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Katonah Yoga Bowery's Heavenly Circuit or Arc of Achievement.

Katonah Yoga Bowery's Heavenly Circuit or Arc of Achievement. | Yoga | Scoop.it
Katonah Yoga Bowery
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Sit in Virasana. Put yourself on a spit from the center of the universe from your pubis through the top of your head Go to the back of your head your mind (right- north-west) and a set a goal go up to the universe and ask for grace (north –up) Go to the front of your head (left north east) and give your goal vision spin it south-east and have the willpower and patience to get your goal. What does it take to achieve your goal ?(left north east) Image yourself moving forward to the future. your potential To have a goal you have to have willpower to accomplish it. The goal setting diagonal is willpower. Then go due south and light a fire under your ass. get everybody’s mutual assistance, get insight. get everything and anything you can think of to keep the fire going- get other ideas, get other people to support you. Get underneath yourself and make your effort. Do everything you have to do to add fuel to the fire Then move it back (south-west ) from your tail to your sacrum your stability, your patience. Then keep moving the wheel up due west towards reflection. Image pulling back the bow to shoot the arrow forward. The opposite of reflection is to potentiate forward. Move back up to your goal. The opposite of goal setting is will power. Find your will power know your goal. The opposite of grace is effort up and down. Find the vision on the mountain know that you have to have patience. Find your reflection and potentiate forward. Potentiate forward and reflect back. Light a fire under your ass make your effort. Wait for the grace.Find your patience find a vision of yourself
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Why Do we do Inversions

Why Do we do Inversions | Yoga | Scoop.it
Katonah Yoga squares
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  6 Aug 2012 In our yoga theory we teach our students that your pelvis and legs are like the root system of a plant. They are your body's depths; the part that makes you stable like the foundation of a building. The upper body, which houses the heart and lungs is your ability to hold feelings, take in and eliminate breath, and enables you to participate well in the world. Inversions are about turning your body upside down so that your stability (lower body) and your capacity(upper body) are reversed. In an Inversion you support yourself from your capacity instead of from your base. An inversion is like turning a house upside down to air it out and clean it out. You get a different view. By moving a currency through all of the rooms of the house(your body) you flush out your bones and create an infusion of energy.
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Is Yoga Good Exercise BY Abbie Galvin

Is Yoga Good Exercise BY Abbie Galvin | Yoga | Scoop.it
Katonah Yoga with Abbie Galvin
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 6 Aug 2012 The art of good yoga is to fight your propensity to be habitual. By practicing yoga in this manner you generate heat, moisture, and agitation. Your body is designed to" fit" so that it fits your environment. The practice is designed for each of you to demand out of yourselves that "fit". When you begin studying yoga you come to the mat "personally" with your " first nature" as your information. The way that you naturally do a pose, is to use whatever is available to you, your strong back, your strong legs, etc. Eventually you develop a "second nature": the capacity to work not personally but archetypically to find a pose. In this way you have to be conscious, and purposeful. You have to use the imagination, the forms and the breath to practice consciously rather than using whatever information you already have. While yoga isn't specifically designed for aerobics, it demands a physical effort to build a cathedral inside your body, which by its very nature is rigorous.
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Sky Ting Yoga | Sakara Life

Sky Ting Yoga | Sakara Life | Yoga | Scoop.it
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"Krissy: We’re very inspired by our teachers, and we’re always bringing them up, because really, we’d know nothing if it weren’t for their support. In particular, Abbie Galvin and Nevine Michaan really gave us the confidence to even do all this." Check them out at Katonahyoga.com

 

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Archetypal vs Personal Poses practiced with personal information hold in damage while poses practiced with archetypal information release your magic by Abbie Galvin, Adrian Galvin and Carol Shos...

Archetypal vs Personal Poses practiced with personal information hold in damage while poses practiced with archetypal information release your magic    by Abbie Galvin, Adrian Galvin and Carol Shos... | Yoga | Scoop.it




 

When I was six, our piano - that island of sitka spruce and yellow birch regally inhabiting a third of our living room and echoing through our entire neighborhood - called to me. It was large and gorgeous, and I wanted the alchemy of it's majesty and the richness of it's sound to be mine. I wanted that big sound to come through me, instead of through my siblings. My first piano teacher told me that I had a good ear, which I assumed meant that, as a six year old, I was already a virtuoso. In reality, I knew nothing of technique or skill, or of refining whatever gifts I had started with. What a buzzkill when I was asked to play, for protracted hours, every scale to "Mary Had a Damn Little Lamb." When would I get to play a Beatles song or Beethoven? My music book, Song's for Tots,had sailboats and stars on it's pages. I was ready for the kind of music my parents took seriously. It took 10 years of scales, repetition, studying theory, and revolting recitals where all the kids were playing "Moonlight Sonata" -- most of them better than me -- to feel as though I had developed any technique at all to finally play Chopin, Debussy, or Bach. At that point, I was ready for college and all I really wanted to play was Joni Mitchell. Even though she wasn't playing classical, for which I was trained, I had technique which allowed me to expand my repertoire. I had formulas and codes, I could sight read, and I had dexterity from hours of practice. I knew how to approach a piece of music. I knew how to read signatures, timing, notes, and rhythm. I had become familiar with the archetypes for playing music, and this is how I was able to grow as a musician.

