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Intention of the Month:
Flowers Grow from the Showers
Where there are hard times, there are better times to come! We learn and grow from rough patches and it is important to remember that we can always come out of a hardship in a better state than where we were before.
“Without the rain, flowers don’t grow. Without challenges, neither do you.”
– John Di
“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we live in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Pose of the Month:
Demonstrated by: Noah Favaregh
Start in a seated position with your hips as close to the heels as possible. If the hips do not reach the heels, bring the hands next to your knees and put weight in your hands. Inhale to a long spine and as you exhale, tuck your chin to your chest and round your forehead down toward your knees, aiming to touch your forehead on the knees. Squeeze your belly in tight and round the spine as much as possible and if the forehead touches the knees, you can aim to reach the head onto your thighs. From there, you can reach your hands back to grip your heels using strength of your core, and begin to lift your hips up into a full Rabbit Pose with no weight bearing on the head. On an exhale, slowly lower your hips back down and inhale to roll back up to seated one vertebre at a time.
Member of the Month:
I am a single mother of two (college grad student and 6th grader) who just loves to live life, travel, plan events and dance with friends. I am a Financial Budget Manager at ODU and I love a great happy hour. I started yoga really as a way to gain flexibility because I was super stiff from some surgeries. I ended up really enjoying yoga and got my friends to join in. I then started reading articles, blogs and books about the different styles and benefits which had me even more intrigued. Yoga has really helped me in my life by creating an inner calm that had been evading me for some time. I was always on the go and never stopped moving which affected my weight, mood and my overall health.Yoga taught me to slow down, focus on my breathing and to appreciate the moment. I know it sounds so cliche but its true. Yoga came at a time when I was losing weight and feeling great but still missing something. It just so happens that I ended up having a major foot surgery about a year into my yoga dabble. The little bit that I had learned got me through a very trying time in my life and helped me physically with balance as my gait was shifted from being sedentary for 5 months. The ability to stretch without standing and little twists helped to keep me somewhat fluid. I came to a free class that Stephen taught when he was finishing his training. I love the atmosphere and the cleanliness of the studio.
I chose Tribal because I wanted to deepen my practice and be around others who had the same passion for yoga that I experienced. I am not good at any poses, breathing or inversions 🙂 (Amanda) but I ALWAYS feel like I get something from my classes. Everyone is so helpful and inclusive and that means the world. I don’t fit the normal aesthetic of a “yogi” but I consider myself one because I have learned that yoga is not in the moves but in the heart. Namaste.
Question of the Month!
What is your favorite snack before class?
– Animal Crackers! – Liz Young
– I like to have a clementine, a banana, or grapes. They give me a little energy without giving me that full feeling while I practice. – Jillian Simms
– Go Macro Bar. – Amber Favaregh