HAPPY 2015 YOGI'S! DARE TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE DREAMED FOR YOURSELF. GO FORWARD AND MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. - RALPH WALDO EMERSON
We are welcoming the new year with an expansive sense of warmth and we hope you are too. What do you have planned? Perhaps a new class at our studio or a return to Rincon, Puerto Rico. 2014 was a big year as we added the Bodega and kept the studio open year round. Blessed as locals and vacationers visited from near and far to fill our studio & store. We're hopeful that 2015 will be another great year so we can continue to grow and serve the community.
Our intention is to connect off the mat and into cyberspace so look out for updates on our website, facebook & instagram pages. We're now on TripAdvisor too so feel free to spread the love and write a review.
Wishing you all peace & prosperity and a continued practice for which we are eternally grateful. We hope to welcome you back to the studio soon.
In health & happiness til next time, Joy y Barefoot Familia (787) 234.8124
Just in time between the holidays, our beautifully spirited Bailey Fruman returns to offer her "Creating Clarity" weekly workshops this December. You'll learn how to create ease in your life while developing power and abundance. Bailey shares her expertise on so many levels as a yogi, lifestyle design expert and social worker. This is the real deal. Many business owners and residents in Rincon have experienced profound insight through the course of these workshops. Space is limited so you'll be able to get the attention you deserve. All wrapped up in a pretty amazing beachfront yoga studio.
We are excited to welcome Adi Carter back to sunny and wavy Rincon for the winter. She is sharing her extensive knowledge of yoga in the "The Practice" every Sunday from noon to 1:30 - 2ish. For the more adventurous ones we have "Sunday Funday" which is a 2 hour mashup of AcroYoga, Slackline & Thai Massage. This is on select Sundays, see flyer for dates. Expect a wide variety of focus kicking off with the "Detox Series" for post Thanksgiving holiday. Inversions, backbends, twists & core galore!
Check out our new shirts printed in Rincon by The Uncharted Studio. $20 available at the Bodega or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like them shipped.
We've recently been focusing more on our feet recently because happy feet = happy legs and hips. Check out the photo showing the location of the "Bubbling Spring" or "K1" acupressure point. This is associated with the Kidney meridian which needs some extra love in the land of Medallas and rum punches. Luckily the kidney meridian belongs to the water element in the five element system so some serious cleansing can happen.
You can work into this point by sitting down in supta baddha konasana/butterfly/cobbler pose or cross one ankle over the opposite thigh. When you curl your toes you'll see an indentation. This is your Bubbling Spring point. Press firmly in with your thumb going to your deepest point and then backing off slightly for 30-60 seconds. You can work on both feet at the same time if you're in butterlfy or one foot at a time if you cross the leg over. Repeat a few more times if you like.
A very powerful way to activate the K1 and Kidney meridian is to stand on a golf ball, rock or in the Barefoot Yoga P.R. studio an almond in it's full casing that has freshly fallen off of the tree. You'll want to find a comfortable stance that puts just the right amount of pressure on the K1 point. Visualize a freshwater spring bubbling up from deep within the Earth traveling up your legs, nourishing your reproductive, digestive and urinary organs all the way up to the lungs and heart area. Imagine the Earth's clean energy refreshing your body especially the kidneys and bladder. I like to imagine the clean springwater traveling up into my body and bringing all toxins back into the Earth and repeat until you feel fully refreshed and revitalized.
If your kidneys are deficient they can't ground the energy of the body and you may experience headaches, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension. Since the Bubbling Spring is the first and lowest point of the kidney meridian, it has the powerful ability to ground energy.
Barefoot Yoga P.R. = Happy Feet
It's that time of year again. Fall is our favorite "season" in Rincon with smaller class sizes and perfect size waves with friendly people in the lineup. September and October is the calm before the storm especially in our neighborhood of Puntas. It's the time to give back to ourselves before the "season" starts when the town fills with tourists and snowbirds looking for a winter escape. All of our yoga teachers are surfers and we are extremely grateful to have some time to get our fill of fun. We are sunburnt, sweaty, salty and loving it. To us, there's nothing better than an early yoga practice followed by a surf session or vice versa. We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the season. In the meantime, you can catch us in the water or at the studio. Om shanti.
Most of take for granted the fact that we are breathing all day everyday. Rarely do we take the opportunity to sit down (or lie down) and focus on our breath. It's not until we "get the wind knocked out of us", are congested or heavens forbid have a heart attack that we realize the importance and necessity of breathing. It's the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we pass. So what's up with the years in between?
Hopefully you have the chance to partake in a yoga class that incorporates what's known as pranayama or breathwork. With modern yoga in the west most classes are primarily focused on the asana or physical postures. I believe this stems from the tendency to "do more" and "do more faster". Work hard, play hard, you know the drill. While this will result in strong physical bodies, it may leave you gasping for air. This is where the importance of breathwork comes into play. We can balance the desire to constantly be going and doing with a sense of simply being which is after all what we are...human beings. My favorite types of breathwork are the ones that leave you feeling calm, peaceful and balanced. Please see my favorite technique below:
Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhan
(nadi = subtle energy channel; shodhan = cleaning, purification; pranayama = breathing technique)
1. Find a comfortable seat and place your left hand on your left leg with palm up to the sky or in chin mudra touching thumb to index finger.
2. With the right hand, touch the ring finger to the thumb. Bring those fingers up to your nose and place them on either side of your nose where the little crease is between the flesh of the nostrils and the bridge of the nose. The other fingers can tuck into the palm or place them on your third eye, the point between your eyebrows.
3. Press the thumb into the right side of the nose closing off the nostril and exhale out the left side.
4. Inhale that same side, pause at the top of the inhalation, close off the left side and exhale out the right nostril.
5. Inhale same side, pause at the top and exhale out opposite side.
6. Keep repeating this for at least 9 cycles or for as long as you like staying relaxed through the face, neck and shoulders. A soft, gentle breath almost as if you had a feather on your top lip and it's simply fluttering in your breath and not flying away.
7. Release your hands to your lap when finished and notice the affects.
You may find yourself in a meditative state. If so, feel free to stay in your comfortable seat and meditate.
Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing a.k.a. Nadi Shodhana:
This type of breathwork is known to clear blockages in our energy channels which in turn calms the mind, therapeutic for respiratory and circulatory systems, balances both sides of the brain and body temperature. When we are focused on just one thing, our mind will be less stressed and our body balanced.