YogiNest now offers gift certificates! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, exactly 4 days from now. Give the gift of Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation to someone you love. This is great for anyone who’s been wanting a little more relaxation in their life. Everyone’s welcome so treat your wife, girlfriend, or mom; husband, boyfriend, or dad; even a friend or co-worker. They can be used in our Los Angeles studio or online, no distance is too far. It’s calming, relaxing & great for our general well-being, give the gift of Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation today.
Introducing… The YogiNest Method™
I’m VERY excited about this. I’ve learned a lot over the last 5 years of teaching & one of those things is:
Physical Movement + Mindfulness Coaching = TRANSFORMATION!
Physical Movement on it’s own is wonderful. It makes your physical body feel great, builds strength & flexibility & you’ll feel less pain, headaches & stress. Mindfulness on it’s own is also wonderful. It teaches you how to live in the present moment, guides you towards a closer bond & stronger relationship with yourself, teaches you to forgive & move through old pain & changes your relationship with others & the world around you.
Physical movement & mindfulness coaching together is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The transformations I’ve witnessed from students practicing both yoga & mindfulness coaching are astounding. So I created The YogiNest Method™.
The YogiNest Method™ is: 1 part physical movement + 1 part mindfulness coaching
Students practicing this method with YogiNest will come no less than 1 time per week to practice yoga & no less than 1 time per week for mindfulness coaching. They go hand and hand. Yoga sessions start in silence, lying in Savasana, adding either a breathing exercise, mini-meditation, or body scan before moving the body. All movement is paired with breath. It’s gentle, nonjudgmental, freeing, strength building, relaxing & restorative. The overall goal is to move all tension, physical & mental, out of the body. Stress, energy, toxins & emotional/physical trauma can get stuck in the body, so it’s imperative that we move. This practice translates directly off the mat and into your daily routine. You’ll notice less physical pain, irritation, anxiety, depression, stress, headaches & digestive issues. You’ll sleep better and you’ll have more energy. You’ll feel happier, more productive, creative & motivated. In mindfulness coaching we’ll slowly work through your current stressors, goals, untreated trauma, any current struggles that are holding you back & more. You’ll be given exercises to help you work through your stressors, traumas & goals. Some of these exercises are; meditation, breathing techniques, very specific journaling assignments, coaching sessions with me & a plethora of mindfulness-based methods to help you become the best version of yourself.
THIS WORKS! I’ve seen it! I’ve experienced it in my own life. It’s powerful.
If you’d like to learn more you can read my blog posts titled: “Why Is Mindfulness So Important” & “Why Is Movement So Important.” We’re so excited to provide this new service to all of you.
ATTENTION NEW STUDENTS!!!
February is new student appreciation month at YogiNest! When you book your FIRST session between 2/1/20-2/29/20 you’ll receive 20% off a single session or one of the many package options we offer.
Curious why we chose February 1st instead of January 1st? Well I’ll tell you. Approximately 80% of all New Year’s resolutions are abandoned before January even ends! YogiNest knows how hard it can be to stick to your goals & commitments without an accountability partner, so let us help you pick up where you left off. We’re here to help you with tricky schedules & to inspire motivation and commitment to achieve all your yoga & mindfulness goals.
Let 2020 be the year you finally commit to yourself! We’ve got you!
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Humans are meant to move! It’s important for our mental & physical health.
Our ancestors moved a lot, but today we live mostly sedentary lives. We sit in cars & at desks, we sit on the couch & is scroll through our phones or binge one of the MANY streaming services we have at our fingertips…lots of sitting…and it’s horrible for our physical & mental health. According to the World Health Organization in 2017, physical inactivity was the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality.
Let’s take a look at some of the side effects of living a sedentary lifestyle:
Anxiety, cardiovascular disease, migraines, digestive issues, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, lipid disorders, obesity, osteoporosis, scoliosis, spinal disc herniation (low back pain). Physical inactivity may even increase the risks of certain cancers & can cause a decrease in skeletal muscle mass. This is only a small list!
Personally, I know when I’m more sedentary I feel; fatigued, irritable, stressed, depressed, anxious, aches & pains throughout my body, tension, stiffness, headaches, more emotional, less motivated & productive, insomnia, less creative, etc.
Stress, energy, toxins & emotional/physical trauma gets stuck in the body! So get unstuck & move your body!!! Of course I’d love it if ya’ll pulled out yoga mats right now & did a solid 60 min. session BUT yoga isn’t for everyone. What works is choosing a physical activity that is pleasing to you. Walk, bike, DO YOGA (wink, wink), pilates, swim, hike, CrossFit, weight train, etc. Find something you love & incorporate it into your schedule TODAY! You can even exercise at your desk, or invest in a standing desk & see how this positively affects your physical & mental health, concentration, productivity, creativity, etc.
According to the Center for Disease Control you should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of a more vigorous regimen weekly. Walking 10,000 steps a day (approx. 5 miles) is another great goal for improving health & reducing risks caused by inactivity. Pair this with mindfulness practices & breathing techniques & you’ll be in good shape, both physically & mentally.
When living with a chronic or terminal disease you have to talk about it a lot! I lived at the doctor’s office, I lived in hospitals, the dialogue was always about my disease. That eventually bled into all of my conversations with family, friends, people I had just met, etc. Two things happen, in my opinion, you get so used to talking about your disease that it just becomes natural to talk about it, and you become addicted. Just as someone gets addicted to a drug, or trauma, you become addicted to your “disease.” My disease, Lupus, became my crutch and excuse for everything, for all my problems. It was the reason I couldn’t do this or that, it was the reason I was a certain way, or acted a certain way…but it wasn’t. I was swimming in my own sorrow. Of course my disease is limiting, there truly were and are certain things I cannot do, but where did I draw the line… I didn’t.
Rest is SO SO SO important. If I could workout 7 days a week I would BUT because I am a good yogi I allow myself one down day per week (typically Sunday), and one restorative day per week (typically mid-week, like Wednesday). Listen to your body! It will always tell you what it needs, you just have to listen. If you’re body is telling you that you need to workout like a maniac 7 days a week, be the boss and tell it to simmer down. When we overwork anything it becomes worn out, our bodies are no different. It needs rest to be healthy and happy. If you don’t give yourself time to recover from anything (work, illness, exercise) you will get sick, your body will eventually call it quits. So take one day off during the week, and also take one day to practice restorative work. That being said, take a look below for some easy restorative yoga poses. Practice safe my friends ❤ Continue reading “Rest & Recover”