a new studio in town: 502 Power Yoga

a9LXuSHdhero_slider3I am so excited about this.

About eight years ago, as a college student in Asheville, North Carolina, I didn't have much money at all, but also was getting really interested in yoga. Enter the Dave Farmar Power yoga podcast. In addition to a couple studio classes and the YMCA (where I worked the front desk for years), this was how I became addicted to yoga. Dave Farmar taught in the power yoga style founded by Baron Baptiste.

Fast forward a few years to Stavanger, Norway...I was still sweating my butt off (in a 250 sq. ft. studio apartment) to Dave Farmar. I love this very active style of vinyasa yoga, but it took a backseat to Ashtanga once I found Bristo Yoga School in Edinburgh, UK.

Fast forward again to now, 2014 where local yoginis Sarah K. Smith and Cat Larimore are opening the first Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga studio in Louisville: 502 Power Yoga.

I've been twitter + yoga pals with Cat for a few years (still cannot believe we haven't met IRL...we will soon definitely!) and when I found out she was opening a studio, I was beyond thrilled.

"Louisville needs this and it will be fabulous."  

They are offering a pre-opening special: $25 for 40 days of unlimited classes. Amazing!

Located at 2210 Dundee Rd, right in the Historic Douglass Loop. Perfect.

Their website is already flawless with info on teacher training, an energy exchange program, and a great schedule. Of course most classes are while I'm teaching my own, but I am going to really try and make an effort to get to classes...I need human interaction when I practice for a change!

Find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Local yogis: use the hashtag #502py and you'll be featured on their community page!

If you want to get a sneak peek, head over to the Louisville lululemon showroom  Saturday morning January 25th + February 1st at 8:45am for free (yes, as in complimentary!) classes from the 502 Power gals. I wish I could go, but alas, I'll be teaching my own classes. 

I can't wait to get out there and power vinyasa again!

Poses: 3/52

pgeione20140119_120802_120355_1 There are bajllion variations on pigeon pose. Full pigeon, one-legged pigeon, dead pigeon, active pigeon, king pigeon, etc.

Today it's Eka Pada Rajakapotasana...one-legged pigeon both dead and active. This pose is ridiculously difficult for me, thus I should be doing it every day. I try to hold a relaxed, passive version of pigeon pose for 3-5 minutes per side every night before bed.

However, this pose is tricky. It involves a strong external rotation in the hip joint, which has the potential to bring discomfort into the knee joint 20140119_132617_1

I am always trying to learn more about the tightest part of my body: 20140119_132611_120140119_132600_1 This is a good video on how to do this pose from Livestrong:

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And there you have it..pigeon. Ugh.

"I avoid this pose...therefore, I know I need it more than any other."

Headstands and Considering You

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Headstand. Oh boy. It has been my nemesis for years now. I will get this! I've even gone so far as to make a resolution this year of attacking my inversion fear. If I make a resolution, it's official. photo

This past weekend? I did it. Of course I'm still using the wall. Of course it still scares me some. But...I DID IT. Can't wait to keep working. So excited.

I was inspired by several articles I've read recently: "Can't Do a Headstand? You're Still Good at Yoga!" by Lachrista Greco "For the Frustrated Headstander" by Brentan Schellenbach

It's so helpful to realize you're not alone in your crazy, irrational fear of inversions....especially when every fancy yoga pose ever photographed is one. I've still got a long way to go, but this is BIG. Thanks to everyone who has had to listen to me yap about this for the past five years! I think you might get a reprieve!

Also, speaking of yoga, I'm now a guest contributor for one of my favorite websites, Considering You. They are awesome and I highly recommend browsing this site. I've written an article about starting out in yoga and how to make it affordable. Check it out right here!

 

Happy Friday Y'all! ::: 01-06-2012

Holy mackerel, it's Friday again!

This weekend is going to be pretty fabulous for a few reasons:

:::spin class::: :::back to my baking resolution w/ these muffins from Smitten Kitchen::: :::get started gigantic magnetic photo project...more on this later::: :::get this dang book finished::: :::Downton Abbey season two premiere:::

What's on your agenda?

p.s. while I am still remaining off of Facebook personally, you can now "like" this blog on Facebook. I am experimenting with this...we'll see how it goes.