Yoga Improves Flexibility

Cascade Yoga in Bend, Oregon ~ Yoga Improves Flexibility!

Did you know that you don’t have to be flexible already to get started with yoga? Yoga Increases Flexibility — especially for people who are stiff! A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can help you increase your flexibility by guiding you through a sequence of poses specifically chosen to improve flexibility, by breaking down the poses into simple phases, and by modifying poses to include the use of props so that you can access the poses no matter how inflexible you are.

So, no more excuses. We know you’re not a gumby already and we have a class waiting for you. Come on in and get started!

Visit: https://cascade.yoga/intro-series/
Call/Text: 541.788.0725

Yoga Removes Stiffness!

Yoga Can Remove Stiffness!
Yoga is for everyone — including everyone who is stiff! Anyone can have stiffness in their body, from lack of exercise or even from too much exercise, or from illness and other health issues.

A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can tailor classes for beginners and stiff people by moving you through a sequence of poses specifically chosen for stiffness, by breaking down the poses into beginner phases, modifying poses to include the use of props so that you can access the poses no matter how stiff you are, move your body, and get rid of that stiffness!

So, no more excuses. We know you’re stiff and we have a class ready and waiting for you. Come on in and get started!

Visit: https://cascade.yoga/welcome/
Call/Text: 541.788.0725

Yoga Can Help You Cultivate A Calm, Peaceful State of Mind!

Yoga Can Promote Peace of Mind and Calmness

I was pretty amazed when a friend said to me recently, “You really had a peaceful and calmness about you when we met up! Makes me realize how important yoga is!“.

In the Iyengar Yoga method, practicing yoga is about more than just performing yoga poses. A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) will also integrate yoga philosophy and history into your asana classes, along with a regular monthly routine of relaxation and guided breathing. As students progress, we also teach “Meditation In Action” where you learn to distribute your attention throughout your body and mind while you practice yoga. Even at the beginner level, we teach students how to soften their gaze, look inwards and not be disturbed by external stimuli. Taken altogether, as your practice grows, you will learn how to keep calm even amidst the chaos going on around you!

If you would like to learn more about how to get started with yoga in the Iyengar method, at Cascade Yoga, please call or visit:

Visit: https://cascade.yoga/welcome/
Call/Text: 541.788.0725

Cascade Yoga Short Travel Sequence

Going Somewhere? Try this short sequence to take your personal practice with you on the road!

Notes:

  • This sequence is meant for students who have about 6 months’ class experience with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
  • If you don’t have a mat with you while you travel, place your (back) foot or both feet at the wall, depending on the pose and how much room you have at the wall. Do not practice against a door or where others may bump or run into you.
  • If you use a chair, make sure it is stationary (not swiveling) and that you can place your feet flat on the floor with your legs at a 90* angle.
  • Always practice on a clean, even surface, out of direct sunlight
  • Have A Fun, Safe Trip!

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  1. Tadasana
  2. Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana
  3. Virabhadrasana II
  4. Utthita Trikonasana
  5. Paschima Baddhanguliyasana
  6. Ardha Uttanasana with hands at wall, on a counter or desk
  7. Ardha Parsvottanasana with hands at wall, on a counter or desk
  8. Chair Parvatasana
  9. Simple Twist in Chair
  10. Supta Tadasana
  11. Eka Pada Pavana Muktasana
  12. Dwi Pada Pavana Muktasana
  13. Legs up the wall
  14. Savasana (5 mins)

Beginners’ Home Yoga Practice Sequence

Note: This sequence is intended for beginning yoga students who are currently studying with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. It is not meant to be instructional or a substitute for a qualified yoga instructor! Find one near you!

Download the Illustrated PDF here!

  1. Tadasana
  2. Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana
  3. Utthita Hasta Padasana
  4. Parsva Hasta Padasana
  5. Paschima Baddhanguliyasana
  6. Virabhadrasana II
  7. Utthita Trikonasana
  8. Ardha Uttanasana
  9. Vajrasana*
  10. Parvatasana in Vajrasna*
  11. Adho Mukha Vajrasana*
  12. Supta Tadasana
  13. Eka Pada Pavana Muktasana
  14. Dwi Pada Pavana Muktasana
  15. Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (at wall)
    (Legs Up The Wall)
  16. Savasana

*You can also alternate with Swastikasana, Parvatasana in Swastikasana, and Adho Mukha Swastikasana from day to day. When practicing Swastikasana (seated cross legs pose), remember to change the cross of your legs.

Is It OK To Wear Shoes for Counter Stretch?

These are adorable, but you'll have to take them off for Counter Stretch!

After one of my classes, a student asked the question, “I was gardening the other night and really wanted to do Counter Stretch. Is it ok to wear shoes for Counter Stretch?”. My reply was, “Well, if you are in class or practicing a personal practice sequence at home, then you want to be bare footed so that you get the feedback from your feet being directly on the ground. But, if you’re out in the garden or at work at a desk and need a break, then I think it would be an excellent idea to get up and practice Counter Stretch (Ardha Uttanasana), plus some shoulder openers, even if it’s not practical to take your shoes off in that moment”.

For my blog post on the topic, I would expand that to say, unless your shoes have very high heels, wide platforms or other features that would compromise your balance. Those you have to take off … but I’m guessing if you are contemplating a Counter Stretch break, you probably won’t object to taking the stilettos off for a moment or two!

If you are wondering “What is Ardha Uttanasana?”, please stay tuned for the Cascade Yoga Asana Glossary!

Starting A Yoga Practice Myth: I’m Not Flexible

Yoga Myth: I'm Not Flexible!

Yes, and that’s exactly why you should come to a beginning yoga class!

There is a common misconception that yoga is just advanced poses for those who are already flexible.

But yoga is for everyone! There many beginning and restorative poses to remove stiffness and pain and build strength, flexibility and proper breathing for everyone.

In the Iyengar Method, especially, we choose poses for beginner classes that are accessible to everyone, no matter how stiff you are. And, a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher will know how to modify any beginner poses for you, if needed.

If you have range of motion issues, you should check with your health care practitioner before starting a yoga class and then arrive early to your first class and let the teacher know about your concerns.

Starting a Yoga Practice Myth: Everyone Will Be Watching Me

Yoga Myth Buster: Everyone Will Be Watching Me

I know it may seem that way whenever you try something new, but please be assured that if everyone is watching anyone one person, it is going to be the teacher!

If you are nervous about your first yoga class, my suggestion is to arrive early so that you can get settled in, meet the teacher and pick a spot in the studio where you can see the teacher but not feel “exposed” as a new student.

If you are not sure where to set up your mat to accomplish that, ask the teacher.

Ignore the man at the top of this post! THIS is what a yoga class looks like:

Yoga Class: Eyes on the Teacher

… See? Everyone is watching the teacher!