OFFERING ON-GOING ZOOM YOGA CLASSES
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 9-10:00 AM MST, All-levels, $5 donation, Venmo, PayPal
5/1 Feet as our Foundation
The feet and toes nourish the body the same way that the roots of a tree draw water and nutrients out of the ground. We will bring awareness and structural integrity to the twenty-six bones, thirty joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the feet.
5/5 Exploring Malasana; The Garland Pose
An excellent pose to counter sit-asana! Malasana opens the hips, groin, ankles and creates good pelvic floor health (Mula Bandha) while stimulating proper digestion. We will explore several variations of this grounding, stabilizing pose.
5/8 Core Strength
Build a solid and stable center while engaging the core-sheath (innermost sheath) of your body. Expect poses like Navasana, Utkatasana, Bakasana, and Dolphin Pose to be sprinkled throughout the practice.
5/12 Pose and Repose for self-inquiry
Self-inquiry is a cornerstone on the Yoga path. We will slow down to find the repose in the pose or Sanskrit word "Vishranti." This self-inquiry can be extended inwards and outwards towards all things.
5/15 Pratyhara within the Postures
In this fifth limb of the eight-limbed path of yoga and a continuation of pranayama, we will let go of tension in the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and jaw to release muscular strain in postures. We could spend hundreds of hours absorbing the many aspects of pratyahara, but today we will bring the qualities into our poses.
5/19 Lateral-bends with a Twist
We will begin opening and lengthening the torso, positioning the spine to rotate safely and deeply. This side-bending/twisting practice stretches and strengthens your muscles in ways that reinforce healthy posture and nourish the abdominal organ body.
5/22 Comfortable in Your Skin
The skin is the boundary of the self, the organ of perception, our tactile capacity. B.K.S. Iyengar talked about stretching the "skin suit." There are many reasons our skin can become constricted or contracted. In this practice, we will focus on softening and releasing that constriction.
5/26 Let There Be Light: Surya Namaskar
This ancient sequence stimulates the inner fire and builds a powerful sense of heat in the body. By connecting breath and movement, we develop an understanding of mindfulness. As always, modifications are offered to make the practice accessible from whatever level you're on.
5/29 Connect with Your Inner Warrior
In yoga, warrior poses commemorate the exploits of the warrior Virabhadra. These poses teach us to face life head-on with grace and poise. On a physical level, the warrior poses work to increase flexibility in the hips and build strength in the legs, ankles, and feet.
Use support whenever possible: Blocks, Straps, Blanket, pillow or bolster, and sometimes a wall or chair.
Cherie Ebert 500CYT
Yoga has been a central part of my life, along with my family, Dan, and Marlee, for over 20 years. I am continually discovering new ways to teach the ancient yoga traditions in a relatable way for the modern Yogi. I always teach from my heart so that I may help students of all levels of ability find that deep connection to themselves- that is the magic of yoga, after all!
I live in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, and I'm constantly inspired by the rhythms of nature and teach accordingly, incorporating tidbits of Ayurveda, anatomy, meditation, yoga philosophy, alignment, pranayama, poetry, and sound therapy.
In 2007 I was fortunate enough to have found my yoga teachers Tias and Surya Little, and their school www.prajnayoga.com. I continually train with them as a perpetual student and have assisted them many times. I have various teaching experiences such as Yoga Festivals: Yoga Journal conferences, Sedona Yoga Festival, Rapid-grass Bluegrass Festival, Earth Day.org, Mexico, several schools, corporate VRBO groups, and many Colorado Yoga studios.
I hope to see you in one of my classes, workshops or retreats soon where we can explore the depth of this amazing practice together.
What Students are Saying about Cherie
"I’ve been taking Cherie’s yoga classes several times a week for the past four years. Cherie is the most knowledgeable, professional yoga teacher in the county. Cherie “brings it” to every class. She wants each one of her students to have a positive experience in class and offers lots of individual attention. Her classes are appropriate for all skill levels, from absolute beginners to experts.
Yoga can be challenging, but the rewards are great and go far beyond the physical. The more you practice, the better you will feel—body, mind, and spirit".
"I have attended many of Cherie's retreats over the years. Cherie's retreats are always extremely well themed and planned. Each workshop is thoughtfully and beautifully executed! The practice is perfect for any level and I highly recommend her workshops and retreats to anyone getting away for a day or more!"
Cherie is an extraordinary yoga teacher because she moves between the physical and contemplative spheres. She's a serious practitioner, with decades of immersion in yoga. She's an expert at doing the poses herself, so she models everything, along with modifications. She focuses on breathing and awareness. She gives clear instructions. Also, she is funny and happy.
As we do the physical poses, Cherie weaves in other ideas: how to visualize a pose from inside out…what the history of a pose is...how to make a homemade bolster...how the group holds us together…how the silence enfolds us. On any given day she might show an anatomy chart, read a poem, play singing bowls, or figure out a new way to get our feet on the wall. I go to class knowing I'll get a physical workout with contemplative windows. It’s lovely!
Cherie is the best yoga instructor in the world! She just received a rating of A+++ from the Yoga Bureau at My House, which is me, the slacker student who recognizes greatness.
If you attend one of her classes, you will see what I mean.
"I never considered myself a “yoga person” and couldn't’ imagine the benefits of yoga until one of my friends “dragged” me to your class 3 years ago. My friend assured me I would love you and your teachings, and she was SO RIGHT!
Your knowledge, enthusiasm, and love of yoga (not to mention your infectious laugh that I ADORE) have benefitted me in more ways than I could have ever thought or imagined!
My body, mind, and soul have all been transformed by your teachings, and I cannot thank you enough! I truly love my mat time with you (my body craves it), and I always leave your class feeling better, calmer, lighter, happier, centered than when I walked in the door.
You are a truly remarkable woman, and I am blessed to have you as my yoga teacher!"
Namaste, Kim C.
- Sun, Nov 07Grand Isla Navidad ResortEnjoy a variety of practices such as sunrise vinyasa and sunset restorative Yoga. Replenish with healthy and delicious food, free time to hang by the pool or explore the quaint town of Barra De Navidad.