“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” – Gail Sheehy
Changes are so good, they bring growth and the ability to expand. I can not express how grateful I am for all the changes and and new classes that have been added to my schedule.
My classes are always designed to be a warm and compassionate space for every “body” – even if you’ve never done yoga before. Grab your yoga mat and some water and meet me for some gentle flowing yoga. I am so excited to practice with you!
6:30pm – Gentle Vinyasa Flow for the residents of San Sonoma Apartment Homes, Tempe, AZ
This new week brings in a new moon and new classes. Let’s celebrate this new moon cycle together by releasing, re-organizing and shifting into a place of love, compassion and focus. I can’t wait to guide you through your practice.
6:30pm – Vinyasa Flow for the residents of San Sonoma Apartment Homes, Tempe, AZ
“Can we talk?” I hope you heard my inner Joan Rivers voice coming through. I constantly hear about how we can accomplish this, that or the other and “it takes just 15 minutes a day” or do this for 30 minutes a day and you’ll be fit, wealthy, beautiful, happy or balanced.
As a Mom, I completely understand that some days are just busier than others. It would unreasonable to jump on that bandwagon that we all hear “it only takes a few minutes a day”. 10 minutes in the morning to wash and moisture your face, take at least 20 minutes to meditate, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, take an 1 hour on Sunday’s to meal plan, write in your journal…etc. etc. the list can go on and on.
I always try to stress to others (as well as myself) that you/I just need to focus on the doing the the things that bring out the feeling of happiness and peace. I try to participate (even if it’s just for a few minutes) in what is most important for me and I don’t worry about how long I spend in the process.
Now what makes me happy is probably completely different then what makes you happy and that’s a good thing! If we all did exactly the same things, our lives and world would be dull and not creative at all. In my life, being balanced and happy always includes some form of Yoga and Meditation/Self Care and Reiki. A day without these items just doesn’t feel right but I always, always stress that it doesn’t matter how long your practice is, consistency plays a much bigger role in your overall feeling as well as your inner and outer connections – the people around you will feel the difference when you are not balanced.
Here are some of the things I do to bring myself into alignment everyday:
Give Thanks – First thing after waking up. give thanks for the day and for keeping me and my loved ones safe. I give thanks for not only the day, but for the ability to walk through it, the ability to feel it and the wisdom to embrace all that comes with it. If you can add in in a little overhead stretch in bed, do it! Follow it up with a quick balasana (Child’s pose) and you’ll awaken a beautiful energy and ground yourself in the process.
Smudge/Reiki – I take a few minutes everyday to smudge myself with some Sage and follow it up with some Palo Santo, while again saying a quick prayer, this time to release any negative or stagnant energy and infuse my mind, body and soul with positivity, joyful light and Reiki energy.
Drink water – Every morning I have a glass of water with 1 – 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. There are endless studies that prove just how effective and awesome the benefits of drinking ACV everyday are (but that’s for another post).
Coffee – That’s right, I said coffee. I love my coffee!!! (see the explanation points?) I know, I know…some people say not to drink it but honestly I like it and yes it makes me happy. I enjoy my time with beautiful cup of Joe every day, so there it is. If coffee isn’t your cup of tea…then have tea (Sorry I couldn’t help that one).
Focus on the day – As I am enjoying my morning coffee, I visualize my day. I see every part of my planned day with happiness and joy in every situation, in every action. It’s a coffee meditation of sorts. At this time, if I can or if I feel called to I write in my journal.
Meditation/Self Care/Reiki – Here is where you might have to get creative, on days when I have extra time my morning meditation consists of some or all of the following: Sitting in easy pose, focused, with candles, crystals, my Mala beads, Chanting a mantra, with music and essential oils and focus on my Reiki practice. Most days it’s much simpler than that. Just allowing the water to wash away anything that doesn’t serve me while I’m in shower can be my meditation. Seriously, get creative here. Meditation time could be while your in the car waiting for the kids to get out of school. walking your kids to school, packing lunches, washing dishes. Don’t worry about the vision of the yogi floating away on some clouds while they meditate. Just fit it in – somehow, someway.
Yoga – I would love to say I have a beautiful, flowing 60 minute practice all to myself, every single day but I don’t. I’m a yoga teacher, mom, wife, I cook, I clean, I go to the market, I’m on homework duty and make sure the kids are clean and get to bed on time…life gets busy. I have to admit there are days when I only have the chance to do Balasana (child’s pose) in bed or fit in a Uttanasana (standing forward fold) and Ardha Uttansana (half way lift) as I doing my hair or getting things out of the pantry or fridge but hey – It all counts! Extra tip here: I lay out my yoga mat in the living room and as I walk by it – I do a quick little flow or a quick pose as I’m getting things done around the house. It works for me and keeps me in my flow.
Learn/Read/Listen – I try to learn something new everyday. This old dog really can learn new tricks! With our phones in our hands and social media in abundance, we have amazing access to information. Use it to your advantage and subscribe to some great Facebook groups, Instagram pages or YouTube channels that post positive, uplifting, inspiring and educational content. There is always something you can learn or ponder.
Give hugs – You’d be surprised and how much a hug can affect your day or someone else’s day. There are people who don’t get hugs, so if you have the ability to do it – do it! It makes you and them feel better.
Smile and Laugh – nothing makes you feel better than a smile and a good laugh. Trying singing a song with a smile and then try singing it without a smile, you will feel and hear the difference. Share your light, it makes a difference.
