4 easy restorative yoga poses for home plus how an episode of crying in my car changed things!

make-yourself-priority-its-your-lifeAre you exhausted and running on fumes?

The demands of work, our personal lives, and kids can leave us drained.

Support yourself with these four restorative poses.  I love doing this right before bed.  Spend 3 or 4 minutes in each pose and slip into a blissful night’s sleep!

  1. Come into easy pose (sukhasana).  Pull your bolster (add blankets on top of your bolster if you need more height) up to your body and rest your head down on the bolster.  You can use pillows or couch cushions if you don’t have a bolster.  Have your arms in a restful position.
  2. Make your way into viparita karani.
  3. Take a restorative bridge pose (setu bandha sarvangasana) by sliding a block or bolster under your sacrum.  This should feel delicious!  If it does not, try moving the block or bolster lower so you are supporting the sacrum.
  4. End with savasana.

As always, you are CEO of your body which means you get to decide which poses to take and how to take them.  Never do anything that causes pain.


What if you could rest and take ‘me time’ whenever you needed to without the guilt?  How would your life be different?

I sat in my car crying one day this summer because of how exhausted I was.  I desperately needed rest, but was having such a hard time giving that to myself.  I was taking care of my son, my husband was working long days, and I was working so hard on building my business wherever I could fit the time into my day.  My body was desperately asking me to spend some time resting, but my mind fought back and said “there is so much do!  there’s no time for rest!”.  After a few days, some more tears, and some one on one support from a mentor, I finally gave in and took a few hours to myself.  And, wow, how that changed things!  I was enjoying myself again.  Taking care of my family was easier because I refilled my well and I felt like myself again.  Taking that break, as hard as it was for my mind to get on board, was the best thing I could have done.  Now I incorporate ‘me time’ and self care more easily into my life without the guilt.  But at the start, I needed that one on one support.  I learned so much from that experience this summer.

Imagine feeling energetic and carefree.

Imagine resting, knowing with every cell of your body that all is well and you are supported.

Imagine being at a place in your life where you rest when you need to, without the guilt.

Invest in private yoga sessions with me and you’ll get all that and more!

  • we’ll decrease your stress levels and get you feeling good in your body
  • we’ll get you to a place where taking breaks and time to yourself becomes second nature without the guilt!
  • we’ll have a check in at each session to establish how you’re feeling and what you need from your yoga practice that day
  • i’ll provide you with one on one yoga instruction that deeply cares for your body
  • each session includes aromatherapy
  • we’ll create a mantra together that helps you access the permission to rest when you need to
  • you’ll get a pretty journal as a gift from me to you!

Private sessions with me are different from group classes.  Private sessions:

  • focus directly on YOUR needs
  • provide me the ability to give you 100% of my attention to guide your practice
  • provide an intimate setting that allows you to dive deeper into relaxation
  • include aromatherapy!  You can choose the oils you’d like or leave it up to me

Let’s change your life experience.  You are worth the effort.  Reach out to me if you’re interested and let’s talk to be sure this is a good fit for you!

10 minute guided meditation for moms

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I came across this 10 minute guided meditation for moms last week and wish I had found it sooner!

It’s great for bringing attention to where you’re at with self care and helps you figure out where you need to do a little work to get yourself to a better place.

 

“My daughter really enjoyed the class and she slept so well last night.  She struggles with anxiety and sometimes has a hard time sleeping, but last night she fell right to sleep.  And slept the entire night.  Thank you for allowing her to attend.  She will definitely be joining me for class again.  -Lisa”

I received this beautiful testimonial from a student about her ten year old daughter who attended one of my classes.  I’ve experienced anxiety myself and can personally attest to how powerful yoga is in helping us manage it.  If you or anyone you know experiences anxiety and is interested in learning more about how yoga can help, I’d love to set aside some time to talk to them about the types of yoga that will be the most helpful and how to fit that yoga into their life!  Just reply to this email and we can set something up.

What is a Mantra?

mantraYou may have heard the term “mantra” in a yoga class and wondered exactly what is a mantra.

You can think of a mantra as a seed for energizing an intention.

I’ll use myself as the example here 🙂

As a Mom, there are days I wonder if I’ve done enough.  Have I done enough for my son, my husband, myself?  I often have a list of things that do not get done in the time frame I would like (or at all ha!).  One mantra that has helped me is “I am enough.”, meaning I am enough just as I am and am not defined by how much I “do” or “don’t do”.

A mantra can powerfully shift your thoughts.  You may not believe your mantra at first, but as you repeat your mantra to yourself over and over you start to get your brain on board that your mantra is true.  Your whole energy shifts!  Soon enough, you are living your mantra and life feels different; more fulfilling, more easeful, and a LOT more fun.

This is exactly why I’ve included a custom mantra in my 12 pack of private sessions!  I want to empower you to change your life OFF the mat, using the tools yoga can provide.

