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What Will Help You Bloom?

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Written by: Calista Evraets

IMG_20151008_131019As an avid gardener, I often find interesting parallels between my own life and my work in the garden. One of the challenges that I love about gardening is figuring out what a plant needs in order to bloom. Sometimes when I plant a new type of flower, it just doesn’t thrive the way I’d hoped it would. Then I have to do some research and figure out what I can do to help it along. Is it getting the right amount of sunlight? Is the soil too acidic or too basic? Maybe I’m over-watering. I recently noticed that while it’s easy to do research about my plants, it’s a lot harder where my own growth is concerned!

Perhaps you see a similar situation in your own life. Our lives are dynamic, and we continue to grow and change with our environments. Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Has your routine become monotonous to the point where you don’t feel like you’re moving forward anymore? Maybe your stress levels are high and you feel as if you’re constantly running around without any time to enjoy the present. What can you change to feel more at peace in your daily life? For some of us, it may mean breaking out of the routine, trying something new, or exploring a new hobby or schedule. For others, it may mean cutting back on new calendar items, or saying no to some of the requests for our time and energy.

The same thing can hold true in our yoga practice. Many of us began our yoga journey as a way of achieving personal growth. Practice can become routine and static, and we may need to branch out and try something different. If you’ve focused on high intensity classes with lots of movement, maybe it’s time to try the stillness of a restorative class. Maybe you haven’t put as much focus on the meditation aspect of yoga, and you would benefit from a Kundalini class. If you’ve felt afraid to try something outside your comfort zone, you might appreciate the confidence that comes from taking an aerial workshop and realizing the amazing things your body can do! If you’ve felt your practice needs some fine tuning, it might be a great time to schedule a private session, where you can work one on one with an instructor.
One of my favorite things about yoga is this: I’ve found that when I make changes to my practice to achieve personal growth, other aspects of my life tend to slip into a healthier path with less struggle. My stress levels improve, I find strength and confidence, and I’m able to be present in my life, rather than always looking forward to the next minute, hour, or day. I encourage you to give some thought to what you need to bloom! You might be surprised at the answers you find!


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Using a Yoga Block

Written By: Margaret Wish

Yoga BlocksDo you use a yoga block in your practice? Personally, I always grab a block for every practice because you never know if and when you may need one. Some days my body will be fully open, other days I may be tight and need a little support.

When I first started my yoga practice, I didn’t realize the importance of using this prop. I thought that since I had a dancer background that yoga would be no problem for me, and that I would be able to do everything with ease. That was my ego talking. Once I became more serious about my practice, I realized that having a block is not a sign of weakness, but rather acknowledging that it is okay to need help and support.

Lately, I have learned several different ways that you can use your yoga block, and I thought it would be fun to share that with you! Here are 2 of my favorite ways that you can use your yoga block to improve your yoga practice:

1) Feeling Grounded
If you have used a yoga block during your practice, you probably already understand this tip! The yoga block has three ‘settings’: high, medium, and low. These ‘settings’ simply mean the way in which you are holding the block.

As you start your practice, you may need to use the high setting in your extended side angle or triangle pose until you are able to slowly move your hand to the floor. The block brings the ground to you, and can bring ease into a posture that would otherwise be uncomfortable.

2) Improving Technique
Alignment is key in your yoga practice, and your block can help you better understand how to properly hold your arms and legs.

Here is a great way to learn and practice engaging your shoulders in downward facing dog:

Holding the block long ways in your hand, press your hands into the side of the block while trying to make your pinkies touch. You should feel an internal rotation in your arms, similar to being in downward facing dog. Next, try holding downward facing dog and applying this technique to the posture. Do you feel the difference?

Next time you step onto your mat, don’t be afraid to grab your yoga block and use it to further your practice.


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21 Days to Well

Zen Body DoorZen Body Yoga + Wellness is excited to announce our newest wellness program, 21 Days to Well, that will reset your mind and your body.  Spring is the dawn of  rejuvenation and with this program you will find yourself blossoming in to a whole new you. 21 Days to Well is designed to cleanse the body of toxins and reset the mind for a clearer path to better choices and a better life.

The program includes:
A 60 page workbook
The workbook is an essential tool in the program to keep you on track and offer guidance.  The workbook includes daily informative guidance, questions, and journal.

StrengthFinders assessment
The StrengthFinders assessment allows people to uncover their talents that are typically unused on a daily basis. By taking the assessment and realizing your true strengths, you will be able to do your best every day!

Detail detox diet plan
The first aspect of the 21 Days to Wellness plan is a 10 Day Detox. Through the detox you will cleanse the body of toxins and introduce whole, clean foods that will ultimately benefit your health and aide in the prevention of diseases.

Group meetings
Group meetings throughout the whole program help you have a supportive system, of others who are going through what you are going through at the same exact time.

The group meeting topics include:
Making the Detox Work for You
8 Dimensions of Authentic Wellness
Law of Attraction
Healthy Living Guidelines

Two guided meditations
A true meditative state can be hard to achieve. With the 21 Days to Wellness program, we will hold two guided meditation classes to help you improve on your own personal meditation practice.

Two one-on-one coaching sessions
Throughout the 21 day process and in addition to the group meetings, you will receive two one-on-one coaching sessions with our Certified Life Coach. This will be your time to discuss what you have learned and how you can implement this in your daily life and for your future goals.

A juice party
During the detox process, we will hold a group Juice Party. This will give you time to discuss how your detoxing process is working for you, gather some tips and suggestions, and provide support for your fellow detoxers!

Zen Body Yoga + Wellness is excited to offer this wellness program to the Tulsa area. We know, with this program you can expect to increase your energy, obtain mental clarity, improve your digestion, obtain clarity of your life goals, and gain personal confidence and empowerment.

To learn more about this exciting new program, visit our website – www.ZenBodyTulsa.com or call our office today, 918-388-8799.

Be healthy!