Sunday, March 5, 2017

Shree Expert Teacher Focus: Karon Shovers Goldsmith

Karon Shovers Goldsmith, E-RYT 500, Anusara Certified Yoga Teacher 

Karon has been practicing and studying yoga for over 17 years, during which time she has completed over 2,500 hours of teaching groups, workshops, and trainings. Her areas of expertise included Women's Health, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga. She has a new class: Autoimmune Recovery that begins this Tuesday at 1:30 weekly.  Encouraging playfulness and creative expression, Karon incorporates alignment and therapeutics in all of her classes and workshops, gently, but perceptibly, raising her students' practices to the next level and helping them to step into Grace. Below Karon shares her personal practice, what she is reading and what she drinks to keep warm!

Practice: I am working on moving my spine while holding various postures. I find it is doable in down dog and more challenging in other poses. I call it "Snaking my Dog" 

Study: On my bedside table I have The Spy by Paulo Coehlo, Living Breath from the Inside and Outside by Angela Farmer, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Upstream by Mary Oliver

Food: "Golden Milk" which I drink every afternoon to warm up and take me through the darker afternoons. 

1 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk 
1 large cinnamon stick 
1, 1 inch piece of tumeric or 1/2 tsp dried 
1, 2 inch piece ginger, sliced
1 TBSP honey or maple syrup
1/4 tsp whole black peppercorns 
1 Tbsp coconut oil

This is the basic recipe, I also add a couple of cardamon pods and a little more cinnamon. Whisk all ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and simmer more. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. I store for about 5 days in the fridge. I leave the cinnamon stick and one piece of ginger in the stored milk to increase flavors. 

Stop into the studio at any of the following times to experience Karon's classes:
Tuesday 9:00 to 10:15 Beginner Yoga
Tuesday 10:30 to 11:45 Restorative Yoga with Meditation
Tuesday 1:30 to 2:45 Autoimmune Recovery ** New class see description below!**

Autoimmune Recovery

Yoga, while not a magic bullet, can address some of the shared challenges, both physical and mental, that accompany Autoimmune Disorders. It is known that moderate exercise, like yoga, can reduce inflammation in the body, which is common with autoimmune disease, and give you a sense of calm and well-being that lowers your body’s production of the physical and mental stressors that compromise the immune system.
This class will include active yoga postures, gentle stretches, restorative yoga and meditation to assist the mind and the body in reducing stress hormones that promote inflammation by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the calming influence) which reduces the body’s stress response.  This class is appropriate for students with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, Krohn’s and other autoimmune diseases.
Karon is consulting on a book and video on yoga for Inflammation and Autoimmune Disorders with Aimee Raupp, acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Doctor to be released later this year