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Restorative Yoga by Candlelight

with Karen Kapus

Sunday, October 8, 2017 • 7:00pm – 9:00pm

As the days become shorter and colder, our bodies naturally crave slowing down and yet we often get busier and ignore this urge. Restorative yoga is a completely passive practice that utilizes props to support our body in all of the poses to aid in complete relaxation. By relaxing our muscles, lowering our heart rate, and allowing our nervous system to slow down, restorative yoga helps us to balance our fast-paced lifestyles. As we find stillness in the pose we allow for healing, both physically and mentally, which ultimately supports us in being more focused and effective. Restorative is accessible to people of all ages and skill-levels.
Reserve your space! Only 16 spots available. Feel free to wear your pjs!

$30

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Kidding Around Yoga Teacher Training

with Jackie Viereck

Friday & Saturday, September 30 & October 1, 2017 • 9:30am – 5:00pm • Main Studio

Passionate about helping children function better in school and at home? Looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of children in your community while earning income? LOVE music?
Learn how to teach yoga, mindfulness and meditation to kids in schools, at home, and within community settings in one fun-filled weekend!

You don’t have to be a yoga teacher to participate. This training is for parents, yoga teachers and all professionals who work with kids that want to continue their education.

This training qualifies for 23 CEUs with Yoga Alliance.

We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of life changing fun!

$595

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SEVA Donation Class for Harvey Relief

with Kelly Friedberg

Saturday, September 9, 2017 • 10:00am – 11:15am • Main Studio

All levels Hatha-Flow mix to gather community for a good cause. Bring your friends, family, and good intentions to help raise money to assist in Hurricane Harvey clean up.

All proceeds will be donated to “All Hands Volunteers,” the world’s leading disaster relief organizations powered by volunteers.

Cash Donation at the Class

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The Gong Temple Meditation

with Michelle Angel

Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Enter the ethereal realms of harmonic sound as Michelle Angel plays her sacred instruments: Gongs, Crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, and the Halo handpan drum. Orchestrating these instruments, she sculpts a rich and varied harmonic soundscape that invites you to relax and allows the vibrations take you on an inward journey.

Please bring a mat and pillow for your horizontal meditation experience.

$30

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Li’l Yogis ages 5-10 (4 week series)

with Jackie Viereck

Fridays, October 6 – 27, 2017 • 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Fun yoga games, activities, and exercises for kids ages 5-10 taught by Jackie Viereck, specially trained by Kidding Around Yoga (http://kiddingaroundyoga.com). Yoga provides a wonderful way for children to explore their bodies, hearts and minds.
Classes include warm-ups, breath work, yoga poses, partner poses, games, and relaxing visualizations which can help strengthen children’s self-esteem, courage, healthy body, and calm and confident mind.

Kids have a chance to balance, strengthen, work together, try new things, express their creativity and make new friends!

$40 for all 4 weeks
$12 for a single class

Kids are encouraged to sign up for all 4 weeks to support building a connection with the group and progressing with each class, but if you can not make it all feel free to drop-in when you can!

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Sunday Slowdown · Yin Yoga + Meditation

with Jennifer Veale

Sunday, October 1, 2017 • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Start your month in peace with Yin Yoga + Meditation. Each class will have a special focus and meditation to accompany it. Yin Yoga helps to deepen flexibility, increase your range of motion, and relieve stress. This healing practice is made up of passive poses held over longer periods of time. It benefits connective tissues, joints, and bones while letting the muscles relax. Appropriate for all levels. Meditation helps to reduce stress and anxiety, increase mindfulness, and so much more!

$20

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Summer’s End Cleanse

with Kelly Friedberg

Friday, September 8, 2017 • 7:00pm – 8:30pm • Main Studio

Although technically autumn isn’t until the end of the September, once Labor Day passes, fall routines commence and it feels like the end of summer. For some this is a bittersweet time, but let’s embrace the change in seasons together and start the season right! This Friday Flow class is designed to cleanse the body of toxins (thanks late sunsets, celebrations and vacations for tempting us with extra drinks and food). Kelly Friedberg, RYT200 will lead us in a cleansing series of poses designed to jumpstart the digestive and lymphatic systems, encouraging our body to rid itself of built up toxins we’ve acquired over the long summer.

