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Boston HYL yoga teacher training

What I know for sure is that teaching yoga is a practice of stepping out of the narrow-centered self into a space that is expansive, empathetic and of being of service.  The world we live in today often can feel isolating.  There is a feeling of “one most go at it alone”.  Face to face contact is replaced more and more by face to screen contact.  We also seem to live with more fear of each other, fear that someone knows more than me, someone is better than me, someone is not willing to help me.  Think about it.  How many times do you actually make any kind of attempt to reach out to a stranger?  Do you even say hello, or even smile, to people anymore?

When I think about this, I think of all the lost opportunity to experience our human interconnectedness.  I think of all the missed chances to grow compassion for others.  And growing in compassion is the way toward more enlightenment, according to the Dalai Lama (who obviously knows a thing or two about the topic!).

Take a moment and consider how could you experience more compassion for others and express it.  How could you be more present and connected to everyone (not just those closest to you) in your community? How could you grow in your expression of together rather than alone?

Early bird is on! But ending soon!

One way to do this is to share what you love!  Join our fall teacher training and get schooled in all things yoga! Like I said stated above, teaching yoga gives you the opportunity to share of yourself with others in a meaningful way!

Don’t worry if you need to miss a day or weekend. We work with you to make up the time.

$200 savings now apply! ENDS 7/15! Payment Plans available.

Learn more CLICK HERE or ready to sign up? PURCHASE HERE

Looking for Balance? Choose It!

These days we have so many things to distract us, it’s easy to forget what is truly important to us!  It can feel like we are being pulled in thousands of directions.  This way and that.

So how can we find that elusive quality- BALANCE so many of us are searching for?

YOU CHOOSE! That’s how.  I distinctly remember when I started practicing yoga I started making more true choices and sometimes those felt scary at first.

For example one of the scariest choices for this recovering Type-A personality to make, was choosing to leave work early to make a yoga class I loved.  I had to leave 15 minutes before the customary end of day, otherwise I would miss the class.  This was a tough one. Every time I got up to leave I feared I would get yelled at by my boss or at least get criticized. I could feel the sneers from my colleagues as I walked by them and out the door.

But you know what I came to find out. No one really cared! Besides a few sarcastic remarks, there really was no issue. I was a great employee and a great co-worker. And the ones that smirked, what they actually felt, I think, was disappointment in themselves.  And as we know it’s much easier to be mad at someone else than be upset with yourself.

Start practicing the right choices for yourself and see, you just might find what you have been looking for!

EmpowerUP :  “I align my choices with my desires and take action”. 

Join us for our Boston  fall yoga teacher training   It’s not too late! Choose Now!  Read all about our training including weekend dates CLICK HERE.  Don’t worry if you have to miss a day or a weekend.  We work with you to make up the missed time.

CLICK HERE to register! Add to cart for automatic $200 savings.

Questions?  Email yogatt@healthyogalife.com!

Want to be happy? Learn more!-by Vyda Bielkus

Did you know learning something new increases your feeling of happiness?  As we engage our minds and bodies in a new endeavor, we feed our spirit with new insight which expands our consciousness.  This creates a feeling of contentment and well-being that is hard to find otherwise.

 

 

“People who are intensely absorbed in a task can lose track of time and place. Hours pass like minutes. They may be tired by the task but emerge energized and happy. This condition is known as “flow,” a name coined 30 years ago by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi” (US News and World Report article http://bit.ly/1fazjNq)

Fascinating coincidence that the yoga we practice at the Beacon Hill yoga studio and teach in our yoga teacher trainings is called vinyasa or flow!  Our teacher training is designed to help you learn not only a ton about yoga but also about yourself.   Join us for our winter Boston Yoga Teacher Training and jump start a lifelong commitment to self-study.

It is guaranteed to give you the skills and confidence to have more personal satisfaction with daily living.  Yoga teacher training is a deeply rewarding process as you shed old limiting beliefs and are supported for true transformation. 

Kick start the year! There is still time to register for the 8 Weekend Boston Training.

CLICK HERE to read more.  Payment plans available. If you have questions reach out to me at yogatt@healthyogalife.com If you need to miss a day or weekend do not worry, we work with you to make up the time!

CLICK HERE to register.

Not in Boston? Learn more about our Summer Yoga Teacher Training Intensive in beautiful Stratton Resort, Vermont CLICK HERE

Small Choice-Big Change!-by Vyda Bielkus

What is better than a little humor to uplift the spirit! This New Yorker cartoon does the trick.

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Wouldn’t most of us find it awesome to be making money “while wearing at T-shirt and sweatpants”? At one point in my life, I realized that my job (long hours, no value of work/life balance) and my desire for health were on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. I had had enough, and I was only 25.

Yoga was the only time during my busy week that I felt like I could breathe! As the yoga worked its magic, I started to wake up. I started to make changes. Soon I found myself in yoga teacher training and started moving away from wearing suits and heels every day to wearing yoga pants and being barefoot!

My quality of life soared. I’m not saying I didn’t have some bumps along the way as I transitioned my life, but I have never regretted my choice.

