VACATION WITH INTENTION, LET GO, HAVE FUN!

I’m 0ff to recharge my spiritual batteries, enjoy the great outdoors, play with my family and friends, and even do nothing!  Take time to nurture your soul.  Don’t just take the time off from work.  To make the most of your vacation, prepare so you can unplug, trust others to do the work, let it be okay if the work gets done differently than you would do it, and let go of needing to be in control.  Set an intention to be on vacation!  I know letting go can seem so hard to do, but, do it anyway.  Give yourself a much needed break.  Breathe.  Play.  Refresh.  Renew.  That’s what I’m off to do, and I’m going to enjoy this precious time set aside to live, love and laugh!

Namaste…Yogamama Meels

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POP-UP OUTDOOR YOGA IN PORT ANGELES STARTS TODAY! #outdooryoga #popupyoga #portangeles

The weather is perfect for outdoor yoga so my weekly pop up yoga classes are starting today!! All-levels flow yoga class in the beautiful outdoors 6-7pm. Tonight’s class will be in my backyard in Port Angeles. For directions email amelia@spirituallyfityoga.com. Look for weekly pop up yoga announcements on my facebook page.
BYO yoga mat, water bottle and block if you have one; sunglasses and sunblock too. Suggested donation: $10. 🙂

Get outside and play yogis!!
Yogamama Meels

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MAY 18TH YOGA RETREAT IN PORT ANGELES! DISCOUNT FOR KULA YOGA MEMBERS!

Spots are still available for the May 18th yoga retreat at Kula Yoga in Port Angeles! And, Kula Yoga members, get $10 off…so $40 for this five hour retreat!  Learn how to get into inversions, sweat and get powerful in a 90 minute Journey into Power sequence (following the Baptiste power yoga flow), enjoy a healthy detox lunch, then relax with yin yoga and yoga nidra.  RSVP to Amelia at amelia@spirituallyfityoga.com or call 360-808-0074.

2014 Yoga Retreat with Amelia Andaleon in Port Angeles May 18th at Kula Yoga studio.

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FEED YOUR SOUL, NOT YOUR CRAVINGS

bowRECOGNIZING SIGNS OF STRESS

This morning I was craving sweets and caffeine, although I THOUGHT I had slayed my sweet-tooth and had given up coffee for almost a year. Instead of giving in to these urges, I recognized that tightness in my solar plexus and a sense of desperation in my desires…all sure signs of stress. I accepted these cravings as a call for self-care, a red flag to explore what was bothering me, and an invitation to come to my mat to flow and meditate. I discovered I had been in a mode of give-give-give to others and hadn’t taken time to give myself what I needed to recharge my own batteries. I was grateful I had recognized these temptations as signs of stress and chose to feed my soul, instead of my cravings.

THE PRESSURE OF ADJECTIVES

For me, the holidays have historically been stressful due to a multitude of birthdays landing smack during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. But, my yoga practice and meditation have taught me to notice my tendency to CREATE more stress by expecting perfection from throwing unforgettable birthday experiences for my daughter, mother, husband and dad within a 19-day period, along with preparing exquisite holiday meals when hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, that’s a lot of events in a short timespan but, I’ve learned it’s really the expectations and the adjectives that throw me into a tailspin.

STEER CLEAR OF YOUR EMOTIONAL EARTHQUAKE

As a result of my yoga and meditation practice the actual events that occur don’t necessarily change but, my perception and my way of being is transformed from feeling hectic to just celebrating another holiday season. I come back to myself, choosing my behavior and reactions to be grounded and centered in my truth, rather than feeling unstable when letting my emotions be defined by the reactions or approval of others. I’ve identified that my emotional earthquake is when I try to impress and please others because I desperately want their praise. There’s a freedom in knowing that now because I can catch myself before the ground starts trembling under me. What’s your emotional earthquake? Pin down what puts you on shaky ground then choose your path of solid foundation instead.

