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December 30, 2014

by Tawnia Converse, WT Kids' Yoga instructor

The truth is that kids are naturals, especially at the physical aspects of a yoga practice. The idea of stretching your body and forming it into the shapes of animals and other nature-inspired objects makes sense to kids. Of course you would hiss in Cobra! Why not gently sway your arms like branches as you balance on one foot in Tree? And challenging yourself to try a new pose also seems to resonate with children. They jump at the chance to balance on two hands in Crowor Handstand and relish the opportunity to work with a partner to form Two Scoops of Ice Cream (Child’s Pose stacked on top of each other).

 

 

The non-competitive nature of the physical activity in a yoga class gives children permission to take a chance, to lose their balance, to fall, to get back up and to try it again and to smile broadly through the entire experience. And with these fun activities, they are building strength, increasing flexibility, developing coordination and raising body awareness.

 

 

The benefits of yoga for kids extend beyond the physical though. Imagine the concentration it takes to balance on your sits bones in Boat Pose, the cooperation needed to create a new pose with a partner and the self control required to wait for your turn to demonstrate that pose. And sprinkled among the bursts of energetic activity are opportunities to chant, to sing, to create, and to be silent, reflective and inwardly focused. In short, all the aspects that you value in your yoga practice are available to children in theirs…albeit with a great deal more noise and laughter.

 

 

Join us for our Kids’ Yoga Series starting January 10th! The series will run Saturdays from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm for 6 weeks. You can call, stop in, or sign up online!. We’d love to share our love of yoga with the amazing kids in your life!

 

 

December 23, 2014

Our aim this month is to help you decompress from holiday stress! Here at Willow Tree, we deeply understand what a respite your yoga mat can be and we’d like to help you get to yours as often as possible. Each week, Willow Tree WC yoga instructor, Sara Bowman, will be sharing tips, advice, and inspiration for cultivating a home yoga practice so that you can find what you need, anytime you need it!

 

Surely, commitment is one of the biggest parts of starting a home practice. The bad news is… it can take time to get comfortable being your own guide. The good news is… with commitment and patience you will remember that you are the best expert on you.

Start by giving yourself specific guidelines for practicing on your own. I’m often asked “How often and how long?” My answer is always  ”Whatever you’ll actually do.” Don’t give yourself a hard time if you don’t make it and definitely don’t quit! Just use it as information to create new guidelines that work better for your life. At some point you’ll get into the pattern and your body and being will crave it and you can probably let go of the formal commitment.

The original context of yoga was spiritual development practices to train the body and mind to self observe and become aware of their own nature. It can take a little bravery to get on the mat and begin to trust your instincts about how to move but the payoff is a deeper relationship with your body and a clearer connection with your emotions and energy. When you learn to quiet and be the observer of your own mind, the benefits expand exponentially into your life. 

 

 

December 17, 2014

Resolving to loose weight this year?

Sorting through vast information about food choices can be daunting. During this 3 hour workshop, you will receive simplified information and holistic based guidance geared toward losing weight without counting calories. Our nutritional experts will help you discover the obstacles preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals and teach you essential strategies for making healthy lifestyle choices. Within this intensive workshop, you’ll create a concrete action plan that will help you reach and maintain your ideal weight.

Kick off the new year and jump start your weight loss journey!

Saturday, January 17th, 2-5pm

Instructors: Sara Bowman & Shawn Clavelle

$35 PRE-REGISTERED/ $40 DROP-IN

December 16, 2014

Our aim this month is to help you decompress from holiday stress! Here at Willow Tree, we deeply understand what a respite your yoga mat can be and we’d like to help you get to yours as often as possible. Each week, Willow Tree WC yoga instructor, Sara Bowman, will be sharing tips, advice, and inspiration for cultivating a home yoga practice so that you can find what you need, anytime you need it!

 

It’s easy to get on your mat at home if you’re excited to explore a new idea or movement. Luckily, inspiration can be everywhere if you’re looking for it. Here are a few ideas…

 

 

  • Drop your attention into your body more often during your day. How are you standing while you’re brushing your teeth? What are your shoulders doing while you’re chopping veggies for dinner? Not only will this expand your experience of yoga (union of body & mind) during your day, it will give you more information about your body and how it works, which can be a fantastic source of inspiration on the mat.

  • Read How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally. Hands down my favorite book about the practice in its fuller scope. Yoga is more than the postures. If the philosophy of yoga is new to you this is a great place to start. The description of pranayama is outstanding. But the best part of this book is how it will inspire you to extend the benefits of your practice to others.

  • Approach the group classes you attend with deep awareness. Sometimes it’s tempting to space out and just follow directions. Stay tuned in to how the progression feels in your body and which poses have the most benefit for you specifically. 

 

 

December 15, 2014

 

Occasionally, more time is needed to explore the complexities and dynamics of specialty yoga practices. That’s why we’ve developed our 6 Week Yoga Series program. This more consecutive approach will allow you to deepen into a new kind of practice while building community with like hearted yogis. Lessons will build and evolve over the six week time frame, permitting for more growth and a deeper understanding of new styles, techniques, and ideas.

