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Gina introduces the new Basics duo

Is there someone in your life who has been saying they want to start doing yoga?
Or someone who you think should start doing yoga!?


Well this is the perfect way to do it.

I am so excited to announce some new flare on our popular Basics!

We are kicking off 2017 with the same standard of quality in our Hatha Basics (with a few upgrades), which will be followed by our brand new Flow Basics.

There have been many requests on how to break down flow to make it accessible and now there is a 4-week series just for you.

Check out this video for more information from yours truly. 🙂 

Gina Langbehn with beginners yoga

If you are a IAY member, Basics grad or brand new to this thing called yoga, you are in for a treat.

Check out the deets here and grab a friend to sign up with you. Nothing says ring in the new year like self care. 

See you in 2017!
<3 Gina

what to do when you lose your yoga mojo

A jug fills drop by drop. ~Buddha

One of the things that came up in conversations on retreat this summer was how hard it can be to get back into consistent practice after a disruption.

Vacation, having company, a change in schedule… anything can disrupt our delicate yoga mojo.

So how do you get it back if you can’t, say, go on retreat? Here are a few ideas for both home and studio practice:

  • Set up structure Consistency is key — both with the benefits of practice and the likelihood of doing it. Get on a realistic schedule. Make it non-negotiable. You wouldn’t consider not brushing your teeth for a day…why is “flossing” the body any different? Routine of time and place might not be exciting, but it will help the habit stick.
  • Create space This may seem obvious, but if you want a home practice and haven’t designated a place for it, it won’t happen. Find a corner, a rug, a spot that feels good to you — it doesn’t have to be a whole room. Consider the view, which direction you’ll face, the light, if there’s a draft…but don’t let any of those become excuses to not get on the mat.
  • Accountability buddy The power of the no-flake pact! If practicing in person with a friend isn’t an option, how about virtually? Text or call to indicate the start and end of a meditation or asana practice. Just knowing that we’re sharing that time, even at a distance, can increase our fidelity.
  • Remember that the first step is the hardest When it comes right down to it, there’s no magic secret or guarantee to help us make healthy choices. Habits build by repetition. The first step (getting out of bed 30 minutes early, getting off the couch even after a long day) is the hardest part. Once we’re in it (or done) we remember why we love it, how good it feels, how happy the body is with just a little bit of care. Let that feeling be your motivation.

Yoga is thing that gets us back to what is real and important in life. Make it easy for yourself with structure, routine, accountability and forgiveness. 

Of course, if you want a little more support, there’s always At Home with It’s All Yoga. And we love to see your shining face in the studio!

Lots of love, Michelle

yoga for your mind

Turning within is called Yoga.

Sunday morning class has spurred some rich discussions lately on ideas like:

  • The act teaches you the meaning of the act.
  • Something that is important can be fun (we don’t generally believe this, or we believe the opposite).
  • The bliss of consciousness is attained through expansion of the center.

Many of you have asked about the OnBeing talks or the books from where much of this inspiration comes.  

Here are a few of my favs:
Adele Diamond – The Science of Attention
Paulo Coelho – The Alchemy of Pilgrimage
Marie Howe – The Poetry of Ordinary Time
And my current Yoga text passion is The Splendor of Recognition by Swāmī Shāntānanda. The Bliss of remembering or recognizing what we already know but so easily forget.

Always love to hear about your inspiration sources.

Sending love,
Michelle

should you trust your gut?

What does your gut say?

