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December Pose of the Month: Seated Meditation

The pose of the month for December is: Seated Meditation. Even for many practiced yogis, sitting silently in meditation can be overwhelming, intimidating, and… well, just plain hard! We are so used to doing in order to achieve the goals we want for ourselves that “just sitting” can seem counter productive and, quite frankly, a waste of time. On the contrary, the benefits of a regular meditation practice are sung far and wide by not only yogis, but doctors, psychologists, and scientists as well. Studies show that as little as five minutes of meditation a day can lead to physical and chemical changes in the brain associated with relaxation and positive mood.

During the month of December, your YogaSport instructors will guide you into some helpful exercises to get you started and then allow a few minutes of space for you to get your meditation on. With a little practice, you’ll be totally zen just in time for the holidays!


BENEFITS:
• Calms and focuses the mind
• Slows emotional reactivity
• Creates clarity and awakens intuition
• Develops a mind-body connection

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Seated and alert
• Spine straight and tall
• Heart open and receptive
• Internal focus and gaze

STEP BY STEP (one of many variations):
1. Set a timer for your desired length of uninterrupted meditation.
2. Take a comfortable seated posture that is both alert and receptive.
3. Bring your hands to your heart or another mudra of your choice.
4. Close down your eyes and turn your gaze to your third eye center.
5. Become aware of each inhale and exhale. Release all other thoughts.
6. Notice thoughts as they arise, but let them go without judgment.
7. Stay. Trust your timer.

You will experience Seated Meditation in every Power Flow class this month.

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30 Day Fall Reboot 2018

30 Day Fall Reboot

Starts October 1, 2018 – Purchase by September 25

Did the summer heat completely zap your energy and all of your good habits? Are you pounding loads of sweet and salty snacks and enjoying a bit too many adult beverages and lattes? You might have stopped practicing yoga, going to the gym, eating and cooking fresh foods, and/or taking your vitamins. We completely understand because WE DID TOO! Summer is a fun time to let loose and enjoy life, but it’s important to get back to taking care of yourself.

Boost your energy and mood, reclaim (or develop) your kica** habits, and meet some incredibly fun people along the way. Plus, you don’t even have to live in Dallas. Everything you need is shipped to your door and all of our meetings are on Facebook or Zoom. So, invite your friends and family to join us because the more, the merrier.

Tell Me More

Yes, we would love to. Here is the Magic that can happen if you commit to yourself for 30 days.

Removal of Acid Waste (cause YUCK!): Acid waste often leads to inflammation, congestion, and poor digestion.

Immune System Support: The cleanse will unclog your digestive system, creating less acid and providing a more base/alkaline state for your body.

Reduction of Toxic Load: You’ll be able to digest food easier, absorb the nutrients your body needs, and also dispose and eliminate the extras properly. Angela is obsessed with this subject and has extensive knowledge that she can share in the Facebook group and calls!

If you experience seasonal respiratory issues, struggle with digestive issues, feel fatigued or lethargic, struggle with weight management, have a regular issue of tossing and turning all night, suffer from skin concerns, have hormonal imbalances, have unexpected changes in mood, or any similar challenges . . . this is definitely the right program for you.

Through this process, your gut will be strengthened by adding all the good bacteria your body needs. You will be able to identify the foods that could be causing many of your issues. Your immune system will be gaining support to help you be a more balanced and energetic you!

Benefits (The Real Stuff)

