Posts Tagged by yoga
|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.
|September 22, 2011||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Anatomy, Jean Hoiland||
Hip, back, shoulder and groin pain are common complaints yoga teachers hear from students. As instructors working with a group of individuals we do our best to accommodate and adapt the practice to those attending: and we truly believe yoga is a wonderful practice for keeping us calm, fit and youthful. The problem is far too many people take up yoga at the advice of a doctor or chiropractor or when the pain has gotten so great you are willing to try anything. Not only do you wait until there is clear and present danger you may wait to show up only minutes prior to the start of class expecting yoga to be your miracle cure.
Years of poor posture, bad alignment and unhealthy habits can certainly be corrected through yoga. What many fail to realize or commit to is that there needs to be consistency and routine. Showing up once every few weeks while great, we would like to see you be as dedicated to your own health as we are as teachers in helping you.
Yoga is meant to be therapeutic and customized for the individual. Not all poses should be practiced by all students. For instance if you are someone who is already super flexible with joints bending in the opposite direction of everyone else in class, I got news for you, you do not need to become more flexible. Strength should be your focus and yoga taught by a skilled instructor can create functional strength while maintaining your flexibility. Stabilizing the joints is extremely important in order to avoid injury.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is “I can’t take yoga cause I’m not flexible”. What did that person just say, are you kidding me. It’s true, I have heard that more times than I care to count. If you can barely bend over to tie your shoes then you need a few specific stretches to help alleviate that stiffness.
A private session can really help improve your practice, posture and address your individual aches and pains. A personalized practice can be created for you by an experienced instructor. It doesn’t take as many sessions as you think and in 10 minutes key exercises if done regularly can greatly improve your recovery from injury or degenerative disease.
Give it some thought. I am happy to meet with you. My hours for private instruction are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6:00-9:00am
Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00amd and 1:00pm.
Jean Hoiland RYT200
|September 6, 2011||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Updates||
October 2010 I signed the lease on our current location…a 58oo square foot 100 year old building. Shortly after taking possession I had an anxiety attack. The amount of work was overwhelming, and renovations were 100% my responsibility. As with just about all the commercial spaces in town owners want you to take the building in “as is” condition. Most of the doors were missing (12 new doors gets pretty expensive), there were huge gaps around windows, the carpet was ancient and filthy, one bathroom was completely non-functioning and I had no idea how to tackle the job, who would help or how far my money would stretch.
I had a dream, however, of forming a healing arts collective and this building was ideally suited…eventually… of being home to yoga, retail, massage therapist, artist and other professionals. Sometimes our dreams can blind us to realty. The pictures below represent a small portion of the realty I faced after the excitement wore off.
Did I mention that during all of this I was in the middle of an interstate custody dispute traveling back and forth to California? Half way through the renovation my father went into the hospital passing a few days after Christmas. The day after my father’s death the valve on the cities water main broke and they had to shut off water to the building, delaying our opening a week.
It was a slow recovery after all that and we were only able to renovate about half of the upstairs, but what we were able to accomplish turned out beautiful. I hope you will come by and check it out.
I am so grateful for all of the help I have gotten over the last year and the leap of faith it has taken me to hold space for yoga in Enumclaw. It has not been a lucrative endeavor and not long ago while at a seminar in Bellevue people literally laughed out loud when they learned I had a Yoga Studio in Enumclaw.
…but I am committed to continue holding this beautiful space and sharing the practice of yoga. It might take longer than planned but I am determined to transform 1749 Cole Street into a thriving community of yogis and yoginis sharing laughter, conversation and quiet through yoga meditation and other healing modalities with some art, music and good food added to the mix..eventually.
Help us continue moving forward with our renovations by purchasing a membership or class package. We will gladly accept financial donations too (secure Paypal button below). While we are not a 501 non-profit…I can, however, assure you no part of this venture has been profitable to date. So far it is a labor of love and passion for sharing yoga. With your help it could become a venture that offers jobs and employment, business opportunities and most important a sanctuary from this sometimes crazy society we live in.
founder, friend and fellow yogini