Intro to Yoga: No Fear Yoga

Are you interested in learning about yoga or would you like to re-familiarize yourself about the breathing techniques (pranayama), asanas (postures), and sun salutations? If so, then consider attending our Intro to Yoga: No Fear Yoga three-part series that begins Sunday, November 8th at 2:30 p.m. Part 1 will cover pranayama, the standing asanas of Hot Yoga, and the use of props.  Hope to see you there!

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Souliloquy by Jane Manning



#ganesh is the remover of obstacles and today I spent time meditating, reflecting, and imploring help for releasing so many self-issues. The relationship we have with ourselves is the most personal and most important one on Earth. Many of our issues with others and our surroundings stem from personal issues that are projected onto our environment. Today is the #venusstarpointand the heart is leading the way, so I am choosing to release the control that self-doubt and self-criticism have on my life. I am striving to cultivate more confidence in my actions, more compassion with myself, and more truth in what I seek. You have to change on the inside first. #spiritualthirst#mysoul

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Souliloquy by Jane Manning



Can you feel it? Total Supermoon Eclipse on the rise. This event is one degree away from my birth degree, so I have been feeling and anticipating this for many months. This is a pivotal time for releasing energy that no longer supports you. Over the past week the main theme that has emerged during my meditations is AUTHENTICITY. 
As I reflect on this, I ponder why so many people are afraid of being authentic. Many project energies they think are desirable to others, but then they cannot maintain that energy because their energy is not authentic. Do you know people like this? They work so hard to try to convince you that they are what you want them to be, what they think you want them to be, but then ultimately their real intentions shine through and you realize what a charade it has been. 
On the other hand, authentic and genuine people cannot be denied. You sense their energy when they walk into a room, they are consistent and steadfast, they create a nurturing space for themselves and others to grow into truth. Stop working so hard to please others, and work on being YOU. Have the courage to be YOU- not who your parents wanted you to be, nor who your significant other wishes you were, nor what society suggests you should be. 
Spend time with yourself, surround yourself with people and things that nurture your authentic self, both the light and dark sides of your soul, and eclipse those that lack pure intentions for you. Intuition is your biggest guide, so go forth and fuel your true fire. You will find that not only does this grant you an enormous amount of freedom, but it alleviates stress and makes room for love to grow from an authentic, fertile ground. Be bold, daring, and courageous like the Aries energy of tonight’s event, and the universe will respond to your authenticity. 
#lunarperigree #fulllunareclipse#allyouneedislove #authentic#harvestmoon #bloodmoon #aries

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Some times just as you think you have a clear perspective on things, the curtain gets thrown back and true colors are shown. When people show you their true colors, believe them. Disappointment creates fragility, but don’t give up on trusting people. Your tribe is out there, reverberating a higher frequency, and you just need to cultivate the courage to leap from what is familiar to that which your intuition is beckoning. Following your heart takes courage, but knowing what your soul wants and ignoring it is cowardice. Be brave because living in fear of being hurt takes away the blessing of being filled with love and grace. #awaken #anahata #transform #mindfulness #truth #sunriseclarity



Last December, as I was in a yoga teacher training I began studying the #niyamas or personal observances. In particular, I began focusing on #sauca or purity.
While this encompasses many aspects including physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects, the emotional aspect remained my focus for many months. We are constantly bombarded by external stimuli that we filter into our spirit. What we choose to retain inevitably affects our emotional well-being. By choosing to concentrate on what brings you happiness while disregarding anything less, your life begins to change. There is so much negativity in the world, and many of us have experienced difficult paths, so sometimes it is an arduous task to stop integrating these energies into our spirit; but, the moment you stop adhering to old patterns and you stop engaging in things that don’t feed your light, then your life will change. The negativity from your past then becomes fertilizer for your growth and you can burgeon like a lotus from mud.
Make the choice to stop surrounding yourself with thoughts, people, and circumstances that keep you stuck. Embrace those that see your light, that fuel it, and that give you hope. You are here to shine, not to be dimmed. #patanjali #yogasutras

Yoga For Athletes

by: Beth Norris

“Is yoga for athletes”? “Do you offer a yoga class for athletes?”  These are questions I have been asked many times over since NBalance Hot Yoga & Fitness opened.   “Yes and yes” are my answers to each question.   If you are an “athlete” accustomed to a traditional training regime, you probably doubt my answer to the first question and, if you have looked over our schedule, you are probably saying to yourself “there is no yoga for athletes’ class at NBalance”.  Read on and then go grab your mat (or use one of ours).

