“The untold story of how the ancient male practice of yoga has been revolutionized by a dynamic generation of female teachers and students. Yogawoman reveals how yoga has utterly transformed the lives of thousands of over-stimulated, overscheduled, and multitasking modern women, and how they in turn have “feminised” yoga itself.”
I was walking past the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver yesterday and noticed that the documentary Yogawoman is running there starting March 30, 2013. So looking forward to this. Hope to see you there!
The core is not only our center and our powerhouse, but our source for inspiration and will power. As we strengthen from the inside out, we begin to remove self-doubt and move beyond perceived limitations. Once we access the power of the core, our practice will transform both on and off the mat.
In this workshop we will discuss the anatomical properties of the core as they relate to our yoga practice, while also exploring the energetic properties of this house of the second and third chakras. We will move through an invigorating core-centered practice and challenge you to consider where you can access and nourish this strength not only in your yoga practice, but in your everyday life.
Join me this Saturday from 2-4pm at Semperviva’s Kit’s Beach Location on West 4th Ave. in Vancouver and make the connection.
Hectic schedules, parties and added stress of the holiday season often cause our bodies to feel sluggish in the New Year. This build-up of toxins can cause poor concentration, impaired digestion, and low vitality amongst other ailments.
Jump start your New Year with this Detox workshop, exploring the detoxifying systems of the body such as the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. We will work through an invigorating yoga practice including elements of pranayama, asana and meditation aimed to clear out and cleanse the body, mind and soul.
The busyness of the holiday season is in full swing. The time seems to fly by as we run from one commitment to the next, our minds buzzing with all the things that need to be done along the way. It can be crazy-making.
It is in times like these I try to remind myself of the power of presence. Did someone say presents?! No… Presence.
In class, I remind my students to draw the awareness towards breath and sensation in order to become fully immersed in the present moment, to slow the hands of time and process the information that is constantly bombarding us. It is easier to achieve, however, in the controlled environment of a yoga class, where the atmosphere is built to induce presence. Not so easily done at a relative’s holiday party, say, where there is constant stimulation and perhaps even a personality or two pushing some emotional buttons. But it is opportunities like these that help take our yoga practice to the next level: off of our mats and into our worlds.
Here are 5 crossover tools for taking your yoga practice from your mat to your world:
Last weekend I attended an inspiring workshop at Semperviva Yoga with Max Strom, teacher, speaker and author. He led us through a breath centered chest-opening yoga practice which left me feeling grounded, open and present. It reminded me that breath is fuel. When we breathe deeply in postures, we become energized and more capable. There is a well of untapped energy within waiting to release.
Max also spoke about forgiveness, which I think we can all stand to practice a little more. One of the take-homes from the weekend: practice gratitude. “Gratitude and anger cannot live in the heart together.”
Thanks Max. I needed that reminder.
Check out his Ted Talk on Happiness for a little weekend inspiration.
We will explore the musculature surrounding the hip joint, move through a warming hip-opening practice and discuss options for home practice.
See you on your mat!
Heavenly Hips with Jacci Collins
A hip opening workshop to increase overall balance and well-being
The hips are a complex joint comprised of many powerful muscles that either connect to or cross by the hip joint. (Iliopsoas, glutes, hamstrings and adductors, to name a few.) Along with muscles, there are ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bursae to contend with. It is no wonder we crave release in this area.
The hips are also the house for a very powerful energy system, the second
chakra. They are the emotional center for many of us, acting as the junk drawer of the body. The second chakra, associated with one on one relationships, issues surrounding money, creativity, power and control, requires regular clearing in order to transform physically and mentally. Once we begin to clear the hips, healing can occur creating freedom in the pelvis and an increased sense of overall well being.
In this workshop we will discuss the anatomy of the hips as well as their energetic qualities. We will also explore the hips experientially with a warming hip opening practice that will leave you feeling open, aware and at ease. Take home with you a greater understanding of this joint and guidance towards a home practice for further exploration.
We all come to our mats for different reasons. Whether it is to calm the mind, open the shoulders, or invoke transformation, every reason is just as valid as the next.
I came to my mat for the first time 12 years ago as a form of cross-training for my career as a professional dancer. What yoga helped me realize is that my body (and mind) was extremely out of balance. Over stretched hamstrings with little upper body strength and a weak core was the perfect equation for a low-back injury.
For years I had pain in my low back but chose to ignore the pain. Our bodies have no voice. Its way of communicating with us is through sensation such as pain, numbness, tingling, etc. The pain started slowly and eventually hit me over the head until I was stopped in my tracks and hardly able to walk. I finally found myself in my doctor’s office listening to him tell me he was referring me to a back surgeon. What? Surgery?! What would this mean to my career, to my health? I was in tears.