Yoga Tip: Accountability

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Hold Yourself Accountable

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She Loves YOGA….

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Meet Emily B Kendall! Emily, or Em for short, is originally from Boulder Creek and currently lives in Orangevale with her husband, Jesse, and their two rescued Thai Ridgeback mix pups. Lisa rescued Em and Jesse in 2010 and is the pride of their family. She is mixed with a “Carolina Dog,” an avid hunter and actually works for Jesse in his handyman business (when a client has rodent problems)! After moving out of the bay area in 2015, they began looking for a second “Carolina Dog” but didn’t find one. After posting a video of Lisa last October, a ridgeback-mix who looks a little like Lisa found them! Ginny-bean is now the family’s baby…a cuddle bug and full of mischief! Nothing says love like 65 pounds climbing up on you while you sit on the couch.

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Emily loves gardening, birding, hiking, paddling (anything that floats), road cycling, running and dog training! Emily has a degree in Applied Mathematics and climbed the corporate ladder (starting as a Marketing Associate and now a Senior Director) in less than 10 years. Emily had no problem eating chicken when they had a pet chicken but after her death she gave up meat. She back packed around Europe when she was 17 and has climbed Half Dome 5 times (once in the moonlight).

Emily and Jesse moved here almost 2 years ago and with only one local friend, plus working from home it could have been a very lonely transition. But Emily met so many amazing people and immediately felt welcomed the moment she walked into Spotted Dog Yoga! Emily’s yoga practice has brought her the awareness that she is not easy on herself and has helped her be ok with andcreate space for ease within her mind and body. With her full time job, early morning and evening classes work best for her schedule. Emily loves practicing in the early morning because it sets the tone for her day. She stays consistent in her yoga practice by looking honestly at her schedule and penciling in practices. Emily knows that when she is feeling “off” it’s because she hasn’t been practicing regularly. When she gets cranky, her husband even asks her if there is a yoga class she can go to…a lot of us can relate to this!

Emily completed “Light Up! Teacher Empowerment Program” at SDY this past February and began teaching her very own classes in March! Emily will tell you that, “If you are even considering the program, you are ready now.” DO IT! You won’t regret it! You will grow in unexpected ways beyond your yoga practice. If you feel stuck in any aspect of your life, Emily can’t recommend this program enough!

We are SO glad that Emily found SDY and is now such an integral part of our team and community! Thank you for all you do!

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!

Africa Yoga Project. Handstands, Hugs and Happiness Tour at Spotted Dog Yoga

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Join us for a very special evening as we host TWO teachers from the Africa Yoga Project at Spotted Dog Yoga! Admission to this class is $20 and goes directly to support the Africa Yoga Project! A VERY BIG thank you to Baptiste Yoga and Baptiste Yoga San Francisco for making this possible for our community!

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Africa Yoga Project at Spotted Dog Yoga in Folsom, Ca

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Hugs, Handstands and Happiness Tour at Spotted Dog Yoga in Folsom, Ca.

Hugs. Handstands. Happiness. We can not think of three other words that describe walking into to the Africa Yoga Project Shine Center, the community based yoga center where hundreds of people practice yoga weekly. in Nairobi, Kenya.

We are very excited to bring the contagious energy, enthusiasm and effectiveness of AYP to Spotted Dog Yoga in Folsom, California.

The Africa Yoga Project  (AYP) transforms the lives of disadvantaged young people through expanding employment in the growing health and wellbeing sector, turning forgotten members of society into role models and community leaders. Drawn from ethnic and regional backgrounds from across Kenya and raised in the informal settlements of Nairobi, AYP teachers reach as many as 6,000 people per week through free outreach classes, and bring positive and transformative messages to communities!

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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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Back to School for Grownups

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For many people a new year represents a new start, an opportunity to begin again, a time to disrupt business as usual. To me, fall offers that very same opportunity. Maybe it’s the memories of my own new school supplies and the excitement that came with meeting your teacher and entering a different classroom. Although my kids always complained about summer coming to an end, there was the same kind of excitement for them. But as grownups, unless you’re a teacher, you don’t get the back to school experience (and for teachers it’s way different than it is for students, I would guess).

Back To School For Adults

This year I intend to treat the day after Labor Day as my own personal reset date and I hope you’ll do the same. This weekend I’ll revisit some goals I set at the end of SDY’s Teacher Training and identify specific actions I can take to move closer to what I want the most. Then I’ll have two weeks of gentle implementation, which enables me to further refine whatever I’ve committed to. For example, in a perfect world I would practice yoga and get 20,000 steps every day. But experience has told me I’m setting myself up for failure if that’s what I’m aiming for, because that just doesn’t work for me. Those kinds of issues can be worked out during those two weeks.

Come Tuesday, September 8th, it’s time to get serious. And the timing of this school year new year is beautiful, because it gives some structure and weight to your commitments at a time when it’s just so easy to lose steam as the days get shorter and the weather more unpredictable (can we get some rain please?) and staying in bed becomes more appealing than ever. Another great thing is that staying disciplined in the months leading up to the holidays means you won’t start the calendar new year with big sweeping changes that need to be made.

If any of your commitments have to do with healthier eating, consider signing up for Christine Ice’s “Rejuvenate and Reset: 5 Days to Vibrant Health” class at Spotted Dog on Saturday, September 12th. In the two-hour seminar, you’ll learn how cleansing and detoxing your body will revitalize and start you on a path to more vibrant health. The seminar will be followed by five days of mindful yogic eating, based on a foundation of fresh, organic, beautiful foods. Your health coach, Christine, will provide daily check-ins and support to keep you on track. This process will remove toxins from your liver and colon, fire up your digestive energy, boost your immune system, and increase mental focus and clarity.

That’s my plan. So who’s with me? I’ll post some of my commitments in the Comments section, and I’d love it if you’d post yours too.

See you on the mat.

Leslie

Owner/Blogger Leslie Gandy Yoga and Fitness

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5 Tips for “Summer Yoga Body” Challenge!

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Summer Yoga Body (or SYB) was created as a way to help you create a foundation and stay committed to your yoga practice during the busy summer months. What we have noticed since we started practicing yoga is that it is harder to stay committed to healthy choices, like yoga, during the summer because there are so many fun things going on. A lot of people step away from their yoga practice during the summer and return in the fall, struggling to get back into the rhythm. In order to move forward as a community, it is essential that we stay committed to doing the work as individuals. This July, we invite you to take on this great opportunity to build a solid foundation in your practice so that you can move into the fall on top of your game. Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your SYB experience:

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1) Commit. Sign me up NOW!  “Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.” ~Abraham Lincoln. If you commit to Summer Yoga Body, we promise to help you reach your personal health goals! Be a YES and sign yourself up NOW!

2) Join forces! Get your friends involved…everything is more fun when you do it with the people that you love. Plus, your friends will thank you for the gentle kick in the ass this program will provide. Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practicing for years, this program will set you up for success!

3) Make a plan. Create your SYB class schedule NOW! Download Spotted Dog Yoga’s free mobile app for iPhone or Android. On our mobile app you can book classes early, add reminders for the classes you have scheduled to your calendar, and invite your friends every time that you come to class!

4) Hold yourself accountable. Yesterday you said tomorrow. NOW is the time to make the changes you want for yourself. If not now, WHEN? If not you, WHO?

5) Share your success! Every time that you show up for one of your 21 classes in July for SYB, check in at Spotted Dog Yoga on Facebook and share your progress with your peeps!