Yoga For All!!!

Yoga for All Certification

I am now a Certified “Yoga for All” Teacher!!! I don’t know if you can tell but I’m more than just a little bit excited about this. As a Yoga teacher I want to assure that any’body” that comes in for a yoga class feels comfortable regardless of the body they’re in.

It was extremely important for to find a training from people who were well respected within the Yoga community and have specific knowledge in the practice as it applies to people who didn’t fit the Yoga “mold”. Although I had to wait for the training to become available in the Fall, You can’t get much better than Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes!!! Their training is only offered twice a year and it was completely worth the wait!

Dianne BondyDianne Bondy is an author, motivator, educator, yoga teacher, and creator of Yogasteya.com. Yogasteya is an online yoga site dedicated to celebrating students of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Our motto is “No Yogi Left Behind.”

Dianne has had over 1000 hours yoga training in different modalities such as yoga therapeutics, restorative, and Anusara Yoga. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at 500 hour level and is the Director of Eastside Yoga School. You can read her column The Abundant Yogini at DoYouYoga.com.

Amber KarnesAmber Karnes is a ruckus maker, RYT-200 yoga asana teacher, and a lifelong student of her body. In Amber’s classes and workshops, students of all shapes and sizes will find tips, tricks, and modifications to make yoga asana work for their unique body, instead of being squished into poses for the sake of form over function. She emphasizes safe alignment and mindful transitions, and guides each student to honor the body they bring to the mat today, while being empowered to learn about the body’s intelligence and power. She received her certification from Anna Pittman in 2011 and is grateful to her many wonderful teachers.

Amber is a big fan of “yoga in non-yoga places” and often teaches free, accessible classes in her community. She serves on the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team and Women’s Power Space Advisory Council. Amber seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for all on and off the mat. She blogs at bodypositiveyoga.com.

I feel so much more confident in my ability to teach knowing I have so many options to offer my students. I want my students to feel comfortable no matter where they are in their practice. In addition, I am now part of a wonderful community that truly cares about making Yoga accessible to everyone.

This training was a labor of love for me. I truly care about offering Yoga for All Shapes, SIzes and Abilities and am over the top about this certification!

 

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Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

Every year, one of our favorite things to do is go to the Festival of Light at the Mission Inn in Riverside. This year we got a sneak preview (just by chance) of the gorgeous Mission Inn in all it’s glory.

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This year marks the 25th year of the Festival of Lights. The beautiful Mission Inn is decorated with 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, freshly fallen snow, a gorgeous Christmas Tree and tons of lights!

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Don’t miss appearances by Santa Claus and our the chance to stand under the world’s largest man-made mistletoe.

The theme for 2017 is “Sweet 25”.  The fun and exciting candy-theme celebration will begin with their very special “Lights On ” ceremony on Friday, November 24th, at 4:30pm.

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The theme is carried throughout the exterior of the hotel and include the new Candy Stroll, Sweet Dreams suite, Kelly’s Spa specials, weekly delectable specials featured in our award-winning restaurants, and delicious candy-themed Casey’s Cupcakes.

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  • The Festival of Lights runs from Friday, November 24, 2017 through Saturday, January 6, 2018.

  • The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

  • The event is free, parking fees vary.

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Focus the Mind’s Eye

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Do you ever feel like the craziness of life has your mind looking everywhere and nothing is clear? Here’s a chance to slow down, realign ourselves and get the mind’s eye focused. 

Join me at yoga squared in Old Town Tustin for a Meditative All Levels Flow 

  • Thursday, November 16th at 5pm 

  • Saturday, November 18th at 7:00am

See you on the mat,

Annette

See you on mat,

Annette

 

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Time To Recover Our Park

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Peter’s Canyon Regional Park has offered me and my family fun hikes, heart to heart talks with friends while climbing trying to breathe as we tackle Red Hill and much needed alone time hearing the dirt and rocks under my shoes. I have been so thankful to have this gem so close to home.

