Category: From the Blog

How Grinchy are You?

Happy Holidays!

 

1. You rolled your eyes at the Happy Holidays greeting.

2. You already have Christmas lights up.

3. You want a vegetarian thanksgiving dinner.

4. Holiday music soothes your soul.

5. You do not roast chestnuts.

 

That’s the Quiz… you decide. Grinchy? Not so much?  Well, either way, it’s coming. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve. There’s no shortage of opportunities to spread holiday cheer!

I used to be Grinchier but last year we launched a project called ‘UnGrinching with Love’ and it seemed to really help. I fell behind a bit this year and haven’t launched it but trust me… all the ‘UnGrinching’ from last year had a lasting impact on me.

I’m not roasting chestnuts, but I am getting on the mat, creating more space to relax, connecting with others and getting outside all year long. Come with us! (schedule below)

Here’s the gist of the UnGrinching project: 

Do more things that nourish your soul, things that have a good vibe, things your heart feels good about.

Do less things that rush you, pressure you or have a bad vibe.

More yoga, duh. More healthy, tasty foods. More time outside no matter the weather, more gifts that create an experience.

Less junk, less kitsch, less hurrying, less stress, obviously.

It’s easy to say and it’s not that hard to do… if you make a point to pay attention. Say no to a few things, say yes to some different things. Be intentional with your time, your space and your heart.

Ask yourself along the way…. ‘is there a more loving option for everyone involved, including myself’?   . . . and then wander around aimlessly singing Jingle Bell Rock.

If you could use a little UnGrinching . . . we’re here for you. Every day of the year, except Christmas Day . . . and we might add something there too… because….

Well what happened then,
in WhoVille they say
The Grinch’s heart grew
3 sizes that day!

 

Upcoming schedule for this week:

 

Thursday morning 9:30am flow – no evening classes

Friday morning 9:30am flow and then hiking Vineyard Mountain
Option to Carpool from the studio at 10:45am sharp!

Sunday morning 9:30am flow and then hiking Beazell Forest
Option to Carpool from the studio at 10:45am sharp!

 

Saturday December 8th, 9:00am flow and then Hiking Peavy / McDonald Forest
Option to Carpool from the studio at 10:15am sharp.

Email tanariley@gmail.com for any hiking questions or arrangements!

 

*Dec 24th Morning class only
*Dec 25th No classes
*Dec 31st Morning class only
*January 1st – TBD

 

Happy Holidays!

: )

Suzanne

p.s. for more Grinchiness….  www.instagram.com/loveyogastudio

 

Love, Humor and Profanity

Hey it’s me again!

I’ve written at least 3 emails in the past couple of weeks that I haven’t sent. I get these great ideas, brilliant actually. Great analogies and concepts that connect the yoga practice to our daily lives and how helpful it is and how simple it is.  I get started on them and then I realize that I’ve been typing for hours and it’s 7 paragraphs of me rambling about Love… so I delete it.  It’s still really good stuff… I just gotta whittle it down to bite size chunks.

I also realized that all my writing, rambling and great ideas focus on Love, humor and profanity. I like that combination and try to infuse all of that in every class…. so it makes sense they would show up here too.

So here’s the first one… dramatically whittled down. And guess what it’s about.  #$*& ing CHANGE!  Yep. Again. Great changes! I think the subject line of all my emails should be ‘Change is coming!’

We’re changing things up at Love because it’s time. Because people change. Because we learn new things. Because we all should be better at embracing change…. and mostly because we want to create new things and new experiences for all of us to enjoy.

 

Here’s the highlights, details will come later when I have time to write the other four paragraphs!

