YogaNej - January News and Updates
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YogaNej - January Newsletter

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.
~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

So here we are....the year 2015.  I'm trying hard to remain as cliche free as I can while I write this newsletter today, but it's difficult.  I truly can't believe how fast 2014 came and went! 

I'm not, by nature, a January resolution person.  I usually live by "if you want to do it, or it needs to be done, now is as good a time as any," but this year I've found myself standing in front of the stacks of unread yoga reference books I have gathering in my office space at home. 

So, first up on my reading list this year is a small book I stumbled across some time ago...The Posture of Meditation by Will Johnson. 

Meditation has always, for me, been an active experience.  Daily runs of anywhere from 1-10 miles and a physical (asana based) yoga practice were always my time to put all outside influences on the back burner.   Unfortunately, I'm finding it more and more difficult to fit those daily runs into my busy schedule....and my own yoga practice is going through a stage where I can't seem to shut off "ideas" of things I'll do in my classes while I'm on my own mat. 

Instead of fighting my schedule and fighting my brain, I've been thinking that a more dedicated sitting meditation practice might be the answer for me in this stage of my life. 

Interesting meditation facts:
* Meditation has been proven to help in overcoming stress (University of Mass. Medical School, 2003)
* Meditation can cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss (Journal Emotion, 2007)
* Meditation can help overcome anxiety, depression, anger and confusion (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009)

Interesting posture facts:
* Dutch behavioral scientist Erik Peper has found we are more likely to remember positive memories or to think positively when we sit up straight, vs slouching.
*  In 2010, Dana Carney (a social psychologist at UC Berkeley) co-authored a study showing that when people took on body positions reflecting confidence, whether they were feeling confident or not; the body would actually show increased levels of testosterone (a hormone associated with self-confidence) and show decreased levels of cortisol (sometimes referred to as the stress hormone). 

The Curvy Yoga drop-in class is back! 

Now Monday nights at 7:00 pm, starting January 12th.

Next week!!  

Right around the corner!!

It'll be here before you know it!! 


What is Curvy Yoga

Not everyone falls in love with yoga, but I want to create an environment where they feel comfortable giving it a try.  My goal is to help make yoga an option for those who never thought it possible.  To provide a space where students feel comfortable practicing yoga using modifications, props, and intelligent choices based on their own bodies. If you have any questions, you can check out the link on
Sound Method Yoga's website. 
There is still time to sign up for the Sound Method Yoga New Years Yoga Challenge!!!

The studio is hosting a challenge in 2015.  Classes, goals, and prizes!  You have until January 16th to sign up.  Read ALL about it here.
Off the Mat with...Jenny S.

Jenny always walks through the studio door with a smile on her face.  I love having her positive energy in class!

And apparently I really need to get her advice on how to wear a scarf well.  I've always failed in my attempts. 

Jenny, red is your color!!!!  Just sayin'.  :-)

YN: How long have you been practicing yoga?
Jenny: I started with Mandy in the fall of 2011, but due to scheduling conflicts, I stepped away in the fall of 2012.  After a few months, I wanted to come back to yoga, but wasn’t sure how to take the first step.  When I saw that XL (now Curvy) yoga was coming to SMY in January of 2013, I knew I had found my way to get back.
YN:  What got you interested in yoga?
Jenny:  My daughter has practiced and taught yoga for several years, and encouraged me to try it.  In fact, when I finally decided to try yoga, I asked her to find me a studio, and even though she lives in Massachusetts, she found SMY and one other studio near my home.  After checking them out on-line, SMY seemed like the best fit for me.
YN:  Do you have a favorite pose?
Jenny: Two of my goals are improving strength and balance, so poses that help me in these areas, while challenging, are also satisfying.
YN:  Do you have a favorite style of yoga (Vinyasa, yin, hot, etc)?
Jenny:   I enjoy the beginner flow and curvy yoga classes and plan to try a yin class in the near future.  I do know that HOT yoga will never be for me!
YN:  If you could tell someone who’s never been to a yoga class one thing, what would it be?
Jenny:   Try it!  For a long time, I was afraid to try yoga because I wasn’t young enough, thin enough, strong enough, flexible enough.   Once I started, I learned that I can practice in the moment at the age, size, strength, and flexibility that I am today.   All of the teachers at SMY are positive and encouraging and fully embrace the concept of no judgment.  I love that!
Mon            Curvy Yoga                  7:00pm - 8:00pm               @ Sound Method Yoga
Wed            Beginner Flow             7:00pm - 8:00pm               @ Sound Method Yoga
Sun             Beginner Flow             10:00am - 11:00am            @ Sound Method Yoga