by Lola Rephann Our culture has some serious baggage around the word “massage,” and when you stop to examine why, is it any wonder? It’s a standard canard in sit-coms, a bad joke implying intimate possibilities when someone creepy tries to pick up cute guy/girl by promising a “massage” to help them relieve stress from all that work or studying.
During the month of August, I (and dozens of other Jersey City yogis) participated in my first ever 30 Day Challenge at YitH. I completed 23 classes in 30 days. Ultimately, it was one of the most profound months of my life. Below are the words I wrote upon completion. Success looks like 20 yoga classes in 30 days.
written by Janel Ross From the moment we wake up to the time our heads hit the pillow, we are depleted from the compactness of our day, only to start over again. Many of us have specific goals (from getting to bed before 10pm to running a marathon) but oftentimes there are problems getting from point A to point B.
Day 7 was a community class, taking place under the trees during the Riverview Farmer’s Market. The boys were running around the playground with the neighborhood kids and my partner was foodtrucking breakfast. The weather was perfect for a daytime stretch and bend in the park. I could hear the wind in the trees and the birds overhead. Easily distracted,
by Lola Rephann If the first time you ever heard the phrase “Forrest Yoga” you pictured people doing yoga in trees, you are definitely not alone. If you’ve never heard the phrase “Forrest Yoga,” that’s great! You don’t have any pre-conceived notions about it, unless the previous sentence now has you picturing yourself doing yoga in a forest. Anyway,
by Bridget Fujioka One of the most common causes of insomnia, or trouble falling and staying asleep, can be anxiety and stress. Taking some measures before going to bed can aid in getting a good night’s rest. Be sure to eliminate caffeinated drinks by 3pm. Other factors that can stimulate the body before sleep are cigarettes, television, and our mobile devices. Try to
by Karen Mandell E-500 RYT Spring signals the renewal of the Earth as the temperature warms and the rain falls and plants begin to bloom again and animals come out of hibernation after the long cold dry winter months. Spring is celebrated in many cultures as a rebirth, it’s our fertile season, a season of growth, of possibility. We experience
By : Magda Usarek-Witek, RYT When looking into the New Year a lot of us think about a “new me” or a new beginning. How can we start this new beginning? Try starting with some detoxification techniques and allow all that old energy and toxins to leave the body. Give your mind and body a chance to press the “restart”
Our posture can inform a lot about a person physically and mentally. It’s no secret that we are a society that sits a lot. We sit in our cars, our desks, and on the couch and now coupled with the constant use of handheld devices we sit even more hunched over. Our tailbones are tucking under, shoulders are round and
by Erin Kumpf, L.Ac “The Compassionate Sage acts on that aspect of our lives that is distinctly human. It affects what the Chinese call “Shen” or Spirit. The Spirit is what is outgoing, advancing, and connects to life; it centers us and allows us to reach out. It allows affinity and clarity, and when it’s not nourished properly we can become scattered and