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  • Make Space For Rest and Wellness

    Rest will look different for all of us.  For some, rest is as basic as taking a nap.  For others, it may mean reading a good book, sitting in stillness, or reconnecting with close friends. I don’t believe the idea of rest is off-putting, but rather I suspect that the concept of slowing down can make some of us uncomfortable.  And this is what has been forced upon us this past year.  We have been forced to slow down and change our habits, and surely this has created a simmering discomfort in our society. For some, feelings of anxiety and …

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  • How Is Your Squat? part II

    Our bodies are made to move and squatting is one of the most basic movements we learn as young toddlers but risk losing as we age.   At the most basic level, we need to squat to sit down in a chair, get into a car, and use the toilet.  Have you noticed that modern staircases, toilet heights, and chairs have all been raised to accommodate this declining ability?  As the population has become more sedentary, the squats we used to be able to perform have decreased for varied reasons. Squats target multiple joints; the ankles, knees, hips, and spine.  However, squats can …

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  • How Is Your Squat?

    When I prepare a squat class in advance, I never tell my students where the practice is heading.  If I reveal a week in advance that we were going to have a squat class next week, chances are there would be a good percentage of my students would not show up for that particular class. I once prepared a 4-week class series dedicated to exploring and improving the basic squat.  It was the one and only class series that I received no inquiries, no registrations, and mostly blank stares when I spoke of it. Now I could take all of …

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  • Pause. Reflect. Rebuild

    The Covid pandemic has changed the world and has touched every individual in some way.  We have been forced to alter the way we work, socialize, and how we schedule, and move about our basic days.  It has forced us to slow down and spend more time in personal reflection. It has been equally devastating and freeing. Innovation often arises in periods of adversity, and we have seen this unfold in real-time as we watched the world’s top scientists work together to create a vaccine in an astounding time frame.  (Sending gratitude to these scientific heroes!)  On a smaller scale, we have seen businesses …

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  • 2021…Finally!

    I can’t recall ever being more relieved or happy to see the new year approach.  (Well, ironically I was quite looking forward to 2020.  It was going to be a big year personally with so many plans and adventures ready to go.  Well, we all know how that turned out 😉 And so here we find ourselves finally in 2021.  We have all experienced a year like none other and I think generally, many of us are happy to turn the calendar page.  I love this time of year because it does feel like a reset.  I do enjoy a …

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  • Pillars of Health

    As we enter into the deep winter of 2021, health has been a topic of conversation that has dominated the newsreels and our daily conversations since March of 2020.  We are moving through an unprecedented global health crisis and there has never been a better time to explore ways that we can promote better health and wellness in our own lives. Health is multi-faceted.  It isn’t just based on one thing.  Health can be cumulative and we can all make small positive changes that will make a difference in our own health and wellbeing.  Most importantly, these changes are within …

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  • Practice Positivity

    At some point, we have all received well meaning advice to “stay positive”.  To view the glass as “half full” sometimes can feel like wishful thinking or “Pollyannaish”.  And it can be difficult to find the motivation to stay positive when life becomes challenging. Ultimately, the real obstacle to positivity is the fact that our brains are hard-wired to watch for and focus on threats.  It has become a survival mechanism that has served mankind well to allow us to arrive at this point in civilization.  Today, this survival wiring can lead the mind to wander until it finds a …

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  • Yoga For Uncertain Times

    How does your practice change when you are experiencing a difficult period in your life?  Does your practice disappear or do you lean in and become more intentional with when and how you practice?   I would like to say that I lean in hard to my practice when I am overwhelmed with life, but honestly, I have to admit that I can get lost easily in the distraction of difficulty.  I do know however after years of practice, that when I am feeling overwhelmed, I need to be intentional with setting a schedule that includes self-care.  These are a …

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  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    As we move into the month of October and when we traditionally join together to celebrate Thanksgiving; I have been contemplating ways that I could shift my idea of practicing gratitude beyond this one tradition and expand my feelings of gratitude especially during these challenging times.  Just a thought… if we could all practice gratitude in a more consistent way, how could the benefits extend beyond our own lives and into our communities? Here are a few simple gratitude practices that I have considered… Gratitude Journal Do you keep a gratitude journal?  This is a simple book just to record …

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  • CSY Zoom – Why You May Be Surprised and Actually Enjoy Zoom Classes

    If you have been a student at Creating Space Yoga Studio over the past 7 months, you will have watched from the front lines the ways in which we have had to pivot our business and accommodate the incredible changes that the world has faced together.   We immediately closed our doors in March 2020 once it was recommended that we all practice social distancing.  This triggered a quick turn around and we started filming and creating video home practices for our students and eventually launched a CSY On-Demand Video membership on our website in May.  As the weather warmed …

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