Des and Dora getting ready to lecture at NTI Have you ever experienced burnout? I mean the total absolute collapse of your world; overwork, the disillusionment of moral universe, endless fatigue while trying to hold it all together? Well, I have. Ironically, I make a living teaching burnout prevention. It goes to show that it can happen to anybody, and it will happen especially if you are passionate about your work. There is something incredibly heartbreaking when your passio
Three Major Health Benefits of Mindfulness and Mindful-Yoga You may remember the skit on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell as he walks onto the stage “we need more cowbell!” I am as persistent about “we need more mindfulness!” If I could, without risking looking ridiculous, and counterproductive, I would walk through town with a cowbell shouting; we need more mindfulness. Mindfulness allows us to become more resilient to emotional adversity, physical pain, more present to
Cultivating Awareness and Healing though Mindful Yoga Integration Today’s blog comes to us from Des Wood. Des teaches at Spira Power Yoga Tuesday’s at 8:30 am and every third Sunday at 4:30 pm. Des is also a critical care nurse. After eight years as a bedside nurse, Desiree went back to school to obtain her doctorate degree in nursing. As part of her thesis project, she conducted one of the first studies looking at helping to teach mindfulness through gentle yoga for patients
Yoli practicing mindful yoga The Secret to Taking your Yoga Practice to the Next Level By Yoli Grandjean Yoli completed her 200HR Teacher Training at Spira Power Yoga, she is also trained in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, she teaches every Sunday at 9:30 AM at Spira Power Yoga. When Yoli is not teaching yoga, she is busy promoting community health as a nurse manager and educator. You can find out more about Yoli and the rest of the amazing teachers at Spira Power Yoga here. When I st
Today’s blog was written by Sharon; she is a professor of Buddhist studies at Seattle University, she is also a teacher here at Spira. You can visit Sharon’s amazing classes on every Monday morning at 8:15 A.M. She also has an upcoming workshop on Mindful Eating and Compassionate Living in March of 2018 at Spira Power Yoga. Sharon teaches Mindful Yoga Pump; yoga with Barre, Pilates, and Weights, and you know, when a Prof. of Theology and Religious studies teacher Mindful Yoga
Voices of Spira Yogis. In a past blog Des, a Spira practitioner, has shared with us her journey as she navigated being a new working mom, and how yoga helped in this transition . Many of you enjoyed reading how others are using their yoga practice to deal with life outside of the yoga studio. We all have difficult moments in our every day; family, work, and basic life stuff can be challenging. It’s helpful to hear each other’s voices to helps us feel less alone in the world.
Des at work at the VA I love to hear from my students on how yoga helps in their everyday lives. I received two beautiful blogs from Des. Des has been a Spira practitioner since I opened, she is also a visiting lecturer on the topics of anatomy and physiology for Spira’s Teacher Trainings. I am publishing part one now for you to enjoy. Look out for part two in a few weeks. – Dora From our new blog by Des Wood: I cannot believe it has been a year since I wrote my first blog p
You have to do more. We all have to do more! Time has shown that continuously living in snap judgments and instant gratification, in the illusion of visual pleasure has proven to be blindness of the worst kind.
You can do more! As I was reading through Dr. King’s speeches this morning, I was humbled by his clarity and wisdom. I was disappointed that the world has not progressed further, that his words are still applicable! We can do more. We have to do more, and since I cann
The way you practice yoga, think and speak can heal our world. Listen now A few weeks ago, in part one of Healing Our World blog series, I explained how yoga is not a self-centered practice. (Here is a link to that blog in case you missed it) The goal of yoga is to discover the inter-relatedness of our universe. I have mentioned that the process of finding universality starts with ‘inward gazing’, but the goal is not to get stuck on the inner-centeredness. Via a few examples,
This blog is first in a series: Mindfulness can heal our world- Part One. Listen now If you are a regular practitioner in my classes, you probably heard me saying; “We are all related. This is not your yoga. This is not YOUR time.” I know some of you are a bit shaken by this statement and may even take it personally in a hurtful way. That is not my intention. My intention is to teach yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. But momentary ease of challenges and temporary reduction o