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!
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
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.
“Life is like a waterfall, always moving and there is an uneven flow to it”
Join me this week at one of my classes to even out the flow that is life. In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin every Saturday morning at 7:00am, I am also subbing several days this week. So come in to get relaxed, grounded, and flowing.
Some great news this week is that I now have a “Yoga Blend” class at Private Fitnessin Anaheim Hills, every Wednesday at 9:30am.
For the kids, there are 5 weeks left for the Storytime and Yoga/Groovy Kid’s class at Once Upon A Storybook located in the Enderle Center in Tustin.
Here’s my schedule for the rest of the week:
Tuesday, September 12th:
8:30am for an All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
4:00pm Kid’s Yoga at Once Upon a Storybook
Wednesday, September 13th:
9:30am – Yoga Blend at Private Fitness in Anaheim Hills
Ok, Orange County – I hope you’re ready because I certainly am!
I am pleased to announce that I now have a Yoga class
for every member of the family!!!
In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared every Saturday at 7:00am , I now offer a Kid’s Yoga class every Tuesday at Once Upon a Storybook. Kid’s classes begin this Tuesday, September 5th at 4:00 pm.
I am delighted to be able to offer a kid’s yoga class, which will include a mindfully based storytime and yoga.
I have several sub dates on the calendar this week at Yoga Squared, so there is no excuse! I’ll look forward to seeing you and your kid’s on the mat!
Here’s the schedule for the week.
Tuesday, September 5th:
8:30 am – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared
4:00pm Kid’s Yoga at Once Upon a Storybook
Wednesday, September 6th:
6:30 pm – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared
Thursday, September 7th:
3:30 pm – Kid’s Yoga at Yoga Squared
Saturday, September 9th:
7:00 am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
Yoga Squared is located at 195 El Camino Real #201, Tustin, CA 92780
Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 17th St C, Tustin, CA 92780
Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, bring the kids to a fun welcoming environment learning the skills of mediation and yoga at Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin.
I believe every “body” NEEDS yoga and if we can introduce Yoga to our kids at an early age, they will will better off because of it! Yoga helps kids learn coping tools to deal with the emotional, social and the physical challenges our kids face today.
The class will begin with a yoga or mindfulness-related story and move onto Yoga. Your kids will not only learn the physical postures (poses) breathing techniques, balance and meditation but more importantly self acceptance, mind and body connection as well as social and community awareness.
Kids will need their own yoga mats, if you don’t have one, we have arranged for you to purchase one at a discounted rate at Branch & Stone in Old Town Tustin. Kids Yoga mats are $15.00 plus tax.
When: Classes will begin Tuesday September 5th from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Where: Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E 17th Street, #C Tustin CA, 92780, in the Enderle Center.
Cost: $60 for 6 weeks – Call or email Once Upon A Storybook to reserve your spot. Email: Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or Phone: 714-669-4377.
This class is best suited for kids 5 and older. Kids under 4 may participate with a paying, participating parent.
I know the notice is short but if your free today – bring the kids in for a FREE Kid’s yoga class at HB Yoga Collective in Huntington Beach. Join us today as we complete our Kids Yoga Teacher Training with a FREE Kid’s Yoga Class!
The class will be lead by Grooveykids founder and teacher, Greville Henwood. Greville has led Yoga Teacher Training’s all over the world, as a matter of fact, this is the 108th Yoga Teacher Training!!! Yep, I feel extremely blessed to be in this one!
So bring the kids and join us for this special class. The class is best suited for kids ages 3 and up.
Where: HB Yoga Collective, 301 Main Street, Suite 109, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Bring your appetite and your Yoga mat at to the Fourth Annual Healthy Junk Vegan Faire! This annual one day festival showcases a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services. There will be booths and workshops focusing on food, environment, local artisans, wellness, live music and FREE YOGA!
Zoo Zen, a Yoga Story for Kids is a sweet little kids yoga book that was just released! Join the illustrator Suzi Schwartz and myself, Annette Cruz (aka Project Refined Life) for a book signing event and a FREE Kid’s Yoga Demonstrationat my favorite kid’s bookstore, Once Upon a Storybook, in Tustin.
