|September 6, 2015||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Uncategorized||
On July 17, 2015 Intent Yoga closed it’s doors. Permanent, temporary still remains to be seen.
Lately I’ve been giving the idea of offering classes, workshops, privates a lot of thought and decided to explore an opportunity to sublet space. I’m feeling a bit wishy washy. Especially when I take into consideration my personality and nature and realizing I’m simply not a good fit for everyone. I don’t teach warm and fuzzy yoga, but that does not mean I don’t care. I have great compassion and empathy especially when people are in pain. I truly enjoy helping people find relief or tackle a tough pose they never envisioned attaining.
If I had to describe myself I would tell you I’m like Mike Holmes (from HGTV) but instead of a home inspector I am a posture specialist. I take broken down people, prop them up, fortify their foundation and renovate and restore back to beautiful, strong and resilient bodies that will last 100 years. I’m not interested in the color of your clothes or how much flesh covers your bones. I’m interested in joint articulation and what has gone wrong when you are in pain.
Closing my business of 9 plus years really knocked my self confidence around. I’m having a hard time letting go of my vision of a beautiful sanctuary of healing. I’ve been disheartened by comments like “no one will pay more than $5 per class”. What to do, what to do?
I’ve thought about asking who and how many would come to my classes again but that doesn’t really help. I know in my heart that I will simply have to take that leap of faith and once again soar into the unknown. Am I ready? I’m not sure? Will I try any way? Probably. It’s part of my nature to take risk and be light years ahead of trends. I hate to give up after years of promoting yoga in Enumclaw… and I certainly don’t intend to fade into obscurity.
Perhaps I will fail miserably but it is in these failures I discover my true strength. My ability to persevere and overcome obstacles whether real or self imposed. The journey as usual has only just begun.
|May 22, 2014||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Uncategorized||
(offering Teacher Training…really?)
I found yoga at the local gyms, took a few of Ramona’s classes at the SOMA Institute yurt. I mostly practiced on my own when no one else was around, headed to Seattle and enjoyed classes taught by Cheryl Davis and Penny Udhe at the Wellness Center.
In fact it was when Penny left the Wellness Center in 2003 that Annie Casey (original owner of Enumclaw Wellness) asked me if I would teach. I’m pretty sure I declined several times before reluctantly agreeing to her request. I was reluctant and a little fearful that teaching might “ruin” my love of yoga and interfere with my personal practice.
I had practiced yoga with some amazing people at conferences from Toronto to L.A. all of them with knowledge far surpassing my own and could not fathom doing justice to all that yoga offers. Nevertheless I enrolled with Richard Satchel in Seattle and learned Iyengar Yoga, and discovered exactly how little I knew about the physical practice of yoga. Sure I could muscle my way through very difficult power and vinyasa practices but I had no idea how to surrender and release in order to soar with ease in mind and body. Learning restorative yoga was mind blowing. I was astounded how delicious laying around on an assortment of props could be. I was amazed how gentle coaxing broke down physical restrictions way faster than stubborn forcing. I was hooked on learning more and ready, though still reluctant to begin teaching.
In my own little world I wanted to be hired because I was dedicated to my practice and exhibited the necessary skills to provide an excellent service to Annie’s business. The reality was Annie needed a teacher and I seemed like a good candidate cause she saw me haul my yoga mat into her facility day after day for over a year.
Life is like that. It’s not always what we know or how good we might be at something but rather who we know and being in the right place at the right time.
So…to make a long story short…I did not intentionally set out to be a yoga instructor. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and someone took notice. I had another insane moment a few years later and decided to open Intent Yoga. Oh how little I knew back then.
After more than a decade teaching I am not so reluctant to call myself a yoga teacher. Teaching since 2003, many thousands of hours of experience and more hours than I care to tally reading, practicing and attending continuing education webinars, classes and workshops I feel confident in my skills to guide others on the journey of teaching.
Financially it’s not very lucrative but it is fun and rewarding. While I cannot with 100% accuracy predict who will excel at teaching and who will not I CAN with 100% confidence say you never know unless try. I invite you to contemplate if you might have what it takes to provide a needed service in our community and register for our Teacher Certification Program.
|October 22, 2013||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Uncategorized, Yogathon||
It won’t be long before we are stuffing our faces with holiday treats and feasts, prioritizing parties and family instead of health, wellness and nutrition. Why wait until January to resolve to change?
Everyone, especially those with a desire to kick start your yoga practice
Be One with the Universe, Yogathon – 6 weeks of yoga transformation!
Your home, the internet and you guessed it Intent Yoga
November 1 from 6-8pm (Launch Party – pot luck and guidelines of competition)
December 13 from 6-8pm (Wrap up party – pot luck and prizes awarded)
$20 contribution for the prizes (by 10/25)
$25 after 10/25
- First place wins 50% of entry contributions
- second place 30%
- third place 20%
First place winner must have a minimum of 500 points. For those of you with the competitive gene this should be easy to obtain. You didn’t think we were going to make it a walk in the park did you? If no one gets 500 points then the studio keeps the first place prize, no whining. Second and third place prizes will be awarded regardless of hitting the minimum points, after all we don’t need to keep all of the money.
There will be No measurements, No weigh ins
We don’t care how much you weigh or the girth of your hips. We want your strength and mobility to improve. We want you to read about the Sutra’s, good alignment and other yoga topics. Your reward will be a higher state of consciousness, knowing the difference between down dog and up dog, discovering the femur does not connect to the clavicle and the ability to say “my kundalini is rising” with a straight face. The results we seek cannot be measured in inches and pounds.
