We hope that people will participate in yoga as a way to celebrate their body, rather than trying to fix or change their appearance so we are wishing you a body positive new year!
At this time of year, so many people are contemplating the past 12 months and wanting to make themselves better for the new year to come. There is nothing wrong with wanting be a better version of yourself that you were yesterday. Particularly at this time of year, (New Year's Resolution time!) there are many messages from media and culture and even our own heads about our bodies and how they are not good enough, or about what we should or should not eat. About how we should look or what to wear. All of these focus on appearances which can cause a lot of unneeded stress and the gate way to shaming ourselves and our body for not being good enough.
Being Body Positive is going beyond your physical appearance and reconizing how amazing your body really is and considering what ways your body allow you to experience the world. Body Positive can also mean a practice and a process just like yoga that is sometimes not in a straight line and it may take a lot of getting up, trying again, and some back and forth as we consider and re-consider what beliefs we have about our bodies.
At our studio you may have noticed that our teachers speak to turning your awareness inward and this practice can help us keep present and focused to truely experience ourselves. By sensing the body, energy and emotions open a person up to be curious about what they are truly experiencing and to see the truth of the matter.
How can we reframe how we think and talk about our bodies in an appearance focused world?
What positive things has your body given you? Can you focus on different parts of your body and be grateful for it? What can you celebrate about your body? What else can you enjoy?
We think bodies are amazingly fantastic in all the ways and that they are perfectly imperfect - not flawed or needing to be fixed, simply great, just the way they are. We want to know how you would complete this sentence...
My body is wonderful because.....
"...It created my child(ren)."
"...I have feet and legs to take me for a walk."
"...It is strong."
"...My heart beats everyday."
"...it's curvy and beautiful."
"...it can pick up my loved ones for big swinging hugs."
We invite you to add your body reflection to the chalkboard in the SUN STUDIO at Yogadown! We believe all bodies are great: tall and small bodies, disabled and able bodies, thin and round bodies, athletic and not so athletic bodies, female or male, and everything in between. Tell us what’s wonderful about your body!
From all of us at Yogadown studios, we wish you a Body Positive New Year. We hope our yoga practices might help us all shift our body focus from appearance to celebration, function, enjoyment and growth.
As we approach the cooler seasons, many of us force and push our way through to keep the momentum of our growth but as things cool down, as do we. Growing doesn't always mean moving upward or outward. Growth is also an internal process but we must slow down at times, to make space for reflection and nourishment. Think about it, plants are still alive and well although it seems like they are dying and lifeless through fall and winter. But really they are drawing in nourishment from the earth and turning inward for reflection until spring returns.
These times of year can sometimes make people feel stuck, or that they are not doing enough and become closed off. But each of us is still moving, there is just a bit of a slow down. Stop hurrying! Take this time to step back and reflect on yourself and your life. Look back.... waaaay back. See how far you have come? Look where you are... WOW, eh? It's time to turn inward, it's time to acknowledge yourself. You are amazing. Remember that! Release of your out-dated perceptions and LET GO!
There are several classes coming to Yogadown this fall that are perfect opportunity for slowing down and beginning the growth of self from the inside. The seasons teach us to follow the flow. Because life doesn't have to be hard, all you have to do is listen to the whispers of your life.
There is nothing to be afraid of. You will be fine. Trust yourself. Trust your body. Trust your process.
See our class and event offerings here. We promise that you will LOVE them. Check out the details by heading over to our REGISTERED CLASS web page
Yin is a popular style of yoga that so many people have come to love. Our world is busy and many people are flocking to yoga in search for balancing their life.
Cross Fit, running, cycling, and hockey (just to name a few) are "yang" activities. Yang relates to building heat through more intense or repetative movement. Even some vigorous forms of yoga, such as ashtanga, vinyasa (flow), and hot yoga are very yang. But if you focus only on the yang, your body can suffer from fatigue and burnout.
"Yin" is about slowing down, pausing and finding stillness through inward focus and cooling the body. Yin and Yang support the creation of balance both in body and mind.
Here is our Yin Yoga schedule:
Fridays 7:00pm ** BONUS: Friday nights are by Candle Light! **
Everyone we know enjoys something sweet now and again, but what if we told you that you can make something sweet with raw ingrediants, that will give you your fix plus added bonus of nutritional value?
Well here it is... The Omazing Raw Chocolate pudding rcipie that will leave you feeling satisfied and guilt free.
15 Whole Dates
1/2 cup of raw honey
2 tbsp (or more if you desire) of cacao or cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp maca powder (optional but adds more goodness to your health)
1-2 tbsp of vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup water
1 cup Pineapple
1/2 green apple
1/2 red(ish) apple
1/2 Orange (remove peel only, keep use white stuff)
1 medium Kale leaf & stem
Handful Spinach1 tsp Flax seed
1 table spoon of fresh ginger
.5 - 1 cm thick Wheel of fresh lemon (include rind)
Mint (I like about 5-8 leaves plus a little stem)
handful of Ice
Choose what you feel you would like to include
1/2 cup green grapes
Put ingrediants in a blender (I prefer Vita Mix). Blend on "smoothie" setting or until smooth. Pour into a hippy mason jar and enjoy!
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