The pose for September is WHEEL! (click to view all our Mogi Wheels)
My yoga journey has so far been short but very full! Before going to my first class at Power Yoga Morgantown with a friend, I had never even considered doing yoga. Unfortunately, I was one of many who have a great misconception about the practice of yoga. When someone said the word yoga, my mind immediately went to a room full of stuffy, unfriendly people who were mostly meditating and stretching – and taking themselves way too seriously! I could not have been more wrong! Practicing yoga at PoYoMo has been the most challenging and yet most rewarding thing I have ever done! No matter what difficulties and stresses have been thrown at me, I can come into the studio and just “let it go.” Jared and Amanda have changed my life in a way I never imagined. The best part of my day is coming into the studio, rolling out my mat, and coming into child’s pose. If you’ve been like me and written yoga off as a form of exercise – DON’T! Give it a try and you will be challenged and changed – physically, mentally, and emotionally!
Thank you, Jared and Amanda! I look forward to growing in my yoga practice at PoYoMo! Maybe one of these days I will finally be able to do bound half moon without falling on my face. : )
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
The pose of the month is HEADSTAND! (click to view all our Mogi headstands)
I joined PowerYoga Morgantown because I needed a new type of exercise and hobby. I had taken yoga once in college and another time at a gym but didn’t connect with it like I did a PoYoMo. For the first month or so, I would cry at the end of our practice in corpse pose and wonder where the emotion was coming from and why. One of my best friends joined the practice after she asked what I had been doing differently lately. She’ll tell you that in the beginning, she threw up after every class. We would joke and wonder what kept us coming back if I’m crying and she’s puking. Truth be told, we knew it meant some great changes were happening on the inside. We felt great and you can really see your own personal progress along the way. Poses we thought were impossible are now conquered or almost attained. Amanda and Jared are amazing teachers. I recently went to my sister’s yoga class in another state and the teacher came up to me at the end and told me I had a very strong yoga practice. I wanted to tell her I just try to keep up with my teachers! I think the community J&A have created is warm, inviting and non-judgemental. As teachers, they are enthusiastic and humble which in turn inspires me as a student. We are all blessed to have found each other at PoYoMo!!!
Spring brings a rebirth to everything. The leaves, grass, and flowers have another shot of showing their beauty to the world. The same can be true for us. We can start with a fresh mind and show up with something new. Maybe you want to bring attention to something small; diet, exercise, your attitude about work or school. Maybe you want to create a healthy habit.
For me I want to put focus on removing a bad habit from my life. That bad habit is fear. Fear of failure, fear of judgement, fear of loss. When fear begins to creep into my head I begin to question everything. Should I say this? Should I do that? Fear was present when we opened the studio. I was questioning whether we could do this and/or if we were doing everything “right”. These questions affected how I made decisions and how I communicated with people around me. When I look back on that time I find that my mind was a complete fog. I didn’t take the time to treat myself well. My diet and exercise routines feel off. I kept to myself and forgot the importance of connection to my support group and loved ones. It took me months to realize how my fear had evolved into a sort of depression and was limiting my life. I remember the day I woke up, February 4th. Jared and I went skiing and I remembered the importance of having fun!
Since then I have realized yoga gives me the ability to recognize when fear is showing up. Sometimes I repeat the quote “Where energy goes, attention flows.” by Baron Baptiste. This helps me remember to remove whatever I am worrying about from my mind because I could inadvertently create what I am afraid of happening. If this does not work I will try to practice, go for a run, or another activity to release the worry and anxiety. Once I do this I have a clear head and a stable foundation. Unfortunately these “tools” don’t always work. In those cases I still end up in a bad mood, creating stories in my head or attacking those closest to me. I also have the ability to sabotage my day by not exercising or eating poorly. Damn those girl scout cookies, peanut butter eggs, and cadbury eggs!
This is my goal for spring, to let go of fear and worry. None of us know what the future will bring. We do know that fear brings poor decisions, anxiety, and thus creates larger problems. With the absence of fear who knows how big we can be in our own lives.
Where is fear showing up in your life?
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Team PoYoMo kids love yoga! The first class was a huge success. Each child lit up when they walked into the studio and saw a circle of yoga mats and a trail of blocks that made for a challenging balance course. They felt as if the studio was a club house that was built just for them.
We had such a good time with all the kids. They were so excited for yoga and well behaved. Our hearts melted after class as we heard remarks such as….”Can we come back tomorrow?” “This was the best day ever!” Our favorite, “WOW This place is MAJICAL!”
We look forward to our next kids class on Saturday, March 23rd from 2:00-2:45.
Kale has taken the health community by storm over the past year or so, and rightfully so! Like other members of the Brassica family, including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and collards, kale is a nutritional powerhouse that boasts an abundance of antioxidants and other disease-fighting agents. And with just 35 calories per cup, it also has an extremely high nutrient density!
info provided by http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/kale-health-benefits-tips-and-recipes/
Monday morning at 4:54am we got the call, school canceled for February 4th, 2013. With plans to catch the first chair at Seven Springs, the alarm changed to 7:00am. Just like kids on Christmas morning Jared and I woke easily at 6:30 ready to start the day. After a breakfast of eggs, toast, and coffee we started gathering our gear. My skis were excited to be loaded into the car and they knew that after nearly a year they were going to feel the snow again. After meeting up with some friends, we were six strong and acting like kids again. We spent the next 3 hours searching for untouched powder, dipping through trees, hitting jumps, and racing down the hill. Every chair ride brought new stories and new routes but one thing was constant, our smiles. Once we called it a day we climbed into the car with tired legs and an electrified spirit.
Is there some activity you love that you have a hard time finding time for nowdays. Call in your own snow day. Leave the world behind and take time to renew your spirit. Your body and mind will thank you!