Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Namaste, friends!

2014 has come and is almost gone. This year was a beautiful yet challenging one for me. A lot of monumental things took place for me in 2014:

The birth of a new Niece
Completing Yoga Teacher Training
Starting up my own Yoga business
Planning a wedding for 2015
My workplace had to close it's doors

This year had it's peaks and valleys, but I am grateful for everyday of it. There was growth, laughter, tears, breakdowns and breakthroughs. Every year comes with it's challenges but know that it will always pass. A favourite quote of mine is: "If you can't change the circumstance, change your perspective."- Unknown. At times, we cannot control the things that happen to us, but we can change how we respond to it. Embrace what comes and let it move through you.

My favourite thing to do when entering a New Year is journal. I write a gratitude list for 2014, and I write down any nagging or not so positive thoughts that may be lingering; Then I turn the page. A fresh, new canvas. A restart button. On this page, I write my intentions for 2015. This year, because I am now a business owner, I decided to do 2 lists. One personal and one business related.

In 2015, my yearly mantra is to be present. I am Here. To live in the only moment we are promised: The now. In 2014, I focused and put too much energy into the future. I tried to create or control things that haven't even occurred yet. Not this year! I will be more mindful and live presently.

This year, I will be ringing in the New Year at home. My fiance and I will share a glass of champagne together and savour the moment while we welcome another year.

How are you ringing in the New Year? And do you have any intentions for 2015?

"Change is inevitable. Growth is intentional."- Glenda Cloud



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Do You Make New Year's Resolutions?

Namaste, Yogis!

As we are nearing the end of 2014, I am reflecting back on my year. The ups, the downs, and everything in between. How far I have come, and places I still want to go; Both physically, mentally and emotionally. I reflect on new relationships made and relationships lost. I find it important to reflect on both the positive changes that have occurred in your life, and the not so positive things. They all play an important part in our life.

With this reflection, comes my intention for 2015. Over the last 2 years, I have given up on "Resolutions". I find they have a negative backdrop to them. If we don't succeed with our Resolution, then comes this heavy feeling of failure. They seem so concrete, so black and white. They don't leave room for any play, curiosity or heck, even mistakes. If one sets a goal to lose weight, and then doesn't accomplish that goal, then you are left with this feeling of failure and that doesn't make you feel very good, does it? You already feel down for not making your goal, and now you are considering yourself a failure. What does this accomplish, other than negativity in your life. We want to eliminate the suffering in our lives, not add to it.

 I've come to find setting intentions for my new year much more satisfying for the soul. Instead of setting one big intention for the whole year, I will focus on an intention for each month. It may be a mantra, a phrase, or even just one word.

My January, 2015 Mantra is: To stay grounded, stay strong.

I am learning the ropes right now as a new business owner. There were a lot of things I said Yes to in 2014 even though I didn't feel passionate or connected to whatever it was at the moment. I often fall into the "People Pleaser" mode. And although I always want to leave a positive impression, that doesn't mean that I should forego what I believe in. In January, I will stay grounded, and stay strong in what I believe in. I will only agree to projects and ventures that I feel good about, rather than just saying Yes to be a people pleaser.

For January, I am also introducing the word 'Playful' into my life. Again, this comes hand in hand with me being a new business owner. Why does everything have to be so strict? I am setting an intention for myself in January to be more playful with my business and life. Playful, yet smart. I will seek out new ventures outside of my comfort zone. I want to experience something different. Something outside of the business norm!

If you wish to lose a few pounds, I find the word health, or self love more gratifying then telling yourself that you need to lose weight. Health and/or self love will nurture your soul. Everything starts on how we feel on the inside <3

If you wish to save more money in 2015, perhaps starting a gratitude journal may be a lovely way to begin. We seem to take for granted how rich we really are. A supportive family, great friends, a roof over our heads, etc. This exercise may put things in perspective for you, and may encourage your to deal with your money more mindfully.

What intentions, mantras, words, etc. will you be incorporating in your life in 2015? Be open hearted, take your arms out wide and welcome 2015 with open arms. Be curious, playful. Let go, stay grounded. Adjust your sails. Do things that will make you happy and that will contribute to you being your very best self!


