New Classes at PLAY!

IMG_0049We are very excited to announce the beginning of the schedule additions in the new studio this
week! We have been listening to your class requests and considering all of your suggestions. Studio 1 has grown and taken it’s own personality of what it likes and what fits there, and clearly we like it hot in there! We’re still getting to know the new studio and the energy there, so we’re starting slow. For now, we’re excited to bring prenatal yoga, and yoga basics to the schedule!

Join Jess on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM for Yoga Basics starting 2/17! New to yoga? Or need a refresh on the basics? Join us for a class open to all levels to build your foundation in your practice. Yoga is for everyone, and that means you too! Non-heated.

Look forward to Prenatal Yoga on Fridays at 10:30 AM with Jess starting 2/20! Come nurture yourself and your growing babies with this strong but gentle vinyasa flow class. Build strength and endurance for labor and delivery while keeping you and baby safe and supported. Come have fun while building the connection with your baby and other mom’s to be! Non-Heated.

In addition to these new classes in the new studio, we’re also welcoming a new Flow and Restore with Julia on Sundays at 11 starting 2/15! Taught in a warm room, this class starts with a mellow vinyasa flow to develop heat and strength and moves to a floor sequence where postures are held for longer periods of time, focusing on improving flexibility in the hips, legs, and spine. Class ends with a restorative posture to promote relaxation and stress reduction. All levels.

We’ll see you on the mat Yogis!

Yogi Spotlight- Mike Whittaker

Mike WThis month, we are so excited to introduce you to Mike Whittaker. Mike has been an avid yogi here at PLAY since 2013. He shows us all that it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you have a consistant practice, you too can hold headstands for 30 seconds. Mike always brings a smile when he comes to class and always has a great story to share. He’s become one of our favorites and we want you all to know what a great yogi he is. So meet Mike Whittaker:

Who are you?
I turned 70 years of age November 5th. I have practiced Yoga for many years, but not on a consistent basis until a couple of years ago. I was walking on the beach when I happened upon a beach yoga class. I attended that practice every other day for about 6 months. I then thought I would try and find a permanent Yoga studio. I went to a few Yoga Bound practices and had planned to join when Dr. Paul Slowik suggested I come to PLAY. My first reaction was that it seemed to me that heat wouldn’t enhance my practice.

What makes you tick?
I have spent most of my life in a gym. I played handball competitively until I turned 40. I was in a step or high impact aerobic class until I turned 60. I have walked or jogged 2 to 6 miles daily most of my adult life. Movement is integral to my overall health and I can’t imagine what life would be like if the physical component was removed.

What do you do?
I made a living in the financial sector for many years as an analyst and as a mortgage broker. My wife and I owned and operated Baja Lending Company which was the largest mortgage brokerage in Mexico. We originated U.S. based loans for U.S. citizens purchasing Mexican real estate. I have been between opportunities (thinking of one’s self as being retired is dangerous) for over 5 years.

Why do you like Yoga?
Yoga, and Hot Yoga in particular, is the only physical discipline I have ever done that I can do every day with no residual soreness. It is also the only physical activity I have ever done that has a Spiritual component. I begin every practice setting a Spiritual Intention. I end every practice with an expression of gratitude for the hour.

What is your favorite pose?
I generally attend Hot Flow practices (256 times in the first 12 months of membership) because I know what is coming. After the 2nd Warrior B on the left side, I try and stay in a headstand. My goal is to get my spine in a position that is almost weightless – perfectly balanced so that I feel no effort from the soles of my feet to the top of my head. That is my favorite position.

Why do you love PLAY?
It starts with the incredible staff. The great societal disconnect is that those of you who give the most to mankind receive the least financially. Every instructor in the PLAY organization is amazing. Their dedication and love for what you do is evident in every practice.

I know that it is a blessing to be a member of this community and I don’t take it for granted.

Thanks Mike! 

Pose of the Week: Crescent Lunge

Crescent LungeThis high lunge is great for strengthening the legs, balance and sciatica! So many options for personal expression. Find your favorite variation, post a pic on Instagram and include #playcarlsbad and we will give you a shout out!

February Instagram Challenge #playwithus

The February Instagram Challenge starts today! A description of each day’s pose will be posted everyday on our Instagram account.

1. Follow @suzysuse and @playcarlsbad
2. Repost this photo to your Instagram.
3. Post a photo of yourself doing the your version pose of the day, each day. Include #playwithus as well as the hosts (@playcarlsbad and @suzysuze) in the caption so we can see your post!

Yogis that complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a 5 class pass!!! Play on, yogis!

Pose of the Week: Pincha Mayurasana

Feathered Peacock PosePincha Mayurasana “Feathered Peacock Pose”

This pose is a great neck and shoulder opener as well as for building strength and improving balance. This pose has many variations and many ways to use props; a block between the thumb and for finger, the wall of course can used as we all as placing a strap around the upper arms to help the elbows from splaying out. We would love to see you in your forearm stand! Send your feet skyward, choose any variation, snap a pic, upload to Instagram and add #playcarlsbad in the caption and we will repost your photo on our Instagram page! Play on yogis!

Pose of the Week: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha MatsyendrasanaArdha Matsyendrasana “Half Lord of the Fishes Pose”

Benefits: This pose is great for digestion, liver and kidney detoxification, great neck and shoulder stretch as well as energizes the spine!

Get twisted, add your personal expression/variation, snap a pic and upload to Instagram, include #playcarlsbad in the caption and we will repost your pic to our Instagram page! Shine on yogis!

You can find Erin, pictured here showing a variation of Ardha Matsyendrasana, on the schedule Wednesdays at 7:45pm and Thursdays at 6pm.