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Spring Equinox Marks a New Beginning



Sky-gazers Get Ready! 

The third and final Super Moon (nicknamed the Full Worm Moon) in 2019 will appear in the night sky TOMORROW at 9:43 pm ET, — shortly after the spring equinox, marking the first time these astronomical events have occurred on the same day since March 20, 1981. 

The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.  So regardless of where you are in the world, the equinox means that almost everyone will experience exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. This only happens one other day of the year (during the September equinox).

With the equinox, we will enjoy more sunlight hours, earlier dawns and later sunsets.

In yoga tradition the equinox is celebrated by performing a Yoga Mala. A yoga mala is a string of 108 (or 54) sun salutations. This "marathon of yoga" allows you to break free form the hibernation of winter to recharge mentally and physically.


Join Mackenzie for an Equinox Yoga Mala Workshop on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 

Pricing


Members: $25
Non-Members: $30

Day of Pricing

Members: $30

Non-Members: $35

 

Wear comfortable clothing.
Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink a lot of water prior to class.

Bring a mat & water.


Sign up online https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=38484&stype=-107&sTG=23&sVT=20&sView=day&sLoc=1&sTrn=100000046&date=03/23/19

or email laurenkamp@next-yoga.com

 


Check Your Expectations at the Door


 

“Saying you’re not flexible enough for YOGA is like saying you’re too dirty to take a BATH.”

 

So, you say you're not flexible? I hear that a lot. I’ve found it to be the most common reason why people are hesitant to try yoga. When I attended my first yoga class I could not touch my knees with my hands.  I WAS NOT FLEXIBLE.  There’s a saying in yoga that you are considered a beginner for the first 10 years of your practice. And what a blissful experience it was and continues to be.

 

Many factors can contribute to a less-than-bendy body, from genetics to the weather outside. Age and gender also play a role, as men and older people tend to be less flexible than the young and females. But that doesn't mean you should rule out yoga. Yoga will help you feel calmer, sleep better, and yes, get more flexible.

 

There may be some poses you can do ‘perfectly’ right off the bat. And then there are poses that may take months, years or decades until you can do them ‘perfectly.’

 

Yoga isn’t about performing that ‘textbook perfect’ pose. Every single person has their completely unique challenges and they are on their own journey. Yoga is more about this process of unwinding and participating in your journey.

 

Yoga is also not just about flexibility. It’s about flexibility, strength and balance and creating a calm, cool collective expression while practicing.

 

In yoga, we talk about practicing santosha, which is the idea of letting go of expectations and preconceived ideas about how things should be. A yoga class can be intimidating for a first timer, but this idea that we need to be able to wrap our bodies up like pretzels on the first go is setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, see if you can cultivate a sense of passive acceptance to what is happening in each moment. Don't worry about what happens in the middle of class or the end of class or even next week's class. Stay present and fully aware in each moment and you will reap the benefits tenfold.

 

But one thing is for sure, if you keep avoiding yoga because you’re not flexible enough… then when will you be flexible enough to do it?


Live, love, laugh,
~ Debbie

 

 


The Final Stretch - Beating the Winter Blues with Yoga

Spring is literally around the corner, but you’re growing impatient. You’ve had your fill of snow and cold and are ready for some CHANGE. It’s too early to ditch your warm coat, but there are a few yoga poses that just might help you during the grueling, final stretch of winter.

Dancer pose, Triangle pose, and Camel pose – all great postures that energize your body. All act as natural stimulants to set you up for a productive day. They warm up the body and bring you from repose to refresh. Many of us sleep with the spine and hips rounded in fetal position, which is calming and introspective for rest and contemplation. In contrast, backbends stretch and extend the spine and hips and bring an energetic openness to the body, preparing you for action. Take 10, 20, or 30 minutes every morning to practice, and you’ll start your day wide-awake and full of life.


Side Plank, Sun Salutations, Bridge pose, and Bow pose are all great postures that generate heat. And this is what we crave this time of year for sure! By holding these postures, you will generate heat, build strength, and train your ability to focus and find stillness.


Heart opening postures – Cobra pose, Cat pose, Wheel pose. These poses help with anxiety and depression. It is easy to fall into a slump towards the end of winter-time… maybe you’ve gotton off the track from the intentions you set for the new year. Heart opening postures are perfect for getting back to yourself. They warm the spine and stimulate the heart chakra, which is responsible for our ability to give and receive love.


"The sun shines not on us, but in us."

