Kids Yoga is on the rise! Those of us who have children of our own, nieces & nephews, or who teach children are seeing the many benefits of yoga creating positive impacts when implemented into a daily or weekly routine. Physically, children gain flexibility, improved posture, better balance, strength, and coordination. Mentally and emotionally the benefits include confidence, self-love, empowerment, positive body image, and peace of mind. We are so excited to offer Kids Yoga in Lakewood, CO for our neighborhood children & for the amazing little buddies in your life!
Kids Yoga in Lakewood, CO is approached through the Baptiste Yoga methodology. Baptiste-based Kids Yoga helps children through the themes of “Be A Yes, Give Up What They Must, & come from You Are Ready Now.” When children consistently practice yoga and mindfulness they can gain the confidence to finally try out for their favorite sports or dance team and “Be A Yes!” They can also strengthen their mind-body connection and understand how to create healthy body responses when their brain feels fast-paced and upset--”Giving Up What They Must” and shifting to a calmer response. Baptiste-based Kids Yoga can aid children in coming from “You Are Ready Now” by showing them they truly are ready to start that big school project even if it means slowing down and taking it one step at a time.
I know, as a child, I could have gained so much from having a yoga and meditation practice implemented into my weekly routine. I believe that I’m not alone in this thought as I have spoken to many other adults who agree that they wish they could have received the calming, confidence-building tools of yoga at a much earlier age. Bring your little one to a Kids Yoga Class in Lakewood, CO and spread the word about the benefits of kids yoga. Let’s work together to help the next generation be a fantastic contribution to the world and a great friend to themselves.
I just got off of a call with my business coach about the upcoming yoga teacher training in the fall. She asked who were the people that I wanted to have in the training and then she asked why they haven't signed up yet. :) I did a little journaling on my answer to her questions and I though you may find my answers interesting. And I'd love to know if any of it resonates with you.
My answer to Ellen (my biz coach) about who I want in the training was:
The people that are already a part of the Container Collective Yoga community that I have had the honor of watching tiny transformations happen over the course of each yoga class they attend. I see a light in them that gets a little brighter with each time that they land on their mats. Some of them have a glimpse of their light and know that more is possible. Some of them don't even have a clue to the light that I see in them. Whichever you are, it makes me excited about the possibility of what you will discover by taking your yoga practice to the next level through the CCYOGA teacher training this fall.
My answer to Ellen about why you haven't signed up yet is one of the following:
-you get hung up on the fact that you don't necessarily want to teach yoga
-you are hung up on the cost of the training
-you are getting stuck on the time commitment
-you think that you haven't been practicing long enough or that you don't "know" enough
When I think thru the above listed reason I realize that they all really come down to fear.
Fear of not being worthy of learning something for the sake of learning.
Fear of not having enough money.
Fear of not having enough time.
Fear of not being good enough.
My dad told me growing up, and I was reminded of it again this weekend at the back bend workshop, that fear is nothing more than:
So then thinking thru how that plays into the reason/s why you may not have signed up yet, is that reason really just false evidence appearing real (a.k.a. fear)?
Because from my perspective, you are more than worthy of deepening your practice simply for the sake of deepening your practice.
If it's money. I'm totally flexible to put together a payment plan that is reasonable for you.
If it's time. The best things in life happen via a commitment to growth, which takes time....and totally worth every second.
And I would love to show you thru this training how good you really are!
Now I smile when I come back to the question "Who do I want to have in the training?" I smile because of the shift in perspective I've had just now in the process of writing you this email. This training is such a wonderful and intimate experience, that of course I want to be specific about who I invest 200 hours in. Yes, I think the whole world could benefit greatly from yoga teacher training... And I don't have to and can't teach the whole world about yoga on this level. But I could teach you!!!! And I want so much to share the gift of yoga teacher training with you!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on what I've shared. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
love and light,
Jim has been riding bikes for decades. He's ridden every type of material under the sun. He also does the engraving work for Kent Eriksen Cycles, who make titanium bikes. Bamboo bikes are often compared to titanium bicycles as lightweight but more compliant than aluminum.
"I have to say I was blown away by how well the bike rode.
Fully ridgid with 38mm tires isn't optimal for trails...
especially the downhill one...
but the bamboo bike took it in stride.
It handles as well, or better, than any hardtail I've owned."
Shane (age 14) and his dad, Jim, built bamboo bikes side side in April. They live up in Steamboat Springs, CO with tons of single track and sent us an email excited to report the performance of Shane's bike!
