I have really been enjoying teaching yoga again after the three month hiatus. I missed being able to feel the energy of the group of people in front of me. Being able to harness that energy into a healing practice for all of us is so fulfilling. If you are having a rough day and just don’t think you can bring yourself to come to yoga, bring yourself. You may find it is exactly what you need. Surrounding yourself (at 6-9′ intervals) with like-minded people is healing in and of itself.
Sometimes I wonder where I would be without my yoga and meditation practices. Like many of you, I know that if I did both of those practices every day, my life would be infinitely better. I suppose if I ate salads every day and limited sugar, my life could also be better. But many days I just can’t. Sometimes I have a valid reason, other days not so much. Often I have to just stop and take my own advice and simply do what I can with what I have. I have learned to be okay with that. I can always start over…and so can you!
If yoga isn’t your thing and you need to work out, we have that, too! Annette has returned with a new schedule and new routines. She is at the studio on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. You can catch her virtual Saturday class, too! She posts these on FaceBook in her Zumba group. If you want access to the group, just send either of us a message!
We still have Spin Class and Kick Boxing too! Burn all the calories and build up some strength and stamina.
Use this link to access all our classes: https://LaGrangeYoga.as.me
CLOSING NOTICE FOR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
We will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, July 4th and 5th. So no Saturday Strength & Conditioning,
Virtual Zumba or
Sunday Studio Zumba.
Looking for a yummy and cool summer treat?
Check out the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie — BUT if you are allergic to peanuts, ONLY use the bananas — it will still taste amazing — trust me!
The year 2020 has been one for the books – that is for certain. But, how you cope with the way the world is today may affect you in the long run. Looking for one of the best ways to deal with stress? Have you tried yoga? Here are the main reasons why you should give yoga a try!
- Stress Relief: The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
- Pain Relief: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
- Better Breathing: Yoga includes breathing practices known as pranayama, which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many pranayamas emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body’s experience of and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
- Flexibility: Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
- Increased Strength: Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength, literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
- Weight Management: While most of the evidence for the effects of yoga on weight loss is anecdotal or experiential, yoga teachers, students and practitioners across the country find that yoga helps to support weight loss. Many teachers specialize in yoga programs to promote weight management and find that even gentle yoga practices help support weight loss. People do not have to practice the most vigorous forms of yoga to lose weight. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole. A study from the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that regular yoga practice was associated with less age-related weight gain. The lifestyle study of 15,500 adults in their 50s covered 10 years of participants’ weight history, physical activity, medical history and diet.
- Improved Circulation: Yoga helps to improve circulation by efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
- Cardiovascular Conditioning: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
- Presence: Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
- Inner Peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.
Love to all,
Well, we made it through our first week of Yoga, Spin and Kick Boxing and two weeks of Taekwondo – all without any major problems! If someone would have told me when we closed on March 15 that in the next two and a half months I would learn how to make and post videos on YouTube, how to set up and run virtual martial arts classes on Zoom, how to implement an invoicing system, and how to set up and manage a scheduling software program for a ton of people, I would have said, “No Way! I am not tech savvy and don’t think I could handle that task!” But, out of necessity, I did it. I immersed myself in the tasks at hand. Some of these tasks took a WHOLE lot of time, some had to be done, and then redone, but I got through it! The only error I made that may have affected you was telling you to download the Acuity Scheduling App. NOPE, don’t do that! You can’t use the app. You simply go to the website and click on the class you want to sign up for and follow the prompts, or click on the link to the scheduling app: https://LaGrangeYoga.as.me/classeswithJeannette.
Reflecting on our return to the studio
The classes went very well this week. Everyone is being so mindful of our new protocols. It can be hard because not only is it a new way of doing things, it is a new way to respond to people and situations. I was leaving the pet store and a woman went to hold the door for me, but then stopped and stepped back. She wasn’t being rude, she was being safe. I acknowledged her and said it’s hard when we can’t be as kind as we used to be. This is a true test of how we choose to react to the actions of others. We cannot take offense when someone crosses the street to avoid walking past us. What we can do is acknowledge them for making these decisions. Watching my Spin Class ladies on Monday was amazing. The 6′ rule actually gives us time to pause, to be in the moment. “I will wait for you” is meant to keep us all safe and can be considered an extreme kindness. We often do things as quickly as possible to just get done or move to the next task. Now we are in a position where we mindfully stop, “I will wait for you.”
In Thursday’s Gentle Yoga class, the sense of community is so very, very heartwarming. This group of gals is something else. I have never been a hugger, but these women transformed me into one. I hated that I couldn’t hug them. I have pretty much cried every day since Jaren left us, but Thursday was different; I cried tears of joy at seeing these beautiful women who have been a huge part of my life for so many years. We are sharing that light. Namaste’ ya’all.
We are offering a Strength and Conditioning Class with Master Jason Szmania. This will include mat and bag work and a lot of high intensity intervals.
Only 8 people can attend.
Contact Jeannette for more information at (440) 213-8933.