Eugene Yoga and Wellness November 2019 Newsletter

Adore Your Core:
5 Ways to Build a Strong Center

By Stephanie Betzwieser

     When we think of our core, typically our mind goes to the abs, or the “6-pack.” While our abdominal muscles (rectus and transversus) are a key factor, the core also entails the pelvic floor, internal/external obliques, and the erector spinae (those muscles running vertically along the spine). Being a Pilates teacher for over 7 years now, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have, build, and maintain a strong core. Not only will it help to tone the body, but more importantly, strengthening the center helps us with balance, movement/range of motion in our other muscles/limbs, reducing or eliminating back pain through support, and improving our posture. Engaging and contracting our core muscles requires a lot of focus, concentration, mindfulness, and a strong mind/body connection. It’s one of the few areas of the body where we really have to tell it to work and remind it to stay active. Here are 5 ways in which we can Adore Our Core.

1.The Breath. It is an important vehicle in creating that mind/body connection and building a relationship with our core.
2.The Ab Curl. Many may know this as “the crunch.” However, I would like to avoid using words that describe compression; rather, thinking of maintaining length to the spine and the space between the vertebrae.
3. Bird/Dog. This is a great exercise to strengthen the core and work on improving balance.
4. Swimming. This Pilates exercise is focused on strengthening the back body: Shoulders, upper middle and lower back, and glutes.
5. Hollowed Hover. This exercise is one of my favorites and can actually be quite intense despite the small, micro movements being created.

For detailed descriptions on how to execute each of these 5 examples, please visit our new weekly blog on the Eugene Yoga website.

     Through consistency and persistence, using these 5 techniques overtime, you will notice your core becoming stronger. Your awareness of your own body, your own self, will increase. Being connected to yourself, your breath, and your body will provide you with the tools to help keep a healthy, balanced, and supported body. Joseph Pilates once said: “The mind, when housed in a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” So go ahead and Adore that Core of yours.

The Best of Eugene – 2019
Thank you for your votes in naming Eugene Yoga as the best Yoga Studio in Eugene Weekly’s annual “The Best of Eugene” readers poll. We are grateful for your on-going support in helping to make this such a wonderful community. We couldn’t do it without you. Namaste.

Save the dates!

Free Introduction To Yoga Class
Are you curious about yoga? Wonder what the hype is all about? Think you’re too stiff? Come to our next 75 minute FREE Introduction to Yoga and find out for yourself! You’ll learn a little about the history and philosophy of this ancient lifestyle practice, and how it became ‘westernized’. You’ll be introduced to the basics of a yoga class: specialized breathing techniques, simple meditations, yoga exercises, and how, when and why to use blocks, straps and blankets to enhance your practice. Wear comfortable gym clothes (spandex not required!) in layers – we will spend much of the class in gentle movement but there will be short periods of sitting or lying in stillness. 
Next session is Sunday, November 10, 12:00-1:15pm, Downtown.
3575 Donald Street. 
Click here to enroll.

Thanksgiving Day Closure
The studio will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving.
There will be one
cash-only donation based class offered at each studio.
All other regularly scheduled classes are cancelled. 

9:30-10:45amA Practice of Gratitude: Hatha (All) w/ Jennifer, South
12:00-1:15pm — A Practice of Gratitude: Flow (All) w/ Laura B., DT

Wednesday, 11/27 — 7:00pm Yoga Nidra w/ Laura K. (South)
Friday, 11/29 — 6:30am Sunrise Yoga w/ Anders (Downtown)


Christmas Day Closure
The studio will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas Day. More details to come.

Anniversary Celebration
Winter Solstice

Save the date and celebrate with us on December 21st.
More details to come soon.

Eugene Yoga Events
More Information

Intro To TRE Series w/ Jen Donovan
1:30-3:00pm on Saturdays, 11/2-11/16
$120, Downtown, 245 E. Broadway
More info
How To Build A Home Practice w/ Brie Huling
12:00-2:00pm on Sunday, 11/3
$30, South, 3575 Donald St
More info
Sound Meditation w/ Amy Green
7:30-8:30pm on Mondays, 11/11, 12/9
$18 each, or any 3 sessions for $50
South, 3575 Donald St
More info
Yoga Nidra Series for Stress & Sleep w/ Faith LaCross
12:15-1:45pm on Thursdays, 11/14-12/12
*excluding Nov. 28th
$50 for 4 weeks
South, 3575 Donald St
More info
Restorative Workshop w/ Donna O’Neil
“Light the Chakras: Light up for the holidays from the inside!”
3:30-6:00pm on Saturday, 11/16
$19 in advance, $25 day of
South, 3575 Donald St
More info
De-Stress for the Holidays – Gentle Yoga with Yoga Nidra DONATION CLASS w/ Lisa Namyet
3:00-4:30pm on Sunday, 12/15
$8-$15 suggested (no one turned away due to lack of funds)
South, 3575 Donald St
More info

Looking to purchase a gift card? Visit Unique Eugene for special offers supporting local businesses, or select an amount of your choosing. 

Fragrance Free in Studios
Please help us keep our studios fragrance free by limiting the use of scented body products.


Parking for The Downtown Location
We validate for 2 hours at the Overpark (10th & Oak) and Parcade (8th & Willamette) parking garages, which are also free on weekends. Metered street parking directly in front of our building (Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm). Parking is $1/hr at the city lot behind our building (8th & Pearl) and free if you enter after 6 pm or on Sundays. Two-hour free on-street parking between 7th to 11th Ave from Lincoln St to Willamette St (Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm). After 5 pm and on Sunday, you can park in the bank parking lot adjacent to our building.

Free Yoga Nidra
Our Yoga Nidra classes are always free for anyone undergoing active treatment for cancer.

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