  1. Our newest teachers and classes start next week! Yep, I’m gonna turn em loose and head to Hawaii and hope it all goes swell! Please welcome and encourage Tana, Kayla, Amanda, Mandy, Christina, and you’ll see more from Brent also!
  2. Erin Yatsui is back in full force as our studio manager and will be adding another class.. plus her monthly Knitting and Yoga class on Saturdays.
  3. Haley took over Aunnie’s Tuesday night 7pm Core class... watch out! And Aunnie will continue teaching her 5:30pm and her Thursday morning.
  4. I will be teaching Power on Wednesday nights again after I get back from Maui because….
  5. Sabrina and I are going to change our schedules up a bit so we can focus on LOVESTRONG Adventures and get more adventures coordinated and confirmed on the calendar.  We’re adding a 2nd snowshoe trip to Trillium and more hikes!

 

That’s it for now.

Oh, and this Saturday, I’m teaching Advanced Alignment on Saturday at 10:30am. If you want to fine tune anything in your practice, now’s the time. It will be a short warm up flow and then a casual chat and workshop around various postures. Plus we’re going to throw in a few optional advanced poses, so you can experiences a few different approaches and see which ones work best for you.

 

See you soon, more details coming, thank you for reading and for being part of Love!

Not Quite Ready for this . . .

I feel like every email I send starts with … we’ve got big changes! But we do! (Scroll down for Opal Creek hike info)

(If you’ve ever wanted to have the monthly unlimited membership at a price you choose… message me now because I’m seriously missing you and I want you to be part of all the Holiday fun we have coming! (That’s right… I’m on an ‘UnGrinching’ obsession again this year!). 

And I’ll stop using exclamation points now.

I’m just so excited. Our current teachers in training are just about ready to roll and we’re excited for you to meet them. (see the new schedule below and watch for a few more in the coming weeks).

So why did I start with . . . ‘I’m not ready’?

Looking back over some of the biggest things I’ve done in life… I never felt really ready.

* Moving out at 17 (and back shortly after)
* Starting the studio
* Teaching teachers
* Buying a house
* Having my son
* Losing my dog

Sometimes we jump, sometimes we get a little nudge/shove. And sometimes… when the opportunity presents itself… it’s just too good to let pass. Eventually I got to a place where even though I wasn’t ready, I could still jump on my own.

I just got back from a 5 day yoga training in the Santa Cruz mountains (pics above – it was not warm down on the pier). We practiced connecting to our own intuition. By that I mean, really taking the time to listen to my heart, patiently waiting, feeling. Checking in with myself instead of 16 other people before making a decision.

Today I put that into practice by only checking with 2! And then I decided where to eat lunch. ; ) (Exclamation point earned).

If it weren’t for this yoga practice, I wouldn’t even know what my intuition was. A gut feeling? Sure. To follow my heart? Definitely. But it is always right? How do I know? Does it matter? And do I feel ready? YES. YES. YES. YES.

It took some practice.

I practiced every day with some great yoga teachers and figured out some fun ways to expand on the already amazing studio experience you’re having now.   More on that later.

But first! We’re ready to post our new schedule... read carefully, some classes aren’t starting until we get back from Maui in November…

I am also doing two workshops before I go, so if you are just beginning to practice…. or you want to align your chakras … just kidding… align your warrior poses and other postures… I’m here for you.  Just sign up and use your pass or pay the drop in fee. The 20th and 28th of October. (Chakra Aligning is in December).

More exciting changes coming soon and we are so glad that you love change as much as we do!!!!!!!

Much Love,

; )
Suzanne

p.s. Hiking to Opal Creek October 13th. That’s a Saturday.  We’ll plan on leaving at 7:30am.  The next email tonight… or possibly tomorrow will have all the details. Watch for that one.

p.p.s. I feel like I’m forgetting a lot… teachers, schedule, hiking, maui, workshops,  . . .  oh yea! There’s more chocolate!

I’ll probably write again in a little while. ; )

Shocking Relevations and Disturbing Discoveries

Hey there,

In grade school, I stuck my hair clip into the outlet and shocked myself and burnt my hair clip… on accident… sort of. I’m not sure if I did that because someone told me not to… or because the bendy little snap-open hair clip fit perfectly into those two little perfectly parallel lines in the outlet right next to me on the steps in the cafeteria.  We were seated there, waiting patiently to practice our part in the Christmas play. One year I was an elf. One year I wrote a Christmas poem I read to the whole school.  I’ve written hundreds since then… but as an adult I call them mantras and haikus.

