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Get ready for a fun experience that will challenge you toward growth! 

Sheryl Sandberg, the powerhouse COO of Facebook, recently explained that the best career advice she ever got was from Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google. He told her “Stop being an idiot. All that matters is growth.”

This is not only sound career advice it’s pretty sound life advice.  Why do anything unless you can grow from it?  If you are wondering why you’d want to challenge yourself toward something new in your body/mind, the answer is surely for GROWTH!  Do it for the growth!

Join us this next month for an amazing 30 Day Yoga Challenge PLUS! Starting yoga in the new year with a challenge like this is a great way to kick up your fitness.

  • 30 days of yoga. Complete 25 days be entered to win a free month of yoga. Complete 30 days be entered three times. 
  • 4 Free CALL & LEARNS! Listen live or at your convenience.
  • Self-Reflection Journaling Exercises to get clear about what you want to change and how you can!
  • Celebration Party
  • And MORE!

So let’s get REAL together this year! Join the Real Resolution Challenge at HYL!

Read all about the fun challenge happening at our Boston and Cambridge Yoga Studios and how to sign up  CLICK HERE

Have some questions check out www.healthyogalife.com

National Yoga Month: Bring a Friend for Free!

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” -T.K.V. Desikachar

It’s time to come back to your mat, yogi. You’ve been busy over the summer traveling, enjoying the beautiful weather, meeting with friends, visiting family. It’s been amazing, but now it’s time.

Time to come back to yourself, your body, and your practice. On your mat, you become clear about everything from your schedule to your relationships. When you practice, you feel calmer, more level-headed, more connected, fulfilled, joyful, and grateful.

As most of us settle into the fall, our schedules and priorities shift. We may be more settled in our home lives, but business, school, events all come back into full swing when the autumn arrives.

It seems so counter-intuitive, but when you feel super busy and like you’re being pulled in a million different directions, the absolute best thing you can do is give yourself some time to reconnect with your heart, body, and soul on your mat.

Plus, as the weather cools, the juicy heat and humidity of the studio feel soooooooooo freaking good. You KNOW you agree with us, yogi!

In that spirit, Health Yoga Life is giving you the chance to also share this practice that has been so transformative for you with someone important to you.

For the rest of September, in honor of the changing season, National Yoga Month, and simply because we love you, you can BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE to our Cambridge or Boston Yoga Studios.

The details: your friend needs to be new to our studio and the offer is only good one time per person. Share the love. You know yoga changes everything. Bringing your friend to yoga is a really nourishing alternative to happy hour or a great way to start your day. You may even change their life.

Connection! Time to build community!

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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

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!

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!

How to Make These 5 Fear Inducing Yoga Poses a Little Less Scary This Halloween!-by Vyda Bielkus

Halloween can be a fright but yoga should never be! It is true that sometimes you haven’t fully developed the strength or flexibility to move to a more advanced variation of a pose. However, sometimes it is just your ego that is holding you back. Your ego screams at you from within “Don’t try that pose! You’ll never be able to do that. You might fall.” So let’s tackle the ego first. To grow in yoga you must be willing to fall out of poses. In fact to grow in any area of your life you will most likely have to stumble along the way. I have found that the amount of stumbling and fumbling almost always directly correlates with the reward; meaning the more times you fall the higher you rise. In a pose, right at the edge of going too far and falling out of the pose is exactly where you will keep growing and transforming the body and mind. So give up the ego and give yourself permission to fall. And if you do fall out, smile. It will ease the bruise to the ego.

Now let’s tackle some poses that you might find a little scary at first but with a few simple tips you just might be able to master!

Crow Pose
The easiest way to learn to take crow or to help yourself out in crow is to put a block under your feet. By lifting the feet off the earth you can begin to play with lifting one shin then the other onto the upper arms. With crow it can be feel scary to be lifted off the earth, but the block underneath your feet acts like a security blanket. You’ll be flying in no time.

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Jumping Through
In a vinyasa or flowing style yoga class there is a fun transition of jumping your legs through your arms to come to seated or to transition to your back. If the thought of being able to pike your legs through your arms sounds intimidating and challenging, it is time to face the fear. Grab two blocks. Put one hand under each hand in downward dog, engage the core and jump and shoot your legs through your arms. FUN! If you’ve been sweating and the mat is a little slipperier all the better; your legs will slide right through like a Slip ‘n’ Slide.

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Full Back-Bend/Wheel and Dropping Back to Wheel
If you have graduated from your bridge pose and would like to try a full back-bend but somehow your mind still has you pinned to the mat. Here is an easy way to lift off the earth. Bring two blocks to a wall or a stack of sturdy books. Now set your hands fingertips forward away from the wall on the block and push. By having the blocks at the wall you can really push with power. The resistance of the blocks pushing back into your hands will help pop you up.

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If you already take full back bend/wheel then your next stage is learning to drop back. WHAT? Through mid-air? Yes dropping back from standing. This requires practice and awareness, and definitely pushing past the fear barrier in the mind. To start working on moving past the fear and conditioning the body, set yourself up against the wall facing away from the wall, but not too far away from the wall. Bring your hands to the wall and walk your hands up and down the wall to mimic dropping back and coming back to standing. Practicing at the wall this way will teach you about the leg and core strength and coordination you need to be able to drop back for wheel pose.

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Tripod Headstand 
Going upside down onto the top of the head can induce panic and anxiety, mostly because it is just something we don’t have a need to do in everyday life. But finding a headstand inversion is very calming, core strengthening and reduces stress and even stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands.
If you find it challenging to take regular headstand take the fright out by trying a modified tripod headstand. From wide-legged forward fold widen your feet away from each other, keep the finger tips and toe tips in the same direction and slide the hands backs, bring the crown of the head to the ground so that the head and hands make an equilateral triangle(even space between all three sides). Then start to walk your feet in and your knees up onto the upper arms. This will start to familiarize your body with bringing you weight onto your head. But because you also have your hands on the ground, your upper body is bearing some of the pressure and weight. As you feel ready you can draw your legs toward the ceiling by engaging your core body.

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Side Crow Extended Legs Variation
Just thinking of coming into Side Crow Variation can make your heart beat faster and the sweat droplets start dropping from your skin. Take a breath and follow these easy steps to try this pose the next time you want to try and fly! Come into a revolved crescent lunge pose. Grab two blocks under your hands and bend the arms to create shelves with your upper arms. Engage the core and gently start to rock your body weight onto your upper arms. Try it and in trying you just might lose the very thing that had you avoid it in the first place, the fear!

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Of course if all else falls in yoga remember to just Bee!

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Happy Halloween!

Model: Siga Bielkus