Jo Craig Yoga

Yoga of sorts.

02/04/2020

Lock Down Yoga: 2

Here’s the second installment. It’s a little more challenging in terms of strength and balance and a little longer than the last class. Warrior A, B and C are introduced as is Eagle pose, Garudasana, a balance pose. As always, be careful, listen to your body, stop when you need to and explore more if you’d like to. Enjoy!

I’m dealing with 🐌 🐌 Wifi speeds here so please excuse the pixelated footage 🙏
Feel free to shoot any questions you may have.

30/03/2020

Yoga in lock down

As Zimbabwe's lockdown for 21 days begins, I thought I'd share a short, introductory practice with those who'd like to do a little movement while at home. All you need is some comfortable clothing to move in, a bit of space and a flat surface to practice on. Listen to your body, do what is accessible and available to you. Back off when it's too much. Go deeper if you'd like more. Feel free to send in any questions that you may have. I don't always have wifi so I'll respond when I can. Be safe and enjoy!

No squirels were harmed in this production.
Apologies for the low video quality - we have slooooooow upload speeds in the bush 😉

18/11/2019

We get to the core of it this week. Monday and Wednesday.

12/11/2019

Book your spot - there is limited space ✌🏻

04/11/2019

Monday and Wednesday's line up. No class Friday.
There is plenty of space! Join me 🤸

31/10/2019

Are you feeling like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Tomorrow, let's relieve some of that pressure. Whatsapp me on 0776 638 790 to book your spot (crucial) - oh and please share if you know someone who needs a bit of self-given TLC! Thanks 🙏

16/10/2019

Yoga course in Harare throughout November 2019

Yikes! It's been for ever since I last posted here. For any of you out there still following, I'm teaching a yoga immersion course throughout November. Get in touch if you'd like to book a spot. Oh and please do share with your mates!

22/06/2018

Jo Craig Yoga's cover photo

20/10/2017

Guys! It's my last class in Harare for a while. Pop in to The Yoga Room this evening at 5:30pm for a good ol' stretch, sweat and savasana 💃

19/10/2017

The Fit Social

Thanks must go to The Fit Social for the review 🙏 For those who don't know, I'm off traveling for a while (and teaching in some rather fantastic places) so catch my last class tomorrow (Friday 20th October). Yep, it will probably be pretty darn sweaty!

So we were at The Yoga Room earlier this month for some happy hour vinyasa with the delightful Jo Craig Yoga. Here is our review.

#yogaharare #zimbabwe #vinyasa #yoga

http://thefitsocial.co.zw/2017/10/17/yoga-room-happy-hour-vinyasa-jo-craig/

15/09/2017

Recipe for contentedness -
Move every day
Eat mindfully and with gratitude
Love unrestrainedly
Live with grace
Relish the simpleness of breath just a little each day.
- easier said than done; this practice is real! But the more we practice, the better we get. See ya at 5:30pm on the mat. Step one. Tick.

06/09/2017

I am teaching a pop up class tomorrow evening at the new The Yoga Zen Den (207 Sam Nujoma Street Extention, Avondale
Harare). You can book with either me or with SaZi Yogini.

18/08/2017

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man's-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. ”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Pema Chödrön 🙌 Learning to live in no-man's land. Happy Hour 5:30pm at the Yoga Room.

[08/15/17]   Ah public holidays 😍
There is no Tuesday class.
See ya on Friday 🤸🏾‍♀️🤸🏼‍♀️🤸🏽‍♀️

11/08/2017

A big thanks to Carmen Ribeiro for guest teaching this evening's Happy Hour at The Yoga Room. If you are thinking about it, just go.

08/08/2017

Bend so you don't break.
Vinyasa flow this evening 5:30pm at The Yoga Room

03/08/2017

“Nonviolence must never come from weakness but from strength,” writes Mark Kurlansky. “Only the strongest and most disciplined people can hope to achieve it.” Did you know that the Virabhadrasana series of poses (A, B and C) are named in honor of the ancient vedic military tradition and particularly for the famously brave warrior Virabhandra - a hero in Indian mythology who carried a thousand cudgels and wore tiger skins. Fearsome stuff! We practice for spiritual enquiry as well as physical strengthening and of course, to remain calm in the face of a storm :)

Friday Happy Hour at 5:30pm at The Yoga Room

01/08/2017

Move freely this evening at 5:30pm at The Yoga Room.

28/07/2017

Jo Craig Yoga

28/07/2017

Jo Craig Yoga's cover photo

25/07/2017

I love that through meditative movement there those moments when impulse takes over, when my eyes close and my breath takes control of how and when I move, when my whole self feels completely connected and responds as a whole. Once the movement stills and my eyes open, its as if all those colorings from the day, all that mental traffic and noise has been wiped completely clean. It is quite possibly the closest I will come to experiencing magic and it feels utterly magical.
Magical movement flow, 5:30pm at The Yoga Room every Tuesday and Friday.

21/07/2017

Shift happens.
Freeing Friday Flow at The Yoga Room, 5:30pm for Happy Hour.

