Kapotasana Practice !!

YAY. today i practiced Kapotasana ! it was my first time… & im almost there .. !!

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then i worked on¬†Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana … def still not there, but progress has been made ! <one leg straight up in full wheel >

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then i worked on coming half way down in headstand– still stuck slamming my feet back down.. oops

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& while in the process of messing up — i made up some really weird pose.

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hmmm looks interesting- what should i name it !? ūüėČ

are you practicing today?

THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE DAY

after mysore practice early this morning,

i went to the beach to meditate:

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i brought along some good reading:

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& i was surround by great company ūüôā

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perfect way to start my day !!

Johanna gave me some Sandalwood Incense that she brought back from Mysore, India ! Cant wait to light them !!

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& that Buddha sculpture was given to me by my grandfather a few days ago : ) one of his cousins in Columbia made it by hand ! sooo special & sentimental- i love it.

*if you want to start meditating this is a great video to begin with:

how did you start your day? 

Happy & Healthy New Year !!

i hope everyone is having a great, healthy, & happy new year so far-

— i always find the beginning of the year a great time to restart & get back on track- thankfully¬†lululemon has some amazing worksheets that you can find here¬†& another in-depth¬†worksheet here¬†! they are great for organizing short term & long term goals, plans, & dreams ! in my personal yoga practice i would love to accomplish the scorpion pose by the end of the year.

kimsnyder kimberly snyder in scorpion.

she is one of my all time favorite yogi’s ! i love her health tips & tricks ! for one of her newest downloads click here!

another one of my favorite yogi/blogger’s is Vani.. & i loved to see her post about Machu Picchu, it was perfect timing ! my friend Natalie is coming over tomorrow to plan our trip & book our flights ! so exciting !

–if you’re a Miami Beach local you’ll be happy to hear the incredible Dharma Mittra is coming to town Febuary 3, 2013. Here is a link for all of the information– if¬†you’re¬†not familar with him.. here’s a cool picture to introduce you:

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my yoga teacher training feels like its fast approaching ! may 1st to be exact. a lot of people ask me questions about the process & the program. check out the website or watch this video. ¬†i am so excited !! ūüôā

&&& of course I saved the BEST news for last !! Miami Yoga Magazine- Winter 2013 Issue hit Miami today !! Look for it around town in all the studios, spas, & health food restaurants ! Not only did I contribute to the PR & Marketing.. I wrote an article ! I am thrilled because its my first published writing !! check it out below:

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to view the magazine issues in their entirety go to http://www.miamiyogamagazine.com

namaste. xxoo.

Interview with South Beach Yoga Teacher Johanna Rodriquez

This morning I had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Johanna Rodriquez who runs South Beach as one of the most sought out private yoga instructors ! I consider her an inspiring teacher & a close friend- shes beautiful inside & out ! if you live in Miami or are visiting make sure to book a private with her on the beach !!

Me: Choose 5 words that you think describe you the best?

Jo: I’m Outgoing, Witty, Versatile, Communicative, Youthful, & very¬†Lively !!

Me: I think that’s one more than 5 ūüėČ but its cool we’ll let it slide… so where are you from? tell me a little about yourself ??

Jo: I was born in West New York, New Jersey and raised in Sunny South Beach. I have Colombian and Cuban¬†roots ‚Äď I grew up in a household where being spiritual was normal and encouraged. My mother was very¬†influential in helping me grow into my own style and shaped me into the fashionista I am today while¬†helping me maintain being grounded through my yogic lifestyle.

me: Wow¬†you’re¬†very lucky to have been introduced to this world at such a young age & to have grown up in a supportive household.. tell me whats your favorite green drink combination & what do you add in ?¬†

Jo: juice- spinach, cucumber, kale, lime, ginger, pineapple, coconut water. smoothie- almond milk, avocado, kale or spinach, banana, bee pollen, macca powder

Me: bee pollen & maca powder are great suggestions- you got me hooked weeks ago ! They both really help to increase my energy ..so thank you ! What is your typical breakfast?

