Your Practice…Is YOUR Practice September 16, 2011

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I can’t even count the number of times that a person has shared their story of a bad yoga experience.  Sadly, the bad story is almost always linked back to a stern instructor.  Some instructors believe that yoga should only be practiced in the true sense of the ancient art.  Or, practiced exactly to the teachings prescribed from a specific yoga style such as Bikram or Iyengar.  So, if you can’t inhale or exhale solely through the nose during your practice due to sinus issues…..I guess yoga isn’t for you.  Or, if you can’t perform Half-Lotus due to a knee injury…’d best roll up your mat and try swimming instead.

Does this sound a little bit off to anyone?  Well as a yoga instructor my response is, YES!  I whole-heartedly believe that yoga is for everyone.  As a student you need to believe that too.  We are all individuals that step on our mats with individual lives, individual needs, and the individual right to share in a practice that is reflective of self.  I don’t think the world is going to stop spinning if an exhale escapes from the mouth versus the nose.  The more important point is that breath is moving, and you’re aware of it.

My belief is that a yoga practice should allow you the opportunity to explore the possibilities, and to gain a better understanding about your body’s functions.  In time you should find more balance, more strength and more awareness of your actions.  Some things will become more possible….some things simply won’t, and that is more than alright.  The goal is to connect with self not to be pushed into actions that do not grow your practice, or benefit yourself.

The next time you enter a yoga class come with an understanding that your practice is yours, and yours alone.  You know your body better than anyone; therefore, if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it.  Move at your own pace and things will unfold when they unfold.  Continue to move with breath, continue to improve your form, continue to grow your awareness of self, and in time your practice will become more and more a reflection of self…… it should be.



New Beginnings September 13, 2011

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Great things are happening with YOUYOGA…..stay posted for more details coming soon!


Sunday Inspiration 9 September 11, 2011

“The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him.  This is success, and there is no other.”

Orison Swett Marden


Got Flax…….? September 8, 2011

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Yes!  You bet I do, and I’m excited about it.  If you seen my smoothie recipes you’ve noticed that most of them call for ground flax-seed.  While at Costco the other day I discovered a 40 oz bag of fine milled organic flax-seed produced by Nature’s Path.  I was truly thrilled….who knew that ground flax could make one gitty? 

Well one reason is, no longer will I have to take the extra step of grinding the flax-seed in my mini grinder!!  Also, I’ll now easily be able to add some omega-3 to any of my dishes: cereal, yogurt, muffins, pancakes, sauces, yes smoothies, and anything else that requires mixing and blending.

Not convinced flax is for you?  Here are some possible health benefits that might get you going.  Just by adding flax-seed to your diet there’s some evidence that suggest it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.  Not to mention it contains heart, healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids.  It also contains the antioxidant lignan to help protect cell function.  Lastly, it packs a punch with soluble and insoluble fiber which aids in digestion, and lets you feel fuller longer. 

At the cost of $6.99 you’ll own 2.5 lbs of health protection that you can use at your will while taking some of the “grind” out of the kitchen.  Come on…you’ve got to be feeling a little gitty now…..No?


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September is Yoga Month September 6, 2011

We have flipped our calendars once again to find September, and thoughts of Autumn’s colorful leafs, cooler nights and pumpkin patches may come to mind.  But did you know it’s also Yoga Month?  During the month of September many studios participate in a national observance to inspire a healthy lifestyle through Yoga.

If you always wanted to take a class, try a specific studio, or maybe even try a new style of yoga this is the month to seek your adventure.  Many studios will be offering free classes, and on September 30 you can take part in a global community practice known as, The Time for Yoga.

Want to learn more?  Click this link:


Eat Your Greens Fruit Smoothie September 5, 2011

As we drove the city streets of Lenexa, Kansas last night we noticed that the city fountain water was running green, and the park displayed a large banner inviting all to their annual Spinach Festival.  Ahhhhhh….. Yes Spinach!!!  As the warm summer air begins to shift into cooler fall breezes it is becoming the perfect growing season for the family of greens.

There is a large variety of greens such as; kale, swiss chard, collard greens, turnip greens bok choy, but spinach by far is one of my favorite greens.  It is so versatile.  Slip it into salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, eggs, pizza, and yes smoothies too.  Slipping these cute, little, baby spinach leafs into your foods will aid in stronger bones due to its high calcium content.  Also, cancer fighting protection with it high levels of vitamin C and A.  Spinach’s secret weapon is lutein. Making it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, and macular degeneration.  Which is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly.

With all that wonderful nutritional info I know you can’t wait to learn how to include spinach into your next smoothie. Wait no more… this recipe came from Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live.  He calls it the Eat Your Greens Smoothie, and I for one love it.  Once again it’s all about simplicity, and I also love that you can add greens using a traditional blender…no big, expensive juicer required for this tasty treat.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You’ll need the following ingredients:

5 oz prewashed baby spinach  (a large handful works well)

1 banana

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup unsweetend almond, or soy milk

1 cup pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon of flaxseeds

Blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. 


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Sunday Inspiration 8 September 4, 2011

“The basement is always full of monsters, until you turn the lights on.”

Charles Bell