Fire It Up
From the desk of Rachael Lappen, RYT… As we approach the end of January, has anyone else but me had enough of the winter chill? Living in New England my whole life, I would have thought I’d have gotten used to it by now. The truth is that I dread the freeze every year. We often associate winter with a time of hibernation and slowing down as well. So, as I was asking myself what brings me comfort in the chilly months, the resounding answer was… HEAT! Ok, so a hot chocolate on occasion is nice, but what about an easy, all-natural, do-it-yourself, feel-good remedy… YOGA!
Doing a lot of moving right off the bat might be a shock to the system, but it is a great way to balance a typical winter routine. So why not ease yourself in by holding some heat-building Yoga poses for 5 to 10 long breaths each to wake up your bones and muscles. Try this one to warm your shoulders, your thighs, and your heart!
Utkatasana—Chair Pose Start in a standing position with your feet together. Lift your arms to the sky with your palms facing each other and draw your shoulder blades down your back. As if you were sitting into a chair behind you, squeeze your inner thighs together, bend your knees so that they stack over your ankles, and send your hip bones towards the back of the room. Drop your tailbone down as you lift your chest up and open, lengthening your spine. Most importantly, don’t forget to breathe! Long, steady breaths in and out of the nose will help to calm your nervous system, deepen your pose, and turn up the heat.
Want to learn more? Join me here in the studio for a group class on Thursdays for Foundation Yoga at 6:30pm-7:30pm or Yoga for Runners at 7:30 pm-8:30 pm or Fridays for Vinyasa Flow at 7 am-8 am. Or, schedule a private session to learn how to stay warm during the winter months. Class size is limited to 6 so sign up now to reserve your spot. First time students drop in for only $10! Or, purchase a 3-class pack for $54, a 6-class pack or $96, or a single drop-in for $20. Check out our current class schedule at http://www.ombecenter.com/classes or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rachael Lappen, Yoga and Wellness Instructor, RYT Rachael, a lifelong fitness and wellness enthusiast and former competitive swimmer with a degree in Biology from Clark University, has been practicing and studying Yoga for the past seven years and teaching for the last two. From her first moments on the Yoga mat, she was instantly drawn to the balance of dynamic and meditative movement of energy and the constant evolution of body and mind. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Power Vinyasa Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level through Yoga Alliance and a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.
Rachael currently teaches Power and Vinyasa-based Yoga classes to students of all levels and ages. She is a member of the Assistant Team at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Cambridge and Brookline, and enjoys teaching in community service venues. Additionally, Rachael continually enriches her professional training and personal journey through workshops with some of the best-known Yogis in the field.
Rachael's classes are accessible to all students, emphasizing proper alignment through modifications. She encourages students to connect to movement with awareness of breath, a light heart, and to be open to new possibilities. Rachael incorporates her yoga practice into all aspects of her life and is endlessly grateful to all of her teachers and mentors. She is honored to share her passion with her students, encouraging them to cultivate their personal authenticity as well as physical health.