It’s time for a change and a Spring-a-ling CHALLENGE!
Remember last year when we were saying how it would be nice if things stopped changing day to day. Well now… we’ve changed our tune a bit. We WANT things to change. Things like the current state of being closed, the season, the cost of dental work and the worldwide zoom fatigue. We want to spring into Spring feeling lighter, brighter and allllll-righter.
How? By Letting Go and Creating Space.
Letting Go is our specialty! We let go of stress, tension, tightness and frustrations, etc. We do this by breathing slow and letting go of exhales and expectations.
You’re invited to join us In Studio or Online, to let go ‘yoga style’ on March 16th at 7:00pm for a SPRING YIN WORKSHOP. A deeply relaxing, releasing, Yin practice w/a mini meditation on Aparigraha and all the ways we can lighten the load. $25 if you sign up now. 12 spots in studio and more online. Sign up at http://bitly.ws/bWoE.
Creating Space gets easier once we learn to let go. And we all know that clutter clutters your noggin. So, we keep it nice and tidy here at the studio. It feels good in here, right? Every time you step inside, you say, ‘it’s such a great vibe here’. Cause there’s NO clutter!
Were you one of those people who jumped onto the Home Edit/Marie Kondo bandwagon. No? Just me? (And Vonda). And 15k other obsessive organizers!
Well, WE did. And it turned out to be a super CREATIVE adventure. So the second CHALLENGE is to go a little Kondo Crazy with us and edit part of your home, garage, car, photos, junk drawer… anything. Something you’ve been wanting to clear out for decades, perhaps!
AND PLEEEEEEEEEASE…. Please share your creative storage ideas and your before and after pics! I need some ideas!
Tag Love Yoga Studio on Instagram or Facebook and use #lovetoletgo so we don’t miss your pics! Best pics win free tee shirts! You can also email me the before and after pics if you are not on social media.
Sooooooo…. Let’s get to letting go, shall we? You go first. Just kidding. I already went first. Remember? I let go of half the business, the wall and a lot of you. (where’s the crying emoji??) ; )
I’ll post my pics too. Letting Go is easier when we let go together.
Thank you all for being part of Love Yoga Studio and LoveStrong Adventures.
p.s. reserve your spot in the Yin class asap. We’re limited to 12 inside. http://bitly.ws/bWoE
Hello and Happy Monday!
We are THREE short weeks away from springing the clocks forward again! That’s right March 14th is right around the corner and then we’ll have all that evening daylight to get outside! I spent this past weekend in yoga training… moving, breathing, talking and meditating. And speaking of nasal breathing… this will be my last email about it for a while! (Next Month we’ll be talking about something just as powerful!)
Soooooo, have you tried the Nasal Breathing yet? If you start googling this you will find SO many benefits from just a few short minutes of practicing each day.
- reduced exposure to foreign substances.
- increase air flow to arteries, veins, and nerves.
- increase oxygen uptake and circulation.
- slow down breathing and lower blood pressure
- improve lung volume.
- help your diaphragm work properly.
- Better SLEEP
- Less SnoringEverything about this is a magical miracle for your body and your mind! Why Wouldn’t you try it!We spent a lot of time nasal breathing this weekend, and then I slept 9 hours last night. I feel unstoppable today so I’m working on the schedule, the memberships and the MindBody system for re-opening. We were hoping to open March 1st – we’re just waiting for Benton county to be allowed more than 6 people in the studio. Hoping for a positive press release this Friday!WHEN we DO open, we will also be carrying Vital Proteins Waters at the studio if you’re into those delightfully refreshing waters and we’re planning our next LoveStrong Hikes and a LoveStrong Adventure Retreat for early Summer! (And by adventure you know I mean extreme relaxing, wandering/walking/hiking and meditating in nature!)
Please let me know if I can help in anyway with any of our ONLINE classes. We’re still going strong in the virtual world, filming classes every single day for you all.
And not to brag but we’ve gotten even better over the past year. We have so much variety in there: Classes for back pain, core strength, chair yoga, a Groovy FLO45 with tunes, a few short classes and some guided meditations.
We WILL see you soon,
- Additional Resources/books/websitesBreathe, James Nestor
The Oxygen Advantage, Patrick McKeown
Brian Mackenzie, Extreme Athlete Breath Training
At first glance you probably thought this would be about profanity… one of my favorite topics… because I love all words equally. Nope. It’s literally about your mouth. And Pranayama – breathing (and energy) practice.
Are you a mouth breather? How do you know? Do you know? Really? I would have said absolutely, 100%, hands down, NO Way, am I a mouth breather. But you know what happened? I started paying more attention. Because I read that book last year by James Nestor. (You know the one I couldn’t stop talking about – Breath) And now that I’m paying attention… I catch myself ALL THE TIME… with my mouth just hanging ajar. Just a little bit, but still! I KNOW better!
And then I started paying even more attention when I’m walking, hiking or running. (just kidding, I never run). But even on an uphill trek, I’m trying to keep my mouth closed and just rely on nasal breathing. It’s takes some effort! And the second I stop paying attention, there it goes. It does this in part because of something called air hunger. Weird, huh?