$20

Stay after class to learn how to cleanse your beauty routine as you enjoy light/healthy refreshments. Beautycounter consultant, Ashley Freimanis will be at the studio with the opportunity to try many of their innovative products. Beautycounter is a company dedicated to getting safer products into the hands of everyone. Our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on our bodies impacts our overall health. Beautycounter offers high performing products for the entire family. Switching to safer products has never been easier.

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The Skinny on the “F” Word

Hello fellow Ananda members! My name is Penelope Jones and I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I am also the proud owner of Penelope Jones Coaching where I help women gain energy, shed excess weight and rediscover their best selves! I will be contributing some of my best nutrition and wellness tips, and some recipes all right here, monthly, in the Ananda Newsletter. We start with the F word, FATS!

Wait, aren’t fats bad for me? The skinny on fats

Many people are scared of fats, but our bodies need healthy fats for brain health, feeling satiated, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and help our body burn its own fat stores! Do I have your attention now?! Burn our fat stores? It is not too good to be true.
Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging and inflammatory to the body. Since they are very high in Omega 6 they can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems and weight gain, oh my!
What we need is a nice balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6. But the standard American diet is very high in Omega 6. So what is a health seeking Yogi to do? Instead of thinking about what you CAN NOT eat, lets focus on ADDING in the good stuff. Adding in healthy stuff doesn’t feel like deprivation and will naturally crowd out the unhealthy stuff. Life needs to be fun and have an ease to it, and so should your eating!

Where to Find Healthy Fats

  • Avocados, olives, coconuts, wild salmon, and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini.
  • Look for the highest quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.

How to Use Healthy Fats When Cooking

  • For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil.
  • When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings.

Try this delicious, easy recipe for a great source of healthy fat:

Avocado Dip

  • 1 large peeled and pitted avocado
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
  • 1 diced tomato
  • a squirt of lemon or lime juice
  • a dash or two of cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
  • Add yogurt, tomato, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, in a blender, or with a fork.
  • Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled with mixed raw vegetables.

Check out my blog at www.penelopejonescoaching.com for more inspiration!

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Understanding Samskaras

7 steps to breaking negative habits and creating positive ones

 

Samskara is the idea of imprints left on the mind, or developed patterns, due to life experiences. Modern science refers to these patterns “neural pathways”, which become more stuck and embedded as we repeatedly use them over the years. These patterns are learned- they develop rapidly while we’re children, and make life easier for us. Once you’ve learned how to do something, you eventually become proficient at it. That’s the benefit of our learned patterns.

But what about negative patterns? These, too, are learned, and become even more challenging to break after a long period of repeating them over and over. Think about any bad habit you’ve had. Maybe it’s something like smoking, or your morning coffee ritual. Or maybe it’s the reaction you have when you hear someone yell in anger due to childhood trauma. It can even be a belief that doesn’t serve us, but has been taught to us by our parents or even our society.

Samkaras can be helpful, like good habits. Our brain creates these pathways to make our daily habits more functional and simpler, it makes what we have to do easier to do. (Should you really have to set a reminder or have a checklist for brushing your teeth every night?) But some of our bad habits re just as strong, and don’t serve us.

