Even when Mother Nature doesn’t comply, sunshine plays a vital role in reviving, energizing and uplifting each of us after the darkness of winter has taken root. We’ve wondered more than once over the last few weeks: will we ever see sun or warmer temperatures again?
And just like that, the soft winds come, and like the swaying branches, budding with life, we, too, being to feel inspired, ready to move and grow. As we change from winter to spring, we’ve changed a few things at our studio, too.
Schedule changes happen with the changing seasons. Some of our instructors have changed, too. Learning to embrace change can be challenging. But I encourage you to let it keep you on your toes, staying present and aware. Only then can we learn to roll with change instead of fighting it.
Check back frequently and find our studio on the MINDBODY® app. to stay up to date with our schedule.
Mindfulness is an important aspect of what Balance is all about. Erica has dedicated a significant amount of time to learning, understanding, practicing and training in this field. Here is a glimpse of what she offers outside the studio. The topics are just a sampling, as she can customize to the specific audience, just ask her!
Mindfulness Foundations in an Educational Setting
There are shifts in practitioners attitude that occurs when an individual cultivates a mindful way of being. Attention, gratitude, patience and trust are just a few ways we shift. And, here’s the good news, it’s based in neuroscience. Mindfulness is a foundational mindset to all of the work in your district/office.
Mindfulness Foundations in an Athletic Setting
“When athletes learn how to be more aware of their bodies they may also change the workings of their brains and become more resilient to stress, according to a new study of the effects of mindfulness meditation on brain function in serious athletes.”— Gretchen Reynolds
Mindfulness strategies to help athletes respond vs. react, strengthen their body/mind connection, get comfortable being uncomfortable, maintain composure and visualize for success.
Building a Personal Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future … Read more.
Exploring Mindfulness to Navigate Stress
Stress is a response to pressure or threat. Under stress we may feel tense, nervous, or on edge. As a result, when you’re nervous or stressed you might feel your heartbeat or breathing get faster, your palms get sweaty, or your knees get shaky.
The stress response is also called the fight-or-flight-response. It’s an automatic response that prepares us to deal with danger. However, living with chronic stress has a debilitating impact on our daily interactions and can lead to mental as well as physical illness.
Looking for more information? Here is an article on the science behind it. Mindfulness: The Science Behind the Practice
As the warmer weather brings change, it probably brings more work! Especially outdoors. As the to-do list grows, don’t forget about your practice. Keep rolling your yoga mat out!
• Align with Rachel. It’s a great place to start. A more interactive, open-dialogue space to stretch and learn about your anatomy (and it will definitely improve your golf game!)
• Restore with Heidi every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Starting in May, we’re adding a 2nd restorative practice on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Because no matter what season, we don’t rest enough.
• ‘Flow’ every day; morning or evening. Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Theresa, Meghann, Lucinda, Rachel, Erica & Heidi each bring their individual styles and creative sequencing so you can move, create space, and encourage curiosity within yourself.
• A meditation practice goes hand-in-hand with your yoga. So if you haven’t tried it yet, our ‘Flow & Meditate’ classes are on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings are a perfect preview.
Want to step out of your comfort zone? Sign up for the Silent Retreat on Sunday, May 19th, from 11:30am – 4:30pm. There are still a few spaces left! MindBody is the best place to stay up to date with the schedule, who is teaching, and what’s being offered.
The 2nd Annual New York State Yoga Fest at Letchworth State Park is happening June 8th, It’s presented by HIKYOGA® (Nicole Kazimer).
By the way, Erica is kicking off the festival, like last year; don’t miss it!
Nicole is offering a discount code to the Balance family! So if you’re interested, visit the New York State Yoga Festival website. Tickets start at $20 for general admission. Then you can enter promo code WEBSTER to get $5 off the ticket price. Last year, they sold out, so don’t wait!
And if you overdo the yard work, take care of yourself through body work: Massage with Rachel or Reiki with Mary. These services are available year-round — no time like the present!
There is a teacher training coming this fall! Please check out our website or speak directly to Kaitlyn Vittozzi. She is bringing Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training to Balance this September and there is still time to sign up for the fall training.
Heidi leads a summer outdoor yoga practice at Hedges Nine Mile Point (her 2nd home after the yoga studio!) from June-August. Starting Monday, June 3rd at 7:30pm, Heidi will be begin her 6th year of Sunset Yoga at Hedges on the Lake. If you are Balance monthly member, classes are free. Pass holders and drop-ins are only $10. Bring a friend. Questions? Ask Heidi!
So that’s it for now. Spring has sprung. Grow & change, but remember to find your balance! Breathe mindfully, practice, and be outside as much as you can, soaking up the sunshine (when it comes)!