Showing posts from June, 2011

How Important Is Your Fitness Routine?

Southern cities dominated the least active metropolises. Tulsa and Oklahoma City, scored a low grade, as did Birmingham, Alabama, Laredo in Texas, Nashville, Little Rock and Charleston, West Virginia. "With the most active cities a common theme that runs through is there is a bit more body consciousness, a more youthful and body conscious sensibility in these cities. And I think that equates to people making it a priority, no matter how busy, to get a run in or go for a walk," said Marion. YAHOO News

How important is your personal fitness? Read on at the end of the newsletter to see how timing (your circadian rhythm) affects everything!
Tranquility Yoga Newsletter for July 1 - 22, 2011
Today at 9:00 a.m. we have chair yoga for seniors or those who want a gentle practice. Please RSVP as this class only holds 8!

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, 2011
9:00 a.m. Active Vinyasa Flow Practice for Upper Body
6:40 p.m. Part 2 of Tuesday's Internal and External Rotation - Concent…

Balancing - Marvelous Ability to Regain Equilibrium

Balance training is important for every person. Most of us are unaware of the many controls our bodies perform using our sensory organs called proprioceptors (located in our skin, joints, and muscles) which enable us to balance. Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, senior citizens, and everyone in between need balance to be able to change the body's center of gravity to match the movements integral to the activity we are participating in. Whether it is as simple as stepping down from a curb for those over 60 or balancing as a hockey player, we all need to develop this important sensory activity. Read on at the end of the newsletter for more information on balancing (and a happy anniversary wish).

Thursday yoga practice at 9:00 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. is our second in our series this week for core work essential to balancing.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Yoga at 9:00 a.m. Parents can practice right along with us for this 45 minute class using storytelling, yoga postu…

Is Yoga About Fitness?

Yes, I believe that yoga is about fitness. While taking my on-line business class, I had to determine what my niche is for Tranquility Yoga Studio in Owasso. After much thought, I came to the decision that my niche is "fitness." You might ask, "How could fitness and tranquility be combined? They seem like an oxymoron." However, I believe that they combine the best of both worlds. Consider the following benefits of yoga:

Greater body awareness
A stronger and leaner body
Increased flexibility with improved range of motion
Better posture
Natural weight loss
Reduced stress and tension
Improved concentration

These are the results from yoga. These are also benefits for being fit and healthy. As a personal certified trainer, I can tell you that a Sun Salutation warm-up cannot be beat for strengthening, building flexibility, and heating up the body. You can modify the postures by choosing Sun Salute C or the Lunge Salute similar to what Anusara yogis do. By bringing the kne…

How does yoga affect you? Enter your reason for a lottery drawing!

Pattabhi Jois says, “Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it.”

Below are remarks by the famous athletes, musicians, and media stars who really want it.

The Philadelphia Eagles attended weekly yoga sessions starting in 1995. The Pittsburg Steelers are not far behind. The head strength & conditioning coach, Garret Giemont, has added hot yoga to the Steelers workouts.

Le Bron James, perhaps the most well-known player in the NBA, attributes his good health to his regular yoga practice.

Daylan Childress, Cincinnati Reds Pitcher. This baseball player uses yoga to relieve stresses in his body and cure back pain.

Many yoga poses can improve your stability and agility and your awareness of where your body is in space, says Sage Rountree, cycling/triathlon coach and author of The Athlete s Guide to Yoga. Those skills are enormously helpful in sports—just think of a golfer, whose swing depends on being able to sense where various body parts are and how they move in relation to one an…

Teen Yoga Starts Today, June 6th, at 4:00 pm

All of us have something that we don't like about our bodies. Men, women, children, and especially teens struggle at some time in their lives (perhaps all their lives) with body image. We are bombarded with Madison Avenue's media blitz that we should be perfect in every way - thin, beautiful, strong, muscular, handsome, athletic, intelligent, successful, and the list could go on and on. Oftentimes, this becomes an obsession with appearing perfect and encouraging self-rejection with stressful over dieting, over working out, or over fixation on the perfect appearance to the outside world. Teens seem to be especially vulnerable to compulsive behavior and feelings of self-hatred.

Yoga's message is all about nonviolence, ahimsa. This is built into the founding 8 principles of Astanga. It is what I like to refer to as the "Do good to yourself and others" section of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Ahimsa encourages nonviolence and moderation in our thoughts, speech, …

Whatever the question is, the answer is ... MORE YOGA!

Whatever the question, the answer is...more yoga!
Yoga, in my opinion, is the best self-help treatment you can give yourself! A regular practice of yoga revitalizes every part of you, body, soul, and spirit. However, it takes time. In a world of microwave, instant fixes, and promises to lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks, yoga may seem slow; however, it is well worth the time it takes to change your appearance, your joint/body health, and your peace of mind. Consider this quotation concerning changing your habits.
"In the science of yoga, it is said that it takes 40 days to change a habit.
90 days to confirm the habit.
120 days for the new habit to become who you are.
Just as the steady dripping of water will eventually wear a hole in stone,
Little by little, step by step, you can change old habits.
Remember that old habit you want to change has been functioning as an internal pattern for a long time.
It will take a while for your body and brain to adjust to new patterns.
Give yourself some ro…