I know I know, you’re thinking, ‘big deal, so what’. It can’t have THAT big of an impact. Well, I’m here to tell you IT DOES TOO! (read that again emphatically in the tone of an 8 year–old telling on a sibling).
Here’s why it matters. It changes your CO2 levels and your tolerance to it, which lowers the nitric oxide that triggers your oxygen uptake, which affects your nervous system and your heart. PLUS, it changes the shape of your jaw and your smile and your nasal passageways over time. Ever struggle with breathing? Know someone who snores? Asthma? Deviated septum? Allergies?
Now I’m not stating professionally that closing your mouth will fix all that overnight. Definitely Not over ONE night. But there is significant evidence that many breathing obstacles can magically be adjusted.
And by magically, I mean the magic of biology, physiology and all the other medical ologies. Your body is magic, I mean seriously, can you really deny that after seeing the miracles of birth and hair growth? C’mon where does all that hair come from – when you spend years shaving and cutting it month after month after month for decades! (not my brother, hasn’t had to cut his hair since he was 28, LOL).
Breathing challenge this month: Try two things:
- Breathe through your nose as much as possible and see what happens?
- Try inhaling for 5.5 seconds and exhaling for 5.5 seconds for a little bit every day.
Eventually see if you can breathe that way for one full minute which would = 5.5 breaths.
Cool math, right?
I felt compelled to reiterate this fascinating information on breathing. I want everyone to breathe a little easier this year for all our sakes. This is a good start. Thank you for trying it.
And now that I’ve got you breathing easy and feeling calmer… I also feel compelled to remind you that we are doing everything possible to stay open until we can re-open. It’s not feasible to open for 5 people but we are ready and willing as soon as we get a greener light. In the meantime, we also know that even when we open, not everyone is coming back. So we’d like to ask if at all possible, please spread the word about our online classes, library and workshops. Every little bit helps. Thank you.
Until next time… breathe easy.
p.s. Check out my next message about the best Root Canal Ever and the more practical applications of nasal breathing!
The word spiritual is often linked closely with religious, so let me first make the distinction I’m shooting for here.
In my experience, connecting with my spirit means I connect with a deeper part of myself where I’m not thinking about daily routines but where I can feel, sense and hear my heart. Simply letting my mind rest and wander. Not necessarily thinking, but not trying ‘not’ to think either. Open to whatever emerges. (We use to call that free time).
I do this mostly with meditation and writing but in recent years, I’m finding another powerful path to this connection through hiking/walking. (I always add the word walking because I don’t want to imply that I’m deep in the forest or on a mountain top cavorting with bears and eagles having a mystical experience. Sometimes I’m simply walking around the junior high track). Although I have had some pretty interesting encounters with baby squirrels lately!
Do you feel spiritual? How do you connect with your spirit?
With yoga, meditation and writing there is a legit flow that occurs when this connection happens:
* We move and breath and Energy shifts.
* Relaxation follows, brains waves move into Alpha/Theta range
* And that’s when the magic happens.
* The rest of the world melts away for a bit.
* The connection is more clear between your head and heart.
* This is when Ideas break through, Epiphanies emerge.
* Writing them down, expounding on them brings even more flow.
* It takes a little practice. And you can access it anytime you want.
In this way, whether magic or science… I believe that everyone is spiritual. Everyone can connect to their own unique spirit/heart/soul/god/universe/consciousness and receive wisdom and insight that is specific to YOU. Whatever raises your energetic frequency will feel good AND connect you to your spirit.
Another way is to surround yourself with LOVE. (and wear it too! ) Seriously. You’ve heard of Dr. Emoto, right? He put positive words on some water containers and negative words on others. The positive ones formed beautiful, symmetrical patterns and the negative ones formed uneven and broken patterns. He saw water as a “blueprint for our reality” and that emotional “energies” and “vibrations” could change its physical structure. (What are we mostly made of? Water, energy and space)
Surrounding ourselves with LOVE raises our energetic frequencies which allows stronger, loving connections. So until we can gather together, connect and surround ourselves with loving peeps, we hope that you will enjoy wrapping yourself up in our new Love Shirts. We GREATLY appreciate your support as this is also part of our efforts to stay open and practicing with you.
Much Love to all of you – We hope to see you soon!
Three Questions I would never ask:
1. What do you want to do with your life?
2. Why are you still single?
3. Are you getting a vaccine?
I could write paragraphs about each of these and why they’re troublesome. But it’s not my place in life to school you on conversational ettiquette.
Where it IS my place to monitor the conversation is inside Love Yoga.
So you’ll never have to worry about those awkward conversations here.
We have a strict policy of
No politics, No periods, No pandemic, No pressure.
Nobody comes to yoga to rehash the current state of affairs and nobody needs to know who you voted for or why you’re moody.
Zero Pressure here.
This is YOUR time. Your time to go inside.
To get clear, strong and calm.
We come here to shift our energy in our minds and bodies so that we feel strong enough to embrace the chaos of living. And we intentionally created a distraction free space.
It is our responsibility to uphold that space for everyone. EVERY.ONE.