 

How is this relevant?

 

  1. I’m lucky to be alive and turning 50 tomorrow!  And Love Yoga is turning 8! We’re celebrating tomorrow night with a mini camp out kinda thing at the studio. This is my subtle way of reminding you to come celebrate with us. 6:30pm. Bring a camp chair, wear a flannel, make a s’more!

 

  1. I needed to use the word Shocking in the subject line somehow… because a larger number of you than usual opened the last email titled ‘Bad News’, so I’m experimenting with different subject lines to see what it takes to get you to read these. I mean, you signed up for them, so I’m assuming you really want to read them.  I try to be entertaining aaaaand informative. But disturbingly…. 3 times as many of you opened the ‘bad news’ email. ? ? ?  you know who you are….

 

  1. LOVESTRONG ADVENTURESis launching tomorrow! What is it exactly?

I think we’ve created a better way to explore Love Yoga Studio, the yoga practice itself and NATURE! Our new LOVESTRONG Trail Guide gives you a look at all the offerings at Love and a map to the many ways you can practice and explore. Classes, Workshops, Trainings, Adventures, etc.

LOVESTRONG Adventures is also a way of connecting people with nature because we know how good this is for us – Shinrin-Yoku (aka forest bathing, nature therapy). (deleted comment about the wisdom of other cultures here so as not to offend.  The internet is a scary place).

We are shooting for 2 events every month that get us exploring. So far, we’ve kayaked the Willamette and hiked Drift Creek. Next month we hike Opal Creek and in November we go to Maui!  And we’re not just getting outside to explore… we’ll also get out of our comfort zones a bit with surprise picnics, SUP yoga and urban yoga tours.

For those of you in the studio, you’ll see all of this and the new shirts that arrived today!  For those of you not able to come in this week, I’ll be posting a video and sending you the link tomorrow that shows you the trail guide, the shirts and and update on the adventures.

 

Through yoga I’ve become significantly stronger. So much so, that I’m not afraid to live the way I want to live. (for the most part). And I’m loving it! It’s gotten me through and over a lot of fears.  I’m always applying the practice to other areas of my life…. like getting out in nature. Not my forte. In fact some might say it’s nowhere near my wheel house.  Some might even say it’s a little bit,  . . . wait for it . . .

 

SHOCKING.

 

See y’all tomorrow,

: )

Suzanne

 

Here’s a couple of posts online about it also in case you missed them . . .

www.instagram.com/loveyogastudio
www.facebook.com/loveyogastudio

Bad News? And some changes . . .

Bad News? or  . . . just news?

Well, we talk about this a lot in teacher training, in various aspects of the practice.  Ups and downs are relative. Right and wrong is subjective and there’s no good or bad. It depends on your perspective. How do you see it? It depends on your sensations. How do you feel?

And there’s no such thing as ‘bad news’.  It depends on the circumstances.

One time I got fired The one an only time. Once. (and that’s how Love Yoga was created).  Bad news, right? Very bad news. I had no savings, no insurance, one very charming and sassy teenage son and no back up plan. On the other hand…. Love Yoga was created, and our lives got exponentially better by the second and the momentum has never stopped!

The day was, August 31st, 2010, I had just returned from yoga teacher training, the night before. I was on cloud 9. Exhausted and euphoric at the same time and then suddenly unemployed. That wasn’t my plan. Nine days later we quietly opened Love Yoga. 11 days after that, September 20th, we had our grand opening.

On my birthday. I was 42.

Now I DO NOT look back and agree that everything turned out for the best. My coworkers and clients were told that I abandoned my job with no notice. Not so. That first year was an emotional and financial roller coaster to the say the least; and at the same time, a dream come true. So I did not have time to be angry or looking back. I had a studio to create and a practice to practice. So I dove in head first and never looked back. (Okay I looked back a few times…. briefly because it’s scary to start a business, it’s f@#$ing hard to run it and it’s stressful to anticipate minute by minute if it’s going to make it).

