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January 31, 2015

 

Our next round of yoga series offerings is open for registration! We're offering a Core Vinyasa Series, Chakra Vinyasa Series, and Broga (for the guy's!). You can find out more about these series along with times and dates here!

January 30, 2015

We believe in the power of transformation that lies within independent yoga practice in addition to live classes. With that in mind, we're opening up our cozy and serene studio for anyone wishing to practice independently, to find some peace, to meditate, to find their own flow. 

 

Our studio is open to the community Monday-Wednesday from noon-4:00 pm each week for you to engage in a movement practice most beneficial to you. $3 per person, practice as long as you like. 

 

 

January 27, 2015

by Kelly Freeman, Willow Tree WC Massage & Bodywork Therapist

This February, deepen the connection with your partner through touch. Touch is the first sense we develop in the womb and as we age, it is the only sense that does not diminish. Hearing decreases, vision blurs and the smell and taste of things can become less discriminating, but touch never loses its potency. And we never lose our need to be touched, a basic need we are born with just like the need for food and water.

 

Compassionate touch has the power to transform our physical, mental and emotional health. Embracing someone or massaging their shoulders for a few minutes stimulates areas in the brain which release a surge of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that fosters feelings of trust and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Why not offer this gift to the loved ones in your life? Not sure where to start?......keep reading for some tips on how to increase quality touch with your partner.

 

A Hug a Day

Try this: Embrace your partner. Hold each other tightly. Begin to notice your partner’s breathing. Can you sync your breathing, inhaling and exhaling in rhythm with each other? On your inhales, feel the places where your bodies connect such as chest, belly, shoulders, forearms and hands. On your exhales, feel your feet heavy on the floor as you become grounded with your partner.

Imagine if you made this a ritual every evening when you reunite with your partner at home after the work day. It only takes a few minutes, but this simple exercise can reconnect you with your partner and reduce stress levels for the rest of the evening.

 

Back Massage…the ideal setting

The benefits of massage are endless: it reduces stress, relieves tension, and promotes restful sleep. Set aside some time at the end of your day to give your partner a back rub (and next time, it will be your turn). Make the massage a holistic experience; before beginning, create a space that will fill the senses.

Sound: play soft music your partner enjoys

Sight: dim overhead lights and light a few candles

Smell: add a few drops of your partner’s favorite essential oil to the massage lotion you will be using

Touch: Need some ideas on how to give a great backrub…that lasts more than 3 minutes…without tiring your hands? Join us On Saturday February 7th for our Partner’s Massage Workshop

 

Foot Massage…the weeknight reality

Life is busy and you may not have the time to give your partner a backrub every other night (ideally you should be alternating the roles of giver and receiver). But a 10 minute foot rub could be a reality: dinner is almost ready, the kiddos are doing homework or setting the table, so take a few minutes on the couch to care for your loved ones feet.

Sound: take these few minutes to share something fun or interesting about your day with your partner (steer clear of the stressful topics and scheduling details--this is the time to decompress and relax)

Sight: play a relaxing screensaver on your laptop like a crackling fireplace or ocean waves

Smell: a stew simmering on the stovetop or a casserole in the oven perhaps

Touch: slowly squeeze your partners foot in both of your hands, apply circular motions around the ankle bones with open hands, then use soft fist to gently compress the soles of the feet. Repeat on the other foot. 

 

Invest some time and energy into deepening the connection you have with a loved one through compassionate touch! And make sure to check out our Partner's Massage Workshop coming up on Saturday, February, 7th!

 

 

 

January 26, 2015

 

Our Couples Yoga Workshop is ideal for couples interested in exploring deeper levels of connection and trust through yoga. Within this fun and unique experience, you and your partner will laugh together as you strengthen and stretch the body. Using gentle pressure, body weight, and skillful touch, we will work one on one to maximize stretching and explore alignment in classical yoga asana; utilizing each other to help balance, counter-balance, stretch farther, and co-create the postures. No experience needed. 

