Why Do Yoga?

Why do YOGA?  –Because You Only Get Awesome!

Too tired to exercise – try Yoga.  Need a good aerobic workout – try Yoga. Need to build your strength and endurance – try Yoga. Need a way to relax, stretch and get in touch with your inner self – try Yoga.  Need to dump some stress – try Yoga. 

Does it sound too good to be true?  

Yes, but it is true, and the fact that it has been around for about 2,500 years should tell you something about its staying power. Yoga is actually the only activity that does it all, emphasizing harmony of mind, body, and spirit but it is not a religious activity and certainly not a trend.  

Yoga did have its roots in India and is associated with some belief systems in India, but modern yoga is a practice for mind, body, and spirit to achieve harmony and inner peace or mindfulness.  

It is adaptable to everyone’s capabilities and needs so it is especially helpful in moving you to achieve whatever goals you may set for yourself while minimizing injuries and generating a mind-body connection. To me, that is the biggest advantage of Yoga. It can help you meet all of your physical goals plus improve your mental outlook and spiritual connection. Very few trips on a bicycle, treadmill or elliptical trainer can say that and while you may enjoy Zumba, Pilates, dance or step aerobics, these activities do not address the mind-body connection, stretching and relaxation or mindfulness. However, all activity is helpful to a mind-body connection so adding a little Yoga to your other activities can pay big dividends in relieving stress, sore muscles and flexibility.  Ask any Doctor or elderly person and they will tell you, flexibility is definitely a case of “use it or lose it.”

So, what it Yoga?  

It is a series of exercises consisting of poses or positions which you achieve and hold for a period of time, usually seconds or minutes.  These are called Asanas. These are usually combined with resting poses and relaxation or meditation techniques. There are a variety of techniques in Yoga and so it is helpful to “study” Yoga by attending a class with a knowledgeable teacher and supplementing your classes with some reading depending on how interested you are in Yoga and your goals for yourself.  

Namaste,

Erin

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Embody the True Love that you are

What does True Love mean to you? Typically, we equate true love to mean unconditional love. Or something that only exists in fairytales. But true love is freeing and authentic. Tuning into the natural love that is within.  

Yoga is a practice of uniting the physical, spiritual and mental/emotional states of the individual so they may unite with the Divine.  Put differently, if you are in good balance physically and mentally then you are able to let go of ineffective emotional states and thoughts and open yourself to your own positive states as well as the divine love that is always there waiting for you to be receptive.  

When you are uncomfortable, tense, uptight, fearful, etc. then you are constraining yourself and limiting your ability not only to receive love but to generate it.  Through Yoga, you will become aware that you have far more love to give than you normally receive but by allowing yourself to give love you are also opening yourself to receive love.  We are all attracted to loving people because they make us feel better about ourselves and our world.  Likewise, it makes us more loving and as we learn to give love freely, unconditionally to others, we find more and more love returning to us.

Then you can start sharing the love in key through mind balance, physical balance through.

Namaste,

Erin

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How to Integrate Yoga into your life

Happy Summer!

I just love this time of year. But what I love most about summer is being able to slow down, spend time with the family and relax. As much fun as summer is, it can be a time to get off track. Off track with our goals, off track in our businesses, and off track with our routines. Don't be so hard on yourself if this sounds like you - I am so guilty of this too.

I make it a point despite the summer season to integrate yoga into my daily life. I know what you are saying, "But Erin, you own a studio!" True, but I am no different. I too have to make it a point to integrate yoga into my daily routine. So here are a few of my practices.

1. Early to Bed, Early to rise. Yes, even though it's summer. I still maintain a regular sleep routine. Then, I begin my day with meditation. I prefer this first thing as it sets the tone for my day - plus, the kiddos are still sleeping, so it's very peaceful and quiet. 

2. Wake up and do a quick morning yoga sequence before you even change out of your pjs.

3. Do yoga at your desk or in the car. If you are home with the kiddos in the summer like I am - I sneak in some Yoga time while they are watching a movie or playing with a friend. 

4. Practice deep breathing. Deep breathing relaxes your body, brings oxygen to your brain, calms your heart rate and soothes the nervous system. Plus, you can do it anywhere!

5. Add a yoga sequence right before you go to bed. This ends your day on a good note and your body will enjoy the sense of peace, no matter how the day unfolded. 

Be sure to carve out some time for meditation and relaxation this summer. The key here is to find simple ways to incorporate yoga into your daily life. And of course, I almost forgot...stop into the studio for a class. You are worth the practice and balance yoga brings to your life.

Namaste,

Erin

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Tips for Keeping That Post-Vacation Feeling

I hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing holiday weekend. But now it's time to get back to the real world. Is that how you felt all day today? Well, this week I wanted to share a few of my tips for staying in that vacation/holiday mode. Yes, it is possible. 

1. Plan - start planning now for your next vacation or activities for the next holiday. Your most recent memories of the holiday will be fresh and foremost. You may have even jotted a few ideas of things you wanted to do this past holiday, but didn't get around to it this go around. Incorporate those into the next holiday or upcoming vacation.

