had no idea that I was attached to my former self. Now that I know, the process of letting go can begin. I know that when I am ready to embrace my “new” self, I will eagerly float to my mat knowing I have overcome yet another obstacle in this day to day operation we call life. I will have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and will feel really successful. Until then, I must experience and enjoy the journey ahead. Ready or not, here I come.

Maureen Hanusek

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Come Celebrate our 2 year anniversary with us at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park!


Please Be Sure to RSVP by emailing Shanna@theyogashala.org to reserve your spot for the led Primary Series class with Krista 9:30-11:15am and also let us know what you would like to bring to the potluck lunch!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Weekend Workshop with Krista Shirley at White Orchid Yoga in Tampa

Krista Shirley Workshop ~ December 3 & 4, 2011

Saturday, December 3

  • 9:00-11:00am ~ Guided Full Primary ~ $25

  • 1:00-3:00pm ~ Deconstruction Before Reconstruction ~ $45

Sunday, December 4

  • 9:00-11:00 ~ Mysore Style ~ $25

  • 1:00-3:00pm ~ Creating a Daily Practice ~ $45

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Commitment

What has happened to this idea called commitment? I am sure you have heard about it. It's when you decide to do something and stick with it, through the good and the bad.

But when was the last time you made a commitment to yourself? How many of us have really made a commitment to ourselves? If you can't do that, then can you really commit to anyone else?

It's obvious our society has left this idea by the wayside. You can see it in the physical health of our countrymen and women. Health is the number one commitment you must make to yourself, and if you don't have that, then all else adds up to very little. You are just existing while taking up too much space on this diminishing planet.

Commitment is saying to yourself EVERYDAY that you will do the best you possibly can to treat your body, mind and soul like a temple. Do we do that every minute of everyday? No, of course not. But it's obvious, with the amount of sick and obese in this country that few even try to do it the majority of the time.

If your body is sick, then your mind is not clear. If you mind is not clear, then your priorities are misaligned. When your priorities are misaligned, your stress levels increase and the whole cycle continues. Is there any amount of commitment in that?

Making a commitment to your yoga practice, is the first step in creating a better life for yourself so that you can continue you be a positive role model for your children, family and friends.

With commitment comes the good and the bad. Some days I don't feel like working through the discomfort of my yoga practice. I wish my mind would be clear without the daily practice of meditation and I wish I could be physically fit and internally healthy by eating potato chips and pizza at every meal.

But through the good days and bad days we get up out of bed and make it to the mat. Through the good days and bad days we take the time to quiet the mind. And through the good days and bad we choose to eat our vegetables.

It saddens me to see what has become of our society. The loss of hope that Americans once prided themselves on. To come back to a commitment to ourselves is to rebuild a stronger society one man, woman and child at a time.

Maybe that in the past, breaking your commitment to someone or something did not have consequences, but isn't it apparent that that philosophy has led us to where we are now? Which direction do you want to go? Figure it out and commit to it, through the good and the bad.

As a yogi, get on your mat regularly. Do it often and with frequency and don't give up on yourself. There will be days when it's probably the most difficult thing you will have to do and others when it is not. When you make this commitment to yourself, and do not break it, great things can occur for you and the ones who rely on you.

Maureen Hanusek

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now

by Maureen Hanusek

Chances are, if you’re sitting here, reading this, you are in no immediate danger. And if you are in fact, sitting here, reading this, life is pretty good. So, at this very moment, right here, right now, all is perfect. How miniscule the present moment can seem compared to a lifetime. How infinite the present moment can be at this very second.

I am reading the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. A friend let me borrow it. And it’s really got me thinking about how to stay present in this moment. So far, it’s amazing. When I truly cut out the mind chatter and things past and future, life seems so beautiful.

But every moment can’t be beautiful, can it? I wish every moment could be beautiful, but things aren’t always beautiful, like our yoga practice, for example. Some days you feel as if you could float on your mat easily from posture to posture. While other days you feel like a lead brick, flopping around on the mat like a poor dying fish out of water. Thus the Power of Now begins.

Your yoga practice is the best place to start your attention to the present moment. This is where your day begins or ends and comes full circle, on your mat. There’s no hiding from it, it’s there, waiting for you to “check in.” It’s where you peel away the layers of your external self and actually have to be with who you really are. And it’s happening every moment you dedicate to your practice. Don’t like yourself so much one day; what’s your practice going to look like? Love yourself another day; how does your practice feel? What is every moment like being you?

