Begin Again, Again. By Rachel Camero

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Every time I practice, every time I breath, every time I meditate, I am teaching myself to begin again, again.  There is not finish line.  Working on myself is a lifelong commitment, just like breathing, and continuing to have a heartbeat.  This week during our 40 Days Bring IT program I had a major lesson in “Begin again.”
I entered into the 40 day program this time with a cavalier attitude toward the work.  This is my 8th time reading 40 Days to a Personal Revelation, and going through the process.  Due to a heavy travel schedule in the first few weeks, the work slipped.  I found myself not reading the chapters on time, not completing the excavation questions, and even my meditation practice was spotty at best. I would show up to the community discussions knowing that I’ve answered these questions in the past and so I can just share from that space.  Deep down, I knew I was cheating myself.
As we entered week 3 for restoration, I resisted the fruit cleans.  After all, I’ve done a LOT of cleansing and made permanent changes in my diet to be more clean and natural.  I didn’t feel I needed it.  I was hiding.  Luckily, I snapped out of it over the weekend and began again.
On Sunday I just couldn’t keep hiding any more.  I woke up early and reread each chapter and completed the excavation question for each one.  When I sat down to do this, I still had no intention of doing the fruit fast, because, after-all it was kinda too late at this point, wasn’t it?  After the few hours it took me to do the reading and journaling, I realized that for breakfast, I wanted a big bowl of fruit!  By lunchtime, I wanted a huge avocado and corn salad!  By dinnertime I realized that I was recommitted and had begun again!
I’m now on Day 3 of the fruit fast.  I feel more integrate.  I feel like I’m working through.  I’m back into the program with full force, meditating, reading, and doing the work.  I am dropping the lies I was telling myself and I am beginning again, again.  And as I write this, I am reminded that every single moment, of every single day, is an opportunity to truly begin again, again…. And again, and again.
Rachel Camero
SDY Student and Teacher
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5 Reasons Why Learning to Assist Yoga is a Valuable Investment!

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This weekend is the assistant program at Spotted Dog Yoga. “Connect” Assistant Program is one of our favorite programs to facilitate! Learning to assist in yoga is an incredible experience that teaches us valuable tools that we can use in our every day life!

Check out these five reasons why learning to assist is a valuable investment:

  1. FOUNDATION: Expanding our yoga practice requires that we consistently revisit and explore our foundation. This program is your next step in taking your yoga practice to the next level!
  2. NEW PERSPECTIVE: Sometimes we learn the most about ourselves through our experiences with others. Learning to look, listen and give tools through assisting will open up a whole new world for you!
  3. CONNECTION: Spotted Dog Yoga was created with connection in mind. Creating the time to be around great people can offer you the opportunity to develop lifetime friendships!
  4. SERVICE: After the completion of “Connect: Assistant Program,” you have the opportunity to jump on the floor as an assistant at Spotted Dog Yoga. There is really no better feeling than helping people take their practice to a new level!
  5. CONFIDENCE & SELF EXPRESSION: The programs we offer at Spotted Dog Yoga don’t just improve your yoga practice. Through this program, you will do self-inquiry that will give you insight into areas of your life where you can create space for something new!

We have plenty of space left for this wonderful program!  Join us this weekend!

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Fruit Feast or Fruit Fast? By Emily Kendall

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Fruit Feast or Fruit Fast?

The Fruit Feast is this week! Even as a vegetarian I have an initial negative reaction, “You want me to limit my diet!” But I love vegetables: carrots, cauliflower, kale, spinach and broccoli. I have heard over and over, that your body smells according to what you put in it. Google it and you’ll get 2.6 M sites discussing this. I am sure each of has had an experience of eating something and our body not liking it and moving it out FAST! Occasionally calling in sick the next day due to last’s dinner exploration. We intuitively know what we put into our bodies has a huge impact and not just how we smell.

How do you define fruit?
Another form of resistance for me is to get technical and challenge the restrictions. Now, this is not your produce man’s definition – which is usually based on fruit bearing tree; avocado, apple, banana, orange, or berries. But fruit defined by the botanical definition:

  • In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants (also known as angiosperms) formed from the ovary after flowering. Fruits are the means by which angiosperms disseminate seeds.

More simply, a fruit is the part of the plant that starts as a flower and disperses seeds. A good rule of thumb if it has seeds its likely a fruit. Some of my favorite fruits often categorized as a vegetable at the grocery store are:

  • Tomato
  • Peppers (hot and sweet)
  • Zucchini – any squash
  • Eggplant
  • Olives
  • Artichoke

Reality
Usually with a little planning and a fully stocked pantry my first day goes ok. The challenge of eating only fruit – inspires me to try new recipes and the idea of WINNING keeps me highly motivated. Then I hit the wall. Cravings, resistance to being told what to do…. This is where my plan and fully stocked pantry become key in my success.