2. Retreat - Bring those vacation feelings into your everyday life. Our last trip, we listened to music all day, every day. Create a vacation playlist and listen to it on non-vacation days. Your cherished vacation memories will come flooding back. Did you go to a spa on your last vacation? Bring those elements into your daily routine - light a candle, drink freshly squeezed juice out of a wine glass, go barefoot, keep your nails and toes freshly painted...you get the idea. 

3. Reminisce - I love creating an online photo book - or scrapbook for those of you crafty folks. Looking through photos instantly gets me into vacation mode. I am transported to slower times. Happy times. Keeping stress away makes for happy days.

Since we just had a holiday, I encourage you to take stock of what you enjoyed most about this past weekend and why. Take note and capture those moments. Incorporate them into your daily routing. 

Namaste,

Erin

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DIY Face Mask for Glowing Skin

I just love how the weather is warming up and summer is just around the corner. We have some fun and exciting happenings in the studio this summer, but how do you take care of yourself outside the studio?

One of my favorite self-care routines is to create DIY face masks for healthy skin. So today, I am going to share one that is good enough to eat.

A mask can be made very simply with just two ingredients and can take your skin from dull to bright in just 20 minutes.

Why Use A Mask? 

I like to mask once a week to pamper my skin. Masks help to hydrate and smooth the appearance of the skin. It can help your skin feel soft and polish your pores. Make an easy avocado mask with healthy fats, Vitamin E, and other antioxidants to make your skin look and feel hydrated and even-toned. Adding honey, a natural humectant can make it feel hydrated. In just 5 minutes you can make this super easy mask to beautify your skin. All you need is a ripe avocado and honey. 

Mask Recipe

1 avocado
2 teaspoons honey

Clean the skin and pat dry. Mash the avocado and add two teaspoons of honey. Mix in a bowl and apply to skin. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Apply moisturizer.

Keep your skin beautiful.

Namaste,

Erin

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Become One with your Body

Spring and Summer are busy times of the year. With graduations, weddings, vacations, holidays, it is easy to stay calm and peaceful and allow the noise to take over. Your body is speaking to you all the time. 

Learning how to communicate with your body can be one of the most effective ways to stay in good physical and mental health. 

Rest

Give your body the attention it deserves. Rest when you are tired. Being tired is pretty easy to spot in our kids, but what about you? Are you listening to your body when you are running low on energy due to lack of sleep? Sleep resets our systems, gives us energy, and feeds our body. When you are in open communication with your body, you function better.

Move

Movement is one of my favorite ways to be in tune with my body. I am always amazed at what a body can do. Practices such as yoga and other forms of exercise create balance in body, mind, and spirit.

Nature

Now that the weather is getting nicer and things are greening up, get outside and connect with nature. Kick off your shoes and ground yourself with the earth. Getting outside and connecting with nature will help you to connect with your nature – your body.

Namaste,

Erin

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No Time for Patience?

 

The thought of being patient seems like something of the past like when grandmother's used to say "Patience is a virtue." And, while that is true, in the age of Red Bull, Snap Chat, Google, etc. the common thread is more energy, instant gratification, and more speed.

In the practice of Yoga, you have the unique opportunity to build respect and a relationship with patience. It is a practice which allows each and every one of us the art of opening up, allowing things to process, and appreciate the things we want most for our lives. 

You don't have to make everything happen. The beauty of life is to allow things to unfold as they were meant to be. Sometimes we just need to slow down and listen. 

Namaste,

Erin

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Mood Boosting, Naturally

In a world full of everyone always on the go and rushing around, many times we don’t realize how overwhelmed we can get until we finally slow down and are stuffed to the gills with stress and negative energy. No one wants all of their free time to be filled with anxiety and aftermath of a crazy day. Luckily there are few simple, easy practices you can do right at home to take the edge of some of that negative and draw out the positive within again.

A Massage

I’m not telling you to go out and get a fancy pants massage (though that’s an option if you like!). Even an at-home session with a loved one or even a self-given massage can be just the ticket. Having a massage even just once or twice a week does amazing things for your overall mood and feeling. It’s an incredible way to physically work out the stressors of the day while allowing time to just enjoy a moment of rest and unwind in that feeling. Now, doesn’t a back rub sounds pretty good right about now?

A Nap

Some days, it may be just as simple as you’re a little tired, so the world seems a little more in your face. Your inner peace can’t stay peaceful if you feel life coming at you from all angles. If you’re able to, a 20-30 minute nap is the answer. Hitting the pause button and turning the dial to recharge can greatly affect the rest of your experiences that day. The silent privacy is just enough to let go of all that’s bogging you down. Napping can bring you out of your funk and drastically elevate your mood. Plus you get to sleep which is always a bonus. 

A Morning Stretch

There are countless ways to stretch in the a.m. and countless good things it’ll be doing for your mind and body for the whole rest of the day! Stretching, even for a few minutes wakes up your body fully. It releases tightness and tensions but physically and mentally. The blood gets to flow throughout and your brain shakes off the dust from a good night’s sleep. When your body is fully prepared for the day’s path, so goes your mind and spirit.

These little practices are quick and simple and rely mostly on preference! All of them point to one important factor: your well being. I’ve tried to walk my path when I wasn’t fully committed to the cause and it just isn’t the same. Taking care of yourself and your emotional status will do wonders for every other aspect of your being.

Namaste,

Erin

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