No matter which holiday(s) you celebrated in the last month or so, there are cues everywhere that this winter holiday season is ending. Decorations are coming down, company is going home, work schedules are returning to normal, get-togethers are likely less frequent. So now is the perfect time to nurture yourself, not because you feel obligated to set a resolution for the new year, but because yoga can boost your mood and energy! Here’s how: Read More
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How would you describe your teaching style? My classes blend several yoga styles I've enjoyed and studied, including flow, Iyengar and Yin. Though my deep sense of spirituality spills into my teaching, I try to keep the tone light and even playful. What words of encouragement do you have for a student trying to grow/ develop their practice? The obvious suggestion is to create and honor a regular schedule for practicing, but I'll be counterintuitive and suggest that students give themselves a break. Most yoga students--in truth, most people--are incredibly hard on themselves, focusing more on their failings than on their triumphs. A student once told me she dislikes yoga because it "never gets easy." I see yoga as a journey, and actually like that there's always something to improve upon or deepen. What is your favorite pose and why? Read More
Asking a child to sit still for meditation doesn’t sound like a recipe for easing stress. Yet more families are making a few shared minutes of quiet contemplation a part of their daily routines. When handled with flexibility and a sense of humor, they say, the practice can calm their children, reduce stress and anxiety and help them focus. Read More
Yoga offers a wellness path to everyone, both mentally and physically. It can reduce stress and improve fitness and health whenever we make it to the sticky mat. Early morning yoga practice also has these added benefits: Read More
These days, holiday shoppers in search of a present that offers a longer-lasting glow than a department store gift card often turn to yoga. But the “gift” of yoga isn’t just the classes people purchase for loved ones, or even the increased flexibility and weight loss that often result. The best gift may be what yoga allows students to give to themselves. Read More
Francine Brungardt, in her own words:
1. How would you describe your teaching style?
My classes emphasize the meditative connections between presence, breath and body. I love meeting yogis whether they are absolute newbies or folks with decades of practice. As a teacher, I honor the intention of facilitating each person in their own unique and most beneficial experiences on the mat.
2. What words of encouragement do you have for a student trying to grow/develop their practice?
Trust your yoga to consistently enable your life with greater capacities. Allow your practice to enhance your awareness of being human and intimately guide you toward what’s best for you at any given time in your life.
3. What is your favorite pose and why?
Everyday, my practice, like my life, takes me to new places. I’ve been in a relationship with yoga for over thirty years so I cannot say that I have one absolutely, hands down, favorite pose…but oh what a minute of “Downward Facing Dog,” can do.
4. What is the most remarkable event you’ve witnessed in a yoga class/workshop/gathering?
The most remarkable event happens in every class…people show up in a room to connect to the power of their lives in the moment, to welcome the stranger in themselves and in each other and to thereby open themselves to the miracle of our embodied existence in this amazing universe.
5. Tell us something else interesting about you.
I walk a fine line between cheeky, gregarious extrovert and reclusive introvert.
Find a class with Francine in the Schedule of classes at Blue Heron Wellness
Our wrists… they seem like the gatekeepers to everything related to our hands and upper bodies. The use of technology, texting, typing, using a mouse, along with other repetitive movements like lifting babies and children, even driving, are taking a toll on our wrists. Sometimes this feels like an impediment to our yoga practice. Proper alignment of the wrists and shoulders as well as poses that strengthen shoulders and the upper back can actually help to fortify and alleviate our wrists and supporting body parts to make our bodies feel better, not only in yoga, but in our everyday life. Read More
Yoga is a practice of health and relaxation for the body and mind. Despite the images of yogis gracefully bending or balancing, yoga is attainable to everyone and every body. The physical practice, or asana, is one aspect, but breathing, meditation, supported poses, even attitude are all elements of yoga.
If you've been curious about how yoga might benefit you, here are some ways to start within the Blue Heron Wellness community, and a community can be just the boost you need:
1. Fundamentals series- Try this 5-week series to increase body awareness and receive proper alignment tools to empower the new student. This series provides a foundation of basic yoga principles, poses and alignment, including breath work and meditation. Five weeks are $85. Two new series are starting the week of October 25th!
2. New Guest One-Month Unlimited Class pass- Participate in a variety of classes, as many as you'd like in a month, for just $49 if you're new to Blue Heron Wellness and/or after taking the Fundamentals Series.
3. Variety of classes for both mind and body- Find your yoga! Blue Heron Wellness offers Gentle Yoga, Yoga I, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Meditation classes among many others.
4. Workshops- Led by different teachers, workshops have unique focuses, like Yoga Nidra, outdoor yoga, Ayurveda and more.
5. Free use of props- While you're in class, utilize our yoga mats, blankets, bolsters and straps to help you achieve poses in a way that's right for you.
6. Know what to expect- Arrive to our welcoming center dressed comfortably. Line your mat up in a grid so you and your neighbors have some space to move. Teacher have different styles, some may begin by chanting "OM" or with a theme for the class, some may begin seated and work your way into a series of different poses. Each class will end with savasana. Don't let the Sanskrit term fool you- this laying down pose may come to be your favorite! You just release into your mat while the goodness of yoga is integrated into your body.
7. Keep coming! The more you do yoga, the more benefits you'll reap.
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. 2. Cook on medium heat, for 2-3 minutes per side in your favorite healthy oil. I use coconut oil on the pan and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Flip when you see the edges start to bubble. 3. Let cool completely and store in the freezer until you want to reheat for a quick breakfast component. I put some parchment paper in between each pancake so they don’t get stuck together. Read More
Avoid Processed Carbohydrates - One big reason that you crave sugar in the first place is due to low blood sugar levels. If your sugar level is crashing, it won’t be long before you are on a mad hunt through the pantry or fridge for some simple carbohydrates. If you avoid processed carbohydrates and base your meals around high-fiber foods, protein rich foods, and healthy fats, you can avoid the blood sugar low problem. If you eat 5 grams of fat per meal, it will go a long way towards controlling your blood glucose levels. Read More