Despite the long history of yoga’s existence (thousands of years), yoga is most often excluded from the training schedules of everyday athletes.  Reasoning for this ranges from lack of time, to the athlete or coach believing that yoga is just “another way to stretch”.   Over recent years, the use of yoga by professional athletes has helped to demystify the benefits of yoga for athletes.  Yoga has progressed from a tool during the off season or for injury recovery to becoming an integral part of the competitive athlete’s regime.  Benefits of yoga for athletes include:

1.             Restore balance in the body.  Yoga promotes symmetry of movement, increases the extensibility of joint connective tissues, and develops core stability.

2.            Increase breath control.  Yoga practice includes focused techniques to promote breathing mechanics and lung capacity, which helps to reduce stress and improve adequate oxygen delivery to working muscles.

3.             Enhance rest and recovery. Selected yoga postures will enhance recovery from intense training by aiding in the removal of lactic acid, promote relaxation of mind and body and improve sleep patterns.

4.            Improve body awareness.  Consistent yoga practice increases the awareness of body positioning and movement, enhancing joint stability and agility.

5.             Mental focus.  The ability to focus the mind, exclude external distracters, and visualize optimal outcome is a trait that distinguishes the top athletes.  The ability to control the mind and quiet the mental chatter is a trait that develops with consistent yoga practice.

For those of you who need examples of “real athletes” who benefit from yoga, let’s look to back to football.  During the playoffs and weeks prior to the 2012 Superbowl, there were several news related articles regarding yoga and New York Gaints.  An article from on 2/3/12 was titled “Yoga: How the New York Giants Prepare for the Superbowl”.  The article described how yoga is a regular part of both the pre-season, as well as, in-season training programs for the Giants.   Another proponent for yoga is Amani Toomer (former NFL wide receiver) who began incorporating yoga into his training regime in 2004 and was quoted in 2009 to say “If I hadn’t done yoga, I’d be out of the league now”.

A powerful statement advocating the benefits of yoga for athletes comes from Rich Roll, ultra-endurance athlete, who was quoted to say:

“EVERY athlete – irrespective of sport or discipline – has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice” RRoll 5/4/12

While the answer to the second question – Do you offer yoga for athletes? – is yes, you will not find Yoga for Athletes under our class listing.  The reason for this is that one of the things I quickly learned through yoga is that we are all athletes.  You do not have to be training for an event, participating in team sports, doing the workout of the day, or logging miles cycling or running to qualify as an athlete.  Some of the most amazing ‘athletes’ I know are the stay at home mothers.  Somehow, they have the energy to rise with sun (if not before), get the children off to school, cook, clean, volunteer for endless activities, supervise homework, mediate fights, perform hundreds of squats a day (picking up the things everyone else leaves on the floor) and countless of ‘lifts and carries’ (carrying all that stuff up and down steps).

The beauty of yoga is that you can be in a class with professional athletes, the young, the old, the fit, the unfit, and somehow everyone has the same razor sharp focus, the union of breath, the challenges with balance postures and the room to expand their practice.

Through a consistent yoga practice you will find that yoga prepares us for the most important event we participate in, life.  There is no need for a separate class for athletes.  Yes, NBalance may host special workshops to introduce yoga to athletes of different sports.  However, in the yoga room we are all the same.  When you let go of your ego and see beyond the labels we give ourselves, we are all ultimately ‘training’ to live the best life we can.  Yes, yoga is for athletes.