Listen in as Rachel Sizemore and I discuss…
+ A simple practice to reduce your stress and change how you show up for your life
+ How to use a spirit of play and daydreaming to help you create what you want
+ The power of doing the work and a perspective shift that makes concentrated effort feel easier
+ Why gratitude isn't just a trend and how it can help you transform your life starting now - regardless of how down you feel
+ How to make the most of where you are in your life now, even if its miles from where you want to be
Container Collective Bikes, owner/builder, Russ built a bamboo bike from poles to ridable in under 2 hours!
Give your bike a little love this spring. Once the sun appears again, the gears in our brains start spinning and we begin thinking about springtime biking. But before you hit the trail or the pavement, it's important to make sure that your bike is in good health. Check out the following tips to learn how to get your bike ready for a springtime ride.
Check out the transformation in John's downward facing dog pose in our last weekly private lesson...
Lakewood, Colorado bike shop owner, Russ Hopkins, went to Boston at the end of January to partner with Bamboo Bikes Beijing once again to lead a workshop in Boston, MA.
This awesome video was made by one of the workshop participants: Nina Pittas | Brookline High School '17 | www.ninapittas.com
Adho Mukha Svanasana (AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna)
adho = downward
mukha = face
svana = dog
asana = pose
While downward facing dog is considered a resting posture, many find it uncomfortable. Particularly on the wrists. The video below features Brittany (Container Collective Owner) and Stephanie (Yoga Studio Manager) in Lakewood, CO. In this video Brittany and Stephanie highlight some tips and tricks to make downward facing dog more enjoyable while ensuring proper alignment.
At our yoga studio in Lakewood, CO we commonly find that if you have super tight hamstrings, bringing some extra bend into your knees will help you get your armpits closer to your thighs while finding a nice straight spine. With bent knees and a straight spine, push evenly through all four corners of your hands, particularly push through the index finger knuckle. Pushing through the index finger knuckle will help ease wrist pressure and ensure proper upper body alignment.
"Bendier" people tend to end up swaying into their back which creates a curve rather than staying nice and straight. Bendier people should "knit" their ribs together while simultaneously pulling their shoulder blades together on their back. This will help them find a nice, straight back. For their lower body they should also bring a slight bend their knees while moving their sit bones closer to the ceiling.
Hand placement is critical to a structurally sound Downward Facing Dog.
-Hands should be slightly wider than shoulder width.
-Fingers should be spread nice and wide on your mat giving you a strong base to work with.
-Weight should be distributed evenly through all four corners of the palms of your hands.
-Particular attention should be paid to the index finger knuckle. Really anchor this knuckle down to the floor. We commonly see this knuckle lifting off of the floor and this leads to wrist strain and pressure.
-All four corners of your palms pressing into the floor.
-Bring a grip through your finger tips so that your finger tips are anchoring just as much as the corners of your hands.
-With this alignment through your hands you will feel your forearms rotating in with a downward pressure while your upper arms rotate outwards.
Using these tips and tricks should bring added ease to your Downward Facing Dog and ensure happy hands and joints.
Video recorded in the Container Collective Yoga Studio in Lakewood, CO.
One of the things we see the most in a yoga class at our studio in Lakewood, CO ...
is unsafe alignment in one of the poses we do most at CCYOGA, chaturanga dandasana (chah-tuur-ANGH-uh dahn-DAHS-uh-nuh).
Half of the challenge is a mis-understanding of alignment. The other half is trying the advanced version of the pose, when the arm and shoulder strength is not quite there.
Even as a practitioner of yoga for over a decade, I still modify chaturanga and do it on my knees or don't lower all of the way to a 90 degree elbow bend.
Check out the video below of me and Stephanie (CCYOGA's amazing yoga studio manager) in Lakewood, CO walking you through three variations of chaturanga (4 legged staff pose).
In variation number one, after you shift your weight forward and lower your knees to the floor, you then lower only a third of the way down with your elbows pulled in to your sides, followed by lowering all the way to the floor, inhale as you rise to cobra, then release back to the floor before inhaling up to table top and exhaling back to downward facing dog.
In variation number two, you shift your weight forward and lower your knees to the mat, then lower halfway down to the floor bringing your elbows to a 90 degree angle, straighten your arms coming into upward facing dog and pushing the crown of your head toward the ceiling, then push back through table top on your way to downward facing dog.
In variation number three, you do a full chaturunga lowering from high plank to low plank (with straight legs) bringing your elbows to a 90 degree angle. You then straighten your arms moving in to upward facing dog followed by using your abs to raise your hips to the ceiling as you transfer to downward facing dog.
Following these tips and listening to your body, you can now safely add chaturunga's into your practice!
*Video recorded in the Container Collective Yoga Studio in Lakewood, CO.