July Yoga by Donation Month

Pay What You Want for Yoga Classes in Jackson Hole

Yoga in Jackson Hole by Donation in July
Yoga is all about TRANSFORMATION! This month, we are offering a special here at the Teton Yoga Shala, so you can experience our new yoga classes and teachers! It’s simple, for the whole month all yoga classes will be offered by donation, which means you can pay what you can afford or feel is appropriate.

Ignite a regular practice or simply try a new yoga class that you’ve been wanting to check out, and experience first hand the transformational benefits of Yoga.

Here are some of the fabulous, new yoga classes added:

  • Relax Deeply Class with Natasha
  • Therapeutic Yoga Class on Wednesdays with Max Friedman
  • Ashtanga Primary Series Research with Angela (Now 8:30 – 10:30 am!)
  • Sunday Donation Class with Ainslie (Now at 9:00 am!)
  • Adi Teaching the Saturday Yoga Flow

Yoga by Donation For a Good Cause, Too

Yoga by Donation in Jackson Hole to Benefit JHCCC
Also, 10% of all proceeds of the yoga classes during July will benefit the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center. If you don’t know much about the Counseling Center, I highly recommend you look into what they offer to our Jackson Hole community. They make counseling affordable to everyone! No one is ever turned away, and the therapists there have dedicated their lives to helping people from all walks of life. See you in yoga class!

Spring Kundalini Yoga Series

New Kundalini Yoga Series for Spring Begins Sunday, March 9th

Kundalini Yoga Series
A new Kundalini, meditation, and yoga series taught by Connie Wieneke will begin on March 9th and runs through April 27th every Sunday.

This will be an all-over kundalini, kriya, meditation practice. We will work through the chakras, and tune the body, mind and spirit for the returning sun and spring.

As usual, one of the intentional benefits of this meditation and yoga series will be a balanced endocrine system. We are only as healthy and joyful as our glands. Open your heart and mind to opportunity.

Our kriya set will wake up the endocrine system and balance the energy centers in your body. “Love every breath that comes, and love all things, known and unknown.” You may be surprised by what comes to you.

As Gurarattan Kaur Khalsa writes: “Start realizing that opportunities and prosperity can come in different forms than you have previously imagined. Believe that you deserve prosperity.”

And a good dose of laughter and fun in our practice goes a long way toward that state of spirit.

About Connie Wieneke

Connie Wieneke completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training from Adi Amar and Angela Tong for Vinyasa Krama. Connie has practiced Kundalini under teacher Sarah Kline for four years, incorporating it into her life on a daily basis. In addition to Kundalini, she teaches workshops in meditation/writing and two regular Level 1 Yoga Basics classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm. Learn more about Connie here.

Spring Kundalini Yoga Workshop Details:

When: Sundays 9:00 – 10:15 am, March 9th – April 27th
Where: Teton Yoga Shala
Who: Connie Wieneke
Cost: $85 for the whole series, OR 1 punch on punch card, OR $19 drop in

Check out the Spring Kundalini Yoga Series Flyer HERE.

“The purpose of this live is to live it, to taste to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experiences.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Yoga Workshop: Arm Balances

Arm Balance Yoga Workshop Sunday, March 9th

Ainslie Fagan - Yoga Teacher in Jackson Hole is teaching a Yoga Workshop: Arm Balances

Ainslie Fagan in a yoga arm balance


Join yoga teacher Ainslie Fagan for a special Arm Balance Yoga Workshop on Sunday, March 9th from 3pm-5pm.

In the two-hour workshop, you will work on hip openers and core exercises to safely and intelligently learn some basic arm balances. No experience is necessary for this all levels workshop.

For some people, yoga arm balances can seem intimidating and scary at first, but they are doable and beneficial, so come give it a try in a safe environment. Ainslie will provide instruction and tips to build a good foundation in these challenging yoga poses right from the start.

