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Maggie
11:50 am

Samskaras: Becoming Aware of Your Habits

We all have habits both on and off the mat. Some of us are Grade A fidgeters when we hit our first downward facing dog. Others are vinyasa diehards, and take every single chaturanga. In our practice, it is helpful to take a step back and examine our deeply engrained patterns, or samskaras. Read More

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Maggie
6:49 pm

Balance with Breath

Nadi Shodhana (Channel Clearing or Alternate Nostril) Breath is a technique that can be used to help relieve stress and balance both sides of the brain. Be sure to keep the breath smooth and effortless as you move through each breath cycle. 1. Start by finding a comfortable, stable seat and taking a few deep, steady breaths with the eyes closed and the hands resting on the thighs. Elongate the spine and soften the shoulders, jaw and brow. 2. When you feel centered, bring the right hand to Vishnu Mudra by connecting the pointer and middle finger to the palm. 3. Begin by gently closing the right nostril with the thumb and inhaling through the left nostril. Gently close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale out the right nostril. Keep the right nostril open, Inhale. Pause. Exhale through the left. Continue this cycle for about a minute, or longer if appropriate. 4. End your last round by exhaling through the left nostril. Release Vishnu Mudra and allow the right hand to rest on the thigh. Keeping the eyes closed, allow yourself several moments to bathe in the afterglow of this soothing breath work. Watch this short video for a demonstration from Maggie Ryan.

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StrayDog
3:39 pm

A Chaturanga Checklist

Take your Tadasana principles with you as we head into week two of our “Back to Basics” month.  This week, we will be focusing on a Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staffed Pose). 

Start by moving into Plank Pose and drawing your heart forward so your wrists are right under your shoulders.  You’ll notice immediately gravity is now working against you and it takes more effort to find Tadasana alignment in the shoulders, hips and legs.  Fine-tune your plank pose before moving into Chaturanga Dandasana:

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Caroline
11:53 am

Supercharge your Immune System

'Tis the season…for the flu, colds, and germs!

Yoga is a great way to combat germs and illness, but  if you still find yourself fighting the flu or warding off a virus, you may need to take a closer look at your diet.  Certain vitamins and minerals play a huge part in beefing up our immune systems and guarding against unwanted sickness. When a healthy diet is combined with physical activity, those germs don’t stand a chance!

Here's is a list of the top immune-boosting vitamins and minerals and their food sources, as well as a flu-fighting recipe that incorporates them all!

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Jill
12:58 pm

The Good Stuff

I love this time of year. Gatherings of friends, family and food. The good stuff. Glasses toasted and emptied, bellies full, friends lingering in the glow of home.  A coming together of hearts centered around tables set with so much to be thankful for.  And so today, I share a few things that you, my fabulous yoga students, make me so darn thankful for:

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StrayDog
10:27 am

To You, Our Woof Pack

When we first decided to build a new yoga studio, our woof pack was small.  But when we opened our doors to the North Hills yogis, we knew they were our kind.  

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Carolina
9:25 am

Playlist for a Fiery Practice

Dear 6am Warriors,

You rock.  Thank you for waking up before the sun and joining me on your mat each week.  Your dedication is inspiring.  

This week's class was designed to be fiery, energizing and uplifting.  For your listening pleasure, here is the playlist I created to accompany Wednesday's heat-building sequence.

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StrayDog
7:00 pm

New additions to Stray Dog Yoga!

We are pleased to welcome Franklin Park native, Gretchen Dudek, to the Stray Dog family.  Gretchen will be teaching Prenatal, vinyasa and restorative yoga at Stray Dog this fall.  Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?

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Maggie
3:51 pm

Handstand Do's and Don'ts

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Having trouble kicking up into Handstand against the wall? You're not alone! Here are a few common misalignments that could be making it difficult for you:

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