Bend So You Don’t Break

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As humans we understand not everything goes our way 100% of the time. That’s just a given. But as yogis our practice teaches us to bend for balance. Situations arise every day, week, month, and year and our yoga practices help us to get through.

How? Confidence!

It helps us act in our best interest by operating in our highest expression and with an open mind.

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Yoga helps us learn a lot about ourselves and how to confront our fears.

Fear to fail and fear to fall.

Face it, when we’re first starting out in yoga we are going to fall, like a lot. But that doesn’t have to stop us. Putting our egos aside, we get back up on the mat and try again! Yes it might be embarrassing, but remember we’ve all been there…

On the floor.

And with each practice, we learn how to balance, and how to hold that pose just so and most importantly, when to breathe. It’s such a basic instinct really. And the beauty of yoga is that it reminds us why it’s so important to breathe and to do it at the proper times.

In life we also fall, and sometimes all the way to the ground. You know, like the well known saying…Rock Bottom.

Can I get a show of hands of how many of you have been there? Same here.

So take all your fears, recognize them and sweat them out. That makes us the people that we are in the future, someone we can be proud of. And while some of those life altering experiences almost broke us, it made us stronger and helped us bend the other way. Even when we were down in the slumps, tears streaming down our faces and holding our broken hearts, somewhere deep down inside, we knew it would get better one day. Because what is life without give and take, but no life at all?

So I give this to you. ♥

While in a physical sense it is good to be able to bend, so as to not hurt ourselves, it is also good to bend mentally. If we allowed ourselves to break, we are not only breaking ourselves but the important ones around us.

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Spend time with the ones you love, engage with those in the community, get to know each other and praise one another for all the hard work they put in, big or small. Next time your on a mat, push yourself a little more in that pose you absolutely hate doing because when you conquer that, you can do anything. And when someone next to you finally gets up into a wheel pose all by themselves, celebrate them! Let the world, or room, know that they are a freaken beast! And there, my fellow yogis, is that confidence boost that makes the world go round as well all bend instead of break. ♥

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”. — T.S. Eliot

I bend so I don’t break confidence.

I bend so I don’t break motivation.

I bend so I don’t break relationships.

Why do you bend?

 

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Spotted Dog is Eco-Friendly!

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Here at Spotted Dog Yoga we pride ourselves on being an Eco-Friendly yoga studio. Just how friendly are we? Glad you asked.

When you first step foot into the studio, what is the first thing you notice? Well the floor of course! Our floors are made from anti-microbial, water resistant, easy to clean, recycled materials. (An ANTIMICROBIAL is any substance of natural, semisynthetic or synthetic origin that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms but causes little or no damage to the host.)

In other words, our floors are less likely to get icky.

Your Welcome.

What about ALL that heat!? Don’t worry, at Spotted Dog the heat is evenly distributed throughout the room with special ducting, the humidity and heat levels are controllable to our specific settings. Also, our rooms are specially insulated so that our heating system will be efficient and help us conserve energy!

Phew, what a relief.

We are committed to conserving energy and reducing paper waste. Our studio is “lit up” using only LED light bulbs, lowering energy usage significantly! Can’t find any paper towels in the bathroom? We provide cotton hand towels to help eliminate paper in the land fills.

Don’t worry, the toilet paper isn’t recycled!

We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle with you to the studio and “fill up” at our hydro station. To date, Spotted Dog Yoga has helped eliminate waste from 59,327 disposable plastic bottles!

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Come join us at Spotted Dog Yoga and let’s be Eco-Friendly together!

 

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40 Day Personal Inspirations

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Twice a year Spotted Dog Yoga invites the community to delve into one of its most popular programs, 40 Days To Personal Revolution! Let the personal observations below inspire you to take on your own Personal Revolution!

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“Nick Clark you were talking about how the 40-day program has impacted your life. It made me reflect on how it has impacted mine. I have made great friends, improved my practice immensely (still a ways to go) taught me to think more about what I eat, and improved communication in my life outside of yoga. I highly recommend the program to anyone considering it. Thanks to SDY for all you do to make our lives better!”

-Julie Marcik, SDY Member

“The 40 Day program was such a mind and heart opening experience for me! I learned so much about myself and the people in the Spotted Dog Community (who are amazing!). It deepened my practice and left me feeling empowered and connected.”

-Joelle Conway, SDY Teacher

“This program is AMAZING. It propelled me forward in a way I had never imagined, not just on my mat…off my mat as well. What will it do for you?”

-Chantell Trumbell, SDY Teacher

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“Personal Revolution! I remember being unable to use those words to describe what I had signed up for 2 years ago. It felt like a tall order and a little boastful! Plus I didn’t really want to talk about it in depth with anyone outside of yoga. How would they ever understand and I felt there was no way I could explain.

It more than delivered a personal revolution! !!!! By challenging my prespective of myself, my diet, my yoga practice, my relationships, there wasn’t an area in my life that was untouched by my experience.