 

Saturday, February 21st, 2-4pm

Instructor: Sara Bowman

$60/couple

*Pre-registration required*

 

 

January 19, 2015

by Jennifer Triassi, Willow Tree yoga instructor and Young Living independnt consultant

 

Typically, I showcase a single oil or blend, but this week I am highlighting one my favorite combinations to diffuse: Lemon Peppermint!

 

I've been diffusing it this afternoon as I pack up the Christmas decorations, vacuum up the pine needles, and rearrange the furniture! It's the perfect combination of motivation and clean house smell!

 

These oils can be used aromatically (either inhaled or diffused), applied topically (remember to dilute), and ingested! (Please Note: I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils, especially when it comes to ingesting.)

 

Here are some more tips for using these oils together:

 

1.) Need a little “get up and go?” Diffuse lemon and peppermint to increase energy….great for early mornings! When diffusing I like to use 3 drops of peppermint and 5 drops of lemon. Peppermint can easily overpower the lemon so it's important to use more lemon. I also keep these two oils handy on long car drives. Inhaling one or both every 30 minutes or so helps to keep me alert!

 

2.) Congestion: Place a drop each of peppermint and lemon on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold. Or dilute and apply behind ears and on the bridge of the nose.

 

3.) Digestion: Add a drop of lemon and peppermint to water or herbal tea to aid in digestion.

 

4.) Nausea or Morning Sickness: Massage several drops of peppermint (diluted with carrier oil) on the abdomen and inhale/diffuse lemon and peppermint together.

 

5.) Fever: Rub several drops of peppermint and/or lemon along spine to reduce fever.

 

If you'd like to experience this combination first-hand, stop in to Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling this week, where we'll be diffusing Lemon and Peppermint in our lobby! Additionally, I will be sharing it in every yoga class I teach there this week!

I hope to see you there!

Happy Oiling!

 

January 18, 2015

Join us for a relaxing afternoon of quality time with your loved one. By learning how to nurture one another through healing touch, you can deepen your relationship with one another and improve overall well-being in a compassionate way. In this hands-on, demonstrative, and interactive workshop, you’ll learn and practice massage techniques to care for one another’s tension and aches. Relax, rejuvenate, and have fun in a casual atmosphere while learning a sequence that you can replicate at home. 

$40 per couple
Must pre-register!

Call, stop in, or go online to register!

January 12, 2015

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

In keeping with the “New Year” theme of new beginnings and fresh starts, this week I am highlighting one of my favorite blends called Citrus Fresh!

 

Citrus Fresh is a blend made up of several essential oils, including orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon and spearmint! It is a relaxing, calming blend that appeals to both children and adults.  It supports the immune system, as it is rich in antioxidants. It can also be used as an air purifier.

 

It can be used diffused, ingested or applied topically!

 

I really like diffusing this one because it makes my house smell clean! And although this blend has relaxing qualities, it gives me a little pick-me-up, similar to when I diffuse peppermint or lemon.

 

This blend can be ingested (adults only).  It is commonly used in the popular Weight Loss/Detox Trio! Also, I like to add a drop to a glass of water.

 

Additionally, it can be applied topically. Please dilute this blend 1:1 with a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil or another carrier. And remember not to apply to sin that will be exposed to direct sunlight within 12 hours!

 

If you’d like to experience Citrus Fresh first-hand, stop in to Willow Tree his week, where we’ll be diffusing Citrus Fresh in our lobby! Additionally, I will be sharing it in every yoga class I teach this week!

 

 

January 8, 2015

 

Ever wonder why some yoga classes feel absolutely perfect while others are a struggle to get through?

 

Aside from the teacher’s knowledge, the prescribed sequences, and the student’s experience level, there are several other factors that can make all the difference between bliss and blah.

