Category: Jean Hoiland
|August 25, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Jean Hoiland, Uncategorized||
I was interview by April Chan from Enumclaw Patch today. She wanted to know about my “Go Fund Me” renovation campaign. Most specifically she wanted to know why. She was curious what motivates me. I’m not sure how well I answered her question and have been giving it more thought.
What motivates me is pretty cliche really yet so simple. I am motivated to make a difference in peoples lives while providing a valuable service to my community.
Many years ago I took my first yoga class. I did not know what to expect. Up until that point I had only done yoga once with a few friends in my home and loved it but I had my doubts about a group class. I told my friends “if there is any weird chanting you can count me out”.
The teacher ended up being someone familiar which helped break down the barrier of discomfort and fear and his teaching and class had a huge impact on me, even the chanting 😉
I arrived at yoga after being being in pain for almost 5 years from an auto accident. Through the constant pain I continued to work out with weights, play volleyball, run and operate a business as a custom seamstress making curtains, pillows etc… As the saying goes when you’ve suffered long enough you will try anything.
After 5 years saying “NO” to yoga I had finally said “yes”. I had never felt so good during or after a physical activity. The whole time in savasana (final relaxation) when I was suppose to be quieting my mind I was plotting and planning how to afford to pay for classes. After class I went right up to that instructor and gave him a huge hug of appreciation. My body and especially my neck felt renewed and I wanted to rejoice.
When he asked if I would be at his next class, I did like most people do and told him I could not afford to go regularly. He listened to my “lack of” mental excuses then invited me to come back to a second class as his guest (I think my enthusiastic heartfelt gracious hug made a big impact), then a friend started gifting me classes. They knew I just spent 5 years with astronomical medical bills and my need was real…I wasn’t hitting the coffee stand 4-5 times per week or keeping up with the latest fashion trends.
Their gift truly changed my life. The day after my first yoga studio experience I called my gym and canceled my membership. I was going to make yoga a part of my life. Through the practice and education of yoga I learned to live more abundantly and with greater purpose. I began letting go of negative things, from the type of work I was doing to the harmful effect volleyball and weights had on my injury.
I started taking more breaks to rest, stretch and meditate. I removed myself from a stressful relationship. The more I practiced yoga the better I felt and more positive things were drawn into my life.
By giving up a few things in order to afford yoga I got so much more in return.
I am still working towards finding greater ease and calm in my practice and in my life. It is a challenging practice and lately I have found myself struggling yet again. This time the struggle is the expansion of my yoga business.
The stories members share of how yoga has helped them renew my motivation to continue regardless of the challenges. Comments such as “A yoga studio in Enumclaw is a beautiful gift to the community. The caliber of your teaching is a blessing.” This was easily the most poetic compliment I have ever received.
Another member came in and shared his assessment of what yoga has done for him. His statement was “yoga truly is the key to longevity”, this member is 71 years young and his first class with me occurred just shortly after retiring at the age of 70. My biggest (though she is very small) inspiration is my mother. Through the practice of yoga she has recovered from triple bypass surgery and eliminated all but one pharmaceutical drug.
These are the stories that make the struggle of being a business owner “worth it”. Yes folks yoga is worth it.
|May 5, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Holistic Healers, Jean Hoiland||
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If you are interested in receiving more information about our upcoming YTT program, please get in touch. I will send you the program guide.
|January 13, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Jean Hoiland||
Members have been asking me all week if I read the article in the New York Times about how bad yoga is. Yes I did. I’ve been reading variations of that exact same article every year. October 2010 the pastor of the Mars Hill church in Seattle bashed yoga as being devil worship. There are all sorts of extremes.
Yoga is whatever you make it…and yes you most definitely can get hurt practicing yoga. You can get hurt rolling over in bed, getting into your car, bending down to pick up the newspaper or turning to greet someone in church. Just about every activity known to mankind has caused some sort of injury throughout history.
It’s not yoga causing injury folks…it’s the EGO and “operator error”. If you are constantly hurt and in pain it’s time to ask a few questions.
- Are you a regular practitioner or infrequent “weekend warrior”?
- Do you listen and pay attention to instructions?
- Are you attentive during demonstrations?
- Do you zone out when asked to focus on your breath?
- Do you remain in uncomfortable positions?
- Who do you listen to…the teacher or your ego?
We are a society of blame and immediate gratification. What happened to responsibility, hard work and perseverance? There are so many choices these days and people bounce from one thing to the next without mastering anything. Seeking that panacea of good health then angry and disappointed when minimal effort has zero effect.
What ever happened to slow and steady wins the race?
Only when we let go of the ego do we become true students of yoga. It is a struggle we all face on a daily basis.
Jean Hoiland RYT200
founder, owner, teacher
|December 8, 2011||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Holistic Healers, Jean Hoiland, JuicePlus||
It is nearing a new year and like me I imagine many of you are pondering 2011, maybe asking yourself how to make 2012 a better year. Ideas for NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS are beginning to germinate. Your intentions are heart felt yet 6-8 weeks into 2012 your resolve will begin to weaken and you may find yourself falling into old habits and routines.
Hey I am guilty of this too. Each year I ponder the psychology of resolutions as December ebbs into January. Each January classes are vibrant and thriving with new and excited members embarking on their NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS to:
– LOOSE WEIGHT
– REDUCE STRESS
– FEEL BETTER etc…
By March 1st I’m left wondering where everyone went. This year I am determined to keep at least a few of you motivated by creating a 12 week program addressing the psychology of why resolutions fail. Tops on the list of why people fail is lack of support. Yes folks it’s good to have a cheer squad behind you when you are making life changes. Why do you think 12 step programs are so successful? Support and accountability are key ingredients for seeing our goals, dreams and yes resolutions through to success.
This is not a weight loss program though that could happen, this is a program of TRANSFORMATION. We will discuss the need for routine, how to meditate, the power of our breath, vision boards and goal setting. There will be the occasional guest speakers, project and product presentation all designed to help you achieve your goals, dreams, vision, intention and/or resolutions.
The first 10 people to sign up will receive a gift bag valued at $20-$25
Register before 12/31 and save over 30%.
Enrollment is limited to 15.
|November 28, 2011||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Holistic Healers, Jean Hoiland||
More and more people are suffering from MS, Lupus, arthritis and many other auto-immune diseases. Yoga is beneficial in addressing many if not all of the symptoms of:
- Muscular Tension and rigidity
- Limited Range of Motion
- Muscle Weakness
- Loss of Balance and Coordination
- Mood swings
- heat intolerance
- poor circulation
Many of these diseases are helped through a regular practice of yoga. Yoga is about bringing the body, mind and spirit back into balance and easily adapted for individual needs. Alignment based yoga and the use of props make yoga accessible for virtually everyone.
If you have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and concerned about starting a yoga practice you may wish to start with a private lesson. A studio dedicated to yoga will have a variety of classes…from gentle to more vigorous. It’s always best to start out slowly and speak with an experienced instructor about your individual needs.
The anxiety of having an auto-immune disease can cause inefficient breathing exasperating the effects of the disease. Yoga’s ability to help us deal with stress both mentally and physically is a great benefit when dealing with the stress of our own bodies attacking us.
Exercise is very important secondary only to good nutrition.