New website and expanded blog!

We love our readers here on our wordpress blog. It’s been a long and wonderful road and we’re so thankful for you, our readers and subscribers!

DoxaSoma has spent the last year expanding and revamping all kinds of things- our workshops, our manual, our positions cards, our website and now our blog as well!

We’ll still post things here from time to time and of course the archived material will stay here for as long as WordPress is glad to host it but we’ll be posting new information for the most part, on our new website!

I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out. We look forward to seeing you on the new site and blog 🙂

You can find it here:

 

DoxaSoma.com

Doxasoma- The Daily Practice

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FAQ: Online Classes!

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Frequently asked questions about PowHow classes!
1) Can anyone else see me during the class?
Yes! I can! As your instructor I can see your positioning and you can see my demonstration. It’s like a skype call only we’ll be moving through Doxasoma together. No other participants can see you, however.

2)Will I be on the recording?
No! Only my demonstration will be recorded. We can interact during the class, you can ask questions or give feedback but only my portion of the class is recorded.

3)What about the technology? Is it hard to learn?
There may be some learning curve on getting the webcam/audio the first time but I always try to make sure new participants have some time to ramp up on that part. You can ask at any time if you’re having trouble.

4)Why not just do videos? What’s so great about live classes?
Accountability! When we’re all there together I’ll encourage you to keep going, to stretch into your goals and to hold the positions a little longer to reach the strength you didn’t know you had! The recordings are great to keep the momentum going til we meet again as a “class” but the live classes really help us to press forward and keep things moving.

I hope to see you at PowHow (or in person!) soon 🙂
-Angela

 

Intensity!

Interval training has long been a tried and true method in the fitness world. Alternating periods of rest with work for varying lengths, according to what the client needs, is a great way to bring about health and fitness goals. The latest trend in this sort of training is called High Intensity Interval Training or “HIIT.” It’s the same concept upon which programs like Tabata and CrossFit are built. They can be incredibly effective!

At DoxaFit we’re rolling out a new program for one’s DoxaSoma practice. Called, DoxaSoma: Intensity, the program will cycle through a handful of positions using “intensifiers” for each position such as changing the arm or foot position, adding hand weights or deepening the pose and follow those with moments of Prayer Breathing, Prayer Position and gentle Chara stretches.

The focus for our Intensity program comes from the book of 1 Chronicles,

“Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” -1 Chron 27

In each of the “intense” cycles we breathe, remember the strength of our Creator and focus on building up and during each of the “rest” cycles we flow into breathing in His goodness and His joy, thankful for God’s presence!

We hope you’ll take a moment to check out one of our new classes ONLINE at PowHow! You can join in for the class live with a webcam and mic on your computer or you can watch the video later! We’d love to hear your feedback.

Classes begin April 2nd!

Classes begin April 2nd!

Online classes are HERE!

Doxafit is very excited to partner with PowHow so that we can bring you online DoxaSoma classes!

At the moment, we’re rolling out a series of “morning stretch” classes from Founder/Master Trainer Angela Doll Carlson but we hope to give you a full complement of classes you can try in the coming months.

We need your help, though. Tell us what you need! Times/Days/Style/Length.

We’re listening!

Take a moment to weigh in here…and in the meantime, feel free to check out the FAQ list that we’ve compiled about taking online DoxaSoma classes:

Some FAQs about taking a DoxaSoma class online-

1)Do I have to live in Chicago?
NO! If you have an internet connection you can take the class!

2)Isn’t this just like watching a video or DVD of the class?
NO! This is better. If you have a webcam either external or in the computer we can actually see and hear each other as well. The instructor is available to give real time feedback on positioning, focus, questions…anything!

3)Do I HAVE to use a webcam?
Absolutely not. You are free to turn off your camera and just interact with audio or even typed chat while you watch (and participate) in the class.

4)Will this be taped?
It can be recorded, yes. It will be available then to anyone who took that class and to others who might want to watch it and see what an online class looks like. Your image WILL NOT show up on the recording, however

5)Are there other times available? I can’t do the times you have listed.
YES! Just let us know what time works best for you and we’ll get an instructor lined up to teach.

6)Can I request a one on one session?
Yes! Private sessions run at a higher hourly rate but they are available. Just send us a message and let us know what you need.

7)Is it safe?
Yes! All of our instructors are fully certified and vetted so you’re safe on a physical level. On a computer level, there is no content to download which decreases any issues about viruses. The other participants cannot see you, only the instructor, so there is no chance you’ll be at risk there.

Sign up to try it out today!

Spring Instructor Workshop: Chicago

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DoxaSoma:
Focus & Fitness
Instructor Training Workshop!

This 15 hour workshop covers the basics of the practice of DoxaSoma,breakdowns of each position with scriptural and physical teaching points,leading meditations and fundamentals of stretching.

This is the first step for anyone interested in teaching a class or for anyone who just wants more depth of knowledge in their practice of DoxaSoma. This workshop is open to current instructors, new instructors and those who are interested in knowing more about DoxaSoma.

