Are you looking to maintain your practice while at home? While the studio remains closed, we are offering a few online classes via Zoom for you to participate in. All classes are FREE and open to all levels. Our virtual yoga classes are Ashtanga based and led by Dana. For more information, visit our Instagram page to see his latest posts and click on the Zoom links at the time of the class. Be well!
In-person reiki sessions have resumed and are following guidelines provided by the Governor’s Economic Re-opening Taskforce. Please visit tonyashealinghands.com for more information or Contact Tonya via text or phone at (603) 307-0205
We are excited to announce that our Tuesday night meditation group has returned to Be Well Studios. We will be meeting in the larger downstairs event space and following social distancing and safety guidelines. Leah looks forward to seeing everyone again and invites anyone curious about mediation to join. We feel it is especially important during this time to be offering meditation to the community. We hope to see you there! The cost to attend class is $10.
With our new winter schedule having started up on December 1st, we are welcoming Erin Bonneau to the Be Well Team. Erin teaches Core & Balance Yoga on Fridays at Ten A.M.
“I have been consistently practicing yoga since 2016 and I enjoy the deep sense of calm I find on the mat. I completed my yoga teacher training program in March of 2018, receiving my RYT 200 from Katie O’Connell at Dragonfly Yoga Barn, Studio & Retreat. Yoga teacher training provided me with a safe space to deepen my understanding of myself and develop a skill set to calmly navigate through the rough waves life can throw in your path. Yoga has challenged my mind and body to cultivate strength, flexibility, and acceptance and I look forward to being a lifelong student of yoga. I practice Ashtanga for the strength and discipline the practice brings to my life. I enjoy teaching vinyasa for the creative freedom of sequencing a class that I can explore with students. As a teacher, my goal is to create a safe space within the classroom for students to explore the mind-body connection and develop strength and flexibility with a sense of steadiness and ease.”
Core & Balance Yoga – Fridays at Ten
Core and Balance Yoga Flow will strive to improve your balance, strength, and stability within the mind and the body. We will begin by grounding and tuning into the body followed by warming the body through a series of postures focusing on igniting our inner fire and developing core strength. Once the body is warm and the core activated, flow through a sequence of balancing postures that will challenge you to improve your coordination, strength, stability, and concentration. The class will end with an extended savasana to absorb the benefits of the practice. Modifications offered as well as progression when you feel ready to advance and improve your practice.
Ok let’s face it – We are half way through November. It’s chilly out there. There’s some snow blanketing the Mt. Washington Valley, though not QUITE enough for cross country skiing. And, it’s supposed to rain this week! If you’re anything like me, the shortened days and colder weather can be a real downer – especially on a Monday. I think we all know it’s best to go easy on ourselves this time of year, and November is a great time to practice gratitude and take care of ourselves. That said, one class that is an absolute blessing this time of year is Warm Vinyasa Flow with Lori Keenan on Monday mornings at 10:00.
There are so many nice things to look forward to in this class. For starters, Lori is super nice, inviting, and delightfully light hearted. It’s completely ok (and welcome!) to laugh in class. Also, it’s nice and warm in the studio for this vinyasa flow. Actually, the temp is right around 80 degrees which feels like a little mini vacation on a cold day. Don’t forget to hydrate prior to attendance, because you WILL sweat. This class heats up the body quickly, opening up your lungs, and I think you’ll find that your flexibility increases throughout the hour. While challenging, the stretches that Lori suggests are extremely inviting – this class can be as mellow or challenging as you would like it to be. Lori is also a pro at offering gentle assists when stretching that are just a sweet little gift to the body.
“This 75-minute moderate level complete Vinyasa practice will be taught in a way that will allow you to work within your own level of experience. Modifications will be offered and encouraged. Our class will focus on mindful breathing and alignment to support an enjoyable Vinyasa experience, leading you to increased strength, flexibility, and unexpected openings.” – Lori
Stay tuned throughout the week as we highlight various classes on the schedule. With over 20 scheduled classes per week, including a Wednesday night meditation class, there’s a lot to choose from, and something for every taste.
Our updated yoga schedule can be found here.
Be on the look out for a new winter schedule launching in a few weeks.
Warm Vinyasa Flow With Lori – A Cure For The Mondays
Access consciousness – So, what is running the bars?
This has been an exciting month at Be Well Studios. Not only have we welcomed Hannah Neumann of Meadowsweet Midwifery, but we also now welcome Kelly Raji Simpson, healer, body worker, Access Consciousness practitioner, and overall awesome human. Kelly is now practicing at Be Well Studios, and offers a specialty you might not have ever heard of; running the bars. So what is running the bars?
When I heard about Access Consciousness and running the bars, I had NO idea what to expect. I sat down with Kelly and was pretty excited with my experience. According to Access Consciousness, Access Bars® has “assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their lives. People report better health, ease of sleep, weight loss, better sex and relationships, relief from anxiety, less stress and so much more.”
