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Spring Yoga Specials

Spring Yoga Specials

March

Present your completed 10 punch Yoga Card in the Café, receive a FREE smoothie!

 

April

$5 Hatha Slow Flow with Daphne Fridays 8:15 AM

$5 Warm Vinyasa Yoga with Lori Monday 10 AM

 

May

LOCAL LOVE– $5 drop in for any weekly class for all Memorial Hospital employees. Present badge or pay stub to redeem special. 

Namaste

“Namaste”

Namaste is a common greeting in yoga. What does it mean to say “Namaste”?  Directly translated, it means ‘the divine in me honors the divine in you’.

The literal translation of namaste in Sanskrit is ‘Nama’(to bow), ‘As’ (I), and ‘Te’(you). When you bow, you surrender your head to your heart.

At the end of my yoga, I instruct my class to place their hands together at heart chakra, bowing our heads, closing our eyes and saying “Namaste”. This is a deep form of respect. In the West “namaste” is spoken with the bowing gesture. In India, the gesture itself signifies “Namaste”. It is not necessary to utter the word while bowing. I honor this spoken gesture at the end of my classes when the energy is the room is peaceful and the mind is still quiet.

Namaste reminds me and others on their mats, that we are all together for a deeper purpose. We are reminded of gratitude and looking at the bigger picture. We are all learning a little about ourselves, what we really feel, and maybe what direction you want to take in life. When you hear ‘trust your gut feeling’, you are making choices from your heart with core meaning, not letting our heads get in the way.

When a person greets another with “Namaste”, there is a definite spiritual emotion transferred. You create a vibration to the receiving person by sending positive energy. Your heart centers are connecting during the greeting exchange. In India, it is appropriate to use this gesture when greeting family, friends, and colleagues.

This positive energy creates a positive power of sharing. Namaste should only be said in a positive manner. A positive aura is sent. With this gesture, always remember to gently touch your fingertips together.

We occasionally need to step back, truly acknowledge those around us and just be present. It definitely takes practice. The end of yoga class is a perfect time. Eventually, you may be able to tap into this calming class memory when you might need to…recognizing the meaning of Namaste.

Namaste may help change how to react to your everyday challenges, how you react to work situations, even how you see your family and friends. The vibrations keep flowing. Namaste can be ‘your moment’ of inner peace and reflection.

I bow to you is telling someone that you are acknowledging them as they are. Just looking someone in the eye means you are consciously seeing them. It’s not physical. We are all with each other at this time, being present…

I honor those in my class…namaste is my thank you to the world created and the world around us.

 

-Daphne LeMay

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Benefits of Hatha Yoga Stretch

Benefits of Hatha Yoga Stretch
Offered 8:15 am each Monday/Be Well Studios

There are plenty of unhealthy, thin or very athletic people who are living on processed, GMO body-building supplements and others who might be considered over-weight (large boned ? ) who drink raw milk, eat all organic and practice yoga. In many cases, size is not an indicator of health, but rather your mindset plus how many prescription and over the counter drugs you take.

This is where yoga and stretching come into play. How? Because these exercises challenge you to think about what you are doing and the benefits spill over into many areas of your life. I realize there are plenty of you out there who think intentionally while you are running on the machines, but it’s too easy to zone out or tune into the news or whatever is on the tv rather than noticing your thoughts.  Yoga and stretching are mind-body exercises because they take thought and intention. Yoga and stretching are not just about moving the body, which they do, but they have many other advantages.

What is the difference between the two?  Stretching is simply that, stretching. It’s pretty much body movement, kinesiology and lengthening the body. Yoga involves stretching, but also strength, balance and often yogic philosophy. The word yoga means union, and often the practice of yoga encourages you to form a union with whoever or whatever you desire. These are very simplistic definitions for the sake of saving space, all two practices help you become more flexible and increase your range of motion. Regardless of how you practice stretching, you’ll benefit in many ways:
• More flexibility: In the body as your muscles and ligaments lengthen, and in mind as you practice patience to achieve that length in your muscles. Building patience through stretching can help you become comfortable with stillness in your mind and body.

• Ability to manage stress:  Often we are so busy in life we don’t take time to reflect on our day and take time to understand how we are responding to daily activities or illness. Stress can be caused by many things. When you take time to slow down, stretch and become familiar with your body and mind it gives you the space to process how you are feeling and how you might be responding to any circumstances. Stretching your muscles creates a controlled kind of stress on the body when your brain identifies how to deal with this controlled stress, it teaches you skills to deal with everyday stress so you’re better prepared. This includes stress from pain, stretching in a controlled manner will help you deal with chronic pain. Often stretching can alleviate pain if it is rooted in muscles or joints that are stiff.

• Clearer thinking:  The busy-ness of life can be an obstacle to keeping healthy perspectives and actually seeing the truth. When you clear away the clutter from schedules, work and relationships it is easier to understand what your priorities are, what you can do in situations, and what you should let go of.

