Sean completed his assessment this past weekend in Nanaimo (January 19 - 21) and is now a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher!Read more
We all know how stressful it can be driving in the snow. Especially here in the Fraser Valley where we rarely see much snow. Locals in BC even admit to being terrible winter drivers. It becomes our practice when getting behind the wheel to be safe.Read more
Yoga, Meditation and Science. This blog hopes to bridge the gap beween modern yoga practice and modern science. How can meditating help us live healthy lives?Read more
Complete mastery over the modifications of the mind is called Yoga
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Edwin Bryant
Yoga is the cessation of the movements of consciousness
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – BKS Iyengar
Yoga happens in the resolution of consciousness
Threads of Yoga – Matthew Remski
In the second sutra Patanjali explains what yoga could be (this is open to debate). To stop our thinking mind or any movements or fluctuations of consciousness. I agree that it is enjoyable to have an experience free from thought or a clear calm mind but consider that as a permanent state. If this is the goal of yoga would our lives benefit by being in a state of thoughtlessness? If we emancipate ourselves from thoughts and ascend to the state of "yoga" how will our family feel, how will we make a living and work? Would we still be part of society?
I think it is very important to consider what yoga means to us. Being aware of our thoughts is a great tool to bring more balance into our life. As we practice stilling the mind often mental habits, influences, and life experiences come up and inhibit yoga. This is when the real yoga begins as we shift our lifestyle and habits to support calmness, balance, stillness, and of course, yoga. The practice irons out the wrinkles of habit, influences, and mental turbulence or at least makes us aware of these factors that draw are attention away from deeper states of focus, mindfulness, or connection.
My thoughts on permanence are influenced by nature. There is life and death and nothing escapes this cycle. In the natural world there is no permanence as things come and go. We cannot be in a constant state of inhalation as the exhalation must come to rid the lungs of carbon dioxide. So to I feel that reaching a permanent state of yoga is impossible. In the pages to come, Patanjali lays out practices and revelations on how to calm the mind and body and reach states of yoga but then we come down, back to our life, our world. The practice is there for us to find yoga but not to hold it. In ancient times sages and ascetics (or yogi's) would renounce life duties to pursue states of yoga (if any succeeded?). Even in todays world I can't find proof that any practitioners have reached permanent states of enlightenment or yogic consciousness through yoga practice. So what if experiencing glimpses of the states of yoga help us to wake up to the situations in our lives. Can stilling the fluctuations of the mind bring clarity and intimacy with our world? Is it possible to have an open understanding of what yoga is?
Then comes the right to undertake the practice of yoga
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Edwin Bryant
With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition into the sacred art of yoga
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – BKS Iyengar
We all inquire into yoga
Threads of Yoga – Matthew Remski
I feel that every human on the planet at some point in there life questions what consciousness is and try to understand how to calm the mind to catch a glimpse of what is happening on a deeper level. We all crave a connection to the inner quietude.
In the first sutra Patanjali immediately opens the practice to anyone who wishes to experience their consciousness. Regardless of caste, religion, or upbringing we are intrigued to delve into the practice of yoga. This first line instantly sparks curiosity into the reader. What is Yoga? Why should I practice? Is it my right to inquire further into my state of mind?
I feel comforted by the potential of the pages to come that will bring an inquiry or investigation into the deeper parts of myself, my community, and my life. Yoga has many meaning and those meanings will change as I go through life but committing to this inquiry of yoga I will always have new findings to share.
Check back soon as I will reflect on the Sutras of Patanjali.
So you’ve decided to try yoga, but are a little worried and maybe skeptical about your first yoga class. When beginning to practice yoga our usual concerns are: we aren’t fit enough; flexible enough; or strong enough to make it through our first yoga class. This is pretty normal for anyone new to yoga especially if you google yoga and see your stream fill up with advanced poses, handstands and twenty something year old fit women. This isn’t a very good reflection of what happens in most yoga classes and can create some speculation about what yoga practice really entails. Yoga practice is an amazing tool to increase strength, balance, fitness, flexibility, and encourage wellbeing while also promoting stress reduction. Practice is unique to the abilities of each student and complementary to supporting your lifestyle ensuring you can continue to do all of your activities and hobbies.
