Wednesday, April 1, 2009

6 weeks = 5,000 years

I am very honored and excited to be teaching an Introduction-to-Yoga series again for Willow Glen Yoga. I really enjoy teaching beginners the basics of yoga, from the poses to the breathing to the more esoteric aspects. It does come with its challenges, though. Recent evidence dates the yoga practice back to 5,000 years ago! This "fad" has certainly stood the test of time. My job is to boil those years down to what is relevant today and what the average beginner will be able to grasp within 6 weeks. This challenge is another aspect of my teaching that I enjoy, as it uses all my skills!

So if you would like to learn the basics, or know someone who does, tell them about my 6-week series beginning Wednesday, April 1 at 7:45 pm at Willow Glen Yoga. There is still space available, and I promise I'll keep the history to a minimum! Sign up online at

What we are practicing now...
Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance) is a great inversion for this season. It builds heat and focuses energy in the upper body where congestion may be trying amass. I really like the video instruction on Yoga Mates, including the instruction to NOT do the full pose! Watch it first before trying, as you will be upside down. Be sure to rest and stretch your neck and shoulders after completing your version of the pose.

Schedule updates...
Lorien will be on vacation April 13-18, and classes will continue with subs; here are some other times you can catch Lorien around the Bay Area:
  • Sunday, April 5, 4:00-5:30pm: Hip Openers & Restorative practice at Courtside Club in Los Gatos.
  • Tuesday, April 7 10:00-11:15am: Yin yoga at Courtside Club in Los Gatos.
  • Wednesday, April 8 6:00-7:30pm: Yoga Basics at Willow Glen Yoga in San Jose.
  • Saturday, April 25 10:00-11:30am: Yoga Basics at GGBC in Campbell.