• Core Connection

    When you hear the word “core”, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are six-pack abs after endless abdominal crunches, yes? Interestingly, core conditioning and abdominal strengthening have recently become synonymous but your "core” is so much more than merely focussing on your abdominals alone. 

    With lower back pain, muscle injuries and poor posture on the rise, it's no surprise that ore strengthening is becoming increasingly popular.  Core exercises are surfacing among pilates instructors, personal trainers, sports coaches, and yoga instructors such as Sadie Nardini who is known for her Core Strength Vinyasa Trainings. Even Trudie Styler, actress and wife of rock star Sting, launched her own DVD, Trudie Styler's Core Strength Pilates DVD.

    The core consists of different muscles that stabilize the spine, the pelvis, and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles together provide a solid foundation for movement, allow us to stand upright and control most of our movements as we transfer our body weight to move in any and all directions. So whether you're a runner, golfer, weekend warrior or are looking for better posture strengthening your core can be beneficial for you. 

    It's clear that a strong core involves more than just abdominal crunches. Core strengthening:

    • offers support for your neck and back
    • reduces the risk of injury
    • improves muscular coordination 
    • enhances athletic performance
    • tones the abdominal area
    • interesting workouts that challenge you in new and different ways
    • improves body control, balance and stability
    • improves posture
    • generates power and endurance

    One of the greatest appeals of strengthening your core is that anyone can participate. Core strengthening exercises usually involve full body alignment and may borrow principles on stabilization, centering, coordination, and balance from pilates. In this way, the transitional movements become functional to other activities ranging from skiing, hiking, cycling and - you guessed it - Yoga.

    Core strengthening and Yoga are actually a wonderful complement one another. Core principles are functional to yoga and vice versa. While core strengthening is often a dynamic practice that focus on transitions – the movement in and out of various poses is more important than the actual poses themselves – you can be sure that if you build your core strength you will experience a greater sense of balance and ease in nearly every yoga pose you practice. Full of the spirit of yoga and mixing the principles of pilates, core strengthening offers the benefits of both practices as it incorporates the use breath, alignment, no impact, and encourages practioners to work to their edge by finding their own limits. That said, it's no surprise that core classes are often a stepping stone for people to venture into Yoga.

    If you doubt yoga's power to give you first-rate abs, think again. Within the scope of a Yoga class nearly every posture - and the movements both in and out of each pose - is potentially a core strengthening exercise ranging from standing postures to twists to inversions to balancing poses; all of these different postures require and build core strength, balance and stability – all of the elements inclusive in core strengthening.  

    Clearly, both core strengthening and Yoga's comprehensive regimen adds up to much more than a firm, flat belly. The benefits of a strong core extend beyond the mat as it can both improve posture and reduce back pain by supporting the healthy curves of the spine. And, I would argue that a strong core adds to a strong sense of self and self-esteem. So, go slow yet steady to stretch and strengthen your entire core, not just those six-pack abs, and every yoga move will be easier. Awaken within to align your inner stance with your outer posture.

  • Time to blossom!

    “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”

    ~Sri Pattabhi Jois 

    🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱Become a Yoga Teacher in Dubai June 29-July 19, 2018!!  πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±

    Join me and other sparkling souls as you journey though a 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training.

    You will come away with a strong foundation of yoga learning how to integrate the movement of the body to the rhythm of the breath with a deep understanding of the science of alignment, the creative flow of Vinyasa, and the life-affirming essence of Yoga. 

    In this training, you will be empowered to create classes in a safe, logical and creative way whether you want to teach a more dynamic Vinyasa class or a slow paced flow. The first step to deepening your practice is developing strong work in the basic foundational poses and then progressing into more advanced poses including inversion variations, standing poses, backbends, arm balances hip openers + twists. Specialty areas of teaching such as restorative, yoga for beginners, prenatal, pranayama, ayurveda and anatomy specific to yoga is extremely useful especially with a large class to teach that tend to include all walks of life, from the high stressed individual to new students. The philosophy component of the program will explore the history of yoga and how you can apply inspiring concepts to your classes.

    Registration is open to inspired souls who wish to become fully certified as RYT-200 Vinyasa Yoga Teachers. 

    To begin your exciting journey and secure the early bird before April 7, contact

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  • Dubai Yoga Teacher Training

    Top 7 Reasons to go to Dubai for Yoga Teacher Training

    “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”  ~Sri Pattabhi Jois 

    Join us on a life-changing journey June 19 - July 25, 2018 for a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yogalavie Dubai

    You know when you feel called . . . and if you need a few more reasons to take the step here are a few more :

    1. Delight in the unexpected. Something unexpected will happen and you will get an exciting glimpse of yourself, your yoga practice or life in a completely unique and insightful way.

    2. Deepen and transform your practice. You will learn new skills to deepen your practice - both on and off the mat. 

    3. Expand or dissolve your comfort zone. Stepping outside of your patterns takes courage. When you take that step you awaken to the realm of what's possible in your life. You may start to live a little larger and with more freedom + happiness.

    4. Shift your perspective. During the training, you may gain perspective into where you may be stuck in your life, and what is truly inspiring you at the moment so you can align your inner body with your outer actions. 

    5. Friendship. You will meet a range of amazing people and connect in authentic ways. The commUNITY of a training is a special gift that will last beyond July 25.

    6. Enjoy some alone time. While you will meet lots of intriguing friends and connections, you will also have plenty of time to turn your attention to your inner life and reflect on what is true for you at this moment in your life.

    7. Adventure. When is the last time you did something for the first time? We all say we want to do this project, travel to that place, have this adventure but how often do we let the small things in our lives keep us from doing the big things? If not now, then when? 

    Find out more about the training.

    Register NOW!

    EARLY Registration: really, like right now!!!

    Regular Registration: April 8 - June 25

    PS: EARLY Registration means you get the best rate possible. Regular Registration may close early if the program fills up.

  • You're invited.

    An Invitation to Going Further . . .  πŸ–€  In practicing yoga, it speaks to us in a language that transcends words yet carries messages deep into the heart of our lives, making our lives better and inviting us to engage with others in deep, meaningful ways.  We sense the natural desire to deep our practice, perhaps to teach, to share the practice with others, because we know it will make others lives better - because we know it's made our lives better. πŸ–€

    If you can imagine breathing your way deeper into the transformative potential of yoga, if you can imagine learning the skills for a lifetime of sharing this practice in the most informed and inspirational ways, and if you can imagine guiding others on the path of the practice in ways that most fully tap your creativity and self-expression, join us.

    We will share in the love and joy of yoga by experiencing the fullness of it all. We will unearth gems of philosophical and practical insight from the ancient and apply it to our modern world. We will explore how to refine and teach the asanas, the breathing practices (pranayama), the meditations, and all that lies between in giving us the fullness of yoga in our lives.

    You're invited.  πŸ–€ 

    Join us in Dubai June 25-July 19, 2018 for a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program.  πŸ–€  


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