Kirtan Chanting AND festa de despedida !!!!

Sandy is excited to begin her 90 day journey to southern Brazil to work as an administrative assistant to Joseph LePage.  Join us for a chanting HAPPY HOUR with Mary St Onge and going away-party for Sandy! Let’s send her off with sounds of gratitude for the amazing experiences life has to offer.

kirtan Chant Workshop and going away party

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Reflections of a yoga therapist in training…by Patty Van Meter

Hi Yogi Friends, 

As some of you know I have just returned from California where I expanded my knowledge of Yoga and learned valuable tools to help you heal.  During my training I thought of each and every one of you who have supported me in my transition and I am so grateful for all of you and the journey we share.  Because you mean so much to me I wanted to share with you a little about my journey in the past year that you helped me to achieve.

Therapeutic yoga has provided a great support system for my health and has many more facets than some other styles of western-based yoga.  I believe Yoga therapy can help us all reach a deeper meaning to life and find balance through a healing, holistic practice including not only asana but meditation, pranayama, mantra and the very powerful yoga nidra.  This is why I chose to expand my knowledge and skills in this area of study.

Mount Madonna Center Watsonville CA I started my 500 hour yoga teacher training in October and completed in March at the beautiful Mount Madonna Institute in Watsonville, California.  The private educational center is located in the Santa Cruz mountains overlooking all of Monterey Bay.  I drank in the views every chance I had and met some amazing people while having the opportunity to study with and learn from many great yogis.  I expanded my knowledge in adapting and using yoga for healing in areas of chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, addiction and depression.

Perhaps more valuable than tools I was given was the experience of being immersed in this Patty the swingertraining and having the opportunity to move into the healing process that came from opening my awareness to the parts of me I had forgotten (or wanted to forget).  The deep dark spaces, the abyss, the vulnerable parts of me became free, and although I expected and resisted the side effects of expanding myself and moving into those caves, I found solace in the quiet aftermath.  A renewed wave of spirit and energy washed over me like crashing waves leaving me fresh and polished like an Amethyst crystal I have long identified with for protection and healing.

In this training I was able to experience a healing practice and observe the work within myself and will incorporate many of the tools of practice into my teaching style.  I can’t wait to share some of these great tools with you and welcome your feedback as we continue to grow together on this wonderful journey.  Thank you so much for your bountiful support and loving energy.

Namaste,  Patty 

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy

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Max Strom visits Ankeny March 21 and 22

Max Strom bookMax Strom is a teacher, speaker, author, and teacher trainer, and is known for profoundly inspiring and impacting the lives of his students for nearly two decades. Many of you know him from his inspiring book, A Life Worth Breathing, which is now published in six languages, and his recent book, There is No APP for Happiness.  Max was the original founder and director of Sacred Movement Center for Yoga and Healing in Los Angeles, one of the most influential yoga centers in America. In 2006, the increasing demand for his work beyond Los Angeles caused him to take his message and method to 10 countries across the globe each year…

…and he is coming to ANKENY, IOWA for three workshops this month.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet him in an intimate setting! Call your best friend and get this date on the calendar! Sign up online at Veldt Yoga or call 515.559.6098 (don’t forget to reserve your gourmet box lunch lovingly prepared by The Grateful Chef, Brandy Lueders)

2 Day Event (single workshop $55, weekend bundle $150) promo code YOGAIOWA gives you a $15 discount on the weekend bundle

A Life Worth Breathing March 21, 2014 6-8pm

Strength, Grace & Healing March 22, 2014 10am-12pm

The Healing Power of Forgiveness March 22, 2014 2-4pm

No yoga experience necessary. Come and experience the healing power of the breath!

 

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I have a psoas?