Here are some reasons you should take a beginners yoga course to help you start practicing yoga without the worry’s and intimidation that comes with being new to yoga.
Learn with other beginners!:
When you take a beginners yoga course you will learn with other students completely new to yoga. There is something comforting and reassuring about practicing yoga with others that are learning and trying something new for the first time. A friendly and encouraging environment is so important when learning. Nobody feels centered out for not being able to perform a pose and the pace of class is slow to give time to comprehend how to move your body, feel things, and most importantly breathe. There is opportunity to chuckle at difficulties and failures and celebrate all of your successful yoga poses together. The bonding that happens when learning and practicing with a small group is great way to build friendships and community!
You will learn about your body:
A beginners yoga course is a slow paced class where there is opportunity to feel your body in the poses and be receptive to how you practice the pose. You find a relationship between yourself and the poses. This relationship helps teach you what poses come naturally and what ones are difficult. You will also learn that your body is completely unique to everyone else’s and therefore so to your yoga poses will differ from others. Yoga should feel good so contorting your body to fit into the pose isn’t the goal. The yoga pose should fit your body. Learning about yourself and being comfortable in your own skin is the yolking that is yoga.
Small class sizes:
It is so reassuring when beginning a yoga practice to have a teacher’s guidance and observation to help be sure you are practicing the poses correctly. In beginners yoga the teacher is there to make your first experience of yoga enjoyable. The teacher will observe you in the poses and help you to find what works for your body. The teacher can help with suggestions of what poses would benefit you to practice regularly and advise not practicing poses that aren’t suitable for you.
Learn the Basics:
There seems to be an infinite number of yoga poses nowadays some of which you will never have to worry about. This is good as when a new student becomes familiar with the basic foundation of yoga practice the more advanced poses come easier. Beginners yoga will cover the fundamental yoga poses that you will encounter in a drop-in class. Each pose is broken down so the student can learn if they need props, or how to modify the pose to suit their body. It is amazing to see how differently you might practice a pose compared to your neighbor. Yoga isn’t a “one size fits all” practice and by learning the basic shapes, your practice will become unique.
Explore Different Styles of Yoga:
Beginners yoga will expose the new student to many different ways of practicing. Sun Salutations are faster-paced movement following the breath, standing poses build strength and stability, restorative yoga relaxes the nervous system, and seated poses held for a length of time have a yin quality to them. Once experienced, the new students can distinguish what practices might be the most beneficial for them to practice. Someone who sits at a desk all day would often be invigorated and awakened by a faster moving class, while someone always on the go might calm down in a restorative class. We acquire a yoga toolbox that can help balance our daily lives.
Feel the Benefits Right Away:
Even after your first class of moving, stretching, breathing, and relaxing you will notice the benefits and joy that come from yoga practice. Yoga builds strength and power while at the same time opens and stretches stiff parts of the body. This combination helps keep the body resilient and improves overall fitness. Some poses increase core strength while others do the opposite and allow the abdomen and organs to relax. These oppositions encourage balance in the body. The restorative and relaxing qualities of yoga let the entire nervous system unwind, significantly decreasing stress levels. All the benefits associated with yoga practice will ensure you stay fit, healthy, and can pursue an active lifestyle.
Find Your Confidence:
After graduating the beginners yoga course you will have the confidence to go and try any class! You will have a general understanding of basic yoga poses and know how keep within your body’s capabilities. You will have a personal responsibility of practicing in a way which keeps you curious, encourages growth, provides a challenge but maintains your health and wellness. The confidence that comes with learning yoga might even have you practicing at home with your own inner teacher guiding you!
If you are still on the fence about trying yoga check out our other article about Beginners yoga practice HERE. We encourage everyone to come and learn yoga if there are any questions or concerns please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Beginners Yoga courses run regularly at the lovely Live Yoga that serves White Rock and South Surrey with the highest quality yoga classes.