Improved Digestion = rebuild your gut, release bloating, and lose weight

A Sharper Mind = more clarity and the ability to do Jedi mind tricks

More Energy = no more missing out because you are too exhausted

Improved Sleep = you will be nicer to everyone you meet

Hormone Support = decreased cramps and moodiness

Balanced Emotions & Moods = appropriate reactions to life and SPCA commercials

Fewer Cravings = Cheez-Its and Gummy Bears addictions may disappear

Better Self Care = learn how to create actual “me time” that feels good

Community & Support = meet cool people who will cheer you on

Your Success Toolbox

  • Fresh, Real, Organic Food – during the 30 days, focus on eating clean, pure and fresh food with minimal fats. Your commitment to super clean eating will help rejuvenate and cleanse your digestive system while aiding in the removal of toxins that may contribute to fatigue and weight gain.
  • doTERRA’s Cleanse & Restore Kit – The 30-day kit includes the supplements you need to help detox and restore your gut. If you dig shakes as snacks or meal replacements, you can add those on to your order.
  • Our Buddy System – We invite you to take advantage of the accountability system built within the program. There are three educational conference calls throughout the program as well as a Facebook group that will help you stay connected and on track throughout the 30 days. Research shows we are more successful when we have accountability and support. And, it’s way more fun.
  • Essential Oils – Essential oils are a game changer for your health and wellness routine. Using them during the 30 days and beyond will help your mood, keep you motivated, give you energy, and more. We will teach you about the oils throughout the program so if you are new to doTERRA, purchase a few add-ons or e-mail Angela Wanger at yogasport@gmail.com for a free oils chat. She can help you choose the oils that are right for you.

 

Your Reboot Package Includes

  • doTERRA Cleanse and Restore Kit
  • One Year Wholesale Membership to doTERRA
  • Access to our Private Facebook Group (includes Education, Q&A, Peer Support, etc.)
  • Kickoff Workshop on Tuesday, September 25th from 7:30 – 8:30 pm CST (Live at YogaSport Dallas or on Zoom). This workshop includes information on how to cleanse, what to eat, what not to eat, and so much more on leading you to a successful journey.
  • Coaching Call on Monday, October 8th at 8 pm CST (Live on Zoom)
  • Coaching Call on Monday, October 22nd at 8 pm CST (Live on Zoom)

Your Investment = $245 + tax/shipping to your door

**New doTERRA clients get 20% off their kit (pay only $196) through doTERRA’s September 2018 special**

Recommended Add-Ons

Use the add-on product links for information only. Follow the directions below on how to purchase through your own wholesale account (it is free and saves you 25%)

How to Purchase and Register

  1. Click the button below to purchase the Cleanse & Restore Enrollment Kit.
  2. Choose Become a Member + Wholesale Customer + be sure Angela Wagner is listed as your Wellness Advocate.
  3. Don’t forget to purchase any add-on items.
  4. Purchase by Sept. 24 to guarantee delivery for our Oct. 1 start.
  5. Email your receipt and your Facebook profile link to jonathan@yogasportdallas.com

If you are a current doTERRA customer under Angela Wagner (The Oil Maniacs Team)

  1. Purchase the Cleanse & Restore Kit from your doTERRA account
  2. Email your receipt and your Facebook profile link to jonathan@yogasportdallas.com
  3. If you are a doTERRA customer NOT under Angela or you aren’t sure what team you are on, email Angela at yogasport@gmail.com and she will help you out
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September Pose of the Month: Half Moon

Double Pigeon has flown away and given Pose of the Month status to Half Moon! September’s Pose of the Month is Half Moon (ardha chandrasana). This month your YogaSport Instructors will guide you into this posture to help build strength, balance and focus!

BENEFITS
• Strengthens ankles, thighs, abdomen and spine
• Improves coordination and balance

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Create a straight line from your bottom hand to your top hand
• Straighten your legs
• Press your back foot to the back of the room

 

STEP BY STEP
1. From forward fold, extend your right leg to the back of the room.
2. Tighten your left thigh.
3. Plant your left hand a foot in front of your left baby toe.
4. Place your right hand on your right hip and gently rotate your hip open.
5. Squeeze your right thigh.
6. Extend your right hand to the ceiling.

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August Pose of the Month: Double Pigeon

Our August Pose of the Month is one with many names . . . box pose, firelog pose, yes, even dwa pada raja kapotasana (whew, what a mouthful!). But it is best known by the name double pigeon. This is a pose that may send cyclists, runners, and other tight hipped yogis running for cover. But don’t be afraid! During the month of August, your YogaSport instructors will help you ease into a kinder, gentler double pigeon. Outside of the studio, this month is a great time to practice folding into tight spots and easing into uncomfortable situations that you confront in your daily life. Before you know it, you may just find yourself experiencing a new sense of openness and equanimity, both on and off your mat!

