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Detoxification For The New Year

Detoxification For The New Year

Detoxify Through Yoga, Getting Your Body In Top Condition The first few weeks of the new year are over, but a very promising 2017 lies ahead of us! If you’re like millions of people who enjoy making New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you have resolved to make this year a great one in terms of health, and how you care for yourself. In this article, not only will we discuss ways to get your body in motion by means of yoga (which also serves as an excellent way of keeping your stress at a manageable level), we will give you some tips and tricks to detoxify that you can use to get yourself feeling fantastic in no time! The body is always working hard to detoxify itself to function at its highest level. Your skin, and several organs, work together to clear your body of waste and other harmful substances. You can help yourself detoxify naturally by way of drinks, detox tea, and other means, such as exercise. Getting at least one hour of exercise per day is ideal for someone working to detoxify their body. What about beyond yoga? Detoxifying drinks is another way to cleanse and purify. Detox water might be the perfect answer, and don’t be intimidated by how that may sound – this water can be made from the comfort of your own home. Check out this recipe for a delicious drink you can sip on throughout the day to help you detoxify: 1. Enough water to fill a mason jar 2. Two apples, sliced to fit inside jar (skin left on) 3. One food grade...
Detox Yoga

Detox Yoga

The holidays are an amazing opportunity to spend time with friends and family. The only downside of these joyous festivities can be the tendency to overindulge. Processed food, sugar and alcohol over the holiday season can result in feeling fatigued and unbalanced. Yoga can have many powerful effects, including the ability to detoxify. A detox yoga practice can benefit health and wellness by leaving one feeling clean, refreshed and energized. Here are a few techniques for your next yoga sequence to see the benefits of detox yoga. 1.) Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath) Bhastrika pranayama or bellows breath has many benefits including the ability to promote detoxification. This powerful breath technique has the ability to purify physically and spiritually. Although detox yoga is important for the physical body, the cleansing aspects it can have on a deeper level should never be underestimated. How to perform bhastrika 2.) Uddiyana Bandha (The abdominal lock) While uddiyana bandha contibutes to a detox yoga practice, it also improves blood circulation to the abdomen. The increase in gastric fire promotes digestion and elimination to further contribute to the detoxification process. How to practice Uddiyana Bandha 3.) Twists The asana (or pose) portion of detox yoga is to include twists in your sequencing. Twists compress the body’s organs to help remove wastes and toxins. Think of it like wringing out an old sponge – the body has a similar ability to rid itself of what it no longer needs with a bit of twisting.   These three yogic cleansing methods can make a great addition to any morning routine. Using these detox yoga techniques during your...
The Global Yoga Experience

The Global Yoga Experience

You may be asking yourself what the global yoga experience really means. Global yoga has a few definitions but for our case in Whistler, it’s quite unique. Most of the time, global yoga refers to a retreat, teacher training, or practicing yoga while travelling. For us in Whistler, global yoga takes on a whole new meaning since most of our community is from around the world. We are very lucky to have a community of people who live here, along with people visiting from around the globe. Having such a diverse population is part of what makes Whistler so special. When it comes to the global yoga community, Whistler is no exception. In a yoga class, the yogi sitting next to you may give you advice on your next trip overseas, or you could meet a new travel buddy while sipping tea before practice. Practicing global yoga does not mean you have to leave the Whistler community, if you simply have a passion for yoga, travel and community then that can elevate your experience to a global level. What makes the global yoga experience in Whistler so unique? As a yoga teacher – There are few opportunities to teach so many students from different parts of the world, for that we are truly blessed – Language barriers? No problem! Yoga is accessible to everyone and we always look for unique ways to teach to everyone, including anyone who doesn’t have English as a first language. As yoga teachers, we love a challenge! As a student – The opportunity to see how yoga is different in other parts of the...
The Importance of Small Yoga Classes

The Importance of Small Yoga Classes

It is only in recent history that public classes have been popularized and relevant in yoga. Many of the traditional teachings were translated orally from teacher to student. Notice the wording there – teacher to student. The recent phenomenon of public classes are a long stretch from the private teachings of previous traditions; however, there are still many benefits in taking public yoga classes. The important difference to realize is the significance of small yoga classes. 1.) Personal attention In previous traditions, a one-on-one experience guaranteed that the practice was developed for the student. In small yoga classes this attention can still be given and evenly distributed to all students. In a class with 20+ people you will simply not be able to ensure quality or safety for all individuals. 2.) Community In larger classes it’s nearly impossible to get to know other students, let alone your own teacher. Small yoga classes ensure you have the opportunity to have personal attention while getting to know your teacher. This also allows you to bring up questions and concerns about your practice without having to put your name on a waitlist. 3.) Knowing their priorities Many studios trade the benefits of small yoga classes to create income. If a studio has small yoga classes, they are willing to give up profits in exchange for student well-being. In the yoga community, I think there is something to be said when you are willing to maintain your integrity to create a quality yoga experience for students. In modern yoga, it’s often we get lost in a crowd. Choosing the right space for your...
Small Business Tips from a Yogi

Small Business Tips from a Yogi

By Emily Kane – Yoga Teacher and Studio Owner I get asked a lot of questions about business practices when it comes to yoga and owning a studio. The task of “being your own boss” and doing what you love is amazing but it can be very daunting if it’s new to you. Creating a successful business can be tough, especially in the first phases but there are ways to make the transition more easeful. Here are a few business tips to get you going in the right direction regardless of what industry you plan to take on. Have a Plan Creating a plan will make sure you are following the guidelines needed to have a successful business. This includes creating a detailed business plan that breaks down your expenses and realistically reflects revenue based on your price points. Setting realistic goals will help you keep your doors open during slower periods and encourage effective budgeting. Guide to write a business plan for more information and tips on planning Create a Clear Message What is it that sets you apart from the rest? How are your offerings unique? Playing up these key points will get you noticed in your community. Realize that as you build your business you’re creating a brand, therefore you want it to be clear how that brand is received by your clients. Marketing and Networking This is probably the most important one of all. “Word of Mouth” is not a marketing strategy – although it’s great, it is simply not enough to effectively grow your business. Figure out ways to get clients to find you...
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