Yes, I usually get a little cranky, especially when someone eats French fries around me but I stick to my plan and suddenly 3 days is over in second. At the end of the feast I am re-inspired to try new recipes and my perspective is altered in how I define “What’s for dinner”.

The first time I did the fruit feast I had a daily rule that I would have 1 piece of fruit a day. After the fruit feast, I realized my rule was limiting, and rewrote it – I can have all the fruit I want in a day!

Good luck on your fruit adventure. Here are some recipes that have been collected by our community. I hope they inspire you on your feast.

I am always looking for new ones so please share with us ☺

Resources – recipes I’ve collected and explored

  • Sweet
    • Medjool dates
    • Oranges
    • Recipes
      • Baked Apples – On cold mornings I love a warm breakfast but these can also be enjoyed any time of day and put more dates on it for a sweet dessert. When I make these for breakfast, I’ll bake a 3-4 apples in the evening or on the weekend and keep them in the fridge and heat them up each morning.
      • Poached Pears
      • Fruit salad
  • Savory (SALT)
    • Artichokes hearts
    • Olives
    • Roasted eggplant
    • Recipes and ideas:
      • Eggplant “parmesan”
  • http://allrecipes.com/recipe/236311/baked-eggplant/
      • I omit the cheese
    • Tomato soup
      • Rachel Pond contributed this recipe during the last 40 Day program and I give it 5 out of 5 stars – simple, fast and easy – oh and YUMMY!
        • Sautéed half a yellow onion (diced) with 3 cloves crushed garlic cloves in olive oil.
        • Pour 2 large cans of organic diced tomatoes into the vitamix.
        • Throw in a handful of basil leaves. Two handfuls of raw cashews. Toss in the sauté. Blend until hot… about ten min. So good!
    • Gazpacho
      • Jennifer Cox turned me onto this recipe during my first 40 Day fruit feast. It’s a great recipe that needs almost no modification ☺ You can adjust the coarseness of the vegies – I mean fruits to your preference.
  • http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_vegan_tomato_gazpacho_soup
      • Apple Slaw
        • Shredded apple, pomegranate seeds, dash of vinegar, chopped red bell pepper, cilantro
    • NO TIME
      • Frozen Zucchini and eggplant in tomato sauce
        • Trader Joes has frozen eggplant and zucchini, place in microwave safe dish and defrost (1-2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave) top with tomato sauce (or puree diced tomatoes) and heat 30-45 seconds until warm
      • Wash and cut up fruit in advance so you have a quick and fast go to snack, especially if you are going to be away from home. Set yourself up for success.
  • PLAY! Play with textures, cutting fruits in different ways can dramatically change the mouth feel. A spiralizer or mandolin are great tools for this.
  • Ask – have a craving – want tips or help modifying a recipe – just ask together we are an amazing recourse.
    • Online community:
  • http://www.becomingformless.com/the-cleansing-diet/
  • http://butterflygirljackie.blogspot.com/2012/05/40-days-fruit-fast-day-1.html

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“WORKING ON YES!” By Rachel Camero

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Being a YES takes work.  It’s not easy to embrace the opportunities that life offers us.  In fact, it’s not even easy to recognize them when they are in front of us. Opportunities can arrive disguised as challenges or adversity.  Other opportunities show up as things we determine to be out of reach.
Last week I was presented with such an opportunity.  A friend mentioned that she’d like to go to Kona Hawaii and stay at her parents’ house before it is being sold at the end of March.  Immediately, I thought, “yah, that would be awesome” and then shrugged it off as an out of reach concept and let it go.  Two days later I received a text, “Kona?”.
Suddenly the realization that my friend was serious and that I was not sunk in.  While I continued to write it off as impossible, the feeling that I wasn’t open to being a YES nagged at me.   Still, I focused on all of the reasons it was unrealistic.
  • Short notice
  • It will cost money I wasn’t planning to spend
  • I have too much going on a work
  • I’d be away from my family (and on my Birthday)
  • My husband is traveling for work, who will care for the kids?
 I had made up my mind that it was just not good timing.  But still I felt unsettled by my own unwillingness.  I started to explore the deeper reasons behind my resistance.  Thoughts and feelings about being outside of my comfort zone showed up.  I might start to feel awkward with my friend and her family (believe it or not, I’m an introvert and need time alone or with my family to recharge)?  What if don’t look good in a bathing suit?  What if I can’t keep up with my friend in the surf?  In other words, feelings of self-doubt and insecurity with leaving my comfort zone were my largest obstacle.
As I came to this realization, I knew deep down that I had to find my way to YES!  A few more days passed, but I began to check off my logistical obstacles one by one.  I began to evaluate my blessings.  A loving husband who absolutely supports me having independent lady fun.  Parents and in-laws who love spending time with my kids and have helped me raise them with love.  A great job with flexibility and an income that supports this type of spontaneity.
With no logistical obstacles remaining, I was forced to face my deeper insecurities.  I want to continue to challenge the boundaries of my comfort zone.  Every time I do this, my comfort zone gets larger and more inclusive of amazing experiences.  When it comes to a new challenge at work, or at home, I know how to embrace it.  But, for some reason, simply taking a personal trip without my family put me on edge.
I’m writing this now to say I am a YES!  My flight is booked and I’ll have subs for my classes this week.  I can’t wait to share my experiences with you in class when I get back.  Now that I’ve written this, it feels so silly to think it was difficult for me to arrive at YES for something like this.  I mean, how blessed am I that this is what I struggle with?  But the truth is, we all have areas where we need to work on YES.  Today I am a YES!
Rachel Camero
Spotted Dog Yoga Teacher

