Saturday, January 20, 2018

Explore the Yamas and Niyamas with Lara Barber

Do you want to learn more about yoga philosophy?
Have you fallen in love with your yoga practice but still crave more understanding? 
Have you wanted to dive deeper into the wisdom of our yoga tradition? 



Join Lara Barber for an 11-week dive into the ethical practices of yoga. 
February 6th through April 17th 

Regular drop-in class
at Full Circle Yoga 

{ STARTING THIS FEBRUARY TUESDAY EVENINGS 7:30 - 8:45 }

Check out this special 75-minute weekly yoga class that will include a brief lecture (5-10 minutes) to introduce each weekly topic followed by a physical asana practice to anchor the philosophy into your body. Yoga is about more than doing fancy tricks with your body, it is a way of living! Learn to incorporate yogic wisdom to imbue health in all areas of your life. According to The Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali, The YAMAS AND NIYAMAS are the ethics and moral codes of living in alignment with a balanced inner and outer lifestyle. These precepts embrace how you view and act in the outward world, as well as your view and treat yourself inwardly.  Learning about these powerful tenents will help support you in taking ownership of our life's direction and therefore give you the tools to increase your overall well-being and satisfaction.


 Tuesday night weekly class series:

1. February 6th - What are the Yamas and Niyamas? 
2. February 13th - Ahimsa ~ Nonviolence 
3. February 20th - Satya ~ Truthfulness
4. February 27th - Asteya ~ Nonstealing
5. March 6th - Brahmacharya ~ Nonexcess
6. March 13th - Aparigraha ~ Nonpossessiveness
7. March 20th  - Saucha ~ Purity
8. March 27th  - Santosha ~ Contentment
9. April 3rd - Tapas ~ Self-discipline
10. April 10th - Svadhyaya ~ Self-study
11. April 17th - Ishvara Pranidhana ~ Surrender


 Join for one or all classes. 
Drop in when you are able to OR commit to all classes! 
Join us for a weekly dive into core yogic philosophy and how to live in right alignment with your path as a student of yoga. 

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ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Valentine Date Night Partner Yoga Workshop

Valentine Date Night 
Partner Yoga Workshop 
with Lara Barber 



Friday February 16th 2018
7:15- 9:30 p.m. 
at Full Circle Yoga 



Enjoy an evening of  Valentine's Partner Yoga for you and your sweetie. Join us for this delicious workshop that will combine simple partner yoga practices, simple massage techniques, meditation, relaxation, and connection practices.  Experience a deeper space between you and your loved one this February for our special Valentine's Celebration Partner Yoga Workshop.  In addition to the evening of yoga practice, your investment will include raw chocolate and special sweet treats to top off the evening. 
All levels and abilities are welcome to join.  
$40 per couple 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Partner Yoga for Couples

Partner Yoga for Couples: Connection, Intimacy, & Warmth 



with Lara Barber at Full Circle Yoga 
Sunday, December 3rd 2-4:30 p.m. 

Join us for this heartwarming workshop specifically tailored for you and your sweetie. Stop, pause, take the time & remember the importance of connection this Holiday season. Through the simple practices of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™, we will be guided towards embodied connection. Our focus will be on simple meditation, yoga, and communication practices that will amplify your intimacy with your friend or lover.  You will leave with fresh tools, a sense of warmth in your connection, with your whole body feeling restored. 

All levels and abilities are welcome to join. 
$40 per couple





Check out this short video to see what Partner Yoga is all about! 


Monday, September 18, 2017

The Joy of Flying - Partner Yoga Workshop at Full Circle Yoga

‘The Joy of Flying’

In Partner Yoga postures, there is always a point of balance and stillness in which we can rest - even in the most challenging postures. Learn to safely navigate yourself and your partner in aerial postures.