I am wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a happy, healthy New Year!






Monday, December 1, 2014

Finding Steadiness and Ease During the Holidays

♪ It's the most wonderful time of the year.....♫

Yes, this time of the year is a wonderful time. You get to spend time with family; Some you haven't seen since last holiday. You get to attend lovely events and parties BUT it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year...Funny they didn't make that a song!

You're making a list, and checking it twice...Only this list isn't to see who is naughty or nice. The To-Do lists won't stop growing and the calender keeps filling up. You can feel your fuel running low, and soon this favourite holiday turns into a not-so-favourite holiday.

In Pantanjali's Yoga Sutra we learn about Steadiness(Sthira) and Ease(Sukha). In Asana(Postures) we should always practice Sthira and Sukha. Sthira(Steadiness) to hold steady; Mind, body and soul. Sukha(Ease) to be in that "good space"; That space of comfort in a posture. When you are in perfect alignment and your bones and joints are free from any strain, you are physically and mentally in a "good space".

It's beneficial to live Sthira and Sukha in your daily life. That point of being balanced/steady and at ease. Things may be challenging(just like a Yoga posture) but practicing Sthira and Sukha can bring you back into that "Good space" And you'll be able to take the blinders off of the small stresses this holiday can bring, and focus on the joy and happiness it brings!

How to find that joy and balance during this holiday season? Well, here are some suggestions:

Lose expectations: In Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras we learn about the Yamas and Niyamas. The Yama Aparigraha translates to Non-Attachment It is easy to get so caught up in how things should turn out. How the outcome of something should be. These expectations can take away from us experiencing the real joy of the situation. You'll be attached to the outcome and when it doesn't go the way you expected then that takes away from your joy. Take a breath and let it go. Drop the expectations and just let things be as they are. 

Give time to yourself: How can you fully enjoy this wonderful time of the year if you are running on empty and juggling a dozen things a minute? You can't. Take time for yourself. And let go of the to-do list. Don't think about what you should be doing when you are trying to relax and give back to yourself. Just take a breather and refuel your tank. Reboot!
  • Practice Savasana every day Or take an extra long Savasana at the end of your practice
  • Meditate
  • Practice Yoga
  • Read a Book
  • Take a Hot Bath
  • Have a Hot cup of tea, hot chocolate, coffee, whiskey, etc
  • Cuddle(with your kids, loved ones, dogs, cats, blanket, teddy bear, all of the above!)
  • Move around(dance, go for a walk, a run, etc)
No matter how you like to enjoy your down time, just do it. Take that down time for yourself

Ask for Help: It's okay, you don't have to do all this on your own! You are allowed to ask for help. 
  • Ask a friend or family member if they can watch the kids while you take that down time, or run some errands, Christmas shop, etc. 
  • Host a potluck style brunch or dinner instead of tackling the whole shebang on your own. 
Be Kind to Yourself: This may sound crazy but you are not obligated to do anything you don't want to do. Don't feel you have to attend every function you are invited to. Be kind to yourself! If you rather turn on Netflix and make clothes optional, then do it! This is your holiday, too.

Gratitude Journal: This was something introduced to me during Yoga Teacher Training and I have kept it up since. It has been life changing. As often as you can(I write every night in bed) jot down everything you are grateful for. Sometimes it may be 10 things, other times it may just be one. You may write down that you are grateful for your kids, family and the roof over your head, and one day it might just be that you didn't flip off that driver that cut you off or that you didn't engage in your co-workers argument. Every bit counts!

Reflection/What Does this Time Mean to You: Journal or just think about what this time means to you. What is it that is truly important to you during the holidays? I doubt it's fighting long lines and cranky sales associates while Christmas shopping. It's probably snuggling under a blanket during the snowy nights, gathering with family or friends, sitting by the fire listening to your favourite songs, baking cookies with your loved ones...Whatever the reason may be, reflect on it. 