Jo:  Ginger shot, Green Tea, 16oz Juice/smoothie, Greek yogurt with fruits and granola. Plus a cup of coffee when I need extra prana !!

Me: What is your typical lunch?

Jo: I have a lot of snacks during the day (nuts, berries, veggies with hummus). I eat whenever I feel hungry. I noticed that I eat the most after practice. For lunch I usually have another juice with a vegetarian salad or wrap.

Me: What is your typical dinner ?

Jo: I love soup and anything spicy‚Ķ So I might eat Japanese or Thai.¬†I’m¬†not a¬†picky eater necessarily.. I just don‚Äôt eat animals.

Me: It sounds like you eat very clean & healthy which I’m sure helps you in your practice.. What is your favorite yoga pose & why?

Jo: I love urdhva dhanurasana! Especially the drop-back sequence of the pose it opens my heart and back. And it shows me that when I fall back I’m letting go and by picking myself back up that I’m firmly grounded.

Me: What do you typical wear when your practicing yoga ?

Jo: I love practicing in Kino Yoga shorts, Lululemon bras‚Ķ Laundry days I use¬†bikini tops‚Ķ I like to use color & prints and love headbands from yogitoes. Oh, I also love one piece suits and¬†can‚Äôt wait for my friends organic yoga clothing line ‚ÄúYoGiiZa‚ÄĚ to launch next year.

Me: What’s the last trip you took, where did you go ?

I just got back from Mysore, India where I stayed for a month practicing Ashtanga yoga in the source with my guru R. Sharatha Jois. I can’t wait to go next year! India has a beautiful energy that only you can experience there.

Me: I loved all of your pictures from Mysore their gorgeous !! I can’t wait to go there either !! Sounds so amazing .. How did you find yoga and how has it changed you?

Jo: Yoga found me when I was 16‚Ķ I was reading the local¬†newspaper and saw an add for free yoga at a seniors home. I went the following week and was hooked ever¬†since. Yoga has changed me from the inside out! Everyday I awake I give thanks for yoga, I¬†wouldn’t¬†be who¬†I am now if it¬†wasn’t¬†for the beautiful magic of yoga.

Me: I feel the same way about my path to yoga.. so what’s the best advice you have for someone new or wanting to begin yoga?

Jo: Go with the flow & don’t ever judge your practice.

Me: Do you have any spirtual or yogic quotes that you live by ?

Jo: My favorite is ‚ÄúThe time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here.‚ÄĚ I have it tattooed¬†going down my spine. I try to always live my life in the present moment.

Me: What are the best places to practice yoga in Miami Beach ?

Jo: Miami Life Center is my yoga home for my daily personal Mysore¬†practice. I love The Standard Spa Hotel, Miami Beach when I want to practice Jivamukti with my teacher Jaya¬†& take the whole day to relax at the pool or steam after practice. We can‚Äôt forget Synergy Yoga on Espanola Way;¬†they offer everything you need from thai massage, kundalini yoga, and even sexy yoga ūüėČ

Me: Miami Life Center is my yoga home too.. I can’t wait to try some of the detoxing hot yoga classes at Synergy. And I thought that your morning class at the Standard was great out on the deck ! Whats your favorite healthy Miami Beach Restaurant?¬†

Jo: I like Juice & Java and Under The Mango Tree for juice/smoothie and acia bowls

Me: So what are your other hobbies & interests?

Jo: Beside yoga, I love fashion & art. When I’m not teaching or working at Avant Gallery. I enjoy attending volunteering, art, fashion, music events. I paint and reconstruct my clothes/jewelry whenever I have time off (not often)

Me: Any ALL NATURAL beauty rituals or secrets that you follow?

Jo: I love coconut anything! I do a coconut hair mask for 24 hours once a week. And right after showering I use pure coconut oil all over my body.

Me: I still use that coconut oil you brought me back from India, thanks so much ! I love it too ! How did you know that teaching was the next step for you?

Jo: I started by teaching kids yoga (it never crossed my mind to work with kids before) after working with kids for a while I wanted to get deeper into my practice and spread the word of yoga to everyone in the community.

Me: How do you connect with your students and what do you like to do differently? 