I haven’t always trusted my gut. When I was 21-years-old, I was exhausted, anxious, depressed, and my belly (stomach and intestines) hurt all the time. Whether I ate or not, whether I rested or not, I was in constant pain emotionally and physically. My suffering only increased as I resisted the pain and fought against what I perceived to be “constitutional weakness.” Looking back, I can see clearly that I was in a constant state of stress. My highly sensitive self carried 15 or more college units each semester, worked as a waitress three days a week,  volunteered at the college radio station and with activist groups. Also, my grandfather died of heart failure and a dear coworker and friend was killed in a car accident within a year of each other. I had been living in a constant state of trauma, but, mostly I just felt defective.
Am I the only one? Have you ever judged yourself for feeling ill or sad or tired?
Our society does not want us to slow down for a stomach ache or listen to creeping anxiety that causes our digestive system to send very sad messages indeed. Our modern world tells us to ignore the signals of our body and “push through the pain,” to “grin and bear it.” And for some of us, all that ignoring and stuffing results in constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, belching, gas, depression, anxiety, exhaustion or worse. So, taking the time to truly explore the relationship between digestion and our thoughts and moods might be the difference between a rich, full life and a life filled with pain and suffering. Luckily for me, I had a health crisis in my twenties that began my awakening. My body wouldn’t let me ignore it anymore, so I began a journey into holistic medical treatments. Over the years, I have had a few setbacks here and there (postpartum depression, diverticulitis) which have led to a deeper exploration of yoga, meditation and other contemplative practices. And through these practices (and by reading lots of books and articles), I have learned that the gut is the central to overall health. This “second brain” deserves respect and attention. I’m still learning from it, still being challenged by it. My belly sends me messages all the time. In fact, did you know that 90% of the fibers in the vagus nerve (the one that connects the brain to the digestive system) carry information from belly to brain and not the other way around? Oh, and 95% of the body’s serotonin is found in the gut. Yes, that chemical that is directly linked to mood lives right there in the center of the body…not in the brain. So, the old saying “trust your gut” might be more true than we ever thought.
If you think your gut might be trying to tell you something, I invite you to join me for:
Gut FeelingsHOlly HOlt gut feelings Saturday, October 8, 1-4 pm
We will explore the intimate relationship between our thoughts and emotions and digestion.  Our tools of inquiry will be breath work, meditation, slow/gentle yoga poses, guided writing exercises and self-massage.
  My hope is that together, we can find more compassionate ways to digest our lives. I hope to see you there, Holly

the impatience of august: 5 ways to come back

Do you ever feel a little impatient this time of year?
Whether you are simply weary of the heat, counting the days until school starts, planning that last-minute road trip to squeeze out the last bits of summer, August can be a time of hammock-induced anxiety. Squirrel wisdom Most of us suffer from that pesky Western desire to get somewhere. Maybe that’s why the theme for August at It’s All Yoga is Patience. Full disclosure: if you asked my family about my relationship to patience, they would probably roll their eyes and chuckle. But it is a practice, I say, a practice! In that spirit, I give you… Five ways to practice patience in August!
  1. Stay – Wherever you are, stay there.
Here’s an example: If you are in that long, slow line at the grocery store, don’t scamper on over to the shorter one just to save two minutes. And that slow lane in traffic? Cool your jets…literally. See what it might feel like to stay.
  1. Create Something – Draw, write, build a deck, make some jewelry, prepare a meal from scratch, plant a garden.
When we are creating, things like mistakes and wrong turns are just part of the process. Patience comes in handy here. Creativity also gives us space to tinker, to ponder, to slow the heck down…no matter what the outcome.
  1. Chew Your Food – Okay, I’ll admit it. This is my number one patience practice.
I don’t know what it is. My jaw is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. But I’m learning. We could practice this one together. We could call it the “30 Chews Per Bite Club.” Who knows, we might even taste our food, really taste it. If nothing else, our intestines will thank us for all the mindful chewing.
  1. Listen – Most people just want to be heard.
True listening takes loads of patience. To practice the great art of listening, consider asking a friend to lunch (maybe someone who is going through a rough patch), and practice your nodding skills.
  1. Meditate – You didn’t think I was going to forget that one, did you?
Meditate while sitting, walking, or doing the dishes. Notice your breath. What does your body feel like? What are your habitual thought patterns? What emotions or judgments arise? Pay attention. Just a few minutes a day can create miracles. Which brings me to the real gift of practicing patience: Presence. When I slow down long enough to be present to my own life, it’s kind of amazing. I realize that I manufactured about ten of the things on my “to do” list just so I have something to look forward to. What’s all this about the next big thing anyway? The big thing is right here, right now. With love, Holly