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Savasana…My favorite Part of Yoga

At the end of every yoga class, you often hear the teacher instructing you to lie still on your back with your eyes closed and legs long for “Savasana” or “Copse Pose”.  This is the moment I am able to let out a big breath and finally allow my hour-long yoga practice to sink in.  This is the best moment of my yoga practice.

But as I start to travel and teach yoga to more and more athletes, I started to realize that not many people understood the power of this pose, or asana.  B.K.S. Iyengar explained in his book Light On Yoga   “By remaining motionless for some time and keeping he mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax.  This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind.” Believe me, for years the idea of laying down and clearing my thoughts seemed impossible.  But once I was open to the idea of savasana, I slowly felt how beneficial this was for my everyday life.

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Why do savasana?

Savasana allows the breathing rhythm and heart rate to steady and rest.  In all of our hectic lives, this is very rare.  With heightened heart rates, people loose control and often result in anxiety problems and stress overload.  As athletes, we are really good at heightening our heart rate and pushing our bodies to the limit.  It’s important that the body and mind get a few minutes to rest a day for balance.  By practicing savasana, one can train themselves to slow down their heart rate and breath with complete control.  I know that I can run farther distances and snowboard longer powder lines knowing that I can have complete authority over my heart rate and breath.  Because of techniques learned in savasana, you learn to become aware of those things around you, and observe from a calm and pleasantly detached place.  The word “hectic” and “stressed” are slowly eliminated from your vocabulary.

 

So take 2 minutes after your yoga practice to complete your workout.  Your mind (and body!) will thank you.

Yoga for Hope with California Yoga Sport

Check out Calfornia Yoga Sport’s afternoon at the Yoga for Hope Event hosted in Union Square on September 17th, 2011.

We are so grateful to be a part of this wonderful and very special event as well as being able to share our love of yoga with our fellow yogis! What an incredible day! Also be sure to check out more of our photos from that day on our Facebook Page!



Yoga for Hope Event – Union Square

Grab your mat and head to the center of San Francisco this Saturday September 17th for the eagerly anticipated Yoga for Hope Event in Union Square. The event starts at 10:00am and registration begins at 9:00am. Enjoy an hour long session of yoga alongside hundreds of other Yogis lead by instructors Stephanie Snyder & Darren Main followed by four 15 minute workshops – one of which is hosted by yours truly CA Yoga Sport!

Expand your yoga practice and join the community to support a great cause!

Yoga for Hope is an event for yoga beginners and experts alike to bring awareness to the benefits of yoga practice for patients with life-threatening illnesses. The proceeds from the event go to benefit research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading centers for cancer treatment and research.

Please join us in supporting this wonderful cause and connecting with one another in a new environment! Plus, how many opportunities will you have to say you landed Bakasana in the middle of Union Square?!

Feel free to contact us here at CYS with any questions regarding the event!!!

Yoga for Hope Fundraiser

Last Friday night, the communities of San Francisco and Berkeley came together for one great cause. We hosted a donation-based class with CorePower Yoga Berkeley and 100% of the funds were donated to the Yoga for Hope event, to be held this upcoming September in Union Square. It was an inspirational night full of organic food, music, giveaways, and a 75-minute yoga class that brought chills down our spine. Watching over 50 people move together in a hot room while sending their energy to those at the City of Hope hospital was a moving experience and it showed us how powerful we are as a group.

Thank you to all those who donated, attended, and sent their love. We raised over $600 for the event and had a great night!

A big shout-out to ZICO Coconut water for rehydrating us after the amazing class and to lululemon Berkeley for all the raffle goodies.


We look forward to teaching “Yoga For Athletes” at the Yoga for Hope event September 17th, 2011. Come take the workshop with us or join our team !

CYS Goes to City of Hope

Recently we had an amazing opportunity to visit the City of Hope Campus in Los Angeles, CA. We flew down to LA along with the other members on the board for the Yoga for Hope event happening this fall on September 17th. We were taken on a private guided tour throughout the 100 acres of the campus and got to hear about all the amazing research and care that goes into the comprehensive cancer research center.

We met with three different doctors throughout the tour and got to hear first hand their clinical trials that they are working on and researching. They spoke about translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies for patients. We also got to hear first hand what type of preventative measures they are taking to prolong the lives of children and adults who have had cancer and beaten it. The breakthroughs they are having with cancer, diabetes, and HIV research is breathtaking and really brings a whole new meaning to life.

In addition to all the amazing Doctors who dedicate their lives to cancer research, we also were able to hear about alternative therapies such as yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation classes are offered to all patients on campus and help them cope during and after their stay at the City of Hope.

One of the highlights of the tour was the lushly landscaped gardens with more than 2000 types of roses surrounding the state-of-the-art research center and hospital. The Japanese meditative garden, just beyond the roses, was also a super special place to see and spend some quiet moments sinking it all in. Both the rose garden and Japanese garden are open to all the patients and families to come and visit and spend some quality time together.

Overall the tour was a really touching experience and as a company we are even more invested in helping raise money for the Yoga for Hope event happening this September in Union Square of downtown San Francisco.