 

 

Gentle Flow

Perfect for stress relief and overall well-being, our Gentle Flow Series will focus on an exploration of basic yoga poses and how to connect them through attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. You will learn techniques to help you gain flexibility, improve balance, and increase muscle tone while immersing yourself in a relaxing class that moves at a perfectly slower pace. Meditation and relaxation techniques will also be introduced.

The many benefits of this series include improved circulation, increased range of motion, and so much more. You’ll leave class feeling centered, energized and present for your day. Open to all levels of practice and abilities, this series would be perfect for injury recovery or a maturing body. $65

 

 

Prenatal Glow & Flow

Designed to both nurture and challenge your body, prenatal yoga at Willow Tree inspires trust in your birthing journey. Whether you are a brand-new or experienced yoga student, Jennifer (a yogi-mom herself) will guide you through an all-levels practice that includes movement, breath work, aromatherapy, and meditation.

You’ll benefit from much-needed relaxation, while strengthening the muscles that support your baby during pregnancy and labor. Reconnect with your body’s innate wisdom about birth, bond with your baby, and meet other moms! All levels and stages of pregnancy welcome.   $65

 

 

Hot Yoga

Warm up this winter with Hot Yoga and reap the many benefits of this popular practice!

Hot yoga helps to cleanse and detox the body. Practicing yoga in a heated room helps to prevent injury and allows for deeper muscle release. Additionally, as you practice, endorphins are released helping to reverse the negative effects of stress.  

During a hot yoga class, Jennifer will lead you through various flow sequences. Sessions will begin with step-backs, moving into sun salutations, strong standing sequences, twists, backbends, hip-openers and inversions. Options will be provided for those who wish to modify or amplify their practice. Appropriate aromatherapy will be offered in each session.   $80

 

 

Foundations of Flow

Build a solid beginning for your yoga journey or strengthen your knowledge of elemental basics in this comprehensive series. We will review the foundations of a vinyasa flow practice, including ujayi breath, bandhas, and alignment. Together, we will discuss and practice key poses such as Plank, Chaturanga, Upward Facing Dog, Downward Facing Dog, and many others, including popular standing postures, backbends, hip-openers, and basic inversions. Additionally, you’ll learn how to avoid wrist injuries, safeguard your knees, and much more! You’ll learn not only about the poses of yoga, but also about its ideology as readings during class will highlight the foundational tenets of yoga philosophy.  $65

 

 

Kids’ Yoga

Children benefit from practicing yoga in profound ways. Our six week Kids’ Yoga Series will be all about exploring and learning in a fun, safe, and playful way! Classes during this session will focus on breath awareness, body movement, and fun; incorporating music, games, activities, and exercises to build physical strength, develop coordination, and boost self-confidence. We’re excited to offer this opportunity for kids to be themselves, be loved, and express themselves completely within a budding yoga community.  $55/child ($45 each for siblings)

 

Pre-registration and 6 week commitment is required for any yoga series. You can call or stop in to register…or sign up online!

 

There are so many wonderful and exciting things coming to our yoga program in 2015! We hope these new changes fit right alongside of your favorite Willow Tree WC classes and offering! One of our most exciting changes coming is that we will start offering monthly unlimited memberships* for yoga classes starting in January 2015!  

In addition to offering new classes and series next year, our regular class and package pricing will be changing slightly…so if you’re due to renew your package, you may want to do so before the end of the year. 

 

We can’t wait to practice with you in the New Year! Here is our complete Winter Yoga Class Schedule:

 

*Membership includes unlimited yoga and meditation classes and 10% off all workshops and series offered at the center. 3 month commitment required with autopay scheduled for the 1st of each month. Contract automatically renews each month unless cancelled with 30 days advance notice. 

 

 

December 14, 2014

Want to know which essential oils would benefit your body most?

 

 Essential oils can be used for the therapeutic purposes of altering one’s emotional, cognitive, psychological, or physical well-being. Using state-of-the-art technology, our Zyto Compass measures and processes your body’s responses to analogue electrical signals and compares the data to a specific library of Young Living essential oils. The Zyto Compass then generates a report indicating which essential oils would help to improve imbalances within the body system and ranks product preference from highest to lowest. This non-invasive, painless biofeedback scan is done simply by placing a hand on the scanning cradle and completes within about 5 minutes.

 

During your 30 minute Aromatherapy Insight Scan, our Zyto Compass technician, Jennifer Triassi, will review the report with you, providing information and education on the various ways to use essential oils (through topical application, massage, inhalation, or ingestion) and discuss which methods would be most appropriate for your recommended oils.  

 

Call or go online to schedule your Aromatherapy Insight Scan today!

