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Private/Semi-Private Lessons

With private/semi private instruction you can develop a deeper relationship with your body, and experience your full potential.

Yoga Party

Whatever the occasion, a yoga party is a healthy alternative to the hungover-the-next-morning-bash or the sugar-overdosed-kids-extravaganza. Gather up your friends, family, and coworkers for a celebration that ensures a great time and the promise of feeling better than when you walked in the door.

Corporate Wellness Programs

Healthy employees are happy employees. According to a number of studies, companies who make an investment in the health of their employees reduce operating costs and increase their bottom line.

Senior Wellness Programs

As we age we often experience aches, debilitating pains, decreased range of motion, and loss of balance. With this in mind chair yoga/tai chi programs have modified and redesigned these ancient techniques so that they can be performed with the aid of a chair.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

11 Ways to Turn Your Cubicle Into a Sanctuary

If you work in an office, chances are you spend just as much, if not more, time in your office space than you do at home.  So shouldn't that time be spent in an environment that promotes your healthy lifestyle?  Here are 11 simple ways to bring balance and harmony into your work day:

1. Keep it clean.

Electronics attract dust! Dust and clean frequently, and try a product like Mrs. Meyers that is free of harsh chemicals and relaxing scents like, lavender.

2. Declutter

Limit what you have on your desk, and use organizers to combat paper pile up. Keep it simple and don’t over decorate.

3. Don’t turn your back on the office.

If possible arrange your desk so your back isn’t turned toward the cube opening. If that is not possible hang a mirror to have a view of what is going on behind you.

4. Make it functional

Arrange drawers so that everything is easily accessible and flows by order of usage.

5. Ditch the chair

Opt for a standing desk or use a fitness ball to reduce back pain.

6. Bring in small potted plants

Combat stuffy and stale air with potted plants. Some recommended choices include:

- The Peace Lilly is one of the best indoor air purifiers and is tolerant of low light settings.

- Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) will turn any space into relaxing sanctuary, and it’s so low maintenance it only requires stones and water to flourish.

-The African Violet is a great option for a pop of color and will flourish under florescent lights.

7. Use Wallpaper

Grey is so well grey…Attach wallpaper or decorative paper with velcro or push pins. Favor colors like soft blues and greens that promote focus and calmness, or a light orange for more energy. Avoid busy patterns, and colors such as yellow, red, or black.

8. Combat florescent Lighting

Bring in a couple of soft lamps to help diffuse the harsh overhead lighting.

9. Bring in peaceful sounds

Tune out the buzz and hum of electronics and lights with a small fountain or a natural sounds cd. Of course be courteous of neighbors and use headphones if necessary.

10. Get grounded

Don’t forget the floor! Use a bamboo mat or simple rug to soften the look and feel of your cube.

11. Keep a yoga mat tucked away in a corner for break room yoga sessions!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Link Roundup: Beginning Your 2013 Journey

With the new year comes an opportunity to evaluate our life, our goals, and to begin or refine our yoga practice.

Here is a collection of links to inspire and guide your 2013 practice.

1. Your First Time…Trying a Yoga Class 

A great guide to prepare for class, and eliminate anxiety.

2. Humble Beginnings Yoga Challenge

A personal account of starting a daily practice for the new year.

3. Sun Salutations are soooo last year.

Tips and video for practicing Moon Salutations.

4. Twisdom via @TheDailyLove

The opportunities to succeed are endless... Surround yourself with ppl who believe...!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Starting Fresh In 2013

January, for many of us is a fresh start, a time of goal setting and planning.  It's a new year and an opportunity to become a new person. 

So, what's your big goal this year?  What are you resolving to do?  Who are you hoping to be?

Whether you pledged to lose weight, promised to be more organized, save money, or any resolution; chances are you will fail.  The statistics are just not in your favor.  Only 20% of those who set a resolution will stick to their plan for the entire year.

It's only January 2nd, and I would like to suggest you just give up on whatever promise you made this year.  However, I'd like to suggest another resolution, and the one I set for myself.

This year I resolve to be present. 

