Monday, December 14, 2020

No classes temporarily

 I have broken my foot and will not being teaching while I recover. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram at Kimberly Achelis Hoggan to stay up to date with my offerings and practice with me on my YouTube channel.

I am excited to announce I will be co teacher a teacher training with Heather Sky in 2021 send me a message if you are interested. 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Recorded Classes for You

Donations gratefully accepted, free if you need, or use your previously purchased punch pass.
Venmo @yogawithkim if prompted the code is 8367

Currently Streaming:


Check my IG or FB account for updates on class subs or cancellations.
Anusara Yoga

Mosaic Yoga:
975 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesdays Anusara Yoga 9:15-10:15ish
Sign up for in person classes via www.mosaicyogaslc.com or join us Live on Mosaics FB page.
Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84755472278
Meeting ID: 847 5547 2278
Password: YOGALOVE

From wherever I am:
Saturday Anusara Yoga 9:00-10:30 am
I am loving teaching these Saturday classes at home and potentially from remote camping sites. I might offer up my backyard for some students and also live stream. Send me a message if you are interested.
Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/975635708
Meeting ID: 975 635 708
Password: YOGALOVE


Kundalini Yoga

My Backyard
Message me to reserve spot and get address
Thursdays 9:00-10:15ish

Here are some videos I have made for you:

I sometimes use blocks (or soup cans) and a blanket.

In this class we will move through a practice to release physical, emotional and mental tension we hold in the neck and shoulders. In yoga teachings there is a Sanskrit word granthi , which means “knot” or “doubt” and also means “an especially difficult knot to untie.” These knots bind our soul and prevent us from experiencing freedom.
"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to find all the barriers you have built up against it"- Rumi

In this class you will LEARN about your psoas and the chronic holding pattern that it has on your skeletal structure potentially causing lots of health problems. You will learn how to lengthen your psoas in every posture! In yoga we set conscious intentions. Which means we want to hold a specific vibration through our organism: body, mind and heart. In order to do this we need to release chronic tension that keeps us operating with unconscious or subconscious patterns: physically, mentally and emotionally.

In this 60 min Anusara Yoga class we will create space and steadiness for our self so we can train our mind to not chase pleasure and avoid pain but instead serve us on our dharmic path.

In this class we focus on playfulness, lila. Lila is a Sanskrit word that means playfulness. The teachings of Lila is that life is a play. A spontaneous play that has unexpected twist and turns (anyone seeing this show up in their life 🙋‍♀️). A question I pose myself is how do I want to engage life? With anger, pessimism and seriousness or with love, curiosity and playfulness. This takes practice because the inevitable challenges of life and pressure from society can harden us. Our yoga practice is just that... PRACTICE for what we want to cultivate.