LET GO OF THE DELUSION THAT LIFE IS “SUPPOSED TO BE” GRAND, PERFECT, EASY, FAIR

We can trip ourselves up by believing that life is supposed to be hunky-dory, then when life throws us a curve ball we think “What did I do to make this go wrong?” or “Woe is me…”, which just adds to our suffering. Let go of the delusion that life is supposed to be grand, perfect, easy and fair. Instead accept each moment as if it was supposed to be, exactly as it is, and, let go of that habit of self-inflicted emotional-flogging…be gentle with yourself. The reality of life can be hard to accept sometimes but, with practice and changing your mindset to let go of expecting what is “supposed to be” of others and of yourself, your daily journey can take on an ease and lightness with each step.

BREAK THE HABIT OF WALLOWING IN EMOTIONAL YUCK

About self-inflicted emotional flogging…break the habit of wallowing in emotional yuck and press that eject button. “Mayday, mayday! I’m drowning in my own stupid drama! Eject! Eject!” Catch yourself in the act of flogging, get out, and laugh at yourself that you went there (again?) Avoid the double-flogging: “I can’t believe I got stuck in my own dramatic yuck again!!”. Yeah, don’t go there. Let your shallow breath or negative thoughts remind you to get a grip “on just the facts, Stan” and delete the dramatic tone in your voice and body language. Being dramatic can be a craving too. It can be addictive and alluring and a tough habit to break.

WHAT TURNS YOUR SOUL ON?

Make a habit of engaging in activities that make your soul sing and you will feel more centered and become less vunerable to emotional earthquakes, self-criticism, and drama. Give yourself permission to make yourself happy. Give yourself permission to make yourself happy. Intentional repetition added for emphasis because some of us (yes, including me) really need to hear this loud and clear. CHOOSE to make your heart smile and feed your soul with compassion and love. Take a yoga class, sit and meditate, journal, walk your dog, sing or dance like no one is watching, get lost in an artsy creative project, or immerse yourself in a nerdy, mad scientist invention. Create balance in your life and turn your soul on by paying attention to what makes your breath and body relax. It may take practice. It may take breaking habits and thought-patterns. It may seem like a miracle or a complete transformation. But, anything is possible with your intentions and determination.

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Stress can crop up daily but yes, what comes up during the holidays can run the gamut, right? It can be that special (spoken with that sarcastic SNL accent) time of year requiring pulling up our rooted boot straps and fortifying ourselves with more food for our soul. The stuff to do, stuff to buy, stuff you can’t afford, the family drama, travel headaches, long lines everywhere. The holidays can be the ultimate test to how well we can handle all kinds of stress. Just remember, the holiday season is just a bunch of days on the calendar. It comes every year. Notice if you’re making more meaning out of what’s happening during each holiday occasion and flip your thoughts towards the positive. Consider changing or deleting one holiday “ritual” which throws you off your game. Shop online instead of in person. Make gifts instead of buying them, maybe writing a thoughtful poem or making an ornament. Let the gift come from the heart and let it be less about money. Host a potluck instead of a full-on spread prepared by yourself. I know changing holiday rituals can seem stressful or even sacrilege but, just consider the possibility and try it. The relief you experience may be worth that scary step. I don’t have all or really any answers for how you can manage holiday stress but, YOU have the answers for yourself. Tune in, be still, and listen. And, know you always have one of the simplest, most powerful balance-restoring tools at your beckon call: just breathe…

FALL 2013 YOGA CLASS SCHEDULE FOR PORT ANGELES AND SEQUIM

I’ve expanded my yoga class schedule, including a new class in SEQUIM! Check it out!  (And, visit my Schedule page for the latest class offerings.)

WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2013

DAYTIME
  • Monday 9-10:15am Power Yoga @ Kula Yoga (starting Sept 9th)
  • Tuesday 9:30-9:50am Intro to Power Yoga, 10-11:15am Power Yoga @ Nourish Sequim (starting Sept 3rd) – more details below. To register call Nourish Sequim at (360) 797-1480
  • Wednesday 9-10:15am Yin Yoga @ Kula Yoga
  • Thursday 12-12:50 Community Power Yoga @ the Y (FREE to EVERYONE, members and non-members)
  • Friday 9-10:15am Power Yoga @ Kula Yoga