 

It is the same with yoga. To use an archetype as a reference is the foundation of a well-informed yoga practice. An archetype can be a number, an animal, a geometric shape, or any pattern in nature like the pattern found in wood, in jade, or in the seasons. An archetype represents an ideal, and an ideal yoga pose has a specific measure, a shape, a fit.

 

 

  

 

 

An archetypal dog pose, for example, is a 60 degree triangle, which sets up the conditions for strength, structure, and stability. Lungs and liver come forward while kidneys fully open in the back. Arms are shoulder distance while feet are hip distance and knees are bent, enabling the hips to rise in order to find the zenith of the pose.

Following the formal patterns of a yoga pose puts you in a position to cultivate a deeper physical awareness, as you must override your own propensities and transcend the personal. These techniques are your recipe, your musical score. 


 

 

 

Whether it's a dog pose, a warrior pose, or a wheel, real technique provides a template to embody, rather than stretching or feeling our way into a pose, or imitating a teacher who is demonstrating. We can use archetypal technique everywhere in our lives - brushing your teeth so that your teeth won't fall out, making a souffle by recipe that won't collapse, or following a business plan that promotes success rather than mere survival. Having techniques is what it means to develop real skills, which, when faced with a challenging class, will be exhilarating to deploy and use rather than surviving by the seat of your pants.


 

 

 

 

The effort to embody a physical archetype employs the imagination to achieve a form, the pose at its optimum. By working consciously, we open up a field of experience previously unknown, which in turn helps us grow. For example, all twists require a 180 degree turn to each side, a revolution on a plumb line (axis mundi), and breathing on the side that your head is facing, so that one is flushing a kidney and opening up the opposite lung. By doing the twist formally, you are opening your entire body to the experience, something you don't normally do. If you only go halfway around without completing the 180 turn, you won't get the goodies that referring to the archetypal 180 degrees offers. Opening up a lung is like opening a window, which opens up a vision to see more, smell more, perceive more, and access a new field of imagination for greater capacity and exuberance. In this way, you can participate in your own health. And if you are a musician, you can play with other musicians, or play for grandma, and even alternate between Elton John and Bach.


 

 

 

 

 

If one does yoga without a reference (a recipe, pattern, formula, map), the practice is less conscious, measured, and articulated. Your practice will only go as far as your unconscious habits, imagination, and personal effort can take you. I recently attended a yoga class where the well-intentioned teacher instructed us to stretch, reach, have an open mind, and imitate the way she performed. While she demonstrated beautiful poses, we weren't instructed to orient ourselves within any archetype. Much like reading a map, knowing how to orient oneself in time and space helps us understand where we are going, how to go there, and maybe most importantly, why we are traveling there at all.

 

 

 

 

Often, new students come to class with past injuries and request "modifications" in order to make their efforts less arduous, to allow them to alter the practice, and for the poses to mollify their wound; to their dismay, I tell them that in order to renovate or re-inform whatever is damaged, torn, pulled, or bruised, the trick is to use the piece of the puzzle that popped out with better information so that they can heal. We diminish ourselves by trying to protect what is compromised or injured. Not using our trashed shoulder, knee, hip, or wrist the way it's designed to be used will eventually do us in. If your heart is broken by your last relationship, you don't stop dating, you use the information from your emotional wound to refine your technique. Maybe next time you won't be such an emotional lubber and you might make better contact. In other words, reframe yourself.

 

 

Meanwhile, back in the doghouse, in our struggle to conform to this ideal dog pose, we shed the effort that comes with adapting personal style, and instead reference the archetype which tells us where to go. One doesn't alter the practice to fit oneself - one alters oneself to fit the practice. I explain to a student who is in pain from an injury to use a formula to renovate their damaged structure, rather than to use a personal technique that allows them to avoid pain. When we surrender our struggles to the formality of the practice, we are given the opportunity to supercede our personal techniques that damaged our knee or torqued our ankle in the first place. When we shed our investment in the personal, and do poses formally - in referencing an archetype - we can make contact with the universal, gaining insights that weren't available to us before. In this way, we become aware of how to specifically re-direct our efforts to rehabilitate, straighten, correct, and restructure our body's frame. This is the process by which we reinform our organs, glands, bones, and body chemistry to function more efficiently. So that rather than working harder, we work smarter, with techniques that measure up.

 

This is the work in a yoga pose. A pose is never static, it's dynamic. A pose is a channel for energy to move through you, waking up every fiber of your being. Referencing an ideal pose becomes a therapeutic technique for re-informing a deformed form, for straightening out a crooked wrist, for rehabilitating a torn shoulder. And because the wonky wrist and the torn shoulder house the lungs, by adjusting the shoulder and the wrist, one is actually addressing the function of the lung. So in renovating the wrist and the shoulder (the frame), the stability of the whole person is ultimately altered.

