Inspiring, spicy, fun, joyful and uplifting live and unplugged yoga classes taught by Pittsburgh yoga teacher Elsie Escobar. Classes range from strong beginners to advanced. They are 1hr or 1hr and 15 min. Depending on the level and length of the individual class they may include all or some of the following: a theme, meditation, pranayama, warm ups, sun salutations, standing poses, arm balances, hip openers, thigh stretches, backbends, forward bends, cool down poses and relaxation. Remember, the class is live and Elsie is teaching to what she sees. It's designed to include you into the class experience, to participate in deeper ways. This is not a "flow" or "power yoga" class. It includes power and flow, but more emphasis on alignment. You never know what's coming but it always proves to be a blast! Strap on your seatbelts and go for the ride! If you live in Pittsburgh or come for a visit Elsie is available for private instruction :) www.elsiesyogakula.com [email protected]
101 Tenacious Gratitude 90 Min Level 2 Yoga Class
1:43:07Leave me feedback! [email protected] or leave me a message on SpeakPipe Come see me at the New Media Expo in January! Tenacious Gratitude Thoughts? I can tell you mine. Tenacious didn’t quite feel “right” with me. I felt that being tenacious was not something I aspired to be. It’s too rough. Too hard. Too pushy. Too manly. I imagined the quintessential football player, the one that just stampedes over the competition regardless of anything else, bulldozing through pain, through obstacles, through physical harm - Raaaaaaaaaaah!!!! I’m not that. In fact, it kinda repulsed me. I didn’t want to be known as tenacious. And then I was introduced to Adeline Arjad from Chocbite by my awesome-sauce business powerhouse Erika Lyremark. Arlene said: “Tenaciousness + Gratitude = Success” And then it made sense. This larger than life word that I had chosen not to align with at all, became more than my subjective cultural upbringing and life experience. I let the word be. Tenacious: not easily stopped or pulled apart. Firm. Strong. Seeking something valued or desired. Continuing for a LONG time. Synonyms - devoted, faithful, relentless. I recognized that I pushed away tenaciousness because I was afraid to commit and follow through. Tenacious requires a deep, unwavering commitment to the things that you value and dream and I wasn’t willing to go that far. I wanted an out. I wanted excuses. I didn’t want to do the work, not fully. What if it didn’t work out? What if what I stood behind or for changed? What if I had to defend publicly what I stood for? What if… …..I failed? I’m ready - NOW - because of the magic of gratitude. You simply cannot be tenacioustenacioustenacious. It’s unsustainable. With gratitude thrown in the mix you’ve got a recipe for unwavering magic making. Gratitude refuels and replenishes. OMG this was perhaps the biggest lesson that I’ve learned. Gratitude is like doing a personal and spiritual detox. It’s like drinking and eating your greens. It’s the fastest way to clear out the cruft left by the fire of tenacity. I’m ready to embody tenacity. I’m ready to fuel it with the nectar of gratitude. Do you want to join me? How about practicing along and letting me know how tenacity mixed with gratitude felt in your body? Yeay or nay? COME BACK FOR THE IMAGES AND POSSIBLE VIDEOS TO HELP YOU WITH THE SEQUENCE!