This workshop provides a step-by-step how to enter into the powerful flying posture sequences. These postures are instrumental in overcoming physical and emotional limitations and learning to trust ourselves and each other.
In addition, being weightless, being suspended in the air, and deeply connecting with another in this way, can satisfy a rewarding part of our childlike spirit that craves to play and experience joy.
Join with or without a partner. 
All levels and abilities welcome. 
For questions contact Lara at larastouch @ gmail.com 


Watch this short video to get inspired about the joy of flying together through the practices of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Compassion and Faith as tools to Soften Relationship

What does relationship as path to growth mean to me? 
Simply put, relationships can challenge us. Opportunities for growth are continual. 





When intensity is up, what can we do, who can we be, to ease 
the intensity of this (sometimes) painful process of evolving consciously in connection? 
We can choose to ignore the challenges that we face together hoping that they will magically dissolve on their own one day. Or, we can look at life's challenges as opportunities to awaken together. Looking through the lens of using our relational upsets as a path to further our development can unlock our potential for more meaningful, satisfying, fluid, & dynamic connection. 

While walking our edges in difficult to navigate intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, I have discovered two key ingredients for softening the intensity of having our relationships be a place of transformation: Compassion and Faith.


In my opinion, compassion and faith seem to go hand in hand. Compassion arises from a human understanding of the suffering we all must face during this life. It gives space by allowing gentleness in the face of adversity and challenges, understanding that it is a human component to being alive. Faith is interconnected because when we can offer this love and understanding to ourselves or another, we 

can graciously allow and accept the unfolding to happen with trust. W
hile staying in relationship to ourselves and others
,
we can begin to embody compassion in our process and whatever is arising so that we can have complete faith in the process as it unfolds.


Compassion is loving attention

, a desire for, and ability to ease the pain we feel in ourselves and see in others. Compassion can be the embodiment of the divine feminine and asks us to embrace tenderness, empathy, nurturing, and devoltion. 



Faith is the trust or confidence especially in times of uncertainty. Faith is fidelity to the truth. When all else comes 
c
rashing down, faith invites us to follow our Highest Potential. Faith can be the embodiment of the divine masculine and asks us to embrace qualities of groundedness, presence, awareness, and altruism. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bring Balance back into your life: Yin Yoga Home Practice

We all need a little time to unwind. 


In fact, in our modern society with our ‘can do’ & ‘more is better’ attitude, we rarely find the time to slow down.  The busy days filled to the brim with to-do lists and tasks can be overwhelming at time. Not to mention our media, constant emails, and Facebook connections tapping us constantly on the shoulder asking us to keep up.  It is ever more important to take the time to stop the ‘doing’ and rest into the peaceful quiet of ‘being’. Yin yoga is the perfect antidote for the current epidemic of the stress filled the world. 


So what is Yin Yoga? Yin and yang are Taoist principles. Yang is the energy mentioned above – that of doing, active, masculinity, and assertive energy. Obviously, this energy is important and needed … but it all comes back to balance. Yin is the opposite and complementary energy – that of rest, relaxation, femininity, and receptive energy. Again, it is vital that both of these energies are in balance in relation to one another to create harmony and health in our lives. 

Yin yoga is perfect for beginners to a yoga practice and also wonderful for those more advanced practitioners seeking, again more balance in their lives. Yin yoga offers a silent reprieve to go inside, let go of tension in the body, and cultivate silence and peace of mind. We hold simple floor poses from anywhere to 2-5 minutes to allow the body to unravel and the mind to slow down. We also use the assistance of blankets, pillows, bolsters, and blocks to rest in the poses for this longer period of time.

Yin yoga works on a deeper layer. Instead of opening up the muscles of the body we begin to open the deeper connective tissue including ligaments, tendons, and fascia. By holding the poses, we allow time and gravity to do the work for us. In addition to opening up the connective tissue, we also open and balance the meridians (or energy lines) of the body to restore on a holistic level. Through simple rest, we allow deeper tension and holding patterns to unravel. This can start out as a physical release but has the potential to move energy emotionally, mentally, and spiritually if you listen. 

So what do you need to know to start a Yin yoga home practice? Read on for tips and tools you can use to get you started ...

