‘Your practice doesn’t expect you to show up happy. It asks that you be present. It doesn’t mind if you are put together or are a mess. You can arrive with a jumbled mind and a heavy heart. Your practice could care less if you can touch your toes or meditate for hours. It asks simply that you show up.’ This quote came across my FB feed last week (sadly it didn’t include the author’s name). I love it because it is our approach to yoga at Kamloops Hot Yoga. This quote doesn’t say one thing about mastering a pose or practicing an advanced pose. This is about the heart of yoga – showing up and paying attention. The amazing thing about an asana class, which is our physical practice; the poses in a class, is that it is NOT about the pose, it is about YOU in the pose on your mat. What happens, what is your reaction when: your tree wobbles, the teacher suggests something that you THINK you can’t do, someone beside you has slapped their mat down beside yours prior to class when you came in early to lie on your mat/meditate, you cry unexpectedly (or feel like it) in a pose? The whole thing is our yoga practice … the poses, our pissed off reaction when the mat slapper/heavy breather is beside us in class, our addiction or family member’s addiction … this is all yoga. The reason we practice poses on our mat is that it is for many of us the doorway or window into ourselves – to see what happens when we are challenged, put under pressure – at the same we receive fairly immediate benefits of improved breathing, reduced stress, flexibility, strength, contentment, competence and confidence so that we do ‘feel’ better. When we feel better then we are so much more available to offer the best of ourselves to everyone around us and our connections to others improve as well. Over time we realize that yoga is not about the pose. This past week-end we had an amazing set of workshops at the studio with Bram Levinson (www.bramlevinson.com) that reaffirmed our commitment to offering yoga classes that combine the benefits of body movement through postures and that continue to remind us and you that yoga is more than that. Yoga affirms that who you are is ok, that you are enough of everything you need to be. So show up to your mat, you already are enough, you have everything you need, on the days when the sun is shining and your ducks are in a row and on the days when there’s a shit storm, you have squirrels and they’re at a rave :)
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Details: The 'Nov Special - FF -15 Class Card' is good for one year once activated. The Mat & Towel Service is active for the length of time the November Special is active. No other discounts can be applied to this special. Limited to one purchase of the November Special per person.
30 Day Challenge COMPLETE!
HALLOWEEN at the studio!
WEEKEND OF DISCOVERY
with BRAM LEVINSON
AROUND THE STUDIO
What's new in the boutique!
Top - Spiritual Gangster; Top Left - Tonic; Right-Inner Fire; Bottom Left-Manduka
This month we have a guest post from Karen Martel!
In the words of Karen herself she “Hates Dieting”, which is the foundation behind her company The Other Side of Weight Loss.
Determined to learn as much as she could about healing the body with nutrition after a lifetime of struggles with her own health issues, Karen trained with the ITN in their nutrition certification program, combining psychology, science and spirituality and is now a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach.
Karen's approach to weight loss is different from the cookie cutter "one size fits all" approach in main stream media. Not only is she on top of all the amazing breakthroughs in diet and nutrition but she is an expert in helping people find their own unique weight loss code.
An avid yoga enthusiast, Karen has been practicing at the hot yoga studio for over 5 years and understands the importance of a committed yoga practice not only for exercise but to help lower stress levels and to connect with the body. She believes that a strong practice and good nutrition go hand in hand in achieving one’s personal health goals.
In the following post, Karen speaks about key ingredients in helping you to lose weight and feel your best. Download her FREE 10 Day Paleo Food challenge and use the code “hotyoga” to receive $10 off her signature program "The 30 Day Body Reboot"
Why it Takes a Village to be Healthy Karen Martel, The Other Side of Weight Loss
Being Healthy Can Be Hard Especially on the days I want to throw in the towel and not give a sh*t about what goes into my mouth. Sometimes I am so tired from raising children, tending to the household needs, working, keeping the yard up to par, writing posts and doing everything else on my list that the last thing I want to do is make myself a nice piece of organic chicken with some fancy delicious salad that takes 20 minutes to slice and dice everything. All I really want is to grab that piece of toast with some peanut butter or the granola bar and be done with it. Can you relate? Who has the time to be healthy? I believe this is one of the number one reasons why people tend to gain weight and lose their health. Being healthy takes work and when life offers you convenience it is extremely difficult not to take it! Everything comes in convenient fast packaging; ready- made fries, chicken fingers, pre made lasagna, pre-cooked bacon, Kraft dinner and fast food. All of these things can be quickly whipped together with minimal amounts of effort and BAM! the kids are fed and you can finally relax on the couch or tend to the million other things on your list that need to get done before bed……. Sigh! Give me back my village! Let’s take a moment now to rewind a few hundred to even a few 1000 years ago, where your days were spent tending the land, raising your children and cooking. Your neighbor was a stone’s throw away and children were truly being raised by a village. Women stayed together - sisters, grandmas, great grandmas and friends all giving a helping hand. There were no distractions of T.V., cell phones, or Facebook. Kids had no extra- curricular activities they played outside from morning till night using nature as their playground. You ate what you raised and life was simple. With this lifestyle came very little to no obesity, cancer or heart disease. Kids were healthy and strong, there was no childhood obesity, no autism, ADD and ADHD. Don’t jump - Create a community! Now before you stop reading and go jump off a cliff because I am being such a Debbie downer let me tell you how you can address this problem. Continue reading…
Two Delicious Fall Recipes from The 30 Body Reboot Pumpkin Pie Breakfast 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ¾ cup cold canned pumpkin 2 medium frozen banana, broken into chunks 2 tablespoon almond butter or cashew butter 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ½ cup ice Blend and enjoy
Kids Favorite Chicken Vegetable Soup Servings 6
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, diced
• Sea salt, to taste
• Pepper, to taste
• 3 celery stalks, diced
• 3 large carrots, diced
• 3 cups chicken broth
• 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 3-5 minutes until fragrant. Add chicken, stir to prevent burning. Cook for about 5-8 minutes until light brown. Add salt and pepper. Add celery, carrots, and stir. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes until slightly tender. Reduce heat to medium, pour in chicken broth and allow to boil for 20-30 minutes, in the last 10 minutes add fresh or frozen peas. Taste and add more seasonings if needed. Remove from heat, ladle into bowls and serve. Note: Add rice rotini noodles for kids