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How to de-stress after tax season

There are some things in life that can not be avoided, like paying taxes. Well I guess that is not completely true for everyone ( side eye at those who do not).  But for those of us who do pay taxes it can be a stressful time and not releasing this stress from the body can cause issues down the road. Even though we can not avoid stressful activites we can definitely support our body in releasing stress. Along with meditation and regulating the nervous system aggressive workouts can work magic for the body.  What do I mean by aggressive? When we are stressed, anxious and overwhelmed we kick out cortisol and adrenaline into our system.  These are stress hormones...

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How to prepare your plants for spring

I have learned a few tricks over the years that have added to happy thriving plants. Spring is my favorite time to bond and connect with my plants and I love to share my tips to those who are also plant lovers.  I have created a routine that works for my plants and hope you can use these and share some of your tips! For my spring prep for my plants I go through each plant with a fine tooth comb and clip off all of the dead leaves and branches.  In order to let all of the spring goodness into my plants I take a warm washcloth and wiping down all the leaves. This will help the plant to...

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Teacher Spotlight: Q&A with Aysia Nearly

Aysia first experienced yoga in high school and has been in love with it ever since. She finds yoga to be challenging, grounding and up-lifting. Aysia has found undeniable self confidence through yoga and is determined to help her students find confidence within themselves. Aysia is currently a graduate student studying counseling and incorporates trauma informed practices within her classes. She hopes to continue to make an impact in her community by teaching people how to connect with themselves, grow in confidence and heal from trauma.  1. How did you get into yoga and what are your specialties in this practice? I got into yoga in high school because I had to get a sports credit, and running was not...

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We're Learning + Listening: March Edition

In order to grow and understand the many viewpoints of humankind, we must continue to seek knowledge. There has been a rise of anti-Asian attacks on the elderly in America recently and we understand that these experiences are nothing new. In this month’s resource guide, we are including some Asian voices so that we can better understand the model minority myth and how it supports white supremacy. We hope you’ll join us!  What We’re Reading Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Yuri Kochiyama: Heartbeat of Struggle by Diane C. Fujino Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political & Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans: by Fred Ho and Bill V. Mullen Revolution of the Soul: by Sean Corn...

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Teacher Spotlight: Q&A with James Sander

James began practicing moving meditation and flow arts in 2004 by-way-of Tai Chi Chih and healing hands. Hatha yoga found him during an intensive experience in the winter of 2012 via the Veterans Administration. Yoga and meditation stirred his curiosity immediately.  He began practicing transcendental meditation the following year. And since, he’s never halted his exploration of contemplative arts whether the modality is the mantra, meditation, asana, breath-work, and flow.  1. How did you discover yoga and how has it impacted your life?  A November morning in '11 and I arrived for work at Microsoft. I raised my badge to open the door. My body was hit with the most intense anxiety. My body said, "No! We will not work...

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