 

Here are my Top 10 Tips to get the most out of your class:

 

1.) Arrive early. I know schedules are tight, but if you can arrive just 10-15 minutes before class starts, this will give you ample time to check-in, secure your spot, and set yourself up a in yummy pose for centering…such as supine bound angle or corpse pose. There’s nothing zen about racing through yellow lights, honking your horn at a pedestrian who dared to cross your path, or scurrying into class as your teacher chants Om. Giving yourself ample time allows you to begin disconnecting from your day and preparing for practice.

 

2.) Fuel your body. Make sure you are hydrated. I remind myself to drink 2 cups of water 1 hour prior to class. As for solids, eat a moderate meal approximately 2 hours before practice. If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you may experience cramps, nausea, or even vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, or inversions. If schedules don’t allow a meal 2 hours before, and you find yourself hungry (or in my case, hangry), fuel up with a sensible, balanced snack or mini-meal.

 

3.) Let your teacher know of any special conditions or injuries that may affect your practice. Sharing these concerns allows the teachers to offer modifications or adjustments that are appropriate for you. As a yoga teacher, I’m in the business of helping people feel good; help me do my job!

 

4.) Gather your props. Yoga studios offer a variety of props, including blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps, eye pillows, and so on. Don’t be afraid to use them. And please don’t think you don’t need them. Props are often used to make poses more accessible, such as using a strap to reach the feet in a seated forward bend. But they are also used to make poses more challenging or create more sensation. For example, I always use a block in balancing half moon because I can create more length in the spine and achieve deeper rotation.

 

5.) Set your intention. Yoga is bigger than a bunch of shapes. When your teacher invites you to set an intention or dedication at the beginning of class, mindfully choose something that will help you stay focused throughout the class. So when the going gets tough, and you’re sweaty and quivering and glancing at the clock, you have this “bigger thing” that brings you back to why you came in the first place.

 

6.) Breathe. There is nothing like the breath that keeps us present…in the moment. I often remind my students during challenging postures to “Come back to your breath. It will see you through.” Or, “You can do anything for one breath”…….easier said than done when we’re 10 breaths deep into extended side angle….haha! But all kidding aside, the breath is an extremely important guage that helps us determine where we should be in a posture. Sometimes we just forget to breath. Amazing, but we do! We get so overwhelmed with what our bodies are doing that our breathe becomes short, shallow or labored. If you’re not able to come back to the steady ujayi breath we practice in vinyasa yoga, you’ve likely pushed past your edge and should modify the pose.

 

7.) Listen to your body. Often I invite my students to scan their bodies for areas of tension and stress when we begin class. Sometimes I’ll invite them to revisit those places midway through class or even as we’re winding down, heading toward savasana. Tune in with how you’re feeling so that you can intelligently modify or amplify any posture to fit your needs for today, regardless of what you did yesterday, or what you’ll do next month. Hamstrings snug? Dull ache in the low back? Take inventory.

 

8.) Honor your own inner teacher. I often remind my students that while I may be leading them through the practice, they “should always listen to the wisest teacher of all…the one who lives inside them.” This can include listening to your body, but also listening to the yogic philosophy that is woven into class. It’s like a yoga buffet: Take what you want, leave the rest behind. In other words, incorporate what resonates with you and let the rest go.

 

9.) Bring your own mat. While most studios offer complimentary or rental mats, it’s nicer to practice on your own mat. Choose one that’s just right for you in terms of texture, thickness, even color. If you sweat during yoga, bring a towel, either a towel from home or a specially-designed yogi towel. There’s nothing more frustrating that slipping, and a towel can really help here!

 

10.) Try something new! Sometimes we get into ruts, and we practice the same pose the same way, day after day, for years even! Don’t be afraid to spice it up! Take a different variation, add a special mudra, change your drishti, and see what happens. It’s doesn’t have to be pretty. It’s “yoga practice”, not “yoga perfect.” There are countless lessons on the mat that we can take off the mat into our real lives, and this is one of them: Step out of your comfort zone. This is where change happens!

