DON’T MISS! Welcome Dan Nevins to FOLSOM!

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This weekend Dan Nevins is teaching and practicing at Spotted Dog Yoga in Folsom, California. Dan Nevins is a professional speaker who has been inspiring audiences around the world with his message of perseverance, resiliency and hope for more than a decade.

Spotted Dog Yoga Co-Founders Nick and Katie Clark have had the opportunity to become great friends of Dan over the past 5 years after meeting him through the Baptiste Yoga Community! Spotted Dog Yoga is the ONLY Baptiste Yoga Affiliate Studio in the Sacramento area.

On this past Wednesday Nick and Katie were invited on set of FOX40 Studio live to SHARE Dan’s story and to promote his events this weekend. CLICK HERE to see the broadcast from Wednesday.

DAN NEVINS WEEKEND SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 8AM: PRACTICE NEXT TO DAN
SATURDAY 11AM-2PM TRAUMA INFORMED TRAINING
SUNDAY 9:30AM-11:30AM 2 HOUR MASTER CLASS
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UPCOMING EVENTS AT SDY

September 5th: 40 Days To Personal Revolution 

 

 

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Adding One More To The Pack!

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Ready to learn a little bit more about Spotted Dog Yoga’s founders Nick and Katie Clark? They first met at Zuda Yoga in Folsom when Nick was leading a program and Katie was a participant. The details of that first encounter will differ depending on which of them you ask, but the bottom line is that it was pretty much love at first sight. After going on their first date, Nick and Katie became inseparable and it also wasn’t too long after that Katie completed yoga teacher training and began teaching as well.

Not long after Nick moved in they decided to rescue a dog…little did they know that the newest furry member of their family would change their lives forever and become the face their future business! Bandit came from an abusive household and also narrowly escaped “death row” at the pound. This 35 pound bundle of energy has not only taught Nick and Katie many important lessons (don’t leave your favorite hat on the floor) but also inspired the couple to go for their dream of opening their very own yoga studio and Spotted Dog Yoga was born! The studio motto, “Play Hard. Love Big.” is a reminder of what Bandit has taught them over the years.

Nick and Katie were married May 7th, 2016 in Nick’s hometown of Durango, Colorado and went on a 24 day honeymoon through Italy! When they returned from their trip, they decided it was time for Bandit to have a sister and rescued Allie Mae last summer.

Nick and Katie are thrilled to announce that the fifth member of their growing family is on it’s way! They are expecting their first child January 2018 and couldn’t be happier!

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Beyond the Noise

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In the world today it isn’t that often that we find the time to slow down, unplug, and connect.  As a society, we are constantly overstimulated by external noise, leaving little time to actually hear what’s going on inside. Your yoga practice is meant to provide you the space to connect and listen, not to be just another form of distraction.

Spotted Dog Yoga was created as a special space for you to re-connect to yourself and to build relationships with other people in this amazing community. The culture here reflects the experiences that Katie and I have had on our yoga mats and in our lives over the last 6 years. When we first started our journey with yoga, we only taught and practiced with music. After years of playing music in all of my classes, I had a breakthrough and observed that I was using the noise of the music as a way to hide from my students. My biggest concern was my music, not connecting with others, and I was spending more time putting together playlists than working on myself. Yoga teachers and practitioners alike can easily use the practice of yoga as just another way to distract themselves and disconnect. Sometimes we do this without awareness as a result of an internal fear that we might feel or discover something about ourselves that we’ve been trying to hide.

Through our training with the Baptiste Institute and our commitment to this practice at Spotted Dog Yoga, Katie and I discovered where we had previously been hiding as teachers and have taken on a new way of teaching and being. It was a big shift for me personally to stop playing music in my classes and simply hold space for myself and others. Since we made this shift, however, I have found more peace within myself, gained confidence in who I am, and developed real connections with others. I am no longer hiding behind the noise and I invite you to do the same. It is possible for all of us to gain insight into who we are simply by giving ourselves the space to listen.

When you roll out your yoga mat at Spotted Dog Yoga, you invite the possibility of big breakthroughs simply by creating the time to be present and listen. Below, discover three reasons why the majority of classes at Spotted Dog Yoga are taught without music.

  1. Your Practice is a Moving Meditation.  Gaining access to the present moment can be as simple as listening to your breath and focusing your eyes. However, simple doesn’t mean easy. Your yoga practice will constantly push you to your limits and test your ability to remain present and calm throughout a class. Practicing in a noise free space allows us to actually hear our breath, which also helps with our practice of drishti (focused gaze). Your breath and drishti throughout a practice will help you build mental fortitude and create awareness around the distractions you create for yourself on the mat.unspecified
  2. Observe Your Thoughts. When we take out external noise and distraction, we are able to notice our internal dialogue. Once you have created awareness around your thoughts and reactions, YOU have the ability to choose whether they are serving you or not. This new-found awareness creates the possibility of shift in your thoughts and in your life! How you do anything is how you do everything…your yoga practice will give you direct insight into how you are being and where you can grow.
  3. Cultivate Connection. When music is played during a yoga practice, it can very easily be an “out” for us so that we don’t have to feel what is coming up. Our style of teaching  at Spotted Dog Yoga causes us, both as teacher and practitioner, to do the work necessary to create shift on and off the mat because there is nowhere to hide. Through this practice, you will gain a deeper understanding of who you are and what you stand for so that you can share yourself more powerfully with others. Your ability to create authentic connections with others requires that you first understand yourself in a real way.

