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Entries in yoga (6)


Examine Your True Motivation

The Joy Yoga Center mascot Tiki the Dog is a very thoughtful little pup. We have posted the canine's musings here on the Health DISH before but this one was particularly thought provoking. Hope you enjoy and join us for a few Yoga classes at Joy Yoga Center soon. - DISH
                Tiki, The Joy Yoga Center MascotGood morning from Tiki, your favorite Yoga-Dog!  This week I had the opportunity to do a little exploring and learn about some really cool techniques for letting go of my limiting beliefs and raising my consciousness.  What I'm learning has had a profound effect on a huge part of my physical experience, i.e. begging for treats!

As most of you know, I tend to spend a lot of time and energy at the studio dancing, spinning in circles, staring at you in a weird and creepy manner, whining, and whatever other tricks I can come up with to entice you to give me treats. And although this is a fun little drama to play out, it can get exhausting! Not only that, but the happiness I get from achieving the treat is fleeting - I find myself wanting another one pretty quickly.


I'm realizing that I had created an entire belief system about treats making me happy. But what happens when you are in yoga class and aren't there to give me treats, or even when (gasp!) I've run out of treats? How was I supposed to be happy then? Well, since I was exhausted from running and spinning around and using every trick in my book, I thought I might as well try this "changing my thoughts" thing!


And guess what? When I observed my thoughts, I noticed something interesting: I noticed that I have spent years perfecting ways to attain treats without ever examining why it was I wanted these treats so badly. What would happen if rather than trying to come up with bigger and better tricks to perform, if I just changed my thoughts about treats? What if I chose to believe that I don't need the treats to be happy?


Wow, what a relief this was! I felt my little Chihuahua body relax and an amazing peace wash over me as I realized that I didn't have to do or achieve anything in order to be blissfully happy! That joy and peace reside within me and are, in fact, what I am made up of.


I'm sure each of you have felt this way, too: that you have to rush around, fill your life with tasks and chores and general busy-ness in order to achieve certain goals. But when you really stop to notice your thoughts and beliefs, why is it that you feel compelled to accomplish these tasks at all? Is it because you think that in doing so, you'll arrive at a place that makes you happier or more worthy of love? And if so, is this belief system a fulfilling one? Well, probably not if you're waiting to achieve this, that, or the other thing before you feel happy and at peace.


So how about taking a lesson from this Yoga-Dog and changing your thoughts, rather than frantically running around after the treats? When we start to examine every belief we have and realize that these beliefs aren't "reality" but are merely thoughts we've created, we can begin to choose different thoughts. Rather than thinking something like "I need to have a certain job, relationship, or body type to be happy and to be loved," how about choosing a thought like "I am pure joy and pure love, just as I am!"


This is fantastically liberating! No longer do we have to rush around, trying to perfect ways to achieve the treats in our lives, we can relax and be joyful and perfectly at peace, just as we are!





There is More to Yoga than Asanas

When I first started yoga it was for the tightness I felt in my back and hips. It would go untreated for a while then it would creep up my back and neck and cause tension migraines. Normally a good run could help alleviate this pain by the sheer movement of the muscles and increased blood flow. Sometimes I would break down and get a massage, it is one of my favorite treats with multi-leveled benefits but it gets expensive. As the summer heat rolled around I needed something that would help but not have to call my friends and family to call the police if I didn't call them back in an hour because I probably passed out from heat stroke.


With yoga, you get the streatching, the strength building...yes strength building! Yoga is not for sissies, the increased blood flow and after one class most of my pain is gone. Awesome. The more I practiced however, the more I noticed I was more calm in my everyday life, I had more confidence,I was more peaceful, slept better and didn't toddle in my 5 inch heals...an important talent.  All of these extra added benefits made me want to learn more about this centuries old practice.



Turns out, there is more to Yoga than the asanas (poses)! Hosted by Loraine Frow at Joy Yoga Center we will be lead on a journey of over 4 thoudand years to find out more about the 8 limbs of Yoga. 


The 2 hour bliss fest will be spent wallowing in words discussing the 8 limbs of yoga, followed by  an infusion on the 8 limbs as we move through a 60 minute steady Vinyasa Flow. Topped off with a 15 minute Guided Meditation and Pranayama (Breathing). All supported by the amazing live melodies provided by Anthony Rodriguez.  


Seriously Yogi Peeps, How Much Better Can It Possibly Get? "The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are... The second greatest is being happy with what you find."



Date: Saturday, October 20th 


Time: 2:00-4:00pm 


Location: Joy Yoga Center  


4500 Washington Ave., suite 900 


Houston, TX. 77007



Register online!





Loraine was born in England and has lived in Houston, Texas for the last 10 years. Prior to that she traveled to various lands, practicing Midwifery and being a Childbirth Educator. Loraine opened her eyes and welcomed yoga into her life in 2007 and since then she has been playing and breathing on her mat. Loraine decided to "try the yoga thing" when she stopped smoking and since then she has been discovering and connecting with the breath, amazed and always delighted at what it supports. She is a great lover  "Pranayama."  



Loraine received her 200 hour certification with Joy Yoga Studio. Loraine's passion and driver as a Yoga Teacher is to provide a fun, supportive, safe environment, allowing students to seek an introspective practice. Loraine offers a strong, steady "Vinyasa" practice, with a focus on the breath being the foundation to the practice of the Asanas. Her classes are an opportunity for self discovery, they are trickled with Yoga Philosophy and infused love.






Tiki Says...

TikiTiki is the mascott of Joy Yoga Center. She also has her own blog that her mommy, Joy Winkler, owner of Joy Yoga Center, interprets for her. This weeks was especially thought provoking and cute so we thought we'd share!

