Stillness in Movement; Movement in Stillness. Part 2

Bodily Integrity

The tides rise and fall while stillness maintains the balance and integrity

Stillness keeps everything in place in relation to the rest – and you just move the one bit. Keeping everything else still means you don’t lose the alignment. You keep integrity.

Let’s look at a Yoga-2-Go technique:

Knees side-to-side.

Here everything is still, except the top hip. It is moving the top hip up and over that moves the knees. The knees and the legs and the feet, although they are moving through space, are being propelled by the hip movement – they are in fact staying still!

Knees Side to Side is a foundation technique in Yoga-2-Go and is all about stillness in movement to keep integrity

The upper body is also staying still. The shoulders are glued to the ground. Some of the lower torso moves with the hip, but it is the hip that moves pulling the still torso with it. Make sense?

By keeping the integrity in the knees and legs, we work the intended areas for the intended results: working the deep abdomen (that Lower Dan Tien spot) to move the hip and this movement loosens the sides of the lower torso. If we loose integrity in our knees, we start to use our back muscles and we tighten the sides. Precisely the opposite of what we intend!

Also, if we loose integrity in the upper body and let the shoulders go with the hips, we are basically just rolling over. And, frankly, that hasn’t impressed anyone since you were a few months old! You’re not going to work the deep belly and loosen the sides by rolling over.

Maintaining integrity in the still bits keeps you safe. Staying with the knees side to side example. By working this twisting motions from the belly, engaging the core, and not from the back, protects the back from stress. So, that’s quite important!

In Yoga-2-Go techniques we are working with the body’s meridians. Depending on the meridian (and the body you have to work with), it can be tricky to target the meridian accurately and to stay on that target through working the technique. If you lose integrity in the still bits while attempting to move further, you are very likely to lose the meridian … and targeting that meridian was the whole point!

Wide Leg Bum Lift

So, let’s look at the wide leg bum lift.

Wide Leg Bum Lift If you don’t keep your leg’s still while moving the pelvis up, you lose integrity in the meridian

This is for the Bladder meridian and is quite strong. It is difficult to get off the floor. Achieving lift off, though is irrelevant to obtaining the benefit from the technique. The technique involves working to lift while staying still in the critical places: heels pressing away, thigh bones rotated centrally, toes to the ceiling, feet pointing in the same direction as the legs, legs staying completely straight. As soon as any of those bits move, the Bladder meridian is no longer involved.

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Raglan Rest & Reset

Yoga-2-Go Workshop

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What …

Need some self care?

That’s OK, we got you! At an amazing serene location in Greenslade Rd, Raglan, we’ll treat you to an afternoon immersed in working out your chill down. We’ll teach you how to take that stressed, rushed, excited racing around and convert that energy to grounded, calm, purposeful living.

If you’re an “active-relaxer” who struggles with slow, this workshop is for you. If you savour the chill but can’t get there right now, this workshop is also for you.

  • Breathing techniques & basic pranayama
  • Yoga-2-Go techniques to calm stress energy and pull it to your belly where you can use it to your advantage
  • Short guided relaxation
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Yoga Nidra (deep guided relaxation)

We’ll give you a workbook outlining the techniques and practices in detail to empower you to rest and reset whenever you need to!

Your spot is here … waiting for you!

When

We’re aiming to do these on the last Sunday of each month – but that won’t be strictly adhered to … so keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page to grab your spot for upcoming events! The workshops run from 1pm to 4:40pm unless otherwise stated.

How Do I Book?

These workshops are incredible value at $60 per person for 3 hours of yoga coaching, afternoon tea and a workbook to bring home. Book and pay online here.

Alternatively fill in the form below and we’ll sort your booking and send you a link to pay. Places are limited and your spot is not secured until you have paid.

Where

The Secret Raglan Studio is at 10 Greenslade Rd just out of Raglan village, about half an hour’s drive from Hamilton along SH23

Yoga-2-Go 4 Mum

Mother’s Day Special Rest & Reset Workshop

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Does the mum in your life need some self care?