Here is what to expect: similar to Reiki, you will lay on the practitioner’s table in a quiet environment. I recommend keeping an open mind and just observing what you may feel throughout the process. Your practitioner will gently touch 32 unique points on the head that correlate to different areas and aspects of life. This process is meant to release the electromagnetic charge of all thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions, and beliefs that may have limited you in the concerned life areas.
Here is what it what like for me: Throughout this process I felt increasingly relaxed. I also felt different things when touch was applied to different parts (bars) of my head. There were times where I felt like some sort of energy was moving between touch points (hence “running the bars.”) There were times I felt a sensation of warmth, and there were times when I felt nothing at all. I later learned that this feeling of warmth could be attributed to the release of built up energy in a particular bar.
While my session with Kelly was brief, I left feeling newly energized, relaxed, and just generally optimistic and open to whatever the day would present to me. Will this be your experience? I honestly have no idea – but i do know that healing work is AWESOME and there’s certainly no harm in trying something new in life. Who knows? You might learn something new about yourself!
Access Consciousness – Running The Bars
David Powell MAT-Certified Specialist explains via an excerpt from Eric C. Stevens…..
Eric C. Stevens – Coach
Denver, Colorado, United States
Martial Arts, Sport Psychology, Boxing
As I sat down on the therapy training table to get to work with my Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) specialist, Ian, I asked him point blank, “Is it true the reason Peyton Manning plays in Denver is in large part that his MAT specialist, founder Greg Roskopf, is based in Denver?”
“Where did you hear that?” Ian asked raising an eyebrow. “Actually, it is true,” he responded easing the mood. It really isn’t earth-shattering news anymore. In fact, it was well documented in a recent Sports Illustrated article. Peyton Manning, unquestionably one of the top five quarterbacks to ever play football, swears by MAT helping him resurrect his career and allowing him to continue to play at the highest level.
In the Sports Illustrated piece, Manning stated, “The greatest investment you can make, is in your body.” Manning, while playing for the Colts, would regularly fly Roskopf to Indianapolis to work on him.
Now, Manning saves on the airfare. Former Broncos safety John Lynch, also mentioned in the article, also swears by MAT and referred to it as having helped him to “reboot” the connection in his body. In essence, that is what Muscle Activation Techniques is – reestablishing the proper neuromuscular function in our bodies by getting our muscles to fire properly again. It should be noted that some people mistakenly refer to it as Muscle Activation Therapy. Therapy has a different goal though – range of motion (ROM). When our bodies are chronically injured or declining, the bodies’ way of protecting itself is to tighten. We see this any time we are in danger.
My specialist, Ian, used the analogy of a stable tent structure with four straight rods versus one with three good rods and a broken one. He also pointed out that MAT isn’t as much therapy but instead more akin to actually exercising – that is, getting muscles to fire and work correctly.MAT’s premise is that the therapist does a multi-point inspection of checks and balances of sorts. Push against this and pull against this. The practitioner is able to check his or her work. Checking the left side against the right and the pull against the push. It’s almost as if to remind the brain, “Hey, use this one. Remember me?’
So, taking a page from Peyton Manning and several other colleagues here in Colorado who swear by the MAT results, I hired a practitioner myself. And that’s how I wound up sitting with Ian. We sat down to discuss my issues and the nature of pain.
He said, “Pain is like a check engine light going off in your car. The sooner you address it the better. If you were on a long road trip you wouldn’t wait until you were 200 miles down the road to address that light. The check engine light tends to turn into bigger problems down the road.”
Good advice for sure, and these days I can certainly relate. I’m hoping that since I pulled my vehicle immediately into the shop we can get my engine running optimally again. While I am not a professional quarterback, just a coach and a writer, I have to invest in my body as well. We only get one of them.
After trying a lot of treatments from ice and stim to chiropractic care, I realized I had to move beyond pain management to the root of the problem – my body and muscles aren’t working right and pain tells me so. Pain also moves over time. As our body faces pain, it adjusts to help alleviate the pain and keep us moving forward.
The problem is the root imbalance isn’t necessarily being addressed. To keep us going, our bodies end up overcompensating for the original problem, working overtime and creating further imbalances. The pain may go away, but if we still have that imbalance, some day it will come back to hurt us down the road.
It’s the same with masking pain with drugs. Certainly it’s understandable to do so, but ultimately it’s faulty logic and solves nothing. The root of the problem hasn’t been addressed.
This is the case with my fairly pronounced piriformis syndrome, as the severe discomfort in my glute has caused radiating hamstring pain as well as knee pain. (The piriformis is in red to the right.)
Unfortunately for me, my check engine light has been going off for some weeks now. While I immediately addressed the pain issue, my approach has been to manage the pain and go right after the source without necessarily going beyond it.
However, solving pain in the long run can be more complex and can often be a riddle of sorts. There are lifestyle variables to consider such as stress, sleep, nutrition, and our emotional make-up. There are performance issues to analyze and we have to look deep within the vehicle itself – the human body.
And a thorough check of the vehicle is what Ian did. He must have had me perform the same test ten different times. After a full inspection, he then went to work poking and prodding different muscles, getting them to fire, and making that connection again for my brain.
