What I like most about yoga is that it is a journey. There is no stress in practicing if you just remember that every day is a journey, and every class is an opportunity – to be present, to grow, to challenge yourself, and to take time to take care of yourself. And, sometimes, taking time to take care of yourself is the challenge.
My whole life has been about a journey – always moving, changing jobs, changing environments, working to change my existing world. I embrace that, but it can be overwhelming, and you can feel that your journey is going nowhere. Slowing down, and finding direction, is important on your journey, and I find that on the yoga mat. Sometimes you think you are going nowhere, fast, and what you have to figure out is what is blocking you. I find that, on my yoga mat.
I have practiced yoga for a very long time, but when I first moved to Hatboro in 2005, my practice lapsed because I couldn’t find a local place that I liked. When Nourishing Storm came to town and my husband John was also interested in checking out yoga for the first time, we went together, and both of us found a path – paths that cross but aren’t exactly the same. As I’ve recommitted to practicing yoga in the past few years, the instructors at Nourishing Storm have really helped me take my practice deeper, to take my journey in new directions. The mindfulness incorporated into every class helps me to slow down and turn inward. And I have loved the opportunity to go off in new yoga directions – yoga hikes, yoga dance!!
As a fairly shy person, I feel like I have found a welcoming community at Nourishing Storm. On my yoga journey, the yogis at Nourishing Storm are my guides, my source for inspiration and motivation, and my friends. -Sue
Garland Pose is a hip-opening yoga posture that helps to lengthen and open the hips, creating more mobility for all of your daily activities.
The Sanskrit name for this pose, “Malasana” comes from two words:
“Mala” — meaning “garland”
“Asana” — meaning “pose”
Sometimes called, “Yogi Squat,” Malasana is a preparatory position for the arm balance, “Crow Pose” (Bakasana).
Take a seat into this pose. Strengthen your legs, your heart and your ability to tap into coming to a peaceful place despite how your body may feel here. It is within the pose, when you want to come out the most that you can find the deepest, most peaceful kind of pose.
Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.* When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.
Development isn’t something that just happens. It is a process. It’s not a one and done deal. It requires vision, trust and time.
These days we want everything now. Technology has offered us so much so fast. And our culture pressures us to move as fast as technology can take us. We may be tempted to trade the opportunity of manifesting our entire vision for one piece we can touch right now. If we truly believe in our vision, we are willing caretakers of its evolution for however long it takes.
Derived from the branches of the tall evergreen tree, Cypress essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s energizing and refreshing. Cypress is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists. Cypress contains monoterpenes, making it beneficial for oily skin conditions. It has a grounding, yet stimulating effect on the emotions, making it a popular oil to diffuse during times of transition or loss.
- Promotes vitality and energy
- Helps improve the appearance of oily skin
- Commonly diffused with citrus oils for an uplifting aroma
- Prior to a long run, apply to feet and legs for an energizing boost.
- Apply two to three drops to chest before gardening to promote vitality and energy.
- Diffuse with Lime essential oil for an invigorating scent.
- Mix together Cypress and Grapefruit essential oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for an invigorating massage.
- Add one to two drops to toner to help improve the appearance of oily skin.
- Camel Pose
- Wild Thing
- Cobblers Pose
At the Storm, we diffuse oils in the studio, hand out drops to students in class and even add to our healing blends in the juice bar. To learn how you can incorporate essential oils in your practice, you can come to one of our monthly classes at the storm or learn about DoTERRA essential oils or shop our site for wholesale pricing.