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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Get Back to Nature

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Yoga means “union”, and when its pared with the great outdoors you are uniting with nature, humanity, and the universe. It can intensify your experience in ways you never even imagined.

The breeze can remind you to deepen your breath, the warm sun can help deepen your poses by making the muscles more flexible, and a butterfly can help you to focus on something small.

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Maybe that’s why so many poses are named after nature & animals. 

Tree, Cat, Eagle, Dead Bug.

Eww.

Toss in the natural, uneven surfaces like sand, grass, woodland and now you’ve really got a good time going for you! This will help intensify your posture and build the secondary muscles in your feet, hips, knees, spine, and shoulders.

Doing yoga outside gives off a different vibe verses doing it in the studio. But no matter where you take your mat, always be mindful of your surroundings and be kind to your body.

We do Private Sessions!

Next time you have an itch to do yoga outdoors, take Spotted Dog with you! So whether it’s a group for yoga in the park, bachelorette party, kids birthday, or team building for work, we’ve got you covered.

Request Private Session Here

 

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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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Spring Cleaning

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Oh, hello Spring. It’s so good to see you again. We have been waiting for you.

The equinox comes twice a year and it symbolizes transition and balance. Uniting.

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As we are waking up from our winter slumber, it is time to let go of all the darkness and clutter and clean! We release what feels heavy and clear away all these mental, physical and emotional debris.

Control, anxiety, worthlessness, hurt, boredom, pain, exhaustion.

Just to name a few.

This challenges us to refocus our day to day efforts and reconnect to what matters most to us: goals, dreams, relationships, health and experiences.

How is your health? Are you happy?

How are your relationships? Do you feel connected?

How is your work? Does it feel empowering?

What can you do to be the best you?

Badass new years goals, its time to shine!

Maybe they are goals to enrich your knowledge, how to be a better partner, parent, friend, to take care of yourself, or to express yourself and open up.

And like many people maybe you have lost that connection to those badass goals, or maybe you forgot what they even were!

So when you think of spring and the Spring Equinox, think of your wellbeing, those goals you set months ago and come back to the person that you want to be. Meditate.

Plant the seeds of your hopes and dreams, cleanse the soil to make space and visualize your life in its highest potential-just like the world, when it blossoms into its fullest potential during Spring.

 

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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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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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