|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!
|August 29, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Anatomy, Jean Hoiland||
Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles (specifically the rectus abdominus or 6 pack muscles). It is caused most often by:
- Weight gain in the abdominal area
- Growing uterus during pregnancy
- Doing abdominal exercises incorrectly – NO MORE CRUNCHES!
If the issue is not addressed it can lead to back pain. It occurs equally among men and women. For women it is usually known as the “mummy tummy” and for men “guy gut” or “beer belly”.
Our abdominal muscles serve several purposes. They support the spine and our posture and they hold our internal organs.
Desiring a flat toned belly is not such a vain thing after all. There are definite benefits to getting rid of the bulge. Closing the gap in the 6 pack takes more than one session. It can take up to 16 weeks, but you can start feeling results within 2-4 weeks. If you have a severe diastasis you may need one on one help developing a home practice, make sure and find a knowledgeable instructor to help you.
It’s time to get off your butts and bust a gut instead. It is essential to learn proper technique when doing abdominal work so as not to cause or exasperate the issue. Correct technique will properly flatten your belly and trim your waistline while strengthening the hips and stabilizing the pelvis.
I recommend The Postpartum Abdomen Support from Scott Specialties. It is available at Amazon and reasonably priced under $25. There are many other abdomen support belts for both men and women. If you have a touchy back you might want to consider getting one and learning some proper core strengthening exercises.
It’s easy to check for diastasis recti. Here’s how:
- Lie on your back with your feet on floor and knees up
- Bring your knees above your hips and then curl/crunch up
- If you see a pronounced ridge that runs from pubic bone to sternum the length of your belly you likely have it.
Now what are you going to do about it? Well if you are motivated and can follow instructions you may have good success by ordering the Abmat on Amazon…and there is always the “Restore your Core” class Monday morning at 9:30am and Tuesday evening at 6:00pm at Intent Yoga.
|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||
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.
|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