“Give Up the Need to Know” by Emily Kendall

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 The 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program is about to start and I am SO excited. I love this program; gaining a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, learning and exploring the new habits and practices related to my diet and stress management, not to mention the enhanced camaraderie around the studio! It has changed my life in so many positive ways.
“I don’t have enough time – how can I?” Of course, there is that voice! That one in the back of my head. Typically it doesn’t have anything good to say. You know the one. It creeps into thoughts and says, “You don’t have time for that!” “You aren’t going to make all the meetings, so how can you really succeed?”
During the last 40 Days Program I almost didn’t participate due to business travel for work. The energy was building at the studio with excitement and I was going to sit this one out. The thought of not being 100% available made me feel like a failure, even before the program started.
“Give up the need to know.” A sign I interacted with almost daily after my yoga practice – posted on the exit door of the PLAY HARD room at Spotted Dog Yoga (SDY). This idea was a foreign philosophy. I have spent my nearly 40 years on this earth collecting ALL and everything I can. And I love planning, planning my day, planning my week, planning anything and everything. This sign challenged me, challenged my life long belief to know, to know ALL I possibly can.
Fellow yogis were talking more and more about the upcoming 40 Days Program. I was frustrated, I wanted to sign up too…but how? How can I make it all work? I can’t figure it all out! I can’t plan every detail. Suddenly it hit me like a ton of yoga blocks! I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to participate and commit to my fullest because life was too busy. I was willing to give up without even trying. I couldn’t control where I was going to be and where I was going to eat, I didn’t even want to sign up and see what I could do with my life at this current busy state.
I had to “give up the need to know,” to give up that my participation needed to be all planned out. Suddenly being out of town felt like an opportunity! Yes, I can’t plan for everything but here is a chance to practice. To practice my commitment to self-care even though my schedule is not perfect for it. Life is outside my control and I am going to commit to doing the work with what I have in the present moment.
The perfect time rarely comes when you want it too. Life keeps going – often not as planned.
Yes, travelling and doing the program was challenging at the same time. I missed a meeting and didn’t make it to all the Friday night practices, but I also got to practice at new studios with interesting and fun teachers. The daily meditation practice grounded me in my commitment again and again as a reminder to do the work and balance what I could do with my schedule. The weekly themes gave me new and powerful tools to help me move through any extra unforeseen daily challenges. Plus I had the support of my fellow yogis in this powerful and supportive community at SDY.
It was another life changing experience, I lost weight, tried new recipes, enhanced my yoga practice and shifted my resistance towards meditation. I recommend this program to everyone!
Emily Kendall
Spotted Dog Yoga Teacher

I would do anything for love…..

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“Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being.”

-Orison Swett Marden

Nick and I enjoy putting on “LOVE: Yoga Date Night” each year because we first met at a yoga studio! From our first date combo of a yoga class and dinner almost 6 years ago to where we are now, yoga has been integral part of our life together. We enjoy simply practicing side by side but also acknowledge that our dedication to the tools we have gained from this practice have allowed us to grow as individuals and stronger together as a couple.

We invite you to join us for this special event on February 11th to explore a combination of yoga, fun, play, and connection with your partner!

We have a lot of wonderful couples who are a part of this community! Check out what a few of our favorites have to say about practicing yoga together at Spotted Dog Yoga!

-Nick and Katie

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Price And Bonnie Walker 

“We practice yoga because it brings us close; makes us smile and literally allows us to slow down and breathe together. On Sundays we plan our week according to which classes we can share, and then each of us does what they need outside of that. Together is always better.”

 

Rick and Laura Fergerson

“Practicing yoga together as a couple is fun! Rick gets to make gorilla noises and Laura gets to laugh at Rick! On the serious side, practicing yoga together brings our relationship to another level. As a couple, yoga helps us build a solid foundation, practice patience and understanding, work through the fire, actively listen, and find balance. What more could you ask for as a couple!”

 

Jen and Ed Cox

“I will confidently state that practicing yoga with Jen has improved our communication as a couple by increasing our confidence, our trust in each other and strengthening our connection between each other.  Personally it’s helped me reduce stress and anxiety which allows me to focus on being a more compassionate partner.  Got to let that shit go!!”