Learn to Love Back Bends with Elle

I’ll admit it, there was a time, not very long ago, that I avoided any class with a backbend theme. So I thought I would share a little of my own journey that helped me appreciate backbends in my own practice, and hopefully made me a better teacher.

If you already love backbends and are just curious about themes, skip to the bottom.

I understood how opening up my front body would help those tense spots in-between my shoulders feel better. I understood how opening through my front body could help me into that oh- so-lovely energetic open heart feeling. Hate might be too strong of a word but I really really really really really REALLY didn’t like backbends.

The road to enjoying backbends wasn’t a short one for me. First came acceptance of my mobility the way it was. Rather than force myself, or internally repeating things like “I’m not good at this, my back doesn’t bend this  way, I don’t like this, I don’t like this, please be over…” to myself while I practiced,  I relaxed. I promised myself that I wouldn’t push myself too far, I decided it was okay with me that I didn’t move that way… in other words I found acceptance; I just accepted the sensations.

Slowly, though, my ribcage started to relax and open. I had been working with Sharon Mansur in private somatic sessions and she noticed how rigidly I held my ribcage. When she first asked me to relax it towards the ground while I was laying on the ground I had no idea that was a part of my body that I could move! But I started getting curious and playing with softening through my ribcage, finding mobility there.

I noticed a new openness in my low cobras in Sun Salutations as well. Lo and behold, it was becoming not just a pose I had to get through to be able to get to Down Dog, but a pose I enjoyed. It was starting to actually feel good to open up.

In classes like the ones we’ll have this week where we are purposely exploring backbends, we will warm up and support ourselves with care. Talk to me about any injuries or concerns you have before class and we can make sure your backbend experiences are good ones.

Forrest Inspired Vinyasa

Monday 8:15am

Warm up and open up to your week. As you might know ,Mondays are usually inversion days. Uncertain how backbends relate to inversions? You’ll have to show up to find out!

Friday 8:15am

Bring your backbends into Sun Salutations and B Series with Vignettes. For those of you who have already had a backbend class or two this week, this will be the perfect way to celebrate your newfound openness and recover from any soreness. If this is the only class you make this week, it will be a great refresher on getting the most out of your cobras.

Basics

Monday 4:30pm and Wednesday 8:15am

We’ll be getting into the nitty gritty of how to support yourself. This is a great class if you want to spend time getting deeper into your backbends, and it’s a great class to address your questions. Let me know what your questions and concerns are ahead of time so I can better support you.

Gentle Yoga

Saturday 10:45am

Ahhh, heart openers. If you’ve been practicing with me all week, don’t miss this class. And of course it’s great for everyone looking for a gentler practice as well. We’ll explore the nuances of opening up within your range of motion using gentle backbends and lots of support. We’ll end with a delicious heart opening meditation.

 

 

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body,  relieves pain and dysfunction, and improves whole-body health and performance.

Through the end of the year, CranioSacral Therapy is just $40!

Meet our Practitioners:

Laura Graybar: Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner

Sharon Mansur: Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Practitioner, Somatic Educator, Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner

and Sydney Swanson: Office Manager, Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner

Continue reading “CranioSacral Therapy”

Studio News for Week of Oct. 29th

 

This week our featured instructor is Hailey Richter, who developed Interval Flow at the request of Dr. Kristin Noble.  It’s the perfect class for a yogi who wants more cardio in their life without spending hours on a treadmill. Interval Flow is yoga-inspired HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class. Hailey demonstrates moves that are perfect for the beginner as well as more advanced versions once you’ve built up your strength.

Check out this video to learn more about Interval Flow and get an idea of what a class entails.

This Week’s Class Themes

  • Mollee Sheehan – Happy Hips
  • Alanna Pelowski – Heart Opening
  • Jacque Paulsen – This week we will be focusing on the base of the body:  Feet, Knees, and Pelvis.  Learn More Here.
  • Elle Newman – Cultivate Joy. Learn More Here.

Upcoming Events:

SomaYoga with Eri

Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm
Nov. 6, 13, 20

Eri is leading one more SomaYoga series this year this November.