Well. it did. Thanks to all of you and my mom’s unwavering support and encouragement.  Anytime I’ve expressed concerns about the business, she says, ‘You’re so close, you’re almost there, don’t worry’.  Basically saying, ‘you got this!’ Like we say to all of you in balance poses.  Thanks Mom.

So here’s the NEWS:  bad or good, right or wrong, ups and downs: You Choose

SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018.  Love Yoga will be 8, I will be 50 and we’ll be launching our new project: LOVESTRONG Adventures.
We’re having an outdoorsy gathering to celebrate all of you and giving away some cool outdoorsy swag.

THIS GATHERING is a step above roughing it. No fancy foods or linens. We’ll have fire pits to roast bare brats and veggie dogs, the makings for s’mores and booches & brews to sip. YOU can bring your own camp chair, roasting stick and stories to tell around the fire. (we’ll have some sticks available if you’re not the ‘roughing it kind’).

Yes it’s also my birthday and many of you last year so kindly brought me chocolate!  But as you know, this year we have new chocolate bars in the studio. They’re the healthiest, most delicious chocolate I’ve ever had, so we’re good there. And I’m going on a yoga retreat in a week that I’ll tell you more about later. That’s my gift to me.

Howevvvvvver, IF you insist on getting me a gift…. do this:

Please introduce someone new to the studio – give them a free class pass.
(Tell them they are a birthday gift from you to Love!)

Helping grow Love Yoga and sharing the love is the absolute, hands down, best gift I could ever receive.  I can’t do it alone, I have never done it alone and I don’t want to do it alone. I’m SO glad you’re all here.

If you rsvp here, we’ll know how many dogs to bring.

Our 5:30pm class will be 45 minutes, because that’s what we do here on Thursday nights. Feel free to join us!

Thanks!

: )

Suzanne

p.s. Oh yea, the changes! We’re adding classes to the schedule starting in October! 4 new classes so far and more coming! Watch for the new schedule in a week or so. We’ll also have a new ‘Trail Guide’ giving you a map of all the options to consider at the studio and beyond! #getoutsidewithlove #mothernatureiscalling #natureheals

Launching LOVESTRONG ADVENTURES September 20th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our upcoming celebration for the past 8 years and the next 8 years we are also launching our new LOVESTRONG ADVENTURE project where we get outside more and take you with us! Plus, we’re giving away some cool outdoorsy stuff at this gig so sign up here. Let us know you’re comin’!  It’s free, it’s fun, there’s food and friends! ; )

I started practicing yoga because I was a hot nervous mess. That’s no longer the case… unless you drop me in the middle of the forest – that’s a problem.  So I figured since yoga helped me become strong and calm… I should be able to make friends with Mother Nature too, right? ; )

We all know how healing nature is and how helpful yoga is… so we’re combining the two to give you the best possible experience of feeling alive and loving it!

Come celebrate and help us launch the next 8 years with our new LOVESTRONG project.  We’ll roast dogs and marshmallows, sit by the fire, watch the stars and dream about our next adventure! 

Seriously tho… let us know if you’re comin? Here

We also created a new Oregon Love Shirt to commemorate the launch and keep us inspired to get out more all year long! They’ll be here in a couple of weeks!

Anxiety, Hiking and Chasing Squirrels

Hey there,

We’re getting outside without getting carried away!  So Let’s not misunderstand my intentions here. I am in no way a proponent of roughing it or even living outside for long periods of time.  (aka camping). I’ve said it often, ‘our ancestors worked their asses off to secure safe shelter and indoor plumbing. I think it’s disrespectful not to fully appreciate their efforts.

That said… I also understand the benefits of forest bathing (google it), the natural healing qualities of salty sea air and the necessity to move our bodies more often for longer than 20 minute walks (mom).

So scoll down for the Drift Creek Hike info and keep reading for the Yoga for Anxiety info. 