December 12, 2014

We’d like to welcome Shawn Clavelle to the Willow Tree WC team! Shawn earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont. She is currently a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition working toward certification as a holistic health coach. Shawn’s vast clinical experience and knowledge of the healthcare system makes her proficient at helping others design their own treatment plan through structured goal setting and continuous evaluation of progress. Using a holistic approach with a focus on nutrition, she helps uncover the obstacles to good health and provides simple options for making better lifestyle choices. 

 

Shawn offers Health Coaching, Weight Loss Coaching, and Personalized Meal Planning at Willow Tree WC. You can find our more about these services on our website…or Click here to get started with a FREE 30 Minute Consultation and find out how Shawn can help you on your journey towards whole body health. 

December 11, 2014

Posted by Jennifer Triassi, Yoga Instructor and Young Living Independent Distributor

 

Whenever I’m telling someone about Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit, and I mention Frankincense, I’m often asked, “You mean what the wise men gave the baby Jesus?”

Yes, we’re talking about the same oil!

 

Frankincense is a pretty remarkable oil! It can be used in a variety of ways, most of which are associated with skin care! Consider any common skin issue, whether it be scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, blisters, cystic acne, Frankincense can help! Once I learned how beneficial Frankincense is for the skin, and how gentle and healing it is, it makes perfect sense that it would make a great new baby gift! Aren’t we moms always looking for gentle, healing lotions for our babies? (If you choose to use Frankincense on your little one, make sure to dilute.)

 

Frankincense is more costly than other essential oils, so it’s no wonder that it is right there alongside gold and myrrh! Considering its pricing, it makes Young Living Premium Starter Kit an even more remarkable deal! For $150, you receive a diffuser and 11 (yes, 11!) of the most popular everyday oils, including Frankincense! And it is one that you will truly use everyday! For example, I added a roller fitment to mine and I apply to my leftover pregnancy mask EVERY morning and night!

 

Here are some of my favorite ways to use Frankincense:

1. Scars and Stretch Marks: Apply 1 drop of Frankincense to scars and stretch marks twice a day to help them fade away.

2. Sun Damaged Skin and Sun Spots: Fade sun spots by applying a drop of Frankincense twice a day.

3. Acne Scars: Apply Frankincense to acne scars and red marks to speed healing and help them fade away.

4. Fight Wrinkles: Add a few drops of Frankincense to your moisturizing oil to fight aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

5. Blisters: Apply a drop of Frankincense 3-5 times daily to speed healing.

6. Diffuse Frankincense or apply to the temples and back of the neck to improve concentration.

7. Ease coughing by applying a few drops of Frankincense to the chest.

8. Massage Frankincense oil into the fingernails and cuticles to support fingernail health.

9. Boost Your Mood: Apply 1-2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to the wrists and back of the neck to lift your spirits and reduce stress.

10. Massage 2-3 drops of Frankincense into your temples and on the back of your neck to relieve tension and anxiety.

11. Cystic Acne: Apply a drop of Frankincense to cysts to speed healing.

12. Apply a drop of Frankincense essential oil to warts twice a day until healed.

13. Dab a drop of Frankincense on bug bites to calm itching.

 

If you have any questions about Frankincense, or any other essential oils or the amazing Premium Starter Kit (which includes Frankincense), please contact me!

 

And don’t forget to join me for one of my yoga classes this week at Willow Tree Wellness! In every yoga class I teach at Willow Tree, I share a sample of the oil of the week with my students! 

Happy Oiling!

 

 

December 10, 2014

Our aim this month is to help you decompress from holiday stress! Here at Willow Tree, we deeply understand what a respite your yoga mat can be and we’d like to help you get to yours as often as possible. Each week, Willow Tree WC yoga instructor, Sara Bowman, will be sharing tips, advice, and inspiration for cultivating a home yoga practice so that you can find what you need, anytime you need it!

 

The beauty of having a home practice is that you can tailor it exactly to your needs for that particular day. Asking yourself a few questions can allow your intention to take shape more easily. Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or un-grounded? Go slow, focus a lot of awareness in your feet or other contact points with the mat.Feeling stuck, unmotivated, or just really out of touch with your body? Try a more fluid way of moving and pay a lot of attention to the circular flow of your breath.

 

Find a word or two to describe your mental, physical and emotional states in that moment. Then use that information to determine what you might need to feel balanced and you’ve created your intention. You might choose which poses will support your intention or, even more simply, you can choose how you move through any sequence that you use. Your session is going to be a different experience than practicing with a teacher. You are the expert on you. Try not to get locked into any idea about what you should be doing on your mat. This is your time to do exactly what you need. 

 

 

December 7, 2014

Running is great for your health, but it can create some imbalances in your body. Yoga provides dynamic flexibility training that increases core strength and reduces the chance of injury. Join instructor Sara Bowman for this functional workshop where you will learn some basics about the breath, stretching, and strengthening found in a yoga practice and how these practices can result in better, more energy efficient runs. You’ll also learn a 15 minute sequence that can be done anywhere!  

 

Saturday, January 3rd,  2 - 4pm

Instructor: Sara Bowman

$25 Pre-Registered ($30 Drop-In)

 

 

 

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