Posts Tagged by Jean Hoiland
|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.
|January 10, 2013||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Uncategorized||
As the new year begins you may find yourself struggling with resolutions, goals and a host of other mind stuff that clutters a sincere desire to be healthy, happy and wise. I have found the two books below to be of great help over the years and it is my hope they will help you as you embark on your 2013 odyssey.
In the meantime I’d like to share my daily ritual. I am not always successful but over the years it has become easier.
Rise each morning with the intention to recommit, refocus and surrender the old ways…set an intention to be mindful, aware and loving. At the end of each day reflect, forgive, be humble, persevere and be tolerant of ourselves and others.
I hope these two books will give you new perspective and insight into creating greater health, happiness and freedom.
It is a small book but packed with a healthy dose of very useful wisdom.
- Be impeccable with your word. (Our words have the power to create everything we desire and yet they can also destroy everything around us. Take responsibility for your actions, do not blame nor judge yourself. Speak the truth with kindness and love.)
- Don’t take anything personally. (It’s not about you!)
- Don’t make assumptions. (Clear communication is key. Ask questions, clarify your point and avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama.)
- Always do your best. (Recognize that each day, each minute is different. Avoid self judgement, self abuse and regret.)
There are plenty of free copies online as well as for purchase on Amazon. A parallel guide to the Sutra’s can be very helpful as each author interprets the verses a little differently. The essence of the Sutra’s is calming the mind through the practice of the eight limbs of yoga.
While neither of these books will describe or explain how to achieve a perfect forward fold or warrior II posture…each will guide your journey towards practicing your postures and asanas with joy, ease and understanding.
Here’s to nurturing 2013 along with some mindful reading and contemplation. Happy New Year!
|May 5, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Holistic Healers, Jean Hoiland||
Are you seeking Personal Enrichment and Transformation?
Has your practice plateaued?
Are you still struggling with external rotation of the femur in triangle pose?
Would you like to learn yoga in-depth in order to create your own home practice?
Do you find esoteric anatomy and our energy system intriguing?
How would you like to meet regularly with the same group of people over the course of six months to practice and study yoga?
Our Advance Studies/Teacher training program might be just what you are looking for. You do not have to aspire to teach to benefit from this 200 hour in depth training of yoga. A program like this will not only transform your practice but your outlook on life. It is intense, challenging and well worth the time and energy it requires.
If you are interested in receiving more information about our upcoming YTT program, please get in touch. I will send you the program guide.
|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.