 

I hope that incorporating one or more of these practices makes your next class more fulfilling! I can’t wait to see you on the mat!

Namaste.

January 6, 2015

Happy 2015!!! May this new year be one of happiness, good health, and overall wellness for you! 

 

This month, we have a host of offerings and services to help you make this year amazing. Whatever your goals may be, from weight loss to better relationships; from reduced stress to achieving career goals; we can help you on your journey to defining and reaching your goals. 

 

Resolve to be well, and we’ll be here to help you every step of the way! 

 

Join us Saturday, January 17th for our Weight Loss Workshop from 2-5pm. In this informative and transformative session, you’ll create a concrete action plan that will help you reach and maintain your ideal weight. 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. 


 

Are you needing some direction and a new plan for success & happiness? 

 

In our brand new Life Mapping service, you’ll create a road map of possibilities and set life goals that give you a sense of meaning, purpose, and direction. Discover your true self and maximize your financial, emotional, relationship, and parenting potential.

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Winter Series Begin Next Week!!!

Make sure you’ve checked out our brand new, very exciting series classes starting Saturday, January 10th! There’s something for everyone from Kids’ Yoga to Gentle Flow to Hot Yoga! 

 

   "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been"   -Rainer Maria Rilke

January 5, 2015

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

With all the talk of New Year’s resolutions and fresh starts this week, I thought the perfect essential oil to showcase would be Lemon!

 

Emotionally and spiritually, lemon essential oil promotes focus and clarity. It’s uplifting scent awakens the senses, clears the mind of distractions, and helps a person focus on the task at hand! It can also be helpful to overcome confusion or doubt, fatigue, and lack of enthusiasm!

 

Lemon is so very versatile, and it’s one of the popular oils in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. In fact, it was the first oil I ran out of when I purchased my first kit! So many uses throughout the entire house; I never thought I would be brightening my complexion with the very same thing I use to clean my glass stove-top. This is some powerful stuff, yet 100% natural and gentle enough to use on my skin!

 

Here are some of the many ways it can be used:

 

For the mind:
Increase brain function and stimulate neurons by diffusing lemon essential oil for study or testing.
Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.
Place a drop in your hands to inhale, rub a drop into long or short hair, or diffuse through the room during times of anxiety.

 

For the body:
Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
Massage lemon essential oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.
Add lemon essential oil to a cup of water in the morning for a detoxifying and pH balancing drink.
Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a chicken marinade for a delicious dinner.
For a natural hand sanitizer, rub a drop on your hands.
Combine lemon with a small amount of coconut oil and use as a wrinkle reducing moisturizer.
Diffuse lemon oil for 15 to 20 minutes in the bedroom before bedtime to soothe a cough.
Apply a drop of lemon oil to the tongue to freshen breath.
Lemon oil promotes healing and decreases likelihood of infection when using a small amount on the site of the bite or sting.
Add a very small dab directly to the cold sore. Dilute it with coconut oil and use it as a lip balm to prevent cold sores during common times of flareup.
To ease constipation dilute 1 drop of lemon essential oil to 5-10 drops of coconut oil and massage in a gentle clockwise direction over the abdomen.
Reduce the discomfort of heartburn by massaging lemon oil across the arches and pads of the feet and down the throat, sternum and stomach.

 

In the home:
Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of natural carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.
Add 10-15 drops to water and use as a stain remover for laundry.
Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.
Place a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or garbage can to help eliminate odors.
Add lemon essential oil to baking soda and water and use as an all natural soft scrub.
To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. Place produce in water, stir around so all surfaces come in contact with the lemon.
Soak dish clothes in a bowl of water with 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil overnight to kill germs.
Add to water or a smoothie for a refreshing pick-me-up.
For a natural furniture polish, add several drops to a half cup of olive oil or beeswax.

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