Writing prompts to guide your reflection on 2018, and some thoughts on looking ahead to this brand new year. Blank page! 2019, we’re ready for ya!Read More
I’ve been on an aggressive campaign to free myself from my cell-phone addiction since March, 2018. This is my story.Read More
“You know those moments in life when you’re sure you’ve been denied something, but later you realize you were actually granted a chance to experience something you never dared to dream?”
- Bonnie BzdokRead More
A look at highly anticipated yoga retreats in 2019.
This will be a weekend to remember. A weekend that provides multiple options for you to find your zen, while at the same time surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals--yogis that are ready to show up for themselves….Read More
What is yoga?
“I thought it was hauling a yoga mat to a crowded sweaty classroom to perform a series of moves instructed by a yoga expert. But really, it is practicing mindfulness, intertwining it through your everyday life. It is listening to your body and giving it what it needs. A stretch to work out a kink, deep breaths to calm the nerves, or engaging the senses with purpose.”
-Shannon FossRead More
We’ve mentioned that each retreat is unique. This past retreat was yet again, a surprise.
Friday morning the weight of the week was heavy, almost suffocating. I called Bryana and told her I wasn’t sure I should attend, “I’m not bringing anything positive to the weekend.” I muttered. Even talking felt difficult. I wanted to sit in silence, alone.Read More
“Everything in this universe is made up purely of vibrations.” - Elivia MelodeyRead More
Fall and early winter is a time of excess vata energy. Vata season is characterized by an influx of dry, cool air, and a feeling of change.
Given the restlessness of the season, we wanted to share a few Yoga and Ayurvedic practices that may help you incorporate some grounding and balancing practice into your day as we navigate the transitional, windy season.Read More
When I roll out my mat and allow myself to connect to my breath, everything around me begins to slow down. The background noises begin to fade and eventually all I can hear is the powerful force of my breath flowing through my body, charging me up, reminding me that I am here, not there.Read More
Yoga Therapy is suitable for everyone and anyone. Too often people are intimidated by yoga due to images they are being fed in popular media. You can practice yoga. I promise that you can. Yoga is for everyone and certainly does not require flexibility, strength, or fancy gear. Yoga simply requires that you are ready to show up and incorporate practices that are right for you. A yoga therapist can empower you to get to that place.Read More
Setting a Sankalpa is powerful. Many of us have dabbled in the practice of intentions/mantras, and find it familiar or somewhat simple to tap into.
In my experience, creating a sankalpa is a deeper, more thoughtful, and long-term practice. Sticking with the same Sankalpa for at least 30 days, and up to 365 days, is ideal.Read More
Finding courage requires understanding the two separate forms of courage; the raw version and the ripe version.
I sort of feel like I took some hallucinogens. Did that really just happen?
I’ve never taken hallucinogens, but I imagine the aftermath feels a bit like this. I’m still riding high on a wave of gratitude and can’t quite grasp at what it all means. It is hazy. I can grasp some of the threads, I see some images and flashes in the vastness of the experience, but it is going to take time to sit with the experience before the whole picture becomes clear.
If you’ve been to one of our retreats, you know that we wholeheartedly believe that yoga is more than just physical postures on the mat. We believe in pulling yoga into every aspect of life. Sonja Bjordal, of Feeding LeRoy, shares her story of overcoming debt, finding wellness through contentment, and achieving a lifelong dream of becoming a homeowner. She shares resources for tackling debt and building a nest egg. We hope you enjoy Sonja’s story as much as we did.
Hosting an event leaves the host feeling vulnerable and exposed. “Are people having fun? Does everyone have what they need? How can I improve this experience for the guests? Are the vendors doing okay?” You spend so much time creating this beautiful thing and then when you present it to the world it is scary, because the world might reject your idea.Read More
Advice for the days preceding, and for the day of, Grandma’s Half and Full Marathon.Read More
This week, a story from Omie & mama Michelle Faith. Michelle grew up without a competitive bone in her body. Since her first marathon in 2007, she’s qualified for the Boston Marathon 5x and ran the Boston Marathon 3x. She found confidence, stress relief, and the mind-body connection through running. This year, she found herself facing harrowing conditions, making this one of her most memorable races yet.Read More
Not too long ago, my wise & cheerful best friend was going through major life changes. At times she felt less-than-wise and not-so-cheerful, but she persevered and showed us all how it’s done….
Now, here I stand, in the eye of my own storm pursuing my own major life change. I am experiencing self-doubt, sadness, excitement, optimism, and hope - all in one. I can feel good things bubbling and brewing…..Read More
“They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.” –Henry David Thoreau, WaldenRead More
My whole purpose of leaving my full time job to pursue my passion as a therapeutic healer was to give myself time to be better at what I do, to learn more about yoga and healing, and to have energy to be fully present with each client and student. I wanted to live a life of a holistic healer. I wanted to become a Yogi.