Looking forward to seeing you at “The Dog!”

Nick

 

 

Spotted Dog Yoga has a lot of great workshops coming up this summer! Click Here to learn more about what is going on at SDY! 

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Upgrade Your Yoga Experience

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Choosing the right yoga mat and yoga accessories will make a huge difference for you and your yoga practice.  If you haven’t already noticed, at Spotted Dog Yoga, we are BIG fans of Manduka brand mats and mat towels.

Here are 3 reasons why selecting a Manduka brand mat will enhance your yoga experience for years to come:

  1. Lifetime Warranty*. After purchasing your Manduka Pro or Manduka Pro Light mat, get excited about the fact that you will have it for life! You will like it so much that you may end up buying another color! *The lifetime warranty for Manduka mats is available if the mat is purchased from an authorized dealer like Spotted Dog Yoga!
  2. Thickness and Density. Sore joints? These mats give you the ultimate balance of softness and firm to protect your joints. Breaking in these mats is a whole lot like breaking in a pair of running shoes. Over time you will notice that they get better and better.
  3. Non Absorbant.  Let’s face it, when you are doing hot yoga, you are going to sweat a lot.  Imagine if your yoga mat collected all of that sweat over a long period of time.  Then imagine breathing deeply in and out of your nose directly over the accumulated sweat.  Enough said!  Manduka mats are non absorbent and easy to clean so that every time that you jump on your mat, you’re assured a stink free ride.

When you start to sweat you are going to want to grab a Yogitoes or Equa mat towel!  A mat towel is light weight and non slip to give you extra grip when you start to sweat. Yogitoes and Equa mat towels are most effective when you slide them over the top of a wet yoga mat.

During your introductory period at Spotted Dog Yoga, you’ll have the opportunity to ride a rental Manduka yoga mat for free!  Also, for your very first class, enjoy a free mat towel rental on us!

After your first class, we recommend that you purchase a mat towel or two, but if you aren’t ready to purchase we also rent them for $4.00 per visit.

Don’t want the extra laundry?  Add on towel service to your membership!  For $15.00 extra per month, you get one each hand towel, bath towel, and mat towel per visit to the DOG!

Dog Days at Spotted Dog Yoga

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Join Abby as she rolls in for a great class at SDY! Of course Bandit is there to great her! For more other greet videos like this check out Spotted Dog Yoga on Youtube and on Vimeo. Enjoy!

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Teacher Training Essentials

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Nick and Katie, assisted by Dawn, will be leading a new group of students through the “Light Up!” 200 Hour Teacher Training, starting on September 24th. I completed teacher training through Spotted Dog Yoga in April this year and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Here are a few thoughts on being prepared for teacher training.

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  1. Have a regular yoga practice. I hadn’t practiced yoga consistently in more than a year when I started teacher training. This was not ideal (sarcasm, understatement). A foundation of 3 to 5 classes per week will help you withstand the physical rigors of the training program.
  2. Get comfortable with not knowing. Teacher training is designed to challenge you and to disrupt business as usual. So don’t be surprised when you find yourself out – way out – of your comfort zone.
  3. Find deodorant that works. You’ll be sweating a lot in close proximity with other yogis. A great deodorant will make you smell, if not great, at least less bad.
  4. Prep quick healthy snacks. Breaks are often short and have to be used for many purposes, and bringing snacks means you’ll never have to choose between a shower or food when you’re dying for both.
  5. Trust the process. You’re in great hands at Spotted Dog and even when things feel tough and you don’t think you can go on, remember that you are stronger than you know, and that everybody guiding you through has been in your shoes.

I’ll never regret doing teacher training. If you’re considering it, just do it. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever teach. Even if you’re not sure you’re strong enough. You’ll be amazed at who you can become at the end of the journey.

See you on the mat!

Leslie

Owner/Blogger Leslie Gandy Yoga and Fitness

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Winning at Yoga

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My husband is incredibly competitive. He’s the youngest of three boys, with brothers who are seven and nine years older than he is. He’s a type A personality, which plays into it. And just being a guy could be a contributing factor too. When we started doing yoga together several years ago, he would tell me after each class if he won or not. I found the idea incredibly amusing, bordering on the absurd. And though he would say it with a smile, there was an element of seriousness to it. For Tim, winning meant never resting in Child’s pose, doing every single part of the flow full on, and basically kicking ass the entire class.

I’m not very competitive, but as I thought more about this idea I realized that I can let this win or lose attitude come into my own practice. I’m just a little sneakier about it. When I see another yogi in an advanced version of a pose I struggle with, I can let that suck away any joy I might have in my own practice. It shows up in forward fold poses when I’m scanning the room to see who’s more folded than I am. And because for my entire life I’ve wanted to be a dancer, full Hanuman (front splits in non-yoga speak) is oh so hard on my very fragile ego. Because to my eyes, everyone does it better than I do.

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Ego is really what it comes back to. Of course yoga is not a competitive sport. But my ego really can turn it into one so easily. What’s the solution? As usual it’s simple and basic. I’ve never heard a teacher at Spotted Dog say, “scan the room to see who’s doing the pose better than you are,” but I’ve certainly heard, “focus your gaze.” I can also tap into my tapas (discipline) and like they used to say in school, keep my eyes on my own paper.

A change in perspective can make all the difference too. Seeing someone in an advanced pose can be inspirational, right? I’ve been told that the only valid comparison is where you used to be and where you are now. Truth is, if I’m on my yoga mat, I’m already winning and so are you!

See you on the mat,

Leslie

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