Arm balances have great allure but can be super challenging. To find our balancing sweet spot we need face our fears head on and learn to fall so we can fly. Donna and Serah from The Seduction of Yoga teach us how to fall with the help of a Halfmoon bolster so we can master those challenging arm balances safely.
Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is a pose found in every yoga class. It may be “basic” but it is often overlooked as a place to stay engaged and checked in. The Seduction of Yoga with Serah and Donna show us how to deepen our downward facing dog using a Halfmoon block to open the chest while keeping integrated shoulders. Check in on on your Ddog and go a little deeper:
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Halfmoon’s bolsters are legendary, and while their exact design is as secret as MacDonald’s Secret Sauce, we’d like to share some insider information with you.
In the 1980’s as the fledgling Vancouver yoga industry grew, the demand for yoga props grew with it. Halfmoon’s founder Beth McTavish began to branch out from making yoga mats & straps and began developing a line of bolsters using the knowledge she had gained from working with a futon manufacturer several years earlier.
The first Cylindrical bolster was simply made with cotton batting within a zippered cotton casing. Over time, feedback from clients, teachers & students alike, has resulted in enhancements and additions to the bolster line.
Yoga practices continued to diversify which led to the development of the rectangular and prana and mini bolster series. Over the years we have created new bolster styles, shapes and sizes for every need, and we can boast that we have one of the most diverse collections of bolsters out there!
The construction of the bolster has evolved to ensure that your bolster will stand the test of time. We’re proud to say that our bolsters are used by the best studios and teachers for hours of classes daily. Year after year these bolsters are used, and still provide the perfect amount of support for their classes.
Today Halfmoon’s bolsters have a removable, washable cover that is great not only for hygienic reasons, but they also allow you to dress your bolster in the season’s most fashionable styles! Our fabrics range from our durable Studio Line in a wide range of beautiful colours to our Deluxe fabrics that will look fabulous with your home decor.
Whatever your style, of practice or lifestyle, we are sure that we have the bolster to support you. Proudly made in Vancouver Canada, our bolsters are our claim to fame. We are sure that we can help you find your perfect bolster!
We at Halfmoon love learning step by step instruction into yoga poses – especially those that use props to enhance the experience of a pose.
Halfmoon Ambassador and blogger Donna Wilding just launched a new yoga tutorial website that does just that. Passionately created with fellow yogi Serah Ruth Goldberg, it’s called The Seduction of Yoga and is all about key actions and inspirations that draw you back to your yoga mat.
In this video, using 1 Halfmoon bolster and 2 yoga blocks, The Seduction of Yoga takes us through a simple breakdown of Chaturanga Dandasana. Learn to rock your Chaturanga!
Watch now! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpCXWQ2zA_k
At Halfmoon we are inspired by you, our yoga community! We wish to delight you with our products that are designed & hand crafted for you and your unique practice.
With a passion for yoga and an entrepreneurial spirit Halfmoon’s founder Beth McTavish created Halfmoon with the intention to make quality products that meet the needs of the yoga community. Did you know that she made our first yoga strap from red seat-belt webbing?
To this day, we continue to be inspired by our community and to create products for you. We welcome your feedback!
Enter below for a chance to win a Deluxe Meditation Sit Set! This beautiful Zafu and Zabuton combo will create an oasis so that you can meditate with supreme comfort.
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Halfmoon is excited to announce our new partnership with TONIC Lifestyle Apparel!
You can now find a selection of TONIC’s Elements Line at www.shophalfmoon.com.
Inspired by the growing yoga community in the west coast of BC, TONIC began designing apparel for the modern, active woman in 2004. TONIC pieces have always been designed and manufactured in Vancouver, Canada.
TONIC is perfect complement to your yoga practice. A celebration of women by women, TONIC clothing marries a simple, clean esthetic with exceptional fit and functionality.
TONIC now designs with more than the yoga studio in mind. You can find their fashionable and functional pieces on the street, the dance floor, the tennis court, the gym, and the coffee shop on a Sunday morning.
We are thrilled that we can support your health and wellness by joining with TONIC and we hope you enjoy their exceptional and thoughtfully designed active wear.
Questions? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at 1-877-731-7099 Ext. 101
The true beauty of Yoga is that it can benefit anyone at any age. The practice of yoga can help us to tap into the wisdom of our bodies and learn to be our best selves. This week’s guest blogger Paula Tursi, the founder of Reflections Yoga, sheds light on how yoga can help us to be our own best teacher with respect to body image, true health, and self-love.
I have been doing yoga for a good, long time, but it wasn’t until I hit my 40’s that I really found what I believe to be the truth of the practice. The older, and perhaps wiser I became, the more I understood the innate beauty of this ancient practice.
It seems to me that we spend a lifetime trying to attain the perfect size and shape. It is one of the things we think about a good part of our day and typically, we don’t like the results! What yoga and the deeper practices can teach us is not about being thin, but being healthy — when we are healthy, we are always the perfect shape!
By being connected to our bodies, we stop eating what is bad for us because it just doesn’t taste or feel right. We learn what is good for us by listening to how we feel after we eat. Do we feel energized and light? Or heavy and tired? Our food should nourish us and make us feel vibrant.
Yoga teaches us how to pause, accept, and love ourselves as who we are. Yoga asks us to appreciate everything exactly as it is, because it is as it should be. Us included…
Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe. She teaches on going classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in meditation, breath awareness, soulful relationships as well as yoga and yoga as therapy.
Stress and Health
Let’s face it, we all have to deal with stress. Stress can be triggered by many events in our lives like financial troubles or being stuck in traffic, or a tight deadline at work. Many of us deal with stress by reaching for “quick fixes” such as smoking, drinking, or eating that can lead to health problems down the road. Over time, stress creates strain on our body, which can cause many health issues which ultimately lead to premature aging, disease, and illness (Iyengar,2001)
How a Bolster Can help you de stress
Learning how to deal with stress properly is the key to a healthy life. Spending 10 minutes a day on a bolster will help you unwind from your day, and increase your quality of life by calming your nervous system and bringing your body back into balance (Iyengar, 2001)
Downward Facing Hero Posture:
Spend 5 minutes in this restful pose as it calms the mind, reduces stress, and soothes the eyes and nervous system.
Sit with on your heels with your knees slightly wider than your hips. Place two bolsters in between your knees and below your abdomen. Exhale and move your torso foreword onto the bolster. Drape your arms off on either side of the bolster. Note: If it is uncomfortable to sit on your heels place a blanket between your sitting bones and heels. Breathe and relax for 5 minutes
Savasana with chest opening
Unwind for 5 minutes in this classic pose. Savasana is known for bringing energy back into the body, reducing stress and calming the mind.