Chakra 5 Yoga: Mobile Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Office Yoga Classes Los Angeles

Mobile Yoga FAQ

What does “Chakra 5” mean?

The body is made up of different “chakras”, or circular energy fields. The 5th Chakra is called the “throat chakra” and represents a unique voice, creativity, community and sincerity, all qualities we strive to impart in our company brand and teaching style.

What exactly is yoga?

The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit. Yoga is an integrated system that attempts to create a union of the mind, body and spirit. Many people think that yoga is “just a bunch of supervised stretching”. The physical exercise component (“Asana”) of yoga is just one of many facets of the practice. Other elements include: living with “right mind”, breath (“Pranayama”) and meditation.

Yoga is a regular practice that never stops growing and evolving over your lifetime.

What if we don’t have any space for classes?

Chakra 5 does yoga classes in all kinds of spaces and situations you might not expect, such as outdoors or right at your desk. Be sure to call us to discuss your special needs and we can talk about the options.

What’s the best day and time to have a yoga class? How long should class be?

We customize the way we work with each and every client. Some clients like morning classes, some prefer lunchtime, some right after work. You might find that 2 30 minute classes are best for you instead of 1 60 minute. Almost anything is possible.

We’ve got a tight budget. Is there any way to get a discount?

Yes! Two ways: 1) weekly recurring classes get an automatic 20% discount 2) If you’re flexible about the day and time you want your class, we can work around a teacher’s existing schedule/location and possibly offer further discounts

How do we pay or classes?

Chakra 5 bills you at the end of each month for any classes that were taught. You do not pay the instructor. You can pay us via a check (due 30 days from invoice date) or via credit card using Paypal (this will incur an additional 2.9% charge for credit card processing).

What if we don’t have mats?

Ask employees to bring their own, or if your space is carpeted, towels can work pretty well. You can also rent or buy mats and near wholesale prices through us.

I’m not flexible, so can I do yoga?

Not only is “flexibility” a relative term, every body is unique in terms of physical build and abilities. Yoga uses strength, balance, flexibility, your BRAIN, and most importantly, your breath! What makes yoga so endlessly fascinating is how different people respond to different poses. Even your own body will “behave” differently day to day with the same pose.

Chakra 5’s approach to yoga ensures that people of all abilities can participate safely and with confidence. Poses are explained in detail with caring, hands-on instruction, and options are always given to modify poses to be less or more challenging.

Why is yoga so good for us?

Yoga releases lactic acid buildup in muscles that causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. Yoga stretches all the muscles and soft tissues of the body. It helps the lymphatic system cleanse and detoxify the body. It increases flexibility and range of motion. Yoga can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, increase mental focus, improve posture, strengthen immunity. You can use yoga to calm yourself down and sleep better, or charge yourself up with energy when you need it.

Your experience with practicing yoga will be uniquely wonderful. There’s a reason why over 11 million people in the U.S. alone do it and after 5,000 years, it still hasn’t gotten “old”.

Can I get injured doing yoga? How do I prepare for my first class?

One of our primary concerns at Chakra 5 is to make sure that our yoga classes are safe yet effective. However, it’s still possible to strain a muscle or ligament in yoga if you don’t use common sense. Here are some tips for beginners:

  • Feel free to contact us with any questions about classes or to let us know about special concerns, existing injuries you might have. Arrive early to classes to chat with the instructor about concerns you might have.
  • Avoid a big meal within 2 hours of class. If you’re hungry, a light snack such as yogurt or an apple an hour before class is fine.
  • Please turn off your cell phone!
  • Hydrate well before, during and after class.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a small hand towel and (ideally) your own mat.
  • You’re the best judge of your limits! In any of our classes, you’re welcome to opt out of doing any pose. Be mindful of gently pushing yourself to your edge of challenge. Your experience with yoga is a profound and uniquely individual one; don’t look another student and think he/she is doing “better”. Pay close attention to the feedback your body gives you during your practice. “Body knowledge” is a wonderful thing that grows with your yoga practice.
  • Consistency is key! That means doing yoga as often as you can. It’s always better to take a gentle approach that slowly builds up strength, flexibility and balance over time.
  • Try taking a level of class lower than what you think you need, then give total focus and attention to your practice. Some of the poses that appear to be the simplest can be the most profound and transformative. Start simple and layer on the complexity and challenge.

Is yoga a good workout that will help me lose weight?

It depends. Everyone is unique. Lots of strength poses and movement are incorporated into our classes to burn calories, get the heart pumping and tone the body. What we’ve witnessed is that many people lose weight because a regular yoga practice encourages better stress management and a natural desire to eat healthier. And yoga helps give you a graceful, elongated posture and toned muscles, helping you look better. We all know the radiant look of a healthy yogini. Rather than setting a goal, like: “I want to lose 5 pounds by the end of this month”, we encourage our students to think about their yoga practice as a way to evolve physically, mentally and spiritually. This evolution never ends.

We encourage you to continue with all your fitness pursuits! Yoga can wonderfully compliment and improve your performance in all kinds of other workouts.

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Reishi Mushroom Hot Chocolate

reishi mushroom hot chocolate

The reishi mushroom is a “superfood” with health benefits that boost mental clarity, immunity, longevity and combat inflammation. It’s especially helpful when you’re battling a respiratory issue like bronchitis.

This quick and easy recipe is not only incredibly healthy, it’s delicious! The reishi powder gives a more earthy, aromatic dimension to traditional hot cocoa.

Don’t worry!  You don’t have to go out and find a Shaman. Nor do we recommend attempting to forage mushrooms yourself! That could be dangerous.