Yes, you most certainly do have a psoas muscle. It is a major muscle, deep within your core that functions like a giant strap to connect your torso (spine) to your legs…so it’s kind of a big deal! And did you know that the psoas is also connected to the diaphragm and is stretched and toned by the process of breathing. Watch this video by Kathryn Heagberg, to learn more about the psoas and how integral it is to strong posture, movement and healthy deep breath.

English: Anterior Hip Muscles

English: Anterior Hip Muscles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Alternatives to Traditional Pain Relievers

Working in a pharmacy, I have an up-close view of just how many people suffer physical and emotional pain daily. Narcotic pain relievers roll across the counter more often than most other categories of medication in America, and prescription drug abuse is epidemic.

But, there are alternatives to taking narcotics. Here’s just one option to try if you suffer from chronic or acute pain. The products are available from Young Living Oils and other fine therapeutic grade essential oil suppliers.

ylo morphine bomb

Consider therapeutic yoga as another option for relief from chronic pain. Contact info@balanceyogalounge.com for information on scheduling a free consultation to assess whether therapeutic yoga may contribute to reducing chronic pain of any origin.

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Food vs Medicine…or…Food IS Medicine

Which is it? Our enthusiasm for convenience has resulted in a standard diet that is nearly void of real food. Allopathic physicians are starting  to realize the deep connection between a healthy body and a healthy diet…or was this truth available for centuries?

let food be medicine

 

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What’s your mantra for 2014?

Last year my mantra was, “I choose happiness.” It was the first time I had consciously chosen words to live by for any length of time; and I have to admit, I used it often.  My year was event-filled and encompassed all the highs and lows of an amusement park roller coaster ride…and I’ll bet yours felt the same way.

This year I’ve chosen a new mantra that feels really good for me, “I inhale trust and exhale fear.” Like most of us, I tend to get in my own way most of the time, immobilized by fear and the dreaded, “but what if?”

If you are still searching for a few good words to guide you through the labyrinth of your life, here are 5 Power Mantras to Get You Through Any Tough Time.

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Learning to love…ourselves

ist1_2680680_perfect_balance“Once upon a time, a fellow teacher guided me through a “What’s Great About Me” process. It’s one of my favorite interventions. Most of us understand what’s wrong with us. When I ask people what’s not working, they hardly ever say, “I don’t know.” When I ask people what needs to change, they have a laundry list of ideas.

However, when I say, “OK, you’ve told me a lot about how you’re overweight and stressed out and anxious and everything, now what I want to know is: what’s great about you?” people fall off their mats. They literally roll off the mat and cover their eyes in an attempt to blind themselves from their own light.”

How to Break Free From Insecurity and Discover Your Gifts. Most of us can recite a list of things we need to work on inside ourselves. And as this article points out, letting go of what needs “fixing,” can be the key to unwrapping your deepest gifts! Forget about making New Year Resolutions…celebrate the best in you and let it shine brightly in 2014 :)

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What if everything we believed about “working out” was wrong?

skeleton small biteWhich is stronger? properly aligned bones, or toned muscles? This video might change everything you’ve learned about keeping fit and strong…

Bone Deep Strength

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Winter Solstice Yoga December 22

holiday meditation graphicSunday December 22   6:45 pm

“Let us invite our hearts to be glad for the courage winter proclaims. Let us be grateful for the wisdom winter brings in teaching us about the need for withdrawal as an essential part of renewal. Let us also encourage our spirits as Earth prepares to come forth from this time of withdrawal into a season filled with light.”        ~ The Circle of Life by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr.

Join us for a very special Winter Solstice Kundalini practice at Balance Yoga Lounge! We will be experiencing the silence and beauty that is deep winter, meditating to relieve stress, sending gratitude and hope to the world. Beginners welcome and hot yogi tea will be served!

pre-register online for Kundalini Yoga Sunday December 22 @6:45pm to attend             walk-ins welcome

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How much sleep does your body need?