Make one small choice this end of the year for yourself. Whatever that is. A small choice empowers change. I chose health. My career came from that choice. Notice I didn’t say I want a new job. The choice matters to manifest your dreams.

To your health!

P.S.  Tuesday night, December 8, at the studio I will be answering your questions about yoga teacher training at 8:45pm. It’s free. Join me. Email me at yogatt@healthyogalife.com.

Our next training starts in January. Can’t make the info session CLICK HERE and opt-in. We will send you the LAST CHANCE savings that end this week. We’ve got an additional bonus for you just in time for your New Year’s Resolutions!

Conquering the Mountains of the Mind-by Vyda Bielkus

I am, no doubt, a city girl. I love the grit, the people, the commotion, and hustle and bustle, city living offers my active mind. However every few months I find myself desperate to get into the outdoors. Space. Like John Muir, founder of The Sierra Club, so greatly said “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

Luckily, as an entrepreneur and yoga teacher, I am able to create opportunities to do just that. Right now, I find myself leading a 2 week yoga teacher training at Stratton Resort in Vermont. When I close my eyes at night to sleep, the quiet is almost so shocking that it almost keeps me awake. There is no blare of sirens in the distance or chatter of voices on the streets. There is the just the faint sound of well, nothing. And there is something so magical about it. So healing indeed that it does feel like my spirit is being rinsed clean of the grime of daily life.

Today all the participants and I hiked up the glorious mountain and with each step, each huff and puff, up the vertical terrain, our legs grew stronger and are hearts more open. There is just something about being in nature that eases the soul. Even Deepak Chopra in his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, talks about the importance of spending time in nature.

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This hike reminded me of all the personal challenges we each face. The struggles that we build up in the mind to be huge mountains. When hiking if you look up you automatically panic, “how am I going to get from here to way up there?” we ask ourselves.

What I realized today is that if you stay present, the mountain is only an illusion. If you look at where you are, where your feet are actually on the earth, you realize that spot is flat. When you make yourself present to the moment you are in, the challenge, although might still be there, is suddenly much less daunting. Fear slips away in that very instant and you can absolutely conquer the mountain. One foot in front of the other, one precious present moment at a time, you will quickly find yourself at the top.

Ready to enjoy a little more presence in your daily life? Looking to decrease fear of the future or attachment to the past? Check out some of the ways our offerings can meet your needs!

Join us for our Fall 8 Weekend Yoga Teacher Training in Boston. CLICK HERE. Early bird ends soon!

Sign up for our Mind, Mood, & Muscle on-line plan. New yoga class, audio meditation, quick energy shift techniques, and healthy lifestyle tips every month! Perfect for anyone who wants to be able to practice at home or on the go! Only $14.95/month! CLICK HERE.

Did you know the Health Yoga Life on-line Coach Training can be taken from anywhere in the world? Be inspired today! Start living the life of your dreams. CLICK HERE to have a lead coach call you back for a FREE INTRO COACHING CALL: DESIGNING THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS. DON’T STAY STUCK GET GOING!

Top 5 Reasons to Take Yoga Teacher Training! -by Vyda Bielkus

  1. You will learn about correct and healthy yoga alignment for your body!

There is really no better way to learn about your own yoga practice.  The yoga teacher training will teach you techniques that are hard to understand simply from taking classes. Not only will your body become stronger but your mind-body connection will grow.  When this happens your practice completely shifts.

  1. You will become more confident in life!

When learning something new we are challenged in a good way.  This is because in order to grow we must be challenged otherwise we would stay exactly the same.  Often when we feel challenged, our good old friend fear can show up and try to take us out of experiencing what exists just beyond the fear. The yoga teacher training environment is designed to help you see that you can instead dance with your fear.  Fear can often keep us from taking action.  By learning to feel fear as a normal sensation that arises you can begin to tame it so that the fear doesn’t take over and stop you from realizing your goals and dreams.

  1. You will make new friends and strengthen your current relationships!

Yoga teacher training lets you be part of a group of like-minded people.  Because you are all together experiencing the same things, you are reminded that we are much more alike than we are different.  Also as you go through the training you learn to have more compassion with yourself and others.  As you practice having more intimacy and honesty with yourself and the group, you are able to bring those skills to current relationships.

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  1. You will learn new things about yourself!

So much of yoga is about learning about what makes your tick.  A yoga teacher training provides opportunity for self-reflection and to deepen your own awareness.  Awareness is power.  Through having more knowledge about yourself and your body you can take right action for change.

  1. You will learn how to express your true self!

Unless you were on the debate team, learning to communicate effectively, meaningfully, and truthfully may not be natural to you.  Yoga teacher training is an opportunity to shed the limiting beliefs and values we have about ourselves. Teacher Training can be the first time we begin to evaluate our belief and behaviors. As you go through training, you can begin to shed the patterns that no longer work and more accurately tune into you, who you truly are!