Benefits:

Stretches the hips and groin
Relieves stress
Regulates digestion and metabolism

Key Alignment Points:

Bring shins parallel
Stack knees and ankles
Externally rotate thighs
Keep active feet to protect knees

 

 

Step by Step:

1. From downward facing dog, step forward into half pigeon.
2. Bring your back leg around to the front and stack it on top.
3. Push both feet forward until ankles and knees are stacked and shins and parallel.
4. Lift your hips and untuck your tail.
5. Draw shoulder blades together to open heart and straighten back.
6. As you are able without pain, reach forward and rest over your shins.

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MAY POSE OF THE MONTH: FLIPPED DOWNWARD DOG

Spring has arrived – it’s time to add some fun and playfulness to your practice! This month’s Pose of the Month is Flip Dog. Get ready to flip and open your heart to new possibilities! See ya on the mat!

BENEFITS:
• Strengthens arms, legs and core
• Is a great balance between power/strength and freedom

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Bring your feet about hip width and parallel
• Press into your lower hand
• Lift your hips up high
• Let your head drop back

STEP BY STEP:
1. From down dog, lift your right leg, bend knee and rotate open.
2. Keep rotating until you can gently land your right foot on the floor.
3. Set your feet hip width and engage your thighs.
4. Extend your right arm over head, spreading your fingers.
5. Ground your left palm and engage your shoulder blades.
6. Keep extending right arm, turning left palm to progress to wheel.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – MATTHEW MAZUR

Name: Matthew Mazur

Nickname: Matt or Matteo

Day Job: I am an art teacher at a Montessori magnet school for Dallas ISD

How long have you have been practicing at YS? Since November 2017

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Power Flow with Katie- her style of teaching has pushed me to grow a lot in my practice. I always leave her class feeling relaxed and energized!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: I’m really good at drawing and making waffles.

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Crow pose- it’s a great grounding pose and I hope it’s building the strength needed in my core to be able to handstand one day.

Why did you start practicing yoga? I hate the gym! I wanted to focus on a workout that could bring me more than just superficial results. After I started yoga, I was addicted to the focused mental side of the practice and the art of being able to remain still and calm under challenging circumstances.

Who inspires you the most and why? Rupaul- I love his pep talks and how he always says to choose love, stay engaged with the moment, and to never listen to your inner saboteur. Rupaul’s best quote- “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

What do you just love about YogaSport? The strong sense of community and that the teachers aren’t afraid to let loose and make the classes fun.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice Cream!

Furthest city traveled: Athens, Greece

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I am very lucky! I win things all the time like trips and gift cards. I even won a brand new car last year!

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APRIL POSE OF THE MONTH: DANCER POSE

April’s Pose of the Month is dancer pose. Nataranjasana is a balance pose and heart-opening backbend wrapped all into one – wow, what a deal! This month, your YogaSport instructors and assistants will help you find a solid stable foundation and then guide you into increasing expansion and freedom as you work toward your mastery of this difficult asana. By the end of April, you may just find yourself feeling like this pose’s other alias: Lord of the Dance!

BENEFITS:
• Stretches the shoulders and chest
• Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
• Strengthens the legs and ankles
• Improves balance

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS
• Inner side of arm reaching for foot faces outward
• Standing leg solid and engaged
• Shoulders and hips square
• Heart open and drawing upward

STEP BY STEP:
1. From Tadasana, bend your right arm at the elbow and bring it out to your side, palm facing up as if carrying a serving tray.
2. Extend your right leg behind you and grasp the inner edge of your foot with your right hand.
3. Reach your left arm skyward.
4. Ground down through your left foot and engage your left thigh.
5. Press your right foot into your hand to extend your hip back and heart forward. Gaze out over your left hand.

You will experience Dancer Pose in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana.

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A NOTE FROM SARAH MOWERY

Hey yogis!

