Ah the Winter Solstice and New Year, a time of increased energy and hope. Resolutions are set in January and new habits and self care practices are formed. Maybe you did a 30 day yoga or meditation challenge or went for a walk every day. At the end of January I invite you to hit “pause,” to reflect on what you learned and how to move forward. This blog explores how to (1) maintain your New Year’s self care resolutions, and (2) deepen your wellness practices if you are ready. Discovering my self care balance – a combination of yoga, meditation, diet, sleep and listening to my body – has changed my life.Continue reading “Finding Our Way to Health & Balance”
Developing a daily yoga practice deeply changed my life. I say that not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a mom of three and a naturally anxious person. A daily practice is accessible to anyone with the discipline to make it happen. In this blog I explain: why yoga now, how to make your practice manageable, and the top 5 benefits of a daily practice. Developing a daily yoga practice can make you stronger, stand taller, more focused and feel better physically and emotionally.
Why Increase Your Practice in Such A Challenging Time?
While 2021 marks a fresh start, the challenges we faced in 2020 will not recede immediately. If you’ve been waiting to start yoga, exercise or increase your practice until after the pandemic, stop waiting! We have to take the time to breathe, move, focus our minds and rest. This is how we can manage our emotions and energy in the coming year.
Expand Your Definition of Yoga
The first step is to broaden your definition of yoga. A daily yoga practice (for most of us) is not a 60 minute sweaty Vinyasa class every day. Rather, it is breathwork, meditation, and any amount of time spent practicing the asana or postures. Your daily practice could be a mediation session, a couple of Sun Salutations, Chair Yoga stretches at your desk, a 20-30 minute flow, or a full 60 to 90 minute class. Having a shorter practice is better than having no practice at all. As the husband of one of my regular students said, “the benefits to her making the time for her yoga practice outweigh not taking the time to do it.”
Continue reading “Five Game Changing Benefits of Yoga Every Day”
I always recommend Restorative Yoga between the start of daylights saving time and the Winter Solstice. This is the time of year that our energy levels are lowest (especially for those of us in New England), and there is more on our plates with the holidays. Restorative Yoga is a practice of deep relaxation and rest. A Restorative Yoga practice helps calm the nervous system and release tension from the body. The ongoing pandemic is taking a toll. Many of us are juggling parenting, distance learning, working. We are feeling the emotional effects of decreased community activity and lack of contact with extended family. I encourage you to explore making Restorative Yoga part of your self care and stress management routine this winter. Now more than ever, it is important to hit pause, turn inward, rest and heal so we can keep managing it all and stay healthy in 2021.
While students are still welcome to practice Restorative in the studio, many are livestreaming the weekly Restorative class or accessing the recordings. We ALL have things from around our house that we can use to have a great Restorative Yoga practice at home. Household items you can use for a home practice and my favorite “real” Restorative Yoga props are outlined in this blog. Maybe you will add a Restorative prop to your holiday wish list, or give the gift of a prop and a Restorative Yoga gift card to a loved one this holiday season.Continue reading “Build a Restorative Practice at hOMe This Winter”
Field Yoga & Flower Arranging at Skyline with Farm with Farm to Table Kids, August 2020 (Greenhouse pictures by Thao Kien)
Yoga in the Yard, June 2020
hOMe Practice Pictures of student’s online practices during Covid-19, Spring 2020
Leap Into Living Well Event at The North Yarmouth Community Center, February 2020
Thanks for the gorgeous photos Maine Tinker Photography , December 2019
All The Props!
Renovation Complete! Ready for Students , September 2019
Studio Renovation & Expansion , Summer 2019
One Year Anniversary, April 2019
Chakra Series , March 2019
Next Door Yoginis Ready for Class 🙂 , Winter 2018
All set up for class , Fall 2018
Founder & Owner Jessica Petrie (RYT200), Spring 2018