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Be Free 30

Welcome to 2017! We are so excited about our new 30 day whole health program created by your very own YS teachers. Check out the info below for all of the details, what you will gain, what you will learn and how you will FEEL!

 

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What Are People Saying?

“A few years ago, Renee worked with me on mindfulness and meditation. Before her coaching, I couldn’t go more than a minute without assuming my meditation timer had broken. She helped me figure out ways to just sit and BE. I can’t recommend Renee enough.” – Christopher

“Angela has the gift of drawing out of you what you need to be better. A better person, a better, more understood version of yourself! From that place, all of a sudden everything is possible.” – Sarah

Meet The Be Free Creators

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Renee – Chief Zen Master

Renee first discovered Yoga in 2004 at Verizon where she worked in Marketing. She found YogaSport where she started the 40 Days to a Personal revolution in January of 2007. Renee was attracted to the YogaSport due to the athletic nature of the Baptiste practice. She has studied and taught the mental practices of concentration and meditation to YogaSport and within the Dallas community since 2012. She did the 200 Yoga Teacher training in spring of 2015. She is passionate about helping and inspiring others. She currently works as Director of Loyalty Marketing at La Quinta Inns and Suites.

Random Fun Fact: Renee hiked the Inca Trail in Peru.

 

 

 

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Angela – Life Coach Extraordinaire

Angela started her career in marketing and advertising. After getting laid off at her job, she became a full time personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She eventually made her way to yoga, opened up YS in 2004, and is still here today on 4140 Lemmon Ave! In the past year, she has grown her life coaching interests by making her signature life coaching program, Spark, a 5 week online program.  She just launched her Spark podcast too! Check it all out.

Random Fun Fact: My childhood nickname is Nikki.

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Holiday Challenge: Practicing Self-Care

The holiday season is upon us – start preparing your body and mind for the craziness of over-eating and mall madness shopping!

Research shows that the best way to defend ourselves from burnout and fatigue is strategic self-care – every day activities and commitments that allow you to relax, rest, and restore your body, mind, and soul. Your yoga and meditation practice, along with thoughtful healthy nutrition, is a key component of quality self-care.

Think of it as putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Just imagine: With each Holiday Challenge sticker added, you fend off holiday stress, mall madness, and soon, those chilly December doldrums. All the while, you become stronger and more compassionate for family, friends, and loved ones.

Don’t leave yourself unarmed! Visit the studio for a toasty warm practice and an extra dose of strength and serenity to carry you through the holiday season.

See ya on the mat!

Member Spotlight : Andra King

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 Name: Andra King

 Nickname: Little King and Aundie (my brother’s name for me since he couldn’t pronounce my name  when I was born)

 Day Job: Marketing Coordinator for KDC Real Estate Development & Investments

 How long have you have been practicing at YS? Well, that depends on when you consider what  my start date is. I actually took my beginners class at YogaSport in 2005/2006. I loved it, but didn’t stay  consistent. Several years ago a friend who had actually taken the beginners series with me way back  when, asked if I wanted to do a challenge. I agreed and I am happy to say I haven’t stopped since.

 What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I truly think all the classes and workshops are wonderful. However, the workshop I feel I learned the most from was 40 days. It really brought me to a new level of being present, not only with my practice and discipline, but with my community! Go Team Orange!!!!

 Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: I have never been comfortable  boasting about what I am good at, when asked to do this spotlight I cheated and polled a few close to  me. I learned I am good at being very thoughtful and caring to others with my giving nature, hmm is  that even something to be good at??

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What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? I love to practice crow to tripod (I know that is 2). Crow was the first inversion I accidentally did in Shanna’s class out of the blue one day several years ago. I think it surprised us both when it happened and since then it just reminds me of where I started and how far I’ve come.

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Why did you start practicing yoga? To be honest, to lose  weight. I had no idea it would give me so many more gifts.

Who  inspires you the most and why? I have been very blessed to  be surrounded by several who inspire me on a daily basis for their  own reasons, they know who they are. If I had to pick one, I think  I would pick the first person that inspired me when I was very  young, my Dad. The lessons I learned from watching him love  and live by example and then his inspiring spirit when he fell ill,  continue to live within me and inspire me every day.

 Why do you still practice? I love challenging myself and no matter how long or how much I practice, I am challenged every time.

What do you just love about YogaSport? I just love the YogaSport people and community!!! I feel so supported and encouraged every time I am there, it just makes me feel at home.

What’s your guilty pleasure? A good Bone-in Rib eye accompanied by a nice glass of red wine!!

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Furthest city traveled: Tokyo, Japan

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? Unless you were in 40 days, most don’t know I was an exchange student in Tokyo in High School.