Live in the Moment: This time can get busy but don't let all that busyness cause the time to fly right by you.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Revitalize Your Life 2 Hour Workshop

For so many the Holiday season can be chaotic! Getting all the shopping done, keeping up with family obligations, events and just trying to juggle it all! By the end of it all you are worn out and exhausted. Make the New Year the YOU year. Take some very important time for yourself this year. If you are clear-headed, rested and relaxed then you will be more present and mindful in your daily life.

Join Cathy Benjamin, a certified Yoga instructor, and Krista Harrison, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Certified Reflexologist for this WOMEN'S ONLY 2 hour workshop. We'll fill your mental toolbox with everything you need to start living a happier, healthier and more mindful life! Meditation, yoga and guidance on healthy foods choices for your mental, emotional and physical health!

Where: Queen Street Yoga (44 Queen St S, Kitchener)
When: Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 1:30-3:45
Cost: $45 per Person

For more information: Contact Cathy at:
yogaalterego@gmail.com or visit: www.alteregoyoga.com
or www.kristaharrison.com
https://www.facebook.com/alteregoyoga

Register by December 22nd and receive a complimentary reflexology treatment!!

PERFECT FOR A CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Space is limited. Secure your spot today! Registration ends: January 12th,2015

Open for all levels of Yoga experience. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned Yogi!

Monday, November 24, 2014

I taught Yoga to 400 Kids Last Week...My Experience

As a still fairly new Yoga Instructor I am experiencing a lot of "Firsts". My first workshop, my first corporate event, etc. Well, last week marked a very giant first for me: I taught Yoga to 400 Students in Grade 7 and 8. To say I was nervous would be an understatement! The classes would go over the course of 2 full days, 60 kids per class. To know that at the end of the second day 400 students would have been taught by me was a little intimidating! Kids are lovely, creative and open-minded beings...And very honest! For many students, this would have been their very first experience with Yoga. 

How did it go?

Teaching to those kids was one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life. Not just the best Yoga experience, but one of the best experiences I've ever had. The energy that radiated every class from these students was contagious. The welcomed me with open arms and a huge eagerness to learn and practice Yoga. Their excitement to learn Yoga made me giddy with happiness. We did Yoga(and they all did AMAZING), we laughed and we got silly. Our peak pose for every class was Crow Pose and seeing these students spreading their wings and take flight filled me with pride. They had courage and faith in themselves and as a teacher, that is all that I could have asked for. 

I was shocked and flattered when I was bombarded by students after every class to sign autographs and to share some tips and advice so they can practice Yoga at home. These children made me feel like a Rock star when they were the true superstars. 

This was an epic "First"! One that will stay with me for the rest of my life. All 400 of those kids earned a special place in my heart. Their willingness to learn and their open-hearts and minds was truly inspiring and by the end of Day 2, they were the ones that were teaching me!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What is an Intention?

You will be asked in most Yoga classes to "Set an intention" for your practice. What does this mean to you? For some, you may be wondering what the heck an intention is. Well, let me do some explaining:

To me, Yoga is about living a more mindful life. To move with purpose on and off the mat. My "intention" changes from day to day(sometimes by the hour). You never know what life can throw at you, so having an aspiration to guide me has often been a life savor.

An intention is something that is personal to you. We have goals in life, but what drives these goals? Something much deeper. If you wish to write or Paint on a canvas, what drives that thought? To express yourself. To be creative. That main goal to write a book or Paint, comes from a little seedling that is telling you more. This seedling wants you to open up and express yourself. That seedling is there to guide you to reach your goal. That, to me, is what an intention is. An aspiration. Something to guide me to my main goal: To life mindfully and purposefully. 

An intention can be a phrase, a word, a quote...Anything! There is no right or wrong way to set your intention in your practice. Your intention is something that will guide you not only through your Yoga practice but off the mat as well, into your daily life. 

Here are some examples that you are welcome to use anytime!

Gratitude: During all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we can sometimes lose track of what is most important in our lives. Be grateful for YOU. For the things you have in your life. For everything that contributes to your happiness. Be grateful.

