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Interview with Lesley Fightmaster

Interview with Lesley Fightmaster

BIO

Name: Lesley Fightmaster

Residence: Orange County  – California

Yoga style: Vinyasa-, Yin – and Restorative Yoga

1. What book are you reading right now?

I’m currently working through an Abundance book by John Randolph Price. I’m also listening to “The Power of Vulnerably” by Brené Brown

2. What book do you recommend? (it doesn’t have to be a yoga book)

I am really enjoying Brené Brown’s work and I would recommend anything she’s written.

3. What yoga classes do you follow yourself?

There are some great yoga teachers in Orange County, CA that I enjoy. I take their classes at the studio when I can. I practice at home a lot and instead of following a teacher, I just flow and move for fun. I’ve also been following some of CC’s classes on the “Yoga Dose” YouTube Channel.

4. Who is your favorite yoga teacher?

I have lots of favorites! Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Stephanie Snyder, Janet Stone, Diana Christianson, Kim Haegele, LB Iddings and Courtney Parkyn. 💕

5. Do you also practice other sports besides yoga?

Not really. I do like to hike. I also love riding bikes in Amsterdam!!

6. What’s your dream location for giving a yoga retreat?

For me, it’s really about the people. Any location is wonderful as long as Fightmaster Yogi’s are there!!

7. Do you have a favorite yoga playlist? And would you like to share it?

I usually don’t play music while I teach because I like to concentrate on the breath. However, I do love Deva Premal and sometimes play one of her songs during savasana. She sings like an angel.

8. It is so nice of you to educate and encourage young(er) yogis. What more can we expect in that field?

I really want yogis, especially younger ones, to understand that yoga is not about the pose. Let go of trying to do things perfectly. Practicing yoga is about being present and quieting the mind. When you’re in the present moment and your mind has become quieter, you will connect more and more with your best Self.

9. You have just launched MyYogaPal. What a wonderful way to connect with yogis from all over the world. Can you tell a bit about it?

I’m really excited about MyYogaPal! It’s a wonderful place that includes complete programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis.

The beginner’s program is 30 days long, and the majority of the classes are 15 minutes each. It’s a great way to get started.

The intermediate program is called “Thrive.” It’s a 90-day journey that increases strength, flexibility, and endurance. The classes are each around 20 minutes. Thrive has a perfect mixture of repetition and variety. Students can see their progress quickly.

Our advanced program is called “Shine.” It’s also 90 days and each class is sequenced to a “peak” or challenge pose. The classes are about 60 minutes each because it takes some time to warm up and educate the body for the peak. The pace is a bit slower to focus on taking long, smooth Ujjayi breaths throughout each practice. Similar to Thrive, Shine also incorporates the perfect amount of repetition and variety to support the process of creating muscle memory.

Also on MYP, you’ll find my Align Course and bonus 7-day Chakra classes as well as guided meditations. We just added YogaFix90 by popular MYP student demand!

In addition, we have a wonderful community section of supportive yogis. We added, “Gratitude Corner” where everyone is encouraged to write down 3 things they’re grateful for each day. Actively practicing gratitude is a game changer!

We also started MyYogaPal Perks: bonus classes each month. Members receive a link to the special classes to keep, but they’re only available for a limited time. If you’re not a member when the perk is released, you’ll miss out on it forever!

I know I’ve probably said way too much about MyYogaPal, but as I mentioned, I’m very excited about it. To check it out, visit http://www.myyogapal.com ❤️

 

Thank you, Lesley, from the bottoms of our ❤️

With Love,
Seaze the Day Yoga Events 🙏

Interview with Ulrica Norberg

Interview with Ulrica Norberg

Interview with Ulrica Norberg

‘Yoga Master Ulrica Norberg has always been a creative researcher and thinker. She always searched for ways to develop her body, mind and soul.’
Ticket Reminder Yoga Weekend Immersion June 1 -2 2019 with Ulrica!

BIO

Name: Ulrica Norberg

Residence: Stockholm  – Denmark

Yoga style: Yin yoga and the Ishta Yoga

Author of:

1. What do you like best about teaching yoga?

I like best about teaching that I get to connect with others in spirituality and together grow as a whole in a setting where we all can let down the guard, grow and evolve. Teaching yoga makes me inspired to live with intention. To practice yoga inspires me to continue to evolve and grow each day of my living.

