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Catspaw http://www.catspawyoga.com Yoga and Cushions Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:17:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Ok, Ready Set Meditate ;) http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/12/17/ok-ready-set-meditate/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/12/17/ok-ready-set-meditate/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:17:24 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2547 On Sunday, 60 Minutes featured a story on Mindfulness reported by Anderson Cooper, it follows him to a Jon Kabat-Zinn retreat and giving up all digital “stuff”.  But the one thing they did not talk about was posture and how do you stay seated whether you are on a meditation cushion also known as zafu or seated in a chair. I […]

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DSC_0037On Sunday, 60 Minutes featured a story on Mindfulness reported by Anderson Cooper, it follows him to a Jon Kabat-Zinn retreat and giving up all digital “stuff”.  But the one thing they did not talk about was posture and how do you stay seated whether you are on a meditation cushion also known as zafu or seated in a chair.

I can’t tell how many people tell me that if they got down on a meditation cushion that they could not get up.  Is that ok? My simple answer is no, you may think I have a bias since I am a yoga instructor. And the other statement I hear – if they can come to seated but they are too busy or they can’t get their mind to quiet. The simple answer is follow your breath.

That is why we(I) do yoga to get our bodies and minds ready to come to quiet. Here is a 5 minute link  from Yoga Journal   that will make sitting easier. Also from WildMind posture check list.

Move for 5 minutes, sit for 2 minutes take a deep breath in…Pause

 

 

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Wake Up Fest 2014 http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/08/13/wake-fest-2014/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/08/13/wake-fest-2014/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:14:37 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2371 We at Catspaw Cushions are very excited to set-up a meditation room at this year’s WakeUp Fest put on by Sounds True, August 20-24, in Estes Park, Colorado They have a very exciting line up and here is a link to somepodcasts of some of their presenters. We have new inventory of meditation cushions also […]

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We at Catspaw Cushions are very excited to set-up a meditation room at this year’s WakeUp Fest put on by Sounds True, August 20-24, in Estes Park, Colorado

They have a very exciting line up and here is a link to somepodcasts of some of their presenters.

We have new inventory of meditation cushions also known as zafu, these cushions are beautiful, handsome and just so supportive. We have traditional round meditation cushions and well as rectangular zafus.

Looking forward to seeing some of my favorite teaches!

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World Cup Madness http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/07/09/world-cup-madness/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/07/09/world-cup-madness/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:40:27 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2291 In the spectacular world football/soccer tournament that occurs every four years, world class footballers (soccer players) are put to the test mentally, spiritually, and physically. The determination and strength these players carry as they fight for their country is the reason we, at Catspaw cannot get enough of the action.   We’d like you to […]

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In the spectacular world football/soccer tournament that occurs every four years, world class footballers (soccer players) are put to the test mentally, spiritually, and physically. The determination and strength these players carry as they fight for their country is the reason we, at Catspaw cannot get enough of the action.   We’d like you to enjoy this Nike “Risk Everything” film featuring, Neymar, Pirlo, Zlatan, legendary USA goalkeeper Tim Howard, and others.  Dru Seidel

 

 

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Classroom Yoga http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/04/16/yoga-classroom/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/04/16/yoga-classroom/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:18:22 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2192 Khampiane Keodonexay (teaches Language Arts at Manning Middle School) I find that the greatest things about yoga are that anyone can do it, there are modifications for any level, it’s relaxing and calm, and it really helps ease pain and tension. Kids love it because it’s a break from the norm, it opens their minds and […]

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DSC02320 DSC06892 DSC06906Khampiane Keodonexay (teaches Language Arts at Manning Middle School)
DSC02321I find that the greatest things about yoga are that anyone can do it, there are modifications for any level, it’s relaxing and calm, and it really helps ease pain and tension. Kids love it because it’s a break from the norm, it opens their minds and gets them ready for lessons. I incorporate yoga on “Grammar Wednesdays” and the kids actually look forward to doing it; many of them state that even after leaving my classroom, they continue to practice yoga either at home or at a yoga studio. Typical poses that I teach the kids are: ragdoll, downward facing dog, cobra, happy baby, tree pose, corpse (the all time favorite).

Khampiane Keodonexay (teaches Language Arts at Manning Middle School)

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Inspiring Support – Festive Meditation Cushions http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/04/09/festive-meditation-cushions/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/04/09/festive-meditation-cushions/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:11:58 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2159 When it comes to types of  yoga and  or meditation technics there is a lot to chose from.  We need to choose methods that  that support us, and truthfully, some of us choose better than others. Getting physical support, such as the right props or cushions, getting the emotional support and does your practice support […]

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DSC_0150DSC_0012DSC_0142DSC_0129When it comes to types of  yoga and  or meditation technics there is a lot to chose from.  We need to choose methods that  that support us, and truthfully, some of us choose better than others.

Getting physical support, such as the right props or cushions, getting the emotional support and does your practice support your spirit, are  important questions to ask yourself.

How to use a zafu  is a guide for how to use a meditation cushion or prop when you sit on the floor, folding laundry, coming to a restorative pose, eating  dinner or coming to meditation.   We need to be inspired.  I gravitate toward inspiring fabrics for my meditation cushions.

