February 21, 2013
santa barbara, White Lotus, Yoga, yoga retreat
Join Aimee’ Donahue and I Thursday May 30th to Sunday June 2nd for our 2nd annual yoga retreat! Relax and renew during this dynamic yet restorative long weekend of yoga in beautiful Santa Barbara. We are in a new inspiring setting this year at the White Lotus Retreat Center.
I am really excited to help you deepen your practice on this retreat that is a joyful integration of all that we love! Teaching, practicing and sharing yoga come together in a magical way with amazing people to make this a unforgettable experience.
Two asana classes daily, workshops, pranayama, meditation, discussions, massage, gourmet vegetarian meals, mountain springs, swimming, sun and more.
Spend a long weekend away from the city, relaxing and being pampered while deepening your yoga practice. Take a hike, get a massage, enjoy the mountain air and ocean sunsets.
All levels welcome.
Price per person is $750.00 which includes lodging for 4 days and 3 nights, all meals, all classes and events. All lodging is first come first served. Private cabins are available for an additional fee of $125-200 for couples or anyone seeking more privacy. Camping is also available at a reduced price. Massages available at an additional fee.
A non-refundable $200 deposit will hold your space. Click HERE to make your secure deposit via PayPal. All major credit cards accepted. For further inquiry please contact me at (310) 985-0218. Directions to Retreat Center
We look forward to seeing you there!
Angela and Aimee’
February 12, 2013
Inversions, Retreats & Workshops
angela kukhahn, handstand, Inversions, los angeles, Workshop, Yoga
Yoga Workshop on Inversions with Angela Kukhahn
In Advance: $45
Day Of: $55
This is an All Levels Class!
Playing Upside Down: From Fear to Fun!
In this workshop we will explore inversions with a sense of adventure, curiosity and most of all fun! Inversions are for everyone and are extremely beneficial in strengthening the body and focusing the mind. We will work on the strength and flexibility needed for inversions, develop core awareness and discover proper alignement for floating and flying. We will explore headstand
, forearm balance, and handstand
. In addition we will explore how different variations and the use of props make inversions approachable to just about anyone! Come expecting to sweat, laugh, play and fly!
December 3, 2012
How To Tips & Tricks, Inversions, Yoga
handstand, health, Yoga
Doing Baddha Konasana in handstand sounds ridiculous, but it is actually quite delightful ounce you get the hang of it.
I remember the very first time I tried this. I was just beginning to flirt with the idea that I may indeed be able to do a handstand. This really helped give me the confidence to try handstanding in the middle of the room.
The reason this works so well is because when you bring your feet together it helps to get your hips up over your hands. Also, your center of gravity is lower than it would be in a traditional handstand.
Start by warming up for your handstand with a few Sun Salutations and a seated Baddhha Konasana. The Sun Salutes will warm up your hamstrings, shoulders and the Baddhha Konasana will prepare your hips for this handstand.
Try a few practice hops.
My teacher always says”Remember they are like pancakes, the first few are never that good”.
Remember these key points…
Keep your eyes focused between your index fingers.
Draw your arm bones into the shoulder sockets.
Do not let your elbows bend
Exhale and pull your navel back towards your spine as you go up. It is normal to get nervous and forget about the breath so try a few where you exhale audibly to get the hang of it. Once you are sure that you are breathing properly feel free to go back to silent breathing.
Have fun handstanding!
October 4, 2012
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Berry + Chia Pancakes
1T Chia Seeds
1/2 scoop 365 Whole Foods – Whey Protein Powder-Natural Vanilla Flavor
1T Raw Whole Flax Seed
6 Egg Whites
1.c Raspberries (or any berries of your choosing)
1/2 c. steamed or baked yam (can use canned pumpkin in a pinch)
10 drops liquid Stevia
1 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Pure Almond Extract
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Heat pan on stove to medium heat. Add all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Cook immediately as the chia seeds will begin to thicken the mixture the longer you wait. This recipe makes three yummy fluffy high protein pancakes. I eat mine slathered in coconut oil or coconut butter.
Here’s The Nutrition Breakdown
Total: Calories: 472 Carbs: 63 Fat: 7 Protein: 38
Per Serving: Calories: 157 Carbs: 21 Fat: 2 Protein: 13
October 3, 2012
handstand, LACMA, Levitated Mass, Yoga
Me doing handstand under “Levitated Mass” exhibit at the LACMA
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
October 1, 2012
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Recipe, Sugar-Free
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Strawberry Chia and Flaxseed Pudding
Blend ingredients in blender (or use hands to mix well) pour into bowl and refrigerate for a couple of hours to let thicken. This is also a great smoothie if you’d prefer to drink it instead! Enjoy! (Taken with Instagram)
Recipe by Angela Kukhahn
September 25, 2012
handstand, Video, Yoga Poses
Yoga Handstand Video Tutorial: Handstanding 101 “The Basics“
Do you want to do a handstand but have no idea where to start?
You have come to the right place!
This handstand tutorial video will cover all of the basics from hand placement to how to kick up!
- Place your hands on your yoga mat shoulder distance apart and spread all ten fingers gripping the mat lightly with your fingertips
- Wrap your triceps back towards your ribcage and roll your biceps forward.
- Engage your biceps by trying to “wrinkle the mat” between your hands. You will probably not actually cause the mat to wrinkle but this isometric contraction will help your bicep muscles to fire up!
- Pull your navel in towards your spine and your bottom floating ribs in and up towards the tops of your thighs.
- Walk your feet as close as you can to your hands. This should feel a lot like Ardha Uttanasna with your hands flat on the floor and your feet about 18 inches behind your hands. Do this while still keeping your shoulders firmly planted on your upper back and not sliding forward towards your ears. If this happens, slide your shoulders back down and maybe walk your feet back an inch or two.
- Lift one leg into the air and straighten it all the way. Think of trying to stretch the skin on the back of your knee.
- Turn the lifted foot pinky straight down towards the ground squaring off the hip.
- Keeping the lifted leg as straight and firm as possible bend your standing leg and on an exhale kick the straight leg up into the air. (Exhaling as you go up will draw your navel towards your spine and help to engage your core)
- Keep your eyes fixed just in front of your index fingers the whole time. Resist the temptation to gaze back at your feet.
- Once you find your balance squeeze your inner thighs together (think thigh master!) draw your navel towards your spine and reach your tailbone towards your heels!
- You can practice this at the wall and then move away from the wall as you feel more confident.
- Practice, practice, PRACTICE! It is 99% effort and 1% theory!
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