Our 3rd Year Anniversary Nepal Fundraising eventthat is happening this Saturday, June 20 from 4-7 has had a great response in our North County Yoga Community. When we were casually looking for a musician, any musician, who would kindly donate their musical talents for free, we were astounded when DTO connected with us because he is kinda a big deal in the San Diego Yoga scene. DTO is a gifted musician that performs piano, guitar, and electronic music with yoga classes, workshops, corporate/public events, and weddings. He is kinda a big deal in the San Diego Yoga Through his music he soulfully heals and uplifts the human experience.He has co-created yoga + music with Cristi Christensen, Fig Newton Campbell, and Kino MacGregor.DTO released his iTunes debut with Grammy-nominated producer, StoneBridge. His full-length album, Nameless Energy, will be available summer 2015.
One of the best ways to experience epic music is by connecting the music to a Yoga practice. DTO will be live at Yoga Bound this Saturday, June 20th from 4-7p so you can hear this talented artist play while Kristina Kuzmich guides a compassionate Yoga flow, followed by sound bowls and chanting. Get ready for your heart to explode with amazingness.
We are so grateful for DTO Music and the generosity of all our community vendors. This is what life is about! Coming together, raising our vibration and offering our selfless service to uplift the planet of which we all are apart.
Click here to listen to DTO Music and get pumped up for Saturday!
By Alana Bray, Owner of Yoga Bound
Happy June! Summer is just around the corner and most of us will fill up our days with activity, sunshine, and travel. While all these happy themes of summer are fantastic, they can take a toll on the body. Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall) is one of the best poses you can do to restore and replenish your cells from a day of activity, sunshine and travel. Also known as Inverted Lake, this pose is a mild inversion that has anti-aging and therapeutic circulatory benefits. Many old Hindu scriptures like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika claim that with this pose “Grey hairs and wrinkles will become inconspicuous”. Although some of these scriptures should be taken with a grain of salt, it won’t hurt to do it after some long days spent out in the sun this summer.
If you are like me, after traveling, I feel tight, energetically congested and swollen in my feet. The first thing I do when I get to rest is put my legs up the wall for 10 minutes. This is also a very grounding pose, nice after a day of flying up in the air. With long, slow, deep belly breaths, this pose relieves my swelling, travel angst, and I feel fresh, calm and centered.
How to: Start seated with one hip close to the wall. Lower to forearms, and on an exhale, gracefully swing both legs up the wall. Scoot your sit bones as close to the wall as is comfortable, making sure your tailbone stays on the earth and your shoulders are relaxed. Option to place a blanket or bolster under your pelvis for added support and inversion for your abdominal muscles. It is also nice to loop a strap around the calves to hold your legs for extra relaxation. Stay here for 5-10 minutes with conscious breaths.
- Calms the mind
- Relieves swelling in the feet and ankles
- Assists circulatory system
- Gently stretches the back of the legs
- Softens the shoulders and neck
By Studio Manager, Kristina Kuzmich Bengala
I have a voice and I will use it!!! Will you?
“Last nights dinner conversation with the hubby turned to the talk on food, illness, eating healthy, what is healthy and onset problems that are fast growing in children. This conversation prompted me to play the movie called Fed Up, that I have seen a few times already but my main squeeze had not. Every time I see this movie, I find myself lit up, passionate and nearly speaking out loud to the television. But I already feel this way everyday about how food in America is and how it has been administered and okay’ed by our government as safe and un-harming to ourselves and the future of our species. The fact is, it is harming us now and it will only continue to get worse.
If you have yet to watch this inspiring, de-mystifying, and food revolution movie…if you have yet to understand the serious problem we have on our hands…if you have yet to grasp the severity of this situation and for the future of the human species (our children and our children’s children), I urge you to take some time out of your amazing long weekend and watch this film. We are the change makers. We are the revolution and it won’t stop, it can’t stop, until we all start speaking up, buying food differently and thinking about FOOD AS OUR MEDICINE; realizing that we have been eating poison. Processed food is poison. We still have yet to learn from our previous mistakes. Take tobacco. Remember when it was okay’ed by the government. Remember when it was cool? Now, we know (though the high ups already knew before) that it is the leading cause to lung cancer. If that was ok, think about how much food that is processed that we have been eating since when? Childhood? Infancy?