Tieraona Low Dog, MD shared similar sentiments with her resolution (or lack there of) in Prevention saying:
"This year I will not make a yearlong promise, as I have no way of knowing what tomorrow will bring. I will simply promise to live my life day by day, open to whatever joy, pain, love, sorrow, adventure, or change it brings."
If you're anything like me, you probably muttered something under your breath like: "duh, how else do you live other than day to day?"

Resolving to be present may sound like a fluff resolution, but mindfulness requires a disciplined attitude and is no excuse for remaining stagnant.

For me the most tangible illustration of mindfullness can be seen in relation to diet.  Which is appropriate considering the most common resolutions revolve around loosing weight.

Many of us are guilty of treating meal time as of lesser importance than other tasks.  

Eating as we drive from one place to another.

Mindlessly chowing down at our desks while we work.

Or shoveling in food as we watch television.  

With little regard to our meals we over eat, choose meals that lack substance, and according to studies even risk our health.

When researchers at the University of Rhode Island instructed their study participants to eat a large plate of pasta quickly, they consumed 646 calories in nine minutes. Those who were told to eat slowly consumed 579 calories in 29 minutes—67 calories less even while eating for 20 additional minutes. Eating hastily has also long been associated with indigestion and heartburn.

Eliminating distractions and taking the time to eat with awareness allows you to notice what you are eating and how much.  And that goes the other way too.  Being conscious of when you are using food as comfort or a tool to distract you from stress.  

This is just one example.  How could being mindful change how we interact in our relationships with others, our work, or our finances?  How could the practice of being present transform our lives?

Being present is not easy.  It requires the discipline to not multi-task, and forces us experience life even if it's uncomfortable.

While, the new year is often seen as a chance to start fresh,  the practice of presence teaches us the each day, each moment, and each breath is new opportunity.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Iyengar was no Matthew McConaughey

Do yoga and say good bye to pain, stress, fat and say hello to a new sexy body and a great sex life...


I would beg to differ, but if you look at most media covering yoga today it’s not unlikely that you would assume that the practice of yoga breeds hot bodies.

Too often I hear regurgitated hype about the benefits about yoga when I ask individuals what it is they want to accomplish by practicing yoga, or why they have decided to try yoga for the first time.

"I want to look good in my bathing suite this summer!"

"I heard yoga is really good for the core, and I want a flat stomach."

And my personal favorite…

"I heard that Jennifer Aniston ONLY does yoga, and well, HAVE YOU SEEN HER BODY?!"
To be honest I never really know how to respond to these statements.  I don’t want to discourage someone interested in starting yoga.

But I can't help but think articles like 10 Poses to Help You Look Good Naked and "workouts" like Fat Free Yoga: Total Tune-up are quite frankly, nonsense, and will inevitably lead to a disenchanted yoga student when it becomes clear these claims are just that…Claims.

I’ve been doing yoga for a long while now, and while I do credit yoga for my rockin’ body that can be compared to Jessica Biel’s athletic frame….

Oh, wait, I don’t look like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel,  or any of the super yoginis featured on the cover of Yoga Journal.

For a while I envied these women and strove to look like them, but it definitely didn’t make me happy.  Really, it only served to frustrate me, instill feelings of self doubt, and I questioned: Why don’t I look like those woman?

Maybe I need to add more core work to my practice?

Maybe if I did yoga in sauna I could sweat off the the fat?

Maybe if I tried detoxing…everyone else is doing it….and doesn't help you lose weight?

And that’s about when I decided to set aside the yoga and fitness magazines for a while.  The reality is after doing yoga and a lot of it I did lose “weight," let me rephrase;  I weigh about the same as I did before yoga but I’m slimmer, not a lot, I'm stronger than I ever imagined, I feel confident, and healthy.

Do I look great naked?  Well, that's subjective, but I sure do feel like I look great naked, and isn't that what's important?  

When I look to the yogi’s and yogini’s I admire most, and a lot of them are not the “ideal” body type, and let's be real here, B.K.S Iyengar was no Matthew McConaughey...Yet, these individuals are beautiful, strong, healthy and many strive to live by their example.  So what’s the deal?