Join us for this fun afternoon as I guide the kid’s through a FREE yoga demonstration and we practice Lyle’s Yoga Flow!
When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00am
Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 East 17th Street #C, Tustin CA 92780
Please email Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or call, 714-669-4377 – no reservations are required but it would be great to know how many kids to expect.
It’s the International Day of Yoga! Today we celebrate the practice of Yoga. Yoga is much more then physical practice. It encompasses your mind, body & soul. Each movement connecting breath to movement and for me, each movement and pose delivers a message so deep, not even we understand it. Yoga originated in India well over 5,000-years old. It is filled with tradition and history. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that transforms your body and mind.
Just a few years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the “International Day of Yoga”. During an address to the UN General Assembly, Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi stated
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.
Who doesn’t want or need that in their life??? So hit your local Yoga Studio or find a “YouTube” video and get your Yoga on! I always say “Everyone needs Yoga” and I truly believe that.
If you’re in Orange County, join me at 7:00 am every Saturday Morning at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. It would be my honor to guide you through a 75 minute “All Levels Flow” yoga session. You can also check my calendar for my schedule and any sub dates I may be filling in for.
Here’s a 75 minute playlist to listen today during your practice or just because. Enjoy this beautiful full day of Summer Solstice
It always makes me feel great to bring home fresh, organic, locally grown veggies for my family. This Saturday morning you can take that feeling of doing something great for your family a step further!
Why not pick up some beautiful organic veggies for the family at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market and then let kids get in on some FREE Yoga? That’s right, a FREE YOGA class designed just for them. Did I mention that it’s FREE?
This FREE kid’s Yoga session is taught by Renee Schwan and no pre-registration required. Just bring your shopping list, a yoga mat and the kids!
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:45am –11:30am
Orange Home Grown Farmer’s Market, located at 304 N. Cypress Street, Orange CA 92866
I’ve always loved yoga. It has always been a way for me to relax, feel refreshed, energized and alive. My vocal/piano teacher introduced the practice of breathing, mediating & some light yoga as a teenager. I remember thinking “Okay, this is cool but I’m here to sing and learn to play the piano. Why is she having me do this”. Looking back now I realize she was trying to open my mind, focus my energy and deflect the some of the negative influences and habits I had surround myself with.
As an adult, I practiced Yoga from time to time. In the mornings before heading off to work, at my local gyms, at a couple of the kick boxing gyms I belonged to. I tired out some studios here and there and with dvd’s. No matter what I was doing in life, no matter what season in life I was in, I always came back to Yoga. Last year, I made Yoga a part of my everyday life at a wonderful studio in old town Tustin called Yoga2 (Yoga Squared). This studio felt good, the energy was good and the teachers and students were friendly and kind. As soon as I started practicing on a regular basis, I knew this was something I needed to include as part of my being and on a bigger scale.
I began to feel and think differently. At this time I was already engaged in some courses and study’s which made the practice (asana), the words, the shapes and the thoughts I was experiencing during my Yoga sessions light a fire within me. This past December, I decided to take my love for yoga to whole new level and embark on a 15 week – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course through Shanti Shanti Yoga School.
Deciding to take this training was a hard choice for me. I already had such a busy schedule, I was afraid of the commitment, scared of all of the studying that would be involved. I was older than your average yoga teacher and didn’t have as much flexibility as some of the yogi’s around me. Could I keep up with my family, my household duties and other outside commitments? I sat down and had a talk with my family to discuss how everyone’s life would be different (at least for 15 weeks) if I took this training. With the support of my family and despite all of the challenges – I decided to do it. The 15 weeks would come and go regardless of my taking this training, so why not at least try it.
Well, here I am in week #11. I must say – this has not easy but it has it been worth it! I have met some amazing human beings. I have discovered things about myself that need to change. I’ve discovered things about others around me that made me wake up. I am learning about SO many things and so many different perspectives. It’s been a humbling and an eye opening experience and I am loving every minute of it!