The holiday season is such a wonderful time of year to enjoy family gatherings, visits with friends, giving and receiving gifts, and a generally cheerful state of mind. Much joy is spread around with so much generosity. But beware, all of this gayness can be veiled by the frantic and hectic pace of commuting between gatherings, the consumer culture of large malls and stores, and an overall exhaustion of our own energy. Our days may include sugar and caffeine fueled shopping sprees or a couple more alcoholic beverages than normal. Striking a balance is key to remaining healthy and content. This blog won't preach about not indulging this holiday, but just having a mindful attitude while enjoying the treats as well as the busyness and possible hangovers (sugar hangovers also). Don’t fret, there are ways to ensure you keep calm without falling into the habits of the scrooge. Try these tips this holiday season:
Take your time – Rushing around is very stimulating for the nervous system. Rather than treating the holidays as a never ending marathon, give yourself time to arrive at your destination or slow down when feeling frantic. A few moments to enjoy Christmas lights, watch the smiles on others faces, or taking a few moments to enjoy breathing can slow down the pace of your day.
Be Present – This may sound cliché in the yoga world but extrapolating from tip #1, slowing down to smell the roses, pausing to enjoy another's company, and being there to receive others will keep you present to enjoy the holidays. It works in tandem with tip #1! You have to slow down to be present. This is living mindfully. When truly in the moment friends, family, eggnog, chocolate, or a glass of wine are the most wonderful treats!!
Smile – The physical act of engaging all your facial muscles in a way which raises the outer edges of you lips and even shows you teeth is merry, joyful and contagious! Often it even encourages the spine to lift improving your posture as your happiness radiates throughout (think of the Grinch when his heart expands). Smiling will make you feel good and also other people will notice how happy you are! This is an easy way to spread the holiday cheer!
Get Outside – Exercise is the best way to blow of some steam. The days are short, and it is truly tempting to live beside the fireplace in our pyjamas with hot chocolate but the body needs to move to burn off excess energy (or create it). A quick walk outside in the sunshine may be all you need to relax- or get some energy by motivating the physical body.
Don’t be a stranger – People are very receptive during the holiday! You can make someones day better simply by saying hello and asking how they are. You might even make a new friend! As our culture and communities continue to segregate ourselves from each other it warms the heart to connect frequently. This is something we all crave! To have companions and share love with others.
Be the GIFT!- Give yourself! Its not all about presents in the holidays (although we mistakenly might think it is). You yourself are an amazing gift. Showing up to visit, converse, help out, or share meals while mindful and present is the greatest gift anyone could ask for.
It’s the exciting time of year again at Live Yoga where we offer our annual May Challenge! This is always a fun month for the studio as there is opportunity to support and encourage each other’s yoga practice in a totally different way. This is no fitness regimen or boot camp style challenge! We would like to encourage people to explore some other yoga practices like pranayama (breathing), meditation and study some philosophy. All that is needed is a smile and commitment to complete 28 practices (of all sorts) in the month of May.
Here are the top 5 reasons YOU should do the Challenge!
1. Setting a goal boosts confidence:
The sense of accomplishment we feel when we achieve a goal helps to build courage and confidence to complete other goals. Setting our mind to something with vigor and determination helps to manifest our goals into reality. We then become masterful at making our thoughts and goals a reality all around.
2. Fire up your body:
Spring time is a great time of year to get the systems of the body moving again. Yoga and exercise in general can help to remove some of the stagnation and lethargy left behind from the winter months. Even on a digestive level, exercise promotes the assimilation of food and helps bring a strong hunger and digestive fire back. All this movement ensures all systems of the body will be in proper working order and ready for the summer.
3. Surprise Yourself:
Often there is a latent potential the lies hidden within us. Whether held back by fear, worry, or doubt we can perceive ourselves unfit for some activities. By committing to a yoga challenge, the body learns quickly and builds strength in the postures through repetition. This can allow the physical limits of our practice to be tested and expanded. The results usually surprise us as we might find ourselves doing more than we imagined. So maybe try a flow class, or hold your warrior pose longer, who knows maybe you’ll be doing headstands by the end of the month!
4. Find a routine:
Get your groove back and practice daily. When the body finds a routine and sticks to it, vitality flourishes. Participating in a challenge can be strenuous so the body requires the proper amount of rest everyday. Getting up each day at the same time, and going to sleep at the same time allows the body to rest fully. Practicing this much yoga often brings awareness back to the natural rhythms of the body and our environment. We feel the natural urges of the body with heightened awareness and as a side effect we eat when hungry (not mindless snacking) and sleep when tired. With routine we re-sync ourselves with nature and our natural urges this connection encourages wellness, balance and nourishment.