So we won’t ask you awkward questions and we discourage awkward conversations. (just to be clear, I’m not saying don’t have awkward conversations, I’m saying don’t do it here during yoga)
And because we’ve created such an awesome space, we really want to keep it. So we WILL humbly ask you to particiapte!
Do you know anyone who could use a little more LOVE?
Because we now have:
Here’s our humble ask:
Please share Love Yoga with someone?
(Also Let me know what you think of our New little
Surprise on the LOVESTRONG page below!)
We hope to see you soon,
Much Love to all of You.
p.s. I want to keep doing this my life.
The two questions I get most often:
1. What is this UnGrinching thing about?
First, The UnGrinching!
The very first UnGrinching was my attempt to lift my own mood during the holidays. I figured there must be others that could use a little more holiday camaraderie. Like extra yoga challenges, UnGrinchy gift baskets and candlelit restorative classes.
So starting in October that year, I made myself participate more. I dressed up for Halloween. A holiday I despise on many levels. But as it turns out I loved the wig! And I think we handed out peanut butter cups and floss?We added a holiday yoga challenge, we gave away gifts for every day of the 12 days of Christmas! And last year we brought in the Gnome Explosion! This year we created a new Grinchy postcard challenge so be sure to get your card and lift your spirits… and maybe someone else’s too!
Plus you could win some great swag, a grinch basket, yoga passes, our 10 year anniversary Love Yoga quilt and more!
Second, The online classes
We have tried various platforms since March. Five to be exact. We are constantly striving to streamline this experience… for you!
We’ve tried Zoom, Namastream, Youtube, Kajabi, and now Mindbody Online’s own Livestreaming platform. a
Nothing has been streamlined.
But we’re not giving up.
In fact, we’re embracing the practice even more.
Because the word keeps giving us golden opportunities to practice.
We’re right here with you… in spirit. ; )
You guys are probably tired of hearing me gush about how thankful we always are for you. But we are. We really, truly are. For every one of you. For every teacher. For every breath over the past ten years.
So I’ll skip the gushing for now and tell you…. it feels weird to not be having a big celebration. I didn’t really know how else to celebrate… so I’m going with a slide show for now…. and a big celebration… next year?? That gives us a whole year to plan something fabulous!
So please send us your pics!
Or post them and tag us!
Mom and I have surprisingly few pictures of us together in our love shirts… But here they are: 2010, 2013, 2019 and 2020. I love the SFO pic. We do love San Francisco. Mom worked at Bank of America there. I was born there. And we’ve gone back a few times to visit. (And when we ARE all able to gather again… we’ll go back and do the SFO Love Yoga Tour!)
Please Post or send us a pic in your shirt!
(Here’s a few fun hashtags!)
#tenyearsoflove #loveyogastudio #lovestrong
New LOVE shirts are on the way with our upcoming annual holiday UnGrinching!
Click here to see the pictures as they roll in!
So Much Love,
Enter your SLM Below…. here’s why:
We volunteered last night and we donated and we cleaned. And here’s what we learned. They didn’t really need us. (This might take a sec to explain).
See the passage in the above pic? From a wise old guy named T. Krishnamacharya. This is my job. My literal job. To take teachings from ancient practices of yoga and make them useful in today’s world. 🤔
One might also say my job is to manage a studio that offers physical fitness and mental resiliency via yoga postures and breathing. 💪🏼
As you can see in the picture… PLANKs are a very small of the practice. (#3 – Asana)
But you know what my actual job is…?
It’s to be encouraging, comforting, uplifting, and energizing. Because that allows us to be able to elevate our attitudes, (#1&2), take care of our bodies (#3&4) and focus our minds (#5&6) so that we can enjoy the interactions we have in this world (#7&8).
With each other!
That’s the contribution I want to make in THIS world.
However…. I was starting to feel hesitant about continually finding silver linings in 2020. Because so many are struggling. So we volunteered at fairgrounds last night to be more helpful. More hands on. And I learned that even during all this chaos… someone who’s down on their luck still realizes that the world keeps spinning. And while they appreciate the helping hand… they also appreciate the encouragement, the possibilities and opportunities.
So even when others are struggling, hurting or down. Even when it seems perpetually dark… a smile, a laugh, a light, and someone using your first name… is encouraging. (Shout out to the Temp Taker last night – if you see this).
Someone showing you a silver lining and a possibility… is a relief. Compassion doesn’t mean everyone needs to suffer. Someone needs to be able to light the path.
So I’m keeping my rose colored glasses on. I’ll continue to be annoyingly optimistic. And I am purposely practicing less plank. (But I won’t throw the baby out with the bath water. You can still plank your little heart out).
You can also expect to hear more mantras in meditation, more silver linings in savasana and more focus on LOVE. Because that’s what we do here. We’ve just been fairly quiet about it…. until now 😉
Thanks to my trainer last night for encouraging me to keep writing. You’re the inspiration for this one. (It’s those little things).
Oh! And they didn’t really need us last night because so many people have volunteered! We stayed til midnight so some of the late, late crew could stay home…. so my Silver Lining Moment: Good people everywhere donating and volunteering.