 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Within our practice, the information found on the right side of your body is pragmatic, while the information found on the left is esoteric. Information found in the territory of lungs (grief, sadness, exuberance, expansiveness) is different from that of the liver (creativity, vision, neurology). If your shoulder hurts, for example, and you know how to rotate that corner so that your collar bone sits properly, you might discover that not only are you using your wrist and collarbone incorrectly, but the lung housed underneath it is being compromised. If you reposition the shoulder, so it works as a real frame, it becomes a better vessel for the lung. Now you are in territory that will give you real information, which can lead to an actual reformation. Doing what feels good or what is painless, when all you have are your feelings, is information that is personal and only referenced from habits and personal damage. If you reference the archetype of a pose rather than your own feelings, your practice has options beyond that which you already know or think you know.


 

  

 "I'm trying" is often uttered in a yoga class, but rather than working harder at something you are already doing, the first step in getting an insight is giving up the habit of your compensatory skills. If you can let go of your yoga tricks like clenching your butt, using your flexibility, muscling the pose - no easy feat - you'll probably begin to discover that your poses aren't holding up without them. Don't despair. The next step is to use a formula, like a recipe for baking, a score with which to play music, a map to find your way, in order to develop techniques that not only hold up better, but that will promote stability, ability, and imagination. 

 

 

When we're not getting what we want in our practice, or anything else in life, we are often loathe to find another angle, pierce a new veil, develop a new skill, and re-direct our efforts. The familiarity of how we have always performed our work is often confused with what is correct or safe, when in reality it only perpetuates habits. It often takes profound self-awareness to change the way we practice. Most of us suffer an injury, a crisis, some form of wake-up call before we are willing to alter the way we were trained or to shift away from what comes "naturally".Rather than finding one's way by feeling or intuition or imitation, the skill of orientation tells you where you are and how to redirect yourself so that you can get where you want to go and be who you want to be.

 

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Sky Ting

Sky Ting | Yoga | Scoop.it
At New York City's Sky Ting Yoga, where the downtown set goes to unwind.
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Informed by Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin!

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Nov 2014 Abbie Galvin Pranayama: Glands and Car Metaphors

More on Katonah Yoga's Breathing practice is available on Abbie's blog at Katonahyoganyc.com. Here she moves through the glands; (Hands on knees)Endocrine system, adrenals, to the spleen/pancreas,
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In the morning I can grab a cup of coffee and  then meditate silently for 20 minutes or so before the anxiety of the day begins and time starts to speed up. One of the best ways to take a break and recharge is with 15 minutes of Pranayama.  Here Abbie Galvin discusses the glands of the body using automobile metaphors in such an engaging way that you become completely engaged in the practice.   A more in depth explanation of Pranayama is available on Abbie's blog on the Katonah Yoga website.

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Yoga, Water, Math, Murakami, Fiction & Real Life

Yoga, Water, Math, Murakami, Fiction & Real Life | Yoga | Scoop.it

 I practice a form of yoga (Katonah Yoga), whose teachers follow the Taoist belief that people follow different patterns because of the influences permanently imprinted upon them at birth. The philosophy is that patterns are repeated in your physiology and psychology, and that through yoga you can change yourself by finding new patterns that give you better function.

 

The theory is that in yoga you should move towards archetypal poses with the goal of becoming perfectly balance, and that this process  will bring you  joy and ultimately bliss. It is through the physical practice that you discover where you fit in the universe. It is a process of struggle rather than a static goal in which you constantly orient yourself towards the archetypical pose by facing and overcoming the influences of your personal experience.

 

The theory is that it is easier to change your body than your mind and that once you change your physical body the mind will follow. "The goal is to have the capacity to fill your self with joy”. Abbie Galvin (http://bit.ly/ULTZRX) says, “Everybody’s goal is to have a body that is a well functioning container that can hold the elixir of life The goal is to have the structure so that you can now ask yourself how good can my life be? How well can I live?”

 

I was reminded recently while reading the novel 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami,  that in a sense we are all fighting against our own patterns, habits, and defects in order to find a better way to live.

 

Life is not like math or water: it doesn’t flow in one direction. We all struggle through our own patterns and our own pain to write a story that gives us  "meaning."

 

In 1Q84, one of the characters,Tengo, says:

 

“'Math is beautiful because it's predictable and totally logical. Math is like water. It has a lot of difficult theories, of course, but its basic logic is very simple. Just as water flows from high to low over the shortest possible distance, figures can only flow in one direction. You just have to keep your eye on them for the route to reveal itself. That’s all it takes. You don’t have to do a thing. Just concentrate your attention and keep your eyes open, and the figures make everything clear to you. In this whole, wide world, the only thing that treats me so kindly is math.”