5. Connect with others:
A yoga challenge puts you in the same room with a whole bunch of awesome, like-minded individuals! As everyone is be facing the same challenges there is an instant bond and relation – you will make friends! You can share experiences and offer advice on how to accomplish your yoga challenge. Easily the best part of the yoga challenge is doing it with others. Much joy comes from connecting with people during the challenge becoming part of something greater than just fellow yoga students. It's an enriching experience!
Whatever your reasons for doing the May Challenge! Have a great month yogis!! More info here on joining the challenge. Register now and see what all the fuss is about!
Satya is the practice being truthful and honest in our thought, speech and action. On the surface this yama may seem straightforward but in reality it requires a constant observance and understanding of the changing nature of our relationships and the world.
The definition of truth is “the true or actual state of a matter” or “conformity with fact or reality”. Interestingly if matter and reality are in constant state of fluctuation and change truth will be relative to each circumstance and situation. So to grasp at the idea of truth or honesty our yoga must be a spiritual practice that is rooted in a constant exploration of the present.
I love the idea of a practice that doesn’t state right or wrong or a single path but gives an idea that is relative to the individual, community, culture and causation of our surroundings. Every person has an opinion and values developed throughout life. Satya challenges us to investigate our motives. In his book Yoga for a World out of Balance Michael Stone points out the connection between person and society
“From the time of our birth, we each respond not only in a personal sense to the precariousness of our human condition, but we are also the inheritors of delusive social institutions and shared meanings about the world. The same basic patterns we find in our minds and bodies are also found in the structure and function of our institutions.”
I like how Michael Stone challenges the reader to consider how contemporary society can warp our worldviews and potentially corrupt us into living untruthful lives. The social and economic pressures of modern life make us think that success, financial gain and consumerism is equivalent to life satisfaction but this is ultimately a lie. At our deepest core we yearn for love, community and compassion. Yoga practice, meditation, pranayama, and asana all bring us closer to our true needs rather than our conditioned desires. The yama satya prompts us to investigate our desires and how we can live aligned with our highest truth.
What does living honestly mean to you?
by Sean O'Leary
What is Yoga anyways? This question can be answered many different ways. Before I write a 1 million page article or tangent about my perspective about yoga I would like to clear up a few things:
- I am writing this to celebrate the abundance of Yoga we have access to
- This article is not stating the best/only yoga, or spiritual path.
- Yoga, while challenging, should be enjoyable
The word Yoga can be translated to mean union or intimacy. Through different kinds of practices the goal of Yoga is to explore the connection and relationship between body (physical), mind (consciousness) and soul (universal consciousness). When we deepen the relationship and experience between these 3 aspects of our selves there is a sense of contentment.
Balance must occur simultaneously between effort and ease in all practices.
Through the intelligent awareness of body we can align ourselves into deep states of relaxation and experience profoundly calm states of consciousness without the constant chatter and fluctuation of the mind.
The nourishment and pleasure resulting from calming the mind guides us to adjust our lifestyles to experience it more often.
Everyone has heard of Yoga and its popularity has exponentially exploded into an overwhelming market. Now sold as a service Yoga is branded into different stlyes like: ashtanga yoga, power yoga, bikram yoga, iyengar yoga, sivinanda yoga, kripalu yoga, Bob yoga, Jenny yoga, and thousands and thousands more styles and brands created all the time. For the most part all of these styles focus mainly on the physical asana practice, or stretches and poses we do on the yoga mat. A small problem is some of these practices are too strenuously fitness-based or difficult in the beginning for the average person new to yoga to succeed in achieving the asanas (poses) correctly. The fruits (therapeutic benefits) of the practice are lost unless we can perform the practice with a balance of integrity, steadiness, and ease. Lost in translation is sometimes the point of yoga itself: finding a clarity in the mind.
Asana (posture) is only a small part of Yoga practice. There are many different practices. The 8 limbs of Hatha Yoga include Yama (ethical standards), Niyama (self discipline/spiritual observances), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breathing practices), Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), Dharana (concentration), Dyana (one pointed focus/concentration), Samadhi (enlightenment/bliss). Outside of the hatha path there are other Yoga practices including Karma Yoga (yoga of selfless action/service), Bhakti Yoga (unconditional love or devotion), Raja Yoga (follows the 8 limbs of hatha yoga), Jnana Yoga (Yoga of knowledge or wisdom). Clearly there are more options for our yoga practices than just Asana (poses).
