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Enid Rosalyn Spitz: yoga instructor, Seattle WA

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I believe yoga is as much about the brain as the body. Here you’ll find my yoga playlists, class schedule, workshops, and information on neuroscience + yoga.

60m Playlist: Inhabitation

The intention: inhabitation. One of my early teachers joked that yoga is really just making shapes with your body in space; it was only half-joking really. But rather than just making shapes, sometimes the real challenge is in staying present in those shapes in space. This idea inspired my intention for classes recently: what would … Continue reading

4 Brain Facts for a Stronger Yoga Practice

4 Brain Facts …and why they matter on your mat “brain jelly” Sarah Schlesinger 1. Your mind likes new things The brain is naturally drawn to novelty. We comprehend everything from music to other people and daily interactions in terms of contrast. The new and different automatically draw our attention, whether or not we eventually … Continue reading

60m Playlist: Macklemore + Mandala

This week my classes are inspired by the meaning behind artistic mandalas. Here is the idea and the music I’m playing with it–who says Macklemore isn’t mindful yoga music? The Mandala Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle … Continue reading

TEDtalk: Body Language + Your Brain

Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on empowered body language links the physical and mental, explaining how the movement of our limbs can alter the neurological makeup of our mind. Empowered posture naturally creates empowered mental patterns, even cuing the release of certain pivotal hormones like testosterone or cortisol, which affect everything from mood to heart rate. … Continue reading

60m Playlist: The Yoga Puzzle

Yoga teachers notoriously advise: “set an intention.” But what shows up on the mat with us is often a heap of little thoughts from outside the studio that swirl around, resisting organisation. At least 1/3 of the practice (mind, body, breath) is harnessing these pieces of intention-material into a cohesive whole. Sometimes we have a … Continue reading

Yoga Playlist: New Beginnings, 60m

There is a myth in ancient yoga, a storytime idea that is my intention for classes this week: Yogis used to believe we each had a certain amount of breaths in our lifetime. Somehow we were born with a pre-allotted number of inhales and exhales. Through yoga practice the yogis lengthened out their breaths, creating … Continue reading

Happy Holidays at shefayoga Roosevelt

This December I expanded my class offerings to shefayoga and found a dynamic new yoga home there. With the cold settling in outside, this studio brings extra warmth with candles lit and heaters on of course, but it is also one of the warmest communities I’ve found.  My shefayoga schedule: Monday power vinyasa 9:15pm Friday … Continue reading