Bianca’s Yoga Floetry

Bianca’s Yoga Floetry

This photo was taken in Costa Rica on a vast open beach. We intentionally shot this with the background submerged in a glow of bright light to emphasize the light that yoga is, the limitless light and space it can bring. As I practice I am accompanied by my shadow and this to me symbolizes that we are never really truly alone. There are so many deep layers, intricate levels and dimensions to self. Yoga has brought me to a place of knowing; acknowledging and studying many concepts that have helped create a self-relationship that brings me to my truest potential and fullest experience of life. When I first started practicing, my intention was on mastering the next pose, practicing from a place of striving if you will – seeking to conquer the next Asana. Now a days my intention comes from simply breathing the poses as they come up and noticing how they affect me – experiencing each moment in the moment and the moments in between. Through this path of exploration I’ve gained a sense of lightness and limitless potential, through the mind, through the body and the spirit. I guess this comes from my attitude and my growth towards the practice, which has changed over the years. Learning to understand and find self-inquiry, self-awareness and self-knowledge. Knowing that there are postures that I won’t be able to do yet observing with time and patience that there are poses I might be able to do someday. So I give myself space to develop and explore from a place of discernment, courage and compassion. This ideology I take with me off the mat, daily observing and work towards my life goals, focused and yet adaptable. When I worked into layers of identification about who I am, on many levels I found real self-acceptance and I’ve gotten to know myself quite deeply – my tendencies, triggers, when I seek to react or how I respond when faced with challenges. This open honest communication I’ve tried to have with myself has helped me challenge the walls and personal boundaries I’ve put in place over the years for protection. Through these observations I feel like I am able to make meaningful choices, clearly see the reality of the world around me and my own truest nature within it. To me, the nature is pure vibrations beyond the physical body. We are all multi-dimensional beings. The practice of yoga is partly understanding that everything comes back to now – ‘The Nowness’. How am I being or expressing in my now with myself? How do I emanate that outward? And through the practice I’ve learned how to balance my energies, physically, emotionally, mentally...

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Yoga Barre Teacher Training Adventure

Yoga Barre Teacher Training Adventure

Greetings and a Happy New Year to you Hot 8 Yogis! The time has come for another Yoga Barre Teacher Training Adventure! Starting January 31st we will begin our journey. You will learn how to teach the Yoga Barre sequence. We will break down components of the barre class as we combine stretch, strength and balance to design a long lean muscle. You will be given teaching tools for cueing positions, learn how to put music to movement, study anatomy to better understand how the muscles in the body work, develop long lasting friendships, get in the best shape of your life while learning the Yoga Barre class. The workshop is a 4 week- end intensive, We meet Sat and Sun from 12-6 for a total of 8 sessions. We then offer a month of community classes and you will teach to the public. Your life,body, mind and spirit will never be the same again as you gain a positive addiction to this class. I love this class and have devoted my life to teaching. Teaching teachers is my specialty and I live for the intense hands on experience. Numerous teachers have been launched from this workshop. Let me launch you too! Join me for the final YB open house Jan 25th at noon in Beverly Hills. I will teach a Yoga Barre class and you’ll get a feel for the workshop. Meet me at the Barre Xo Nancy Norby 🙂 Yoga Barre Teacher Training Beverly Hills Studio January 31, 2015 – February 22, 2015 Click here to sign...

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The practice of conscious embodiment

The practice of conscious embodiment

Just as any physical structure needs a solid foundation to endure the forces of nature, the seeds of yoga must be planted with a firm and tender hand if they are to bloom with everlasting vitality. Yoga is the practice of conscious embodiment. It is a choice to awaken into clearer understanding within ourselves so that we may experience life more fully. Most people can feel the difference between a movement grounded in truth versus one that lacks authenticity. A healthy approach to yoga is no different than a healthy approach to any relationship. If we want something to grow beautifully we must treat it with loving care. Breath awareness creates space for truthful presence. This is the seed. From here we observe our thoughts and begin to take responsibility for our actions, clearing the soil that nourishes the root. Yoga postures are external shapes which express our inner state of being. When we approach a posture from breath, with alertness, ease, passion and receptivity, we empower ourselves to approach all aspects of life in the same way. With grounded intentions we discover that the branches, or ‘limbs’ of yoga practice begin to develop all together, with each part directly and intricately relating to the other. The key is remaining rooted with a positive and patient attitude for the long term process so we can enjoy the organic unfolding and go with the flow! – Love, La Mer Hot 8 Foundations Workshop (4 Week Series) January 31, 2015 – February 21, 2015 Beverly Hills Studio Location Click here to sign...