This workshop offers 1.5 approved CEC hours for AFAA and ACE members.

LOCATION AND TIME:

Kimball Arts Center
1757 N. Kimball
Chicago, IL
Saturday May 24th & 25th, 2014
Saturday 8:00am-5pm
Sunday 8:00am- 4pm

Registration open now!

COST:
$220 Certification Level
$110 Re-Certification Level (must be within 2 years of initial training)
$35/day Current Instructor Level (must be current in DoxaSoma certification)
$75/day Day Pass (non certification track)

Chicago Lenten Class: 2014

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day …”  Psalm 91

DoxaSoma is the embracing of the sacred, integrating movement and prayer, breath and word. The practice of DoxaSoma employs static stretch to increase strength and flexibility, fluid movement to improve mobility and meditation on the Word of God to release tension and revive the Spirit.

Sessions are adaptable for all skill levels and will be led by certified DoxaSoma Instructors.

The sessions will be approximately 60 minutes and are typically done in bare feet. Dress in clothing which allows stretching and movement. Please bring an exercise (yoga, sticky mat) if you have one. Some mats will be available for use as well.

Spend time practicing Doxasoma with us during the 40 days of Lent in Chicago with our Lent Series in Chicago this season.

…for strength, for focus, for prayer, for renewal…

March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7

Grace Evangelical Covenant Church
4201 N. Monticello Ave., Chicago

Mondays during Lent at 7:30 p.m.
(March 10-April 7)
Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat
Suggested donation $5-10 per person

Hope to see you there!

Building the core: Week 2

By now I know you’ve become lovingly familiar with last week’s core builders: Tent, Stone Table and Red Sea.

Right? 🙂

This week we’re going to flip over and approach the mat in from a different perspective, focusing deep on abdominal work in particular with the complimentary positions to last week’s work: Harp, Ark, and Alpha.

The practice of core work fits best after a few minutes of mild stretching of the major muscle groups when the muscles are warm. Be sure to stretch the hamstrings and quads in particular before working this sequence in an upright and balanced position. Two good DoxaSoma positions for this would be:

Knowledge-

From a prone position, grasp your right foot with your right hand and press hips into mat for the stretch. Other hand is placed under the forehead. Switch sides. You may use a strap or towel to reach the ankle or foot if needed.

From a prone position, grasp your right foot with your right hand and press hips into mat for the stretch. Other hand is placed under the forehead. Switch sides. You may use a strap or towel to reach the ankle or foot if needed.

Wisdom-

Begin upright, lifted at the heart and begin to walk the hands forward while keeping a flat lower back.

Begin upright, lifted at the heart and begin to walk the hands forward while keeping a flat lower back.

When you've gone as far as you can with a flat lower back contract at abs and fold at the waist, forehead toward knees.

When you’ve gone as far as you can with a flat lower back contract at abs and fold at the waist, forehead toward knees.

As always, begin first by taking each of the positions on their own, understanding how the movement feels in your body, how the positions change with time and corrected form. Each of these have a modified, back lying counterpart so if you already know you have issues with your neck or lower back then PLEASE begin in back lying position rather than balancing.

Back lying versions of Harp and Ark begin here with the lower and mid back resting on the mat.

Back lying versions of Harp and Ark begin here with the lower and mid back resting on the mat.

You are STILL WORKING in back lying position. Strength is built over time with discernment and attention! When you are able, begin this sequence of movement in a balanced position, keeping heart lifted and abs contracted and working.

Lift at the heart, drawing arms to either side of the legs. Keep head in a  neutral position.

Lift at the heart, drawing arms to either side of the legs. Keep head in a neutral position.

From Ark, return to a seated position, straighten legs and bring arms behind the body, hands facing toward you and lift. Open up at the heart.

From Ark, return to a seated position, straighten legs and bring arms behind the body, hands facing toward you and lift. Open up at the heart.

Return to a seated position, draw knees into chest and grasp ankles gently as you straighten the legs.

Return to a seated position, draw knees into chest and grasp ankles gently as you straighten the legs.

Release to seated again and straighten legs. Bring arms behind the body, open at the heart and lift into Alpha again.

Release to seated again and straighten legs. Bring arms behind the body, open at the heart and lift into Alpha again.

Remember in each of these positions to keep your breathing even and deep. Hold each position for a count of three good breaths, paying attention to how the breathing changes the position. Begin with cycling through the movements, three breaths each position for a total of at least 3-5 cycles. Work toward fluid movement and increasing the length of time you hold each position with good form, increasing the number of cycles of movement as you progress. When you find your form is slipping and you are not able to correct then you’ve found a good place to stop and rest, regroup and stretch again if you’d like.

By the last cycle, see if you can shift your focus a bit from simply abdominal work into the focus of the verses that inform these positions.

“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” Psalm 57:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8

“Arise O Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.” Psalm 132:7-8

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