September Project 12: Visions Dance Academy

My third donation class for September Project 12 was last Friday at Visions Dance Academy.  Visions is a family owned dance studio founded in 1998.  They offer recreational dance, competition dance, pre-professional ballet, and even fitness classes.  Fall classes have started, but it is not too late!  You can still register your little (or big!) one for classes.  Cindy Kieffer, the owner, was kind enough to donate her space to for Project 12.  Thank you Cindy!

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Small details make a big difference to me…how cute is this sign and the balloons?

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I had 5 students show up.  Instead of worrying about it being small, and not raising what I wanted to raise and all that, I simply let it go.  The people who showed up were there for a reason.  They wanted to donate, they wanted to do yoga, and share their energy!  We ended up with 2 giant toothpaste tubes, and $60 for Thompson!

It ended up being the perfect class.  I even got to practice with them!  We flowed for the first half, and then came to the mat for deep stretch for the second half.  I rewarded these special people with lavender oil foot rubs during savasana.  <3

LAST PROJECT 12 DONATION CLASS:  THIS SATURDAY SEPTMEBER 26, 6:30pm AT CHARLOTTE YOGA

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Basic Yoga Mix- week 4

Happy Wednesday!

We are already at week 4 of the Instagram challenge!  Check out Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 if you missed it!

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Day 16:  Upavistha Konasana or straddle fold.

  • Lengthens hamstrings
  • Stretches adductors
  • Calms nervous system
  • Can relieve sciatic pain

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Day 17:  Grasshopper Arm Balance.  I usually get into this pose from Figure Four.  Check our my video on YouTube HERE.

  •  strengthens wrists
  • strengthens arms and abdominal muscles
  • opens groins

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Day 18:  Marichasana C.  This is a crazy hard pose for me…

  • Massages abdominal organs, including the liver and kidneys
  • Stretches the shoulders
  • Stimulates the brain
  • Relieves mild backache and hip pain
  • Strengthens and stretches the spine

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Day 19:  Parsvabakasana or side crow.   Another Video on Youtube!

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly and spine
  • Improves sense of balance

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Day 20:  Urdhvadhanurasana or Upward Bow (Full Wheel).

  • Stretches the chest and lungs
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
  • Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
  • Increases energy and counteracts depression
  • Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis

Thanks for reading- I am grateful for you.  <3

Here is what is going on and coming up:

*Blog Posts:  Updates on Project 12, an update on #37in37, Kadyn’s Korner post, and our experience at Tiger World.
*Donation based class at Charlotte Yoga this Saturday 9/26 at 6:30pm
*Taste of Success Party Sunday 9/27- come learn about the wellness, weight loss and wealth of the Plexus business.
*Arm Balance Workshop Saturday 10/10 2-4pm at The Cornwell Center
*Yin Yang Yoga Retreat Oct 16-18th- only 4 spots left! 

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture

I am just knocking stuff off of my #37in37 list!  Acupuncture was added to the list because I have never done it before, and always been curious about this ancient treatment.

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I sat down with Tom Cohen, from Insight Wellness and we chatting about my procedure(s) beforehand.  I opted to try two different types…The first was for relaxation/general wellness, and the next treatment was an energy tonification.  I just wanted to see the difference in the treatments, where the needles were placed, and how I felt during and after.

Needles are placed in specific areas depending on the treatment.  For my relaxation procedure, I had a needle in between my eyebrows, my sternum, both ears, and both wrists.

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I asked Tom to fill us in on some quick bullet points about acupuncture.  Here is what he said:

  • Chinese medicine and Acupuncture are about 5,000 years old.
  • It is very similar to the approach of “Functional” medicine.
  • Every organ or system has a list of “job duties” that occur naturally.
  • Hypo or hyper-function of a system can cause a disruption in that system.
  • It can also cause an imbalance, based on the way the healthy systems are supposed to work together to promote a healthy state.
  • Acupuncture and Chinese medicine “teach” the body to resume the healthy natural state.
  • By accessing channels of energy – like an immaterial network of nerves – Acupuncture promotes effects and changes in a system – sometimes balancing, sometimes relaxing, sometimes strengthening.
  • An Acupuncturist is like a classically trained composer, able to write music in any style.
  • But instead of writing music, we choose points designed to fit your specific health conditions, goals and needs.
  • Licensed acupuncturists have minimum 3 years and 2000 hours of training.
  • The needles are solid, single use, sterile and disposable.
  • They are often smaller than a lock of hair, and you may feel a small pinch upon insertion.
  • But they are both safe and (for most) painless

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Here I am with my second procedure staying warm under my “space blanket”.  (I think teaching hot yoga for over 4 years makes my body cold unless the room is 90 degrees!)

This energy tonification procedure is a way to rev up the body’s energy:  turn the key, start the ignition, and see how things are running.  Tom explained to me that the body’s energy circulates daily in 2 hour increments through 12 principle channels.  (I told Tom I knew all about those meridians through my energy work!) We did the shorter version of this practice by strengthening the lung, large intestine, stomach and spleen.  This can be a general wellness treatment, or be used to diagnose imbalance.  Everyone is different, so I don’t want to give away to much about what I felt during the procedure.   (I did see some flashes of colors!) After the treatment, I felt light, refreshed and really energized.

Out of both the treatments, the energy tonification was my favorite, and I will definitely go back to see Tom!

Have you ever had acupuncture?  What are your thoughts on it?

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