~ John Muir, Naturalist

 


Everything changes...


Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency
rather than absorbing the frequencies around you,
when you start imprinting your intent on the Universe
rather than receiving an imprint from existence.


Meditation & Attachment

In yoga, we talk about letting go of what no longer serves us. This can be said of anything or anyone who weighs us down physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. It refers to our attachment to certainties in life. It can manifest itself in behaviors that leave us feeling unfulfilled or anxious. It is trying to live up to expectations and desires that invariably leave us with a compromised sense of self.  

Like anything that is unwanted – extra body weight, a toxic relationship, a career that no longer serves our best interest – it can be difficult to shed. Part of the goals behind meditation is to not have to let go, later, of what has become a burden, but rather to not hold on to it in the first place.

Meditation For Beginners

"Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak."

Life can get hectic at times, as there are many things that are out of our control. Meditation is a simple, yet very effective way of calming our minds and changing them for the better. By developing a meditation practice, you will learn the habits of your mind as a means to cultivate a more positive way of being. 

Join Lauren for a workshop to understand the tools to begin a meditation practice. Gain concentration, emotional positivity, and tranquility from within amidst the chaos of day-to-day life.

Benefits of Meditation:

·      Reduces Stress

·      Improves Concentration

·      Increase self-awareness

·      Reduces Anxiety and Depression

·      Creates Self Acceptance

·      Slows Aging by Reducing Stress

·      Benefits cardiovascular and immune system health 

Pricing:

Members: $20

Non-members: $25

Day of Pricing

Members: $25

Non-members: $30

·      Wear light, comfortable clothing.

·      Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink lots of water afterwards.

·      Bring mat and water.

(Mat/towel rental and water for purchase at the studio.)

Pre-Registration Required.

Sign up online https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=38484&stype=-107&sTG=23&sVT=20&sView=day&sLoc=2&sTrn=100000000&date=03/09/19

or email laurenkamp@next-yoga.com

 


February is American Heart Month ~ How Yoga Fits In


Most people believe that breast cancer is the No. 1 risk for a fatal disease in women. Yet, surprisingly heart disease causes more deaths in women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women, but women are typically affected about 10 years later in life than men. Two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

When we talk about yoga, stress is peppered throughout the conversation. When we talk about “stress” what exactly do we mean? Stress can come in many different forms:

·     Anger

·     Depression

·     Worry

·     Physical Illness/Disease

Yoga for stress reduction is a well-known benefit. But how exactly does stress affect your heart and why is it so important to understand the facts? 

Stress hormones raise blood pressure, heart rates, and causes the heart to work twice as hard to get the oxygen it desperately needs to function properly. When we are stressed (physically and mentally) our blood supply becomes compromised and if we have any fatty blockages or spasms in a coronary artery, even partially narrowed ones, our risk of heart attack increases. In addition, intra-abdominal fat can increase our bodies resistance to insulin, raising blood sugar and further increasing the risk of heart disease.

Physically, yoga improves cardiovascular conditioning by bringing oxygenation to all blood flow. This helps lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function, and boost circulation. Mentally, yoga can help people lose weight by empowering healthier eating habits and lifestyle choices. Doing yoga makes people feel good about themselves and more hopeful about getting better in all aspects of life. 

Yoga can also improve flexibility, muscle strength and balance. Doing yoga for a few hours each week will help you feel calmer and more balanced, both physically and mentally, all contributing to a healthy heart.

 


Challenge Yourself with Chaturanga


Chaturanga Dandasana (chah-tuur-ANGH-uh dahn-DAHS-uh-nuh) is a key component of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga.

Chaturanga Dandasana is a challenging pose that helps students connect with their inner strength and energy. This pose is thought to stimulate the Manipura Chakra, which promotes confidence and self-esteem. Students learn how to balance struggle and surrender in this posture.

Chaturanga strengthens the:

  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen
  • Back muscles
  • Abdominal organs
  • Wrists

Whole body alignment and coordination is involved and may be difficult for beginners. But with practice, Chaturanga promotes flexibility and focus, and becomes an integral part of a balanced yoga flow.

Join us as we breakdown the ever challenging “yoga push up,” the Chaturanga.

Ensure that your yoga practice is strong, yet safe, by learning how to activate the correct muscles and find proper alignment throughout your body. In this 75 minute workshop, we’ll talk through Chaturanga mechanics, warm up the body for a physical practice, and also learn how to use blocks and straps to further enhance your movements and understanding!