What you will need: 
  • a quiet space
  • a yoga mat
  •  2-3 yoga blocks
  • a blanket
  • a timer/clock
  • relaxing music*
  • a meditation cushion *
  • pillows*
  • bolsters* (*optional) 

  1. Allow yourself anywhere between 30-60 minutes for your quiet yin yoga practice. 
  2. Turn your phone on silent and limit any possible distractions. 
  3. Make a commitment to yourself to stay and give yourself space to truly drop in. 
  4. Start in a seated position and take the first few moments to arrive and become still. 
  5. Watch your breath for a few minutes. 
  6. Silently set an intention for your practice. 
  7. Find your first position and relax into the posture. 
  8. Use your props (pillows, cushions, bolsters, blankets) to assure that you can rest into the posture. 
  9. You can place the props under your elbows, forehead, etc. to make sure you can stay and relax.  
  10. Stay in the poses for the desired length of time and use your breath to anchor you in the moment. 
  11. Use your timer/clock to let you know when it is time to move out of the posture. 
  12. After you are complete with one pose return back to a neutral position (laying on your back) to give your body an opportunity to assimilate the opening. 
  13. Watch and build awareness to how the poses affect you on all levels. (physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually)

Other important things to remember: 
- When you fold forward into the posture move into your edge with out pushing beyond.
- Find a yin way to meet where you are at and then soften and round your spine. 
- If you are hyper flexible be conscious not to hold too deep for too long. 
- If you have any sensitivity in your neck area and letting your head and spine round is painful don’t do it or place a block under your forehead to support the neck. 
-Always speak to a qualified yoga instructor if you have any questions or worries. 
-You can also contact me with any and all questions by posting comments below. 

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Thank you for your support and happy yinning to you all!
Namaste, 
Lara Barber 
~*~

Friday, May 5, 2017

Partner Yoga: Sacred Connection

Join Lara Barber and Danny Morris for 
Partner Yoga: Sacred Connection 

at Earth Yoga Boulder 


Awaken to the healing power of intentional touch and connection. 


Join us for a fabulous evening of joining consciously through the profound practices of partner yoga. Whether you are currently building intimacy in a current relationship, or you are open to cultivating this skill with someone new, this workshop will inspire deeper presence in all of your relationships. Welcome all that you are, meet others where they ar the, dance between the awareness of self and other, and remember the sacredness of authentically connecting in community.



Earth Yoga Boulder 
https://www.earthyogaboulder.com/home

June 9th, 2017
6 - 8:30pm
Investment: $30 per person, $25 per person before 6/1/2017

Purchase: https://earthyogaboulder.tulasoftware.com/external_form?e=3090680&m=Buy+a+pass+for+Partner+Yoga+-+Sacred+Connection


Lara Barber has been teaching Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ since 2009. She is a passionate yogini and lover of life. Lara teaches classes inspired by her life's study of massage therapy, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, body-centered awareness, shamanism, and Chinese Meridian Theory. She views the present moment and the body as tools to access great depths of our being. Yoga is an art form that she carves into each practice to restore your body, mind, and soul, to leave you feeling more connected and aligned.

Danny teaches Mindfulness, Yoga and Cultivating Emotional Balance as a way to develop the skills to live an authentic embodied life. He weaves essential teachings from various traditions, in a clear and comprehensive way to meet each student where they are. He is an embodied mindfulness coach and works one on one with students to develop a personalized practice.

He is a Basic Mindfulness facilitator, practicing 8+ years with Shinzen Young and 3 years full time at a Modern Monastery, The Center for Mindful Learning, with Soryu Forall. He has trained with Alan Wallace in Cultivating Emotional Balance, Shamatha, Vipassana and Dzogchen. He initially studied Yoga with Kathy McNames through the Yoga Vermont teacher training in 2008. He also completed the Anusara Yoga Immersion with Todd Norian and Ann Green and the Self Transformation Program at Swami Rama’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, integrating his knowledge of mindfulness with the physical practices of the energeticbody.www.embodytrue.com