Some of the benefits of Yoga Arm Balances:

  • Strengthen the wrists, arms and shoulders
  • Tone the abdominal muscles
  • Tone the inner thighs
  • Improve the sense of balance
  • Strengthen and tone the arms and shoulders
  • Engage and improve muscles of the core
  • Test your balance and focus
  • Improve confidence
  • Help to increase hand strength and wrist articulation

Arm Balances Yoga Workshop Details

When: Sunday, March 9th from 3:00-5:00 pm
Where: Teton Yoga Shala
Who: Ainslie Fagan
Cost: $25

About Ainslie Fagan

Ainslie Fagan is a Yoga Alliance Registered yoga teacher who teaches several classes here at the Teton Yoga Shala including an All Levels Yoga Flow on Fridays from 12:00 – 1:15 pm and an All Levels Yoga Flow class on Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:15 am. Learn more about Ainslie here.

Yoga Workshop: Arm Balances at Teton Yoga Shala in Jackson Hole

Bakasana, or crow pose, works on many muscles. Come give it a try!

Habits of a Yogi Talk

Two Free Talks at the Shala about the Habits of a Yogi

Natasha to speak about the Habits of a Yogi

Natasha Krochina image credit: Breathe Daily Bliss


Join Natasha Krochina for a free talk to learn about Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga.

Discover how daily habits (like those of a Yogi) can help you feel better, have more energy without relying on caffeine and sugar, feel less overwhelmed, and have less stress while getting a better night’s sleep.

About Natasha:
Natasha is a yoga teacher and a student of Ayurveda who “loves nature, learning, storm day skiing, self-care and caring for the planet.” Through her yoga classes and Ayurvedic teachings and programs, she hopes to shift unhealthy patterns into healthy ones for people interested in making the healthy shift.

Natasha teaches two yoga classes here at the Shala on Wednesdays: an All Levels Yoga Flow from 12:00 – 1:15 pm and an All Levels Healthy Backs therapeutic yoga class in the evening from 7:15 – 8:15 pm. She also teaches yoga at other studios and places around the Jackson Hole Valley.

Learn more about Natasha here and at her website Breathe Daily Bliss!

Habits of a Yogi Details

When: Two Different Sessions Available
Monday, March 10
7:00-8:00pm
— or —
Friday, March 14
10:15-11:15am

Where: Teton Yoga Shala

Cost: FREE!

Click here for the flyer. Please share with friends and family who might benefit from this event.

Winter Yin Yoga Class

Find Peace with a One-Evening Winter Yin Yoga Class

Polar Bear by Lauren Harris

Polar Bear by Lauren Harris


Celebrate the solstice by nurturing and celebrating yourself with beautiful yoga teacher Lauren Harris and a special Winter Yin Yoga Class.

Take time out. Take an hour to breathe, to practice calming forward folds and supported asanas, to find the peace residing within.

On the shortest day of the year, we will focus on winter wonder yin while much of the world around us is in yang mode. Dissolve the dissonance that arises from this seasonal disparity and remain centered and balanced.

Seasonal Yoga Session: All levels Winter Yin donation class
When: Friday, Dec. 20, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Teton Yoga Shala
Who: Lauren Harris

About Lauren:

Lauren has practiced yoga and related arts for 15+ years. She completed Nicki and Eddie’s Maya Yoga 200-hr teacher training held at TYS two years ago. She has studied with numerous teachers including Bhavani Maki and Anna Forrest, along with her favorites, Angela Tong and Adi Amar, and taught intro yoga classes in southern Maine. Continually amazed by the ever revealing nature of yoga as well as its centering and grounding qualities, she loves the adage, “do enough yoga, and yoga does you”. Some of her other passions are photography, travel, her two dogs, and especially her two children.

Yellowstone Wolf by Lauren Harris

Yellowstone Wolf by Lauren Harris

Happy Winter Solstice, Yogis!

Ski Fitness Yoga

Why Come to Ski Fitness Yoga?

Ski fitness yoga in Jackson Hole
Ski fitness yoga has such an important place in Jackson Hole, as most folks here love some sort of snow sport, or two or three. The winter season here is long and the terrain and conditions demand skill and stamina.

Ski fitness yoga will challenge and develop your strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, breath, attitude, and awareness to help you be at your best on the slopes this winter. It can also help heal and prevent injuries so you can love this magical place that we live in to the fullest!