  1. And one more for good luck! Add more meaning to your professional life!

Whether you pursue yoga teaching as a career or add to your current professional life, teaching yoga enriches your life. You get to share what you love to do with others. You continue to learn about yoga and yourself through teaching.   Of course, the skills you learn in teacher training will help you get started as a yoga teacher, but they can also enhance your current professional skill set allowing you to meet with long-term career success and satisfaction.

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Support Boston Small Businesses-Play #BosBINGO at Health Yoga Life

Boston, as we all know, has had a rough winter. Shoulders are tight from shoveling and moods are sour because of traffic. Thanks to Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston is about to have some fun! The Mayor’s office just announced #BosBINGO a way for all of us to support local businesses who suffered due to the inclement weather this year. And the best part is you can win some great prizes too!

Health Yoga Life is excited to support the initiative. We believe supporting our local community ensures a thriving community! So come fill out your #BosBINGO card at our Boston yoga studio.

“You can purchase something small” how about a new reusable water bottle? Or new yoga mat? Or even try a yoga class out!

We also qualify for “Let’s hit the gym!” Our yoga classes at Health Yoga Life are athletic, mindful and will stretch you out body and soul.

Why not “Pick up a gift for someone else” did you know Health Yoga Life offers gift certificates that can be used on yoga classes, workshops, and yoga clothes, mats, and jewelry at our Boston yoga studio.

Ready to learn more about yoga practice? Want to join a growing industry how about “Purchase something large” and sign up for our Boston Yoga Teacher Training!

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You can pick up your #BosBingo card at Health Yoga Life or print yours out CLICK HERE. To learn more about this awesome initiative CLICK HERE

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Anniversary Health Yoga Life! Thank YOU!

Today Health Yoga Life celebrates our 3rd year anniversary! Come to class today and after enjoy a cupcake and some apple cider. Watch our community video and read below about why we opened HYL. Read to the end to learn about an awesome anniversary contest happening this week at the studio!

What led us to open up Health Yoga Life our Yoga Studio in Boston 3 years ago today? We saw a sign! A sign from above – well… more like in a window! At least that is what we  always tell our yoga students, in explaining how we four sisters came to open our yoga and coaching business, Health Yoga Life in Boston.

In 2011 the economy was stagnant, and all of us faced some career transition. That’s when Vyda saw a small for lease sign in a second story window in Beacon Hill. Details of the space seemed doable for a yoga studio, so it brought us to the moment of choice: continue to pound the pavement or take a leap and go into business together. Examining our priorities, we knew that if we wanted to lead happy, healthy, and balanced lives we would have to own our own business. More traditional career paths, although may afford other benefits, often strip you of the chance to prioritize health over profit. Being in business for ourselves affords big freedoms, most significantly giving us control over our time. We work a lot to make our business a success, but even so we all feel that we have significant work-life balance, which has made living our dream a daily reality. Health Yoga Life opened its doors on 11.11.11 and we are proud to be rolling into our 4th year. It was a lucky sign!

Thank you to our students, staff, volunteers and teachers! You are Health Yoga Life!! Join us for yoga this week and everyone who comes to class this week is entered to win a $111 credit toward classes at our Boston yoga studio!

Set Out on the Journey of a Lifetime-by Vyda Bielkus

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.-Joseph Campbell

I know reading blogs we just hurry along, whiz through, and see if there is anything pertinent in the post that we need to know right now.  Well indulge me for a second, let me put the above quote to you again, this time read it and just sit with it for a moment. And, see if you can observe your reaction to it.

 The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Depending on where you are in life, you might have different reactions to this quote.  If you feel at ease, things are probably going just as they should; you are enjoying your life and feel like you are living authentically.  However, if you at all feel unaligned in how your external life lines up with your internal desires and dreams, then this quote might bring up feelings of anger, shame, or fear.  If you feel financially strapped, you might have the reaction that the “privileged” are the only ones who have the money to be who they truly desire to be (all in there cute lululemon).  If you feel stuck in some part of your true expression of where you are in life, you might be asking the question, but how do I do this exactly? How do I get clear on who I am so that I could have the energy and happiness I see others beam?

In my journey of becoming more of who I am, I have noticed some very critical steps along the way

 1.    Be Open

Learn to be inquisitive and curious.  Start to notice where your interests take you.  Look for new experiences; ask for them.  Reaffirm your openness by trying something new. Have courage.

2.    Be Okay with Uncertainty

Stop controlling your life and others.  See uncertainty as possibility.  Have faith that your needs will be met.  Be excited by change.

 3.    Svadhyaya- Self-Study (one of yoga’s niyama’s(self-disciplines))

Engage in an active practice of yoga and meditation to know the self.  Learn to quiet the mind to be able to hear inner wisdom.  Get coaching to reflect and take action on your dreams. Stop listening to the negative mind.  Let go of destructive habits.  Make peace with your past.  Act with commitment to your own inner knowing.

Taking part of our yoga teacher training is an opportunity for deep self-study.  Students who join us for the training do not leave the same person.  They leave having become more of who they are!

There is still time. Snag one of the last few spots in our fall yoga teacher training! CLICK HERE to register.

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We offer payment plans, and if you need to miss a session don’t worry we will work with you to make up the missed time.