 

“Real life is different than math. Things in life don't necessarily flow over the shortest possible route. For me, math is — how should I put it? — math is all too natural. It's like beautiful scenery. It's just there. There's no need to exchange it with anything else. That's why, when I'm doing math, I sometimes feel I'm turning transparent. And that can be scary. ... When I'm writing a story, I use words to transform the surrounding scene into something more natural for me. In other words, I reconstruct it. That way, I can confirm without a doubt that this person known as 'me'”

 

In yoga as in real life is not like water or math; you have to be conscious to write your own story. You have  fight against your natural propensities and habits that keep you from living your own life, to find your true or "second" nature. By practicing yoga you can fight to make your life more like water or math so that it flows in a direction that makes you full and brings  you joy.

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Acrobatic yoga can firm up your relationship - New York Daily News

Acrobatic yoga can firm up your relationship - New York Daily News | Yoga | Scoop.it
Ready to take your relationship to a new level? Check out yoga poses that even dysfunctional celebs say bring them closer to their lovers.
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fun!

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Life, Yoga, Yin Yang of Life, Understanding that Flat Feet Can be Transformed Can Seem Like Pushing an Elephant Up the Stairs

Life, Yoga,  Yin Yang of Life, Understanding that Flat Feet Can be Transformed  Can Seem Like Pushing an Elephant Up the Stairs | Yoga | Scoop.it

After reading and  re reading Abbie Galvin's Blog Post " WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY FLAT FEET?"

http://lia022.wix.com/yoga-with-abbie/apps/blog

I had  so much trouble understanding what the point is in going to yoga class when I have flat feet. I mean if there really is a pattern that repeats itself and my true nature is to be "flat "why bother? Why not just stay home sitting in Virasana?

 

Then I found myself reciting the lyrics from an REM song called  '"The Great Beyond'  in order to explain to my daughter why she has to study for her Learner's Permit if she wants to learn how to drive. I told her you don't  have to study the materials. but you have to have a learner's permit to enroll in Driver's Ed. It's your choice.It's like the lyrics to this song:

"I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
Over my shoulder a piano falls
Crashing to the ground

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great beyond"

 

I told her "I see the words and your quandary as  sort of the great Yin and Yang of life." There are no easy answers...

And so Abbie Galvin explains: " Flat feet DO change, just as everything else does. The  potential to change the wave of your feet and the arches of your body is your potential to change so that you can override your first nature, your genes, your deepest habits, to become the person you want to be. Your feet are always getting pressure from walking and supporting you. They take time... just like everything in life. Your feet have flattened over time and don't change overnight. it takes the repetition of re-educating them. And remember, your body is organic, and not rigid. and everything organic is living tissue: it moves, it is pliant, it has a pattern, and it can be manipulated, reformed, and renovated."

So maybe sometimes it is like pushing an elephant up the stairs, and sometimes a piano may crash," but then you "bend spoons and keep the flowers in bloom."Over time who knows maybe those flat feet will sprout some wings.

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcw1ov_r-e-m-the-great-beyond_music

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Crowded Classes Test the Zen of Yoga - Wall Street Journal

Crowded Classes Test the Zen of Yoga - Wall Street Journal | Yoga | Scoop.it
Rising popularity has made yoga studios a downward dog eat downward dog world.
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One of the great things about Cat Tilt is that we never oversell our classes

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Q&A: The NFL player whose touchdown celebration is a “Namaste bow”

Q&A: The NFL player whose touchdown celebration is a “Namaste bow” | Yoga | Scoop.it
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster loves yoga and meditating—and you really won't believe how much kale he eats.
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Yoga and Football!

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Yoga Case Reporting for Scoliosis Global Adv. Health Med. 2014, 3 (5) Loren M. Fishman, MD

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Of the patients reporting  holding the side plank pose for an average of 1.5 minutes a day on average, patients had a 32% reduction in their primary spinal curve.  While surgical studies show 59% improvement  yoga has no side effects.  What would happen if the patients practiced yoga for 5 minutes a day?

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Yoga, The Olympics & Swimming

Yoga, The Olympics & Swimming | Yoga | Scoop.it
Yoga, The 2012 and  2016 Olympics & Swimming. Four years ago in Abbie's Katonah yoga class we did a sequence which began in a seated forward bend, then bent knee plow, then a forward bend, repeating the sequence and building momentum. In the forward bend and the plow the goal is to fold yourself in half so that you make contact: chest to thighs, armpits to knees, hands to feet etc.. Your arms fit tightly along the sides of your body. The goal of the practice is to fold yourself so that you make contact. Once you fit yourself (you can fold your body in half) you can find the place in the universe where you fit because that is what you are designed for. Finally, once you have built momentum you flip from the plow to Virasana (hero's pose). Virasana is a seated pose in which you are kneeling with your thighs on the floor and your knees touching. Your pubis is higher than your knees so that you can move forward toward your potential rather than being stuck on your heels in the past .In the flip I felt completely free as though flying. There was no fear as there is in the moment before I move my legs up the wall into an inversion or before diving into a pool of water.