BKS Iyengar
There are a lot of bodies, about 7 billion, and not all of them look the same.  A healthy body may not be a supermodel body, and I’d bet a good chunk of change that for most a supermodel body isn’t the healthiest body. 

Does yoga help you lose weight?

Probably, I don’t know, and I really don’t care to read a case study with numbers and statistics.  For most of use I would go as far as to suggest that your weight or appearance has very little to do with your issues, and that yoga won't be some magic solution. 

So you loose 20 pounds...Will you be satisfied?  Will you feel successful?  Or will you find something else wrong with you?  Find yourself working towards this ideal of perfection?

But what if  instead of approaching your body with thoughts of loathing and disgust, what if you approached your body with care and love?

There’s a reason the body is often described as a temple.  You wouldn’t litter your temple (church, home, or anything you really cherish) with trash.  No, you would treat it respectfully, clean it, and care for its maintenance.  And the funny thing is when you care for that “temple” it looks good too. 

Same for our body.  It’s the care for yourself that makes it beautiful, not beating it down with self-loathing comments, or starving it, or frantically working out to loose 1lb of water weight.  Yoga may help you lose weight, but it can’t make you comfortable in your own skin.

Maybe, idealized body’s in magazines are not the problem, and maybe, yoga isn’t the solution.  Maybe, it’s our intentions and our view of self that’s holding us back or pushing us forward.  

What if you change your motives from self-judgement, to motives of love and care? 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alternative Vs. Traditional Medicine: Who Can We Trust?

There is no doubt that many individuals have concerns about health care, and with the rising cost of insurance, medication, and health care in general it’s no surprise that more and more people are seeking alternative and holistic options in the prevention and treatment of various health issues. 

According to the Mayo Clinic "40% of adults report using complimentary and alternative medicine," also known as CAM.  CAM covers a wide variety of therapies typically not prescribed by mainstream doctors including: acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurveda, chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hypnosis, massage, reiki, tuina, and more.

But do these therapies actually work?

It’s hard to say there are many conflicting opinions, and very little research as these studies can be very costly. 
Trials for conventional therapies are often funded by big companies that develop and sell drugs. Fewer resources are available to support trials of complementary and alternative medicine.

Kind of unsettling…Do we put our health in the hands of therapies not yet proven to benefit our health?  Or do we trust studies funded by the same individuals selling them?

Recently,  I had an sacroiliac injury that left me asking all these questions.  My first choice was to go holistic, I saw acupuncturists, massage therapists, chiropractors, and even tried home remedies…All of which didn’t help, and some even caused me more discomfort.

I through in the towel, and opted for a quick fix- holistic medicine had failed me.
   In June I received 3 corticol injections,  it didn’t help…I was still in pain, and gained electric spasms through the sides of my legs.   Frustrated and in pain I went to a highly recommended chinese doctor and decided to try the holistic route again. 

I was impressed with her knowledge, but I was skeptical of the treatments which included Natural Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET), Cupping, Accupuncture, Craniosacral therapy,  and a really gross concoction of herbs.

Treatment 1-  I felt a bit better, assumed it was in my head,
Treatment 2- Felt better, began working again.
Treatments 3-5- Growing increasingly better.

I got back to my life teaching and practicing yoga, something a doctor told me “I may need to give up.”  But that’s not the end of this story.

Last week I waited to hear back from my doctor, fearful that I may have received an injection contaminated with fungal meningitis.  I am relieved to say I did not, but hundreds have and are suffering the consequences of someone else’s irresponsibility.

Does alternative medicine work?

I don’t know, but I’m not so sure modern medicine works either.

How do we make the best choices for our health, and who can we trust to help us?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's Relaxation Boot-Camp, Now Drop and Give Me Savasana

Relaxation boot-camp sounds like an oxymoron, and I suppose that it is, but for many it may just be the only way to find a little peace of mind.  

Over the past few years I have observed numerous individuals who couldn't sit still to save their lives.

