THE ANTIDOTE TO A STRESSFUL LIFE

Now that the foundation for Ellavate Yoga is in place, I want to introduce you to a concept from my little cranium called Journey with Ella.  This is pretty much the idea behind the whole site–a virtual online studio that gives you a glimpse into the different ways I train my body, how and why.  If you struggle practicing at home or aren’t sure what class to do when, or where to start, the bundles I created will be there to answer those concerns and help guide you.  Suggestions for what to practice next will be given at the end of each one. The classes will be delivered to your mailbox for the course of the bundle. All you have to do is press play.

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How to do a Wide Leg Forward Fold | Prasarita Padottanasana C

Prasarita Padottanasana C is just a fancy way of saying “Wide Leg Forward Fold” with an added shoulder stretch.

STEP 1. Facing the long way on your mat, take a wide stance. Make sure your feet are parallel to one another.

STEP 2. Press down through the inside arch of the foot.

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Recently I started reading and also doing Julia Camerons book called The Artist Way.  The book kept showing up in my path so I figured I should listen to that message.  From the start of the book, you have to commit to three pages of free flow writing daily which has taken me anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  On top of that, you also have to take yourself on an Artist’s Datewhich is another two-hour commitment per week.  My initial enthusiasm quickly got replaced by a sense of dread as I had just added another thing to my ever-growing to-dolist.  Im big on efficiency so I really started questioning if this was the best use of my time before getting started.  Im also extremely curious and curiosity won out.  I was interested to see if a successful book like this with such amazing testimonials, would work on me or perhaps for me.

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Ive been listening to a lot of NPRs, How I Built This,and what Ive come to realize is that the most popular and successful household brands had no idea what they were doing when they started.  Neither did I with my online classes. I knew one aspect of it which also happens to be my passion, Yoga.  When people encouraged me to do it, they said, I would just have to release 14 classes. I never ever thought a blog would be necessary and probably laughed at the people who called themselves bloggers.  I never realized I would have to do marketing and learn boring concepts that make me want to break out in a rash like SEO and CTA.

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Long ago before Lululemon was the norm in class, there was a dude named Paulie Zink who taught Taoist Yoga.  He was also a master of martial arts and used his yoga practice as the base/foundation for his training. He would start with supine poses which he held for 5-10 minutes. Two hours later, Paulie would begin the Yang portion of his training. At this point in time, Taoist Yoga is what we know as Yin yoga today.  However, not in its entirety. Only the part dealing with Yin principles.

Taoist Yoga | Father of Yin Yoga

Paul Grilley is the most well-known teacher in the Yin style.  He met Paulie Zink in 1989 and trained with him for one year.

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