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The Guest House


As we approach the holiday of thankfulness, we are reminded to find gratitude in all things, both good and bad. This poem by Rumi expresses a message of mindfulness… of challenges that may appear to be fearful or even loathing, yet with faith, allows us to become wiser and more compassionate to ourselves and others.



The Guest House


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


— Jellaludin Rumi

 

 


3-Ingredient Spray to Refresh Your Yoga Mat



To make this spray at home you need: water, witch hazel, tea tree oil and lavender or any other essential oil. Pour water with witch hazel into a spray bottle. Then add essential oils and your spray is ready. Shake it well and spray over your yoga mat. For more DIY tips, read the full article here >>>

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Yoga & Breast Cancer



As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, it is important that we all take a proactive approach to help prevent this disease. By getting yourself checked by mammogram, donating to breast cancer research, or helping a loved one deal with their cancer, you can make a world of difference. Read the attached article from breastcancer.org about how yoga helps improve the lives of cancer patients...  

Research in breast cancer patients has shown that yoga may be able to help:

  • improve physical functioning
  • reduce fatigue
  • reduce stress 
  • improve sleep
  • improve quality of life
Get the full article here >>>
https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/comp_med/types/yoga


Warm Up with These Heart Openers

As the weather turns colder, it is a natural reaction to turn your shoulders inward when you feel chilly. It is the law of nature for the body to try and protect the heart and all vital organs when in contact with what it thinks is a threat. The cold air is not much of a threat, but your body certainly thinks it is and responds. We all tend to slouch over more during the winter months, curl up, and therefore, our shoulders, chest, and neck get rigid and feel tense, causing all over body pain.  

Yoga Heart Openers are the perfect postures to practice during the brisk days of fall and winter. Correspondingly, these postures allow energy to flow freely through the energy channels (nadis) and energy centres or chakras. Opening the heart chakra unblocks stuck energy helping to support our emotional and psychological needs as well.

Here are a few heart-opening postures/tips to practice:

Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Much Svanasana)
In this posture, it is important that your shoulders are over your wrists, not in front of them.  Also, move your shoulder blades on your back so that your chest can move through your shoulders. Lastly, make sure that your shoulders are far away from your ears.


Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
First thing - roll your shoulders up and then down and back so that your shoulder blades hug your back. There are many ways to adapt this pose. Just make sure that you are leading with your chest.

 


Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Push into your hands and lift your hips and bring the crown of your head to the floor. Your elbows should be parallel and squeeze your shoulder blades on your back.




Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage


Enhanced Energy Flow

Thai massage works off the belief that tightened muscles lead to the diminished flow of energy in your body. When energy can't flow freely, you become inflexible, suffer pain and feel stiff. Overtime, this leads to shortened muscles and connective tissue that affects your posture, immunity and organ function -- all of which speed up aging and disability.

The pressing techniques used in Thai massage are designed to increase blood circulation to facilitate the better flow of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It also helps your body naturally get rid of waste, such as metabolic byproducts and carbon dioxide, more efficiently.

Adding stretching to the massage process helps relax the muscles further, so they naturally regain natural flexibility and tone. You'll relieve chronic stiffness and experience improved mobility.

Pain Relief

Thai massage is an alternative way for people to deal with chronic pain, and can be quite effective for temporary relief showed a review of the research published in 2015 in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. In the six studies reviewed, people reported a 25 to 80 percent reduction of pain that lasted up to 15 weeks following a Thai massage protocol.

Read the full article here >>>
https://www.livestrong.com/article/135880-benefits-thai-yoga-massage/

Join Lauren and Sean and explore the world of Thai massage. Invite your significant other, friend, or family member to join you as we use our yoga practice to strengthen your already strong bond. Expect to play, connect, and relax with this well rounded workshop and know that there is no prior yoga or massage experience needed to join in on the fun.
 
Pricing
Members: $30 each
Non-Members: $40 each
 
Day of Pricing
Members: $35 each
Non-Members: $45 each 
 
Wear comfortable clothing.
Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink a lot of water prior to class.
Bring a mat & water.
 

