Three Things Barre Does to Enhance Your Yoga Practice

You love your yoga practice–why would you want to add barre? Don’t worry, you don’t have to get your leg up on the barre, and no one will ask you to learn choreography. But several things will happen!
1. You’ll Build Strength to Balance Your Flexibility
You’ll build strength and mobility in ways that are complementary […]

Yoga for Scoliosis

Published in “The Lotus” a monthly publication of the Federation of India Community Associations
Written by Vishali Gupta

Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. Most cases of scoliosis are mild but some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as […]

Bikram Demystified: Your Questions Answered

Introduced by Indian yoga guru, Bikram Choudhury, in the 1970s, Bikram yoga classes are more methodical than some other yoga styles. During each class, students are guided through a very specific 90-minute series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, each performed twice. Unlike Vinyasa classes, there is no fluid transition between poses.

Bikram instructors […]

Give Props to Yoga

When you were brand new to yoga you probably thought the only tools needed were your body and your mat. While the minimalist approach is enough for some, incorporating a few props can enrich your practice. While there are many options, the four props used at Chagrin Yoga are the bolster, blanket, block and strap.
A bolster is […]

Yoga Fuel: What to Feed your Downward Facing Dog

Fueling your body in preparation for yoga practice is an important step you should not overlook. As with any strenuous physical activity, it is important to maintain awareness of what and when you eat. Practicing on an empty stomach impacts blood sugar and energy levels. Alternatively, eating too soon before class can cause discomfort in […]

Five Best Poses for Stronger Summer Abs

Strong ab muscles don’t only make us feel more confident in the sunny summer months, but also benefit the body in many unknown ways. Did you know that investing in strengthening your core contributes to the following:

Better athletic performance
Better posture
Less back pain
Better breathing
Stronger spine
A longer torso

While yoga has many benefits that help with flexibility and […]

5 Poses That Stretch, Strengthen and Build Healthy Bones

While we all know that the practice of Yoga can benefit us in the following ways:

Better balance
More flexibility
Tougher Muscles
Increased Circulation
Mental Relaxation

Did you know that the practice also helps bones become stronger?

Yoga is a well-rounded practice that benefits the body from the inside out, even affecting the most seemingly permanent part of the body – […]

Five yoga poses to warm us up as we prepare for spring

“Winter is on my head, but eternal Spring is in my heart.”
Here in Chagrin Falls, lots of people are having a hard time warming up this winter. While cozy sweaters, hot tea, and fireplaces are aplenty, we’re looking forward to hearing birds chirping, seeing plants blooming, walking our dogs and opening our windows and […]

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    Intimidated by yoga? How to get over your fears and into your practice

Intimidated by yoga? How to get over your fears and into your practice

New to Yoga? There’s nothing to be worried about. While it may seem like many yogis in class were born awesome, remember, everyone was a beginner once. Here are our tips about how to overcome yoga’s most common fears so you can really begin embracing and enjoying your practice:

My body doesn’t bend that way!
No […]

Six Ways Yoga Will Revitalize Your Fitness Routine

Is your weekly workout getting a little stale? Are you flaking out on your New Years goals? Revitalize your routine by adding yoga! While yoga is a comprehensive exercise on it’s own, many Chagrin Yoga students ask us how it can improve and compliment an existing fitness regimen. When students pair a regular yoga […]