Did you know that statistics are currently showing that the next generation will not live as long as our generation? Did you know that Diabetes is growing in number not just in America but all over the world? Did you know that “low fat” really just means, double the sugar? Did you know that sugar has been shown to be more addicting than cocaine?
This is REALITY. Nearly 80% of the food on the shelves in grocery stores is processed and loaded with added sugar. We are being poisoned. It is time to wake up. If not to join the revolution of food and speak out, then at least do it for your own health and your children’s. Do it for your livelihood and for the longevity of this amazing and miraculous thing we get to have – LIFE!!!!”
What to do with leftovers? From a beLiving Well perspective, you can make anything into a salad, especially leftovers. Any of our beLiving Well warm meal recipes can be turned into a hearty salad the next day. We love to do this with almost anything: the filling from our collard greens burrito, quinoa, beans, even chili and vegetable soup! Today we are making last night’s brown rice pasta into a simple, nutritious and affordable meal.
The beLiving Well Program is designed to empower you with your optimal health and wellness food shopping. We know that many of us have a food budget, so it is convenient to be able to make an intelligent choice about where we put our money. “Every year, the EWG breaks down which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides in their Shoppers Guide to Pesticides and which have the fewest. Their mission is to make food supply more transparent in order to help you decide when it’s worth spending extra for organic produce.”–Mind Body Green
This list I found on www.mindbodygreen.com is for you to make more informed choices about what foods you choose to buy organic and which you choose to buy “conventional” (not organic, not pesticide-free). The “Dirty Dozen” includes produce with the most amount of pesticides. Most of the produce in the dirty dozen has traces of 13-15 different pesticides in one single serving. The “Clean 15″ are fruits and veggies with the least amount of pesticides. Print this out, and put it on your Refrigerator!
The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus“) are:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas (imported)
The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:
- Hot peppers
- Kale / Collard greens
And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen“) are:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
By Alana Bray Barrey
What we eat doesn’t only effect our health, but it effects the health of our planet as well. The typical “Western diet” depends largely on meat, and it is taking a big toll on the environment. While raising animals for food is a main contributor to pollution of rivers and streams, C02 emissions, deforestation, and the extinction of various species of plants and animals, I am mainly concerned about the tremendous waste of water involved with eating animals. I live in California, and the drought is becoming a palpable, scary reality in my everyday life. Choosing to be mindful of how I use water isn’t just about turning the faucet on and off, it also has to do with what I consume.
Today, raising animals for food is the topic. Raising animals for food is inefficient because animals eat large quantities of grain, and only produce comparatively small amounts of meat, dairy or eggs in return. Between watering crops for feed, drinking water or cleaning the filth, the high demand of our carnivorous diet is a strain on our water supply. Here are some mind blowing facts to put things in perspective.
- HALF of the water in the US is going to raising animals for food (www.peta.org)
- It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat. You save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you do by not showering for 6 months. (www.peta.org)
- The water footprint of any animal product is larger than the water footprint of a wisely chosen crop product with equivalent nutritional value (www.waterfootprint.org)
- meat eaters consume the equivalent of about 5,000 litres (1,100 gallons) of water a day compared with 1,000-2,000 litres used by people on vegetarian diets. (www.theguardian.com)
It is understandable to feel helpless in the face of these complex realities, but in this case, there is a clear and accessible action that us as citizens can take. According to the New York Times, “Changing one’s diet to replace 50% of animal products with edible plants results in a 30% reduction in an individuals food-related water footprint. Going vegetarian, a better option in many respects, reduces that water footprint by almost 60%.”
Clearly, this is not an all or nothing approach. The first step is to be mindful of your meat and dairy intake. How many times a day or week do you eat animal products? Even reducing that amount by half will have a drastic impact on your water footprint. Remember, when you reduce one pound of meat out of your diet, you are saving 2,400 gallons of water! It is understandable that considering changing your diet is a big transition, and we are here to help. We have designed the beLiving Well Program, a complete 12-day detox program, to help you learn how to nourish yourself without meat. Even 12 days of no animal products will save thousands of gallons of water, and learning how to live like this as home base is a substantial action you can take to be the change.