A point that must be made clear is every person is uniquely different and will need to find a practice that provides a progressive path towards physical and spiritual contentment. In other words, find a practice that is enjoyable and works.
Traditionally yoga was transmitted in a one-on-one basis. It was taught to the level, and ability of the practitioner. Although guidance is necessary to learn different practices of yoga we need to tune in what practices are working for outselves.
There is less attention paid to the more subtle experiences of yoga practice like states of consciousness and movement of energy.
The practice of asana is generally a starting point to prepare a student to sit comfortably to experience the state of his/her consciousness.
Join us on Friday, Feb 7 for our Dharma Night discussion about “What is yoga?” See you there!
by Sean O'Leary
This Friday night, Live Yoga is starting “Dharma Nights,” which Amy and I are very excited to offer. This is an opportunity for members of the studio and other friends to talk, discuss, come together and create community. Community: something that I believe we are fundamentally missing in our lives. Click here for more info.
This Friday, we discuss community as a topic. What is it? Why is it missing? Where did it go? How do we get it back? How can are our lives be more meaningful and connected?
What is community? It is a really good question because in my opinion community has almost disappeared in our society. It is almost foreign to consider being close to all the neighbors on your street, and also difficult remaining close to friends and family with our busy lives. I tried to google the word community and the first 10 hits were about some American television show. Even the internet has forgotten community. How strange that we have boxed ourselves into such a sedentary lifestyle not requiring anyone’s help for anything, as if to say, “I’m an individual and I can provide for myself, make my own way, without your help.” This way of thinking is ingrained in having a successful career and life. I felt for years an urge to connect more with others, to help others or simply to be part of a group of people with similar interests and this yearning has remained. It seems impossible to find community in most urban or suburban areas. In the past, being part of a community meant you had fellow beings to help support you through your life. Members would gather weekly to visit and sing, and there would be abundant help during harvest time or when somebody was building their house, for instance. All would freely offer their time to assist. I guess in the past people were just friendlier and more generous with donating their time. Or maybe time was more abundant.
In the current society we live in, most people I know are too busy to take time for themselves. 40 hours a week in order to make ends meet. After work a runabout of chores and activities fill the rest of our time. Time has become a rarity and busy-ness a reality. Time is Money. Hmmmm That last sentence Time is Money. Time is Money. Time is Money! Money! Money! Money! This is the problem itself. Our lack of community and ever increasing loneliness, as well as our despair about achieving success is driven by the very evil word, MONEY. Most things we used to rely on our community for have now been turned into services that we pay for. In fact any good business idea is just that, turning something people do for themselves into a service for a fee. It paints a grim picture about the direction of our society.
In his book, Ascent of Humanity, Charles Eisenstein sums it up:
“…and so we find in our culture a loneliness and hunger for authenticity that may well be unsurpassed in history. We try to ‘build community’, not realizing that the mere intention is not enough when separation is built in to the very social and physical infrastructure of our society. To the extent that this infrastructure is intact in our lives, we will never experience community. Community is incompatible with the modern lifestyle of highly specialized work and complete dependence on the specialists outside that work. It is a mistake to think that we can live ultra-specialized lives and somehow add another ingredient called community on top it all. Again, what is there to share? Not much that matters, to the extent that we are independent of neighbors and dependant on faceless institutions and distant strangers.”
Ok so I realize this has been kind of a downer so far. But it will brighten up from here, I promise! The idea of the separate self should be abandoned so we can align with a more fulfilling way of life. We have to need each other! We must rely on the goodness within each of us. We all desire to give and enact our gifts, and thus strengthen the bonds of community and create a more wholesome, organic and connected way of living.
There is another way, and it requires us to trust our true human nature. We all have a goodness, a desire to be creative and make beautiful things. A desire to meet, share, help and love others. It is written in our genes!! I do know something is perverted about our society, economy and so forth but as human we are all amazing. Deep down our hearts all know we can live differently, and it will take some big changes to make the world, starting with our communities, a more beautiful place.