I realized 4 years ago while watching the Olympic swimming trials that the flip I had completed on the yoga mat was a "swimmer's flip". At the time my friend Peter , a swimmer said "Good for you! now do it in the water. !" He is right.
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Why do we lie Back on Blocks or Thread oUrselves Through Chairs before Class? By Abbie Galvin

Why do we lie Back on Blocks or Thread oUrselves Through Chairs before Class? By Abbie Galvin | Yoga | Scoop.it
Backbends
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10 Jun 2014 Before class we encourage our students to use chairs and blocks for back bend variations in order to set up conditions for taking pressure off of one's lower back, opening up ones lungs and setting up a vision that supports neurology, thereby attaining a backbend without one's usual effort or one's personal propensities. The blocks act as scaffolding to one's structure rather than asking students to come in and stretch themselves. O ur supported backbends are part of ones effort to tune one's instrument, open up the valves, adjust one's strings, make sure you are not flat or sharp, in preparation to use oneself as a participant in an orchestra. Tuning the instrument allows one to participate in one's own well-being, resulting in an orientation of center and circumference. This alerts our senses to what is deep within and directly without. With proper boundaries, disorder is organized, corners meet, strings have proper string tension so that when you play, the music is harmonious. When we come to class we come to participate in community. We're asked to shed our first nature -- unconscious, habitual patterns which, as individuals, we unthinkingly identify with - and conform instead, to something counter-intuitive, foreign, and outside our frame of reference. What we call the "personal" is an elaborate intuition programmed after years of reacting to this capricious, exciting world. It's the way the body has come to operate on auto-pilot, sitting cross-legged on one butt, standing on one leg, favoring one direction, walking bow-legged, knocked kneed, slouching the shoulders, cocking one's head, etc...The act of measuring up in class, engaging our sheer awareness, working consciously, is the moment we engage our second nature, our most alert and conscious state. We can observe and process what is otherwise automatic and unnoticed. We learn techniques through asana, a highly conscious practice, to help us override the habitual first nature and become stable, competent, and imaginative. The use of props serve as formal boundaries rather than personal effort. To reform one's first nature is to agitate and disturb this delicate status quo. It can be demanding and even painful. Many of us navigate life as warriors, doers, achievers, perfectionists. Supported poses afford a moment of peace, engaging in the art of being rather than doing. Scaffolding with blocks, chairs, or poles allows one to let go of one's unconscious investment in habit and instead provide a supportive way to inform the body. One's structure is supported for a determined length of time so that bodily fluids and circuitry can move more freely through our bones, organs, and glands, thus facilitating the body's flow of internal energy. Winter Becomes Spring: Back-bending Out of The Past A natural part of life is that our bodies degrade over time. As we get older, our back starts to creep over the front, our vision blurs, our bones thin. One's future shortens, while the past only grows, and our sense of moving forward steadily dims. As we age we progressively lose touch with the exterior, while our interior life becomes richer. Embedded in our greater journey is a repeated cycle of growth and decay that aligns with the four seasons. During Winter, we burrow for warmth, we consume heavy, heat-producing foods, and we open up our bodies with much less frequency and fervor. The liver bears a heavy load as the purveyor of our internal cleanliness. Backbends help flush the liver and clean it. As we enter Spring, supported poses help rejuvenate the organs , taking pressure off where we habitually sit in our backs and setting up the structure so that the lungs and liver open up in the front. Supported backbends offer an opportunity to orient ourselves on a spit, a plumb line, a tai chi, setting up a center in order not to get lost in time and space. Biochemically, we are shifting the terrain, after crawling into ourselves during winter, tilling the soil, as it were, from where a sprout can grow. The back is meant to support potential rather than diminish it. Supported backbends help establish one's stability (lower body) and open one's front body (torso), while setting up a vision (head). Boundaries(props) diminish the effort and muscle required for good form. Binding the legs as well, create a closed circuit flushing the hips, knees and ankles . A backbend takes considerable effort and is usually the pinnacle of any sequence. When the front is opened fully, the articulation of the arches are fully expressed. Consequently the lungs are ventilated and pressure is taken off the kidneys. A block under ones lower back takes the pressure off the roots by elevating the pelvis so that the front body(potential) becomes available. Elevating one's lower body takes pressure off the bottom by oxygenating the pelvis, flushing the liver, engaging the lungs by opening them in the front, making it easier on the heart (by giving it more space), and creating a cross breeze in the body. VARIATIONS OF SUPPORTED BACK BENDS Blocks under upper back: Sitting in baddha konasana and laying back on four blocks supports the back, taking pressure off of the kidneys, sending the lungs to the front of the body and supporting the neck to free up the vision. The neck becomes a funnel from the lungs into the thyroid and up to the antenna. The thyroid governs the ability to self-express, to ventilate well and to regulate our chemistry. Blocks under lower back (supported bridge): Lie on your back, lift the pelvis with a block vertically underneath the sacrum, as though jacking up the rear end of the car. In this way, you can pump up the back tires (kidneys) with air, taking pressure off the lower back, opening up the front of the pelvis and feeding breath to the kidneys. This calms down the adrenals. Positioning the knees and ankles at right angles substantiates the hips. The front of the thighs (bottom window) is where the backbend is initiated. Supported fish: Sit in virasana with a block under the shoulder blad es (just above bra line). Ideally, the crown touches the floor allowing the pineal gland to make light contact. The pineal gland is like a homing device. Supported supta virasana: Place the legs through a chair laying back on the seat while holding the feet. The backbend creates a closed circuit of energy throughout the form. This allows the nervous system to calm down, the liver to stretch, the lungs to open and the eyes to flush. Thereby glands are restored, reset, and renewed. Supported backbends help facilitate a good nervous system. The above series of backbends restore energy by refueling our internal reserves of current. The imagination is used to set up a stable structure so that breath can move through it. This sequence unites the mind, the body and the breath in preparation to participate in a conscious practice. Read more 0 Comments
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Sky Ting Girls - Show their Katonah Yoga inspired moon salutations