Guest post from fellow yoga teacher, Rob Farella

Hello traveler on the path.
We are all on an inner journey from mind to heart. Whether we realize it or not. A change in perspective from body(ego) identification to soul. In Yoga it is called Sādhanā, literally “a means of accomplishing something”. Not that the ego is bad but more that it is covering or distracting us from our true essence.
Here is a Rumi poem that speaks to this so well.
There is life force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine
O traveler if you are in search of That
Don’t look outside look inside yourself and seek That.
There is nothing in the universe that you are not
Everything you want, look for it within yourself—you are That.
~ Rumi

Sadhana has a way of drawing us inward simply because we pause, we breathe and we become mindful about our actions. O traveler enjoy the journey inward, all you need awaits you!

Love and light
Rob

Get the most out of your yoga practice!

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Want to get the most out of your yoga practice?

I came across this article and it got me thinking about the things I do to get the most out of my time on the mat!

Get the Most Out of Your Practice

All that said, don’t avoid your yoga practice if you haven’t gotten everything “perfectly” set up for your time on the mat.  That was a mistake I made for some time; those were often the times I needed my practice the most.  Just show up as you are, even when things aren’t set up “perfectly”!

What do YOU do to get the most out of your yoga practice?  Do you still show up for yourself even if everything isn’t “perfect”?  I’d love to hear from you!


Special event coming up!

I am SO excited to be teaching Yoga for Kids at the Brookfield Library on June 29th at 6 pm!  It is going to be an absolute blast!  You do not need to be a Brookfield resident to participate.  Registration is quick and easy.  AND it’s absolutely FREE!  Sign up here!

Do you know any kids grades K-5 who could benefit?  Share this with your friends 🙂

Class description:
Let’s play yoga!  We will combine simple yoga poses with fun instruction to keep young bodies strong and flexible!  We’ll pretend to be frogs, trees, snakes, and more!  Kids will release some pent up energy and learn to focus through breathing and relaxation techniques.  The class is 45 minutes long.  Parental consent is required for participation; the library will email you a form to fill out and bring to the class.

And, here’s a great article that highlights the benefits of Yoga for Kids!  (hint: they are the same benefits you get!)

Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Gentle relief for back pain :)

I was looking for a short and gentle yoga sequence I could do at home for back pain (carrying a 10 month around will do that 😉 ) and found a gem I wanted to share with you 🙂

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/watch-back/


I’m super excited to be subbing twice this week at YogaSpace!  I’ll be teaching Thursday’s balanced class at 6 pm AND Saturday’s Yoga Basics class at 10:15 am 🙂  It would be great to see you there!

I’m frustrated! How to handle emotions on the mat.

I think most of us have been there; you’re working hard at a balancing pose and you wobble and fall out.  Or you’re trying a new pose and can’t get it to look the way you want.  You suddenly find yourself frustrated.  This is perfectly normal and healthy!

There is room for all of your emotions and thoughts in your yoga practice.  Maybe you’ve felt sad or happy or annoyed.  Whatever emotion it is, when you notice it rising up, allow it to happen.  Practice watching it from a third party perspective, without any judgement.  Notice where you feel it in your body.  Connect to compassion.  Connect with your breath.  Watch it dissipate.

If you’ve never noticed an emotion while practicing yoga, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.  As you practice more, you will notice!

You guys have heard me talk about my love/hate relationship with forward folds.  Forward folds frustrated me for the longest time.  I wanted to fold forward MORE, but my body was just not there.  When I learned to notice this about myself with compassion, allow that emotion to flow, and connect with my breath, I was finally able to experience peace in forward folds.  I moved through the emotional blocks that were there.  Over time I came to love forward folds!

Have you experienced emotions on your mat?  I’d love to hear about it!


With my average hourly rate at $65, my starter pack for private sessions is amazingly affordable at 2 for $75!  These in home sessions are absolutely perfect for someone who works from home and doesn’t want to drive to and from a studio or someone who has an injury and would really benefit from a specialized practice.  Or maybe you’d just like to treat yourself to some one on one yoga!

I have 3 spots left! Tuesdays at 11 and Thursdays at 9:30 and 11.  Is one of these spots for you?  Or someone you know?  Forward this to someone you think would benefit!

Hi everyone!

I ran across this article recently and thought you would enjoy it; it lists five things a seasoned yogini wishes she knew as a beginner.  Good stuff!
Five things I Wish I Had Known About Yoga As A Beginner.

I’m also super excited to share with you that I left my full time corporate job!  That means I can fully embrace my business as a yoga instructor.  I am so excited because now I can provide more private sessions!

You might be wondering what is so great about private sessions and why I love giving them.  Private sessions give me the opportunity to provide you with exactly what you need in that session or series of sessions.  Maybe you have a specific goal in mind, be that mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual.  They are also the perfect way to work with specific health concerns, injuries, or any other limitation; I can create a practice specifically for addressing your needs!

To celebrate my transition and love for private sessions, I am now offering a starter package to new private students of 2 hourly sessions for only $75.  I’m also offering a starter package of semi-privates (for 2 or 3 students) of 2 hourly sessions for just $90.  This is a really great deal if you are interested in checking out how private sessions could benefit you!