New Year, New You!
Wow! Hello 2018!
Every year many of us get caught up into making New Year's Resolutions! This is a good thing. Since December drew to a close and it is now January, sharing your resolutions with friends and family can be a popular discussion both face-to-face and on Facebook. Sometimes, various Facebook special support pages pop up. I've seen "Burpee Challenges, Lunge Challenges, Whole30, and Decluttering the House ones." Go ahead and join. Its all in good fun and certainly with good intentions. I encourage sharing and being part of support groups!
Intentions or Sankalpas are a big part of our yoga practice. We often start or are encouraged to start each yoga practice with an "intention or sankalpa." We then revisit it a few times through out our practice. It is a big part of yoga Nidra and it is a big part of trauma-sensitive yoga.
If you choose not to set any New Years Resolutions, there isn't anything wrong with that either. "The arrival of this fresh New Year isn't asking for any resolutions nor begging you to do different. It simply wants to invite you into it's presence and make of it what you will."
It's OUR choice what we do with it!
A really cool thing that we did with our Eighteenth Element Yoga Trauma-sensitive yoga teacher trainees was to create a "Vision Board" of how we'd like 2018 to be for us. If you're not a write down resolutions type of person, this was a really fun, creative, and active way to set intentions for the year. And if you put it where you can see it, the board will help remind all of what we'd like 2018 to manifest.
No matter what your individual resolutions are or even if you didn't set any; no doubt, your health and wellness is important to you. January is a great month to get started on your healthier mind body relationship. There is no time like today! To reinforce this, January is National Family Fit Lifestyle Month and National Healthy Weight Month. If you aren't sure how to get started, that's where we at Eighteenth Element Yoga can assist. Our awesome staff will help you with any weight loss goals, build strength and flexibility, lessen stress, encourage mindfulness, give an attitude of gratitude, and develop a healthy mind body relationship.
Encouraging you all!
Spring, Spring, Spring...
While we have a later start than much of the country, it's starting to look like spring here in Colorado. The grass is greening up, trees are blooming, and flowers are sneaking up out of the soil. Some days are mild and warm while other days are more winter like. That's spring time in Colorado. And if you know me, I also call it "Sprinter."
With the mixed up weather signals, it is easy to get off balance making us feel spaced out, flighty, and unable to focus. Feeling this way is not healthy and should not be allowed to linger. We must counteract it with some self-help techniques and many of which you have or will learn in yoga.
Ways to re-balance include focusing on being "grounded" which is a central theme in many of our yoga classes. To help you ground yourself, it is best to bring your total awareness to the parts of your body that are touch and being supported by the earth as you are in your yoga pose. Noticing any sensations as you bring your awareness to your body. Working on being grounded can be explored while seated, in any standing pose, or laying on your back or belly. Another great approach is to incorporate meditation into your practice even if it only for a few minutes. Charles leads a great workshop on meditation that I encourage all to check out.
Another way to enhance grounding is with aromatherapy. Use therapeutic grade essential oils (doTERRA is a good brand) and diffuse them or apply them to your body. Your feet are a wonderful place to apply essential oils. Some good essential oils to try that assist with grounding are: "Balance" (this is a blend), Frankincense, Vetiver, Valerian Root, and Patchouli. (If you don't know how to use essential oils, please talk to me so I can set you in the right direction).
You can take a Ayurveda approach and make some changes to your diet. Focus on lighter foods and adding invigorating and warming spices to your recipes. Think cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. (You can learn more about Ayurveda the weekend of 27-28 July with our training we are hosting).
And finally, get moving! Incorporate some more activity in your life. Add classes like Vinyasa, Tai Chi, and Barre. You'll move in those. Get outside, get in touch with nature, with the actual dirt, not sidewalk. Garden, do yard work, and go hiking. We have arguably some of the best hiking right in our backyards. (Eighteenth Element Yoga has a Yoga Infused Hike coming up that we encourage you to take part in - Castlewood Canyon Infused Hike on June 3rd).
Find sanity in routines. Having established routines are good ways to reduce anxiety and to stay grounded. Having a basic structure to your day reduces the need to make on the fly decisions which can cause an unsettling feeling. While every now and then it is great to be spontaneous, it isn't recommended to spend your life that way.
When you do these types of things, you'll feel a lot better! The nice thing is that these guidelines aren't difficult to incorporate in your lives.
Eighteenth Element Yoga is officially 2 years old this month!
We've added more classes to our schedule!!!!!
Check out THE BARRE ELEMENT: This incorporates a fusion of Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, and a Touch of Cardio. Shoes, no shoes, or Barre Socks is all you need along with your towel, comfortable exercise clothing, and water. This is a great way to get in shape! Friday nights at 6pm. Kristen teaches.
Check out Early Morning Yoga: 6am on Monday and Wednesdays. Start your day out on the perfect note and minimize those life distractions that get in the way of your practice. Lara Teaches.
Check out Sundays at 10am: Now, every single Sunday at 10am, we have yoga! Lorri and Shari alternating teaching. One Sunday, Lorri will teach Beginner Yoga with Lorri and the other Sunday, Shari teaches Yin Yoga. You'll love both styles.
EIGHTEENTH ELEMENT YOGA PRICES ARE YOGI FRIENDLY!
$8 dollars - Walk in Class Price
$30 5-Class Packs
$60 Unlimited Classes (Monthly Auto pay, 6 month commitment)
We have everything you need to enjoy class. All you do is come and enjoy your practice.
Currently on our schedule:
(Tai Chi, Slow Flow, Vinyasa, Yoga 101, Beginner Yoga, Back to Basics, Restorative, Zen Flow, Early Morning Yoga, The Barre Element, and Yin Yoga