Yoga for Anxiety
Thursday September 6th, 7pm-8:15pm

Whether it’s anxiety attacks or general anxiety, understanding what’s happening in the body is super helpful in using yoga to Basically short circuit anxiety. 

I’m 19 + years without an anxiety attack after 11 years of them. Not knowing if or when they would occur was unsettling to say the least. I could give you the highlights of my experiences with ER, docs, therapists, sleepless nights, herbal teas, jumping jacks and the rest of my tiresome quest for peace... but I don’t spend much time on that because it’s not helpful.  What I will spend the most time on is what helps, how it works and why it matters.

20-30 minutes of how it works and a 30 minute yoga session. No experience necessary.  $16 drop in class rate. Email me if you have questions:  love@loveyogastudios.com

Drift Creek Falls Hike with myself and Tana Riley
Sunday, September 9th, 9am

Another way of re-wiring yourself to not experience debilitating anxiety is to get outside more often. Now, as I’ve said before, I’m not all that outdoorsy but I’m making the effort now for both of us.  That’s you and me, ‘us’.

So let’s get out here and feel the ground beneath our feet, the wind in our hair, the sand in our shoes, the rain on our faces, the bears stalking us, the birds laughing at us, the deer watching us and the smoke in our eyes…. well the smoke is mostly gone now, so it’s a great time to go hike with us and let nature help!

Tana, one of our newest Love Yoga Teachers and experienced hiking guide will be leading us to the falls. I’ve never been there and I’m not an avid hiker… yet. So she assured me this is entry level. And that no hiker gets left behind! ; )

She has an email of details we can send you if you wanna go. Things like a link to this hike, what to bring, where to meet, how long we hike and answer any other questions you might have.

There’s no charge and you bring all your own necessities… but we will be carpooling with those that are interested.

Now, let’s get out there and chase some squirrels!  Who’s with me?

 

Email for Hiking details:  love@loveyogastudios.com

 

Sign up here for :  Yoga for Anxiety 

Get Out of your head . . . and go to a Volcanoes game!

We’re teaching yoga to an incredibly cool group of baseball players – the Keizer Volcanoes. It’s a little awkward and challenging because … well because it’s 25 year old dudes and some of them are not there voluntarily. I’ll come back around to why.

BUT FIRST! If you’ve got stuff going on in your head that’s bringing you down or holding you back then the advice is generally to get out of your head.

Now, I’m obviously a proponent of YOGA but another way that I think most people can relate to easily and quickly getting completely out of their head is to GO SWIMMING.  When you’re swimming, as a beginner, you’re basically thinking of two things: BREATHING and NOT DROWNING!
And as you gain experience, your focus shifts to: breathing and challenging yourself.

Maybe you just want to swim a little further or maybe you want to learn the butterfly or do backflips off diving board. (maybe you want to travel more, change jobs, start a band or move to another state).

THIS IS WHY YOGA WORKS FOR ME. BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE A SWIMMING POOL.

As with swimming, when you begin practicing yoga, you’re usually thinking of two things: BREATHING and NOT FALLING OVER. (or looking silly, or farting, or hurting yourself).  BUT, As you gain experience, your focus shifts to breathing and challenging yourself.  Maybe you want to get IRON MAN STRONG or ZEN LEVEL RELAXED.

Lofty, but okay. Or, maybe you’d simply like to release tension and pain in your body so you can focus on other things. Like swimming!

PLUS, there’s a ton of other perks. Better balance, better sleep, lower blood pressure, stable joints and flowy movement that borders on . . . . exerciiiiiiise? There, I said it. Yoga can be exercise also.

And if you really get serious/good/advanced . . . you can practice anywhere, anytime, in any class and get exactly what you need.
(but that will take years of you giving me money to teach you all the mysterious secrets behind the practice. Don’t worry, I’m here for you). 

SEE, HERE’S THE PROBLEM:  Tension.
Not just any tension. EXCESS TENSION!

