Yoga Inspiration ~ Surfing Gravity With The Gravity Cowboy

Surfing gravity never looked so effortless! This video is of Yogis Anonymous yoga teacher Brock Cahill ride the wave of gravity in this short yoga demo video.

He glides into several variations of handstand, floats into planche’, cruises into dwi pada koundinyasana, and then breezes into navasana!

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Heart and Core Via K.O. Yoga Blog

Angela Kukhahn in Handstand. Photo by Leelu Morris

Props to handstanding yogini Kristin Olson of the K.O. Yoga Blog for writing this amazing post on handstand….

While working on handstands in Brock Cahill‘s Flight Club class at Yogis Anonymous, I was chatting with other students about handstand tips. We were talking about how hard it is to manage simultaneously two of the tricks to finding balance in a handstand: engaging your core while opening your heart. Thinking about it after class, I was pondering about how these two principles apply in life. Read More…

Yoga Clothes: What Sea Turtles Wish You Were Wearing

If a giant sea turtle (Honu) was responsible for dressing you in the morning what sort of clothes might he or she pick out? Before you answer with “wetsuit” or “flippers” consider that these giant peaceful creatures are an endangered species.

Nicole Sherman is a Hawaii native. She grew up swimming with the dolphins and giant sea turtles. Out of her deep affinity for these majestic creatures sprung her passion to create a line of clothing to benefit and honor the majestic sea turtle. Honu Yoga Design was born!

When you get dressed in your stylish new Honu Yoga gear you can feel great knowing that a percentage of all proceeds go directly to www.kurmalliance.com an amazing charity helping to save our beautiful sea turtles from extinction.

Nicole Sherman is no stranger to difficulties of her own. Her love for yoga began as a way to understand and heal her scoliosis. Now Nicole shares the transformative benefits of yoga teaching locally both to groups and private clients.

Above are a just a few of the fun T-shirts and Tanks from Honu Yoga Designs. My red “I Love Handstands” Tank never fails to start interesting conversations with perfect strangers wherever I go.

When you consider all the different messages people send off  via the text on their shirts I consider wearing these shirts as a way of spreading the yoga gospel. Why not send out a positive message while rockin’ some threads that directly benefit some of nature’s most vulnerable creatures?

Operation Shanti Fundraiser Donation Yoga Class Sept 17th

Operation Shanti Fundraiser

Operation Shanti Fundraiser
Please visit us on Facebook to RSVP!

WE ARE BUILDING AN ORPHANAGE!

When: Saturday Sept 17th 2011 at 3:00pm

Where: The Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Venice, California 90291

Join us for a FUN donation YOGA CLASS
…after party with DJ, food, wine, and raffle to follow!

With these amazing teachers:
*Ashley Albrand, *Gigi Synder, *Garth Hewitt,
*Angela Kukhahn, *Ally Hamilton, *Vytas Baskuskaus,*Ashley Turner,*Kyra Haglund, *Cristi Christenen, *Jennifer Pastiloff

Suggested donation is $35, all proceeds go to Operation Shanti.
www.OperationShanti.com

follow us on facebook: facebook.com/LARocksOperationShanti

View Photos from Operation Shanti Rocks the Southbay! We had a blast!

Yoga Inspiration: Kristin Olson Presses to Handstand!

Here is some more handstand press up yoga inspiration!

Ironically, me and my yoga teacher friend Kristin Olson (check her out over at the K.O. Yoga blog and read her post on the Top 10 Reasons that Handstands are Awesome!) both got our press to handstand the very same night at my friends Brock Cahill’s class over at Yogis Anonymous. I have always been told that good things happen in three’s, so I guess that means you are next!

Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser Shout Out!

Teachers at The Operation Shanti FundraiserThis post is really looooooong overdue and I apologize!

I wanted to post to acknowledge the amazing-ness that transpired in March for the Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser! (To view a photo album of the event click HERE or click on Garth’s name to view another album on his facebook page)

My good friend and yoga teacher Garth Hewitt has taken it up the commendable task of holding yoga fundraisers to build an orphanage for underprivileged children in Mysore, India!

I feel really honored that I was one of the teachers that he chose to be a part of this event. The other incredible teachers were  Suzy Nece , Jo TastulaJulie Rader ,Genevieve Fischer , Marla Wedge , Greville Henwood
and himself Garth Hewitt.


There were also a lot of others who put in a lot of time, energy and love into the fundraiser they include  Greta Recinto-Casino (organizer) Michael Jammerz Callon (DJAlex Yogitoes (Yogitoes, and organizer) Karen Komenkul (organizer) Hale Davis (photographer) Susan Singer (Yoga Earth), Nu (organizer, … think I spelled her name wrong) and the Manduka team (donated yoga mats and goodies) and many more that I don’t know their names.

The event was amazing! We had around 85 students that came (or that is what I counted anyways) and managed to raise over $8,000.00 to go towards building a new orphanage for these adorable children!

Afterwards there was a healthy shot of vitamins from Yoga Earth (beats jagermeister any day) and then a raffle and a live auction. I want  to give a shout out to some of my wonderful and incredibly generous friends who came through with donations!

Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser. Photo of students taking Yoga Earth shot

Thanks to all of my talented friends…

Josh Gil who auctioned off a dinner for 7 where he takes you to the farmers market helps you choose ingredients and then cooks for you and 7 of your lucky friends. He also gave away two tickets to Supper Liberation Front which is a Los Angeles based collective of professional chefs who offer one four-course menu for $35 at an unknown location in LA. The menu changes weekly.

Leelu Morris who contributed an all day photo shoot session. I just did my second shoot with her and she is so fantastic to shoot with!

Raffle items at the Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser Event

Jennifer Paquette with EV Vintage clothing, she donated several super soft yummy pieces of her clothing line. (and even gave me a piece for myself!)

Seda Aksut who gave a Reiki healing session. I am looking forward to doing a session as well one of these days!

Frank Gjata with Conscious, Ink a temporary way to wear your personal positive intentions! Here is an earlier post about Frank and what he does Get a Tattoo and Change Your Point of View

Students getting ready for some yoga at the Operation Shanti Yoga FundraiserJasper Johal contributed a beautiful piece of art, that was a popular auction item.

Robert Sturman blessed us with some of his amazing art, I gotta admit I was a little jealous of the person who went home with the praying monks!

In closing, I know some of you weren’t able to attend, but not to worry, Garth is having two more fundraiser before the close of the year! Below I have included Garth’s contact info and link to his website if you are interested in attending, participating in and way or have an item or service you would like to contribute to the auction or raffle!

Garth Hewitt at the Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraising Event
To get involved or stay up to date on the next fundraiser contact Garth Hewitt
By e-mail: mail@garthhewittyoga.com
Phone: 310-800-8614
Sign up for Garth’s newsletter HERE

Yoga Inspiration: Advanced Yoga Demo with Heather Seiniger

Hey yogis! If you are like me  you believe that anything is possible with a little faith, courage and hard work (tapas/practice) First of all though you need to start with some inspiration!

Luckily for me living in Santa Monica I am surrounded by a ton of inspiring yogis, yoginis, teachers and downright gurus!

Here is some yoga inspiration for today! Watch as local Yogaworks teacher trainer Heather Seiniger demonstrates the advanced yoga transition Crow Pose (Bakasana) to Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) back to Crow Pose (Bakasana) to  low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana) and through the vinyasa.

If you would like to master these transitions here is the most logical way to go about it:

1. Learn Crow Pose

2. Learn to jump back from Crow to low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana)

3. Corework, Corework, Do a boatload of boat pose (Navasana), and half boat Ardha Navasana…everyday!

4. Learn Handstand (Watch my tutorials on handstand to get a good start and start practicing the actions of handstand in every pose!

5. Practice lowering to crow from handstand (use a yoga strap on your upper arms just above the elbows so your arms don’t splay out!) Just mastered this thanks to my teacher Krista Cahill  and I am so stoked!

6. Practice scooping your hips under, squeezing the knees to the midline and pressing into your hands to life back up to handstand. (You will prob need someone to help you with this by spotting you. Use your yoga strap! I am currently working on this myself, so far just a lift off, but not all the way up on my own.

7. Believe in yourself and of course practice, practice, practice! Good Luck!

The Yoga Foot is Miraculous Indeed!

Sole (foot)
Image via Wikipedia

I was cruising around Facebook when I came across Leanne Carey’s yoga page. I gotta say I am so impressed with all of the cool yoga tips that she gives every day! So, I thought I would post this one to my blog!

The foot is so crucial in yoga alignment because it serves as the platform for the entire body in almost every yoga pose. (If the foot ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy so to speak..) I love the instruction she gives here on correcting your foot imbalances in standing poses. Take off your shoes and try it out!

Leeanne Carey Yoga Daily Tip: The foot! What a miraculous part of the anatomy. Just like my earlier post about the hands, the pada (foot) plays an important role in finding proper alignment of the foreleg and upper leg. And boy, does it inform other body parts. They weren’t kidding when they said the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, and the ankle bone is connected to the shin bone. Well, you know how the rest of the song goes…There are so many things to examine about the feet, so let’s just look at one simple concept similar to the outer and inner edges of the hands in my earlier post. In simple standing (not Tadasana), notice where you naturally tend to distribute your weight; inner and outer feet. And then notice front and back. It’s one of the first things we learn on the mat, but it’s the easiest to forget. The next time you are in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose), if you stand more on the outer edges of your feet, try to stretch from the outer heels of the foot, across the sole of the foot to the big toes. And if you tend to stand more on the inner edges of your feet (or on one foot), consider stretching from the inner heels to the baby toe sides. Notice which, if any, adjustment helps to set you in your feet without scrunching the toes or hardening the ankles. And perhaps the next time you are in Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) notice if what you discovered in Uttanasana, shows up here. Apply whichever principle makes sense and allows your ankle bone to talk to an upright shin bone, balanced knee and thigh bone. It all connects, you know. It’s food for feet! Enjoy your weekend, everyone! xo leeann