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Meditation: Chaos or Calm

 

By YS Instructor, Christopher Roberson

Neurotic. Happy. Anxious. Sad. Loving. Cold. Scattered. Collected. Despondent. Untethered. Connected.

On any given day we can make a list of words that describes how we feel, think, and act. Sometimes the words we use to describe our way of being paint a picture that makes us feel alive, and other times the buzzwords we use act as an anchor that weighs us down. This war within can feel like a never-ending battle where internal calm or chaos shifts dramatically from day to day, and moment to moment.

The philosophy of Yoga supports a worldview in which the peaks and valleys of our emotions can settle and remain consistently solid. The Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture outlining the path to finding one’s true self, states that through meditation and the various practices of Yoga, we are provided with the tools needed to be at peace with our own self.  For instance, the Gita tells us, “To those who have conquered themselves, the will is a friend. But it is the enemy of those who have not found the Self within them.”

The Gita also speaks about meditation, a difficult practice for many: “Once seated, strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation, and your heart will be purified. Hold your body, head, and neck firmly in a straight line, and keep your eyes from wandering.”

By sitting with your eyes closed in a quiet room and attempting to let go of wayward thoughts, you have the ability to center your feelings and reactions. Meditation helps bring you toward the center where real truth lies. On days when you feel the most neurotic, meditation drops anxiety down a notch. On days when life is great and your worldview is filled with joy, meditation reinforces the calm, collected mindset that got you there. By taking time to cleanse yourself of judgment and reactivity, you create a more objective view in which to understand the world.

In the last few months, I have determined that a regular meditation practice is pivotal to my own personal happiness. In my yoga trainings and in my own efforts towards personal development, there is not much that has had a greater impact than learning to still my mind.

That said, I still squirm when I meditate. And sometimes my unquiet mind convinces me that my timer broke, and I check to be sure. The Gita recognizes this tendency and advises, “Whenever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within; train it to rest in the self”.

As the days, weeks, and months roll by, the resistance that you feel in your body and spirit will subside, and your regular mediation practice will continually reinforce its importance. “Through constant effort [you] learn to withdraw the mind from selfish cravings and absorb it in the Self,” the Gita claims.” Thus [you] attain the state of union.”

This is the teaching of meditation as outlined by the Gita; but meditation, like the practice of yoga is just that: a practice. Thankfully we have a daily opportunity to try again and to recommit.

Considering how old the Gita is, it’s unbelievable how much mankind actually understood about our mind so long ago. So take a few minutes and give meditation a chance to give you a new perspective, and you might find some calm along the way.

December Pose of the Month: 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 a 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. It slows emotional reaction time and decreases stress, fear, and anger. Meditation also measurably decreases blood pressure and blood sugar levels, lowering your risk of heart disease, and bolsters the immune system.

So what exactly is meditation and how do you do it? Meditation is simply sitting in quiet awareness of your mind and body without reaction or distraction. In order to focus your attention, you may choose to repeat a mantra, count your slow and purposeful breaths, or bring your attention to a particular point in your body. When outside thoughts intrude on your zen, avoid getting carried away by them, or getting frustrated at their presence. Simply acknowledge them (“oh hi, Thought… see you later, k?”) and return to your focus. Like our yoga practice, it is a practice that takes time to develop. Some days you will feel more successful than others – just keep practicing! Over time, you will experience fewer distractions. More importantly, you will begin to notice that you are able to focus longer, be more aware of your surroundings, and slow the speed at which you give in to stress, anger, or other reactive emotions in your daily life.

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!

December Pose of the Month: 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 acheive the goals we want for ourselves that “just sitting” can seem counter productive and, quite frankly, a waste a 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 little as 5 minutes of meditation a day can lead to physical and chemical changes in the brain associated with relaxation and positive mood. It slows emotional reaction time and decreases stress, fear, and anger. Meditation also measurably decreases blood pressure and blood sugar levels, lowering your risk of heart disease, and bolsters the immune system.

So what exactly is meditation and how do you do it? Meditation is simply sitting in quiet awareness of your mind and body without reaction or distraction. In order to focus your attention, you may choose to repeat a mantra, count your slow and purposeful breaths, or bring your attention to a particular point in your body. When outside thoughts intrude on your zen, avoid getting carried away by them, or getting frustrated at their presence. Simply acknowledge them (“oh hi, Thought… see you later, k?”) and return to  your focus. Like our yoga practice, it is a practice that takes time to develop. Some days you will feel more successful than others – just keep practicing! Over time, you will experience fewer distractions. More importantly, you will begin to notice that you are able to focus longer, be more aware of your surroundings, and slow the speed at which you give in to stress, anger, or other reactive emotions in your daily life.

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!