That’s OK, we got you! At an amazing serene location in Greenslade Rd, Raglan, we’ll treat her to an afternnon immersed in working out your chill down. We’ll how to take all that stressed, rushed, racing around looking after everyone else and convert that energy to grounded, calm, purposeful living.

  • Breathing techniques & basic pranayama
  • Yoga-2-Go techniques to calm stress energy and pull it to your belly where you can use it to your advantage
  • Short guided relaxation
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Yoga Nidra (deep guided relaxation)

We’ll give you a workbook outlining the techniques and practices in detail to empower Mum to rest and reset whenever you need to!

For Mother’s Day, we’re making it a bit special too! We’ll post out a gifting pack with some treats so you can surprise Mum with a little something with her breakfast in bed. In that pack is a special personalised card with your picture and a message from you. Once Mum arrives at the Secret Raglan Studio, there’s one last surprise … her take home workbook has a picture and special message from you there as well!

We’ve got Mother’s Day made! Book and pay online here.

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Yoga-2-Go Pink

Yoga-2-Go Pink, aka Yoga-2-Go for the Pink Ribbon Campaign for the Breast Cancer Foundation, is happening this MAY 2021!!!

We’re doing our bit, come along and support this great cause … We’ve got two Yoga-2-Go Pink classes on offer, one in Hamilton’s CBD on Thursday 13 May at 6:30 am and one in Te Kowhai on Friday 14 May also at 6:30am. This is a great opportunity to gift yourself some self care and support an amazing cause. So, book now and get pink!

The Cause

The Breast Cancer Foundation helps so many people in New Zealand, not just women, but families and communities who are all touched by this disease. The BCF funds research and provides information and support to people effected by Breast Cancer. The Pink Ribbon Campaign is the BCF’s major fundraising campaign. If we all do our bit, we can beat this thing.

Kate explains Yoga-2-Go Pink

Yoga-2-Go is supporting the Pink Ribbon Campaign by putting on these two classes as large format classes (usually we’re small group). Tickets are just $15 each (that’s great value for a casual yoga class!) and Yoga-2-Go is donating all proceeds to the Breast Cancer Foundation. There will also be an optional add-on to grab a video of the live class for an additional donation. Plus, bring some cash on the morning as we will have some Pink Ribbon merch available for sale!

The Yoga

The class will be aimed at beginners, but challenging enough for Yoga-2-Go regulars to enjoy. Yoga-2-Go is moving and dynamic (the trick’s in the name!) and may feel quite strong, so be prepared to work! Don’t be intimidated, though, because you will be able to achieve a lot by working the techniques and where you get to is actually irrelevant to your “success”. I say, “work your own range of movement” so often that regulars in my class say it spontaneously!!!!

Wear comfortable work out clothes, bring a yoga mat and something to pull over yourself to stay warm while we do the relaxation (so usually some socks and your sweatshirt is fine).

We typically settle in with some back care to bring with. We’ll then work through techniques to help with what we put our bodies and minds through in this crazy modern, western world. We’ll finish with a guided relaxation. This class will warm you up, stretch out your strength and help you take yourself to where you want to be! I would love to see new people taking this opportunity to give yoga a go!

Get in touch

Any questions, ideas, comments, feedback ? Get in touch!

Raglan Rest & Reset

Yoga-2-Go Workshop

Already know you want it? Book and pay online here.

Need some self care?

That’s OK, we got you! At an amazing serene location in Greenslade Rd, Raglan, we’ll treat you to an afternnon immersed in working out your chill down. We’ll teach you how to take that stressed, rushed, excited racing around and convert that energy to grounded, calm, purposeful living.

If you’re an “active-relaxer” who struggles with slow, this workshop is for you. If you savour the chill but can’t get there right now, this workshop is also for you.

  • Breathing techniques & basic pranayama
  • Yoga-2-Go techniques to calm stress energy and pull it to your belly where you can use it to your advantage
  • Short guided relaxation
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Yoga Nidra (deep guided relaxation)
  • Do-in (a self massage working the meridians)

We’ll give you a workbook outlining the techniques and practices in detail to empower you to rest and reset whenever you need to!

Your spot is here … waiting for you!