Whatever we happen to occupy ourselves with during the summer and fall such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, sitting on the couch or child rearing, it’s not adequate preparation for the ski season and that first powder cycle that challenges even the strongest of hamstrings and quads on skiers and snowboarders.

Thereʼs nothing like that first endless powder run down the Hobacks or top to bottom Glory to humble even the fittest. In my honest opinion, no matter what you do or donʼt do to prepare, the ultimate training for skiing is…skiing. But might I add, skiing skillfully.

Ski Fitness Training or Skiing: It’s Not What You Do, But HOW You Do It

Coming from the yogic perspective, itʼs not really what you do, but HOW you do it that really matters, with everything in life.

  • What is the quality of your physical posture? As you work are the muscles that need to be working, working and the ones not needed (like your jaw and face) relaxed?
  • Are you aligned skeletally with gravity to prevent injury and for optimal biomechanics?
  • What is the quality of your effort, are you gripped and forcing yourself aggressively or is there some essence of ease present within your effort?
  • Are you working in accord with your energy level today, do you need to push yourself today or ease off or take a rest day?
  • What is the quality of your breathing, are you breathing and how? Is the breath non-existent and erratic or calm and even?
  • What is the quality of your presence? Are you stressed about what happened an hour ago or what you want to happen tomorrow or are you right here, right now? Can you turn off your music and your phone, stop talking and pay attention to whatʼs going on right now?
  • What is your intention for being here? Are you here to be better than the next person, or are you here to be your best and to have fun and love life? Are you here to do what you were able to do ten years ago or to do what is appropriate for you now?

These are the questions that the yogic skier asks everyday, every time we put our ski or snowboard boots on.

Ski fitness yoga and maintenance at Teton Yoga Shala
As an acupuncturist, I treat a lot of injuries from every kind of sport and workout (including yoga!) and it always comes down to one of the above issues which all boil down to being out of alignment in some form or fashion with regards to our body, mind or breath.

Yoga is all about balance: balanced action and technique, balanced mind and attitude and balanced breath. And discovering for ourselves our own unique and personal definition of what that balance is for who we are today. Sometimes in our attempt to get fit or to perform athletically, we push ourselves or are pushed by others to a point that brings us out of balance, instead of into balance, and this inevitably leads to injury.

As yogis and athletes, part of the fun is to push ourselves and rediscover our limits all the while staying in balance. And the important perspective here is to grow slowly and remember the big picture. The tortoise wins the race! Slow and consistent efforts to improve on all levels mind, body and breath will absolutely improve your athletic performance in the long run so that you can absolutely be a better skier 20 years from now.

So, in whatever ski fitness class you choose, it is your responsibility to pace yourself.

Even if the focus is pushing limits quickly, it is up to you to remember this responsibility and that your alignment, your breath and your attitude will always guide the way. Also, the safest and most effective training will include all of these elements.

May the force and the snow be with us all this season! And please join me for Ski Ftness Yoga on Thursdays 5 – 6 pm, starting November 7th and through December.

Blessings,

Angela

New Yoga Class Schedule Begins Nov. 4th

November Yoga Class Schedule

The schedule for November will be slightly different than usual for the off season starting November 4th. Additionally, Thanksgiving week classes are canceled on November 27, 28, 29 and 30thHere are a few of the changes:

  • Some of the early morning classes are temporarily unavailable
  • There’s a Kundalini Workshop Every Sunday through Dec. 22nd
  • The Ashtanga Primary Series class is temporarily canceled until January
  • Angela is teaching a Ski Fitness Yoga Class on Thursday evenings
  • The Friday Noon Class is temporarily unavailable
  • Thanksgiving week classes canceled on November 27, 28, 29 and 30th

Check the details in the November Yoga Class Schedule HERE. Please come on in and keep up on your yoga practice!

Drop in For Yoga Teacher Training Individual Classes

Participate in Fall Yoga Teacher Training/Intensive and October Schedule

pranayama at Teton Yoga Shala during Yoga Training and Intensive Drop In!
Our Fall Yoga Teacher Training is coming up soon! If you can’t join us for the whole yoga teacher training/intensive October 6-29, please consider participating in the morning classes for a special workshop price of $45 from 9-11:45 or $60 from 8-11:45, or 3 punches for 9-11:45, or 1 punch for 8-9.

