About six months ago, the Caroline Rivera from Studio 83 Holistic Wellness started offering Beer Yoga every other Thursday night at The Marquee, a live music venue that serves craft beer in Sioux City, Iowa. “It’s less intimidating, less expensive,” she said. “It’s a way for me to introduce something that’s been so healing for me to a group of people who aren’t necessarily willing to walk into a yoga studio … Because, through no fault of the studios, it’s just not a place they feel comfortable.”
Iowa and stand-up paddleboard yoga seem like unlikely mates. Landlocked and known for our fields, we’re not the first state that comes to mind for water sports. But a quick…
My journey with yoga started a few years ago. Initially, it was intended to help me cope with my anxiety and depression. Most recently, it’s been an amazing tool that…
For some of us, yoga is a little too much like meditation. There’s not enough cardio, we aren’t fighting gravity to overcome heavy objects and there’s a lot of slow talk and heavy breathing. Making time to attend class, or even turn on 12 minutes of YouTube, seems like the last thing we should be doing in a world full of deadlines and commitments. We can’t spend our time doing nothing. We need bigger, better, faster, more….
On the morning of April 28, the sun is high over the patio at Cedar Rapids’ Indian Creek Nature Center, which is covered with unfurled yoga mats. Her back to the lush prairie, instructor Cassie Hammermeister leads poses and invites guests of the 25th annual “Women in Nature” retreat to join her and “let light shine on the dark places in [their bodies].”
This practice uses chanting, dynamic movement and a bandha to create a powerful energetic shift within so you feel more enlivened and more capable.
Like the proverbial crow drawn to shiny objects, humans as a species have been intrigued by stones and crystals for centuries. From amulets and talismans carved out of mammoth ivory to modern-day excavated turquoise and emerald, our affinity for and curiosity surrounding the power of crystals is undeniable.