Schedule for Oct.  29 – Nov. 4

Monday:
8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30pm Forrest Inspired BasicsElle

Tuesday:
12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm Interval FlowHailey

Wednesday:
8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Lynn
12:05pm Pilates Fusion Deb
7:30pm Candlelight YogaMollee

Thursday:
9am  Nia – Jacque
5:50pm All Levels VinyasaAlanna

Friday:
8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday:
9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday:
6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

*unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

 

Nurture Your Joy with Elle

Cultivating joy in my life both on and off my mat is an important part of my personal practice, and I love to share it as an instructor. Every time we choose to attend to our practice, and to ourselves, it’s like we’re storing up joy for our future. We’re taking care of our future selves’ mind, body, and spirit!

Any practice that is truly transformative will have its challenges but that doesn’t mean every moment is drudgery. Even within in a single pose, part of us might be working hard, but then another part of us gets to release.

This week (10/29 – 11/3)  in class we’ll be tracking down and growing our joy. Below is an idea of what you can expect in my classes.

Forrest Inspired Vinyasa

Monday 8:15am:

Turn your frown upside down with inversions.

Friday 8:15am:

Joyflow. Using Sun Salutations and Flowing poses as a metaphor we’ll explore following your Joy.

Forrest Inspired Basics

Monday 4:30pm, Wednesday 8:15am

Using the wall as support, we’ll explore triangle, half moon, and more.

Gentle Yoga

Saturday 10:45am

We’ll be playing with balance poses and ending with a meditation geared towards brining more joy into our weekends.

Studio News week of Oct. 21st

Hello, as you can see this newsletter is moving to our new Infinity Blog. Just as before you’ll get each week’s schedule along with upcoming events in your inbox, but in a beautiful new format with more information.

To start things out we’re featuring Lynn Carlson this week. She’s not only our Qi Gong and T’ai Chi instructor at Infinity, she is responsible for the beautiful murals on the walls.

This video is filmed on the land behind Lynn’s house. It’s so inspiring to watch Lynn practice in a nature setting, especially one that she loves.

This Week’s Class Themes

Upcoming Events:

SomaYoga with Eri

Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm
Nov. 6, 13, 20

Eri is leading one more SomaYoga series this year this November.

Schedule for Oct 22-28th

Monday:
8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Elle
4:30pm Forrest Inspired Basics – Elle

Tuesday:
12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle Yoga – Mollee
7pm Interval Flow – Hailey

Wednesday:
8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Elle
9:30am Qi Gong and T’ai Chi –  Lynn
12:05pm Pilates Fusion – Deb
7:30pm Candlelight Yoga – Mollee

Thursday:
9am  Nia – Jacque
5:50pm All Levels Vinyasa – Alanna

Friday:
8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday:
9am Qi Gong – Lynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday:
6-7:15pm Restorative and Yoga Nidra – April

*unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

 

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Every last Sunday of the Month April leads Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is often referred to as “yogic sleeping” and is a guided meditative practice almost anyone can do. Yoga Nidra is very gentle and only requires that you can lie comfortably on the floor or sit comfortably in a chair and follow the sound of April’s voice during your time together.

Practitioners of yoga nidra often say that 20 minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to two hours of sleep, and the benefits of the practice continue outside of the time spent in class.

Lets Get Our Twist On

I almost went with the more yogic sounding title, “Unwinding to Unwind” but I’ve been singing, “Come on Baby Lets Do the Twist” all day.

Below are the ideas I have for my classes this week. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

See you on the mat!

~Elle Newman

Forrest Inspired Vinyasa:

Monday 8:15am

We’ll start the week by getting twisted! Expect eagle arms and legs added to poses you love, as well as some extra twists in sun salutations and standing poses.

Friday 8:15am

Fridays are typically flowing classes and this is no exception, we’ll wind our way into twists and binds to enjoy unwinding and opening up.

Forrest Inspired Basics:

Monday 4:30pm and Wednesday 8:15am 

We’ll be exploring and unlocking the mysteries of outer and inner rotation in our warriors and down dogs. Learn how practicing with this awareness can strengthen your poses.

Gentle Yoga

Saturday 10:45am 

Expect to gently wring out the stress of your week. This gentle winding/unwinding practice is designed to sooth your mind and leave you feeling centered and relaxed.