New Class Registration Online

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for being part of our studio in 2018. I am looking forward to 2019 and working with the personal theme of “Growing with Intention”  Part of that intention includes a few changes at the studio (don’t worry, this isn’t a huge announcement, just a few small things) that I want to share with you personally.
 
Starting January 1 you will be able to register online for all classes, even those that were previously “drop in”,  just as we have done for special events the past few years. This allows you to set your intention and register for the classes you plan to attend in advance. Working with intention allow you to keep your personal commitment to practice. This extra step also allows new students to easily understand that they can attend any class and helps teachers to know who is planning to attend their classes as they prepare.
 
Here is what you need to know about the Registration process
  • You can register for class easily right up until the time class begins until the class is full (weekday classes are rarely full, but special events do fill up early)
  • Sign in is encouraged for weekday yoga classes and required for special events
  • You can register for class even if you do not have a yoga pass. You can still pay at the studio at class time.
  • You can also easily deregister for a class up until 15 minutes prior to the class time through your student account
  • If something happens and you can’t register, you can still attend the class (we will adjust to this gradually, don’t worry!)
Register easily through your alleyCat Student Account
 
>>>>>Need help? Watch this short video on How to View Your Account
  • Go to https://alleycatyoga.com/student-access/ and log into your account
  • When logged into your student account you can register and deregister for classes with the click of a button 
  • Your student account allows you to view your yoga pass credits, class attendances and class registrations
>>>>>If you have never accessed your student account use the email address where you received this communication and go to Student Access. Enter your email address and claim your account. 
 
If you have any questions call or text the studio or send an email through the Contact form. 
 
Jai Bhagwan,

How to View Your alleyCat Yoga Student Account

Do you have questions about registering and deregistering from classes, if you have an active yoga pass and how many credits you have on your yoga pass? Watch this quick video to find out how use your student account!

Chinese Medicine Tips for Fall Health

Tips for Preventing and Treating Illnesses due to Metal Imbalance: Lung and Large Intestine

As we enter autumn, we move into the time of year associated with the Metal element in Chinese medicine.  The organs that express the Metal element in our bodies are the lungs and large intestine.

COLDS AND FLU
To prevent and treat a cold, do a nasal wash with a neti pot twice each day (In place of a neti pot, you may use a Nasopure bottle, available at Clover’s. In case of fever, nasal wash is not recommended). Eliminate dairy, use warming spices and herbs (ginger, pepper, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, chili) in teas and food preparation. While pranayama and aerobic yogic practice (e.g. surya namaskar) are helpful in preventing illness, it is necessary to reduce these practices during illness and focus on restful practices such as yoga nidra, silence and meditation. Get enough rest and avoid overeating in order to conserve prana. For congestion, inhale steam for 10 minutes daily.

ASTHMA
Ayurveda and Chinese medicine recognize that healing asthma is not possible if constipation is not relieved. Both traditions acknowledge a connection between asthma and emotional issues related to serious loss experienced in childhood. Yoga nidra is recommended as a means of relaxing spasm of the chest and lungs and chanting om is suggested as a tool for strengthening and relaxing the body. It may be necessary to use neti (nasal wash) in order to facilitate the practice of pranayama. Appropriate postures will vary from person to person. Read More »

Deep Stretch

All Levels

This experiential class utilizes asanas (postures), several meditation practices and pranayama (breathing techniques) to slowly open the body and direct awareness inward. A quiet, slow-paced class ideal for all levels of students, Deep Stretch emphasizes holding postures longer so the muscles can relax, leading to deeper states of clarity and freedom of movement. The class assumes no prior knowledge, experience or specific level of flexibility or strength and is open to all interested in exploring the deeper practices of yoga. In this class all or most postures are done on the floor.

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What is Meditative Yoga?

Pranayama, chanting, and meditation are always my favorite part of a yoga class, yet these are the practices that are usually given the least amount of time or skipped entirely. My Meditative Yoga class grew out of my desire to share these practices which have benefited me the most.

As an acupuncturist, I have noticed that many of my patients would benefit from more skillfulness in ways to do less and relax more. Depletion of the physical, mental, and emotional energy can be addressed by learning how to relax fully at each of these levels. Learning how to slow down, let go, and discover the wealth of ease and vitality that arises from simply being present is the goal of this class.

We begin each class with a body scan to get us grounded in our bodies and out of the mental busyness of the day. Simple pranayama (breath work) and mudras to open the lungs precede our practice of chanting. I bring my harmonium and lead the class in a very simple Sanskrit chant for about 10 minutes to experience the vibration of the sounds of the chant and feel the warming of the body from the deep breathing that happens when we chant, followed with time to notice the building of the subtle energy (prana) that is strengthened by both pranayama and chanting. Read More »