hayley beth yoga

Yoga: Practice #221 (5/18/13) workin on it!

I’ve been working on this one for a while now. I’m getting stronger and loving watching the transformation of my practice. At this point it was late in the day, I consumed a beer and I was pretty tired, but it was still a success!

                                   Yoga: Practice #113 (12/5/12) gym solo

I never go to the gym. And when I say “never,” I seriously mean the last time I stepped in a gym to do actual gym stuff (treadmill, weights, elliptical, etc). was my junior year of college while I was doing a national abroad program in South Carolina. It was a state of the art gym to say the least, but since then, I have only waltzed into a gym to find a space to practice yoga. T'was the case for this practice. My fiance goes to the gym pretty frequently (he’s a big swimmer and uses the treadmill when it’s too cold to run), and he had a 3 day visitor pass that he generously donated to yours truly. The first thing I did when I walked in was asked if they needed a yoga instructor :) Then I was showed to the aerobics room, found a place in front of the windows and got to it. I have to say, this practice was seriously unlike any other I have ever had. First of all, it was a solo “home” practice, second of all, I literally integrated 1/3 of the poses I know (which when you put in perspective is A LOT), and thirdly, I was in there for over an hour. With my ‘Namste IV’ playlist singing in my ears, I swung through suryanamasakara As, Bs, inversions, arm balances, backbends, more arm balances, coddled myself with periodic balasanas (child’s poses), more arm balances, even more handstands, forward folds, twists and savasana. I challenged myself by working for this practice, by not giving up when I got tired or sweaty…I even fell over (I know. You’re thinking, “so? You tell me you fall all the time.” True true, but I hurt myself this time). In a handstand I almost fell over backwards but there were those step aerobics thingys all piled up in myway, so I twisted to my right and strained my lower latissmus dorsi. I should have been more careful, but clearly got distracted by something… :/


     yoga: practice 180 (2/25/13)         playtime with simon park

walking up the stairs side by side with simon park to his workshop was invigorating on its own. after introducing myself i shared with him that i just finished tiffany cruikshank’s teacher trianing with studio owner, karen pride and fellow instructor heather russell last. all of whom he knows very well and thus our common bond was born. with 50 men, women and children crowding the 2nd floor studio facing one another, the energy and vim dominated the room. for 150 minutes simon mixed in flow, arm balances, inversions and funky play. i toppled over several times, heard grunting, moaning, laughing, modifications were made and exhaustion presided over our bodies towards the end of the practice. the 3 consectuive ‘OMs’ chanted to seal in our practice was strong, reverberated strength and helped create the realization as being the mother of all languages and the sound of everything. you can’t beat such a powerful emblem with such powerful individuals in such a magnificent studio.