Because tension comes from a lot of places. It comes from your body being in the same place for long periods of time and it also comes from your mind being in the same place for long periods of time.  So yoga gets you moving your body in different ways and redirecting your mind in different ways.  TO RELEASE TENSION.

Sure you can get out of your head and distract yourself by watching another episode of Friends or The Office, maybe you have a couple of drinks or go shopping. But you’re probably still able to multi task, worry and think your own frightful thoughts during that time.

In the pool and on the mat, you don’t even know how much time has passed. You’re just in there, breathing . . . as if you’re life depended on it. (get it? lol)

So it’s a little awkward and challenging. So what? So is swimming. But I’ll bet that doesn’t keep you from going to the pool? Probably because you’ve taken a swimming lesson at some point in your life and feel like you know a little about what to expect.

SO TAKE A YOGA LESSON.
With ME, or any of our teachers. But whatever you do… DO NOT GOOGLE it. Trust me on this. Google searches pull the most extreme examples of everything.  Moms, have you ever googled ‘diaper rash solutions’? If not, don’t.

TO SUM IT UP, finally

Practicing consistently makes you physically stronger.
Feeling stronger gives you confidence.
Confidence is calming.
Calm creates clarity. (Ever get a great idea in the shower??).
Relaxation wins.
Get Strong and Calm.

BOOK YOUR YOGA LESSON or find out more, HERE

Ok, BACK TO BASEBALL: 

The Volcanoes are a class act. 100%. Even in their mandatory yoga sessions, they’re in it. They practice. Now I figured going in that yoga is probably not their thing. But they feel it. Head, shoulders, hips and toes. These guys are in the middle of a brutal schedule! 76 season games, 38 of them on the road!  They don’t really have a lot of time to be ‘in their head’ about anything.

But I bet they are. I bet they evaluate every pitch, every inning, every at bat, every win and every loss. So while, yoga might not be their thing… yet. I’m hoping to provide a few minutes of ‘something else’.  Something that feels strong, calm and relaxed with a little less tension and zero evaluation. But I think they enjoyed savasana…

GO VOLCANOES!  (Game tonight at 5:05pm).

: )
Suzanne

p.s. all the info you’ll ever need about us starts here: Love Yoga Studios
p.p.s. Beginner classes start in September!

 

Want better sleep? Are you pregnant? Did you brush your teeth today?

It doesn’t matter.
The process is the same.

Have you ever tried to tell a friend or family member how helpful yoga or meditation can be? We get asked all the time how it helps.  Here’s how:

(8 yoga practices at the bottom)

 

It doesn’t matter if you:

have trouble sleeping
feel anxious or depressed
get emotionally exhausted
have tight muscles that cause hip/back/knee pain
have chronic pain and stress
have frequent bouts of fear and doubt

It doesn’t matter what the circumstances.
Because everyone experiences stress and how you respond to stress impacts your entire system. 

If you love the rush of anger, pain and tension. Carry on.

But if you avoid uncomfortable things, get anxious for unexplainable reasons, are sick from lack of sleep or tired from dealing with tension and pain. Then it helps to know what’s happening in your body and how a little practice and focus could help!

I know, some people will say their situation is unique. A rare case. Doctors are baffled. You’ve tried everything. It’s different. You probably are unique and fascinating so no offense but years of medical research indicate that your nervous system is somewhat predictable. (and even if you are rare, relaxation is always recommended with prescriptions)

Here’s what IS the same: Your nervous system is agitated.

When your nervous system is agitated for any reason, it releases EXTRA boosts of cortisol and adrenaline to help you survive. Great! Survival is good.

But if you’re actually not in danger, then you’ve just launched onto the hormone hamster wheel of: ‘what just happened, what’s about to happen, oh no, how do I go back, stop it, go forward?!’   All. the. time.

The cause is not the issue just yet. This isn’t counseling, it’s retraining the stress response. Let’s take a look at the process.

AGITATION Happens.
REACTION Occurs.
FEAR causes Agitation.