Sky Ting Girls - Show their Katonah Yoga inspired moon salutations | Yoga | Scoop.it
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Check out Chloe and Krissey's  moon salutations with style!

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Sky Ting Yoga is the coolest new studio for fashionable downtown yogis

Sky Ting Yoga is the coolest new studio for fashionable downtown yogis | Yoga | Scoop.it
High above the hustle, bustle, and smells of Chinatown's Chrystie Street, a stylish urban oasis has taken shape.
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Abbie Galvin and Nevine Michaan are spreading their circumference! Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan

and their crew will help you find the center that is you.

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Abbie Galvin and Nevine Michaan are spreading their circumference! Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan

and their crew will help you find the center that is you.

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ADJUSTMENTS with Abbie Galvin and Melissa French




 

 

 

  

 

The beauty of a well-informed adjustment allows the practitioner to let go of the investment they have in their personal technique so a different angle, a new direction, or a re-orientation can be found.  A good adjustment reorients the structure so one's frame of reference is altered, opening up a possibility for insight, new awareness, or an experience one hasn't anticipated. 

 

 

 

Adjusting one's pose allows for the student to renovate, restore, renew and reinform one's life.  The purpose of an adjustment rather than an assist is to alter the function of one's interior;  stretching the liver properly opens up one's vision, orienting one's lower back so that the kidneys flush allows for one to hear everything that is around them as well as that which is deep inside; opening up the lungs is the hallmark of exuberance; orienting oneself on a spit equidistant from the center allows the stomach to digest properly so that not only food but ideas are processed well, leading to clear rather than obsessive thinking; and by adjusting the position of the heart one articulates feelings appropriately developing kindness through good speech.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Join us for an informative, participatory, fun afternoon of adjusting, re-orienting, renovating, redefining, re-informing your form in the service of well-being! 

 

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Establish Your Ground of Being By Katonah Yoga

Establish Your Ground of Being By Katonah Yoga | Yoga | Scoop.it

Many yoga students are appalled when asked to start a yoga class in a pigeon pose.

 

You may have learned t that before setting up any yoga pose, you should “warm up” with 108 chatarungas, sun salutations or with a good stretch. At Katonah Yoga, we work in the bones and  the joints, the structure of the body. The best way to warm  up your body is to fold.  A pigeon pose establishes your ground of being.

 

Your  ground of being starts from ground zero; the perineum making contact, plugging in and finding the ground. Your legs are the pillars of your perineum.Your right  foot is the male root. Your left foot is the female root. Your perineum is like the third foot which is you; the integration of your male and female aspects, your personal ground.

The perineum for women is located between the pubis and anus – it’s the opening of the vagina. The perineum for men is between the coccyx and the genitals. The lower body, your  pelvis, is your stability. You can think of your lower body as the foundation of a building or the root of a plant. Your lower bodyt sets up a pattern that all future growth follows. By making contact with your perineum on a surface (the ground) you which you substantiate yourself.

 

If you were a radio, you would ground your wires in order to move your current (energy). You have to plug in the radio (lower body) before using the dial (the upper body) or setting up the antenna (your head).  If you want to change the structureof your body, you can’t build the penthouse without building the foundation first. You have to estblish your ground by descending into your  depths in order to ascending to your heights. Why try to turn the radio on before you have plugged  it in?

Grounding the lower body in a pigeon pose allows you to orient your selfin time and space. If you set yourself up like a clock then the perineum is the center, the pubis is 12:00, the coccyx is 6:00, the right hip is 3:00 and the left hip is 9:00. By orienting your  lower body within a wide circumference, you can find weightlessness in your upper bodies; which is how you get the “yummies “out of the pose.

 

A pigeon struts around in a backbend, a body lifting off and taking flight. A backbend is the pubis, navel and sternum coming forward and up. Yourfront body is your potential.  Your back body is the past. In order to move forward in life, to take flight, you have  sets up your memories (the back) to support the future (the front). You don’t change yourself  by manipulating the past, or by bending back. Your front body substantiated by your lower body moves you forward into the future.

 

Therapeutic and spiritual work is often counterintuitive. If we knew how to change ourselves, how to have full lungs, a voluminous heart anda  liver that filters, we would have have changed already.  We would all be well adjusted, and we wouldn’t need yoga. Realtransformation comes from knowing your own blind spots, opening up a field of awareness that is unknown to you and making choices that contradict your habits. In this way you, the student, become the person who benefits from the poses rather than the poses conforming to whatever already suits you.