Being fully alive in this present moment can be a daunting task when we first realize how much effort it may take, but noticing how wonderful life is, right here, right now can fill us with gratitude and compassion. With practice, living in the present moment becomes more natural and all the chatter and pains that we seem to live with go away, if only for a fleeting moment. Soon these fleeting moments become strung together and longer lapses of clarity exist in our lives.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? How do I get this clarity? Where do I begin? Begin on your mat. Whilst practicing asana, feel what the body is doing, feel the breath, the bandhas and refuse to listen to what the mind is telling you about the past or the future. Know that this very moment of your day will only exist for a very short time and that noticing it will not only make it a more enjoyable experience, but allow you to connect with a deeper inner self that may need acknowledgement. In these fleeting minutes, is where we can truly listen for that “Ah-ha” moment. It’s where breakthroughs occur and where those questions we keep asking become answered.

Now is an incredible time to be alive. Now is a powerful tool for self discovery. Now is the time to enjoy the life you have been given. Now is your opportunity to live you best life.


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Brian Friedman Workshop at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida (just outside Orlando)

Boundaries and Knowledge Yoga Workshop

with Brian Friedman

Saturday, September 24th

2:00-4:00pm.

$35.00 early registration, $50.00 thereafter.

Join us for a powerful workshop facilitated by Brian Friedman on Saturday, September 24, 2011 where we’ll explore the ideas of boundaries and knowledge.

What are boundaries?

  • Posture
  • Breathing
  • Gazing Spots
  • Synchronized Movements
  • Energy Locks

What is Knowledge?

  • Understanding Astanga Vinyasa Yoga
  • Knowledge of the Self

These ideas will help you establish good habits during every yoga practice and Brian will share with you the single most important idea of them all.

It’s time to take your yoga experience to the next level! Part discussion, part demonstration, and part led class, this personalized, highly interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to develop great yoga habits and to receive outstanding yoga results!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

If I had my life to live over

If I Had My Life to Live Over

a letter written by Nadine Stair at age 85

If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax; I'd limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after the other, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had it to do over again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over again, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances; I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.

Thank you for a peaceful day. Also, I just found my Sutras of Patanjali book under my computer desk. Have a great night! My little ducks just got home so the fun begins. :)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida (in the Orlando area)

Have you thought about trying yoga but never knew how to begin? At The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida, we have beginner yoga courses just for you! Our beginner yoga course is meant for students brand new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (and if you have never done ANY yoga before than this is perfect for you too :)

At the yoga shala we specialize in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. To learn more about our yoga school please visit our website.


If you are interested in starting a yoga practice, read more below about our four week beginner yoga course. Our next four week course begins on September 13th. You need to pre-register for this program by either calling Krista at 407-506-4626 or email Shanna (Shanna (at) theyogashala.org)


Four Week Beginning Yoga Course

This four week beginner Yoga course is designed for students with little or no yoga experience. Students are introduced to Ashtanga yoga in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. This beginner Yoga course is progressive, in order that each class will allow students to build from the previous. At the end this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge of the history of the Ashtanga Yoga method, a physical foundation of the sun salutations, standing postures and breath work required to advance in the Ashtanga practice, and the self-assurance to enter into the Mysore program. All classes are held at our Orlando Yoga Shala location. This course requires pre-registration, call 407-506-4626 for more information.

Please select the course you wish to enroll. You may come five days per week during the month beginner course (unless you register for the evening class, which is four nights per week); please keep in mind that it is most ideal to come four-five days per week but please be sure you can come at least three days per week in order to receive maximum benefit from the program.

Beginner Course Timings

6:30-7:30am

8:30-9:30am

9:30-10:30am

12:00-1:00pm

7:00-8:00pm


Beginner Course Dates - You must call to register

September 13 - October 7

October 10 - November 4

November 7 - December 2

December 5 - December 30

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Donation Classes at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida (just outside Orlando)


Please Join The Yoga Shala on Saturday mornings from 11:00-12:00pm for our DONATION Guided Ashtanga Yoga class

The Yoga Shala is located in Winter Park, Florida (in the orlando area). 927 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789. We are close to the Winter Park Village, downtown Winter Park, Park Avenue, and Lee Road.

Guided Ashtanga Yoga class will present the sun salutations, standing postures and finishing asanas from the Ashtanga Yoga tradition in a one hour class led by one of The Yoga Shala's teachers. All levels are welcome!

Donation class (any dollar amount): The month of September all proceeds will benefit New Hope For Kids in Central Florida.

Instructors at The Yoga Shala will be donating their time each Saturday to teach this class. Please come join us each weekend to raise monies for a wonderful cause!

New Hope for Kids provides services to Central Florida children during some of the most difficult and challenging times of their lives. At our Center for Grieving Children in Maitland we offer support to children ages 3 to 18 who are grieving the death of a loved one. These children come to us during a moment of extreme vulnerability - because of a death caused by illness, accident, murder or suicide - suddenly unsure of what the future holds for them. New Hope for Kids Grief Program teaches them that they are not alone and that there is hope.

