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Embrace the Spirit from Within: Yogalife's Fall Retreat 2014

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***We have had ONE LAST SPOT open up for a Teepee on this upcoming retreat! Please let us know if you'd like to fill it—who knows, it could completely alter the course of your life... ;) Next week, Sean Forchuk, Keia Dreger, and an eager group of Yogalifers will be making their way west to Golden, B.C. for this year's fall retreat. As we've been referencing on the blog this month, fall is such an awesome time to slow down, stay still, and re-connect with your roots—and what better opportunity to do so than amongst the great tall trees and majestic mountains on our own soil?! The five glorious days of this retreat will be spent immersed in yogic philosophy, asana practice, hiking, raw-chocolate-making... even fire walking! Plus Sean and Keia promise to entertain with their antics—if you haven't gotten to know these two already in their classes, this video has everything you need to know...

Embrace the Spirit from Within will run this September 24th-28th. Retreat-goers, we wish you safe travels, and a balanced mix of craziness and calm!

How-To: Full Vinyasa Flow

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How To: Full Vinyasa Flow from Yogalife Studios on Vimeo.

 


  • Step 1: From downward facing dog, bring yourself forward into a plank position on an inhale breath. Shoulders over the wrists, legs strong and straight, core engaged.  Be sure not to collapse through your low back.
  • Step 2: On the exhale, lower yourself to chaturanga, keeping the elbows hugging into the side ribs, bring your upper arms parallel to the floor while maintaining the strength in your legs and core
  • Step 3: On the inhale lift into upward facing dog, rooting down through the tops of the feet, lift your chest by straightening through the arms, sliding the shoulders back to open the heart.
  • Step 4: On the exhale, tuck your toes under and move back into downward facing dog.

A Bit About Vinyasa Yoga...

adapted from Shiva Rea/Yoga Journal

 


Vinyasa yoga teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next—on the mat and in our lives.


Like rhythms in nature, a beautiful dance, or the notes of your favourite song, the sequence of vinyasa unfolds with harmony and intelligence.  The progression and interconnectedness between movement and breath coordinates in such a way that you inherently move through your meditation (and it moves through you).

 


"Vinyasa" is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which means "to place," and the prefix vi, "in a special way"


Yogalife Studios offer specific Vinyasa Flow classes or you can find this style of yoga presented in many of our flow classes.  To learn more about specific classes click here!