These are the things that I feel are vital in my everday life and contribute to my overall wellness. What things bring out your inner sunshine? Take just a few minutes (hahaha…really just do it) to make a quick list of the things that make a difference in your daily life. See how and where you can apply them, do what makes YOU happy, with whatever time you have to bring yourself balance and energy. It doesn’t matter how much time you do these things, just as long as you do them – every little bit counts.
I am delighted to annouce that I will be teaching yoga classes at Lorna Jane in San Tan Village. I believe yoga is for every”body” so bringing these “All Level” Yoga classes to you for only $5.00 makes my heart smile.
Regardless of where are in your practice or even if you’ve never practiced before – these are the classes will help you rejuvenate and unwind!
Classes begin August 7th so bring your yoga mat, a water bottle, $5.00 cash and any other items that make your yoga practice complete and join me at one or both of these classes!
Tusdays at 10am -11am for a gentle All Levels Flow
Thursdays at 10:00am for a Yinyasa flow
All Levels Flow – We will connect breath to movement in an 60 minute All Levels Vinyasa Flow. This class is suited for every”body”. We will begin with a seated meditation then transition to smooth flowing movements which may included variations of Sun Salutations, standing postures, twists and forward bends followed up with some deep relaxation.
YinYasa – This 60 minute hybrid class will begin with 30 minutes of a gentle vinyasa yoga flow to warm the body and build strength with mindful movements. The last 30 minutes of class will be focused on yin to faciliate mindfulness, release connective tissue and create flexibility.
Lorna Jane is located in San Tan Village, 2281 WIlliams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
**All participants will also receive a special offer from Lorna Jane on the day of class**
Our lives are made In these small hours These little wonders These twists and turns of fate Time falls away But these small hours These small hours still remain
Every change in your life comes from something that is uncomfortable but that is where and when the growth takes place.
This past year has been huge for me. So many changes have taken place. Today, I realize that it was just another beginning of something much bigger. At times I feel like a cat…so many lives in this lifetime, I’m blessed to have this opportunity for change and growth.
Join me at my beloved Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin as these small hours still remain.
My final class here will be filled with soulful, courageous and humble poses set to a very special playlist.
Saturday, February 24th at 7:00am for my final Soulful Vinyasa Class
FYI – I’ll try not to be emotional but there are no guarantees! The owner, fellow teachers and community at this studio are beyond special. Truly, it’s been an absolute honor.
The time is drawing near. My family and I are moving and this means I only have a few classes left to teach at my yoga home, Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. This place has come to mean so much to me, it’s going to be hard to let this go.
I have made life changes at this place, made friends and found people who I consider to be part of my support system. Please join me for one of my final classes. I’ll miss everything about this place and the people who make it what it is.
Thursday, February 15th at 5:00 for a Soulful Vinyasa
Friday, February 16th at 5:0pm for YinYasa Class
Saturday, February 17 at 7:00am for a Soulful Vinyasa Class
Saturday, February 24th at 7:00am for my final Soulful Vinyasa Class
Be prepared for laughter, tears and joy in these last classes.
Remember, If your new to Yoga Squared or it’s been 6 months or more since you’ve visited us, rejoin with a second chance intro offer! Get 3 weeks for $30 and fall in love with your practice again! Call/text Casey at 714.625.7230 to get set up!
You don’t have to be a Yoga Junkie to join me this week for one or all of these Vinyasa Flow classes at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin…but after a few a class you just might turn into one!
Wednesday, January 24th at 8:00pm for a beautiful Candlight Vinyasa
Thursday, January 25th at 5:00pm for my Soulful Vinyasa class
Saturday, January 27th at 7:00am for my Soulful Vinyasa class
Did you know that If your new to Yoga Squared or it’s been 6 months or more since you’ve visited us, rejoin with a second chance intro offer! Get 3 weeks for $30 and fall in love with your practice again! Call/text Casey at 714.625.7230 to get set up!
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle
Join me this week for a Soulful Vinyasa Flow at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin
Monday, January 15th at 10:00am
Thursday, January 18th at 5:00pm
Saturday, January 20th at 7:00am
If your new to Yoga Squared or it’s been 6 months or more since you’ve rolled out your mat with us, rejoin with a second chance intro offer! Get 3 weeks for $30 and fall in love with your practice again! Call/text Casey at 714.625.7230 to get set up!
I really can not even begin to explain how excited I am for 2018. I feel like this year is going to be a special year for all of us! This is not to say that this year hasn’t started out with it’s own set of challenges but that’s okay. I feel prepared and ready to rise above any obstacles that present themselves.
Since before the New Year I’ve been looking for my own personal slogan for 2018 and in looking back at some of our family photos from 2017 – I found it!
I took this picture at JPL in Pasadena last year. These words spoke to me then and mean even more to me now. I’m so ready to “Dare Mighty Things” this year.
I would love to help you dare mighty things in your life as well. Let’s raise the vibration and dream big! Let’s dare mighty things, the time is now!
Join me this week as we dare and rise together.
Thursday, January 11th at 5pm for a Soulful Vinyasa at Yoga Squared
Saturday, January 13th at 7am for a Soulful Vinyasa at Yoga Squared
Saturday, January 13th at 9:30am – Kids Yoga with Namaste Family Yoga at Farquhar Park in Huntington Beach
Sunday, January 14th at 9:00am at WildSide Yoga in Fountain Valley for a Yoga Basics Class
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt
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
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
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 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 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!