In this class I talked about dual vs non dual yogic philosophy and how we can use our body (matter) to connect with spirit. Engaging to expand. In this class we work some bound poses. A block (for raising the floor), a strap (for extending the arms), and a blanket (for sitting) can be useful but not required. Anusara Yoga is an integrated approach to hatha yoga that is both spiritually inspiring and grounded in a deep knowledge of precise physical bio-mechanics and inner body alignment. It can be therapeutically effective and physically transformative. Each student's various abilities and limitations are respected and honored. Class includes yoga postures, alignment principles, yoga philosophy, heart-oriented theme, breath work, mantra and meditation.
In this class we focus on untangling our SELF from the chatter of the mind to discover we are so much more vast. This class is stretchy, twisty, with lots of standing poses and an arm balance. It will get your heart rate up and let you touch the part of yourself that is infinite. (Check out my previous class to learn more about the mind and its function that can help liberate your or imprison you). “The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.” Eckhart Tolle
In this class we discuss the cycle of the intellect which is utterly fascinating. We will put this info into practice so we can have an experience. I find these so empowering in my life off the mat.  (90 mins). 
In this class we will be tending to our inner fire and working with the Anusara principles of muscular, drawing into our center, and organic energy, extending out from our center. (60 mins)
In this class we focus on lengthening the hamstrings while looking for the ever present BEAUTY within and without.(90 mins)
In this class we go over the third limb of yoga which is asana, the positions. Cultivating a position that is both stable and comfortable. (1 hr)
In this class we focus on the Anusara Principle of shins in thighs out (you don't need to know what that is or how to do it, I will talk you through it). This will help chronically tight hips open and release physical, emotional and mental tension. (80 mins)
Anusara Yoga: Head, Neck and Shoulder Alignment. Feel Spacious. Anusara Yoga live class. Playing with upper body alignment bringing cohesion to our head and our HEART. In Anusara words skull loop and shoulder loop. I have found when I can come into my heart space I can be patient, open, compassionate and forgiving. I have also found its very hard for me to anchor into my heart space when my head is leading the way and justifying or over intellectualizing my feelings. I remind myself that my brain is a great tool when it serves my heart and my mission but when I am a slave to my mind I suffer more. (90 mins)
Niyamas second limb of yoga a short lecture.
Yamas first limb of yoga a short lecture.
Anusara Yoga Class working with Inversions. I am the best... I suck... instead finding I AM. Playing with some handstands and forearm balances as a way to access connecting to the part of us that is unchanging and deeply peaceful. Ending with one of my favorite meditations, Kirtan kriya. (90 mins)
Anusara Yoga Class- Stretch More Space Into Your Whole Self (Fast forward 4 mins). In this Anusara yoga class we work with the alignment principle inner spiral to draw into our self and create the experience of more space. When we create more space in our physical body we also create more space in our mental, emotional and energetic bodies. The apex pose of the class is working towards hanumanasana (doing full hanumanasana not required).
This is a video I was supposed to teach at 21st yoga for Spring Equinox however with covid 19 it got canceled.Learn to maintain good health by counterbalancing the environmental conditions with awareness and alignment of your body and mind. Expect to build up heat through yoga poses, practice breathing techniques to clean out the lungs and learn Aryuvedic principles to help you transition into a new season with ease and lightness. (1.45mins)
This is the first video we recorded live at Inbody on Tuesday. The focus was on creating stability, working the foundation of hands and feet. From the stability we create we also have the ability to feel more expanded, ability to handle more. I put some things in here to throw you off so we have the ability to practice how we respond to the unexpected. Apex: Dancer Pose. Alignment focus: Foundation and Root to Rise. (75 min practice fast forward first few mins until the class starts)
This is a video going over our nervous system and how to use the breath to help you feel calm. I go over paradoxical breathing and how to do long deep breaths. I made this video very shortly after we experienced the earth quake on Wednesday. (8 mins)
This is a video that focuses on long deep breathing that I taught in the video above as well as left nostril breathing. (11 mins)
This is a video I made for the teacher training at the University of Utah. I share a story about Patanjali and the Vyaghrapada and talk about the power of perspectives. Alignment focus: Root to Rise. Apex pose side arm balance. (15 min lecture 60 min practice)
This is a video I made at InBody. Bee where you are and extracting the nectar that is there. Props strap or towel. Apex: Bound Side Angle Pose/ Parsvakonasana. Alignment Focus: Breath, Stability and the mid line. (90 mins)
This is a video of kids yoga a friend and I made for my kids school. (35 mins)
This is a video from 2014 I made about building strength for handstant. Bonus baby Sage is in the video. (10 mins)





"In a pandemic, self-isolation is called quarantine. In Buddhism, it is called retreat. From the cave of our home, like the meditators of ancient times, we can consciously kindle the lamp of compassion and connection." Lama Willa Miller

Friday, December 20, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

Teachings on Death this Halloween

On this day of #samhain which is a day to celebrate and honor the dead. I find myself reflecting on my own death. The thought of my death used to conjure up feelings of anxiety & fear especially thinking about my kids not having a mom. But not thinking about my death can lead me to sleep walk through my life with no real urgency and take things for granted.

For over a year I have been mediating on my own death and connecting to the motivation that can come with the reminder of my death. I actually use an app called We Croak that sends me 5 reminders a day that I will die. In Bhutan they say contemplating death five times a day brings happiness. However there is a big difference between motivation which inspires us to act effectively and anxiety which stops us in our tracks or creates ineffective actions.

So on this day of Halloween and as we near winter solstice and the end of the year I encourage you to think about your death. Not as a way to scare you. But to remind you that we each only have so much time to live. From the moment we were born the clock of our life began to count down. Use this reminder to Wake up and live with purpose. Life is to short to be asleep at the wheel.

I heard Ram Dass say “you need a practice that wakes you up!” Like an alarm clock that at first could wake you up eventually you can learn to sleep through.

Let your contemplation on death help WAKE YOU UP to higher consciousness and motivate you to find something that keeps you waking up so you can live woke and with meaning during your short life.


I taught a class today on this theme. I talked about how our practice should help us wake up. Waking up is moving our body, mind and heart toward optimal alignment. As busy yogis I think we want to learn to wake up (find better alignment) quicker with more efficiency and be able to stay away (hold the alignment) longer. But this takes training. Training to not fall asleep/ into our habitual collapses. Sleeping walking through out life is living in our subconscious demoting tendencies. I wanted to focus on outer spiral. I talked about how the glutes often are a sleep and this can lead to low back and knee injuries. 