Ep 100 From student to yoga teacher and yoga teacher training with Naime Jezzeny and daily ayurvedic practices and postpartum care with Cate Stillman
1:45:49It’s episode 100 of Elsie’s Yoga Class! This is not a yoga asana class today, but my goodness what we have is serious yoga study and conversation. This is super special because it’s the 100th episode and also my 6th year podcasting!!! In order to celebrate I gathered two of my most influential teachers and we have incredible conversations about yoga and life. The kinds of things that are shared are the best kind of yoga you can learn and be exposed to. Listening will undoubtedly take your asana practice to an unbelievable level. I ask my teachers the questions that you guys most often write to me about which are: Dealing with an at home yoga practice Deepening your practice Applying your practice Transformative daily practice Becoming a yoga teacher and the best way to go about it Prenatal yoga and post natal/postpartum practices In addition to all of that you will hear YOUR voices. I share your voices so you know that you are part of something so much bigger than this yoga podcast, so much more amazing. Our kula, our tribe our community is in the entire world and across time and space. You guys belong to a magical space and are in the cutting edge. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I certainly hope you enjoy! It is a super long episode, be warned :) Consider it a yoga workshop Elsie style ;) Sign up for my newsletter: elsiesyogakula.com/newsletter
Ep 99 37 min Level 1-2 Yoga Class Shine Within As You Shine Without
43:15I just wrote a post called When The World Doesn’t See You As You See Yourself, which was the basis for this episode. The execution of embodiment, which to me = action is what I feel in my humble opinion is a giant factor in creating lasting embedded change in our lives and something that most of us lack. We think a ton and don’t actually do anything. I know that I stay a lot in my head. I have the knowledge. I know what needs to be done. I am fired up and completely in, and yet for a huge percentage of the times, I stay in my head. In that last post I spoke of your yoga practice being 1/2 deep focus and 1/2 pure enjoyment. This is a teaching that was so succinctly encapsulated and driven home by Dr. Claudia Welch in one of the amazing calls in Cate Stillman’s and Dr. Welch’s Healthy Hormone’s Course. (If you guys are interested, I cannot even begin to explain how life changing this course is) Dr. Welch described this focus and enjoyment concept regarding meditation and as she explained it, I realized that this is applicable to everything, particularly if you are looking to create a specific outcome aka transformation. I knew I was missing pieces of this puzzle… So, in an effort to embody, I created a yoga class that began to get those concepts from the brain, into the body. How do you practice focus and enjoyment in your practice? What does it feel like? This week’s class is 37 minutes in length. I consider it to be about a level 1–2 class, and I feel beginners can absolutely give it a go. This class is perfect for an early morning, mid afternoon, or evening class to get you back in alignment with yourself, particularly if you’re feeling out of sorts or if you are working on getting yourself to deepen the why of your yoga practice. PS. I’m creating a mentoring yoga-life program, incorporating ayurveda, asana, and simple in-the-world practices to sweetly upgrade your life. Divine Moxie all the way baby! Stay on the list or JOIN MY NEWSLETTER aka The Divine Moxie League!
Ep 98 30 min Level 2 yoga class Brighten Your Inner Moxie
31:59Oh what a story do I have to tell in this episode! At least you know what’s it’s going to be all about looking at the artwork for this post. That image was taken very soon after I walked through my door after I got held up. I found both of my girls immersed in watching My Neighbor Totoro one of our family’s favorites. Such dichotomy. You can of course listen to me tell the story of the whole event in the class. There is a 5 minute intro and then the class begins with me telling the story of how I got held by a young man with a gun a block away from my house. Crazy! This is a great class to practice when you are feeling ungrounded, defeated and/or a little scared. It’ll help you get your moxie on and help you reconnect to your strength! I mention two links in the intro: Yogidetox My free newsletter which is The Divine Moxie League HQ Also, do to the tragic events this week in Boston and in Texas I wrote this deeply personal piece that I’d love for you to check out: Surviving Terror- A Personal Story Let me know what you think! email me at [email protected] or call me at 310 651 6238!
Ep 97 45 min Level 2 Yoga Class Invest Deeply
51:55When was the last time you invested in yourself? I’m not talking about buying something, whether it be a yoga class, a workshop or even a nice new outfit. I’m talking about taking some REAL time to be with yourself, to feel your body, to listen to what’s going on in your heart and in your head. When was the last time you did this right smack in the midst of holiday season? Particularly when you weren’t feeling your best….? Then this class is for you! Practice along and…. Reconnect with yourself. Ground you energy so you don’t end up saying or doing something you totally don’t want to do. Empower yourself to take care of yourself in the best way possible Feel Good! Get your yoga high on right when you need it the most! So get going and practice yoga at your own time and yet be part of something much greater Goodies and Inspiration Mentioned in the Intro Wanna support the podcast? Buy the Elsie’s Yoga Class App! Get if for your iPhone/iPad orAndroid. Love Floracopeia as much as I do, get 25% of your first purchase using coupon code yogeek HEREor get this amazing Breathe Blend to support your respiratory system! I am a proud affiliate The amazing Cate Stillman’s Evolve Your Winter’s Traditions eCourse. So good. You up for working privately with me? Get the deets HERE. If you want to stay connected, sign up for my Newsletter please, I'd love to get to know you better!
