Every once and awhile you need a little kick in the caboose. Things get comfortable and easy and you become complacent. When this happens you start to miss moments and your best self gets lost in the rush.
Honest- I have been there for a "MINUTE"! That measure of time always makes me laugh...I always tell people to define a minute for me...is it a day, a week, a month,...or even a year? I have learned it's all about ones own perception of time. My "MINUTE" has been longer than needed or necessary.
On Instagram I mentioned that I have things to tell you....and I do....and I am super excited. I am starting with this....my new logo, but it's not really new. The moon has always been present. It's on the studio wall, it's on the sign out front, and it's on my body. The moon has a very special place in my life...and I am going to return to honoring not only it but it's significance in my story. I am going to stop half-assing the name of this studio. I picked ardha moon yoga for a reason. I thought I was being unique but then worried I had made a mistake. I doubted myself. So, I am going to try again. From this moment on this studio is ardha moon yoga. There is nothing (a.m.) about me. I am a night owl. I rarely teach an early class. I like to lounge around and drink coffee and feel the day start. Most don't know that ardha means half and you might not know that half-moon pose is called ardha chadrasana in Sanskrit. I thought I was being sly when I named my business half in English and half in Sanskrit. Many of you do know it's my most loved and most hated pose/asana. But, many of you don't know why. I need to start sharing those kinds of things with you.
Over the next few weeks you may notice a fresh coat of paint, new signage, maybe a new throw pillow or two...please tolerate my energy, as it is high!
Today is another beginning...another step forward...another chance to be good to myself.
Happy Tuesday peeps...see you soon!
Good Morning Friends-
I'm excited to announce we are now offering Leah & Luella tank tops here at AM Yoga. Owner, Michele Denman, is an up and coming fashion designer in our area. As you all know, I am a big fan of living your dream...and Michele is doing just that. I absolutely love the tank tops she dropped off at the studio last night and couldn't pick which one I wanted more. She has shown me some additional designs she has created exclusively for the studio and I can't wait to fill my "yoga drawer"!
Sizes offered at this time are Medium-Xlarge, but special orders can be made.
Tanks are $28/cash or check accepted for purchase.
Taking care of me.....
Take care of you,
If you have never spent some time connecting with your chakras I highly recommend you spend some time with Nick. If you already know how to connect with your chakras, this class is a wonderful chance to dig deeper, fall further, and breathe more. Sign up on MindBody under the Workshop tab or see one of us at the studio. -Happy Tuesday! e
It's a New Year which means 365 times to wake up and go after whatever your heart desires for the year of 2018. I personally am not a huge fan of the typical resolution- but I love adjusting my attitude. This year I am adjusting my attitude towards myself. More specifically....I'm going to learn how to slow the "bleep" down!!!!! I'm going to focus my heart and my attention on those I love and my time on commitments that matter to me- that strengthen me- that keep me healthy. One of those commitments is this studio and another is those who trust in me to lead them on their mat!
As most of you know....I have been beyond fortunate to welcome some amazing instructors into the studio. The perfectionist/control freak residing deep inside me really struggled with that decision. However- I ignored that problem tenant and much to my surprise she doesn't seem to come around much anymore. What a gift.....yoga keeps giving them to me....and now to you. It's so fun to be able to come to this place I love and not have to listen to my own voice. Getting lost...on my mat...in this room....MAGICAL!!!! And I have Melissa, Kelli, Ashley, and Nick to thank for that! Heather is taking time off to complete her health/coaching certification and we wish her nothing but Great Luck! I know she will thrive and hope that she will want to return when she is done. Legs Up the Wall....soooo good....I will keep you posted!
So the good stuff....
Nick is now here on Thursday mornings 830am-9:30am. I'm thrilled to have a morning option and hope it works well for some of you! If you haven't met Nick yet....Get in here...You won't be disappointed! He will also be taking over the 4:45pm-5:45pm time slot on Thursdays. Mondays at 4:45pm and Saturdays at 10:30am will be his as well. He offers a fun Vinyasa style class and his adjustments are just awesome! Nick brings a refreshing vibe to this room- his voice carries a strong positive message - his attention to detail calming.
Kelli will still be here on Sunday mornings 10:30am and Monday nights at 6:15pm. Kelli brings something very special to the room....its an energy that is just contagious. She loves teaching and the time and effort she puts into her classes is obvious. Her playlists....well, come on in and see for yourself. Make sure you register ahead of time as space is limited. Sundays is a gentle flow which helps wake the body up and Mondays is more of "kick your booty" style.
