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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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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