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September 2017
September 2017
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An Interview with teachers Kristen Folkens and Mary Renee on their upcoming 40 hour Training...

Advanced Vinyasa Practice, Complex Sequencing, & Creative Community.

Q. Why do you practice vinyasa yoga?

Mary: I first began practicing Ashtanga yoga. It was the perfect practice for me because I was lacking discipline and had an overactive mind. The intensity of the practice had a grounding effect. Then I began to be a bit more creative with my practice, and would sequence according to ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Beginning next week, and over the next few months at Yoga Yoga, you can expect to see a few displays about our new outreach program, which we are simply calling ‘The Wellness Program’.  We’ve been generating this program for over a decade, as our programs and our team adjust to the changes in the yoga world, the ever increasing skills of our yoga teachers and the growing group of accomplished yoga therapists who call Yoga Yoga home.

There is an ever increasing need throughout our community ...


September 2017
September 2017
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These days, yoga can be (and is!) combined with just about anything: creative writing, dance, music, acrobatics, kung fu, tai chi, art, and even beer! I think my favorite combo, though I’ve never participated in it, is yoga and goats. Yes, goats. So I must say I wasn’t surprised when I heard of yoga and cupping, but I was certainly surprised at how effective it is!

Cupping isn’t new. It’s ancient. It goes back to ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern traditions of healing. Today, it ...


September 2017
September 2017
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It’s back-to-school and time to re-root into healthy practices!

The summer’s fluctuating schedule and almost endless heat can take even the most disciplined of us for a loop.

It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being in practice. ←Tweet this!

Perhaps you’re just returning to the mat, or your regular routine, or maybe you just want to be a part of a community of yogis dedicated to living their yoga off the mat & in their lives.

Regardless of your reason, Root Camp is ...


August 2017
August 2017
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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”
- Martha Graham

Dancing is for everybody, and everybody can dance and enjoy the benefits of self-discovery, emotional expression, spontaneous and free movement, passion and pure FUN! The benefits of dance and the potential for healing and conditioning our body, emotions, mind, and spirit are endless! You may have heard the story of Native American medicine shaman’s when speaking to the disheartened, and the 3 questions they ask:

  • When was the ...

August 2017
August 2017
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All growth is spiritual growth, including our business growth, but only if we recognize how those lessons may show up for us.

We talked about this is my previous blog, where I included a free webinar to help you stay grounded while you consistently and sustainably build your brand on social media.

I want to talk more about the potent growth opportunities that come from deciding to consciously build and grow a wellness practice.

The internet is shakti energy.

She is expansive and hard to ...


August 2017
August 2017
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Yin yoga is one of the hottest trends in yoga studios today, which is somewhat paradoxical, because Yin is a cooler, gentler, more receptive approach to yoga. While more active (or Yang) forms of yoga like flow or vinyasa certainly aren’t losing any dedicated followers, more and more students are unrolling their mats for this calm and quiet practice--and are coming back for more. Haven’t tried Yin yoga yet? Read on to learn about the benefits of slowing down.

What is Yin yoga?

Yin yoga was ...


August 2017
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Have you seen vinyasa classes on the schedule and wondered what’s going on in those classes? Were you a little intimidated because you heard they were hard and were unsure if you were ready? Is your intuition saying you want more challenge in your yoga practice, but are not sure how to do it in a way that works for your body? Are you curious about vinyasa?

The Sanskrit translation of vinyasa is “to place in a special way.” In vinyasa classes, yoga postures and the transitions between postures ...


August 2017
August 2017
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When I started attending public yoga classes in my early twenties, the instant gratification was what kept me coming back. I had been practicing some form of hatha yoga since I was 15 with my voice teacher, but the movement we did was nothing like the fast-paced, sweaty movement of the public vinyasa classes I took in a little Brooklyn studio. I had practiced gentle movement geared towards connecting body and voice - subtle movement. The warm room, the beautiful teacher, the big, expressive ...


August 2017
August 2017
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Clear Your Mind and Get More Done!

As I observe what is happening in the workplace, I often pose the question “Can yoga principles live in harmony with business goals?”

Of course, my answer is “yes.” In fact, I think yoga at work can help you to be even more effective at meeting the goals and demands of your workplace.

I hate to do this, but take a moment to think about a difficult work situation, or a challenging co-worker. It is likely you became a little bit agitated or stressed just ...


August 2017
August 2017
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PROSPERITY & SECURITY:

  • What is prosperity and what is the big deal about it?
  • If it’s a big deal, how do I get it?
  • What has security got to do with it?

Prosperity is the electro-magnetic pulse emanating from our higher consciousness that enables us to thrive and blossom in our earthly endeavors with good health, good vibes, and good fortune.

It’s a big deal because this pulse is a direct result from knowing & manifesting who we are, that our only identity is our spiritual ...


August 2017
August 2017
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“It’s not about what it looks like, it’s about what it feels like.”

Sometimes when stretching a muscle you need to alter the angle of your body to access different “stuck-ness”. Sometimes our asana practice isn't enough to access the stuck emotional energy patterns held deep in the body.

Beth_Lagrone_childdance I was never a dancer. Well, yes, I was the cutest tap dancing tiger at 4 years old, but nothing really after that. Dance just wasn't actively in my life.

I mean, I danced and had fun and all that, but it ...


August 2017
August 2017
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There is an opportunity that happens with each of us as we walk the path of a teacher. How do we embody and live our teachings in an authentic manner while also growing our classes and paying our bills?

So, you’ve decided you’re going to grow your practice.

You’ve been getting by fairly well, but you’re ready to expand.

Maybe you teach yoga (or have a certification you would like to use), or maybe you’re a massage therapist or other wellness professional.

It doesn’t matter the modality you ...


July 2017
July 2017
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Sun Salutations are a great way to warm up the body and are often times done at the beginning of a yoga practice, classically prior to the rising sun. In Sanskrit “Surya Namaskar” means to bow to the sun. The word namaskar stems from namas, which means "to bow to" or "to adore,"  and surya means “the sun”.

The cyclical movements of Surya Namaskar, with breath awareness, backbends, forward bends, calming, and invigorating postures, offer many health benefits. Surya Namaskar can help to wake up ...


July 2017
July 2017
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The other day my husband and I got into the oldest debate in the world: what is our purpose in being brought to life? It wasn’t the first time in our fifteen years of friendship that we’d had this particular discourse, and it certainly won’t be the last. Each time we come upon it (and it always seems to sneak up at odd times, like when we’re grocery shopping or once one of us is half-asleep) I am struck by our endless curiosity and renewed thinking on the matter. I’m also struck by its ...