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Feel your Charge and Discharge!

Anodea JudithWhhhatttt do you mean I hold a CHARGE of energy when someone cuts me off in the grocery store and my dagger eyes don’t show a discharge?   Or when my spouse just really digs into me about spending money on something and my anger gets stored into my body???

Whhhhaaatttttt are you talking about!   Amy you are freakin’ crazy! (yep and I own my craziness!)

Call In Your Angels – You are NOT Alone!

Angels Angels Everywhere… You are NOT Alone!


Recently I have been calling in my Angels for support and been reviewing my favorite book (shown above) to give me better guidance in this thing we call Life!  

Yoga Ithaka – testimonial from a student

“Have Ithaka always in your mind,

Your arrival there is what you are destined for.

But don’t in the least hurry the journey.

Better it last for years”………Cavafy

 

YOGA’S ITHAKA

Jayne before & after TriangleMy yoga Ithaka began a year ago.  Upon urging by a friend, a 15 year Yogi, I reluctantly agreed to try it.  To say I had preconceptions is an understatement.  I believed twisting my 5’10” body into Gumby positions would end my entry into the world of yoga at once. 

Savasana = Nap Time

Savasana = Nap time

AZ Biltmore Hotel

AZ Biltmore Hotel

At the end of a yoga practice you should feel like you are ready to just lay down and rest, cuz  you have been moving and cranking out yoga postures that you are not use to doing.

Thus, Savasana (sha-va-san-ah) was created!  I refer to Savasana as Nap Time because the goal is to lay down and rest.

Note I said Goal!

For many it is a time to do just that, for others it is the time they look at their watch or tap their fingernails or feel absolutely tortured!  

Cough during yoga practice – is that normal?

Feel a Cough coming on during Yoga Practice

tickle in throatI had a student ask me the other day after class, Is it normal to feel like I need to cough during yoga?

My response was – sometimes depending on what you need to say, either to yourself or to others.

The throat is your 5th Chakra (energy center) and this is the voice/words we say to ourselves and to others.  If we are constantly swallowing or coughing or have the tickle like we need to cough that is the activation of this energy center.

India Trip Video – October 2014

India Trip Video

India trip planned for October 17-28, 2014 and this video might help explain a few more things.  It is a very exciting adventure to travel to such distances but I tell you this is AMAZING experience!

I went May 2013 with the MBA students from Wake Forest University and I am using the same local travel organization.  Incredibly safe, amazing accommodations and food … well do I need to tell you how amazing an authentic Indian curry is!?!?

Questions – email me at amy@yogaamy.net and I will answer all questions you might have.  Itinerary and pricing are listed on my website  and you can see – never a dull moment.  I am a believer in some down time and we will have that as well but get ready to enjoy morning and evening yoga classes by yours truly and motor coach rides to  each destination.  You won’t be disappointed!  Promise!

Namaste!

Expectations

Whistler, British Columbia Canada

Whistler, British Columbia Canada

Expectations SUCK!

Over the last 40 years of my life I have come to realize that I have expectations of myself and others.  I think it comes from the expectations that my parents had of me growing up.  Have this type of grade, have this type of friend, run fast, shoot the ball, take up roller skating, play piano, don’t talk back (or I will put soap in your mouth).

Go snow skiing at one of the highest mountains in North America (thinking you are still 15 and can do it with no problem! Damn skippy I did – with a mild panic attack on my way down and huge laughter after that)

It is interesting how you begin to note the changes in your life as you start to awaken Spirit.

What I LOVE about Yoga

What I LOVE about Yoga

There are so many things that I love about teaching yoga and doing yoga over the last 16 years…

I LOVE the feeling at the end of class where you are “floaty” and calm and just noticing the quietness of breath.

I LOVE the fact that as a teacher people show up to take my classes and for those beginners, you are the best because you truly SHOWED UP!  That is the hardest part of yoga – taking the chance to try it out.

Follow YogaAmy.net on Thumbtack

Follow YogaAmy.net on Thumbtack

thumbtack logoIf you have taken a yoga class from me you can write a review on Thumbtack.com, whether it is an in person or online class I would love  to have you share your experience and write a testimonial.

Thumbtack.com has brought more attention to my yoga class offerings and awareness of my online classes.

Yoga Lessons

There are so many industries shown in Thumbtack and you might find a good resource for a project or event you are working on.   It is offered in several states and Arizona is included in that list.

Types of Yoga Amy Online Classes

Types of Yoga Amy Online Classes

Types of Yoga Amy Online Classes offer a variety of styles or types of yoga formats.   I am often asked what are the differences between them.

So here is the low-down on my classes from easy to hard:

Relaxation classes are to provide you the opportunity to meditate or  if you have problems falling asleep these videos will allow you the opportunity to rest.

Legs up the wallRestorative Yoga is the easiest style of yoga.  You will use yoga props to support your body while on the ground.  This is a very relaxing format and meditative.  I encourage you to have some soft music that you can relax with and enjoy the resting postures that help you rejuvenate.  Many of the postures are held between 8-15 minutes.

Yin Yoga is a step up from restorative.  Majority postures are on the floor, however they are a deeper stretch and you ease into them to take the stretch deeper.  Many of the postures are held between 5-10 minutes each and you feel AWESOME when you finish the practice.