Our Wishes for Kids Program improves the quality of life for children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. These kids face isolation and educational stagnation resulting from long-term hospital or home care. Physical disabilities may also limit their mobility and access to normal learning and social opportunities. New Hope for Kids provides one very important wish as well as a long-term series of family activities for special needs kids. This gives these children hope for the future and strength to go on striving.

Click here for more information about New Hope For Kids

If you would like more information about The Yoga Shala, please visit our website.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kaiden doing downdog in the kitchen ;)

I hope you enjoy this video! Kaiden is my son. He'll be 16 months on September 3rd and he's already a great little yogi. We took this video about a week ago in our kitchen one night. He know's down dog very well :) Since he was a tiny baby I've always done my yoga practice at home at least once per week so he can get some exposure to the peacefulness of the practice, and the joy I get from it in my life.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Open Your Heart

Open Your Heart

By Maureen Hanusek - Director of Evening Mysore program at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida


Back bends are probably the scariest yoga poses most yogis have ever had to accomplish. And it doesn't matter whether you are binding ankles or simple pushing through a bridge pose; at any stage of the back bend it can be a difficult challenge to move into.

Why do back bends seem like such a struggle? Well I believe that the art of back bending is directly correlated to the amount of love you have in your life. Now that is not to say that someone who can bind their ankles with their hands has more love in their life than someone just learning to push their head up off the floor. What I am saying is that your ability to open your heart and to push through the physical discomfort of breaking that protective barrier around the heart is directly correlated to the way we give and receive love.

Have you ever seen someone hunched over from the shoulders, head stretched forward? Now picture their face. What does it look like? Do they seem like that they have a lot of love in their life? Probably not, as they actively protect their heart.

Picture a couple on their wedding day; the groom standing at the altar, the bride walking up the isle. What do they look like? Shoulders back, chest lifting, crown of their heads reaching to the sky. This couple is full of love, and it's obvious.

Wouldn't we rather look like the couple on their wedding day, everyday? This is what back bends teach us, to open our hearts to people, living and new experiences. But life can be disheartening. Of course it can, this is why we repeat back bends in every yoga practice. Not to mention they help wake up the central nervous system.

Our many experiences with love in our lives may have led us to heartache, and it shows in our posture and our practice. So many reasons to protect the heart, love lost whether it was a child, sibling, parent, friend, spouse or grandparent. Maybe a loved one let us down in the past. As a result we still hold on to these pieces for whatever reason.

Back bending will teach you to let go of these pieces so that we can make space for MORE love in our lives. Being able to receive infinite amounts of love into our lives, and more importantly for us to be able to give infinitely more love to everyone, especially the people who really need it. Like that hunched over acquaintance that has very little room in their heart for love. Creating this space in our hearts though back bending is difficult, but so well worth it.

Isn't this what we all live for? Isn't this what we are meant to do? Isn't LOVE the reason we were all put here on this Earth together? To LOVE one another? So don't you want to do more back bending right now? I though so. ♥

Maureen Hanusek is a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practitioner and teacher. She runs the evening mysore program at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida. For more information about classes with Maureen click here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Madonna Loves Ashtanga Yoga!

Awesome Clip from Oprah Show!

Madonna educates Oprah about Ashtanga Yoga.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is Madonna's choice for yoga asana, and it is the only physical exercise routine she does nowadays :)

If you live in Orlando, Florida you can come practice the kind of yoga Madonna loves to do at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida. The Yoga Shala is the only traditional Ashtanga Yoga school in Central Florida and we are here to help you start or deepen your yoga practice! Come join us! Click here for our current class schedule or here for how to get started as a brand new student.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Come Join us THIS EVENING for Life Bliss Meditation Workshop at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida

Life Bliss Meditation Workshop at The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida (in the Orlando area)

Experience an Inner Transformation…

with Lourdes Cordero, RYT

Saturday, August 20, 2011

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Yoga Shala

927 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Winter Park, FL 32789

407-506-4626

www.TheYogaShala.Org

Learn to naturally overcome the barriers of every day challenges by becoming more attuned to your body’s intelligence and being established in the immovable Bliss within… Life Bliss Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless and easily learned technique practiced for 35 minutes. This meditation helps to release stress, reduces anxiety, creates inner peace, improves your relations, and reawakens your intuition.

Please bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10 Suggested Donation (100% Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association). Please Bring a Dish to Share (Optional) for Satsang (Discussion, reflection and/or just enjoying each other’s company).