EVENING

  • Monday (starting Sept 9th)
    5:00-5:20pm Intro to Power Yoga @ Kula Yoga
    5:30-6:45pm Power Yoga @ Kula Yoga
    7:00-8:15pm Yin Yoga @ Kula Yoga
  • Wednesday (Starting Oct 2nd)
    6:00-7:00pm Family Yoga Series @ YMCA

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

  • Power Yoga (Vigorous, heated flow with balance and strength poses)
  • Intro to Power Yoga (Basic alignment,  “your flow” sequence, and modifications will be demonstrated enabling students of all levels to participate in a full power yoga class.  This class is not required for beginners but, it is highly recommended for students new to power yoga.  This time is also a good opportunity to ask any of your burning yoga questions prior to class.)
  • Yin Yoga (Emphasis on longer holds and passive stretches of deeper connective tissues)
  • Family Yoga  (For families with children of all ages to learn about yoga breathwork,  postures, emotional and postural awareness, and connecting with self and each other, through playful games and partnering activities.
WORKSHOPS, RETREATS and CUSTOM CLASSES
  • Custom private or group classes are available.  For inquiries, please email amelia@spirituallyfityoga.com or call 360-808-0074.
  • Family Yoga Series 6:00-7:00pm at the YMCA will start Wednesday October 2nd.   For more info please call the Y at (360) 452-9244.
  • The summer Women’s Mini Yoga Retreat was incredible and I will be offering another day of retreat in the Port Angeles or Sequim area. If interested  please email amelia@spirituallyfityoga.com to receive announcements about retreats.

POWER YOGA AT NOURISH SEQUIM – 10 WEEK SERIES

Dates:
Every Tuesday from Sept 3 – Nov 12 (no class on Sept 24th)
Cost:
Prepay $10/class NO extra charge for the optional 20 minutes Intro to Power class. Drop in for $12.00 a class but to guarantee a spot, prepayment is recommended.

Time:
* 9:30-9:50am Intro to Power discussion and demonstration
* 10:00-11:15am Power yoga class

Description:
Sculpt and tone your muscles, increase mobility in your joints, improve mental clarity and focus, and access your personal power and peace during this 10-week series.  This class is designed for yogis of all levels. At the end of this vigorous, challenging yoga series you will develop muscle strength, flexibility and a heightened awareness of your body, mind, spirit connection. Prior to each class, students will have the opportunity to take an optional 20 minute Intro to Power class, where your instructor will demonstrate proper posture and alignment during the basic “flow sequence.” She will also introduce you to Power yoga terminology, breathwork, and suggest modifications enabling any student to participate during the entire Power yoga class. Committing to a series of Power yoga classes will reveal more obvious results, physically, mentally and spiritually, as opposed to attending on a drop-in basis. Give Power yoga a try and be prepared to witness a more powerful and peaceful YOU!

 

COSTS:
  • For class fees at Kula Yoga please visit the Kula Yoga website
  • YMCA yoga classes: FREE to YMCA members, $10 drop-in fee for non-members
  • Thursday NOON Community Power Yoga at the Y is FREE for members and non-members
  • Workshop and retreat costs are listed with description of classes.
LOCATIONS:
  • Kula Yoga  is at 316 W. 1st St. Port Angeles, WA – http://kulayogaportangeles.com (NOTE: Kula Yoga will be moving Sept. 1, 2013 to 128 E. Front St.)
  • Clallam County Family YMCA is at 302 S. Francis St.  Port Angeles, WA –
    http://clallamcountyymca.org/
  • Nourish Sequim is located south of downtown Sequim at the base of Bell Hill at 101 Provence View Lane, Sequim WA 98382 – click here for a map and directions: Nourish Sequim

At Kula Yoga and Nourish Sequim, it is recommended to bring your own mat, water bottle, and towel to class.  Thank you.

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NO BACKYARD YOGA TODAY :(

Sorry, no backyard yoga today. I have guests in town and we’re off to the Ridge. YES for next week though, while weather cooperates. Mornings at Kula Yoga (316 W 1st Port Angeles) are still on!

WED 10-11:15am YIN YOGA
FRI 9-10:15am POWER YOGA (heated)

Enjoy this amazing weather all! 🙂