Applying MAT is like putting your body through a course in muscle communication 101. It’s about retraining our neuromuscular system to work properly and harmoniously. So, instead of slamming handfuls of ibuprofen to get through my day, my body now has my full attention and I intend to retrain it, as long as that takes.
There are many that swear by MAT from professional athletes down to us little people. Many claim its benefits are or can be instantaneous. What I can tell you is I was able to see some (although not dramatic) differences immediately, with both my pain and range of motion. I also woke up the next day feeling improved.
My specialist indicated that those with the greatest muscle memory, like athletes, often have the quickest results. He indicated that younger athletes can also see rather dramatic results.
While I didn’t walk out of the office a cured man, I did gain insight and some improvement, as well as a bit of pain relief. In doing such treatments, I feel like I am going in the right direction. MAT makes sense at a fundamental level and works on a premise of science and balance. It’s something worth considering.
- King, Peter “Stretching the Field” Sports Illustrated (November 5, 2012)
Muscle Activation Techniques are available now at Be Well Studios inside The Local Grocer. Invest some of your time to participate in a Free Demonstration so you can see and hear more about what MAT is:
- A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO THE ASSESSMENT AND CORRECTION OF MUSCULAR IMBALANCES, JOINT INSTABILITY, AND LIMITATIONS IN RANGE OF MOTION WITHIN THE HUMAN BODY.
- A NON-INVASIVE TECHNIQUE, DESIGNED TO BALANCE THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
- A UNIQUE SYSTEMATIC FORMAT USED TO “JUMPSTART” THE MUSCLES IN ORDER FOR THEM TO FUNCTION WITH MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY.
Please join me, David Powell MAT-Certified Specialist to a
Save the date
downstairs @ The Local Grocer on
October 7th @ 6:30pm
August 1st- The New Moon
The New Moon Phase occurs when the Moon is completely dark with zero-percent luminosity, while the Full Moon Phase is completely bright with 100-percent luminosity. While today is the day of the New Moon, the exact new moon is really just a split second before illumination starts to occur again.
“The new moon signifies the start of a new cycle. It’s a time to formulate new intentions and reevaluate existing ones. This is a lower energy phase, so get plenty of rest and give your self the space to connect with your true purpose, passion, and mission. Set aside time for meditation, journaling, spending time with nature, and yoga. From these places, you can set intentions which are aligned with your authentic self. When you feel ready, write down your intentions and go through your existing list to make sure they are still valid.” -From the “Moon Calendar” Ap
Currently the moon is in Leo which reminds us to honor and be kind to our heart, chest, spine, and upper back. Consider taking up yoga or pilates or spending a few days getting deeper into your practice if you already do it.
This is likely to be a time where you are surrounded by ideas and new input, which may have an impact on how you perceive and understand the world around you. Your interactions with your local environment and the people you are closest to are also likely to be in focus.
For more information on the various moon phases, click here.
” When I am not in the studio or at my other full time job, you can find me doing a wide variety of activities outside. I enjoy running, biking, hiking, paddling, and rock-climbing. I grew up in the hills of southern Vermont and spent my summers as a kid on Squam Lake. I’ve been living in the Mount Washington Valley for five years, and every day I am still amazed by the beauty of this place.”
Robin teaches Roll & Renew on Monday’s from 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
On Friday, summer finally begins. The summer solstice is at 11:54 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 21. From an astronomical standpoint, the summer solstice marks the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the exact moment that the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer. And good news for all of you sun worshipers, it’s the day that has more daylight than any other day of the year – 13 hours, 46 minutes and 41 seconds of daylight, to be exact!
The solstice is a popular holiday in the yoga tradition, being that it represents the longest day of the year, and the first day of summer. It is also International Yoga Day and has always been an opportunity to reconnect with nature.
There are so many great ways to celebrate the solstice, including joining us for practice, getting outside for a hike, or reconnecting with friends.
Here are some favorites:
1. Salute the sun.
Solstice is symbolic of transitioning from the short days of winter to the bright, long days of summer. As yogis, so many of our practices revolve around the sun, including, of course, Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). The origin of “saluting the sun” is not about getting the perfect Chaturagna/Upward-Facing Dog alignment, it’s about bowing to and taking in the fiery solar energy of the sun, to wake us up, energize us, and start our day. The practice was originally taught to be done in the morning, with the torso facing the sun.
2. Revamp your morning routine.
Since Solstice is the longest day of the year, it’s a great time to take advantage of the extra sunlight to wake up early and do something that makes you feel great, whether it’s meditation, yoga, or taking a revitalizing bath or shower infused with essential oils. Our yoga classes begin at 8:15 AM!
3. Get outdoors.
A great way to celebrate Solstice is to simply get outdoors and enjoy the sun. It could be as simple as taking a walk by the water or in the park—just making the time to connect with nature. When you’re finished swing by The Local Grocer for a fresh organic breakfast. We proudly feature locally sourced food, included home made juices, smoothies, and breakfast bowls.
No matter how you decide to celebrate, we wish you a Happy Summer Solstice and hope to see you in class soon.