The Origins of Spartan Yoga

Originally posted on I AM SPARTAN FITNESS - The State of High Performance:

As many of you already know, we have gotten away from the traditional yoga classes and have been teaching what may seem as a new style. We call it Spartan Yoga.

In fact, Spartan Yoga is modern terminology conveying an extremely old and very effective style of training.

Spartan Yoga is the form of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual training that originated in Ancient Sparta. It creates the tenacity, skill, strength and compassion of the body, emotions, mind and soul required for the individual to fulfill their purpose in life (whether they know what their purpose is or not.)

The Spartans believed that as human beings we all have one thing in common, the desire to live with purpose. That purpose can be being a parent, a teacher, a waiter, a gardener, a medical doctor, a police officer, a builder, anything that serves the betterment of humanity and the environment.

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Is Yin Yoga Chicken Sh**?

chickens A very beloved mentor of mine taught me a long time ago that it is very important to be able to tell the difference between “chicken shit and chicken salad”.

I would like to bring this point of view to discussing “Yin Yoga on a Paddle Board” also referred to as “SUP Yin Yoga”.

 

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is based on the principles of fascia (connective tissue) and self-myofascial release.

The goal of Yin Yoga is to Continue reading

9 YOGA POSES TO ENHANCE YOUR PADDLE STROKE

Originally posted on I AM SPARTAN FITNESS - The State of High Performance:

Whether you are already paddling a lot or you want to be able to paddle for longer periods at a time, you can always improve your paddle stroke. To get a great paddle, click here!

Below we have listed some key yoga poses that will work the strength and mobility of your paddle stroke. Remember that you are always looking for a balance between strength and mobility. Too much of one, without enough of the other is never a good thing.

So grab a mat …

Standing Half Moon

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Chair With Prayer Twist

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Eagle

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Plank

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Reverse Plank

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Side Plank

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Boat

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Reverse Table Top

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Seated Spinal Twist

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For more information on how yoga can enhance your paddling, contact us at (727) 466-7994 or look for a qualified and knowledgeable yoga instructor in your area.

We look forward to seeing you on the water wherever that waterway might be. Happy paddling!!



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Everything the Spartans did, from speaking to physical activity followed the principal of austerity. Spartans are very famous for their “laconic phrases”. The word “laconism” comes from Laconia, a polis of ancient Greece (and region of modern Greece) surrounding the city of Sparta proper. A “laconism” is a figure of speech, in which someone uses very few words (very concise or terse statement) to express an idea, in keeping with the Spartan reputation for austerity.

The word “calisthenics” also depicts how the Spartans thought of physical, mental and spiritual health. “Calistenics” comes from “kallos” which means “beauty” and “sthenos” which means strength. To Spartans, health required both beauty and strength of the body, mind and soul. The calisthenic agoge was a significant part of the Spartans’ training system and it involved using only the body weight for resistance and little or no equipment at all.

One of the earliest mentions of calisthenics can be found in the chronicles of Herodotus on the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC). Herodotus is a Greek historian who lived in the 5th century BC. He states that when Xerxes (who led the Persians against the 300 Spartans) sent spies to watch the military camp of Sparta, they said the Spartans exercised their bodies with synchronized and rhythmic movements (spartan yoga), a fact that was misinterpreted by the Persians as a form of dancing and therefore a sign of weakness.

So, come experience Spartan Yoga and find the hero within at one of our upcoming classes or series.


“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” ― Epictetus
 
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As seen in Yoga Journal, Washington Post, The London Sunday Times, Coastal Living, Glamour, Shape, Out Traveler, and many more, the Yoga Energy Studio is bringing to you Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Programs & Clinics, Health Coaching, Private Consultations, Spartan Yoga, SUP & Yoga, SUP & Meditation, KaYoga, SUP Guiding, and Adventure Coaching. Train with us and get ready to say a hearty YES to your next adventure.

The Origins of Spartan Yoga

As many of you already know, we have gotten away from the traditional yoga classes and have been teaching what may seem as a new style. We call it Spartan Yoga.

In fact, Spartan Yoga is modern terminology conveying an extremely old and very effective style of training.

Spartan Yoga is the form of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual training that originated in Ancient Sparta. It creates the tenacity, skill, strength and compassion of the body, emotions, mind and soul required for the individual to fulfill their purpose in life (whether they know what their purpose is or not.)

The Spartans believed that as human beings we all have one thing in common, the desire to live with purpose. That purpose can be being a parent, a teacher, a waiter, a gardener, a medical doctor, a police officer, a builder, anything that serves the betterment of humanity and the environment.