Breathe: Again, sometimes we just need to breathe. Whether a posture is challenging us, or life is challenging us. Just breath, Give yourself that time to just be. And give yourself time to metabolize what is going on. 

Forgiveness: Forgive. This can be challenging depending on the scenario but think about the good that it will do you. To let go of whatever is clinging to you. Forgive, let go and move on.

Ahimsa: The first Yama in the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Ahimsa translates to non-harming or non-violence. Compassion to yourself and to others. We can be so hard on ourselves; Harsh words, negative criticism, self-sabotage, etc. We can also be very hard on others as well. Practice Ahimsa. Be kind to yourself and to others around you. There is a quote from Buddha:

“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings… As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”
This quote speaks volumes to me. If we are always putting ourselves down, always negative towards ourselves and others. If we are always limiting our self worth and potential, well then eventually we will start believing that we aren't valuable.  Put those negative thoughts to bed. Start believing in yourself!

Strength: Whatever life throws at us; Be it on the Yoga mat(I'm talking to you headstands!) or in our daily lives, sometimes we need to call upon our strength. Reminding ourselves that we are strong and vibrant can do wonders on our mat and off the mat.

I hope this post helps you! I hope I have explained in clarity what an intentions purpose is. An intention can be called about any time of the day. It is there to guide you! <3

Namaste!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Just Be

How often do you take time to observe the world around you? To actually open your eyes and listen to everything that is happening around you?

When you are outdoors taking a walk or going for a run, do you have your headphones in? Are you oblivious to your surroundings? Did you notice that beautiful goose flapping it's wings in the water, playing in the pond? Can you hear the crunch of the fall leaves beneath your feet? Do you smell that crisp Autumn air that is a mix of morning dew and burning fireplaces? That bug that zipped by your ear, was it an annoying interruption or a friendly reminder of the different lives and species that live all around you.

Some of my best moments, thoughts and self observations have come from these beautiful little details. The squirrel jetting in front of me, racing to get that acorn before any other squirrel. The chirping birds singing their morning songs, sounding as if they don't have a care in the world. I have learned to take out those headphones anytime I decide to go for a walk. My cellphone(if I even have it with me) will never be pulled out during these moments of solitude. During these moments of observing the beautiful world that I live in. Too often, we see on the news the ugliness that the world can hold. It scares us. It makes us angry. But really, we have so much beauty around us that can put everything back into perspective. A simple step out the front door and deep breath in can change the darkest day for me. I am alive. Today is a new, fresh day. A rebirth. Whatever happened yesterday is no longer. Let it go. Don't let something that happened in your past, imprint onto your future. Every day is a new day.

So I challenge you, just for today: Go outside for a few moments. Leave any distractions behind. Take those moments to listen to the world around you. Breath in the fresh air, listen to the birds chirping or the dog barking or anything else going on around you. How do you feel?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

When in doubt, Savasana

I like to think of myself as an organized, balanced individual. I love 'To-Do' lists. I love a schedule or daily itinerary. I like to know what is ahead of me before my day begins. But we all know that not everything goes as planned. There will be things that will pop up in a day that you didn't except. Suddenly, you are left juggling commitments, and at times be left completely frazzled. That 60 minute slot I left for myself in the afternoon for my Yoga practice is now filled in with something else demanding my attention. But how can I be fully present and responsible for a task when my head isn't in the game? When all I really need is just a few moments to ground, recharge and just be.  I may not have the 60 minutes anymore for my Yoga practice that day, but I know that I can fit in at least 5 minutes to find a quite space, close my eyes (maybe even put on some soft music) and just listen to my breath. Allow myself to be still. I owe that to myself. Nothing is more important than my well being. And I can't tackle my day if I am feeling run down or overwhelmed. It never fails that after that 5 minutes I am ready to restart my day with a fresh view and clear mind.