This is a scary time, but it calls for ACTION! From one of my favorite “creating awareness for change” instagram accounts @theglobalmovement:
“Massive movements about health, nutrition, activism, on many levels are blooming. The world is changing. The darkness is growing just as fast- but that does not mean we stray from doing our part or getting down in our hearts- we are a human family. We are in this together. We can change the world. First we must question our thoughts 24/7 contemplation and an end to impulsive lower mind living…There’s always enough time for the important things in life. Open the eyes, feel the heart, and do good. Be light.”
Our beLiving Well Program will have a huge impact on your personal health and the health of your environment. This will lift your vibration, your awareness and your contribution to the positive change that is happening in this world. You can do our program from near and far, with 3 different program options customized to what will help you succeed! Join us this Spring! April 13-24. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
With so many 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings popping up in San Diego each year, I often wonder who is taking on this HUGE responsibility of leading teacher trainings and creating new Yoga teachers. While I’m not here to name names, I have come across many 200-hr teacher training programs in the San Diego area, where the people leading the programs have only been teaching for a couple of years at the most, and their teaching resume is equally unimpressive.
An important aspect of all trainings and mentorships is the connection you have with the person who is leading the program, and if their leadership is going to help you fulfill your goals. An important question to ask yourself is Why did you choose THIS training? This is a big investment of your time and money and it is important to investigate the curriculum and even more important, the philosophies and background of the teacher leading it. Just because the studio is close to your home, the timing is right or you like the teacher, doesn’t mean you should invest your money in them. While these are all feasible reasoning points, ask more questions!
We believe that you have a right to know the answers to the most important questions, which is why we asked Kristina Kuzmich, our mentor in our Yoga Teaching Mentorship Program, for her answers. Our Mentorship Program begins Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:30p! It’s not too late to sign up! Email Kristina@yogaboundforlife.com for more information.
1. How do you live your Yoga?
2. Why do you teach yoga?
3. Who is your teacher(s)?
4. How do you practice self study (svadhyaya)
5. How long have you been teaching?
Our Yoga Teaching Mentorship Program starts in less than one week! Did you know that there are at least twelve 200Hr Yoga Teacher Trainings happening in North County between now and September 2015? This is a lot! This means that more people are becoming exposed to Yoga which is great, yet, teaching Yoga is a big responsibility. As you take on this huge responsibility, a 200hr training is not enough. It gives you a wonderful and necessary foundation, but a 200hr training is a tease. It’s like buying a rich, creamy moist piece of chocolate cake and only eating the crust. There is so much more yet to come!
Last night I heard someone say “It’s teacher training season”, referring to the plethora of opportunities to pay someone thousands of dollars to get certified to teach Yoga, yet only learn the basics. It seems like there are more teacher trainings popping up each year in San Diego, while there are close to NONE that are mentorships. I’m also not talking about a 300 hr “advanced” Teacher Training. I am talking about a Mentorship Program. A program that is within an intimate group of people with the same intention, a sangha; where you can be guided with love, and be thrown into the thick, emotional, sticky, rewarding and raw aspect of being a Yoga Teacher. Not only will you get a more in depth look at anatomy, sequencing intelligently, therapeutics, subtle body awareness, and smart adjustments; but you will get honest and real feedback so that you can learn to find your own voice and your niche as a teacher.
“The point of a mentorship is to teach you as a teacher how to look at students and see them where they are energetically stuck, physically congested and be able to guide them to listen and find their own teacher inside, realizing that they are the ones who can shift themselves. We don’t know all the answers, but the anatomy, alignment, and energy piece are so valuable because we can look at a student and see where they are expanded and contracted and help them feel empowered. This is the goal of all of us as a teacher.”
We are not going to be part of the “let’s make more Yoga teachers” movement just yet. We want to invest in people who have already invested in their Yoga teaching evolution. Through our mentorship, they are able to taste the best part of the cake: Finding your voice as a successful, passionate and thorough yoga teacher.
Spring Mentorship Program
April 1-May 20