There's a Class for That

7 Yoga Classes to Improve Focus & Concentration

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We all struggle to maintain focus in our daily lives. With a world full of constant distractions along with our need to multitask, it’s so easy for us to lose focus and concentration, even on the simplest of tasks.

A little lack of focus here and there is completely normal, but when you find your mind wandering at important times such as during business meetings, when you’re drafting an email, during conversations with friends and family, when you’re working on a project – anything that requires concentration, lack of focus can become a problem.

If you are finding it hard to focus, not to worry! This week’s featured classes will help you to create physical and mental focus and concentration through the breath and the heart.

  • Focus & Flow with Elena Brower: This private practice is a great beginning or end to your day. Enhance your focus as you move through a simple, soothing, steadying practice to re-pattern any doubt and locate balance in your body. Props Needed: A block and a blanket.
  • Center Your Body, Focus Your Mind with Jason Crandell: We all get rattled and ungrounded from time to time. Whether you need to ground your energy before a meeting or simply restore focus after a long day, this quick, accessible practice will center you. Salutations, inversions, (including handstand and headstand) and twists that teach you how to direct your attention and settle your mind using your eyes and breath. Props Suggested: Wall space.
  • Yin to Strengthen Focus with Felicia Tomasko: Combine breath techniques, visualization, focused attention, Ayurvedic philosophy and a series of long, slow holds to strengthen focus and one-pointed attention. Begin with slow subtle breath work and poses that facilitate body awareness. Build up to more intense poses including dragon and pigeon holds to move energy and remove obstacles in your body.
  • Focus and Clarity with Tara Judelle: This class uses pranayama and the asymmetry of standing balancing poses in order to focus the mind and bring one into the present moment. Perfect for pre-meeting, presentation, big event, or preparing oneself for the day.
  • Cultivating Concentration with Steven Espinosa: By bringing your full attention and presence onto your mat, you begin to cultivate a deeper level of focus and concentration in the present moment. An all around practice with balancing poses to help cultivate your concentration and focus.
  • Choose Your Focus with Stephanie Snyder: This class is based on the yogic principle that what we focus our attention on will expand. Take a moment to choose what it is that we deem worthy of our attention and then practice sticking with that throughout the practice. This is a pleasing, straight-forward sequence starting with vinyasa movement, and then moving into long-hold standing poses, twists, heart-openers and forward folds. Props Suggested: Two blocks.
  • Improve Concentration with David Harshada Wagner: In this meditation, Harshada uses a traditional Tibetan Gong to help bring attention back to the focus of meditation. A great tool to bring your practice to the next level.

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