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Synergy Yoga

Synergy Yoga

Synergy is a practice that inspires trust, communication, and playfulness. Every time I am engaged in this practice I witness profound and moving results not only within myself, but in every individual in the class. Typically, students begin the practice feeling intimidated and reserved about working with another individual (even couples who are close to each other) but by the end of a workshop, the walls and resistance dissolve and what is left is open-hearted freedom in each participant. I love having the opportunity to observe students coming into deeper trust within themselves and with their partners. Not only do students release fears about their ability to work with others, but they get to have the experience of using their bodies in ways they never thought possible. While the work and benefits relate to our inner experience, it also relates to the physical body. Each participant will be guided and supported in learning to ‘fly’ his or her partner, and hold one another’s body weight. The strength of our bodies is evoked in a way that allows for meditation and physical action to merge. As a teacher, this practice has inspired me to trust that everyone is capable of participating in this healing art. I have seen people with (what appears to be) no strength, support someone else with ease and grace. It has really taught me not to make any judgments on anyone. Synergy heals through the body-to-body connection. The power that comes from bypassing the limiting beliefs of the mind and getting right into the physical work, demonstrates the power we hold in our physical body and the wisdom and intelligence that exists within each of us outside the mind. Synergy creates peace. My favorite quote from a student after class is, “ This practice can heal the world! It would end all war and fighting! We need to share this with the world.” The truth in that statement is palpable after feeling the work. This is not limited to anyone; in fact, this could be the path to peace on this earth. – Amanda Dykann SYNERGY YOGA (Click here to sign up!) Valentines Day, February 14, 2015 Santa Monica – 1:30-3:30pm With Amanda...

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Namaste, Bitches: 10 Ways Yoga Changed My Life In A Year

Namaste, Bitches: 10 Ways Yoga Changed My Life In A Year

Upon the first week of moving to LA, I wrote an organic yoga rap parody, “Namaste, Bitches,” to make light of the yoga world in which I found myself. By the end of my five months in LA, my friends joked that I had become my own parody because, in an unexpected turn of events, I fell in love with yoga after writing the rap. Now, yoga is a vital part of my daily routine. My mind always runs in 100 different directions. I tend to either dwell on past moments and wonder what could have been, or have so many ideas for the future that the ideas paralyze me and I don’t end up getting anything done. I moved to LA after graduating from college and ending a relationship. I had lost a bit of myself and was reeling from the feeling of amputating someone out of my life. I needed to escape my pangs of inadequacy and emptiness, which manifested into dark shadows over my spirit every morning. I went to my first yoga class in hopes of stilling my mind a bit. I viewed it as something to do once every month or two as a sort of physical and mental detox. During the first class, I was a little impatient as I kept falling out of postures while everyone stood fierce and focused around me. Even so, I left the class feeling more energized than when I walked in. I was hooked. I realized that yoga, while sometimes having a stigma as an obnoxious, main-streamed way of trying to be spiritual is, at its core, a very powerful tool that allows us to tap into our inner spiritual and physical potential. At my first yoga class, I was given a yoga towel to roll over my mat. The words, “Every day, in every way, I am stronger,” were embroidered at the top of the towel. I now think of that phrase every morning when I wake up. Although the original yoga sutras were developed 2,000 years ago, many people don’t realize that, until 100 years ago, yoga was mainly about focusing on breath and meditation to escape worldly sensations and move closer to connecting one’s individual consciousness with the consciousness of the world, to move closer to nirvana. The postures developed in yoga in recent centuries (the “asana” or physical practice of yoga is only one of the eight limbs of yoga) were designed to prepare the body to be able to sit in stillness for extended periods of time in meditation. Even as yoga has, in many places, morphed into a type of physical activity, I found that it has influenced my perspective of...

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