Archive for May, 2010

Forrest Yoga & AcroYoga Immersion, 6/13/10, 9:00am – 4:00pm

June 13th, 2010

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bring your desire for flight (regardless of abilities), and injury questions to this All Levels, All Day, Fun Intensive!
With Angela and Jill

9:00 – 12:00pm Meditation & gravity-surfing Forrest Yoga practice
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (Kitchen available & Ballard Farmers Market directly in front of Studio)
1:00 – 4:00pm Injury Circle Q & A, AcroYoga Therapeutics, and Thai Massage!

Price: $60 before June 13th, & $65 day of event.

To register, call (206) 972-2999

Kula Movement
@ Motion and Rest
5340 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

May Newsletter!


May Yoga Special
May is bike to work month & we want to extend that to bike to Yoga as well!
*Bike to Yoga and get $5 off class (equivalent to 30 min off your multi-pass card)
(must arrive by bicycle)
*Bring a buddy to yoga, and receive your class free!
(Buddy must be new to Kula Movement Yoga)

May Bodywork Special
Receive, Relax, Rejuvenate
Almost half way through 2010, Spring has sprung & we’re all playing and working harder.
Treat yourself to the gift of Bodywork, and recognize how massage therapy supports life.
Unwinding structural muscles opens capacity for breath, movement and feeling!
Two 75 min. massage sessions for $150  (value of $215)
(Sessions expire 7/1/10)


Forrest Yoga & AcroYoga Immersion
6/13/10,  9:00 am  – 4:00 pm
With Angela & Jill

Bring your desire for flight (regardless of abilities), and injury Q’s to this All Levels, All Day, Fun Intensive!
9:00 – 12:00 pm Meditation & Gravity-surfing Forrest Yoga practice

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (Kitchen available & Farmers Market directly in front of Studio)

1:00 – 4:00 pm Injury Circle Q & A, AcroYoga Therapeutics, & Thai Massage!

Price: $60 before June 13th, & $65 day of event.

Moonlight Yoga
7/23/10, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Unwind from the work week w/Yoga,  Open-Expression, & Music!

Come stretch & sun salutation dance with us at night to rock a completely different vibe, rolling you into a feel-good weekend.

As the full moon approaches and our candles shine bright, we’ll share vivacious Forrest Yoga moves, music that’ll make your spirit sing, and a long, sensational unwinding.

Expect 20 minuets of sun salutation freedom to be as you like (move, dance, partner stretch, meditate…).

Price: $20 or use your class card!


SHOULDER PAIN: Attaining Freedom of Movement

Many students often come to class complaining of shoulder pain, which is a VERY common problem, especially with Yogis who do a lot of Flow. A great deal of strain can be put on the shoulder joints and rotator cuff muscles in a pose like Downward Dog when not done correctly, and it can lead to chronic pain or even long-term damage.
The shoulders are perhaps the most overused and under-cared-for joints in the body.  They are essential in the performance of everyday activities such as typing, reaching, lifting, etc, but also take a lot of strain in more strenuous activities like tennis, weight lifting, rowing and other sports.
Severe pain around the top, front, and side of the shoulder can often be traced to problems in the Rotator Cuff, the group of muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.

Rotator Cuff Basics
The rotator cuff plays a key role in all movements at the head of the arm bone.  It helps lift the arm forward, pull it back, lift it to the side, and circle it all the way around.  When a pitcher winds up to send the ball over the plate, the rotator cuff is what gives him the control to follow through with force.
The repetition of daily tasks can cause limited range of motion, as well as a hardening and shortening of the muscles in the complex structure of the shoulder, which can lead to damage and inflammation.  Going from everyday repetition to the demands of sports takes an even greater toll on the rotator cuff.
Understanding the Common Problems Associated with the Rotator Cuff
The four muscles of the rotator cuff wrap around the arm bone, attaching it to the bones of the shoulder and holding it in the hollow of the joint. Think of these muscles like the cuff of your shirt.  Ideally, the rotator cuff muscles should be supple and pliable, like spandex, allowing the arm to move in the socket with ease.
Unfortunately, these muscles are often over-used or tighten from inactivity, and the cuff can stiffen.  In this condition, the rotator muscles become irritated by rubbing against the bones of the shoulder and then fray or even tear through repetitive motions or sudden movements. In these conditions, inflammation is virtually inevitable, which can severely inhibit motion, even to the point of preventing it altogether, as in the case of Frozen Shoulder.

The Road to Recovery: Steps to a Healthy Shoulder
The first step is to give your shoulder a break; playing or working through the pain will only lead to further injury.  Your FIRST priority is to remove inflammation from the muscles of the rotator cuff by applying the RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) along with anti-inflammatory therapies (Arnica, etc.).  Removing inflammation will help relax the muscle.
Although the treatment options following this vary, the most important thing is restoring resiliency to the muscles to keep them from pulling the rotator cuff into further damage.  Yoga with modifications, massage and Forrest Yoga’s shoulder strengthening poses can be of great help.

Some therapeutic postures include:
Neck Release, Unlocking the Shoulders, Chest-Opener at the Wall, Bird Wing, Shoulder Shrugs, Ostrich Prelude, Low Cobra, and Modifying Postures.

The muscles of the Rotator Cuff are delicate, complex, and prone to injury, however with a little maintenance, and a regular Yoga and massage routine, you can have healthy shoulders for life!

In Appreciation
Continue sharing breath, movement and gratitude. Make contact, be light and feel love. Celebrate yourself so that others may be themselves; freely, openly, acceptingly!   A HO!

-Kula Movement