 

By learning the formal practice, you gains an awareness of the personal propensities that keep you  from living consciously. Thus to start a practice in a pigeon we emulate the pigeon, a bottom feeding bird,  by substantiating our roots. This enables us to embody the avian natureof the pigeon in order to rise above ourselves so that eventually we can all dwell in the field of the imagination, which is the purpose of the pactice.r

The pose enables us to embody the avian nature of the pigeon and to rise above ourselves so that eventually we can all dwell in the field of the imagination, which is the purpose of it all. By Katonah Yoga http://yoganonymous.com/beginning-practice-pigeon-pose-establish-ground/#sthash.IayVF9iT.dpuf

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As adapted from Katonah Yoga's article in yoganonymous from the passive to active voice,

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Blocks and Straps: Not Just for Yoga Beginners - Wall Street Journal

Blocks and Straps: Not Just for Yoga Beginners - Wall Street Journal | Yoga | Scoop.it

Yoga Props

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In Katonah Yoga, props are used to serve as formal boundaries rather than personal effort. Supported poses afford a moment of peace, engaging in the art of being rather than doing. Scaffolding with blocks, chairs, or poles allows you to let go of your unconscious investment in habit and instead provide a supportive way to inform the body. Your structure is supported for a determined length of time facilitating the body's flow of internal energy. Blankets help give you a ground of being in a pigeon pose so that you can move forward into a back bend and get off of yourself rather than blocks that jack you up. Read more about Katonah Yoga on Abbie Galvin’s blog

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Ask Abbie : Have you always been able to do lotus

Ask Abbie : Have you always been able to do lotus | Yoga | Scoop.it

Have you always been able to do a lotus?

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 When I started my yoga practice years ago, I lusted after the lotus pose, convinced that the man I was dating would fall in love with me. So impressed, he might even pay attention to me and listen to my deep thoughts about life. As I toiled - as I do - I glanced over (a lot) at my then-boyfriend and saw how effortlessly he slid into the pose, closing his eyes and disappearing into his own reveries, lost to me.  
 He introduced me to all things spiritual, poetic, and esoteric. I was his student, eager for wisdom, insight, and affection. My pursuit of this apparently elevated being's affection fueled my efforts to shove myself into lotus. Instead of leaving me in the throes of knee pain, I would one day join him in his depths and share his experience of enlightenment.  

Lotus would deliver me, and make me a legit yogi instead of a homesick college freshman calling home eight days a week. 

    
Alone in my dorm room, I stuffed myself into the pose. I then greased my arms with Vaseline and rammed them through the stubborn gap between my legs, proving I could have perfect posture and be free of diseases. What more could anyone ask of me? I spent every night mastering this feat. One day on the way to weekly yoga class he introduced me to macrobiotic food, explaining that it was a must if I were going to be with him. I wanted to crave soba noodles and have my skin turn grey from this macro diet just like all the skinny girls in class.  
 One weekend, we went to Kripalu for chanting with the Hari Krishnas. I cringed when he couldn't carry a tune, and he embarrassed me by singing louder than everyone else. I come from a family of great singers and good manners; I would be mortified if I sounded like that, but in that moment nothing commanded my attention more than the urgent spiritual work I had to do. I had no idea that the lotus, while worth aspiring to, comes as a result of the achievement of many other postures. All I wanted was to perform my new stunt. But alas, my hopeful audience of one was swallowed whole by the sitar music, and I lost track of him altogether after the first half hour when he'd sidled up to the guru, leaving me in the back with all the other losers, the ones without the right outfit, Sanskrit name, or shaved head. So there I was, going after a lotus for which I had no map and after a man who I pursued with an equally misguided technique.  Hours later, I ended up not where I had hoped to be, showing off my lotus to Mr. Macrobiotic, but on a grassy slope near his car so he wouldn't leave without me. And as I sat and waited I had nothing to do but take full measure of this man, The Hari Krishnas, myself, and my greasy lotus. We drove home in silence and the following week he dumped me for a waitress at the Broome Street Bar. So she got him but I got my Lotus.  

 

40 years later I sent my nephew Julian to share Passover with old friends. He reported to me afterwards that he met a man there who captivated him all night. When I hounded Julian for details, he reported that Mr. Macro was fat, twice divorced, and complained to him about his sciatica. If only he still had his lotus. 