This is an exercise in being personally responsible for your own practice.
How do you win?
You get points each time you participate in activities listed below. Points must be reported by midnight each day. First place must earn at least 500 points, average attendance 2x’s week and attend at least 4 Saturday classes in addition to the 2x’s per week.
- (20 points) Bring a friend – New to studio
- (10 points) Attend classes at studio
- (10 points) Attend special Saturday class (For participants only)
- (5 points) Home asana practice 20 minute minimum. Honor system folks and reporting to me daily exactly what you did or a link to an online class.
- (5 points) Reading articles/book chapters about yoga (at least one per week). Email title, author, page number and/or website link.
- (5 points) Evening meditation. 10 minutes minimum.
- (3 points) Daily journal – track water, food, and sleep. I trust you know what healthy meals consist of so save the minute details.
- (3 points) Check into our Facebook Page every time you come to the studio
…and to make it a little more interesting and fun
- (-5 points) Showing up late to class 😉
- (-5 points) Improperly putting props away – hopefully no one ever gets caught
- (-5 points) leaving water cups or bottles in studio
- (-3 points) Every beer, decadent desert, cigarette or other vice needing to be curbed. What better way to bring our attention to habits and patterns. Be accountable, be honest and be prepared to practice, read and meditate a lot to make up for any lapses of judgement in regard to said vices. We are aiming for moderation and discuss this at the launch party.
Bring $20 in envelope with your name & phone number printed clearly on front.
WARNING! Yoga may be hazardous to your health. You will bend in unusual ways, while precariously balancing on one limb. You will experience moments of clarity and one pointed focus, do not be alarmed. You will exhibit strength and mobility you did not previously possess. You will appear taller and more radiant. You will be more productive at work. You will expand your thinking and find spiritual enlightenment. We cannot stress enough…DO NOT BE ALARMED!
By participating in this activity you acknowledge you are acting at your own risk and peril and you agree not to hold the organizer responsible in the event of injury, death or insanity.
We hope you will participate in connecting with other lighthearted, fun and funny people in our yoga community.
|September 27, 2013||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Jean Hoiland, Uncategorized||
If you have ever attended my 9:30am classes you have most likely met my mom. She is wonderful, though not always excited about the things we do in class. Her shoulders have been her biggest obstacle in regard to yoga. She holds all her tension in them…and she is not nor ever been very physically active…unless you count chasing 5 kids around holding a wooden spoon. She never caught us to meet out any punishment. At 5’1″ she usually resorted to the age old fall back of mom’s everywhere “you just wait until your father gets home”.
Anyway the 9:30am class has had the most attendance ever since opening the studio in 2006. I would like to take all of the credit for that accomplishment but I think my mom has played a huge roll in keeping people coming in. She is adorable, likeable and fun to have in class and other than me she is the one person who has attended consistently since May 1st, 2006.
The age range for this class, which has been promoted as gentle therapeutic, has been anywhere from 19 to 86 years of age. Many have had some physical ailments from whiplash to knee replacement, depression to anxiety, you name it. The classes are always different. Some days we lay around luxuriating in restorative yoga and on others there are grumblings about breaking a sweat and audible huffing and puffing with effort.
The main focus is always good form and mastering the basics. We work a lot on proper alignment and from time to time work with partners. Earlier this year I commented that everyone should at least attempt standing on their hands at some point in their practice no matter what age they are. This remark was met with some doubt and a little fear.
Since making that statement I have slowly challenged the 9:30 class to do a little more than they think they can. We have been working diligently on finding ease and comfort in downward facing dog, holding the pose longer and longer, partnering up once in a while with the straps in order to achieve a more relaxed pose. More recently progressing to taking one leg up the wall at a time to feel the added weight through the hands, arms and shoulders.
It can be a scary thing to turn ourselves upside down. Previously this class has worked with partners and chairs against the wall in a modified version of headstand (bearing the weight on the tops of the shoulders rather than the head and neck). A lot of fear had to be overcome for many not to mention developing trust in the person standing ready to help.
Going upside down so far has not been one of my mom’s favorite things. Just the idea fills her with anxiety and a bit of terror. My mom is 77, she began practicing yoga about 10 years ago. Every year she is stronger and feeling younger and more importantly her form and alignment are improving.
Today we worked on focusing on good balance and posture (requirements for standing on the hands). The class progressed to working on getting the feet up the wall and practicing modified versions of handstand. My mom simply and quietly worked her down dog and taking one leg up at a time. Honestly I really did not pay much attention to her today because I know she is not to keen on the idea of handstand. She did, however, achieve a huge milestone. Not once did I hear her say “I cant'”, her effort was focused and she seemed to have found greater ease in her practice.
At one point I looked over and was amazed at her beautiful form, strength and total ease in a challenging posture. Everyone was doing a wall assisted modified shoulder stand…and not to offend anyone else in the class (ages 30 and up) but my mom’s pose was the most beautiful to behold. I am still in awe by it.
To top it off, she said “I may yet get myself into a handstand before I am 80. I feel like I have finally learned how to relax.”
Those were the most beautiful words I have heard in a long time. We are never too old to learn new things. Muscles may atrophy without use but they respond to continued effort at any age. Mom you are truly amazing.