Sequence
Sun A 3x
In tadasana I explained where the attachments for the three gluteal muscles are and what the actions of each muscles do. How one attachment site stays static and the muscle contracts to pull the more mobile attachment site toward it. We were focusing on how the muscles create leg extension, abduction, spinal extension and rooting down the foot. We played around with these movements in tadasana and down dog. we did the full movement about 5x pulsed for 5x and held with a squeeze for 5 sec. Also for using the glutes we always did this order widen glute muscle (inner spiral) squeeze muscle, do action, squeeze muscle again at the top. 
Ardha uttasanasa - tadasana hip hinging using the glutes
high runners lunge leaning forward hands on hips (like ardha utt)- L (same hip hinging action as before
w3- Tadasana balancing on one foot same hinging actions.  
Lunge side stretch- then bend and hoover back knee (hello front glute)
w2 interlace hands above head side stretch in both directions forward and toward back of room- dancing warrior without using your hands (normally I dont like this variation but I do to emphasis the glute action)
dancing warrior with hands
w3- half moon no hands- rev warrior- wide leg forward fold
tree- half moon quad- standing pigeon
seated massage glute by rocking weight around on one side of body- pigeon- pigeon quad twist
bridge
supta pada a b c- mantra missile
happy baby

this was a kick butt practice. Love challenging the students to work in new ways and really make them work. So their practice do not become alarms that used to wake them up but no longer do. 

Hope this was helpful

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Handsdand balance. Ego balance

Yoga= Union. I like to think of it as union between me and my Best Self.
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It’s the space of “I am”
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Whenever I play with handstands I am reminded of the teachings around the Ego. The Ego gets a bad rap. The Ego is NOT bad. However the Ego can get out of balanced. It can be to HIGH with thoughts like “I am the shit!” and it can be to LOW with thought like “I am a piece of shit”.
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I feel connected to my best self when I can be with I AM (period)
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So wether you can balance in handstand or not really isn’t the point. What really matter is can you be with I AM regardless of your handstand performance. We can apply this teaching to other things beside handstands. Can we be with I AM regardless of the ease or craziness we might be experiencing in life.

Mindful parenting

“Every child is born as karma to parents, but also every child is born as karma to himself or herself. There is a double action and mostly people forget this. One is the karma to parents, the other is the karma to the self. In between, a person has to develop, grow and become free.”#yogibhajan
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Today was a challenging day. Where nothing bad happened but from the whinnying and complaining and resistance from these littles you would have thought so.😬
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This quote helps me remember the big picture. That these tiny humans that I am blessed to raise are not MY kids, they are MY teachers and every opportunity is a teaching.
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Even the refusal to brush teeth. And they are not here on earth just behave “well” but instead to learn the lessons they are meant to learn to GROW more FREE in this life and I am supposed to assist them in doing that!
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One of my favorite quotes from #ramdass “we are all walking each other home”
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that doesn’t mean it will be easy (it rarely is because we resist learning we resist our biggest teachers).
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Sometimes it means looking past the tantrum in the middle of the parking lot and instead start looking for the lesson. The lessons that lead us to more growth and more freedom. Freedom to respond differently then our habitual patterns and neurosis.
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This hopefully inspiring message coming to you after I have put the kids to bed and reflected on this ruff day and how I could have handled it a lot differently.
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Live and learn #progressnotperfection

Your greatest strength is LOVE

When you allow your mind to take over and bring up  insecurities like old hurts, dramas, and traumas you are keeping alive your  fear. You might think. I don’t live in a state of fear. But ask yourself how often do you feel stress, anxiety, panic, nervous or worried?
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When I see these words I realize how much fear is in my life. Fears like my family getting sick, the car breaking down, the laundry never getting cleaned, taxes filed wrong, conversations misinterpreted, traffic jams making me late or causing an accident, politics, second guessing decisions....
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FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.
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This means that most (or all) of the things we experience some level of fear over are not real. They are imagined in our head and then projected onto our life as fact. This feeling of living under the pressure of constant stress (fear) is one of our biggest killers. We fry ourself with our sympthetic nervous system on overdrive  (flight/fight/freeze) and thinking everything is an enemy....an emergency.
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Fear is our biggest weakness. The antidote to fear is LOVE.
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Join me this week to move out of fear, drop into your heart space and feel connected.
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Teaching at @inbodyacademy Tuesday and Saturday at 9am. Teaching at @centeredcityyoga Friday at 9am.

Intention and Testimonials

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