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What is Mindfulness & Why Try It?


 

 

Mindfulness is nonjudgmental awareness of what is. It is seeing what is around you without interpreting. It is experiencing everything that goes on around you without thoughts about value or worth.

 

Mindfulness is focused attention on the present moment. It is staying in the moment, rather than the future or the past. It keeps us out of unhealthy patterns of catastrophizing about the future or focusing on regretful thoughts about losses/mistakes that have already happened.

 

Focusing on future problems or past struggles intensifies emotions. “What if” thoughts about the future cause anxiety. Judgmental or regretful thoughts about the past can cause depression, shame, guilt. Both lead to RUMINATION and AVOIDANCE.

 

Why Try It?

Mindfulness targets factors that trigger emotional problems.

 

Rumination (worry) focuses your attention on distress and possible causes or consequence.

Whereas mindfulness keeps you in the moment and prevents time traveling.

 

Experiential Avoidance is the numbing of or suppressing of strong emotions.

When you are mindful, you observe how emotions rise, crest, and slowly diminish. It helps you see emotions as a single aspect of your current experience.

 

Mindfulness can and should be practiced both on and off your yoga mat. Give it a try!


Sandbag Restorative Yoga



"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."


Props are our greatest tools in Restorative Yoga and there is no prop more relaxing than the sandbag! In this workshop, Casey will guide you through an incredibly calming Restorative Yoga class and while you're in each posture, an instructor will come around and place sandbags strategically on your body. The sandbag will not only encourage your body a little bit deeper into the pose, but the weight of the sandbag will calm your central nervous system helping you to relax with more ease. This workshop is for all levels!

 

Benefits:
-Reduces stress by calming the central nervous system
-Helps fight anxiety and depression
-Helps with insomnia
-Helps fibromyalgia pain
-Eases restless leg
-And so much more!

 

Pricing

Members: $35
Non-Members: $40

Day of Pricing


Members: $40
Non-Members: $45

 

  • Wear long sleeves and long pants. Make sure clothing is light and comfortable.
  • Avoid eating 1 hour before and drink lots of water afterwards.
  • Bring mat and water. (Mat/towel rental and water available for purchase at studio.)

Pre-Registration required.

Sign-up online at >>>

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=38484&stype=-107&sTG=23&sVT=20&sView=day&sLoc=1&sTrn=100000008&date=07/14/19

Or email casey@next-yoga.com



Neti, Neti, Neti (I am Not That Thought) - a Simple Meditation

Neti-Neti meditation is a form of self-inquiry in which the practitioner searches for the location of the self.

The name, from Sanskrit origins, translates to "not this, not that," which means that he is not limited to his thoughts, body, or ego.


Through this form of meditation, the practitioner realizes that he is not tied to the things he normally identifies with, whether it be personality, thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, sensations, bodies, perceptions, will, gender, occupation, etc.


Some Simple Techniques to Try:

• Following the sounds of your breath

• Gazing at an inspiring image, candle flame or sun-gazing

• Visualization (pink bubble, heart chakra, white light, etc)

• Chanting Mantra (in head or out loud)

• Physical Focus Point (hands, third eye, heart, etc)

• Mala or Prayer Beads

• Focus on your distractions as the meditation (hear ALL of the sounds that might pull you OUT of meditation

and make those the meditation itself)

• Counting (count backwards from 100 to 1, start over anytime you lose track & get lost in thought)

• Situational Meditation (walking meditation, eating meditation, general mindfulness)


The Power of the Vagus Nerve



The vagus nerve is the longest running nerve in the body. It starts at the top of the spinal cord and travels all the way down to your stomach. Current research is acknowledging the role yoga has on the vagus nerve and its potential to heal. 

When properly stimulated, the vagus nerve is capable of solving most of your emotional and physical problems.

Benefits:

·      Helps the brain stimulate new brain cells

·      Removes stress by instantly relaxing you

·      Improved memory

·      Brings down inflammatory response of the body which is responsible for disease

·      Lowers blood pressure

·      Promotes better sleep

·      Helps keep diabetes under control

·      Raises immunity

·      Relieves depression, anxiety and raises levels of endorphins


 Ways to activate the vagus nerve:

·      Deep diaphragmatic breathing 

·      Chanting and letting the mouth fill with saliva and leaving your tongue to soak in it

·      Pressing your eyelids and washing the face with cold water, especially after exercise, will bring the body into instant relaxation

·      Performing inverted postures such as sarvangasana, vipareet karani mudra and halasana especially in addition to a daily yoga practice

·      Practising Bhramari Pranayama which activates your palate, throat and ears — the pathway of the vagus nerve


Avocado Mac & Cheese - yes please!


Who is ready for the ultimate vegan dinner recipe that is loaded with flavor and
only requires 8 ingredients?! We are obsessed with this Avocado Mac and Cheese!
It's easy to make and perfect for a healthy weeknight meal!  
RECIPE: 
http://fffinds.co/2n378On

Sprint. Sculpt. Stretch!


Why All Athletes Should Practice Yoga

 

Many sports have repetitive movements, usually in one direction, such as cycling and running. These repetitive motions can build up certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this can cause disparities in the muscles and joints, leading to injuries from over use. This can cause the body to over load onto different joints not intended to hold extra weight.