As much as my lotus ordeal humiliated me and left me hankering for its nectar, it launched my young self on a path to developing an inner life. And as I am prone to beat a dead horse, I stayed with the lotus, even though I didn't have the twelve other poses that should be mastered before it. I had no technique to make my lotus possible. So instead of hog-tying myself, per usual, I began to read Freud, EF Schummacher, and Rob Pirsig, and was soon comforted by the Buddhists, the Hindus, and the Egyptians, who corroborated my need for a solid lotus. These ancients considered the lotus flower a representation of our longing for spiritual enlightenment.  The Egyptian Book of the Dead is said to include spells that are able to transform a person into a lotus, thus allowing for resurrection and personal renewal. As myths hold truth, this mythic idea beckoned me. When my hips gave way, and I solidly felt the seat underneath me, this manifested my own renewal. I felt that I had become the lotus.  
The Hindus describe the flower that emerges out of muddy waters, un-spoilt and pure each morning, as the emblem of possibility for personal transformation. But as students who are developing technique we want to embody it, become it, not just represent it. Of all the yoga postures, the lotus demands the most rigorous technique.  
 And just like every other archetype, it is ours to embody if we come to class, stay on the mat, participate, measure up, develop good boundaries, and fight the depth of our unconscious propensities. It's a life's work.  
 The reason we modern practitioners want to embody the archetype of a lotus, is that we are using our bodies as a conduit to change our lives. The value of a lotus pose is to guarantee that we won't unravel. And as it is my propensity to harp, if your body doesn't unravel, neither will you.When a lotus is measured well, the legs are folded so that they are bound with a central bolt. Your hips, knees, and ankles are cross-referenced so that your pelvis is tied together. Much like a pair of shoelaces, criss-crossed to tie a good knot so that your shoes won't fall off, a lotus bind ties up your pelvis so your hips don't come apart.  
 

Lotus provides a way to tone up your kidneys by building the pelvic floor. A lotus will hold you together. It adds fluency to the hips, demanding a form that flushes energy through ankles, knees, and hip joints, much like a closed electrical circuit functions. And, while at first one fights for the proper form of the bind, the real benefit is the flow, the energy, the currency that moves through your body all bound up. Real freedom is found in confinement. A good lotus will help you address your metabolism (thyroid), flush your toilets (kidneys), adjust your vision (liver), open your windows (lungs), and refine your speech (heart).  
 A pose like lotus is difficult at first ("at first" could mean years) because it demands a certain amount of pliancy in the joints and a measured process of origami pleating in order to fold one's legs in that pretzel-like bind, instead of stuffing yourself in and mistaking a squish for a good fit. Once we've slid in, the lotus makes other poses easier. A headstand or shoulder stand with legs in lotus gives those poses with no folds a surge of power. A cobra with legs in lotus opens the front of your pelvis, yielding a richer backbend and a fuller arch from intestines to lungs. A twist sets up a double helix, flushing kidneys much like squeezing a sponge. In a lotus, the same twist sets up a curve that is exponentially delicious. 

  
 And not to worry if you don't have your lotus yet. If you are sitting at a right angle, on your perineum, in your hip joints, in the center of your sphere, you will never need Vaseline.

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Developing a Personal Longevity Practice- The Magic is in the Folds.

Developing a Personal Longevity Practice- The Magic is in the Folds. | Yoga | Scoop.it

From Katonahyoga.com "1 Nov 2013Nevine Michaan & Abbie Galvin        When we take a yoga class, we are offered an opportunity to engage with others. Techniques are taught, shared, and practiced within the group. A w...

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The photos show beautiful poses. 

 

The magic is in Katonah yoga’s inclusive method in which everyone can learn the practice is to learn the folding and unfolding. You have to learn to fold in and out of each pose as if practicing origami.

 

Katonah Yoga’s methodology involves a practice of moving into each yoga posture in a specific manner. You learn to fold and unfold from one pose to the next similar to the origami art of paper folding.  Each fold has to be correct before you can add another fold. You unfold in order to move to a different variation of the pose. In each pose you have to be in the middle of yourself and not over use one piece of your body. 

 

Unlike the photos the poses are not static. You are constantly reorienting and moving yourself to the middle.  You have to be stable to make a fold. To the extent that you cannot find the correct measure in class you learn to use the props to move towards the archetypal poses shown in the photos.

 

The community is that everyone has their foibles but is learning to get rid of their personal habits that don’t serve them.  If you are very flexible and go too deep you can use blocks to create a boundary. If you are very stiff and can’t fold forward or back you can use blankets to give you height.  In class you learn to find the right measure and what you need to do learn the form that gives you better function. You learn how to follow a compass and move your body in the right direction.

 

The goal is to move towards the archetypal poses. You have to learn the technique by practicing over and over, and repeating the patterns until they become your second nature.

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Pattern, Paradox and Katonah Yoga\By Adrian and Abbie Galvin

Pattern, Paradox and Katonah Yoga\By Adrian and Abbie Galvin | Yoga | Scoop.it
I am constantly asked to describe Katonah YogaAlthough there is no handy answer, Katonah...
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Adrian and Abbie Galvin @ Katonahyoganyc.com

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'Urban Yoga' Project Connects Our Bodies To The Streets Around Us

'Urban Yoga' Project Connects Our Bodies To The Streets Around Us | Yoga | Scoop.it

As we write this post, photographer Anja Humljan has exactly seven minutes left to gather funds on Kickstarter for her project "Urban Yoga." She needn't hustle though, because she's already reached her goal; in fact, she's $1,524 past her $...

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