Solstice Yoga Center - Hatha Yoga Classes in Zipolite, Oaxaca
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News from Solstice Yoga Center
January 2010

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"Less is more..."

Wishing you a Joyful and also a Yogaful 2010 :-)

Con amor,
Brigitte Longueville

The 8 Mistakes Yogis Make
Improve your practice from within...

1.     Not relaxing.
Relaxation is the state of mind that brings clarity and focus; it is the state in the body that generates muscle and fascia release, reduces pain and generates strength. As it relates to yoga, it is the seed for cultivating an effortless effort one without pain or injury. The more you can relax, the safer, stronger and more powerful your yoga practice will be. Effortless effort is conscious action while being at ease, it is strength cultivated from inner softness.

2.     Not moving with the spine in mind.
Are you moving with your will or are you moving with relaxation?   When moving with 'will', tension increases in the body, movement becomes more difficult and we develop a tendency to move in a disconnected way - stick the ribs out, excessively arch the lower back. The spine is the fundamenturdhva dhanurasanaal place to begin movement because of its central connection to every other piece of the body. Each of its vertebrae connects with fascia, blood vessels, muscles and nerves, which in turn fan in various directions to nourish, stimulate and balance each part of the body. At its essence the spine is really a system of skeletal, neurological, electrical, vascular and chemical input.

3.     Not connecting the movement of the spine with the largest joints.
Connecting spinal movement with movement of the largest joints - the shoulders and hips - enables the transfer of energy from the core through the limbs fiving us grace and power.  By not connecting these two primary areas with spinal movement, there is a tendency to compensate further down the chain - in the elbows or wrists, or in the knees and the feet.

4.     Not moving the joints in the optimum range of motion.
All joints have their own optimum range of motion. Some move more, others move less. Even between bodies there is an optimum range of motion. This is particularly the case for people with osteoarthritis or other injury in their joints. Pushing past the optimum range of motion is a recipe for 'bad' pain.

5.     Not developing core stability along with easy breath.
Core stability is more than your 'belly', more than the 'transversus abdominus' and 'the pelvic floor'. It is the connection between core muscles found along the midline of the body from the base of the skull, to the bottom of the feet, combined with the freedom of movement at the hips, shoulders, vertebral joints as well as the elbows, wrists, knees and ankle joints.

6.     Not adopting relaxed resilience.
Relaxation in yoga is not 'doing anything'. It is the direct experience of the vital and dynamic action that is inside, which occurs when there is space and freedom for movement. It occurs when we don't force the movement. When movements in yoga asanas are forced, tension develops. Typically, the tension develops at the superficial layers of muscles. As relaxation develops, the superficial muscles can release and deeper muscles can take over. As a result core stability improves, mobility and flexibility increase and strength and power are enhanced. That is relaxed resilience.

7.     Not moving in the pain range of motion.
Pain is a loaded word with many meanings and interpretations. Good pain is muscle fatigue and goes away after a few hours. Bad pain is the searing, tearing, straining pain that you truly know is 'bad'.

8.     Not practicing 'less is more'.
When ambition overrides patience, trouble occurs - where curiosity overrides, knowledge grows!

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For Teachers and advanced Students, January 18 - 28

Yoga Retreat Vacation in Mexico

Meditation, Pranayama and Asana. With your asana practice you will also learn:
  • How to prepare yourself for advanced postures.
  • The use of different tools with restorative postures.
  • Anatomy in relation with movement.
  • The importance of critical alignment in your practice.

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Prices include:
  • 25 hours of Yoga practice (asana, pranayama and meditation).
  • 1 massage
  • 1 individual Feldenkrais treatment.
  • 1 Afternoon trip.
  • Lodging & meals.


Yoga Holidays in Mexico
200-hour Yoga Alliance registered Teacher Training
October 1 - December 15, 2010

Begin the adventure of a lifetime when you immerse yourself in the practice, study and teachings of yoga at the Solstice Teacher Training, for six weeks in the fall and winter of 2010.

This highly acclaimed teacher training is a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance Course (RYT 200). It brings world-renowned teachers to Zipolite with students from around the world. It is designed for those that want to teach with confidence, enhance their teaching or simply deepen their personal practice.
The heart of the program is daily instruction and practice of meditation, pranayama and asanas. This is complemented with in-depth teaching of ten integral aspects of yoga teaching:

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- Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle & Ethics
- Asana Practice
- Pranayama
- Meditation
- Kriyas
- Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga
- Anatomy
- Teaching Methodology
- Personal Teaching Experience
- Yoga as a Business


"Your personal experience is your knowledge"


We are looking forward to seeing you,

The Solstice Yoga Center Team.