Ashley is still planning and may "pop" up a few more places on the schedule. So far she remains here on Friday nights- 5:45pm is a Power style class which promises to push you but in the most encouraging way! 7:00pm is a restorative class...so come get your butt kicked and then stay for the make-up! :) Ashley will also be here on Thursday nights...6pm Power again and 7;15pm is NEW- Guided Meditation. Ashley has an extensive background in Meditation practices and is eager to share what she knows with you. Meditation is an invaluable tool to have in your self-care workshop....give yourself that gift! Ashley's concern for others and commitment to help flows endlessly from her person. Her ability to bring both a safe and comfortable energy to this room will have you trying things you never thought you would or could. Seriously- SOOO FUN!
My Mel- she is very busy over the next few months and will be here off and on. She will continue to offer her Dealer's Choice....and I'm thinking it will probably show up all over the schedule. Mel is a mover....she runs non-stop figuratively and physically. I consider myself lucky to have her here with me. I don't doubt that she will be bringing some new elements to the room that haven't been here yet. She is well-versed in energy work and has some "tricks" up her sleeve. The best part of Dealer's Choice is you never know what to expect....and sometimes...letting yourself just be in the moment is the best yoga gift of all.
I'm here too...thanks to all of you! I will be keeping my Tuesday and Wednesday classes as is...and as they have been for the past few years. Tues 4:45pm Power, 6pm Gentle. Weds 6pm Strength, 7:15pm Stretch and Restore. Yin will remain on Sundays for now at 7:15pm. I'm very much contemplating a move to Monday nights, but not yet sure. I want to get another restorative class on the schedule. Ashley may add a Tuesday night...I may move to Monday or keep both. I'm asking you all first and will make a decision by the end of the month. Matt really wants to "Move" on Sundays- preferably around 6pm....let me know if I have any other takers-
As always, this place is about you. You are on "Vacation" here so if something here needs attention please let me know. Questions/comments/feedback- I love it all.
So there you have it- AM Yoga and Friends (Simply Yoga, muKti Yoga, Ananda Yoga, &Santosa Yoga)
Can't wait to see you!!!
As new faces start popping up the schedule, I just wanted to take a moment to thank Mel- she has been here with me from the beginning.
I am so grateful for her friendship and her support. She has spent many nights sipping margaritas listening to whatever it is I need her to listen to...
and her heart is always available to me.
I met Mel when we trained together. She was one of the first in our class to teach- I will never forget how knowledgeable and confident she was- and I will also never forget thinking- "Man, I can only hope to be half as good."
I'm very fortunate to be able to have her here teaching at Am Yoga.
Until now, Mel has always donated her time to the studio. She has always been more concerned about my dream, and helping it to thrive. She has always been willing to cover my classes and do whatever I needed to make it all work.
She will be bringing some new ideas to the room in September on Thursday nights in her Dealer's Choice class. My favorite though is that of the unknown....so often we get caught up in what we "expect" from ourselves and our bodies and sometimes even our yoga practice. This class will be about zero expectation and allowing yourself to truly release control and experience the opportunity to be "right where you are supposed to be".
So Mel- thank you- for everything-
but most importantly,
the gift of true friendship!
Just a quick note. As most of you know there have been and will continue to be a few "changes" around the studio. As I continue to welcome additional teachers to the studio please look for additional class times/offerings on the schedule. As I noted previously, I intend to keep my teaching times unless the only availability another teacher has is at a specific time. If that happens you will see me "popping up" at other times on the schedule. Mondays look like a strong contender for those of you who have always loved a beginning of the week chance to get on your mat. I'm excited to both take and be able to offer different teaching styles to this space.
You will see new pricing options when you sign up. No worries. Those of you who have enjoyed the 30 day unlimited for $50 will continue to do so under the Max 12 class pricing option. I checked everyone's visit history and there was only 1 of you who came to more than 12 classes in a 30 day period--- and that only happened once :) Just as before...you can take any class on any day within the 28 day timeframe. If your schedule opens up and you are able to get here more than 12 times....even if it's just once more...under the MAX 24 $$ option the most your class average will be is $6.53. Still a great deal.
I promised quick...so that's it....except....start watching for Ashley on the schedule. She will be teaching an Intro Yoga class amongst others. She's also certified in meditation practices and will be sharing her expertise in many ways.
See you soon!
Tonight I was asked if I "practice" every day. Oh how I wish that were the case. I guess if I'm honest about it, yoga does appear daily in my life. For instance, right now I am enjoying some ball therapy on my right hamstring as I type. No clue what I did...but the back of my legs definitely needed a little love this morning.