Here are a couple of links  from my  email inbox that my assist you on your meditation journey, Deepak Chopra and Oprah – Finding your Flow , Arianna Huffington – On Becoming Fearless  and the Wild Divine

The question really is what inspires to begin and continue to come back.

 

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feet and yoga http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/04/03/yoga-feet/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/04/03/yoga-feet/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:27:48 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2119 a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step       Lao Tzu When I teach a yoga class I usually include a couple simple stretches for the feet. One is curling your toes under like photo and also coming to the tops of the feet  both can be done standing, setting in […]

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a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step       Lao Tzu

When I teach a yoga class I usually include a couple simple stretches for the feet. One is curling your toes under like photo and also coming to the tops of the feet  both can be done standing, setting in a chair or from your knees.

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This images by Ulrika Laan are dramatic but variations can be done and every body doesn’t have bendy feet like these but the blog post by hearts expanding also has great alternatives.

There are so many reasons for us to care for our feet, from simply stretching, soaking or going for a pedicure, but  the web site How Stuff Works has great ideas and info.

 

 

 

 

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New Down Dog at Catspaw Yoga ;) http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/03/26/new-dog-catspaw-yoga/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/03/26/new-dog-catspaw-yoga/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:44:25 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2045 We have been searching for a dog for awhile and this search was mostly encouraged by my oldest son. I guess if you wait long enough you will find the right match! I had been following the Colorado Cell Dog – Prison Trained Dog Program website as well as Foothills Animal Shelter and asking “dog people” […]

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We have been searching for a dog for awhile and this search was mostly encouraged by my oldest son.

I guess if you wait long enough you will find the right match! I had been following the Colorado Cell Dog – Prison Trained Dog Program website as well as Foothills Animal Shelter and asking “dog people” but nothing.

She is the perfect fit for our family, including the cats. We adopted her from Foothills Animal Shelter.

I have been observing this for a while that every time my cats or most recently with my dog, each time they get up to move they move into down dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana and some times upward facing dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Maybe we should incorporate these yoga poses as move about our day!

photo by Piez and Bliss In Images

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There is enough time! http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/03/20/enough-time/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2014/03/20/enough-time/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:38:59 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=2035 Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu After listening to Fresh Air’s program with Brigid Schulte author of the new book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. I am reminded of the mantra in the book Living your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater, “there is enough time”.  When I […]

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

After listening to Fresh Air’s program with Brigid Schulte author of the new book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. I am reminded of the mantra in the book Living your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater, “there is enough time”.  When I have suggested this mantra in a few different yoga classes I teach, there is a little chuckle and  you can feel the collective eye roll   But coming to your life with a different perspective is useful.  Lasater, like Schulte  suggest, in my interpretation to Pause and what is not important will drop down.

My we be clear as we navigate our lives – Namasté

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How to Zafu – Supported Bridge http://www.catspawyoga.com/2013/11/20/supported-bridge/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2013/11/20/supported-bridge/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:15:27 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=1900 As I continue the “How to Zafu” series Bridge Pose with Meditation Cushion – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, We can continue to learn to how to support our body using a meditation cushion or zafu.  This link about Bridge Pose from Yoga Journal give a good brief description of the traditional asana. It is important to find what recharges us. […]

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As I continue the “How to Zafu” series Bridge Pose with Meditation Cushion – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, We can continue to learn to how to support our body using a meditation cushion or zafu.  This link about Bridge Pose from Yoga Journal give a good brief description of the traditional asana. It is important to find what recharges us.

Supported Bridge Pose

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Open House at Catspaw! http://www.catspawyoga.com/2013/11/05/open-house-catspaw/ http://www.catspawyoga.com/2013/11/05/open-house-catspaw/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:30:26 +0000 http://www.catspawyoga.com/?p=1792 Pause to stretch, Pause to reach, Pause to breathe I will be hosting, at Catspaw Yoga and Cushions, in Wheat Ridge, a Holiday Boutique and Community Yoga Classes. Pick a day that works for you!  Work by area artists will be available on all days. I look forward to seeing you in November. Cheers, Lisa […]

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Pause to stretch, Pause to reach, Pause to breathe

I will be hosting, at Catspaw Yoga and Cushions, in Wheat Ridge, a Holiday Boutique and Community Yoga Classes. Pick a day that works for you!  Work by area artists will be available on all days.

I look forward to seeing you in November.
Cheers, Lisa Griffin-Seidel
Catspaw Yoga
303-431-9870
www.catspawyoga.com     lisa@catspawyoga.com

Sunday, November 10,

12-4pm – Chat and Shop
4-5pm Yoga Class(free, all levels)c2d017bfd144060492cd2e925bfb851b

Friday, November 15

Open House
4.30-8.30pm
Join us, have a drink, snack, chat and shop;)
Work by Patti Barry Levy, Diane Wright, Ruth Artes.

Saturday, November 16

8-9am Yoga Class(free, all levels)                               9am-1pm – Chat and Shop

 

Fitz the Curious Cat Budi Satria Kwan

November 30 – Small Business Saturday

8-9am Yoga Class(free, all levels)       9am-1pm – Chat and Shop

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