Ep 95 40 min Level 2-3 Yoga Class I'm Fine Thanks
46:18How Are You…Really? How many times has someone asked you “how are you?” and you mindlessly say “I’m fine, thanks.” When you are not. When I say, you are not, I don’t mean that you just had someone you love die, or you just lost your home, or your job, or you just found our your beloved was cheating on you…I mean “you are not,” because you don’t actually know anymore. “I’m fine, thanks” is something we say countless times and most of those times, we don’t even think about it. Our mouths answer before we even truly think about what we are saying. It really isn’t that your life sucks. In fact it’s probably a nice life. There are ‘things’ that aren’t perhaps what you wish they were…but hey, you have tons of things that other people don’t…a place to live, friends, a decent partner…blah blah blah. At least that’s what you tell yourself. BUT there is something in your belly, a slight little feeling, that your life isn’t where it’s meant to be. It’s that feeling that you only feel when everything around you gets quiet. When the world stops in between each breath. When you notice the quiet in between each breath. Which doesn’t happen too often ;) I bring this up because this yoga class episode was inspired by an amazing project by Adam Baker called “I’m Fine, Thanks.” It’s a VERY important life changing project that all of you should be aware of and consider donating to. THERE ARE ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT TO DONATE! For Some Complacency = Death Really? Yes. If I would not have made the choices that I made in the fall of 2007 I would in no way be as alive as I am right now. I feel it in my bones that my health would have suffered greatly. I am 100% certain that I would not be a mother. I didn’t have a horrible life, in fact from the outside it looked just peachy. I looked just peachy. I sounded just peachy. But in between the breaths, I was not. The following class is an opportunity to practice stepping deeper into your heart, and ask yourself “how are you?” And answer yourself truly, in the privacy of your own mat, in your own practice. The class itself is not particularly challenging in terms of the poses, but it is slow deliberate and I don’t teach from the ground up. You’ll get the most of the yoga class if you already have a practice, simply because you get an opportunity to forget the ‘poses’ and make it more about a moving meditation. Let me know how it goes!
Ep 94 60 min Level 1-2 Yoga for Focus and Concentration
1:09:45This yoga class is simple Nothing fancy. No crazy poses. In fact, there are very little poses. This is more of a practice of just doing THIS. One. Thing. It's more about dharana- one pointed concentration. It's about stopping doing all things at once (including quickly getting a yoga class in as part of your continued multitasking.) ;) Let me know what you think! This is a new format as the class was recorded at home, with no students, just you guys and me! Look below for the yoga class sequence. Episode 94 Links! The awesomely fantastic tunic colca, which I ADORE. This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing from [Prancing Leopard[pl], the Tunic Colca. It's sort of like a super sophisticated and styly racerback ribbed tank top. It's got this KILLER asymmetrical neckline that totally rocks, and it's crazy long. It totally covers by bum. It's so comfy. It looks great, it's awesomely fashionable AND I can very easily breast feed in it. Seriously, you gotta get it! Remember to use coupon code eyk at checkout to get 15% off. This code is specially for the Elsie's Yoga Kula community! Anna And Modern Day Slavery When human trading becomes one of the most profitable 'businesses' in the world...one brave hacker, risking everything,leads a fight to end them... If you can help support this incredible project, please do so! You can check out all about this HERE. Check out all about this piece
Ep 93 A 25 Minute Breathing Practice
39:44Discover The Eve Of Your Breath FINALLY!!! The more I live my life, the more I recognize that the most important aspect of the practice of yoga is the breath. Every key insight either about me, a specific pose, the way my body functions or even my relationships has come through a growth in the breath. I remember two distinct times while practicing backbends that they unfolded themselves to me when I FINALLY breathed optimally while working deeper into the postures. I also remember my first feeling of wholeness as I let go into savasana for the first time, I believe because I released into my breath for the first time. The breath has particularly played a ginormous part in staying sane after the birth of Mae and becoming a Mama of two, through three pretty powerful experiences with pain and discomfort (during labor, when my sacrum went out 2 weeks after birth and when my impacted wisdom tooth got infected.) The breath just came to my aid recently, not regarding to pain this time, but anxiety You can hear how the breath helped me come back from an almost full blow anxiety attack! Here are a few other things covered and mentioned in this