New Moon on Oct. 8-9, 2018

“At this New Moon, plant a seed for the Universe to tend. Set your vision upon the stars.”

 

The New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle and is a time to let go and start anew. During this time, the Moon is open and responsive and full of sympathetic potential. A chance to glance within and reconnect to our deepest desires.

 

This is the perfect time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life. This powerful moon phase allows the past energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression to be released so that we may invite new energy to take over its place in our lives.

 

Take this day to relax and meditate.

 

New Moon Mantra:

I am restored by this cosmic energy.

I am protected by forces higher than I.

I let go of the weight that holds me down.

My path is clear.

My spirit is alive.

I am open to receive.

 


Welcome Fall

 

It’s starting to feel a lot like Fall! As the leaves turn from a dark, earthy green that illuminate when the light hits them to a bright orange, also red, and gold, we remind ourselves that change is beautiful. Change is the essence of life, so we must be willing to sometimes surrender who we are for what we shall become.

 

One of the reasons people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain.

 

"Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are."
– Jason Crandell


Why Get HOT?

Hot Yoga season is upon us. Get out of the cold and into a sweaty state of pure bliss. Your brain becomes mush, your pores feel like they've been washed clean, your legs are drenched, and your muscles are limber and relaxed - a feeling like no other! Nevermind the benefits to your digestive system and endocrine system, which boosts your metabolic rate.



Benefits of Hot Yoga:

  • increases flexibility
  • detoxifies the body
  • improves circulation
  • can aid in weight loss
  • boosts heart health
  • improves your mood
  • promotes mindfulness



Traditional Hot is recommended for all levels and consists of 26 postures to a set sequence. Grow your practice with long static holds of each posture, and detoxify your body in a 105 degree room. This class will tone your muscles, kick start your immune system, and restore your vitality by reducing stress.

    


Pose of the Day

Cobra (Bhujangasana)


Cobra pose stretches and strengthens the muscles of the shoulder and the hands, the abdomen, and also chest. It increases flexibility, allowing you to breathe in more air. Not to be confused with Upward Facing Dog Pose, it also helps improve your mood.


More Benefits of Cobra Pose:

  • Decreases stiffness of the lower back
  • Improves menstrual irregularities
  • Firms and tones the glutes
  • Invigorates the heart
  • Stimulates the kidneys
  • Relieves stress and fatigue
  • Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs
  • Improves circulation of blood and oxygen, especially throughout the spinal and pelvic regions
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens the spine
  • Soothes sciatica
  • Helps to ease symptoms of asthma

How to do it:
Take a deep breath and relax.
Lie belly-down on the floor, with your legs straight. The top of your feet should be touching the floor.
Pull your chest up a little, with your hands under the shoulders.
Keep your shoulders relaxed. Do not push them up toward the ears.
Slowly lift your chest further, while straightening your elbows a little. Your hip and thighs should be touching the ground firmly at all times. Hold the position for 10 to 14 seconds. To release, bend your elbows slowly and ease down to the floor.




Put a Little Weight Behind Your Practice


 

Get all of the benefits of a typical yoga routine while also sculpting and slimming from head to toe! Yoga Sculpt is a great a way to add a little more specific muscle resistance to your yoga practice. It mixes up your fitness routine and adds variety since it’s a non-traditional approach.

 

Most doctors recommend weight training as the No. 1 preventive measure against bone loss. As women age, they can lose up to 1-2% of their bone mass annually. 

Adding weights to traditional poses pushes your body to engage even more muscles than you would in a regular yoga class, therefore creating a stronger body overall to not only prevent injury, but to also take your regular practice to the next level.


Sculpt Marathon 
Sunday, August 19
3:00 - 5:00

 

Join Jackie, Lauren K. and Casey for a killer marathon of sculpt! Challenge yourself through 75 minutes of sculpt, taking 15 minutes outdoors for a heart-pumping cardio circuit. Cool it down with Casey as she guides you through gentle restorative postures. 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 

 

*Yoga mat rentals and bottled water available for purchase at the studio* 

 

Pre-registration recommended. Questions or to register contact Lauren at laurenkamp@next-yoga.com 

 

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