I often pop into a down dog, or up into a handstand at random times during the day. The bottom of my legs often viewable in cubicle land- usually because I'm standing on my head. It is seriously the best cure for the afternoon blahs. At home, I usually "relax" in one asana or another, especially before bed.
But do I "legit" practice everyday....in the sense of at least 60 minutes of me time...dancing on my mat? No. I don't. But I should...
Thanks for the making me think!
I stumbled across this article as I sat waiting for the dye to cover up my grays. It immediately made me think about before/after pictures. Without fail the after photo is always better. The once somber and helpless subject now happy, confident...BETTER. But why? I could take a million selfies and if I simply changed the angle,distance, or expression I could easily make you believe I'm somehow a prettier, happier, and obviously more improved version of myself. Filters. I won't lie...I've used them. They serve the same purpose. Why have we become so infatuated with always presenting what we see as a better version of ourselves? Who exactly are we competing with and why? I prefer myself with a little sun on my face, but yet I'd probably choose to post the picture on the right. It hides the sun damage I'm so self critical of, even though my time spent outside holds some of my most precious memories. Those sun spots were well earned, why do I always try to erase them or cover them up? In the end I know my smile or my life dancing in my eyes is what people notice, or at least that's what I've been told. Why do I care that you could play a decent game of connect the dots on my face? Shouldn't I be celebrating the fact I'm not wearing any make-up and I'm still willing to post the "before" picture?
Then I started to think about pictures in general. How many times do we have to "capture the moment" before we get it right? Someone always wants a redo. Seriously. I know I've been guilty of it. For instance, every time my girlfriends took a group selfie in South Carolina I swore my upper arms grew 2 inches. They all know I spend a good part of most days doing chatarungas-I've earned those arms- I should be proud they could fill more than half the frame. Okay, a slight exaggeration, but you get my point. True story....I stayed to the outside- easier to crop. I'm fairly satisfied with my physique, what do I care if I look like I have She-Ra Princess of Power, or better yet, my grandmother's arms? By the way- some of my best hugs were in those arms. It just simply doesn't makes sense.
Why do I post all this? Because. I love everything about THIS article...THIS movement...and what it is trying to remind us. I could go off on how technology, though wonderful, has made us overly critical. It has harmed our "self-worth." Take a moment to read it! I'm definitely going to share it with my teen daughter!!
We are good enough today. One picture, the first picture, is enough. No filter. No re-dos. No judgement. We should quit trying to capture the perfect moment and just live in it instead! It's already exactly what it is supposed to be. Try to stop chasing a different version of yourself- that's my #goal! Self-acceptance is necessary before we can truly be the healthiest versions of ourselves.
The sun is out in the Mitten. Time to go and earn another dot!!
Taking care of me.
Take care of you!
My baby girl told me a story several years ago and said something that has stuck with me. I took her words and had them printed on a wall sticker but have been waiting to decide where I want to put it. I'm starting to think the kitchen may be a deserving space.
Two days ago I received my test results back from my MRT/Leap food intolerance test. I wasn't surprised to find out some of my staple and most favorite foods had made the list. After years of dealing with food allergies I've sort of become a realist. Why wouldn't bananas, pineapple, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, cauliflower, turkey, soy (to name a few) make the list? Come on, this is me. The stuff I dislike would never be on the can't have list.
I'd by lying if I told you I wasn't discouraged. I totally threw a temper tantrum, cried, and whined to a few of my nearest and dearest. I spent a good 24, okay, 48 hours feeling sorry for myself. I spent time thinking about all the things I was going to miss and how exhausting this process has been. I was over it. Literally. I contemplated alternative solutions I could live with- Seriously- For example, I could chew Benadryl like candy for the rest of my life...imagine the sleep I would get.
But....I have had a few days. I know it's time to pull my big girl panties up (as my sis would say) and get to work. This isn't the end of the world...or my life. This is the beginning of a new challenge. A chance to figure out how I can make a list of 16 food items and 4 seasonings be delicious, exciting, and satisfying for a week or two. My goal will be to keep my "foodie" spirits up, even if it requires me to count down to the day when I will be able to add more foods. In phase two I earn back/get to test "potato and grapes." Decisions....decisions!
( I know, I know...I'm fairly certain Tito's or my favorite wine isn't exactly what my Doctor has in mind!)
Baby Steps People!
I have no idea how long this journey will take, but I guess that's the fun in it. I can't control what's happening, I can't change it, and if I don't want to play - I can stay right here. I'm thinking maybe I need a little more tetherball in my life.
Taking care of me-
Take care of you!
Happy Friday Friends!
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