THE POWER OF THE MORNING…

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From Monday June 19th to Sunday June 25th the Spotted Dog Yoga community will participate in the “Good Morning Sunshine Challenge! During the week, students will commit to doing as many “early bird” yoga classes as possible. This challenge gets people out of their normal routine and shows them the power of waking up and doing yoga first thing in the morning! The promise of this challenge is that it will bring SDY students a renewed sense of vitality, power and freedom in their bodies and lives! 

Spotted Dog Yoga is a Baptiste Yoga Affiliate studio in Folsom, CA. Our style of teaching is derived directly from the the methodology and teachings of Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste Yoga Institute. For more than 25 years Baron Baptiste has devoted his life to creating and sharing transformational yoga practices and programs. He shares the Baptiste Yoga methodology through workshops, books, yoga teacher trainings and his continued work with non-profit organizations.

In Baron’s book “40 Days To Personal Revolution” he speaks to the power of practicing yoga in the early morning…

“It is best to practice first thing in the morning, before eating, because your mind and body are free from clutter and therefore more impressionable than at an other time during the day!  It is a wonderful way to set the tone of your day. Plus, if you don’t get it in the morning, you very likely won’t do it later as you get caught up in your day. The discipline of getting up just a little bit earlier each day will soon prove to be golden to you, as the power of the morning is invaluable.”

Spotted Dog Yoga exists to inspire students who are willing to do the work to unlock their greatest potential. This program has been set up for YOU to do just that…all you have to do is sign up and show up!

Sign up NOW and get ready for a transformational week at Spotted Dog Yoga.

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“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

Summertime and Yoga

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When I think of summer I think of sleeping in, freedom and Alice Cooper’s hot weather anthem, “School’s Out for Summer.” This season of sunshine and flip flops can be a tough one when it comes to keeping good habits going, including yoga. Because let’s face it – when it’s cold outside, it’s easy to get to a hot yoga class. But on a lazy hot summer day? Well, it can be a challenge.

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However summer is one of the best times to stay consistent with your yoga practice. Here are four reasons why:

  1. Consistency is the key to growth. If you want to get better at something, you need consistent practice, right? To move your yoga practice forward, plan a certain number of times you’ll get into the studio each week. That way, come fall you won’t feel like you’re starting all over again.
  2. Better heat tolerance. We live in a hot climate, and when you practice power Vinyasa yoga, you’ll be more acclimated to the heat. I mean who wants to be limited to only air-conditioned environments when the temps go above 90 degrees?
  3. You’ll be a better parent. I hate to admit it, but I semi-dreaded each summer when I stayed home with my kids. The first few weeks were always tough on all of us as we shifted from over-scheduled to the more free-form days. Looking back on it, I think we all would have benefitted from a little bit of structure, and I certainly would have been a better mom with some yoga each week.
  4. You’ll be a better athlete. With summer comes all sorts of fun recreation opportunities. And I guarantee that you will be better at whatever summer sport you choose – whether it’s waterskiing, SUPing or ultimate Frisbee – with a regular yoga practice that’s strengthening and stretching your body and your mind.

So how can we get consistent with our practice during the summer? (So glad you asked!) Here are three ways to ensure you don’t put your yoga practice on hold.

  1. Use the app. Spotted Dog has a nifty app where you can sign up for classes and have a reminder sent to your calendar. This works great for me. If I approach a day thinking, “Oh, I can get to yoga any time” that pretty much means I won’t attend a class. But by scheduling the classes I intend to take, it’s easier to keep that promise to myself.
  2. Let your kids do yoga! What I would have given to have kids yoga classes available when my boys were small. Take advantage of Spotted Dog’s “I Play Yoga” kids classes. It’s a win-win when the parents and the littles are doing yoga, right?
  3. Use your tapas. Sometimes you’ll hear the word tapas used in class. It’s synonymous with fire, heat and discipline. So don’t just use your tapas to stay in a challenging pose. Use it to get to class!

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat,

Leslie

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Reasons To Light Up!

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Spotted Dog Yoga is excited to be hosting our very first 200 Hour Yoga Training Program starting February 5th 2015.  This program has been created to help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are and what you stand for as a person. The SDY “Light Up’  Yoga Training program will not only give you the ability to live your life in your most authentic representation, but it will also give you the tools to share yourself to the world through yoga.

It is our commitment as a studio to help you grow as a person. We are inspired to educate and motivate you to make decisions that empower you in your life.

As we move through the next month, we are fully committed to sharing with you the reasons that we believe that this program will enhance your life!

Check in here or on our social media channels to be inspired and to learn the “Reasons To Light Up” in 2015 with Spotted Dog Yoga.

For more information on the training and to apply for a spot, please click here.

Here is reason number 10! “Find Courage!”

200 Hour Teacher Training Program

200 Hour Teacher Training Program