The 8-9 am yoga class will be pranayama and meditation and cost $15 while the 9-11:45 am class will be Asana (yoga poses). Please join us!

What is pranayama? One of the eight limbs of yoga, pranayama is a specific, intentionally induced pattern of breath control and breathwork that sharpens concentration and brings inner balance. Pranayama is one of the ways that you arrive at the doorway of meditation.

“Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself*.”

In these pranayama/meditation classes Angela or Adi will lead you through these powerful and enriching practices.

Teton Yoga Shala October Schedule

During the yoga teacher training the regular yoga class schedule is mildly different. If your favorite yoga class is temporarily unavailable, break your class samskara (pattern) and try a different yoga class or yoga teacher!

Click here for the October Yoga Class and Workshop Schedule.

*General definition of meditation from Wikipedia

How Yoga Can Dissolve Unhealthy Patterns or Samskaras

How Yoga Can Dissolve Unhealthy Patterns with Seven Steps

Change your samskaras, or grooves. Yoga Can Help You Change your Groove

Change your samskaras, or grooves. How Yoga Can Help you Change your Grooves.


Do you ever find yourself replaying and reliving the same circumstances in your life over and over? Why does the same lesson keep arising? Why do the same issues repeat themselves? Why do we stay stuck in the same relationships, attitudes and behaviors that only cause us grief and despair?

These deeply ingrained patterns, thoughts and behaviors that play over and over in our lives are called Samskaras. Samskaras are the conditionings that are inlaid into our being from the moment we arrive in this dimension. Samskaras reveal themselves as conscious or unconscious reactions. They are perpetuated throughout our lives and come up when we least expect them to.

We embody both positive and negative habits, patterns, behaviors, attitudes and tendencies. Our life’s work is to cultivate positive patterns of behavior and thought so we can feel aligned with our inherent peace, joy and bliss.

Here are Seven Steps for Dissolving Unhealthy Patterns and Cultivating Healthy Ones with Yoga Practice.

1. Be AWARE

Be aware. Seeing clearly is one of the most challenging and yet fulfilling things we can do for ourselves. Awareness is the first step towards change. Changing our old habits and patterns can either be agonizing or energizing. It’s really your choice. Become sensitive and aware of your samskaras through regular practice to pierce through the veils that distort your perception.

As discussed in the Yoga Sutra, Practice is the effort to be steady and the steadiness of our efforts for long uninterrupted periods of time with earnest respect and devotion. It is said that our relationship with the Yoga Asana is reflective of our relationship with ourselves and others.

The more regularly we practice the more aware we become of our knee jerking reactions and tendencies within a posture. How do we react to any particular action. Do we close down, contract, or check out? Are we complacent, do we criticize or judge ourselves or others (i.e. Your teacher).

As we develop this close and intimate relationship with ourselves we can be more conscious and aware of our reactions.

2. Be WILLING

How Yoga Can Dissolve Unhealthy Patterns with Seven Steps
Be willing. Be open, receptive and willing to grow and transform. Take the path of least resistance. Change is the most uncomfortable and painful when we resist it. As you start to change everything inside of you will shake you to your core to do it the old way, to go back to the familiar way.

When you are willing and have an earnest desire to change for the better, the process can be exciting and invigorating. Have trust and faith that you are doing what needs to be done to dissolve old patterns.

3. Be NON-JUDGMENTAL

Be non-judgemental. In Yoga we learn to be loving and compassionate with ourselves. In your practice witness your reactions in mind , body and attitude with non-judgment.

4. Be REFLECTIVE

Be reflective. Reflect on your patterns through contemplation. The practice of meditation allows you to sit with what is, and watch the fluctuations that arise in your mind. As you begin to calm and quiet the storms in your mind, you can see more clearly the patterns, behaviors thoughts and attitudes that serve you and those that no longer serve or support you.

Are your patterns a reaction to what someone else thinks, says or does? Are you being honest with yourself and your feelings? Are you aligned with your greater good and purpose?