Next time you find yourself being bogged down, slip into a quiet corner or room or someplace where you can just give yourself a few moments; Even if this means going into the bathroom and locking the door. Go somewhere where you can close your eyes, listen to your breath, and give yourself a few moments of stillness.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beyond the Pose


I hear countless times: "I would love to try Yoga but I'm not flexible enough". And yes, with some of the photos you see floating around on Social Media of beautiful women, bending themselves into some advanced(and beautiful) postures, it's hard to break the cycle of not having to be flexible to do yoga. If you have a body, you can do Yoga. If you can breath then you can do Yoga. Yoga is a journey. Whether you are first starting out strictly for the physical perks of yoga(the very popular "Yoga butt"). You are on a journey to becoming the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. 

Stepping onto the mat, you are surrendering yourself. You are taking the time to breath, move and release. It's a moving meditation. You will feel yourself getting stronger, but the real work is what is going on in the inside of your body. You are moving and breathing, you are releasing endorphins that will make you happier, you are stretching which will release tension in your muscles and joints. The Breathing Techniques will release stress, anxiety and even aid depression. That chaotic day you had at work will most likely become a distant memory after your practice. Or perhaps that argument you had with your friend, spouse or loved one will have you looking at things with a different perspective. Maybe you'll even learn to let go of everything that doesn't serve you positively. You'll learn to let go of that hard work day once it's over. Maybe you'll learn to not react to that driver that cut you off.  Yoga goes far beyond the pose. What you are learning on the mat: Following the breath, listening to the body, observing; That will eventually transcend off the mat into your daily life.

Yoga does not discriminate against age, weight or flexibility. Yoga has an open heart that will welcome anyone with open arms who wants to take their first step to discovering their best selves.

Yoga is the journey of the self,

through the self,
 to the self. – The Bhagavad Gita.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gratitude and Yoga

Happy Thanksgiving, Yogis!

Gratitude and Yoga are a perfect marriage. Every day on my mat I am reminded of what my able body can do. I give thanks to myself for coming to the mat. I thank my body for what it can do. Every night before bed I write a gratitude list. This list contains everything from my health, the roof over my head, the well being of my friends and family right down to being thankful for a song. This was a practice that my YTT instructor has us do during our training. And it has stuck with me ever since!

Practicing gratitude has been a therapeutic journey. There are days that I feel like everything has gone wrong and when I prepare to write my gratitude list I am humbled by how much I took for granted that day. I have my heath, I have a beautiful fiance that supports me, I have a warm bed to go to at night and I have a roof over my head. I never paid much attention to those things in the past but thankfully I am more aware of those beautiful little things every single day.

Thanksgiving is also a time of reflection. A time to look back on everything I have done this year and thank myself for taking all the steps to better my mind, body and soul.

Why save gratitude for just one occasion a year? How about you try a little challenge: Every night before bed for a week, write down on a piece of paper or just think quietly to yourself what you are grateful for that day. It can be something as simple as that good breakfast you had in the morning, or that you didn't engage in that argument with your spouse/co-worker/customer, etc. See how you feel by the end of the week.

What I am grateful for this day:

The time spent with family over the weekend
The wonderful Thanksgiving meal we had
Seeing my 3 nieces laugh and smile
My fiance and the wonderful support he gives me every day
My dogs and the unconditional love
My yoga practice
My able body
My health
The health of my family and friends
The roof over my head
My warm bed

What are you grateful for on this beautiful day?

Namaste!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

What Yoga Means to Me



My eyes are barely open and there is still sleep in the corners. My hair is sticking up in every direction and my body is stiff from the 7 or so hours of sleeping. I pad my feet into my too bright living room where the sun is beaming in through the windows. My eyes squint even more. I yawn as I unroll my yoga mat. A tiny part of me wishing I was still under my warm covers in dreamland. I settle in on my mat in child's pose and rock my head gently from side to side, massaging my forehead. My hips slightly wave back and forth as I breath into them, slowly waking my body up. My eyes open a little wider and I can feel the energy spiraling up and down my back and sending that energy throughout my body and mind. Wake up, Cathy. Greet the sun. It's a brand new, beautiful day.  As I slowly step my body to the front of my mat and stand into Samasthiti, I start setting my intention:

Ahimsa- The first Yama from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. Non-harming. Compassion. Do no harm to myself on and off the mat. And do no harm to others.

