,Happy Thursday! I decided to create a weekly blog to update you all on studio news, as well as share yoga, mediation and health & wellness information. Instead of highlighting one of my lovely dogs each week I decided to gather pictures from all of you!! Please feel free to send me pictures of any pet(s) in your life. I will make sure I use all of their pictures at some point!
The handsome boy in this picture is Truckee. He is a mixed breed rescue who lives in Virginia. He is the grand-dog of Pat McGrath! For those of you who do not know Pat, she has been a regular yoga practitioner with me (us) for years. If you do not know her and you are a "hot person" you definitely need to connect. She is the controller of the fan/windows/AC in our studio. We love Pat SO much that we routinely make the class "all about her"! Truckee is a good boy who has two little babies at home with him in Virginia. Pat has showed me a few videos and pictures of Truckee with the kids. He is so gentle with them! He is wearing the Cone of Shame in this picture, but he looks very contemplative which he must get from Pat's yogic energy. Thanks Pat for your continued commitment to DharmaDog Yoga. It would never be the same without you!
It is hard to believe but Thanksgiving is one week away. Here are some helpful hints to think about over the next few weeks. In addition to a regular yoga and meditation practice, there are quite a few things we can do this holiday season to reduce stress and create some tranquility as we approach the new year. The following are some really simple tips:
1. Slow down and breathe! If you are someone who normally practices vinyasa or engages in high energy physical activity, take some time over the next few weeks to try out a Restorative/Gentle or Yin class. If you feel stress shopping for holiday presents or in traffic - stop and take a few slow deep breaths. Focus on deep belly breathing, as well as 1:1 breathing.
2. Don't feel obligated to attend every holiday gathering. Thanksgiving is late this year and as a result there are very few weekends before Christmas. Be mindful of your schedule. Winter is the time to rest and reflect. If you are out and about attending many large gatherings, please take the time to light some sage in your house, meditate or even take a long hot bath with some essential oils.
3. Take some time to feel grateful. Start a gratitude journal naming three things you are grateful for each morning is a great way to start. Even better, verbalize your gratitude towards others whether it is your spouse, children, family members or pets! It will lift both of you up!
4. Appreciate the little things. Take time to notice the leaves, the sun, the moon, the snow falling. These are the little things you can connect with in nature when you are walking your dog! It is so easy! At some point in life we will all realize that these little things were really the big things.
5. Share your kindness! Donate time or money to a charity, buy coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks or compliment a stranger. Acts of kindness will increase endorphins and reduce stress in both of you!
Shortly, I will post the schedule for the rest of the year. You will see that both Colleen and I will be gone most of the first half of December. Unfortunately, many of the classes will be cancelled. This will be the perfect opportunity to spend time with some of our new instructors such as Kasia (Functional Movement), Darlene (Meditation) and Christine (Chronic Pain Management and Meditation). Margo will be teaching a couple of the Functional Flow classes. Christine has graciously offered to teach some of the Yoga for Health & Longevity and All Levels classes. You will not want to miss any of her classes as she is a true healer! I know you all will be in good hands while Colleen and I are gone.
As always, we are so thankful for each and every one of you!
Good morning from DharmaDog Yoga. We hope you all are staying warm. Now that the winter weather has arrived, all class cancellations will be posted on Facebook and our website. However, feel free to text us if you do not have access to these sites.
We are pleased to welcome Christine Calabrese, D.D.S. Dr. Calabrese will be offering a workshop on Friday, November 22nd at 5:00 p.m., Yoga and Meditation for Chronic Pain. Information regarding this program can be found on our website and Facebook. The workshop is suitable for anyone who suffers from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, RSD, etc. No prior yoga or meditation experience is necessary. The workshop will not be physically stressful nor will it create fatigue.
Chronic pain is much different from acute pain as it affects a portion of the brain associated with emotions. With acute pain, such as a sports-related injury, you will heal after rest, medication and physical therapy. However, with chronic pain, different neural pathways are involved. The pain is originating from the brain and not the physical source such as a broken bone. Many suffers of chronic pain avoid physical activity due to the concern of increased pain and discomfort. Dr. Calabrese will address this with gentle, pain-free movements you can incorporate in your daily life. Meditation techniques will help with the emotional aspect of chronic pain.
Lastly, for those of you who are podcast fans, I recently listened to an episode on SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah and Lady Gaga called: "Heal Through Kindness". Lady Gaga has been suffering from fibromyalgia for a very long time. Her discussion is moving and insightful. You can find this on Spotify. The link to this podcast can be found on our Facebook page.
With the holidays quickly approaching, we will start collecting gently used items for the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. We will also sponsor another fundraiser for our local furry friends! Look for more information at the studio shortly.
Remember to take some time for yourself this holiday season! DharmaDogYoga has you covered!!
Welcome to November. It seems for DharmaDog Yoga this will be a month of change. While we were very sad to lose one of our favorite instructors, Karah Charette, we have gained a few new instructors. Check out our website at www.dharmadogyoga.com to view our new schedule. Starting this month we will be offering an array of meditation classes led by our newest member of the team, Darlene Bodhorn. Her guided meditations will focus mostly on pain and stress reduction. We are also excited to welcome yoga therapist, Christine Calabrese, D.D.S. As a yoga therapist and dentist, she will share with us her unique knowledge and experience related to chronic pain. She will be offering a workshop at the studio on Friday, November 22nd, as well as Friday evening classes during the month of December. The studio is also excited to have another Master Reiki Practitioner, Carolyn Potopchuk. Carolyn's contact information is located on our website. Reach out to her and schedule an appointment this holiday season. Your chakras will thank you!
We have a couple of new, unique classes on our schedule as well. Colleen is offering Prayers and Postures on Tuesdays at 715 p.m. This class will blend yoga and Christianity. The idea is amazing. Do not miss out. Kasia Dec, our movement expert, is offering her unique and cutting-edge knowledge on the physical body during her Functional Movement class on Thursdays at 515 p.m. Lastly, keep your eyes open for an addition to the November schedule. Jennifer Liberatore will be offering a Yoga Nidra practice in the near future.
As the holiday season is coming upon us it is so important to stay balanced with yoga, meditation and self-care. As humans, we tend to put ourselves last due to all our commitments and responsibilities. Take time for your self these next few months!
Colleen, Jennifer and I are so grateful for everyone's continued support and commitment over the past five years. We could not survive without you all. I will be updating this blog on a regular basis so stay tuned for additional classes, studio announcements and possibly some exciting holiday vegan recipes! And of course, maybe a few dog pictures.