Sunday, October 28, 2012

P90X Creator, Tony Horton, and Yoga

Tony Horton is renowned as the creator and star of the P90X extreme home fitness system, but many don't know about his yoga side.  In the mid-1990's Horton discovered this form of exercise and it changed his life.  "I had heard of yoga," says Horton.  "But I thought it was silly."  Then a woman he was dating invited him to a hatha yoga class. "I had my b--- handed to me!"

Horton understood that being bad at something was a good thing.  And he began taking yoga classes regularly.  He noticed that not only did yoga improve his flexibility and range of motion, it gave him more endurance during sports, such as rock climbing and skiing.  "I found that yoga allowed me to push harder in all other aspects of fitness without getting hurt."  The practice of yoga is essential not only for one's physical well-being, but it can be used to deal with life stressors, such as being stuck in traffic or dealing with your boss.  With yoga, you are centered and connected.  FITNESS magazine

"I can do things at my age...not because I can do a bunch of pull-ups.  It's because I do yoga."  Tony Horton, age 54, (DOB July 2, 1958) Creator of P90X
Monday at 5:30 p.m.*
Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.*
Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Friday at 5:30 p.m.
All classes can be attended by newcomers to yoga.  The Monday/Wednesday* evening classes are more difficult and are at a faster pace.

Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Both classes are great for every body, size, and age!


Monday at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
Friday at 12:00 p.m.
This is easy flow yoga.  We will be moving at a slower pace as we build a little heat and then enjoy a nice stretch.  Take off an hour and be back to work with a smile!

Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Each of these practices would be perfect for yogis of any experience level or lack of it.  The Thursday class has a book study with 30 Essential Yoga Poses by Judith Lasater and a 30 minute discussion time.

Saturday at 7:00 a.m.
Is anyone interested in a 7:30 class instead on Saturdays?  Our numbers have been decreasing as the colder weather sets in, and some are asking for a little later start along with an ADDITIONAL partner class in the daytime @ 7:30 a.m. during the week.  Let me know if that would suit you.  The change would take place after Thanksgiving weekend.
Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Two great classes for core work!  Beginners are welcome!

Tuesday at 5:30 a.m.
Thursday at 5:30 a.m.
We call this option "Yoga for Runners and Cyclists" because we concentrate on tight shoulders, hamstrings, and hips.  However, anyone can come for these before dawn classes.

  • Tranquility Yoga has their fourth anniversary celebration with a FREE potluck dinner on Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. on November 9, 2012.  Come celebrate with us!
  • CHAKRA Workshop on Saturday, November 17, at 1:30 p.m. for yoga practice, learning how to increase your confidence and your compassion, letting go of insecurity and jealousy, with our third and fourth chakras.  ($30.00 cost for workshop)  You do not need to have attended the October workshop to participate in this one.
  • Holiday closing:  November 20 - 24, 2012, we will be closed for Thanksgiving holiday travel to Georgia to see our son, Cpt. Jay, off to Afghanistan with his troops.

No practice at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st.  Enjoy your kids or grands!
Hope to see you soon!
God bless you and Namaste'

P.S.  Pumpkins and sweat shirts for sale at the studio!  YMCA classes this week include Monday at 8:30 (Thornton) and 11:00 (Owasso).

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Experience Yoga this Week at Tranquility Yoga in Owasso LLC

Tranquility Yoga Schedule
For October 13 - 19, 2012
7:00 a.m.  Yoga for All - this class is for athletes, beginners, and intermediates who enjoy a challenging practice of movement and isometric holds in the postures.  
9:00 a.m.  Core Vinyasa Flow - an amazing core workout as we move from pose to pose with an emphasis on our four abdominal muscles.

4:00 p.m.  Every Body's Yoga - fun, energizing practice for ages 10 and up!  New beginners will love this class.

Noon Yoga Flow - just the right amount of steadiness and ease in this mid-level yoga Vinyasa Flow class.
5:30 p.m.  Power Yoga for Strength and Toning - if you want to find your inner power for a challenging workout, this practice is for you!

5:30 a.m.  Yoga for Runners and Cyclists - you don't have to run or cycle to enjoy this amazing hip and shoulder opening class, but if you are a serious athlete, you need this time to lengthen tight musculature.
10:00 a.m.  Beginner's Vinyasa Flow - this term just means simply "breath with movement."  Come and see the difference yoga will make in your life!
5:00 p.m.  Happy Hour Meditation - we are all beginners at meditation because it is the cultivation of silence.  Join us today for 5, 8, and 10 minute meditating segments.
6:00 p.m.  Hip, Thighs, and Knees - perfect practice for all who need to strengthen and lengthen while keeping the knees healthy and balanced.

Noon Yoga Flow on the Go - take your hour away from work to exercise and find that beautiful stillness with meditation.  Your boss will be glad you did!
5:30 p.m.  Power Yoga for Beginners and Intermediates - everyone can find the challenge with this class's focus of twisting movements.

5:30 a.m.  Yoga for Runners and Cyclists - shoulder opening, chest expanding, arm strengthening practice for all athletes and others who need to open their heart to grace.
10:00 a.m.  30 Essential Yoga Poses - we are studying Judith Lasater's book and then spending our practice time learning two poses at a time with all their variations.
4:00 p.m.  Yoga Glow in the Afternoon - mid/level class for all who want to glisten and glow in the late afternoon.
5:00 p.m.  Learn to Meditate - excellent time for all of us to find that quiet time with a beautiful thought and stillness.
6:00 p.m.  Micah's Marvelous Mat Work - gentle practice that everyone will enjoy!

Noon Easy Yoga on the Go - this past week we did a whole class dedicated to good back health!  Each noon class has a specific focus and a great yoga practice to go with it.
5:30 p.m.  Fun, Happy Power Yoga - when it is Friday everyone enjoys a class featuring strength, balance, and flexibility with a smile.  

Coming in January, Wisdom Warriors class for ages 50 and older with a Chair Yoga class!  This will be on Thursday mornings at 10.  Call 918-371-3841 for more information!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Meditation, Mouth, and Muscle!
New class this week at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday is learning to meditate As I told my RSU students yesterday when I taught the Dhyana theme class, meditation means the cultivation of silence. Several of my college students had lived on farms, and we discussed what the word "cultivating" meant.  Some said that it was putting the implement on the tractor and digging up hard, dry, overworked ground.  Then, we applied that definition to what meditation is and considered that analogy in our own lives.

This morning I saw a news clip on Channel 8 of a woman who had gained weight after losing it on the Biggest Loser's TV show.  She is now taking the weight back off with the idea of meditation practice, watching out what goes into her mouth as far as trigger foods of high carbohydrate with sugar or salt, and working out with muscle.  I believe that yoga can help with all three of these areas.  Meditation calms our minds and de-stresses us.  Yoga teaches us mindful eating of healthy food types.  Muscles are definitely enhanced as we lift our body weight and move with our Vinyasa flow format.  

Join us this week for a Meditation Happy Hour class on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. before the 6:00 p.m. practice.  If you have to be a few minutes late, just slip into the studio quietly get a blanket or block to sit on (no "thwapping" of the mat sounds, please) and begin along with us as we meditate until the 6:00 p.m. class.  I will teach you how to meditate or give prompts on your meditation time.

After the meditation practice is complete, you can get your mat for the 6 o'clock class or be on your way to your next destination.  One punch on your Tranquility Yoga card for meditation practice or two punches for meditation and class; you choose.  See the difference that cultivating silence can make in your life!  If you are on the Unlimited Tranquility Yoga plan for the month or half a year, just sign in!  

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