Pricing

Members: $25

Non-Members: $30

Day of Pricing

Members: $30

Non-Members: $35

·       Wear comfortable clothing

·       Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink a lot of water prior to class

·       Bring a mat & water

Sign up online >>> https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=38484&stype=-107&sTG=23&sVT=20&sView=day&sLoc=2&sTrn=100000000&date=02/09/19

Or email laurenkamp@next-yoga.com  


What is Sound Healing?



Sound Healing is one of the most ancient and natural methods of healing known to man. Also known as vibrational medicine, the practice uses the vibrations of the human voice, as well as objects, such as Tibetan singing bowls.

It uses the power of sound to go beyond relaxation and restore the mind, body and spirit. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep, powerful effect and leave you feeling balanced and refreshed.


The Benefits of Sound Healing:

·      lessens stress and anxiety

·      heightens mood

·      lowers blood pressure/cholesterol levels

·      eases pain

·      lessens risk for coronary artery disease and stroke

·      improves sleep

Sound Healing Vinyasa Workshop

Join Sean and Lauren D for this 90 minute vinyasa flow class guided by the rhythmic vibrations of drums and the didgeridoo. Lauren will lead you through a grounding, yet uplifting vinyasa flow class while Sean works his magic musically.

Saturday, January 19
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Elmhurst Location

Sign up here >>>

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=38484&stype=-107&sTG=23&sVT=16&sView=day&sLoc=2&sTrn=100000000&date=01/19/19

 



Intention vs. Resolution



You are two weeks into January and already starting to lax on your New Year’s Resolution. You just know that by the time February rolls around that your resolution will become something to maybe visit again in the Spring because it will be easier then… or perhaps next week or next month when the timing is better “to achieve it.” This is a very common tale for people of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds. A very common tale. It’s a story that we re-write year after year, thinking that the ending will somehow be different this time.

 

According to WikiDiff, the definition of Resolution is: 

Noun

(en noun)

·  A strong will, determination. 

·  The state of being resolute. 

·  A statement of intent, a vow. 

·  The act of discerning detail.

 

Whereas the definition of Intention is:

Noun

(en noun)

·  A course of action that a person intends to follow.

 

Even in the simplest of terms, the definition of intention, resonates within me. It uses the word "course" - implying that there's a journey involved - a journey I intend to be on, not just this year, but perhaps, always. It doesn’t sound so hard to do, right? After all, we set intentions all the time in yoga class and end up feeling refreshed and hopeful after we roll up our mat. So what if this year, we made a New Year’s Intention, rather than a Resolution?

 

The Sanskrit word for intention is Sankalpa, which implies soul growth. A good intention nurtures your consciousness and raises your awareness. It is a positive call to action about something you want to do, rather than something you don’t want to do, but feel that you “should.”

For example:

 

Resolution: Lose 20 pounds 

(because if I don’t, I won’t fit in my dress, I will be the fattest of my friends, I won’t be able to run in that marathon, etc.)

 

Intention: I will treat my body with respect today. I will nourish it with good food, exercise, and rest.

(because I deserve it.)

 

Setting an intention is about giving us focus and meaning to our lives. It is all about attitude towards what we want to transform or change. The great thing about setting intentions is that you can do them daily, weekly or monthly. Unlike New Year's resolutions, intentions are meant to used as a daily tool, not as a means to an end. When we realize that our past resolutions were supposed to be of a higher nature – a daily mindset – a boundless purpose  – the Universe works hard to not only manifest it, but to keep it in your stream of consciousness.

 

How to Set an Intention:

  • Sit silently.
  • Fold your hands and bring awareness to your heart.
  • Relax, breathe deeply.
  • Keep your intention simple.
  • Express your intention without judgement or expectation.
  • Release your intention to the Universe.
  • Trust with complete faith that it will manifest.

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

 


A Time to Renew

During the winter months we descend into our bodies, into sleep, and darkness, much like certain animals hibernate. Many find this scary, but it is actually a great time for rest and deep reflection. Many of our emotions have been hiding in the dark caves within ourselves, and it is important to visit them with forgiveness and love. To forgive is to wipe the slate clean and start over. There is nothing more invigorating than letting go of past judgement or pain, feelings of inadequacy or anger. Once acknowledged and forgiven, our souls automatically feel nourished and open to love. True freedom comes when we face our issues and learn from them. The dark caves become filled with light to guide you into the future.

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