As many of you know, I’m embarking on a great adventure starting this Saturday (3/31). I’ll be attempting to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail, which is a continuous trail that goes from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington.

I’m sad to be leaving Dallas for such a long time (the hike should take me about 5.5 months), and one of the main things I’m going to miss is the awesome community of YogaSport. I want to thank you guys for coming to my classes, smiling at me through the sweat, laughing at my weird jokes, and being so supportive and encouraging during my entire time practicing, assisting, and teaching at the studio.

But, have no fear! I will be back. And I can’t wait to see all of you when I am.

Do you want to follow along with my adventure? A lot of you have asked me how you can keep up with me on my hike. I am a writer and will continue to write on the trail and post to my blog whenever I emerge from the woods long enough to get Wi-Fi.

My blog is called Very Serious. The best way to get updates is to sign up for the email newsletter, which you can do by going to the site and scrolling down to the bottom to put in your name and email. You can also follow me on Instagram @ohreallymow.

I will also be a regular contributor to the podcast, Backpacker Radio. They’ve selected me as one of their 2018 PCT Trail Correspondents, so I’ll be on the show every couple weeks or so with audio updates, snippets, and interviews from the trail. Subscribe to the podcast if you’re interested in hearing from me and other long-distance hikers on the PCT, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide Trails.

Also, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or just want to say hey! I’d love to hear from any of you. My email address is sarahcmowery@gmail.com.

Thanks for being you, and see you all when I get back!

Sarah

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MARCH POSE OF THE MONTH: CAMEL

March’s Pose of the Month is Camel. This intense heart opener is notorious for causing even the most practiced yogis to see stars! But have no fear, your YogaSport instructors will guide you carefully into a camel pose that takes you just to your edge. Learning to balance our biggest, fullest effort with ease and self-compassion is a lesson that we can all stand to take off the mat and into our lives.

BENEFITS:
• Stretches the entire front body and deep hip flexors
• Strengthens back muscles
• Improves posture
• Stimulates organs of the abdomen and neck

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:3-Camel_3826

• Stack hips over knees
• Toes may be flat or tucked
• Draw shoulder blades together
• Relax neck and head

STEP BY STEP:

1. Kneel on the mat, knees hips width distance.
2. Place palms at the small of your back.
3. Keeping hips aligned over knees, arch back and take your gaze up to the sky or the wall behind you.
4. Draw your shoulder blades together to open your chest to the sky.
5. If you can do so without bringing your hips behind your knees, reach for your heels.
6. To exit, release your heels and bring palms to back. Rise up slowly.

You will experience Camel Pose in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana.

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Digital Marketing Rock Star Wanted

The Energy Exchange (EE) program is intended for YS students who want to be more involved with the community and feel led to help out our team, or who for whatever reason cannot allocate funds toward a regular yoga practice, the opportunity to practice with us in exchange for helping us out.

We are looking for a Digital Marketing Rock Star who will be amazing at:

  • Creating an email marketing calendar and content for newsletters and events.
  • Connecting with YS staff and students to gather stories, pictures, and other content.
  • Developing ideas and creating blog posts such as our staff/student spotlight, pose of the month, articles, and more.
  • Managing the social media calendars.
  • Developing ideas and writing captions for social media posts.

Energy Exchangers are invited to practice with us at full membership status – which means you get ALL the perks!

  • Free Unlimited Yoga
  • Free Guest Passes
  • 20% discount on select retail items
  • 20% discount on workshops
  • More (but it’s a surprise!)

The Digital Marketing Rock Star position requires 4 hours of work from home/per week. Applicants must have experience in email marketing and be proficient in basic WordPress and MailChimp or similar email marketing software. We require a minimum six-month commitment.

If this sounds fun to you, please apply below.

 

 

 

“The EE program has allowed me to continue my practice, so I’m infinitely grateful to be involved. The coolest part is being a part of the YS team. I feel like I’m an integral piece that makes the studio run, which makes me proud. And I love getting to know the yogis and teachers!”
-Lindsey Rose, EE Member