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In a culture that values doing over being, its not surprising that bragging about how little sleep we get is common. Lack of adequate sleep over time becomes a big problem for the immune system, as the Huffington Post shares in this article discussing Sleep’s Effect on Your Immune System. During this busy time of year, it’s even more important we get quality sleep to keep our heads clear and rational.

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Holiday Delights from the Kitchen

Holiday eating…here we go again! The anticipation is likely the best part, because after the second bite (whether its savory or sweet) my inside voices are already asking, “what were you thinking?” And the end result is a body that feels sluggish and swollen.

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Looking for some light, delicious additions to your daily meals or a new treat to share at holiday gatherings? here are some suggestions to get you started.

Red Pepper Crab Soup (using Vitamix blender)

Simple Tortilla Soup (using Vitamix blender)

Chicken Florentine from the Kripalu Kitchen

Raw Vegan Matcha Slice w/Cacao Topping

Maple Walnut Scones from the Kripalu Kitchen

Organic Vegan Chocolate Brownies from the Kripalu Kitchen

visit the Kripalu Kitchen online recipe database, or visit Sheree Clark’s website, “Fork in the Road,” for more healthy holiday eating. Bon Appetit :)

 

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This holiday season, give to yourself. Forgive and begin to live.

Breaking daily routines to spend time with family and friends can sometimes open old wounds and stir up buried emotions. Once every year we gather and repeat traditions that are sometimes older than we are! It can be a time of joy, or lingering sadness. Anchor your mind in the present, let go of expectations and find some time to contemplate letting go of any frustration or anger you hold toward others. Forgiveness is a spiritual practice with measureable rewards. Resolve to allow yourself the gift of freedom this holiday season.

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Holiday Stress is a Choice…

Santa reindeer yoga

Here we are again…facing 6 weeks of holiday baking, shopping, decorating and socializing. Balancing the commodities of time and money like no other time of year!

Do you get excited for the holidays? or cringe with fear? It doesn’t matter if the rest of  calendar year you are the one who gets stuff done, or the one who procrastinates until the final second; the holidays can strike fear in all personality types. This year, keep the traditions that carry true meaning and vow to cross one entry off of your holiday list (or simplify the task) each week from today to January 1, 2014. Need more convincing? Research indicates that doing nothing can actually lead to better health…and what an easy first step to increasing happiness?

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Natural Support for Anxiety and Stress?

I work in a local retail pharmacy a few days each week, and sometimes even I am surprised by the sheer number of prescriptions we fill for conditions related to stress. Ten years ago, the majority of those using prescription medication to control the symptoms of anxiety and depression were a bit older- had been subjected to daily stress for decades and just simply needed support. Today, we dispense monthly prescriptions for ALL ages from children to teens to young adults…and all the way to residents of skilled nursing facilities in their 80′s and 90′s. Stress has become a way of living for Americans, but are medications the only answer? NO!

Follow this link to read about alternative methods for controlling your body/mind response to the stress of daily living. And, don’t forget the therapy your mat has to offer through your yoga practice!

While magnesium supplementation is a great way to manage stress, don’t forget that it contributes to loose stools in many patients- so forget the typical “more is better” theory and dose conservatively. Or better yet, get creative in the kitchen and try your hand at making your own magnesium body butter (treat dry skin AND anxiety with one simple application after your shower :)

 

Magnesium Body Butter (from Wellness Mama)

½ cup magnesium
flakes + 3T boiling water (I ordered mine from Amazon)

¼ cup unrefined
coconut oil

2T beeswax
pastilles

3T shea butter

1. Pour 3T boiling water in to the magnesium flakes and stir until flakes dissolve. Set aside to cool.

2. using doubleboiler or very gentle heat, combine coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. When melted let mixture cool until slightly opaque. Scrape into a medium sized bowl
and using immersion blender (stick blender) blend at medium speed while slowly
adding magnesium until well mixed.

3. Place in refrigerator for 15min and then re-blend to achieve body butter consistency. Store at room temp or refrigerated for up to two months.

 


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