Happy Labor Day to all my yogi and yogini friends!  Well, if your week has been anything like mine, I bet you are exhausted and ready for some relaxation this holiday weekend!


This week was especially hectic for me.  You see, I'm accustomed to staying busy, and I enjoy my full schedule of guarding the studio and greeting my yoga friends, but with the Labor Day weekend, I was even busier running all over town socializing with my doggie friends.
I'm a very social little yoga-dog, and I love to see my friends, but it does take time away from my usual napping schedule.  And to top it off, when I got home from my hectic day of having fun, Mac, my kittie-cat little brother, was pestering me to run around and wrestle with him, but I was feeling tired and generally annoyed.  All of a sudden I realized that I had been so busy all week, that I hadn't had the time to practice my own yoga poses, and I felt it!  My little Chihuahua body felt stiff and sore, and even my mood was affected; I definitely was not my usual bubbly self.

It was too late to go to a yoga class, so I realized that if I was going to make myself feel better, I was going to have to practice some yoga at home, all by myself.  This felt daunting at first - even if I did have the discipline to practice on my own, I didn't have a clue where to start. But now that my mommy has her website with her classes online (www.MyUniversalJoy.com), I felt that I had the support and guidance I needed to practice all by myself.  After just a few minutes, I was feeling refreshed, decidedly less grouchy, and ready to play with Mac.

I hear my mommy say all the time that we should integrate yoga in our daily lives, and I had forgotten how important that truly is.  Sometimes we all get so busy with our hectic schedules that we can't find the time to come to class.  And not being able to do our yoga makes us feel even more cranky!  But remember that yoga isn't just for the studio; practicing some yoga at home, even for just a few minutes, can make a big difference in improving your mood and making your body feel less tight and more energized.  Or even if you can't find the time at home, just do a little yoga while you're stuck in traffic.  Simply breathing and being aware of your posture while you're in your car is yoga.

So I hope you all enjoy your Labor Day weekend.  Even if you're busy with your family and friends this weekend and can't make it to class, be sure to find a quiet corner where you can take some time all for yourself.  You'll come out feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and excited to jump back into your crazy schedule!



10 Reasons You Should Practice Yoga

DISHIES! There are so many reason to get your body moving and so many ways to make it happen! If you're just getting started in a new workout regimen or are looking to improve your performance in what you already do...Yoga is a great workout for multiple reasons! Yoga has many benefits to offer for beginners as well as for those who have practiced for years. It’s been around for centuries but is as relevant today as ever.

Here are 10 reasons Yoga is amazing for you!

1. Stress Relief– Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

2. Pain Relief– Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.

3. Better Breathing – Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.

4. Flexibility – Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

5. Increased Strength– Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.

6. Weight Management– Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem.

7. Improved Circulation – Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.

8. Cardiovascular Conditioning – Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.

9. Focus on the Present – Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.

10. Inner Peace – The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.


My Death and Knowledge of my Life

So many people asked what was going on in my head when was offered and took the Bikram Yoga 60 Day Challenge. I was honest with them when I said NOTHING! I had not worked out in over a year between running the two magazines, the Media Company and taking care of my 17 paraplegic pup my brain was on overload. With the hiring of a sales person and losing the pup around 3 months ago (most sever heartbreak I've ever dealth with to date) I decided it was time to take care of me again. Enter Bikram. Thanks to a friend and Marketing guru Gabe CanalesI heard Bikram Choudhury was going to be in town giving a lecture at Rice University. I went, met Bikram himself, listened intently and was intrigued. To round out the story I met with the owner of the local Bikram studios, Mike Winters. Mike and I really bonded over the history of being runners but more over it was his peace, strength and knowledge that inspired me to take the 60 day challenge. I agreed to write a weekly story about my journey. My journey is already so much more than I ever anticipated it to be. Of course, the first day was awful and amazing all at the same time. I had to get used to the atmosphere of the room...105 Degrees and 40% humidity...before I could really participate much in the class. What's great is the teachers (all of whom take a good year in school and practice before being able to teach) are encouraging even if you have to rest, and thank GOD you can rest any time you need to. That first day while I was lying there on my back begging to gain oxygen while everyone else was balancing on one toe the first thought finally ran though my head about this whole deal, "What in the heck have I gotten myself into?" During the second half hour while i was lying there on my back begging to just get through the next half hour a second thought came in to my meek little brain..what was left of it at that point..."I just might die in here, I wonder if they know how to turn on my phone and to call my Mommy." During the 3rd half hour...thank God we are all on the floor for the floor series so I am not as noticeable the last thought pops into my skull, "Oh wait, they don't have to turn my phone on because I actually put Mom down as my next of kin."

The best news here is that I did not in fact die physically however I did very much so in character. Yes Bikram is a physical challenge. My body is working very hard everyday to get through the classes and to perform the postures to the best of my ability. But it's the mental and emotional challenge that is the most inspiring and that keeps me coming back to my challenge every day. The mental strength it takes to go into that hot room for 90 minutes everyday and challenge your body is beautiful. I am proud of myself everyday. My self awareness is growing, my self confidence is increasing, and I'm gaining more and more physical strength everyday.

When I sat with Mike after my first week we bonded again over my experience and how my first week was so similar to his so many years ago. I wish there were words to describe how much this Bikram Hot Yoga thing is changing every aspect of my life but honestly there just aren't any. It's an experience you MUST have on your own and I challenge you, no matter what shape you are in, to give yourself this gift. It will absolutely change your life!

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Next update will be in 7 days!

See you then!