The Peace Wave

I am blessed to live in a beach town located on the Atlantic coast of central Florida, specifically the Space Coast.  It’s a surfing town, and this weekend we had a swell of rolling waves that lasted all weekend.  As the weekend progressed, many amazing surfing photos started to appear on my Facebook feed.  The below images are just a few captured by David Pritzker of Raw Surf. It reminded me of a beautiful passage I recently read by one yoga master, Erich Schiffmann, I must share it with you:

“The purpose of yoga practice…is to experience the truth about what you are. It’s about the wave experiencing itself as it is and thereby experiencing its inherent ocean nature. Every wave is the entire ocean in specific expression, and the peace of the ocean’s depth is its peace — available to be experienced. Each of us is an individually unique expression of the one and only divine God.”(1)

My wish is you find the Peace within you. This is especially important as the Holiday Season is now upon us, so make time for YOU. It can be as simple as breathing exercises in the privacy of your own home or attending your local yoga, meditation or spiritual gathering place.

Peace be with you.

Rochelle

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(1) Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann p.199

On Detoxing

Farting is a wonderful by product of yoga that is not typicif-you-havent-5bc4f3ally celebrated. It happened to me during a recent class, and worse yet, I was teaching!  At first I was shocked because it was one loud gut honk while demonstrating a pose! But at that moment, I decided to respectfully confront the truth and just own it. Yes, it was me …your teacher just answered the call of the wild burrito, and it’s okay if you do too!
We teachers frequently remind our students about the therapeutic benefits of yoga asana (posture). Removing gas and other toxins from our bodies is natural. Also, one of the basic tenets of yoga is living your truth in word, thought & deed. Within reasonable boundaries, we could all benefit from being more accepting and open with each other when it comes to the occasional squeaker escape during Spine Twist Pose a flying fizzler during Forward Fold.

Fall into Focus

A new season, especially Fall, may bring a lot of change into your daily life. For example, a schedule change with back-to-school and sports obligations can be overwhelming some days!

On your mat, I invite you to pause and take a moment to FOCUS on the following:

  • Where have I spent my energy in the first nine months of 2018? Does it serve my well being?
  • Where can I best focus my time and energy for the last three months of the year (without running myself ragged)?
  • Am I listening to my body? Am I giving it what it needs?

I hope this helps you reflect and possibly make the adjustments you need to finish the year strong, focused and healthy. See you on the mat.

Accupressure/Myofascial Massage w/Balls

Many of you have asked me about the benefits of Soft Foam Rolling as per my Florida Today article3 Reasons to Try Foam Rolling.  During March, I added the same self-massage principles into our Gentle Yoga & Stretching Class. However, instead using a foam roller, we used “balls” for massaging the fascia of our hands and feet.
Working with the feet, in particular, offers many benefits as they are the foundation to our bodies. If we have problematic feet, (ie. plantar fasciitis, bunions, chronic pain), the negative affect may impact our knees, hips, spine, and so on.  Also, our feet hold many accupressure points, that when massaged, can induce a healing response in other parts of our body. For example, a positive change to digestion, sleep, or anxiety may be the last thing we think about when it comes to working our feet, but massaging the feet can have a real impact on these areas.

So I hope we have fun on those days when I bring the balls to yoga class, but my wish is that you experience even more positive changes to your overall wellbeing that you derive from your regular yoga practice.

See you on the mat!

3 Reasons to Try Beach Yoga

We are stoked at the rapid growth of our Saturday Beach Yoga classes held 8:30 a.m at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.  We meet for a 60-minute hatha yoga sequence and brief meditation led by Abby Houck. 100% of any donations received benefit at-risk, local families in Merritt Island (see next month’s newsletter for details).  All levels, especially beginners and kids, are welcome.

Here are 3 reasons from students who already tried Saturday Beach Yoga:

  1. Mother Nature:  “Really enjoyed the morning yoga class on the beach with the feel of the warm breeze, the sound of the soothing waves and the smell of the salt air! It was perfect!! My morning is complete!!! Thank you 🙏” – Ed O.
  2. Community:  “Loved this class! Perfect start to a beautiful day! Thank you for doing this!!” – Liz L.
  3. Fun:  “We had such a great time! … I loved doing yoga to the sound and smell of the ocean 🌊” – Heidi C.
If you haven’t tried Beach Yoga yet, bring a blanket or large towel instead of a mat. You will also need sunscreen and a water bottle. Poses are slow since we practice on the sand versus a hard floor.
If Saturdays don’t work for you, check our Online Calendar for other other community wellness options.

Need Better Sleep?

man-headphones-sleep-680-300x182Some of you may know that I suffer from sleep apnea. I’m occassionally invited to share practical tips on relaxation at a fun support group, called A.W.A.K.E at Parish Medical Center in Port St. John.  At one of the meetings, I recommended listening to binaural beats at bedside – many tracks can be streamed for free via YouTube.  One of sleep technicians who attended the session recently switched to night shift and was having trouble STAYING asleep.  She would wake up after after sleeping for three hours.  Does this happen to you?

She tried her rainfall sound music, but it didn’t work.  After tossing & turning, she remembered the tip & searched for binaural beats for dreaming.  She said, “At first, I was skepical that it would work…but I wanted to go back to sleep so bad that I focused on the sounds and slowed my breathing.  It worked and I had powerful dreams! I can’t believe it really worked!”

If you’de like to sample a binaural beats soundtrack, click the link or image below.  Also, if you or anyone you love, has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, below is information for the FREE monthly group.

A.W.A.K.E.—Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic—is a health awareness group for those with sleep disorders.  Everyone with a related interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend. This meeting is held the second Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John (south entrance). Call 321-268-6408 for more information.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution In Check

Happy resolutionsNew Year everyone! Each January, millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their health, to lose weight or to “finally get in shape.”  Many of these resolutions die off in a few weeks because of unrealistic expectations about our bodies, or we don’t set up a proper support system/time to achieve our goals. Here are a few simple tips that might help you achieve success in 2018:
  • Make a concrete goal & keep a journal to track your progress
  • Start small – take small steps towards your goal. Celebrate your successes, but don’t beat yourself up if you have a setback.
  • Talk about it. Share your experiences with family and friends. Ask for support.  Rochelle loves to listen & share.
  • Go to yoga 🙂
Check our Online Calendar  for a list of classes to say on track with your resolution! Many are affordable community/donation classes and are a great way to meet other people who can help support you in 2018!