Red Bubbles

We all have them…..the little red circles that reside in the corner of the icons on our cell phones.  The little red circles that alert us to new messages or updates or posts.  How addicted are you to your phone?  How quickly do you respond to the red bubbles?  Can you ignore them?

I’ll admit that there was a time when I constantly checked my phone and looked at all the red bubbles.  I had to check my email whenever the red bubble alert came up.  I had to check all the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I was constantly scrolling through Pinterest, constantly checking the news and weather.  Constantly looking at my phone or iPad.

I finally got tired of this constant looking at my phone.  I changed my alerts so that the red bubbles don’t pop up.  I limit my Facebook and social media time, and I can’t remember the last time I scrolled through Pinterest.  I still check my phone, I still read with my Kindle app, I still look at my social media, but I don’t feel the need to see every update.  I realized that I don’t need to know what every person on my feed is doing at any given time.  I’ve stopped posting to Facebook as much.  I’ve unsubscribed to emails that I don’t read.  I’ve basically de-cluttered my phone.

And the great thing about this de-cluttering and unsubscribing is that I am paying more attention to what is going on RIGHT NOW.  I’ve taken more time to spend at home enjoying the outdoors, swimming, walking and biking.  It’s eliminated drama from my life that wasn’t mine to begin with.  RIGHT NOW I’m taking time to notice the storm that’s coming, the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  RIGHT NOW is all that matters.  And the people and furbabies that I love the most are here with me RIGHT NOW.

I don’t even miss those little red bubbles.

Namaste

A New Journey

This year I will be working on my next 300 hour teacher training.  When I first took my 200 hour training I had no intention of teaching.  It was strictly for me.  I didn’t start teaching until two years after completing my first training.

This new experience will focus on medical benefits of yoga and yoga therapy.  I will have a new understanding of how yoga can help a person cope with medical issues.  I will be participating in the only yoga teacher training in the country that is done at a hospital.  I am honored to be accepted into this program and I hope that I can use my new knowledge to have a better understanding of how yoga can help people cope in times of difficulty.

Please be patient with me while I am working on becoming a better and more effective yoga teacher.  This extension of my training will affect my Saturday classes  during the next two years.  In the end, it will benefit us all!

Namaste,

Julie

Summer Events At OYK!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged or posted anything online. While I’ve had many personal challenges in the past year that have caused me to not be as devoted to Om Yoga Kalamazoo, I am taking the summer to plan new classes and events.
The first new event is Yoga Nidra on July 22 at 5:00 pm. Yoga Nidra is yoga sleep. This class offers gentle stretching followed by a long svasana and guided meditation called Yoga Nidra. This relaxing class will leave you feeling rejuvenated for the long, hot days of summer ahead!
On August 24 at 8:00 pm join me for a special teen yoga flow! This flow will feature current music, and more challenging poses. The perfect ending to summer and a great way to begin a new school year!
On September 23, Om Yoga Kalamazoo and Refuge Recover Kalamazoo will be joining forces and participating in the Heroes in Recovery 6K at Spring Valley Park! Addiction recovery is very important to me for many reasons. There are many different addictions and each one can be devastating to families. Please consider donning your finest hero attire and running or walking for this great cause!
I hope to see you at these events or on your mat! Namaste!

Ancestry

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and while most people are out celebrating this green holiday I am writing this blog.  Everyone is a little bit Irish on this day.  Including me!  I recently got back the results of my Ancestry DNA sample.  It was pretty much as I expected, except that I am 11% Irish!  Woo-Hoo!

In the past year I have become more interested in my heritage and ancestry.  Most of the older people in my family are deceased and I find it sad that all their memories of their childhood and life are gone with them.  My dad died last year and on my run last Saturday I went past the house my dad grew up in.  It made me start to think about all the stories he told me of his childhood in the 1930’s and I realized that I couldn’t remember some of the people’s names or I was vague on some of the details.  And it made me sad that I can’t ask him about these memories anymore.  I wish I had paid more attention to the stories I heard over and over and over again.