Spartan Yoga is not specialized, it is simple. It is not wasting energy and effort, it is all about the economy of action. It is using the most effective movements in the shortest amount of time. Whether training for every day life or to compete in the Olympic games, the ancient Greeks believed that the body should be exercised as a whole, not in isolated parts.

According to Spartan Yoga the power is within us. It is based on empirical evidence, on results, not on theory, or philosophies. It is up to us, the individual, whether we will succeed or fail. The power is given to the person, not their teacher or guru.

So, find your hero within.


“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” ― Epictetus
 
Train with us!


As seen in Yoga Journal, Washington Post, The London Sunday Times, Coastal Living, Glamour, Shape, Out Traveler, and many more, the Yoga Energy Studio is bringing to you Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Programs & Clinics, Health Coaching, Private Consultations, Spartan Yoga, SUP & Yoga, SUP & Meditation, KaYoga, SUP Guiding, and Adventure Coaching. Train with us and get ready to say a hearty YES to your next adventure.

GRATITUDE OVERLOAD

gratitude overload “Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life.” -Wayne Dyer

Sounds wonderful, what a great little quote, but easier said than done! Hard to remember and quick to forget. We tend to remind ourselves and each other all about gratitude during the major holidays when love and appreciation are in the air. As soon as the calendar page turns, it all disappears.

So the question is, how do we keep gratitude alive every moment of the day? Just like everything else in life, all it takes is practice. Practice makes permanent.

Wayne Dyer says “Be thankful for the storms as well as the smooth sailing. What is the lesson or gift in what you are experiencing right now? Find your joy not in what’s missing in your life but in how you can serve.”

Some say gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. So when we think with our heart and not with our mind, we remain in a state of gratitude.

In the yogic philosophy of Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras we would look at the “nyama santosha” नियम सन्तोष which means the “practice of contentment”. In “contentment” we are thankful for everything we have, the life we have created, every one we come in contact with and everything that happens to us.

Poet John Milton says “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

We all need our little reminders, some of us more often than others. Whether it be it a book, a poem, the Yoga Sutras or a gratitude stone that you carry with you, use it to keep the practice of gratitude alive.

See you on the mat and as Ganesha would say, “Enjoy Life and Feed Your Rat!”



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1010 Central Ave #102
St Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 466-7994
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As seen in Yoga Journal, Washington Post, The London Sunday Times, Coastal Living, Glamour, Shape, Out Traveler, and many more, the Yoga Energy Studio is bringing to you Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Programs & Clinics, Health Coaching, Rāja Āyurveda, Private Consultations, Body-Weight & Movement Training, Spartan Yoga, SUP & Yoga, SUP & Meditation, KaYoga, SUP Guiding, and Adventure Coaching. Train with us and get ready to say a hearty YES to your next adventure.

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Raja Ayurveda for Weight Loss

Raja Ayurveda for Weight Loss
November 8th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Yoga Energy Studio

  • Do you have trouble losing fat through diet and exercise?
  • Do you have stubborn fat that never seems to go away?
  • Do you want a leaner body with more energy?

Both the ancient medical system of India, known as Raja Ayurveda, and modern research show that in order to target exercise-resistant fat we need to ignite our digestive fire.

Raja Ayurveda gives you solutions that work long term. These simple techniques have worked for thousands of years and can be performed on a daily basis.

  • Learn how to burn stored fat as a major source of fuel
  • Learn how to experience no cravings
  • Learn how you can finish your day with the same energy you started with and sleep better

Registration

The cost of the Raja Ayurveda Seminar is:

  • $36.00 if you pay ahead of time
  • $45.00 at the door
  • FREE if you have the Unlimited Option

You can pay in one of three ways:

  • Online using the Buy Now Button at the top right corner (in the notes section, please, include: Nov8Seminar)
  • Calling Karen at 727-466-7994
  • At the studio

There are no refunds, partial refunds or cancellations once reservation is made.

See you at the Studio and as Ganesha would say, “Enjoy Life and Feed Your Rat!”


Train with us!

Yoga Energy Studio
1010 Central Ave #102
St Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 466-7994
yogaenergystudio@yahoo.com

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As seen in Yoga Journal, Washington Post, The London Sunday Times, Coastal Living, Glamour, Shape, Out Traveler, and many more, the Yoga Energy Studio is bringing to you Up-skilled Yoga Teacher Training Programs, Health Coaching, Rāja Āyurveda, Private Consultations, Body-Weight & Movement Training, Non-Conventional Yoga, SUP & Yoga, SUP & Meditation, Kayoga, SUP Guiding and Adventure Coaching. Train with us and get ready to say a hearty YES to your next adventure.

Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Shreem Lakshmi Ragachchha Gachchh Mam Mandire Tishth Tishth Swaha