Looking forward to 2018

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I’ve taken this week to reflect and look forward to what is to come in 2018. What a truly amazing and life changing year I’ve had. I am in awe of the opportunities that I’ve been given to refine my life – as well as the lives of others.Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Let’s get 2018 off to a beautiful start together. I can’t wait to see you!

  • Wednesday, January 3rd at 3:30pm for YinYasa at yoga squared in Old Town Tustin
  • Wednesday, January 3rd at 6:30 pm Relax and Renew with a Restorative Soundbath at yoga squared
  • Thursday, January 4th for a Soulful Vinyasa at yoga squared
  • Saturday, January 6th at 7am for a Soulful Vinyasa at yoga squared
  • Saturday, January 6th at 11:15am for a Vinyasa Flow Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills
  • Sunday, January 7th at 9:00am at WildSide Yoga in Fountain Valley for a Yoga Basics class that is always free for Military and First Responders!
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Aromatherapy with California Native Plants

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I believe that mother earth provides us with everything we need to heal.  Our earth is full of natural medicine, we just need to be opening and willing to try it. As a child, my mother had a tea for everything! I wish I had paid a little more attention and wrote her remedies down.

Every once in a while something I’m reading or learning about in one my classes brings a memory of one of my mother’s many natural cures. Finding events such as this one brings a smile to my face and no doubt makes her happy.

Tree of Life Nursery is holding a FREE “Aromatherapy with California Native Plants” class this weekend. This a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season, be surround by nature and learn something new.

For centuries, aromatherapy has been used to enhance health and well-being. Modern research recognizes the benefits of aromatherapy for stress reduction, sleep and mood management, as well as easing discomforts associated with anxiety and chronic pain. During this workshop, Certified Yoga Therapist and California Native Plants Education and Outreach Specialist, Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT, will discuss her approach to sustainable aromatherapy, and how she uses the healing property of California Native Plants cultivated locally, at Tree of Life Nursery.

  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

  • Where: Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

  • Cost: FREE

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Shine Brightly My Friends!

Let’s shake the universe up by allowing your inner light to shine! Join me this week for yoga flows filled with energy, light and grace at the beautiful @yogasquaredstudio in Old Town Tustin.  Be prepared to shine brightly my friends!!!

  • Monday,  December 18th at 10:00am – Yoga for the Soul

  • Wednesday, December 20th at 10:00am – All Levels Flow

  • Thursday, December 21st at 5:00pm – Soulful Vinyasa

  • Saturday, December 23rd at 7:00am – Soulful Vinyasa

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Holiday Food Drive

Here’s another simple way to give back, let’s start by giving back within our own community! Yoga Squared is hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission.

Before heading out to your next yoga class – reach into your pantry and grab a box of pasta, a package of rice or a can of beans or you can pick up something up during your next grocery trip.

Our Food Drive is taking place from today, Friday, December 15, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Bring your food donations to Yoga Squared located at 195 El Camino Real #201, Tustin, CA 92780.

We are located right above El Camino Cafe on the 2nd Floor. Our stairwell/elevator entrance is located on 2nd Street in the driveway to the right of the El Camino Cafe.

Donations can be dropped off inside our studio or on our patio. All donations will be picked up on the afternoon of Friday, December 22, 2017 and will be delivered to the OC Rescue Mission. Thank you so much for help, we appreciate you! Please remember any little bit helps.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com

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Holiday To Do List

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Let’s get on this Holiday to-do list! During this season listen, be kind, be giving, be patient and let your light shine on others wherever and whenever you can.

 Join me at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin as we focus on being present, love, hugs and peace through our practice.

  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 5:00pm for a Soulful All Levels Flow

  • Friday, December 15, 2107 at 5:00pm for a Peaceful Yinyasa Flow

  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:00am for a Soulful All Levels Flow

Remember to fill your cup with love and light so it overflows on the world.

Namaste,

Annette, Project Refined Life

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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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