This coming weekend I will be spending in New York.  Of course a trip to New York is not complete without a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I love seeing these places because of all the history and the people who have passed through New York Harbor to find their place in new country.  All those people who have come to America have their own stories.  Many of you have ancestors that have immigrated to this country.  Have you listened to the stories they have told you?  Do you pay attention when they tell you for the 100th time about their childhood?  Too soon those stories are forgotten.  Listen to your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Each one has a story to tell of an incredible life.  And yours is enriched because of it.

Namaste

Valentine Week At Om Yoga!

This Week at Om Yoga

This week is full of love! It’s Valentine’s week and there are three classes coming up this week! This week starts with Chair Yoga on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Chair Yoga is one of my favorite classes to teach. It’s fun and light-hearted. It’s a class for anyone who wants to move! We will do some heart-opening poses as well as some core work this week! Everyone is welcome at chair yoga!

Saturday morning we will start the weekend out with a gentle yoga class that is perfect for all levels. This class starts out with slow, deliberate movements and ends with yin yoga. Yin Yoga will get deeper into the tissues and fascia to help open the body.

Sunday afternoon is a special yoga class. Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing yoga sleep class. We start class with some gentle movements to help us settle in for a sleep meditation. Wear your pajamas or comfy clothes and bring a pillow and blanket to snuggle in!

You can check updates on the website at omyogakalamazoo.com. There is a complete calendar and class descriptions. All classes are drop-in, but please RSVP for the Yoga Nidra.

I hope to see you on your mat this week at yoga!

Namaste,
Julie

 

2018 Schedule

I have made some changes to the schedule for 2018!
Wednesday nights starting January 10 will be chair yoga from 6:30-7:30 pm. Chair yoga focuses on doing poses using a chair for a prop. The format of this class is to start out seated to warm up the arms, legs and spine, stand up for balancing and gentle movements, sit down for cool down seated svasana.
Saturday mornings starting January 6 will be gentle/yin yoga from 10:30-11:30 am. This class will be divided into two parts. The first part of class will be slower, gentle yoga poses. We’ll take our time moving from one pose to another to be able to feel the pose more deeply. We will end class with yin poses that are held for 3-5 minutes. The yin portion will use props to help support the body while holding the pose.
Other classes that I am working on for 2018: Adding more yoga nidra classes. Yoga nidra is a relaxing sleep meditation. Also aqua yoga. Yoga in a swimming pool! No fear of falling as the water will support you. That support can help you stretch your muscles and find more flexibility.
I’m also open to any ideas you may have! If you have a style of yoga you like or a time that you prefer, please let me know! I am flexible (no pun intended)!

Namaste

2018

Happy new year to everyone! As we leave 2017 in the past and start focusing on the future and making resolutions, please be aware of what you are experiencing right now. Sometimes we get so anxious about what’s going to happen that we miss what is happening in the present. In just a moment everything can change.
I am certainly looking forward to leaving 2017 behind. It was a year of sadness, anger, regret and disappointment in my life. I learned a lot and cried a lot in 2017. I’ve had to forgive when I wasn’t feeling very forgiving. I’ve had to pick myself up, dust myself off and carry on.
Already today I have put together a planner and a map of what I want to do this year and next year. I’ve spent the whole day planning what I’m going to do in the future. I have big plans. I have so many things I want to accomplish. I have so many things that I want to do for 2018. My mind has been on overdrive planning how I’m going to reach my goals.
And then I remember that I need to see what’s happening around me right now. So I take just 10 minutes to close my eyes and focus on my breath moving in and out of my body. That’s all. Just 10 minutes to bring my anxiety about the future down. Just 10 minutes to calm my mind. Just 10 minutes to bring me back to the present.
I encourage everyone who starts to feel anxious or nervous about the future or depressed about the past to just take 10 minutes (or whatever amount of time you need) to focus on right now. A few minutes to not think about anything except the sounds, smells, and breath that’s happening right now.

Namaste