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Nov 24th

What we love most about the holiday season …

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We thought we would conclude our year of getting to know each instructor with sharing a little bit about our favorite part of the holiday season. We wish you and yours all the best as you enjoy all your favorite parts, each moment an opportunity to savor.

Photo credit: Joe Longo Photography

Photo credit: Joe Longo Photography

Kristin

Watching children’s faces light up in wonder and delight, cooking in a warm kitchen surrounded by loved ones and connecting with others- whether it be simply spending time together or giving a little something to show you truly see and recognize their light and in turn, they see yours too- the best gift you can ever receive!

Megan

My favorite part of the holiday season is taking part in many traditions passed on from grandparents to me. Things like baking cookies to making the perfect fudge to eating a traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Even better now, my husband and I get to create our own little traditions to pass on!

Donna

Christmas and the holiday season means giving to me. When you give to others (in any form) from the love in your heart you not only provide another with a blessing, something beautiful happens ~ you become that love! Once you feel the warmth of that flame in your heart you will always be able to light the flame of the magical meaning of Christmas.

Nadia

My favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with family, delicious holiday dinners and taking the time to reflect with gratitude.

Dan

I just like that people are nicer to each other during the holidays. I wish we could have that spirit all year.

Lauri

My favorite part of the holiday season is looking at all the holiday decorations. When I was young, my mother used to take us into the city and drive us around different neighborhoods in the evenings to see the decorations. It was a great way to spend time with the family and celebrate the season.

Lauren

My favorite thing about the holidays is buying and making gifts for friends and family!

 

Love to all this Holiday Season,

The Nourishing Storm Team

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Oct 31st

Meet Lauri: Beautiful Yogini, Nurse and Peace-maker

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Lauri_200x288Teaching Style/Method:
My teaching style is alignment based flow. Classes focus on combining breath with movement, while paying attention to basic alignment.

Favorite Quote:
One of my favorite activities is reading, so I frequently find quotations that speak to me. One of my recent favorites is:

“What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water-the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.” ~ Ganga White

What made you want to teach Yoga?
My love of yoga stems from the balance, inner peace and sense of well-being my practice brings to my life. I believe we all have the ability to access this deep sense of inner peace given the proper tools, techniques and practices. I teach yoga to help others learn ways to integrate body, mind and spirit for wellness and empowerment.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
My favorite standing yoga pose is Utthita Trikonasana, Extended Triangle Pose. I love the way the pose strengthens the legs, stretches the hips and opens the chest and shoulders.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out yoga?
I think the most important thing for beginning yoga students to recognize is that your yoga practice is about you – your body, your mind, your spirit. Respect your body’s inner wisdom and limitations. Don’t push yourself to do anything that feels wrong for you. Progress in your yoga practice is defined by the healing and unity the practice promotes in your own body, mind and spirit.

Classes
Yoga Flow, Wednesday 7:00 pm at Studio 2 – Sanctum, Huntingdon Valley

Upcoming Workshops
Drawing in Divine Strength: Goddess Empowerment for Women – November 16th, Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 pm,– Studio #1

Learn more about Lauri .

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Sep 23rd

Meet Donna: Yogini, Healer and Peace-maker

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Brittany_288x200Teaching Style/Method:
Meditative Flow

Favorite Quote:
“Be the peace that you wish to see in the world.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

What made you want to teach Yoga?
For as long as I remember, I have always had a passion to assist people who either through life circumstances or choices feel they have lost their way. There is always a way, there is always a light out there. I am so grateful that yoga chose me so I can be that light.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
I have several, but I favor the warrior poses to bring about the inner warrior spirit. I also sense a calming peace when in sukasana and garland asanas. You might say I am a warrior for peace.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out yoga?
Be kind to yourself and allow your inner spirit to breathe as it guides your outer practice. Each experience on your mat will simply delight your soul!

Classes
Yoga Flow, Mondays 6:30 pm at Studio 2 – Sanctum, Huntingdon Valley

Upcoming Workshops
Breathe in Peace – October 26th, Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 pm,– Studio #2

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Aug 30th

Meet Brittany: Runner, Motivator & Courageous Women

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Brittany_288x200Teaching Style/Method:
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life.  You get out of it exactly what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Quote:
“Do one thing every day that scares you” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What do you love the most about running?
Running is the greatest gift I have been given.  When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I, at times, take for granted, and it makes me run harder…for them.  It has taught me to challenge myself every day and push beyond what I think I am capable of.  It shows me what I am made of and reminds me of what I am born to do.

How does yoga enhance your ability to run?
Yoga has increased my strength, flexibility, and mental focus.  I started doing yoga almost a year ago as a cross training activity and I have noticed I am running faster and stronger.  It has also helped me to control my emotions when I am pounding the pavement and tired with 5 miles to go.  Enduring an intense yoga pose like Warrior 2 is a lot like a long run or interval run.  Yoga has also taught me one of the best pieces of advice I can give to another runner, beginner or intermediate, and that is do not compare yourself to others.  A mile is a mile.  A downward dog is a downward dog.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
Tree

What advice would you give to someone just starting out running?
Do not ignore your shoes.  Get properly fitted and check for wear often.
Honor your muscles and your “aches and pains”.  Listen to your body.
Do not compare yourself to other runners.  A mile is a mile.

Classes
Yoga Run – Sundays 8:45am – 9:45am

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Aug 1st

Meet Sam: Masseuse, Dancer, Yogini & Creative Teacher

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Sam_200x288Teaching Style/Method:
Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga and anything playful or creative I enjoy teaching:)

Favorite Quote:
“The soul is always telling you the right way to go, but you will need to take the leap of faith and trust, and act upon the inner guidance.” – Sanaya Roman

What made you want to teach yoga?
In my life, I feel that I am constantly searching for perfect balance.  I came down this path when I became a massage therapist in 1999 this allowed me to search for balance in more ways than one, and I’ve been trying to expand my horizons for balance ever since.  I first started practicing yoga when I was pregnant with my first child as a way to stay fit and healthy.  I fell in love with yoga finding those calm moments from stretching and breathing with movements during my pregnancy.  I decided to teach yoga to help inspire people, to promote their health and well being. I look forward to helping people understand what makes them healthy and happy in life.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
Lord of Dance pose (Natarajasana)

What advice would you give to someone just starting out yoga?
Have fun with yoga and see what makes you flow. Be playful, connect with yourself and enjoy all that yoga has to offer.

Classes:
Yoga Flow Wednesdays 6:30pm (Studio 2- Sanctum, Huntingdon Valley)

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