We recommend Terrasoul’s Red Reishi Mushroom Powder (get it on Amazon) and follow the simple steps below.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp reishi mushroom powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • hot water
  • milk of choice
  • organic honey (optional)

Slowly warm a cup of your milk of choice over low heat until it gets hot and a bit frothy. While it’s heating up, mix together the mushroom powder, cacao, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne and a splash of hot water into a paste in the bottom of a mug. Add the hot milk to the mug and whisk well. If desired, drizzle in a bit of honey to taste. We find that this cocoa already has a mild, sweet taste without adding any sweetener.

 

 

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Kids’ Yoga for Healthy, Happy Little Humans

One of the many things Chakra 5’s Yoga Team specializes in is working with kids. Anyone who has spent some time with young children, especially toddlers, knows that it can be challenging to get them to stop and focus on anything. It’s no easier for yoga teachers! That’s why the approach to Kids’ Yoga is specific and unique. To learn more, we talked to our resident Kids’ Yoga experts, Nina Snow and Keirin Brown.

Where have you taught kids yoga?
Nina: In schools for 8 years and at USC’s Fisher museum
Keirin: I’ve been teaching pre-school kids yoga for four years.

How does a kids’ yoga class work?
Nina: Depending on the age of the child it ranges from games to applying the practice and breath work to emotional challenges.
Keirin: I’ve developed my own program that is fun, direct and educational. It’s important to have rituals that are reliable that are done every class. Usually I start with an opening song, followed by breath, affirmations. The middle of class is a series of games, songs with choreographed yoga moves, animal poses, adventures, etc. At the end we finish with a small meditation, song and a savasana where they all get aromatherapy oils on their wrists.

What are some of the challenges with teaching kids yoga?
Nina: Children are living in a world that has constant distraction of screens and this can make their already challenged attention span even shorter.
Keirin: It’s necessary that the teachers participate or are there to help keep order. Classes for preschoolers are short, only 20 minutes. So it’s imperative for the teachers to be actively involved and helping students who are having a hard time focusing. With young ones you have to be extremely prepared with a lesson plan and keep it theatrical and entertaining.

What are the benefits you’ve seen in the kids or parents/teachers have told you about?
Nina: The younger children usually have fun with making up games and poses that can lead to a life long practice. The older ones learn deal with stress and feelings with breath become less reactive and to make healthy choices.
Keirin: The teachers all enjoy yoga and the kids are both enthusiastic and grateful. Parents have told me how their kids will use my technique of “loving their own hearts” in difficult moments. Parents share stories of kids doing yoga poses in before bed or even in the bathtub. The kids integrate the use of breath and affirmations into their daily lives. It helps them problem solve and be with their emotions. The teachers often remind the students to breathe when they get upset as well. Also they are learning to use their bodies through coordination and balance.

Do you think recognition for the need for kids yoga has been increasing?
Nina: Definitely! they need tools to help them focus.
Keirin: Yes. More and more teachers are looking integrate yoga techniques into their approach.

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Free Yoga At One Colorado Old Pasadena

Chakra 5 is proud to announce a partnership with One Colorado Old Pasadena. We’re teaming up to offer yoga classes free to the public throughout the month of April.

If you’re not familiar with One Colorado, it’s a charming retail and dining experience in the heart of historic Old Pasadena that spans an entire block. Modeled after a European town square, the courtyard is a warm and welcoming gathering space for catching up with friends, enjoying an alfresco coffee or enjoying one of its many music, cultural and community events. Turn of the century Deco and Victorian buildings and charming cobble stone alleys surround a cozy central courtyard.

Yoga classes will be held in the courtyard. Whether you want to bond with your little one in Kids’ Yoga or de-stress and focus before work, we’ve got you covered. And… there will be yoga swag bags and giveaways! Bring your mat, a friend, and enjoy some shopping or lunch after class.

The Schedule

  • Tuesdays in April, 8am-8:45am: “Just for Kids”, yoga class for kids 2-5 to learn kid-friendly principles of conscious breath and beginner yoga poses. Teacher: Nina Snow
  • Thursdays in April, 8am-8:45am: “Morning Focus & Flow”, yoga class for adults wanting a refreshing & relaxing start to the day. All levels, even newbies, are totally welcome and safe in this class. Teacher: Keirin Brown.

Read our feature about Kids’ Yoga!

Meet Our Instructors

Keirin Brown, Focus & Flow

Nina Snow, Just for Kids

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D.I.Y. : Sage Mint Mouthwash

I frequently like to go for running in my local neighborhood in Hollywood. We’ve been getting a lot of rain here over the last month, and everywhere you look there are green and blooming beauties!

Look! A sagebush!

I almost went whizzing by a lovely cluster of sage plants. I wasn’t 100% sure it was sage, but as soon as I crushed one of the leaves between my fingers and inhaled the scent, there was no mistaking it…it was sage. So I took a little handful home after saying a “thank you” to nature and promising to donate again to the Griffith Park Foundation.

Previously, my only experience with sage was frying the leaves in a bit of brown butter and serving that with butternut squash. Certainly a great use of a noble herb, but I wanted to try something different. After reading that sage is naturally antiseptic and anti-bacterial, I thought it might make a really nice herb in a mouthwash.

Fresh sage leaves waiting to become a “mouthwash tea”

To make my herbal mouthwash, I simply steeped a handful of (washed) sage leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 48 hours. Then I strained out the leaves, added a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia and 2-4 drops of organic peppermint oil. Shake up all the ingredients in a jar and you’re done.

You can adjust to the peppermint oil to your taste…but be careful. It is STRONG and you only need a few drops.

Every night and morning I look forward to “swishing” with my great-tasting, all-natural mouthwash that only cost pennies to make.

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