Jo: My classes are meant to connect with the now and your inner self. I use uplifting spiritual¬†tunes, scented candles, incense, and essential oils. I‚Äôve been told I give the best savasana in town ūüėČ .. I fan¬†and massage my students at the end.

Me: I LOVE your classes their the best !! So when your not teaching private lessons or directing Avant Gallery where can people take your classes? 

Jo:

Synergy – South beach

Mon kids yoga at 5pm / Gentle yoga for parents with Kiki at the same time

Wed kids yoga at 5pm

Sat kids yoga at 9:30am / Jivamukti with mateo at the same time for the parents

Sat Ashtanga at 11:15

Coming in January Fight ClubРDowntown MiamiР vinyasa flow at 7pm

Free hand hotel ‚Äď beach yoga Sunday 11:30am– ¬†coming soon

Karma Yoga ‚Äď south point park coming soon donation base

connect with Johanna:

https://www.facebook.com/JoasanaYoga

https://twitter.com/Joasana_Yoga

http://www.joasanayoga.com

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You’re Invited !

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side notes-

i finally caved & bought a pair of toms ! im not into super hipster trendy things.. but i had to have something comfy & casual to walk to yoga in ! & my havana flip flops aren’t really cutting it anymore because it gets a little chilly here in the mornings..well to me at least.. these are the pair i got & they are super cute !

even though its miami beach Рthe suns not really up at 6am.. but im obviously not going to wear a full blown winter jacket around the beach- so i like to improvise by wearing tanks with cute scarves- my favorite & most versatile one to wear to yoga is the Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf  !

drishti’s + essie

if you practice yoga, particularly ashtanga yoga¬†– then you may be familiar with the term “drishti” if not let me break it down for you :

Drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during asana &¬†meditation practice. Focusing on a drishti aids concentration, since it’s easier to become distracted when the eyes are wandering all over the room. Each yoga pose has a specific drishti, which also aids in alignment.

in ashtanga these are the 9 dhristi’s: ¬†& it changes depending on what pose¬†you’re¬†in

  • Nasagrai :¬†tip of the nose
  • Nabi Chakra :¬†the navel
  • Hastagrai :¬†the hand
  • Padayoragrai :¬†the toes
  • Angusta ma Dyai :¬†the thumbs
  • Urdhva / Antara Drishti :¬†up to the sky
  • Parsva Drishti :¬†far to the right
  • Parsva Drishti :¬†far to the left
  • Ajna Chakra / Broomadhya :¬†the third eye / between the eyebrows

Don’t expect to just memorize these right off the bat & don’t worry if you cannot remember all the relevant¬†Drishti¬†points, any good teacher will consistently direct your gaze to the appropriate one in each posture¬†practiced¬†in class, & before you know it the drishti’s will become second nature & you will naturally gaze in that direction during your practice.

i dont know about you- but i personally find chipped nail polish highly distracting during yoga- ultimately my goal is not to be concerned about things like that- but nobody’s perfect & it takes a lot of time.

i saw this cute essie display at CVS : stock up & paint your nails zen ūüėČ

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[ boxer shorts. spinning again. pilates hottie. marathin. gym dandy. yogaga. ]

Art Basel 2012- YogArt & JugoFresh

Soo I’m going to jump right into this whole blogging thing because I have such exciting news about what’s taking place around town & it cannot wait !! For those of you¬†familiar¬†with South Beach you know that Art Basel is one of the busiest most exciting times of the year ! The positive energy you feel in the air is amplified during Basel — people have flown in from all over the world to be in Miami for the special events & parties ¬†!

To me yoga and art go hand in hand, I consider yoga to be an expression of art. If you’re in Miami during Basel make sure to attend the YogArt event ! I’m proud to say that Miami Yoga Magazine is one of the sponsors of the event ! Trust me you def¬†don’t¬†want to miss out on it !

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& while your attending events make sure to stop by the JugoFresh pop up shop for cold pressed juices ! cant wait to try what they have planned for the exclusive to Basel flavors-

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if you go ,hopefully you’ll see me there ! if not, comment below & let me know what you thought of it !