• Pain Management: Controlled stretching helps your mind and body deal with stress, which pain creates. Often, just moving the body helps you realize where your pain is coming from and discovering movements that can alleviate that pain. I always encourage my students to explore movements rather than just striking a pose and holding it one way. Pain management improves when you learn breathing exercises and specific stretches to ease tension in the whole body.

• Improved body awareness:  Life is busy and often our self-awareness is one of the first things we neglect. Whether it’s feelings of hunger, fatigue or pain, ignoring your body’s signals that something is wrong can become a chronic habit until something major happens. Stretching gives you the time and space to tune into your body and realize how you are feeling physically and emotionally. One of the most important elements to helping this happen is to do stretching in a relaxing environment away from any distractions that will keep you from focusing on what you are doing.

• Better sleep: When your body is tense and muscles tight, it can keep you from relaxing at night to sleep. Many of us carry tightness in our muscles without realizing it. The shoulders, back, and belly are the main areas most people carry stress. Simple stretching can help release that tension and help ease you into a peaceful night’s sleep.

• You’re less likely to get injured:  Bodies that don’t bend break. As people get older, their muscles and ligaments often get tight making it more likely they will break some bones if they fall.

• Make you happier overall:  Scientists have found that exercising only 7 minutes a day can help you feel better, lessening your chances of suffering from depression. Yes, stretching is exercising.

• Lose weight:  Stretching helps all your body systems work more efficiently. It increases circulation, gets fresh oxygen to your muscles, brain and all body systems. Your body can eliminate toxins more easily and often that results in lost weight. Weight loss with stretching is often a nice side effect of managing stress, breathing better and stretching.

• Improved balance and posture:  As your muscles become more limber, it helps your body to balance. Stretching helps you to free up areas in the body that are rigid, it is these imbalances that make our posture out of alignment. When you stretch and free up areas of tightness, it allows your body to become more symmetrical and you’ll see almost instant improvement in your posture.

What do you find is the biggest challenge in doing more stretching? Time? Instruction? Unsure how to begin? Join me at 8:15 am, Mondays at Be Well Studios. This class is for everybody, no yoga experience needed.

Daphne Miner LeMay/Balance/ DaphneBalance.com
300 RYT, Reiki I, II, III, Master & Teacher, Cert. Thai Yoga Bodywork, Cert. Children Yoga, Cert. Personal Trainer, Ayurveda Therapy

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FREE Introduction to Yoga for Beginners!

FREE yoga class with Marcia

First Monday of Every Month!
Learn the basics from the ground up

May 7th
4:30 PM -5:30 PM

 

 

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Spring Renewal!

Spring into Spring with a Revitalizing Juice and Soup Cleanse for Body and Soul
The creative chefs at the Local Grocer have come up with a Spring Renewal Program that will help you lighten up your diet AND keep your metabolism going, while enjoying healthy and nutritious soups and fresh-pressed organic juices prepared especially for you!

Each day we will provide:

  1. Delicious fresh-pressed organic juice designed to aid in digestion, boost your immune system, and help rid your body of inflammation.
  2. Soups (choice of bone-broth based paleo or vegan) made with thoughtfully prepared organic ingredients that not only taste amazing, but are packed with minerals and nutrients to support your overall health.

These will be available for pick-up daily at The Local Grocer Cafe. You may also choose to pick up multiple days of soup and juice at one time (up to 3 days’ worth at one time) with advanced notice. If you choose to do this you may be limiting your selection of soup choices. Please be aware that juices are recommended to be drunk within 3-72 hours for optimum nutrition and enzyme and antioxidant content. The fresher the juice, the higher the enzyme and antioxidant content.

At the beginning of your cleanse you will receive a bag of organic herbalist-formulated cleansing tea for you to make at home daily. The Enhanced Package includes free yoga and meditation passes and other Self-Care Aids. See details on the following page.

The Basics   99$   ($120 value)

This 7-day program includes:

  1. A 4 oz. bag of our herbalist formulated organic cleansing tea and instructions to brew at home
  2. One pint of our Organic Fresh Pressed Juice of the Day
  3. One bowl of Nourishing Cleansing Soup. Choose between the following:
    1. gluten free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free Paleo bone broth-based
    2. GF Vegan (also dairy and egg free)

 

This program is perfect for those looking for a ready-made healthy dinner (or other meal) and snack replacement to help you make positive dietary changes.

 

 

The Full Package 199$ ($265 value)

This enhanced 7-day program includes:

  1. An 8 oz. bag of our herbalist formulated organic cleansing tea and instructions to brew at home
  2. Two pints of organic fresh pressed juice (juice of the day plus your choice)
  3. Two bowls of your choice of Nourishing Cleansing Soup (gluten free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free Paleo bone broth-based and GF Vegan available)
  4. One free Yoga or Dance pass
  5. One free pass to Meditation group
  6. A week-long Self-Care Journal with specific self-care suggestions and descriptions to help support health lifestyle changes
  7. Healthy Cleansing Recipes to make at home to supplement or continue with your Spring Renewal!