My favorite analogy is before my first 40 day experience I felt like I was carrying around extra luggage all the time. And not one bag but MANY!!! Each week I slowly put down a bag or two or three. They were still in my life but I didn’t have to carry them everywhere! I rediscovered that I was still me and though many things pushed me off center I could reconnect.

For the first time in 30 years I understood meditation and how to access the benefits. My yoga practice became insanely strong! I lost 35 pounds that year! Yeah I gained it back – like I said the luggage isn’t gone but I don’t carry it as much.”

-Emily Kendall, SDY Teacher

If you have thought about introducing yoga into your life, this is a great way to get started. This program is an opportunity to become aware of all aspects of your life through meditation, the physical practice of yoga and the inquiry sessions that allow you to reflect on things that are affecting you negatively and may need change.

I learned that being present was something that I needed to work on, and would encourage you to check it out if you have any interest whatsoever. You’ll be surprised at how you will feel !

-Jim Sweeney, SDY Member

This program is life changing! Learn how to live the life you want on and off the mat! Connect with SDY’s community and meet new friends. Join Stephanie Walker TiceNick Clark and myself as we take you through 40 days to Personal Revolution! Practice with us at 6:00 pm and then stay for the program at 7:30. Click on the link below to register. You won’t want to miss this!

-Jennifer Cox, SDY Teacher

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This program works! I have completed it a handful of times and each time I learn something new about myself. After years of fear and anxiety I have learned to be more present and to be okay with what is. I am so excited to not only be part of the 40 Days Program this time but to facilitate it along with the amazing Jennifer Vicari-Cox and Nick Clark. Join us on Wednesday nights so you can start YOUR Personal Revolution.

-Stephanie Tice, SDY Teacher

3 things I ❤️ about this 40 day thingy: weekly meetings where I get to talk about yoga with other yoga heads, set goals around yoga and figure out how to incorporate yoga in other areas of my life outside of the yoga studio and the free swag at the end that tells non-40 day’ers that they missed out! Spotted Doggies, if you’ve missed the chance before, you’ve got an opportunity coming up next week…

-Maribel Martinez-Wyatt, SDY Teacher

Are you seeking a bigger and improved way of being on or off your mat? This class WILL change your life . I have personally completed it several times 😁The commitment is so minimal compared to the knowledge and creation you will achieve. BE A YES FOR THIS

-Lena Morton, SDY Teacher

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Learn Yoga Series Starts Soon!

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Join Spotted Dog Yoga starting Tuesday, February 6th for “Learn Yoga.”

From this six session series you will gain the knowledge and understanding of the sequence that we teach here at Spotted Dog Yoga.

You will have access to some amazing health benefits as you build on your strong foundation of yoga practice!

Most common health benefits of yoga:

  • Strength & Flexibility
  • Stress Relief
  • Better Sleep
  • Energy

 

“Step out of your comfort zone.” – Baron

 

Click here for more information and Sign Up!

 

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You gotta LOVE her!

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Meet Stephanie Tice…fabulous SDY teacher! In addition to being a yoga lover, Stephanie (or Stephy) loves to hike, go to the beach, travel, read and play board/card games! She is originally from San Jose, CA and has been married to her husband, Ryan, for 18 years this June! Stephy knew she was going to marry Ryan the night they met! They have two daughters, Lauren (15) who is finishing her freshman year at Vista and Camryn (13) who is finishing 7th grade at Folsom Middle. The Tice family also has a one-eyed dog named Ohso. He is a chocolate brown cocker spaniel and is “oh so” cute!!! Stephy is a total neat freak (it calms her), loves Las Vegas and playing blackjack, secretly wishes she was a CIA agent and her favorite meal is a burger with fries and a cold beer.

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Stephy has been practicing at SDY for 21 months and teaching with us since January. She is also a school teacher so during the school year she prefers to practice in the evening. During the summer, however, she enjoys the 5:45am classes…call her crazy but she doesn’t sleep in! In order to stay consistent in her yoga practice, Stephy tries to practice at the same times and days each week to stay committed. Being consistent in her practice keeps her in a good mindset and she is more productive in her everyday life. When she doesn’t practice she can easily slip back into her old way of being/thinking.

Stephy never thought she was going to become a yoga teacher, but after developing her practice and becoming a part of the community she knew she wanted MORE! She is inspired by the possibilities of growth for herself while being able to give back to others. Stephy has discovered a lot about herself through her yoga practice. She has found an ease about being on her mat which has carried over into life off her mat. She has discovered what it means to be present and let go of expectations of what she thinks things should be and accept what is. She has also realized that she is the source of what is in her life.

From the very first time Stephy walked into Spotted Dog Yoga the community feeling has been a huge inspiration to her. She loves the camaraderie, the support and encouragement and the friendships she has made!

We are SO lucky to have such an amazing teacher and friend in Stephanie! Thank you for all you do!

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