What if you could disrupt this process?
With a little FOCUS (focus on choices under stress)

Agitation happens
Focused
response occurs
Peaceful feeling remains

Your nervous system needs a signal that’s everything’s okay. And I promise you this…simply saying CALM DOWN is NOT the answer.  In my 20s, if anyone told me to calm down, THAT ignited flames in my heart that wanted to set their hair on fire.
Of course I wanted to feel calm and peaceful!

But all I knew at the time was that I was usually uncomfortable, worried or afraid.  I would get short of breath for no reason. I would start sweating and feeling like I was going to pass out and my limbs would go numb and I couldn’t talk because I was trying not to vomit.  Yes, for some reason, my body was panicking. That was MY reaction, yours could be sleep issues, tension or pain.

Here’s why the circumstances don’t matter. 

If you’re nervous system is agitated, regardless of cause, it needs a new signal. Something to focus on. Here are some useful options I’ve gleaned over the years from the yoga practice.

1. Hold still. Really still.
2. Close your eyes
3. Exhale slower, more often.
4. Repeat something comforting to yourself
5. Get into flow state more often
6. Talk to someone
7. Walk barefoot outside
8. Smile (with all your facial muscles, then relax them)

* if you want more info or scientific evidence of these, just ask. 

These soothing moments create a few moments of peace.
And your system will remember that peaceful feeling.
An hour or so later it can still recall that peaceful feeling. 

That’s why you feel great for hours and days after a yoga or meditation session.

It’s like brushing your teeth.
You clean them every day, twice a day, floss, rinse, swish, cleanings. And you do this forever.
Consistently.  They don’t STAY clean and pearly, because … life.

Give your nervous system a rinse, a swish, a cleaning, every day, twice a day.
Consistently. It won’t stay smooth and pearly forever either, but at least twice a day it will feel calm and peaceful.

And unlike your teeth… your nervous system can store those peaceful feelings and reconnect with them when it needs to.

Your teeth can’t make themselves shiny again. 

Nobody can do this for you. We provide the space, the tips, the techniques, the encouragement.

You just have to brush consistently. 

 

Thanks for reading,

; )  Suzanne

 

p.s.

  • If you’re pregnant, or know someone who is, email us and we’ll send you a free PDF with more specific information on practicing yoga and easing stress while pregnant.
  • If you want to sleep better, or know someone who does, here’s a link to a free guided meditation. You’ll have to download the app and it’s totally worth it. It’s free.
  • If you want info for the next Yoga for Anxiety class in September, email me: love@loveyogastudios.com

 

 

 

If I had a nickel for every time I heard the phrase… ‘During Savasana, I…’

It’s the most often used phrase at the studio. Everyone talks about savasana. Sometimes they talk about one of Sabrina’s sassy, smart, southern sayings that both entertain and inform them with a subtle, mind blowing adjustment. But mostly it’s this,

‘During Savasana, I . . .

… actually may have drifted off
… had the best idea
… was more relaxed than I’ve ever been
… didn’t feel any pain
… remembered what I wanted to ask you!
… wasn’t quite asleep but not all here
… heard someone snoring, it might have been me
… had an epiphany about ‘something’
… felt so grounded and peaceful
… felt like I do after a massage
… forgot about my ________ problem.
… had no idea where I was
… _________________________________

There are so many I can’t remember them all!

Please send us YOUR ending to that statement.
to:  love@loveyogastudios.com

 

WHAT’S SAVASANA?

Savasana is the final 8 minutes of our yoga classes. It’s complete relaxation.

Holding still with maybe one or two shifts so that you can be as comfortable as possible doing absolutely nothing.

If you haven’t ever tried this before, you can definitely do this at home. Just hold still. Do nothing. No music, no tea, no petting the dog.

Eyes closed if possible. Or not.

There are no hard and fast rules other than to hold still as much as possible and just do nothing. We’ve got all kinds of explanations, benefits and results. But mostly it soothes your nervous system… which then makes everything else better.

I bet you don’t make it 3 minutes.  ; )

Feel free to let me know if I’m wrong. It happens occasionally.
: )

Suzanne