Coming up in March, Michal is leading a very special workshop, where you can really go deep into the Chakra system and its applications for your life. Hear more from Michal about what you might gain from joining us for this full day immersion. And if you’re ready to take the leap, come on and register! (early bird pricing in effect through Feb. 24)
For many of us, the New Year is a great time to take a step back and reassess some of our habits, goals, and priorities on our lives. While it’s just a date on the calendar, having a set time to be mindful about our choices and to step outside of ourselves a bit can be a really powerful exercise.
While the old idea of making a New Years “resolution” is definitely still out there, more and more people are eschewing making a resolution in favor of setting an intention. And for good reason, too. Studies show only about 8% of resolutions are kept each year. Making a proclamation about something you will or will not do can be a tough row to hoe, ever for those with strong follow through. Setting an intention, however, allows for more gentleness with yourself and a broader application of what your goals really are. While there are many ways to go about intention setting, one of the most powerful can be choosing a word for your year.
Choose a word
Think about what your overarching aspirations are for yourself. Do you want to improve your health and fitness levels? Are you looking to cut back spending and work towards a savings goal? Spend more quality time with family or friends? If you’re like most people, you probably have a variety of areas that you would like to make improvements in your life. Make a list of what you’d like, and see if you notice any patterns or themes emerging. Once you’ve identified a common thread, choose a word that is representative of those ideas and make that word your intention for the year. Write it on a post-it and stick it to your mirror, jot it on the front of your planner, use it as a meditation mantra – whatever makes you remember your word regularly.
When you are making decisions about your resources this year–whether they are time, money, space, energetic–come back to your word. What choice would best serve you in supporting your word? At the end of the year when it is time to re-set your word and intentions for next year, be sure to take stock of how your word served you and the influence it had on your year, and whether or not your goals were met.
The holiday season can be a time of joy, happiness, peace, and togetherness…but along with this, it can also be a time of full schedules, short patience, and heightened tensions. Here are 3 ways yoga can help you stay grounded through this most wonderful (and hectic!) time of year.
Pranayama techniques are a great way to quickly and effectively tell our nervous systems that it is safe to relax. Try 7-11 breathing: breathe in for a count of 7, out for a count of 11. Repeat this pattern for several cycles, and feel the difference in your mind and body.
Forward folds can be very nourishing and a great way to turn your energy inward to recharge. Spend several breaths in a seated or standing forward fold, or try a hip opener like half pigeon to add in some hip opening as well, which might need it after long holiday drives to see loved ones!
In Ayurveda, often referred to as yoga’s “sister science,” winter is a kapha time, meaning it is characterized by a sense of heaviness, more moisture, and lots of cloudy days. We all know the feeling here in the PNW! Support this season in your body with lots of warming foods, such as cooked root vegetables, warm or hot beverages, and using spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Taking the time to feed ourselves with nutritious food can be a daily reminder to take time to connect with self during this busy time of year.
In order for our teachers and staff to have time to spend with friends and family this holiday season, we will be closed for the following days:
December 24, 25, 26, 31 ALL CLASSES CANCELLED
January 1 ALL CLASSES CANCELLED
Please check the schedule for the most current listing of classes and teachers.
Welcome to our cozy little corner of the internet! With our new website launch, we’re excited to be able to bring this feature to our 3 OMS community. We see this as a space to go deeper into yoga topics, share behind the scenes info, and most importantly, as a space to dialogue and connect with YOU!
So get your cup of tea and cozy up with us in this virtual extension of the studio. Let us know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to see here, topics you’d like to know more about, etc. We are looking forward to creating and growing in this new direction!