Satya- The second Yama: Truthfulness. Stay true to myself. be honest with myself and others. Listen to my body on and off the mat. Satya brings me to Santosa(Contentment the 2nd Niyama). Accepting what my body can do on the mat that day. How many of us has had a practice where we could soar into crow effortlessly, only to fall or stumble out of it the next day? We must be content with what our body can do that day. Listen to yourself. Ahimsa, do no harm.

All of these thoughts make their way into my intention.  As I lengthen my spine and ground my feet. Spread my toes and feel the gentle sway in my body as it prepares itself for it's morning practice.

What my practice does for me:

Awareness: An opportunity to check into my body.

Release Tension: I'm a Yogi and I have stress just like everyone else! I don't turn to my mat demanding it to change me. I don't say to it: "I had a bad day, now fix it!". No, I don't count on it do to anything for me other than provide me with a softer surface to move around on. I turn to my mat as I would turn to a friend. We don't demand our friends to fix us do we? We go to them for comfort, solace. We turn to them for a laugh, a cry or a good time. My mat is my friend. When I need to release tension I just simply unroll my mat and move around a little or a lot! I just listen to my body and let it and my breath do the talking. Sometimes just standing in Samasthiti for a few breaths with my eyes closed is all I need.

Fun: Like I mentioned above, I turn to my mat like a friend. And a friend should not just be there for the lowss, but be there for the great times, too. What is better then a fun Yoga session? Trying out a few new transitions, learning a new pose, or even giving Laughing Yoga a try...Hey, it's out there!

Strength and Power, Inside and Out: Have you ever practiced Ashtanga Yoga? Halfway through the 90 minute practice, I am drenched in sweat. A part of me wants to take the easy way out and start modifying the postures so I can chill out. Or take a "quick" rest in Child's pose. Of course, if I were in discomfort, this is perfectly acceptable! But no, My body is feeling fine, it's my mind that is chiming in. The "I can'ts" and/or the "I don't want to's". Those thoughts creep their way in, but what is so powerful about Ashtanga is you get passed all of that. Ahstanga leaves me feeling purified. Refreshed. Renewed.

What Yoga has done for me is brought me home to myself. It has broken down my walls and allowed me to see my truest self. Yoga has made me the best version of myself that I can be. It has taught me to be kind and loving towards myself. But most importantly it has taught me to always remain a student. Always strive to learn more on and off the mat.

 As I mindfully move through my morning yoga practice, the feeling of wanting to be under the covers again disappears. As my body wakes up and moves through the postures, I am grateful for what it can do. I am grateful for everything I have in my life. I greet the sun with gratitude. I feel better, stronger, lighter and I thank myself for coming to my mat.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How I celebrate the Fall Equinox

It's official, Fall is here! What does that mean? That darkness starts to dominate, the leaves start to turn beautiful, vibrant colours and the air turns fresh and crisp.

In the Summer time, I love rising early and greeting the sun with Sun Salutations. In the Spring I love  re-energizing and renewing with Hip and heart openers.I feel like I am blooming right along with the flowers and the trees. What does my Fall practice bring? Well, I have 2 moods in Fall when it comes to my practice. I love a really vigorous Ashtanga style practice. Nothing makes me feel more renewed then a good, sweaty practice, and Ashtanga definitely brings that on! I feel strong, powerful and renewed. As if layers of staleness has been peeled off of me. If it's not Ashtanga than I crave a more Yin practice. Balance, deeper stretches and longer holds in postures really provide me with a great conversation with my body; A wonderful opportunity to listen to my body and give it what it really needs.

Below are some of my favourite asanas that I weave into my Yin practice:

Lizard Pose
Open Lizard
(Image: Fitsugar)
I like to refer to this one as 'The Opener' because, to me, it feels like the ultimate stretch throughout my body. This pose opens the hips, hip flexor and hamstrings. And when taking the quad stretch option(shown below) it is a wonderful opener for the shoulders, chest and neck!


(Image: Kristin Mcgee)

Frog Pose

(Image: Gaiam)

This one can feel a bit intense. I also ease into it, following the breath to go deepen the posture. Another great opener for the hips, inner thighs and groins. I also find this one to be a great chest and shoulder opener!