Athletes get over use injuries most commonly to the:  

·      Illiotibial Band (ITB)

·      Knees

·      Hamstrings 

·      Hip Flexors 

·      Shoulders 

 

Often, these injuries are directly linked to misalignment. Yoga helps to align the spine and strengthen the core. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching (pre- or post-workout) by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion. By activating the little muscles that help support the primary muscles, the body is worked through all three planes of motion in order to remain balanced and healthy. Yoga works not just in the sagittal plane but, in the frontal and transverse planes as well, ensuring well-rounded development. 

JOIN US for a Yogi Triathlon!
Sprint. Sculpt. Stretch
May 18 - Wheaton
5:30 am - 7:30 am

Join Jacky R, Lauren K and Casey for a killer marathon of sculpt! Challenge yourself through this 2 hour workshop of sculpt, taking 15 minutes outdoors for a heart-pumping sprint. Cool it down with Casey as she guides you through a gentle stretch. No sculpting or yoga experience required. 
 
 
Pricing 
Members: $35
Non-Members: $40
 
Day of Pricing
Members: $40
Non-Members: $45
 
What to bring 
Yoga mat
Water
Gym shoes (we will be running/walking outdoors)
 
(Yoga mat rentals and bottled water available for purchase at the studio) 
 
Pre-registration recommended:
SIGN UP ON-LINE

Questions or to register email laurenkamp@next-yoga.com
 


Her Time


She has been feeling it for awhile now - that sense
of awakening. There is a gentle rage simmering
inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day.
She will hold it close to her - she will nurture it and let it grow.
She won't let anyone take it away from her.
It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places.
She can feel it down to her very core - this is her time.
She will not only climb mountains - she will move them too.

 Author: Lang Leav


Can Yoga Aid in Weight Loss?


The short answer is yes, yes it can! Even gentle and restorative yoga can help with weight loss by kicking on the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates breathing, digestion, and hormones. Yoga also speeds up the metabolism by stimulating endocrine glands that regulate the metabolic rate.

Certain poses can also help with weight loss:

·      Shoulder Stand and Fish Pose: Both rouse the thyroid, helping to give your body a metabolism boost.

·       Valrasana (spinal twist), a lengthening Child’s Pose, and Cobra Pose: These twisting poses massage the abdomen, target internal organs and aid with optimal digestion.

·      The Dogs: Downward-facing Dog and Upward-facing Dog poses are particularly helpful in toning hips and thighs.

Many yoga practices burn fewer calories than traditional exercise (e.g., jogging, brisk walking); however, yoga can increase one's mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.

But if you’re someone who really wants to lose weight through yoga, you are going to have to be in a class that challenges you. There's all different levels of yoga. There is yoga that's meant for the mind, for the spirit, for healing, repair, preventative, therapeutic and there's power yoga, and yoga sculpt, that are meant more for exercise... there is yoga for anything your body needs, really.

 


In Celebration of Earth Day

Stand in Mountain pose, hands to heart’s center, feet planted on the Earth. Wiggle your toes, feeling the grass and the warmth or coolness of the Earth. Feel the Earth’s energy be absorbed throughout your body, as you breathe deeply. Listen to the sounds around you, the birds, the wind and feel the air touching your skin.

As your palms press against each other, breathe and focus in on how your body and mind feel after spending this time in nature, moving your body and sharing gratitude for Mother Earth. Focus in on an intention for how every day can be Earth Day. 


Everyday Is Earth Day

By Kelly Roper

Every day is earth day,
Or at least it should be.
We should take steps every day
to save our planet, don't you agree?

Try walking when it's practical,
And skip driving a car.
It will help cut down emissions
And raise air quality by far.

Reuse, renew, recycle,
Think of how much you throw away.
Our earth can only hold so much trash,
One day there'll be the devil to pay.

And when it comes to littering,
It's not enough to clean up after yourself.
Leave places better than you find them,
And pick up litter left by someone else.

Don't spray your garden with pesticides,
Protect the birds and the bees.
Choose natural ways of deterring pests,
That won't carry poisons in the breeze.

These are easy things we all can do,
To protect the earth for future generations.
If we continue to ignore all the warning signs,
We'll face sad and irreversible ramifications.

 

 

 


Re-visit Discovery and Wonderment with Yoga


One of the first songs we teach to babies about their bodies is, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes…” Why? Because babies are fascinated with their bodies and love exploring what they can do! Yoga gives us the opportunity to re-visit that sense of discovery and wonderment. 

Try practicing Tadasana (Mountain Pose) every day to remind yourself of the awesomeness your body provides you. Can you spread your toes? Can you shift your ankles so they are upright, allowing you to balance your weight evenly? Can you feel your joints stretching and releasing tension in your arms, wrists and hands?

If you can’t bend all the way down to your toes, that’s okay. You are where you are. What a glorious feeling it is to reconnect with your body every day. Because let’s face it, our bodies feel different every day. Our muscles continually lengthen and shorten during every day movements, such as making our bed or taking a shower. Pay attention to what areas of the body need stretching and work on those (song is optional). ;)

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