Finding Stillness

Finding Stillness
One way that we create stress in our lives and within ourselves is by living a constant “go and get stuff done” lifestyle. When we are not moving physically our minds take over the moving and we think about all the things we haven’t done and all the things that we need to do. In order to find that peace and calmness, we need to guide not only the body, but also the mind to stillness.
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Quick Tips to Activate the Vagus Nerve

Quick Tips to Activate the Vagus Nerve
In the simplest of terms, the Vagus Nerve essentially “controls” our parasympathetic nervous system (a.k.a. the “rest and digest” or “calming” one). So, the more we do things that “stimulate” or activate it, like deep breathing, the more we banish the effects of the sympathetic nervous system (a.k.a. the “fight or flight,” or the “do something!” one). When the sympathic nervous system takes over, it creates stress-releasing adrenaline/cortisol, which are not good for the body.
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What to Expect at NEXT

Breath (Prana)

Yoga is the union of the breath, body, and mind. Breath is the most important part

of that union. You can breathe for the next 60 minutes and you are doing yoga!

We practice an ujjayi (ooh-jay-yee) pranayama (breath). To practice ujjayi

pranayama, inhale and exhale through the nose while forming a slight constriction

in the back of your throat. This audible breath promotes focus on the present

moment, builds heat and energy in the body, and serves as a measure of

movement from one posture to another.



Yoga trains the mind to be in the present moment and observe. Your body doesn’t

need permission from your mind to know what it feels. The power of prana and

asana focus the mind.


Physical Yoga Postures (Asana)

Yoga postures facilitate strength and awareness in the body, mind and spirit. The

intention is three-fold: firstly, to build strength, stillness, and endurance in the

physical body, secondly, to calm the mind and to focus on the present moment,

and thirdly, to cultivate strength in spirit by practicing calmness off your mat.

Physical awareness is powerful. By knowing your body, you can feed its needs.


Heat (Tapas)

Heating the body from the inside out and the outside in allows the body to

detoxify, the mind to focus, and the breath to be a priority. Tapas aides in

transitioning your physical yoga practice into a therapeutic yoga practice.


Power vs. Empowerment

Power is physical strength. Empowerment is the union of physical strength and

mental strength. As our mind sheds the constant chatter and internal circular

conversation, we can prioritize, rationalize, and focus on our world outside of the

studio with ease and conviction.


Safety & Alignment

Listen to your instructor’s concise cues to correct alignment

and keep yourself safe.



Balance means more than just standing on one leg. Balance is what keeps us

grounded and mindful; we are able to unite our breath, body and mind.


Yoga is for everybody and EVERY BODY.

Every student can do every class. Modify and rest when needed.



To sign-up, click the link below. Once you find the class you would like to take, click the "sign-up" button and follow the prompts. If you already have an account with NEXT yoga, you MUST click "NEED NEW PASSWORD" before you login. You must sign-up at least 15 minutes before class!

If you have questions about how to sign-up or would like a step by step guide, click the link below:…/1UaUglFJWw1pQJ7VLo5b92JIan-…/edit…

For all other inquiries and assistance, email Lauren G. at

We can't wait to practice with all of our favorite yogis and to see your smiling faces!

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On Meditation

On Meditation
Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. The best way to prepare for meditation is to first do some yoga to bring your body to a calm and relaxed state. Then you'll be ready to shut down your senses and focus your mind.
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary closing of our studios. Community is the very essence of NEXT yoga and together we will get through this difficult time.

We know that shutting down our in-person instruction is the most responsible and compassionate action we should take to "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of this virus. Effective immediately, we will be closing our doors for in-person instruction.

Members - we have LIVE virtual yoga classes online.
Also please join our private, members-only Facebook group.

We know that closing our doors means job loss and financial difficulties, which is why we are asking our members to support us in this very difficult time.

Please stay healthy and safe and know that we are here for you.

Namaste - Debbie & Lauren - Studio Owners

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Find Length & Strength in Standing Head to Knee

Find Length & Strength in Standing Head to Knee
Standing Head to Knee Pose is an advanced yoga posture that challenges your focus and patience just as much as your strength. The pose uses all the major muscle groups in the body, but it’s especially beneficial for the muscles in the legs and abdomen, as well as the bicep and deltoid muscles in the arms.
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The Power of Mantras

The Power of Mantras
Mantras are a great tool for you to enjoy during your yoga class. They are a way to create mindfulness and deeply ground you. Mantras allow us to slow down and enjoy the moment no matter what we are facing in our daily lives.
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Don’t Skip Savasana!

Don’t Skip Savasana!
Corpse pose (Sanskrit: Savasana), the first or final pose in any yoga class, is important to practice at home, because in a lot of ways, it is the most important pose.Savasana is the physical aspect of relaxation. It is very important for the body to relax the muscles and slow the breathing before starting asana practice and after completing asana practice.
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Clear Your Head with Wide-Angle Standing Forward Bend

Clear Your Head with Wide-Angle Standing Forward Bend
Although it is very important to stay informed, be proactive to keep yourself safe and others, too much attention to the news and social media exposure can become more damaging than helpful. Like all things, practice moderation and balance your time between screen time and "me" time.
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DIY At Home Yoga Space

LIVE STREAMING CLASSES! To sign-up, click the link below. Once you find the class you would like to take, click the "sign-up" button and follow the prompts. If you already have an account with NEXT yoga, you MUST click "NEED NEW PASSWORD" before you login. You must sign-up at least 15 minutes before class!
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