Seeing the Canyon Fire 2 burn through our little oasis left me and many others feeling a loss. Our little gem needs our help and we give our park the care and time to recover after the Canyon Fire 2 burned so much of it. 

Volunteers are needed to help park rangers plant native habitat around the edges of the parking lot. The first scheduled volunteer event following the fire will be Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 7:30 am – 10:30 am. Anyone 12 and over is eligible to lend a hand.  

Registration is limited to 50 participants. This would be a great way of giving back and perfect for older boy scout and girl scout troops to help their community.   

To register Click here.

 

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Owl See You Saturday!

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Sorry, I couldn’t help the pun. OC Parks has some fun FREE events for the family this weekend that involve Owls in the day time and a night time hike with hot chocolate!!!

On Saturday morning, November 11th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, learn about local owls using their five senses. Join Park Ranger Jen at Mason Regional Park as you discover how Owl’s use their sight, smell, sound, touch and taste discover their unique features for survival.  There will also be a hands-on owl pellet dissection. (Young children will be asked to partner with an adult for activity.)

Mason Regional Park is located at 18712 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612.

The event and parking are FREE. Turn right at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot A. Meet at Shelter #1.

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On Saturday evening from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, The annual fall/winter night hikes return with the “Hoot N’ Howling Night Hike” at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Visit the Nature Center, get toasty with some hot chocolate and cookies, then follow the Park Rangers as they lead you through a night time hike to the Redwood Grove. Be sure to bring your cold weather gear and a flashlight as you see the natural wonders of the park that can only be seen at night. Afterwards enjoy a live animal presentation by the “Nature of Wildworks”. 

Carbon Canyon Regional Park is located at 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823.

Parking and the event are FREE! This is really fun hike and space is limited. Please email to register: carboncanyon@ocparks.com

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Looking For Tranquility

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Looking for some tranquility after a busy weekend? Join me this week for yoga that will speak to your mind, body and soul and offer some tranquility.

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Building Kindness!

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Operation Warm Wishes Presents: Building Kindness! Sorry for such a short notice. Today, Tuesday, October 24th 2017 from 4pm to 6pm at Starbucks Coffee Larwin Square Shopping Center, 552 E First St, Tustin, CA –  Join Operation Warm Wishes to help Build Kindness!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Join Operation Warm Wishes, The Operation Warm Wishes Make It Happen Clubs, Brickshare Legos and the community as we build kindness and share it with children who are having a difficult time!

It’s going to be a fun and uplifting time for the entire family! All are invited!  There will be Free hot chocolate, music, games, giveaways and so much more! Together we can make a difference!

For more information please call (714) 363-6621 or visit www.OperationWarmWishes.com

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Get through the Week!

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Let’s get through this week together! Get through the traffic and meet me for some yoga @yogasquaredstudio  @wildsideyoga and #privatefitnessoc

Here’s my schedule for the the week:

  • Monday, October 23rd:

    10:00am – Yoga for the Soul at Yoga Squared in Old Towne Tustin

    7:00pm – Gentle Yoga at Wildside Yoga in Fountain Valley

  • Tuesday, October 24th:

    8:30am – Grounding Flow at Yoga Sqaured

  • Wednesday, October, 25th:

    9:30am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills

    6:30pm – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared

  • Thursday, October 16th:

    5:00pm – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared

  • Saturday, October 28st:

    7:00am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared

Namaste,
Annette

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ENC’s Fall Faire

Join the fun at the ENC’s annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch! Look forward to Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes,  native plant sale, delicious food and drinks from local vendors, crafts and games for the kids. The Fall Faire has been an ENC tradition since 1977.

Buy a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 to participate in the Craft Crawl. Walk along the trails at ENC as the kids go station to station making awesome eco-friendly & nature-inspired crafts!

Francisco the Bug Guy and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. Take a ride on a friendly pony or visit a variety of barnyard animals in our petting zoo! Bring the kids and play super fun games, winners can enter to win prizes in our children’s auction. There’s something for everyone!

The Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch takes place at the Environmental Nature Center, on Sunday,  October 15, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

images courtesy of www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-Nature-Center

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Thrive through the Week!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

– Maya Angelo

Don’t just survive the week – Thrive through the week! Guiding people through a compassionate practice that is filled with some laughter is always in my plan. Join me this week and allow your mind, body and soul the chance to thrive! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Books for Treats


I love Halloween, it’s fun, it’s playful, kids wait all year to dress up and collect candy door to door or attend their favorite Harvest Festival. For some kids in the hospital, this day must take on a different method of getting in on the fun. This is where Ethan’s “Book for Treats” comes in!

Ethan, creator of Ethan and Choco’s Book Club, knows first hand what it’s like to be in the hospital on Halloween. This brave young man has a goal and you can help me reach it while providing a treat to some kids within our community. Ethan is looking to collect 300 Halloween-themed books for kids who are inpatient at CHOC Children’s Hospital during Halloween!

There are several ways to donate to this cause. You can visit our local children’s book store Once Upon a Storybook and purchase a book, then just leave it in the “Ethan & Choco’s Book Club Basket” (they have an awesome Halloween display as well) and/or you can take a look at Ethan’s Halloween Wish Book list that is available on Amazon http://a.co/1o8eo3B  – any books purchased through Amazon will be sent directly to ECBC.

This is a great way to give back and bring a smile to a kids face. Happy Halloween!

Troop #3152 & Ethan
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Unleash the Batty

It’s been a busy week for me and if you’re anything like me you might be feeling a little batty! I have the perfect solution – come and do some Yoga with me!

There is a class suited for everyone in the family. In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin every Saturday morning at 7:00am, I am now on schedule every Thursday at 5:00pm for an “All Levels Flow” at Yoga Squared . I also have a some sub dates on the calendar this week at both at Yoga Squared and Private Fitness.

Come out and unwind. Here’s my schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, October, 4th:

  • 9:30am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills

Thursday, October 5th:

  • 3:30pm – Kids Yoga at Yoga Squared
  • 5:00pm – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared

Friday, October 6th:

  • 5:00pm – YinYasa at Yoga Sqaured

Saturday, October 7th:

  • 7:00am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
  • 11:00am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness

See you on the mat,

Annette

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Acorn Day

Get back to nature with Acorn Day as this awesome event returns to O’Neill Regional Park!

This free, family-friendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age including free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, and acorn and oak tree planting.

Other activities include storytelling, live animal demonstrations, nature activities, face painting, book signing of “How to Draw 60 Native California Plants and Animals: A Field Guide”, and live music from Shadybrook Bluegrass. Refreshments available for purchase.

Additional participants include Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Orange County Fire Watch, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange County Animal Care, Southern California Bluebird Society, Inside the Outdoors, The Cooper Center and more.

  • When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10;00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

  • Cost: FREE, parking fees may apply.

For more information: call (949) 923-2260 or email oneillpark@ocparks.com or go to www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks

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9 Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga, is amazing! I know, you may think I am a bit biased but I have benefited greatly from my Yoga practice, I feel calmer, stronger, healthier and more energetic. In addition to the physical benefits, the connection of mind, body and soul are indescribable.

If you’re not looking to go that deep, that’s ok. If you’re simply looking for a form of exercise, that’s easy on the body and helps you get healthier – Yoga is it!

There are so many health benefits and I simply have not found another form of exercise that can compare to the overall benefits of a regular Yoga practice.

Studies have shown that a regular Yoga practice helps to lower your blood sugar levels, lowers LDL levels (but cholesterol), boosts HDL levels (good cholesterol), helps with blood circulation, lessens pain and stress and increases energy levels.

You don’t have to stand on your head or fold up like a pretzel to do Yoga and it’s never to late to begin your Yoga practice. There is a yoga class to meet everyones fitness level and needs.  Come out and try one of my classes or if you’re not in the area, look for a studio near you.

Here’s my Schedule for the week – give it a try!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

See you on the mat!

Annette

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