Book and pay online here.

Alternatively fill in the form below and we’ll sort your booking and send you a link to pay. Places are limited and your spot is not secured until you have paid.

Stillness in Movement; Movement in Stillness. Part 1

Stillness in Movement

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The class laughs at my instruction: “Don’t move the knee that we’re not moving”.

Yes, it’s funny when it’s put that way, but the principle of not moving the bit we’re not moving, or, put more poetically stillness in movement, is fundamental to yoga. And also to all other forms of our body’s movement through life.

Why is this so important?

  1. Working the “hard part”
  2. Bodily integrity
  3. Building proprioception
  4. Efficiency
  5. Letting go

Working the “Hard Part”

This looms large in yoga, because there’s often nowhere to hide in a technique. What do I mean by the “hard part” and having “somewhere to hide”, anyway?

So, by talking about the hard part I mean those parts of ourselves that we coddle and protect and turn ourselves inside out (literally and metaphorically) to not move. Like so much of engrained human behaviour, this makes sense on an evolutionary level as a solution in the moment, but not when it goes on for years. It might be the site of an injury (physical or emotional or both) and our body knows that place is unreliable and causes pain. So, we build a scaffold around ourselves to avoid having to rely on that part. It becomes so much a part of use, that after a time we don’t even see the scaffold anymore.

Wrapped in scaffolding long enough, we don’t even see the mish-mash of compromising support we rely on, year after year.

The scaffolding protects us in the short term, but in the long – medium term we need to work on structural integrity and stand on our own two feet (literally and metaphorically!).

Among my many injuries (which I consider part of the embodied Taonga of my 46 years on the planet) is a long undiagnosed chip at the end of my femur which ended up in my knee as a “joint mouse”. When the initial injury calmed down, I had ongoing knee pain for years and years as the mouse scurried around in the joint, nesting harmlessly some times, causing havoc other times.

My body learned not to trust my left knee. This is one of my “hard parts”. Coddling and protecting the knee, kept me running and working in the short term. Evolutionarily speaking, I could get away from a lion should I need to, but in the long term not working the hard part was doing me harm. It caused my right leg to over develop and the left to atrophy. My right knee has much worse arthritis than the left as it’s been taking all my weight for decades. It made my hips uneven, tightened the psoas and played all hell with my back.

Now, I don’t limp. I’ve become a master of compensation, co-option and disguise – a con artist, really. The rest of my body is part of the conspiracy to keep the hard part hidden.

But on the mat there’s nowhere to hide. Consider the technique I referenced at the beginning of this piece. When I stretch each side of the psoas, I only move the knee that is meant to move and do not move the knee that’s staying still. Practicing this technique, the hard part, the fragile part, that bit I do everything to hide away, that bit (the left side of my psoas) is exposed to the light. If I slide my foot around to protect it, it’s obvious. If I slide my body, my other knee moves in the air. The technique is set up so I can’t compensate or co-opt with other parts of my body. Any attempt at disguise is foiled.

Stretching my left psoas, only moving my left knee and focusing on the stillness everywhere else, forces me to work into the “hard place” of an old injury that would otherwise remain hidden.

This isn’t easy and I think is a large part of why yoga is perceived as difficult. But, really, what you need to do is work your own range of movement in the bit we’re moving, only and accept what that range of movement is today without some artificial, external idea of what it should be. So, it is part of why we need to approach yoga with self-compassion and put away competition. Because when we’re not piling on the pressure, we can make space to work on our more fragile hidden parts that lie beyond the scaffolding we erect around ourselves just to get through the day.

So, working the hard parts and having nowhere to hide by having stillness in movement is one reason why yoga is difficult. It is also one reason why yoga is essential.

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Rest and Reset: Ruby Bay, Nelson

Yoga-2-Go Workshop

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Do you need a reset after the chaos of Christmas? Do you deserve a really good rest this holidays?

That’s OK, we got you! Nestled in the seaside community of Ruby Bay, the Wee Wellbeing Studio is the perfect spot to unwind and reset. We’ll teach you how to take all that stressed, rushed, excited racing around and convert that energy to grounded, calm, purposeful living. Look forward to bringing that calm joy with you into the New Year and beyond!

