Friday, May 30, 2008

The Power of Prayer...Hands

It's amazing the calming effect of bringing your hands together in prayer with your thumbs resting on the chest where the heart lies beneath.

It soothes. It instills peace. It allows you, for the moment, to come into the moment.

Try it out.

Come to a comfortable seated position bringing hands together at heart center. Then raise the hands to the forehead resting the thumbs there, "peaceful thoughts". Then lower your prayer hands and rest your thumbs on your mouth, "peaceful words". Lastly, bringing hands to heart center, "peaceful actions".

Walk in peace into your next moment, elevating yourself because you deserve the rise.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Cobalt Moon Classes Coming Soon!

~Daybreak Yoga Flow~
Sun Salutations
High Energy Flow
Aromatherapy Savasana
These classes are designed to wake the body and mind in
preparation to greet the day!
Coming in June to Cobalt Moon
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 am


Brenda Star Walker and Tina Vaughn
A slow, restorative practice
with Aromatherapy and massage
followed by tea and chocolate !
Where: Cobalt Moon Earth Studio

When: Sunday, June 15, 3 – 5pm

What to bring: $25, your yoga mat,
your favorite blankee and a beach towel or two,
an eye weight, your favorite tea cup and your journal

For further information and registration call
Brenda Star
Tina Vaughn

Register on-line ~

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday's Flow

Was jazzy, blissed and smooth--the energy in the room was GrEaT and I soaked it up. Great class, great people, great vibes.

There was:

~Breath awareness
~Neck rolls
~Acting as a compassionate witness to thoughts

~Side stretching from seated
~Table: Cat/Dog
~Puppy--Moving that lymphatic fluid!
~Downward Facing Dog/Walking the heels down

Surya Namaskar (3)
~Side body stretch
~Crescent lunge
~Prayer Twist Modification

Trikonasana Flow
~Triangle to
~Standing Split


~Half Locust
~Gharbhasana Child's Pose

Hip Opener
~Baddha Konasana Bound Angle

Forward Bend

~Setu Bhandhasana Bridge
~Knees to chest

Inversion--Half Shoulder Stand/Legs in air
Counter to inversion--Matsyasana/Fish

Blissful Savasana

Peace to all who read, peace to all who came--I am SO digging this journey and live as a blessed soul.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Yoga Anatomy

I am beginning to read, "Yoga Anatomy" by Leslie Kaminoff and I came across this statement in the first chapter that resonated with me:

"The moment you're born, you're confronted by two forces that were not present in utero: breath and gravity. To thrive, you need to reconcile those forces for as long as you draw breath on this planet"

Yoga= Breath + Movement

That's it man.

More than that are the adjustments made and the balance restored within the body during a yoga practice--our bodies are magnificent and I wonder how many of us have actually met our own.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Monday's Movement



Downward Facing Dog

3 Sun Salutations
*Side Body Stretch
*Crescent Lunge, option for Warrior I
*Crescent Lunge, modified prayer twist

Triangle Flow
Pyramid (Parsvotannasana)
Rise to Warrior I
Open to Warrior II
Extended Side Angle
Standing Split
(Bring legs back to center and repeat on other side)

Five Pointed Star
Wide Angle Forward Bend (Bend the knees for tight hamstrings)
Rise and return to Tadasana/Mountain

Make way to floor for prone poses

Cobra--Stages 1,2 and 3
Half Locust/Ardha Shalabhasana
Child's Pose

Janu Shirsasana
Seated Spinal Twist/Matsyendrasana

Upward Facing Boat/Navasana

Setu Bandhasana/Bridge
Knee to Chest


Half Knee to Chest
Supta Matsyendrasana/Supine Spinal Twist



Thursday, May 8, 2008

Friday's Flow


From seated:
Neck rolls
Side stretching


Downward Facing Dog--Walking the heels down, one at a time

Surya Namaskar x3 [Sun Salutations]
~Side body stretch
~Crescent lunge
~Crescent lunge w/prayer twist

Triangle Flow
~Warrior I
~Warrior II
~Extended Side Angle
~Standing Split

Balancing Sequence
~Balancing balls of both feet

Scanning body for sensation
Forward fold to Downdog as transition to floor

Downward Facing Boat

Child's Pose

Bound Angle
Upward Facing Boat

Posterior Stretch

Fish Pose

Knee to chest

Inversion of choice

Supine Spinal Twist



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A teaching moment for the teacher...

Until you have acquainted yourself with your students, don't attempt Balancing Half-Moon.

I taught my class this morning on the tail of a man who had taught for 18 years--no pressure, right?

The energy was great and I'm sure any pressure was created by me as I compared myself and style to what his might have been.

I learned from my students today, as I'm sure I will everyday going forward. I am open to those teaching moments, I embrace them and I use them as a guide.

How better to serve them?


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cobalt Moon's Newest Teacher

Is me...yay!

Class Information:
Multi-Level Kripalu @ 9:00 am

I am a blessed, blessed woman and I am totally jazzed to be starting this journey!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tuesday's Yoga Flow

I took my Tuesday donation-only class and the flow was great. The teacher encourages students to move as their bodies guide them to move.

Some ideas I brought away from this class are listed below:

Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle) to Urdhava Navasana (Upward Facing Boat)*
*Flowing with breath and holding each to your desire

Reverse Table to Dandasana (Staff Pose)*
*Flowing with breath and holding each to your desire

Not only were these great and natural flows, I felt the use of muscles that are not often employed for the next few days.