Pigeon Pose

(Image: Leanitup)

I think this may be my favourite posture of all! I love to add this one into my personal practice.
A great opener for the groin, hip flexor and Psoas as well as the hip rotator muscles. I find this posture helpful on days that my sciatic nerve is acting up.

My diet also takes a wonderful shift during this time because now in season are some of my favourite foods. Squashes, pumpkins and apples, oh my! This is the time when I like to fire up my oven for roasting vegetables. Playing with spices like curry, turmeric and Paprika. Next up is the slow cooker, plugged in heating up some homemade applesauce made with apples bought fresh that morning from The Farmers Market. Or it's whipping up some fresh minestrone soup loaded with sweet potatoes and Squashes.

While a small part of me mourns the end of Summer, A bigger part of me is excited to see what this new season brings!

How do you enter the Fall Equinox?

Namaste!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Welcome!

Hi Yogi's!

Welcome to my new blog where I will be posting anything Yoga and Alter Ego Yoga related! This is a work in progress so please bare with me during the next few weeks :)

A little bit about me:

  • I am the founder of Alter Ego Yoga Experience.
  • I have been practicing Yoga for 3 years now and have been certified to teach since August of this year.
  • How I discovered Yoga(in a nutshell!): I found Yoga when I was going through my own personal weight loss journey. I lost 130 lbs and stumbled into Yoga for a way of stretching after a workout. It was then that I realized Yoga is WAY more than "just stretching" and was a great way to challenge my body. I started going regularly and it wasn't long after that Yoga became so much more to me than a physical practice. I started to adopt the Yoga philosophy and passion to spread the Yoga love!
  • I LOVE green Tea
  • I am a big bookworm and run a Book Blog, too where I review all my latest reads!
  • I am an animal lover and a mommy(yes they are my children) to two dogs

 










This blog is my space to share with you who I am, what I practice, what I believe in and more importantly, what I love! Also, this is a place for you! I want to hear your thoughts and opinions!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in this massive blogosphere! I look forward to chatting with you!

Namaste<3

Monday, May 5, 2014

Alter Ego's New to Yoga and Intermediate Yoga Series Package

New To Yoga Introduction
8 Week program
8- 60 minute weekly classes
In your home or my in-house studio
(up to 3 people)

Does the atmosphere of a packed Yoga studio intimidate you? Are you confused about all the posture names?
Ease your way into Yoga with this One-on-One instruction to tailor your needs. These classes are designed to help you become familiar with breathing techniques, proper alignment and basic postures. If you've been curious to try Yoga but too intimidated to try a class or just want to learn in the privacy of a personal class, than this program is for you!

A Yoga Starter Kit is included with the purchase of this Program. This kit supplies you with everything you'll need:

1 Yoga Mat
2 Yoga Blocks
1 Yoga Strap

New to Yoga Intro- $299

Alter Ego's Intermediate Yoga Series

Congratulations on wanting to advance your practice! Did you complete the ‘New to Yoga Intro' Package? Or are you a yogi looking to advance their practice with more challenging postures, playful arm balances and a deeper connection to your practice all in the comfort of a private, one-on-one class? Then sign up for my ‘Intermediate Yoga Series’ Package! 

What does this 6 week package include?

In-home private instruction. Yoga classes can be great, but sometimes they lack the intimate, one-on-one instruction that you really need to progress.

Six 60 minute classes all done in the comfort of your own home or in my home Yoga space.

A yoga program that is tailored 100% to your wants and needs. This is your practice and this program will be constructed to suit all your goals, needs and intentions for this program.

The Alter Ego Yoga Intermediate Series is a program that will challenge you, ground you and empower you! Advance your practice today!

"Homework" may be suggested

(i.e. Journal prompts, guided meditations, worksheets, readings, etc. All homework is optional and not mandatory! Homework is suggested to open your heart, challenge your mind and enhance your spirit)

Alter Ego's Intermediate Yoga Series-6 Week Package: $265
 
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