I think small changes are the most important for us to reconnect with the people around us. Smiling and chatting with neighbours, cashiers and strangers you meet makes it more natural to be open with others. Meeting in groups to enjoy like-minded ideas where everyone has an opportunity to share their gifts will harbour more connection between ourselves and others. Living this way will develop relationships and over time those relationships can grow. Living life with an open and loving heart will attract and sustain even the smallest seed of community, and seeds grow.
After searching more, I eventually found a definition of community on Wikipedia (the ultimate community project).
Community can refer to a usually small, social unit of any size that shares common values. If community exists, both freedom and security may exist as well. The community then takes on a life of its own, as people become free enough to share and secure enough to get along.
This is an extremely powerful and intriguing idea. How can we bring these community-focussed ways of living into our modern-day life to create more nourishing and connected relationships?
Let’s talk more about these ideas, and your thoughts about community, its difficulties and how to create more space for connection in our modern society! Dharma Night discussion happens this Friday night from 7:30-8:30pm. All welcome!
Katarina teaches fantastic Pilates classes - great for all ages, levels and abilites - these are fun classes that help build strength and balance. Register by phone (778-545-9918) or email (email@example.com) for the upcoming January 2013 session. More info available here!
1. Pilates is Whole-Body Fitness
Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.
Attention to core support and full-body fitness -- including the breath and the mind -- provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.
2. Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs
Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.
5. Develops Core Strength
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all covet.
6. Improves Posture
Good posture is a reflection good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position from which one can move freely. Starting with Pilates movement fundamentals and moving through mat exercises, Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. You can see this in the beautiful posture of those who practice Pilates.
7. Increases Energy
It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have and the more you feel like doing (to a point, of course). Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.
8. Increases Awareness - Body/Mind Connection
Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates, or contrology as he called it, was about "the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit." This is one of the secrets of Pilates exercise: we practice each movement with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise. The Pilates principles -- centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow -- are key concepts that we use to integrate body and mind.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
The first time I started drinking tea was when I lived in Dublin, Ireland while on a University Exchange. I wore long johns underneath my regular clothes every single day (I’m not kidding you!) for 4 months. I could never seem to get warm in the damp Irish winter. You often hear talk about ‘tea time’ in the UK, and I soon realized what an important ritual this was. Just as southern countries take an afternoon rest called ‘siesta,’ I think ‘tea time’ is the UK equivalent. Enjoying a steaming cup of thick black tea mid-afternoon was one of my
favorite new rituals, and something I took with me back to Canada. The ‘to-go cup’ is unheard of, in Ireland tea is sipped and enjoyed, the time being used to chat with friends, read, or just as a reminder to slow down.
I love how much tea has become part of the culture at Live Yoga. I joke that it is the only way we get people to come to class, knowing they will get a cup of tea at the end!
At Live Yoga, we love our "tea time" and we offer it for many reasons: to promote community; share news; get to know the studio's friendly faces; and as a chance to settle before heading back into the busy world. In addition, there are the wonderful health benefits of tea which I would like to share with you:
One of our most popular teas is ‘Rooibos’. Rather than a tea leaf, rooibos is actually a South African herb. It has been confirmed by many studies that rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, and aging. As it is completely caffeine-free, it can be drunk throughout the day to help relieve headaches, insomnia, stomach cramps, allergies and much more!
Another tea we often serve is ‘White Tea’. Health benefits of this variant include cancer prevention, lowered blood pressure, lower cholesterol, strengthened bones and teeth, and a powerful tonic for the heart.
Spiced teas containing cinnamon, cardamom, chai, ginger, and other ‘spiced’ ingredients are always favorites, especially our ‘Yoga Blend’ tea. Drinking these types of spices in teas are antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory. They also promote a state of tranquility and calm, instilling emotional harmony.
A couple more tea tips for you:
Did you know the most amount of caffeine is released from the tea leaf in the first 30 seconds after adding hot water? If you are wanting to limit your caffeine intake a good trick is to pour out this first bit of brewed tea and add more water for a flavorful but less caffeinated cup.
Used tea leaves can be re-used in a variety of ways. You can use them as a deodorizer in your fridge, or as fertilizer in your garden.
Ever wondered what we do with all our used tea leaves at the studio? Our wonderful teacher Cindy takes the home weekly and composts them in her garden!
Looking forward to sharing a cup of tea with you at the studio soon :-)
“Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!”