2. When did you really need yoga?

My yoga and meditation practice has helped me grow as a human being; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually which has given me a more solid foundation to stand upon and also to turn to in time of need. Yoga doesn’t make us immune against life. However, it can help us to not identify ourselves with the outcomes of situations. Sometimes things happen. And you deal with it. Over time, yoga has strengthened my moral compass and also my calm and connection to wisdom. So I have to say that it has been something to lean on in time of need.

3. If you could teach people one thing about yoga, what would it be?

That the breath is the path to inner peace, strength, and wisdom. To breathe more mindfully and to own their breaths in order to live a fuller life.

4. What advice would you give to people?

To not look for themselves outside of themselves. You are already complete. The yogic tools if applied correctly will teach you how to navigate back to your own inner source.

5. What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to keep loving, writing and daring to create more.

6. What will people gain from attending your Yoga weekend this June 1-2 in           Amsterdam?

Insight, inspiration, delight, thoughtful practices, teaching experience from almost 30 years of teaching.  I don’t care much about rigidity nor ignorance when it comes to practice. I wish to invite more curiosity, insight, joy, serenity, and playfulness into my students’ practice and life. 

 

Thank you, Ulrica, from the bottoms of our hearts!❤️

Love,

Julia and Brechje 🙏

7 Benefits of Yin Yoga

7 Benefits of Yin Yoga

Intro

Are you racing through life? From to-do list to your work, household, and also keep track of a busy social life. You often have little energy at the end of the day. You never seem to feel rested. In addition, an ‘ old injury ‘ is playing up, for which you actually have “no time”. Maybe you would have to go to a Yin YogaLesson? In This lesson Yoga poses are held for a longer period of time. It is a yoga form that is not perceived as dynamic and active. But certainly it is effective, when it comes to (learning) relaxing of body and mind. Yin Yoga has many advantages

Below you will find 7 examples.

Yin Yoga:

  • Soothes and balances body and mind
  • Works stress-lowering
  • Increases (blood) circulation in the body
  • Improves your flexibility and raises blockages
  • loosens connective tissue
  • Improves the mobility of your joints
  • Improves the balance of your organs, breathing and allows your energy to flow again

What is Yin yoga anyway?

Yin Yoga is a yoga style that is slower, less dynamic than, for example, the more active forms like Ashtanga or Vinyasa. The yoga postures in a Yin yoga class-or also called Asanas-are held for longer periods of time. Between one and five minutes. For beginners, this can be shorter than 1 minute and for advanced practitioners longer than five minutes. By holding the yoga postures more and more, you exert pressure on the connective tissue in your body-the tendons, fascia and ligaments-which increases the circulation in your joints and, of course, improves your flexibility. Yin Yoga aims to make you aware of your inner silence and to understand the ‘ everything is one ‘ principle, in other words; Everything is connected. The principle of Yin Yoga was founded in the Seventies by Paulie Zink. A martial arts expert and also Taoïstisch yoga teacher. He brought this gentle yoga style to the west. Important Western ‘ yin Yoga teachers ‘ Paul Grilley and Sarah powers strengthened the yin movement, through their inspiring lessons. Both are still active and champion of this form. They see this style especially as a full complement to the more active forms of yoga.

Yin Yoga is really for everyone

For whom is Yin yoga

Jokingly it is also said that Yin Yoga is a yoga form for ‘ lazy people ‘. That is of course not true. Yin Yoga is really for everyone. Whether you’re working full-time, running marathons or retired. However, Yin Yoga can be confrontational. Feelings and emotions suddenly reveal themselves. For example, unprocessed emotions or old injury-suffering can be brought to light. Listening to your body and setting your limits is very important. At the same time, the longer holding of the yoga postures is very healing, cleansing and relaxing. And it gives your body and mind the message you are more than; Your work, study, mortgage. And just as with meditation, the stillness and tranquility can give you answers to important questions or issues, and works this practice-proven-stress reduction and brings you in balance again. So treat yourself to this warming, relaxing and gentle yoga style, where you are at the helm and decide which way you go.