Despite their strength, we can rid ourselves of them. It takes practice, and especially determination and discipline. But breaking old habits and creating new ones can be done! Following are the steps we can take to clear out old, negative samskaras:

  • Intention (sankalpas) – We first must decide that we need to change something before we can actually create that change. Think about a habit that you’d like to be rid of. Pick one to start off with- you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Once you’ve decided to make the change, we move to step two.
  • Discipline (tapas) – Nothing truly worth doing is easy, and ridding ourselves of old habits is certainly a challenge! So maintaining your resolve is imperative.
  • Slowness (shani) – Slowness sounds counterproductive to most of us, but when you think about our automatic responses, they happen in a flash. Perhaps your habit is to lose your temper when your spouse asks you to do something you feel isn’t your responsibility. In an instant, we can become angry, irrational and even lash out. When we apply slowness, we can actually take a moment before the trigger can cause our negative response. Which bring is to step four.
  • Awareness (vidya) – Once you’ve slowed yourself down, you can actually take a moment to become very aware of what is triggering you, and sometimes even WHY it is. You begin to notice exactly what is happening in the moment- is your heart racing? Is your chest tight? What is your breathing like? What emotions are you feeling in this moment? This can be difficult to go through, but it is necessary. Also, it’s important to be aware of what we are truly responsible for. Often times, when we react poorly to a situation, we place blame on others. Notice if that’s the case for you. Sometimes a victim mentality is a bad samskara in and of itself.
  • Fearlessness (abhaya) – When we slow down and bring awareness to our feelings and emotions, sometimes very unpleasant stuff comes up. Our natural instinct is to avoid uncomfortable feelings. We block it, close ourselves to it. But we have to be brave and actually let these awful feelings pass through us. I’m not saying that it’s easy, but it’s incredibly liberating. I recently had a moment like this. While having an incredibly disproportionate reaction to a situation where I had sent a text message and hadn’t received a response, I knew logically in my head there was no reason to be upset. I decided to slow down, bring awareness to what I was feeling, and from a place of awareness I started to have a panic attack. My chest was tight, my heart was pounding, I couldn’t breathe… a moment from my previous relationship with my ex came flooding back to me. I was a very young mother, and my ex would leave me for days on end. I had no family near me to turn to, and I felt incredibly frightened and alone. I felt abandoned. So the response I desperately needed via text message was triggering my fear from more than 20 years ago. It made no sense logically, but that pattern was there of fear and panic, and it took very little to make it resurface. It was overwhelming, but passed relatively quickly and I now have a greater insight to my inner workings. Sitting with pain is not easy, but it allows us to release it and move forward with more positive patterns and responses.
  • Vision (darshana) – once we’ve identified these old habits, patterns or thoughts, we need to create new ones to replace them. Try to imagine what life would be like without that old way of behaving or thinking. Picture yourself calm when someone accuses you of something rather than becoming defensive for fear of being judged poorly or criticized. Imagine a day where you meditate when you begin to feel emotional or overwhelmed rather than reaching for that piece of cake or extra glass of wine. That’s what will truly help guide our actions, bringing us to our final step.
  • Practice (abhyasa) – This can be your practice of yoga asana, pranayama (breath work), meditation, and especially the cultivation of our new habits. Continuing to come back to our list of seven steps, reevaluating what is working for us and what we need to improve upon, and being consistent in our new, more positive habits. Most important of all is practicing forgiveness. That may even be forgiveness of ourselves. As we go through this process, we need to remember that we will absolutely have moment of “backsliding”. It’s part of the process. I read somewhere that it isn’t necessarily one step forward, two steps back. It may be consistently stepping forward in a spiraling pattern. Keep this in mind as you go through your process and know that you’re truly on your way to freedom from negative samskara.
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Mala Workshop

with Krista Eggering

Sunday, November 12, 2017 • 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join Krista Lynne Eggering, Spiritual Facilitator and Jewelry Designer for this fun inspiring workshop. Each person will individually make a mala necklace using wood beads and semi precious stones. Then we will talk about its meaning, the spiritual qualities of gemstones, malas, and healing techniques through the mala. While beading, Krista will also guide us through a reading with Oracle cards. Beautiful beads of spiritual quality will be provided to create your personal necklace. Please bring a journal and pen if you wish to take notes.

$40 All supplies included.

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