As the month of November is known for giving thanks, it can also be the time to re-adjust our attitude for more gratitude, and to recognize what is abundant in our lives to have empathy towards those who have nothing.
On November 23, we will be hosting ‘Hatha For Hunger’–a yoga charity event to raise awareness and donations for ‘No Kid Hungry‘, a nationwide organization driven to help fight childhood hunger in the United States. As many as 16 million children (that’s 1 out of 5 kids) struggle with undernourishment and inaccessibility to healthy meals, which in turn, affects their overall academic performance and growth into healthy, happy adults.
This event will present a showcase of yoga classes throughout the day, with a variety of yin (restorative) and power flow classes to suit all of our participants’ needs. In addition, there will be a live concert spun by DJ Tory for those seeking to enjoy an aural experience, with food/beverages available for purchase.
Ready to give back? Click here to register: I want to help fight childhood hunger!
With your participation and contributions, we can help our future generations reach their full potential. Through one yoga breath at a time, we can combine and share our strength to those in most need.
There are many different types of yoga out there and even at Purple Yoga, we will pull various lineages to create our unique class schedule. Now you will see a new program arrive at Purple Yoga! Yoga Therapy RX is a program designed for those of you that are dealing with health challenges–whether it’s physical, mental or emotional. Yoga Therapy is the marriage between Western medicine and Eastern philosophy to empower the progression of overall health.
Let’s face it, not every yoga class is suitable for students with injuries of limitations. At least, not right away! As yoga therapists, Noelle and Kim will educate you on what postures are beneficial vs. harmful based on your physical condition. Our goal is to get you into a group class with the knowledge of exactly how to care for your body. After all, it’s the only place you have to live!
The first Yoga Therapy session usually takes 90-minutes to review your history, perform an evaluation that tests your range of motion, lung capacity, mental and emotional health, and learn yoga techniques specifically designed to suit your needs. This session closely resembles a physical therapy or rehabilitation appointment; however, what sets it apart is specific breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that open up the body’s capacity to heal itself.
If you are looking for a personal yoga program that will improve your overall health and well-being, Yoga Therapy RX sessions could be the right fit for you.
If you are interested in learning more, please come to the FREE informational session on October 6th in Long Beach! Noelle and Kim will be there to answer all of your questions. In addition, if you’d like to register for this new program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment.
by Cidney Shidoni
This Saturday in Long Beach, I will be hosting Athlete Therapy Flow along with Dr. Grasmeyer.
We listed 10 injuries in the workshop description (found here) and hope to provide insight to managing through yoga. Tomorrow, I will reach out to the students who have currently signed up and inquire about which items connect with them. This will provide Dr. Grasmeyer and me an overview of the class make-up.
Class will begin with introductions and a 30-40 minute warm-up practice. Next, we will provide an open forum for participants to join discussions, demonstrations and practice.
The following questions are ones I’m looking forward into answering in my workshop:
- How do I modify my yoga poses in class with my current injuries?
- Are there yoga poses that aggravate or assist my current injuries?
Although this workshop is quite different from my previous Cello Series, I hope to once again connect and be of service.
Many years ago, I was invited to practice yoga with live music present. The instrument was a cello. During practice, I found my eyes tearing up while in half-pigeon pose. The feeling was new and unexpected, I quickly disengaged and shot the cellist a hollow look. After class, I made a decision to not go through personal practice with live music present. It was too much emotion…
Since then, my personal practice has grown as well as my teaching. Many moments of reflection have come and I found myself more open to emotional releases. Through all that, I stayed firm with the decision of no live music.
Then it all changed. Last month, a friend invited me to attend the 108 Sun Salutations event hosted by Scott, Alex, and Ace. They would take turns playing drums, while the DJ’s mixed in music. It was truly an inspiring experience.
The next day, I had a conversation with Purple Yoga’s founder, Joe Vogt. I asked him to consider another event. This time, the flow would be lead by myself and accompanied by Erin Esses, a professional cellist.
On the last weekend of July and on the first Saturday of August, I’ll be hosting a “Live Cello Flow: Symphony Shidoni”. Whether you are hunting for power, length, recovery, or just to heal, this will be an unforgettable experience. All are welcome; a tremendous community through individual practice.