special breathing class episode: What I'm doing about my Anusara Yoga Inspired status given the recent goings on. The why behind my choice: Courage, Prayer and Action One of the most courageous human beings I know, Beth Morey, and the reason this episode is dedicated to her daughter Eve. This is Beth's website Richard Freeman's Breathing CD The video of Mae and I doing some Mother and Infant yoga ♥ This practice is very simple and basic. There is no yoga jargon, and no fancy pants pranayama. The practice is meant to be the first step you take into the power of your own breath. This is a breathing practice for beginners The breathing practice focuses primarily on cultivating your own natural breath, by discovering it's movement within your body. If you feel like you are anxious, fearful, disconnected, or tired, give this practice a go. If you are someone that has never done any kind of breath practice or have never paid attention to your breath and how it affects your health, this is the practice for you! Go ahead, practice! You won't regret it. (THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE THE APP, YOU WILL GET AN MP3 OF ONLY THE 20 MIN CLASS WITHOUT THE INTRODUCTIONS AS WELL!) There is a 9 min introduction to the episode as well as news and sponsors There is a 5 minute intro to the breathing practice itself There is a 20 minute breathing practice I would simply adore to hear how this practice works for you! Oh, Wanna know specific reasons of my choice regarding my affiliation with Anusara ™yoga, please feel free to email me and I'll break it down for you in a more private way :)
Ep 92: Level 2 90 Minute Class, Home Equals Heart
1:31:09I've been at home A LOT lately. My body has gone through a pretty massive transformation since giving birth, as it should, since it facilitaded an entire new human being to come out! My goodness does that still keep me in awe. It floors me when I think of what this body is capable of. If something is magical, it's our bodies :) I'm also keenly aware that as magical and intuitive as it is it MUST be nurtured. I had my sacrum/si completely go out on me about 4 weeks postpartum. Thank God my parents were here visiting at that time. I could barely get out of bed, let alone pick up my infant daughter! It was rough. No amount of yoga therapy instantanously 'healed' me. In fact, the simple act of sitting and standing was excruciating. It was then that I learned, um...RE-learned that yoga is not about the poses. The gifts that yoga has given me have nothing to do with the poses, but with the simple and all powerful discovery of being, breathing and feeling. This discovery comes from the un-abiding choice recognize and honor Home. What is Home? Have you heard "Home is where the heart is?" I think Home is the Heart. Yoga didn't give me extra super powers. Yoga hasn't made my life any easier. I still have to address important issues, deal with stress, navigate financial woes, and experience physical pain! Ugh. That is sucky :( But, the practice of yoga facilitated my recognition of Home aka my Heart, and when that happens living becomes simpler, still challenging, still unpredictable, still difficult, but simple. It seems contradictory huh? And therein lies the magic ;) The practice of Home, developing a yoga practice at home, sustaining a yoga practice at home begins in the Heart. Are you up for that? Practice along :) or even simply listen along. Let me know if Home became clearer to you and in what ways? I'd love to hear from you! WANNA GET ALL THE EXTRA TREATS? Sign up for my Newsletter :)
Ep 91- 90 Min Level 2 Yoga Class, From The Darkness Blossom Into Light
1:30:50I know there are some of you still in the midst of Winter. Maybe your winter has been going on for so long you're not sure how to deal with it or if you can deal with it. Winter, or at least the qualities of winter, the darkness in particular, that darkness that forces you to remain inward, to cover yourself, and to slow down is great in little bits but when it's prolonged it can get challenging. Some of you may be physically going through Winter, the season, while some of you may be going through an emotional or spiritual winter, even though the sun is brightly shining all around. In this level 2 yoga class we go use our bodies and our hearts to fully step into the darkness, see it as an opportunity to root and ground into all that we are capable of so that we may welcome springtime and blossom through light. I am 8 months pregnant. When I recorded this class I was 4 months along, barely out of my first trimester having gone through a rough and long winter time. My beautiful new little life needed me to remain inward, steady, calm and receptive to allow the growth of light within. The rising of vibrant Springtime was a direct reflection of the power of the darkness. How about practicing along and dancing with the dark and the light and blossom into the world around you? As mentioned in the podcast, get yourself a copy of the awesome audio book "The Help" through Audible and get two FREE movie tickets with your purchase!!!! You won't regret it http://audiblepodcast.com/elsies