19/07/2017

If you are anything like me, you probably spend long hours of your life seated, either at a desk or in the car. Our modern lifestyles simply do not move us enough, especially when it comes to spinal lateral flexion. Sideways stretches such as Ardhi Kati Chakrasana or half standing wheel (a variation of which is pictured) can work to lengthen and strengthen the muscles between the ribs and pelvis, in turn giving a welcoming stretch to the latissimus dorsi muscle (the muscle that extends from the back of your waist to your armpit) and the all important quadratus lumborum (it connects the back of the waist to the lowest rib in the back via behind the top of the pelvis). A sideways stretch a day helps to keep back pain away and even contributes to making breathing deeper and easier. So enjoy a good ol’ sideways stretch and enjoy it often. Cue big, expressive stretch to the left and right, ah……

18/07/2017

Reflective flow at The Yoga Room, tonight 5:30pm.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Ghandhi

17/07/2017

Open up your computer, switch on your phone, flick through a magazine and it is a constant bombardment of what we should be achieving, how we should look, act, feel and think. In this crazy (but beautiful) era of unprecedented global connection and information we could all do with a little daily TLC and a good dose of santosha. Santosha or contenment is a concept that can feel very foreign and even undesirable in line with the global obsession with the pursuit of perfection and achievement. Santosha is not about being lazy or unmotivated; the principle of santosha is about recognizing and indeed welcoming that there is no need for me to be different than I am and that there’s no need for my life to be any different in this moment. I am exactly as I need to be, perfectly imperfect as I am. Accept, learn, love and live YOUR life - its too precious to waste trying to live someone else's. Give santosha a bash - try to reach for it the next time you feel your life/body/career/family/bank account/ doesn't quite match up to what it 'should be' and you may find it is just right the way it is.

The five yamas:
Ahimsa: nonviolence
Satya: truthfulness
Asteya: non-stealing
Brahmacharya: non-excess
Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.

The five nyamas:
Saucha: purity
Santosha: contentment
Tapas: self-discipline, training your senses
Svadhyaya: self-study, inner exploration
Ishvara Pranidhana: surrender to that which is greater than yourself.

Buck took this image while I was thinking about what shape I should make. I turns out, that this was exactly it!

11/07/2017

Balancing can be empowering when it happens and often frustrating when it doesn’t. Successfully achieving a standing balance is reliant upon many factors - focus, awareness, activation, the foot and its relation to the leg, hip, sit bones, spine, the head and importantly the ability to allow your self to wobble and fall but to get back up and try and try again. There will always be days when you just can’t balance. Let it go. Release your attachment to achieving the balance and instead allow yourself to use the challenge of the posture to enjoy the reward of deep focus - even if it is to focus on your wobbles. Using the concept of Aparigraha (translated as ‘non-attachement’ or ‘non-coveting”) - one of the governing principals (nyamas and yamas) that make up the ethical and moral guidelines of yoga -you can work to bring joy to your practice and in turn the freeing release of satisfaction. You don’t need to reach a perfect balance, you need to let go of needing to achieve and simply try.

The five yamas:
Ahimsa: nonviolence
Satya: truthfulness
Asteya: non-stealing
Brahmacharya: non-excess
Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.

The five nyamas:
Saucha: purity
Santosha: contentment
Tapas: self-discipline, training your senses
Svadhyaya: self-study, inner exploration
Ishvara Pranidhana: surrender to that which is greater than yourself.

16/06/2017

Life can run away from us sometimes. You lift your head, wide-eyed, you look around and realize you have spent the last couple of weeks going through the motions, drinking your coffee, going to your meetings,switching the computer on, switching it off, ticking the boxes, enduring, existing, persisting. I do it, I do it often. And then as the caffeine and buzz and panic wears off and I think to myself, why? Why did I let my life turn into a series of must's, just's, adjust's? "Gosh" I remind myself, "give yourself time. Take time for yourself. Even if it's simply to sit with a cup of tea, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face for a few minutes in the morning before you leave for work. Take 5 mins, 20 mins, 1 hour, what ever you can, just for you and do something simple, something real, something alone. Go for a walk. Read your book. Smile at your memories. Invest in yourself. Revive your self. Celebrate your self." I then I breathe life back into the moments that I was missing. I mindfully appreciate the morning sun, my tea and my tin cup. I live.

Happy Hour. Every Friday 17:30pm at The Yoga Room.
Vinyasa. Every Tuesday 17:30pm at The Yoga Room.

02/06/2017

"Be the answer not the question" Yogi Bhajan.
Boss 👊
Happy Hour at 5:30pm at The Yoga Room.

26/05/2017

Happy Hour is about deep, playful exploration of your body and the self. Get a head start on the weekend. Today, Friday 5:30pm, at the Yoga Room, $5.

22/05/2017

I am covering for YOGA with Peeps while she is away. So check out the extra temporary classes adding to the usual Tuesday 5:30pm and Friday 5:30pm classes at the Yoga Room.

18/05/2017

Hey Guys! I am running in the Matobo Heritage Trail event this weekend so the lovely Jen will be bringing the vibe to Happy Hour tomorrow. An hour of yoga to kick off the weekend is close on the best way you can spend $5!

12/05/2017

Its a practice, not a perfect. You don't need to be able to do the hard poses, to hold that handstand, to nail the splits or be comfortable in meditation. You just need to do you - whatever that looks like, whatever that is, in whichever way.
Happy Hour 5:30pm, $5 at The Yoga Room tonight IF that's what is best for you.
xx
Jo

08/05/2017

I'm out of the country for a couple of days. The lovely Kerryn is covering the Tuesday 5:30pm class (thank you Kerryn!) in what will be a nourishing, revitalising flow. Come on in, give yourself some love and let go. ❤️

25/04/2017

Yoga is a discipline, not a religion. We can come together as Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or perhaps not adhering to a religion at all and practice yoga together. Rather than enforcing a doctrine, yoga can create the space for spiritual exploration through self reflection, without violating individual beliefs. When you create your space at the beginning and end of class, however and to whomever you set your intention towards, is entirely for you to know. In a time where intolerance is increasingly the norm, isn't that something rather beautiful?

Tuesday's 5:30pm. Vinyasa at The Yoga Room.

20/04/2017

Happy Hour = Happy Heart
Join me for vinyasa tomorrow at 5:30pm at The Yoga Room for a class to make your heart sing.

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