If you’re an “active-relaxer” who struggles with slow, this workshop is for you. If you savour the chill but can’t get there right now, this workshop is also for you. No prior yoga experience is necessary. This workshop would make a fabulous gift for that someone in your life who deserves some special care and attention.

Yoga-2-Go puts the work in workshop, so what’ll we work in this one?

  • Embodied stress testing
  • Breathing/some basic pranayama
  • Yoga-2-Go techniques to calm stress energy and pull it to your belly where it empowers you
  • Short guided relaxations
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Yoga Nidra

You’ll even take home a workbook outlining the techniques and practices in detail to empower you to rest and reset whenever you need to!

Book and pay online here or by filling in the form below and we’ll send you a link to pay your $60 online. Morning tea included. Places are strictly limited to just 10 spots and your place on the mat is not secured until you have paid.

Kick 2020’s Butt: RESET YOURSELF

Yoga-2-Go Workshop

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Looking to take control for 2021 … and kick 2020’s butt? The goal of this workshop series is to help you take yourself to where you want to be. Each week you’ll learn techniques to use in your home practice (guided by your take home workbook) to empower and inspire your reset for the new year!

Yoga-2-Go is true to our name … you’re going to move, you’re going to change, you’re going to feel powerful and in control. You’re going to learn to stretch out your strength and take yourself to where you want to be!

It’s easy to book and pay online – click here for all three classes for just $150! To book and pay one workshop at a time, click here.

Alternatively, you can fill in the form below and we’ll send you an invoice to pay online ($60 per workshop or $150 for all three). Places are limited and your spot is not secured until you have paid.

Calm the F@ck Down For Christmas: Nelson

Yoga-2-Go Workshop

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Do you need a big dose of Calm-The-F@ck-Down Before Christmas?

That’s OK, we got you! Handily located in the Jaycee Room at Founder’s Park surrounded by peaceful gardens, we’ll treat you to an afternoon to work out your chill-down. We’ll teach you how to take the pre holiday stressed, rushed, excited racing around and convert that energy to grounded, calm, purposeful living.

If you’re an “active-relaxer” who struggles with slow, this workshop is for you. If you savour the chill but can’t get there right now, this workshop is also for you.

Yoga-2-Go puts the work in workshop, so what’ll we work in this one?

  • Embodied stress testing
  • Breathing/some basic pranayama
  • Yoga-2-Go techniques to calm stress energy and pull it to your belly where you can use it to your advantage
  • Short guided relaxations
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Yoga Nidra

You’ll even take home a workbook outlining the techniques and practices in detail to empower you to take a dose of “Calm-the-F@ck-Down” whenever you need to!

Book and pay online here or fill in the form below and we’ll send you a link to pay your $60 online. Places are limited and your spot is not secured until you have paid.

Calm the F@ck Down For Christmas: Raglan

Yoga-2-Go Workshop

Already know what you want? Book and pay online here.

Do you need a big dose of Calm-The-F@ck-Down Before Christmas?

That’s OK, we got you! At an amazing serene location in Greenslade Rd, Raglan, we’ll treat you to a morning immersed in working out your chill down. We’ll teach you how to take that stressed, rushed, excited racing around and convert that energy to grounded, calm, purposeful living.

If you’re an “active-relaxer” who struggles with slow, this workshop is for you. If you savour the chill but can’t get there right now, this workshop is also for you.

Yoga-2-Go puts the work in workshop, so what’ll we work in this one?

  • Embodied stress testing
  • Breathing/some basic pranayama
  • Yoga-2-Go techniques to calm stress energy and pull it to your belly where you can use it to your advantage
  • Short guided relaxations
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Yoga Nidra

We’ll give you a workbook outlining the techniques and practices in detail to empower you to take a dose of “Calm-the-F@ck-Down” whenever you need to!

Enjoy a cuppa and some snacks and soak up this view!

Book and pay online here.

Alternatively fill in the form below and we’ll send you a link to pay your $60 (including morning tea) online. Places are limited and your spot is not secured until you have paid.