In my daily life, I am beginning to prioritize my day and my life differently. I realized almost 12 years ago that although I plan my life ultimately there is a power much greater then myself that is control. I am however in control of how I respond to what happens in life. There are certain things in my life that I am okay with letting go of (folding the laundry is one of them). In all seriousness, I feel a huge shift in my life and it is due to this inner reflection that is required in this training. This training is unlike any other training or education I have ever taken part in.
If you have ever considered taking Yoga Teacher Training – do it! A few words of advice:
Look for a good school – Find a school that is registered through Yoga Alliance. You want your training to count and many yoga studios won’t hire you if your teacher training wasn’t through a Yoga Alliance registered school. Very important, make sure the teachers/trainers are in practice, knowledgeable and kind. I feel like I hit the jackpot with my Yoga school of choice. They are all very professional, well trained and caring.
Don’t go big – when it comes to yoga teacher training, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Smaller class sizes means more individualized attention. They’ll get to know you and what your capable of. Don’t be a number.
Internship Programs – it’s scary to be sitting along side the teacher, teaching segments of the class or the whole class during your training but so worth it. The opportunity to have a mentor guide you and prepare you to teach before you’re out there on your own is priceless. I appreciate every single word of advice and the direction I receive.
Keep a journal of how you feel and your thoughts on a weekly basis. I feel differently every week. There have been a couple of times I felt defeated and that I wasn’t cut out for this. But I’m still here – learning, growing and facing my fears. It’ll help to look back on your changes.
Be prepared – your life and your perspective will change and that’s a good thing. Embrace the changes that lie ahead and remain truthful to yourself.
There is still so much to learn. I am still nervous about my journey and my future as a Yoga Teacher. I am surrounded by some awesome examples of Yoga Teachers and people. At the beginning of my training I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach but I now I am sure that I need to share this with others. It’s bringing an awareness into so many other areas of my life. Areas that I want to explore and learn more about. It has also brought into perspective things that I have already learned and how to incorporate them into what I what I am learning and what I will be teaching. I still have a few weeks to go and finals to get through but regardless of the outcome from this journey (Yoga Teacher Training) I know that my mind, body and soul will be better, more knowledgeable, more accepting, stronger and healthier because of this. Let the project continue!
Last Saturday we visited the Fullerton Arboretum, this very tranquil place is located just off the 57 frwy in Fullerton on the Cal State University Fullerton campus.
As we walked along the dirt path we were greeted by glorious sunflowers and a waterfall. The waterfall leads to a stream that flows throughout one side of the arboretum and into two ponds. The ponds are hosts to ducks, fish, turtles and cranes. The stream instantly inspired my daughter to draw and write in her journal.
There is a small nature center for the kids (with binoculars for the kids to use during their visit), a fruit orchard, a children’s garden, a community garden, walking trails (one with redwood trees) and a plant store called the “Potting Shed” that sells plants which reflect the Arboretum’s Garden Collections: Cultivated, Desert, Mediterranean, and Woodland.
They have guided tours of the Heritage House. This Eastlake style home was the home of Dr. Clark, one of the most highly regarded individuals in early Fullerton. The home was relocated to the Arboretum in 1972. The interior is fully restored and refurbished with furniture and medical equipment of that era. A suggested donation of $3.00 is encouraged be not required.
The Farm Stand is open every Sunday and sells vegetable grown at the arboretum. They offer educational opportunities for adults such as Yoga in the Garden, Composting and an Eating in the Yard Series. They also hold an ongoing children’s series called Bug-Safaris, There are plenty of walking trails and benches to sit and enjoy the views and a quick snack.
Bring your water and be advised that picnicking is not allowed inside the Arboretum, there are however picnic tables just before the entrance. Parking is free on a dirt lot. A donation of $5.00 to visit the arboretum is suggested but not required. For a complete list of events check their calendar. In addition to the Family Fun to be had here, places like this are a great addition to your Summer Educational Series. Here’s a list of botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States.