Accupressure; my new favorite but slightly odd way to relax! (You should totally try this)

I'm not going to lie, this is a little weird, but I've found a great new way to relax and unwind, even though it takes a little pranyama (aka breathing) to settle into it

While researching natural ways to reduce joint pain and neck stiffness I came across the centruies old technique of accupressure, and found that there is a simple way to receive the benefits of this practice at home in the form of accupressure massage mats that can help to restore health and balance to your body, bringing with it a sense of calm and wellbeing.

I looked into many different shapes sizes and styles and ended up choosing a mat and pillow that has over 6,700 specially designed spikes that activate the body’s natural healing response, relieve tension, and unblock stagnant energy pathways.

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The benefits of acupressure and acupressure mats are wide ranging. A few of the benefits that have been reported by users are

  • Deeper Sleep
  • Increased Energy
  • Significant reduction in pain, both chronic and acute
  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Inproved circulation
  • Boosted mood

Who doesn't want all those things?!

 

 

There are many different ways you can use an accupressure mat/pillow, but for now I've been starting with simply lying on it at night before bed. The first few times I wore a thin tshirt to soften the intensity, though after a few sessions you get used to the sensation and can lie direclty on them.

After a few minutes the intensity of sensation dissolves and you begin to fully relax and feel the benefits.

I picked out the ajna mat after doing some research (link below), but there are lots of colors and manufacturers to choose from. Let me know if you give it a try!

New! Meditation Workshop

Meditation Workshop 2021

 

We are now taking bookings for our new Meditation Workshops. In this 2 hour workshop you'll learn a technique of meditation that uses silent repetition to focus the mind (mantra meditation). We'll explore your motivations for practicing, ways to establish a successful routine, how to sit comfortably, and prepare to overcome potential obstacles.

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Yoga Sculpt is Back!

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We're excited to bring Yoga Sculpt back onto the schedule for the summer.

Join us on Mondays 5.30-6.45pm for this yoga fusion class that combines traditional yoga poses with core work and the option to add hand weights.

This flow is designed to strengthen and tone the body, build lean muscle and boost metabolism. It’s effective as a standalone practice, or to compliment your existing yoga practice.

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Creating Your Home Yoga Practice Using The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies is a book written by Gretchen Rubin which proposes that we all fit into one of four personality types that shape every aspect of our behavior. Never heard of it? Check it out here  The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) and take her free online quiz to see what personality type you fit into.

How can using this framework help you set up your home practice?

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Gentle Yoga Is Back!

We're excited to bring Gentle Yoga back to the weekly schedule every Saturday 8-9am. 

Gentle yoga is a practice suitable for beginners, seniors, and regularly practicing yogis looking for a change of pace.

This 60 minute session is designed to stretch areas of the body that are most commonly affected by stiffness and tension. Poses are included to help build strength and balance, and the session concludes with relaxation and a guided meditation.

You can join this practice in person at the studio, or live via zoom. Remember to reserve your pace via the schedule tab to save a spot in the studio or to receive login information for online access.

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Studio Update July 2020

Hi Yogis! 

We are happy to be offering both in person and online classes from our studio in Jasper, and we're excited to be adding Gentle Yoga sessions back into the schedule in August! 

Currently due to State of Texas mandate, we request that all students attending studio classes wear a face mask while entering the building until they get settled on their mat. Masks can be removed for the duration of our practice, and must be worn once again while leaving the studio.

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Thank you for your continued support

Namasté

Shona

Studio Update & Etiquette (May 2020)

Hi Yogis

We're super excited to be reopening the studio on Tuesday 19th May. We've used our time wisely and enjoyed updating both the inside and outside of the studio as well as the website booking system. But our image is not the only thing to get an update; yogi-etiquette is also having a little adjustment to accomodate this ever changing situation.

In this post I hope to help clarify what to expect over the next few weeks, or at least until more information and advice is received. 


 

Class access & bookings:

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Live Streamed Yoga Session Info

We are so excited to be able to gather our community of yogis on a virutal platform while we practice social distancing.

There is nothing quite like the energy of being in the studio together to share movement and meditation, however feedback from our first online session was that there is definitely more of a sense of 'practicing together' and community when meeting live than there is with a pre recorded video. It's not perfect, it's not the studio, but it is a practice with fellow yogis, and right now that seems more important than ever. We're bringing together yogis from all over the country to share a practice and I feel thankful that it's possible. I'm also grateful to each of you that's willing to give this new platform a try, and invite me (virtually) into your home practice space. 

Some tips for gathering on zoom:

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Merry Christmas Yogis!

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I'm excited to be offering a full range of classes throughout the Christmas period. Join me in the studio to feel energized and focused (or perhaps to enjoy some peace and quiet!). 

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Virya: Right effort in Yoga

I have been curious this week in my practice about the yogic principle of virya. The sanskrit word virya is often translated as 'effort' but can also be translated as 'energy', 'diligence' or 'enthusiasm'. 

While it seems a simple concept that we of course should apply some effort in our practice, I found it interesting when I really started to look at the idea of 'right effort'.

Do we really apply as much effort as we could or should in some areas of our practice? Or perhaps do we sometimes apply too much effort?

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