Meet the Staff: Interview with Jacque Johnson

Welcome to our semi-regular "Meet the Staff" section of our blog! We have such a large staff of wonderful individuals, and we want you to know them and love them as much as we do. This week, we're introducing Jacque Johnson, who has been with us for just over 2 years. She's been an integral part of our community from day 1, teaching classes, regularly offering to sub for other teachers, and working with our 200hr teacher training students. She has lots of knowledge from her years of yoga therapy, and has been teaching yoga since before mats were regularly in use! Join her for one of her many classes each week. And for a special treat, try out her one-of-a-kind "Hands-Free Yoga", perfect for those who are rehabbing wrist or shoulder injuries, or anyone who just hates chaturanga! Jacque teaches at both our Erwin Terrace and Geer St. locations, and can frequently be found practicing in other teachers classes. Read More

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Meet the Staff: Interview with Shanon Greig

We'd like to introduce you to our wonderful staff members. Periodically (weekly if we can!), we'll feature an interview with one of our stellar staff. Yoga teachers, massage therapists, and front desk mavens will all make an appearance. So say 'hi' to Shanon the next time you see her at the studio! She teaches Monday 7pm at Geer St, and Wednesday 5:30pm Geer St. When did you start practicing yoga and why? I started practicing yoga almost four years ago because a close friend of mine was a yoga teacher and made it accessible to me. I had just started my first full-time desk job and started noticing my body needed a new type of movement. Read More

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Ember's "Fiery" Birth Story

I had tried almost every “natural” form of induction that I had heard. I was starting to think I was stuck pregnant. My original due date was November 4th. After having an early ultrasound, my due date was pushed back to November 28th. But I felt sure I’d have this baby before then. On November 8th, I started having signs and feelings that she was coming soon. Thanksgiving came and went; my due date came and went and at 41 weeks I really started to get nervous, I really didn’t want to be induced. Finally, at one week and two days past my due date, I had my membranes swept. The plan would be to come back the next day (Thursday) for another sweep and again on Friday. Then, if still pregnant, they would do a “midwife induction” on Saturday and, lastly, a hospital induction on Sunday. Read More

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Why Mindfulness?

I’m preparing this morning for the start of another Mindfulness and Yoga class and thinking about the impact of this practice on my life. Mindfulness is the practice of attending deeply and exclusively to the present moment or task, no matter how dull or exciting it might be. It means committing to staying present mentally, and redirecting your attention when it begins to wander. In Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness, he describes this process as “washing the dishes to wash the dishes”. And not washing the dishes so you can get it out of the way and move on to having your tea. Mindfulness is simple, in the sense that it can be practiced anywhere, at any time. All you need to do is notice all that you can about the present moment.  Read More

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Will I Ever See My Ankles Again? Or how to Survive Being Pregnant in the Summer in the South….

Though we had some relief early in the season with some cooler days, the hot and humid days will be here to stay soon! The last few weeks before I gave birth to my summer baby were intense, with swollen feet and legs, lethargy from the heat, and terrible crankiness.  Generally pregnant women feel warmer than usual during pregnancy, and the heat of the summer tends to exacerbate this feeling. The heat also tends to increase swelling in feet, ankles and legs that is often experienced during pregnancy. This can make for a miserable time of things. There’s the small consolation in it being warm enough to wear flip flops (and not have to figure out how to get on socks and tie shoes), but otherwise it can feel really unfair!  Read More

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in many different ways. Some of these changes are due to hormonal fluctuations. Others are caused by the additional mechanical stress on the musculoskeletal system of carrying another human being in one’s uterus. It is important to be aware of what these changes are so that you can better understand what’s happening in your body and learn ways to support the changes to be as comfortable as possible. Read More

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Benefits of a Prenatal Partner Class - or Why Should I Drag my Partner to Yoga on a Saturday Afternoon?

by Andrea Dixon When I first started teaching prenatal partner yoga classes, I was pregnant with my first child. Since I was pregnant along with my students, my husband came with me to be my partner in the partner classes. I knew it wasn’t his first choice of things to do on a Saturday afternoon, but he was agreeable and sweet about it. After our son was born, he confessed that he actually hadn’t really wanted to go at all, but he was glad he had since what he learned was so helpful to him when he supported me in labor! I’ve heard similarly from many other students and their partners through the years, so I know my husband is not alone in his experience. Partner prenatal classes offer ways to support your shared experience of awaiting your child, connect with each other and with your baby, as well as tangible tools, poses, and ideas for partners give supportive during pregnancy and birth. Read More

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Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 3 recap

What an amazing weekend. The community this group has created is a joy to be a part of! Sara joined us to kick off our weekend with a discussion on mindfulness, using the text, The Miracle of Mindfulness, as a starting point. It was a rich, emotional and tender discussion, and it brought up ideas and concepts that we returned to throughout the weekend. Later in the weekend, we did other mindfulness exercises, including the Raisin Meditation (from Mindful Birthing, one of my all-time favorite books). Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 9 recap

This was the last weekend of teacher training for these wonderful students! It was a fun but busy weekend. On Friday night we talked about ethics as a yoga teacher. There are several ways in which we need to pay attention to ethical considerations. In no particular order, there are the ethics of the student/teacher relationship, the ethics of professionalism, and the ethics of knowing your limits as a yoga teacher. I like to tell the students that there are some things that should be obvious, but are not. For example, it should be obvious that a yoga teacher (who is not also a doctor) is not qualified to give medical advice. However, students will ask you all the time what they should do about various injuries. It's always important to listen to their concerns, ask if they're seeing a medical professional, and advise them against doing anything that aggravates their injury. But trying to diagnose or treat any condition is outside the realm of what a yoga teacher is qualified to do. Read More

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Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 2 recap

This is always my favorite weekend of the prenatal teacher training, because our main focus is birth! Throughout the weekend we talked about birth from various perspectives – historical (what influences and developments have brought us to what we have today in the US), cultural (how we tend to view pregnancy and birth), medical (what options women have in childbirth), and of course what actually happens in a woman’s body during labor and birth. Throughout the weekend we return many times to the questions of: what does this mean for our pregnant students? how does this show up in a prenatal class? And – most importantly – how can we best support our pregnant yoga students to have the most embodied, powerful, and positive experience, regardless of what unfolds during her transition to motherhood? Read More

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