These individuals often find 60 minutes is too long to go with out their phones,  swear up and down they are too busy for savasana,  and love what an intense workout yoga know who I'm talking about, and if I just described you listen up 'cause this isn't about opening your third eye, it's about your health.

In a general sense our body has two modes:
1) Fight or Flight (the sympathetic nervous system)
2) Rest and Digest (the parasympathetic nervous system)

Rest and digest goes beyond sleeping for 8 hours after taking an Advil P.M., it is being able to manage stress and taking time to relax periodically throughout your day.

Too often I hear excuses like "I'm too busy to relax" or "I'll rest when I'm dead;"  and these common phrases worry me, because if we don't find time to rest we may just do the latter sooner than planned.

Ambition, stress, and a go-get-um attitude has it's place, but in excess can lead to: 
  • A lowered immune system making one more susceptible to infections, and making it harder to fight off diseases.
  • High blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Chronic joint or muscle pain.
  • Under active metabolism and weight gain.  Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests that "Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite."
  • Even excessive exercise can cause severe health issues.
Whether you're a stress-nut, a marathon junkie, a work-aholic, or just a normal person living in our stress prone culture I urge you to consider the above, and ask yourself if skipping savasana is worth the risk.

We all need a butt-kicking workout, but we equally need to rest (real rest).  If you're struggling with that pesky 5 lbs you can't seem to loose see if reducing your stress levels can't help push you past your plateau.  Those aches and pains your feeling might not need a good stretch, but rather a good deep breath.  And if you're just not sure how to relax maybe this little rest workout will help:

First thing (maybe second after starting your pot of coffee) take 5 minutes to sit in a chair and focus on deepening your breath, and slowly wake up.  Allowing yourself this time, instead of jumping right into panic mode will help to set the tone for the day.

Afternoon/Lunch Time:
Take another 5 minutes.  If you've been sitting for several hours get up go for a short leisurely walk, this isn't exercises this is moving meditation, so focus on that deep breath.  If you've been on the go sit still close your eyes, and BREATH.

After you've done your typical routine, set some time 5 minutes to digest your day.  Try soaking your feet, drinking some chamomile tea, or legs-up-the-wall pose.  Do it with the TV off, realign your breathing, and with every exhale let go of any stress you may have acquired through out your day.

As Needed:
Pause, breath, reset.  As for you overachievers, yes, you can take longer than 5 minutes!

Why the relaxation boot-camp?

Well, because contrary to popular belief relaxation isn't easy.  It takes 15 minutes to pause, rest, and digest.  Yet, many of us will still claim we are just too busy. 

I challenge each of you take on your own personal relaxation regiment:  What's your biggest challenge to rest and relaxation?  How does pausing and resting effect your day?

And don't forget to report back to Yoga With Patience, your Relaxation Drill Sergeant. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Read, Learn, Practice

Resources for inspiration, yoga, and life.

Photo by: Juhansonin

 This week's yoga news:  Hindus Want To Take Back Yoga
Photo by: Sukanto Debnath

 Celebrate Yoga
Photo by: Carl Kerridge
If you are planning on going to a yoga festival this year for the first time, take a look a Carl's visual field guide to help get ready for your trip.  If you are unable to attend a festival his account and photographs of the festivals last year is the next best thing to actually being there!  

Live Your Yoga
Photo by: Earthlydelights
Amber's voice is absolutely infectious after reading this article you can't help but feel bold, beautiful, and empowered!

Be Creative
Embrace the Right Side of Your Brain in Life and in Business!
By: Jennifer Lee

 The Right-Brain Business Plan is such a great book!  Seriously, planning your business, life goals, or anything has never been so exciting.   The best part is Jennifer Lee helps you embrace your creativity without being hokey.  If you're not ready to commit to purchasing the book definitely sign up for her newsletter, I always look forward to it's arrival in my inbox. 

Laugh Your Asana Off!

I have Yoga Dawg to thank for this one.  After I saw Om, Inc posted on his blog I laughed so hard I cried.  This yoga parody is by far the funniest series I have ever seen!  I hope you laugh as much as I did.

Your turn, share your favorite links from this week!