5. Be FORGIVING

Be forgiving. Forgive yourself for not being perfect. Forgive yourself for not being on your game 24/7. Forgive yourself for your flaws, for each time you don’t quite get it. When we forgive ourselves we let go of the self critic and create space to try again with clarity around what went wrong, and how we can do it differently next time.

6. Be DISCERNING


Be discerning. Samskaras never go away. They either get stronger or weaker depending on how you choose to respond to the clarity that is unfolding. New samskaras are constantly being developed. Through discriminative awareness you can choose to replace negative patterns with healthy ones. You can choose to starve your unhealthy reactions, and feed healthy patterns that do serve and support you.

New and refreshed perspectives allow us to never stop looking at ourselves, thus asking the BIG questions that invite growth and self realization. Who am I, Where do I come from, What is my purpose, Where am I going, Where would I like to be, What do I need?

7. Recognize your progress

Recognize your progress. It is important to acknowledge where we started and how far we have come. Too many times people are not able to complement themselves for their progress. Rather, they obsess on how much more they need to do to get from A-Z. Instead, recognize your little and large successes. Acknowledge when a regular trigger didn’t throw you off your rocker. Recognize when you stayed calm and free in a posture that in the past terrified you or created an intense emotional charge.

See your progress and acknowledge it!

Yoga as a healing system has so many benefits and effects on your well being. Use the tools that you learn on your mat off your mat, and begin to dissolve your unhealthy patterns to invite new healthy attitudes and perspectives into your life. You always have a choice, and NOW is the time to align with the true part of your nature that is not subject to, or defined by your samskaras. Peel back the layers of your personality so
you can experience your intrinsic bliss and freedom.

Enrich Your Yoga Practice

Enrich Your Yoga Practice

Enrich your yoga practice
When we arrive to yoga class we bring our tangled mess of emotions, schedules and dutiful bodies.

Follow these three easy steps to help enrich your yoga practice today and in the future.

1. Check Your Attitude

The first few minutes of practice is your opportunity to check your attitude. Are you feeling aggressive today? Anxious? Insecure? What is driving your needs? Identify what you are expressing in this moment, then soften.

Allow your mind to loosen its grip around any anxieties and shelf the ego. Close your eyes. Soften the skin around your eyes, jawline, inner throat and open your ears. Adjusting your attitude to one of reception primes us to receive the most from each practice.

2. Watch and Adjust Your Breath

The second element that we begin to watch and adjust is our breath. Rapid shallow breathing signals to our body that we are under some kind of threat or stress. Under perceived stress our body hardens and we lose the ability to stay present. A deeper, fuller breath sends a message to our nervous system that we are calm and safe.

In this place of steady calmness we can remain present listen to our body’s cues and adjust our practice as necessary. When we find a part of us that is tight, injured, or weak we can work with our breath to stay calm and release these stuck energies.

We want the breath to replace the thinking mind. We want the movement of the breath and body to be unified. This will bring us deeper within and help us unlock the tensions that are hidden deeper in our subconscious. These tensions maybe so ingrained into our tissues and mind that we do not recognize them at first glance.

3. Align with Proper Alignment

Another extremely important element to your yoga practice is alignment. How many times has a teacher corrected your placement of a toe, or a finger? You may think, “Really, a toe? It is my hip that needs adjusting!

It is important to realize how we build upon our foundation. We honor our sacred architecture through a properly placed foundation. Then we can stack our bones which will free up inner fluids, blood and open the muscles to all work together optimally.

We must learn to unlearn how we distort our inner structure. Our whole mission in yoga is to create a safe environment where we can reeducate our body and mind to allow for expansiveness. As asanas get progressively more challenging, the more the amount of pressure on your joints will be if you are out of alignment. This can lead to injury.

If your bones are placed properly you will develop a balanced musculature. You will re-pattern the way you hold yourself and it will be a place of strength and integrity. It is empowering. It feels safe and your body will feel amazing.

If we incorporate these three elements into each practice we will enrich our experience. We will build a balanced strength, tap into our inner wisdom and we will find clarity in our thoughts. We will be better at who we are as a whole.