The longest day of the year! The summer solstice is a special celebration, of love and peace, happiness and light. It is the day that we have the most light in our lives of the whole year. In our community, we recognize this beautiful day with friends and family. Eating a meal outside in the sunshine, and sharing herbs and flowers; the early growers in our gardens. Stay up late! Soak up as much sunshine as you can store in your soul! I would like to share some beautiful thoughts from my local spa, Laya, with you: The thoughts
This is our final blog for the three part mindfulness series! Here are five quick tips to keep your mindful meditation practice on point 1. Watch your mind for 5 minutes. Just breathe and allow thoughts to arise. 2. You are not your thoughts. Acknowledge your thoughts, but know they do not own you. 3. Label your thoughts and feelings. Give them a place in your brain and your day. 4. Don't just react to thoughts. Decide what you can do to help yourself 5. Be compassionate. With yourself and others!
1. Know thyself. To set your goals, dig deep to find what you are passionate about. Your goals are your own! They must have meaning for YOU: -identify your core values -what difference do you want to make in your day? Month? Year? -what steps can you set up today to help you get where you want to be in 5 years? 2. Balance your goals: -set small, achievable goals in all areas of your life -health, work, personal 3. Use the SMART guidelines. Goals should be: -specific- be clear about your goals -measurable- otherwise, it's difficult to achieve!
Do you worry? Do your problems feel like they are taking over your life at times? In the short term, worrying makes the brain feel good- at least you're doing something about your problems! But long term worry results in stress which can wreak havoc on our body and mind. Incorporating mediation into your yoga practice can work to eradicate your worries In a quiet moment, try asking yourself 'what am I grateful for?' Even just searching through the positive aspects in your life for gratitude boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine, in a similar way to antidepressants. Then, label any
We are happy to announce that our teacher Catherine welcomed a baby boy in February! The studio team has expanded again 🙂 Our newest littlest yogi came into this world at a healthy 10 pounds and has been growing ever since! He is excited to get into the studio with mama soon. Catherine's Thursday afternoon classes will be on hold for a few weeks while she bonds with the little bundle. Thank you all for sharing my pregnancy yoga practice with me!
The benefits of heat for our bodies and souls: a good schvitz can do wonders! A sauna, a steam room, a good sweat session all work to eradicate toxins from the body. In my own family's culture, it is known as a pirts, and has been used for eons for many practical as well as magical reasons. Heat brings increased blood flow to the body, increasing our natural glow and encouraging proper circulation while diminishing stagnancy. Increased circulation may help to reduce muscle pain and improve joint movement. The heat can also help even the most stressed out person
How do inversions benefit us? All the evidence points to one principal; they upend one’s relationship to gravity. Gravity has a profound effect on the physiological processes of the human body. Gravity slowly but surely weighs us down and saps our strength. We stand, sit, or walk with head above the heart, legs and pelvis underneath. While we work on perfecting posture in our classes, the damage of this position wears on our body. Subcutaneous fat sags. Varicose veins and hemorrhoids erupt. Weary of incessantly pumping blood through its vast circulatory network, the heart can falter. In class, we
The doshas are a notion of bio elements in Ayurveda medicine, often described as a type of complimentary or alternative study. The three doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha- are derived from the five elements. Also known as mind-body types, the doshas express unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics. Optimal health exists when the dynamic states of mind, body, and environment are in balance. By identifying your mind-body type and understanding your prominent dosha, you can maintain a state of health and create a lifestyle that supports your nature. At The Yoga Lounge, we have set up the studio in a way that can best support your unique dosha. All of our classes are enhanced because of the
Every year, instead of making New Years resolutions, I identify new activities to try that will help me improve and maintain my health, meet new people, and take me out of my routine. This is how I discovered yoga. Before I began practising yoga four years ago, I didn’t give much thought to what seemed to me like a hippy dippy pastime. But after years of various people I respect suggesting that I try yoga, I added it to Ali’s 2013 Self Improvement Plan, thus launching my ‘personal yoga journey’ and discovering why this ancient Hindu practice has been
Breathe. Bellies. Babies! 'I am born connected. I am born remembering rivers flowing from my mothers body into my body'. Carrying life is one of the greatest ways to become both grounded and connected with the spiritual realm all at the same time. This is just the beginning of your awakening as a new woman- a mother who often feels the pull from polar opposites, and who has the new-found capacity to manage these duelling energies with grace. Pregnancy draws us inwards, allowing us to be more aware of our inner rhythms and also urges us to