Friday, December 31, 2010
I love this Yoga teacher!!!!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Recently I attended Judith Hanson Lasater's Relax and Renew Workshop (and I am currently putting together my project to get certified). I saw a lot of props (and used them) at this workshop. I think there was one pose that I counted 10 blankets, one bolster, and two blocks being used! Fun.....truly.
Basically, after looking around at what yogis and yoginis were using, I was curious about the Manduka company so I looked them up on their website. I was quite impressed with their desire to not only make long lasting products but also to use recycled materials in their props, like wool in their Yoga blankets. I was hooked.
Like most people, I was looking for an affordable yet kind on the environment product. That's when I found the company It's Simply Zen. Wonderful customer service and, of course, wonderful products to choose from. I will have to be honest, though. The deciding factor was the free shipping. Shipping, as you know, can be more expensive than the products bought.
It's Simply Zen has free shipping. Check them out if you are interested in great products. I will have them in my new studio, to be sure.
Happy holidays to all!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Make-ups are within the session
Drop-ins = $ 20.00
Mondays: 6 pm - 7:30 ~ Level I
Monday, November 29, 2010
We are located just to the left (west) of Pilates Performance and Rehab. The studio is called Align and Stretch (no sign yet). Yoga and Pilates mat classes will be taught there.
**I only teach Yoga, but please go to the Pilates Performance and Rehab website if you are interested in Pilates classes.
Yoga class schedule:
Mini Sessions: 2 classes = $30.00
Thursdays: December 2nd and 9th
1 pm - 2:30 pm ~ Ages 50 and older
Yoga for the Young at Heart
Thursdays: Dec. 2nd and 9th
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Fridays: Dec. 3rd and 10th
1 pm - 2:30 pm
Intro to Yoga
Fridays: Dec. 3rd and 10th
3 pm - 4:30 pm
** Check out the Foundations Saturday Focus Classes Series. Something for everyone!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Yoga for the Young at Heart
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Also, since the holiday season can be a time of stress, I will be offering some relaxing Restorative Yoga classes. All levels are welcome. These classes will focus on relaxing, which is different than sleeping.
Check back next week for details on more workshops during the holiday season.
Take care and see you soon!
Cat McMahon, CTY, RYT 500
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Cat McMahon has studied Iyengar Yoga since 1995, and has taught yoga since 1999, with over 1,900 teaching hours. She is currently testing for the 500 hour teacher certification with the Yoga Studio of Therapeutics in Kansas City, and then will also be certified through Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. Her dedicated yoga practice has fostered an investigation into yoga’s sister science of Ayurvedic Medicine which is an invaluable tool within the realm of holistic medicine. With humor and attention to detail, Cat helps the student progress personally while making the class a learning experience that is challenging as well as fun.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Poses for Sacroiliac Pain
The late Esther Myers' 10 years as a student of Vanda Scaravelli inspired her to find her own unique, organic approach to yoga. Esther taught classes across Canada, Europe, and the United States before her death from cancer in 2004. She left behind a practice manual for beginners and a book titled Yoga and You, as well as two videos, Vanda Scaravelli on Yoga and Gentle Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors, both of which are available through Esther Myers Yoga Studio, www.estheryoga.com.
What are good poses for people with sacroiliac pain? Which poses should one avoid? ...Natalie
Esther Myers' reply:
To begin, I would like to refer you to Judith Lasater's article Out of Joint," which is an excellent resource.
practice Before I suggest ways to work in your yoga, I recommend an accurate assessment and diagnosis of the cause of your pain by a qualified professional such as an osteopathic physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist. It may be challenging to diagnose since the symptoms of sacroiliac problems are often similar to those of other lower-back problems.
A qualified professional will try to determine if your discomfort is caused by a misalignment of your pelvis, tension in the large muscles of the hips and pelvis (which may cause the joint to jam or stiffen), or a strain (which is often due to looseness or hyper-mobility in the joints). Very often one sacroiliac joint is stiff and the other is hyper-mobile, creating an imbalance that can cause discomfort in either side. The discomfort itself may not correspond to the cause.
In her article, Judith Lasater notes that a higher percentage of women experience sacroiliac pain than men. She attributes this to "the hormonal changes of menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation [which] can affect the integrity of the ligament support around the S-I [sacroiliac] joint."
Another potential risk factor for women is that yoga poses were developed by and for men. The pelvis is narrower in men than in women, which makes it more natural for men to stand with the inner edges of their feet together in standing poses. Although I was taught to do Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and other standing poses with the feet together, I now practice and teach with the feet hip-width apart. Widening the stance creates more space in the pelvis and provides a wider base of support.
Finally, stiffness in the hip joints in combination with the unusual stresses placed on the joints through asana practice can strain the sacroiliac. If you push yourself beyond the natural range of movement in forward bends or twists, you may strain your sacroiliac joints, lower back, or knees. It can be very frustrating to hold back in class when you want to do all of the poses, but it is essential that you respect your body's limits.
If your sacroiliac joints are hyper-mobile, your first task is to strengthen and stabilize the back of your pelvis. Backbends lying on the stomach such as Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Salabhasana (Locust Pose), and Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) are particularly effective, although you have to be careful not to compress your lower back. If your back feels tight or achy after you've performed the poses, you've gone too far.
When the joint has been stabilized and you are pain-free, begin to gradually reintroduce forward bends, being careful not to overstretch the back of your pelvis. Interspersing forward bends with small backbends (listed above) may help prevent overstretching in one direction or the other. I recommend introducing twists and Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) last.
If the pain is caused by muscle tension in the back of your pelvis or by compression on the joints, then forward bends and seated poses that stretch the back of the pelvis will be beneficial. Raja Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) forward bend, Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose), and Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose) are very effective. Remember that you may find that you need to strengthen one side and stretch the other, which will make for an imbalanced practice while you are healing.
Although the recommendations sound quite straightforward, you will have to be patient and experiment for a while to find the balance of strengthening and stretching that is right for your body.