Now is the time.

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STUDIO EXPANSION!!

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NORTH PARK YOGA has expanded!

Join us for the open house Saturday, April 16th, 2016.

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Live music from local artist, Jesus Gonzalez

3063 University Avenue, Suite 100 (above Controversial Bookstore)

View the event on Facebook here

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SPRING CLEANING!

SPRING CLEANING.
The words themselves seem like a fresh start.
Spring cleaning is usually a time to throw open the windows, air out our living space,
and thoroughly clean our homes.

‘Spring cleaning’ can be an opportunity to clean and organize other areas of our lives as well.
It’s a perfect time to rid ourselves of old habits, embrace healthier practices,
or dust off those cluttered Facebookshelves, and re-assess our lists of ‘friends’.

We create our world by the people with whom we choose to keep company.
Is it not logical to surround ourselves with people who are positive, supportive, and light-of-baggage?

Whiners, Debbie-downers, cry babies, jealous needy types, and Peter Pans that-refuse-to-grow-up,
what purpose do they serve you?

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Give the gift of yoga…

GIVE THE GIFT OF YOGA  
Gift Certificates are now available through the holidays,
in the following packages:
One Month of Yoga (12 classes) — $80
3-Class Package — $45
10-Class Package — $120

Gift certificates may be purchased at the studio only.
Certificates sold in the half hour prior to each class time

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Support Small Businesses (and yoga studios!)

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Celebrate and encourage small businesses!
When you support small local businesses, everyone wins —
you receive quality goods & services from local businesses,
plus your dollars help your community to thrive!

NORTH PARK YOGA is offering membership specials,
plus two free classes on Small Business Saturday, 11/30.

Free classes:
LIGHT VINYASA YOGA CLASS @ 11:00 am & and a COMMUNITY YOGA CLASS @ 1:00 pm
Space is limited to 12 students.

Go to the schedule page  to register early, or drop in before class.

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a ‘disciplined’ yoga practice…

 

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  • If we have time for Facebook, we have time for yoga — do we not?

The mind is rich with opportunities to rationalize our actions — or inaction–
and takes refuge in all types of resistance to a consistent, disciplined yoga practice.

Of course, the term “discipline” can be so off-putting.
We often associate the word with punishment,
or an unyielding adherence to something unpleasant,
instead of a goal worthy of our time.

However, we can choose to view an intention to cultivate our practice
as a determined effort toward growth, and transformation.

 

 

 

 

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Sleep: too much or too little

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Tonight we gain an hour’s sleep as we turn the clocks back an hour, returning to standard time.
Perhaps, getting a much-needed extra hour of sleep — in other words, an attempt to catch up (if only for a night),
from a chronically sleep-deprived life.
Poor sleep habits disrupt more than our schedules.
An imbalanced sleep schedule also disrupts the level of the hormone cortisol in our bodies [see earlier post about stress].

Staying up late causes levels to surge at a time of day when the level normal tapers in preparation for sleep.
However, too much sleep (in excess of 7-8 hours) causes problems too.
Studies by the journal Sleep how found that either too little,
or too much sleep can result in a decline in cognitive function.
The study also found that too much, or too little sleep may cause the following:

— increased risk of cardiovascular disease
— cognitive decline
— weight gain
— excess snacking
— hormone imbalance
— increased risk of diabetes
— increased risk of psychiatric disorders

Obviously the key here is a balanced and regular sleep schedule,
by developing healthy sleep habits.

 

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New Moon on Sunday

With New Year’s resolutions still two months away,
and this year’s resolutions a distant, forgotten memory,
have we become bitter, weary, and overwhelmed with stress
over all the chaos and negativity in the world right now?

Whether it’s anxiety over employment, finances, the affordable healthcare act, or the approaching holidays,
bitterness, cynicism, and stress can become an unshakable burden.

It’s a new month,
and another opportunity for a new start.
As November’s new moon approaches on Sunday, we have the opportunity to tap into lunar energies for positive change.

The new, or dark, moon phase combines the gravitational forces
of both the sun and the moon. And this month’s mew moon will also eclipse the sun in some parts of the world.

Traditional cultures have long regarded the new moon as a fertile time for planting the seeds of change.
It is seen as an ideal time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, or make manifest.

Whether you believe this to be true or not is irrelevant to the cumulative effect that negative thought patterns
can have upon our bodies and well-being. Devoting some time to meditation is good place to begin.
It is in those moments of clarity that we can begin to reflect upon the possibilities.

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Can Stress Actually Kill You?

Quite possibly, it can.
But, falling just short of death should not be a happy alternative either.

(This is when I insert my sermon about what yoga is and isn’t.)

Yes, physical asanas (yoga postures) can help build strength, stamina, and help increase flexibility.
However, yoga isn’t just another form of aerobics.
Nor is it about achieving perfection in complex, twisty, circus-like poses.  This isn’t gymnastics.
Instead, see yoga as a system that addresses the body holistically — body, mind and emotions.

Our bodies are equipped with a nervous system that  prepares us, in short order,
to deal with immediate threats and dangers. This is known as the fight-or-flight response.

Cortisol, our body’s primary stress hormone, surges, increasing heart rate, boosting energy supplies, and enhancing our brain’s use of glucose.
It also suppresses on-essential functions in the body (digestion, reproduction, growth) during a fight-or-flight situation.

Modern life bombards us with stressors that overwhelm our nervous system.
This increased stress raises cortisol to chronically high levels,
keeping our natural alarm system on a state of alert — even after any “threat” has passed.
Consistently elevated levels of cortisol in the bloodstream can disrupt the body’s natural processes, leading to problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Heart Disease
  • Weight Gain
  • Impaired Concentration

This is where yoga can help.
A consistent practice of deep breathing, meditation, and purposeful movement helps tone the nervous system, and regulate the emotions.

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Free LIGHT VINYASA Class

Waiting for the right time to begin a yoga practice?
Well, there’s no time like the present!

 

NORTH PARK YOGA has a spontaneous, unscheduled, free LIGHT VINYASA Class — tomorrow only!
Sunday, October 20th 9:30 -10:30 am
This class is open to anyone — including members of the studio.

The class is limited to 12 students, and reservations are required
Take action, go to the SCHEDULE page to sign up!

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