10 Benefits of Child’s Pose

Earlier this month we talked about how to modify the two versions of Child’s pose (Balasana). Today I want to share some of the benefits that I am sure you experience when doing the poses but may not be cognizant of from an academic standpoint. If you have ever taken a yoga class, then you know first-hand that yoga in general is incredibly beneficial. However, each pose offers its own unique benefits to us as practitioners, and Child’s pose is no exception. Here are some of the main benefits of Child’s Pose. As you will see, there is a little something for everyone in this pose. 10 Benefits of Child’s Pose: Helps to release tension in the back, shoulders, and chestStretches the hips, thighs, and anklesStretches the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the kneesAllowing the forehead (your third eye chakra) to rest on the ground has a calming and soothing ...
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Modifying Child’s Pose

Perhaps one of the best-known yoga poses aside from Savasana is Child’s pose. It is a restful, comforting pose utilized in pretty much every type of yoga. There are two common versions of Child’s pose - ”regular” Child’s pose and Extended Child’s pose. Personally, I find them each wonderful for different reasons. Both are, as mentioned previously, very restful and relaxing, but I find that Child’s pose, with the rounded back and shoulders drooping toward the floor is a wonderful stretch for the upper back and shoulders. That is something I really appreciate some days. Extended Child’s pose on the other hand is a great way to stretch the low back, spine, and shoulders, which also feels great some days. These two versions of Child’s pose, in and of themselves, can be a modification for each other. Some people find the wider knees of Extended Child’s pose more comfortable than ...
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5 Poses to Free You From Stress

Yoga in general is good for helping to relieve stress, especially hatha yoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga.  But you don’t always have to go to a yoga class to experience the stress relieving benefits of yoga… you can simply take a few moments at home to enjoy a couple of poses that will help melt your stress away.  Anyone who has ever taken a yoga class knows Savasana (Corpse pose) is great for relaxing and relieving stress, because we end every yoga classes with this final relaxation period.  It may easily be the most calming portion of a yoga class, though some people find it challenging to just lay there on the floor doing nothing.  This pose is designed to put the body at total ease and to trigger the body’s relaxation response in which your breathing slows down, your blood pressure lowers, and your nervous system quiets down ...
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On the Blog this July: Freedom & Independence with Yoga

July is perhaps best known as the month we celebrate the birthday of America as a nation.  July 4th is a holiday long celebrated as a reminder of our independence as a nation.  And so, in keeping with the theme of freedom and independence this month, Ignite’s blog will focus on how yoga and meditation can help us to find freedom and independence from stress.  We will examine some poses that help to relief stress, share a meditation designed to help relieve stress, as well as share the benefits and modifications for one particularly stress relieving pose. So, get ready for some pampering posts this month in the Ignite Yoga & Wellness Blog… and allow yourself the opportunity to partake and enjoy a little freedom and independence from our long standing nemesis -- stress. Namaste! PS: A reminder that we are now holding in-person yoga classes at Ignite Yoga South ...
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Amazing Benefits of Sun Salutations

We previously talked about how to modify the Sun Salutation A sequence, and today we will explore the many amazing benefits that Sun Salutation A provide to the body. In the previous blog we mentioned how Sun Salutations are a great way to build heat and warm up the body, but what other benefits does this sequence have? Well for starters, when you do a series of them you are getting a great cardio exercise that’s good for the whole body because it fills the body with waves of oxygenated blood which helps to, among other things, eliminate toxins in the body. That alone makes doing sun salutations worth the time and energy expended, but fortunately this is not the only benefit. Here’s a few more of many of the other benefits to doing sun salutations: Increased blood circulationLubricates the jointsMore flexibilityTones the bodyIncreases strengthBoosts energyCalms the nervous systemHelps you ...
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Meditation for Reflection

As we've now entered the Summer Solstice, we are called to honor the new season by slowing down and reflecting.  There are many ways to pause, to slow down, and to reflect.  Meditation is one of those ways.  And truly it is one of my personal favorites. There are many misconceptions of meditation, many common misunderstandings, which often prevent people from giving it a try. At its core, meditation is all about pausing. Stopping and breathing. Being in the moment. And while we try to minimize the thoughts we have during meditation, it is not about stopping all thoughts from occurring. The quieting of the mind, the slowing down of the mind, is the goal – not the ceasing of all thoughts. And it is when the mind becomes a little more quiet than usual that we often can experience a period of reflection during our meditation. So, let’s try ...
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Modifying Sun Salutations

Modifying Sun Salutation A A Sun salutation is a series of poses completed in a sequence thus creating a flow of movement that is coordinated with your breath. Completing multiple sun salutations in a row, helps you to build heat in the body, which is one reason why they are often done as a part of the warm up portion of a yoga class. In this blog we are going to focus specifically on Sun Salutation A (Surya Namaskara A), the most basic of the various types of Sun Salutations, and how to modify it in various ways. As the Sun Salutation A sequence is described below, you will see numerous examples of ways in which you can modify each portion of the sequence. Remember, in yoga we always want to listen to the body and do only what feels good. If you can’t perform one pose as it is ...
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Yoga Poses for Reflection & Slowing Down

Later on this month we will celebrate the Summer Solstice.  Historically the summer solstice has been considered a time of new beginnings, a time to celebrate the sun/nature, as well as a time to slow down and reflect on the changes you’ve experienced thus far in the year.  And the year 2020 has certainly given us plenty to reflect on, hasn’t it? So with that in mind, our June blog posts will focus on all things related to the sun (think sun salutations) as well as slowing down and reflecting (as in meditation and restorative yoga). So as we prepare to enter into the second half of this 2020 journey, join us throughout the month in our blog and take some time to reflect on where you have been, where you want to go, what truly is important in your life, and also on how yoga and meditation can help ...
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Tips for Breaking Unwanted Habits

We all have habits…some good and some, well, not so good. And those habits are often so deeply engrained into our everyday lives, into the very fiber of our being, that they can be hard to change. Some can even feel impossible to change. Others may be newly developed habits as a result of having to stay at home for these past few months during the COVID-19 epidemic. Biting our finger nails. Tapping a pen on the table. Shaking your leg while seated at a table. Smoking. Gambling. Overeating. Shopping. Cutting people off when they are a speaking. Saying “um” a lot when you speak. Cracking your gum while you are chewing it. We could list things for days, but you get the idea. (I am sure you see some of these habits in yourself, a family member, a friend, and/or a few of your colleagues.) And like it or ...
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The Importance of Sleep

I’m sure you’ve heard that sleep is important. You may even have heard that you should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. But do you know why? Do you know what sleep does for your body and how it can help you, especially during times this like? There’s no doubt - good, quality sleep is super important. It helps many of our bodily functions from hormones, energy, gut health, and your immune system, just to name a few. During sleep, your body repairs itself and cleans up some of the damage we do during the day. The less sleep you get, the less chance your body has to repair itself. Many things factor into a good night’s sleep, but let’s talk for a moment about the one many of us are already familiar with – melatonin. Melatonin is produced by our pineal gland, a tiny gland in our ...
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Yoga for Grief

Right now, in the midst of this world-wide pandemic, many of us are struggling with grief. Grief can be experienced anytime there is a loss. Many of us are grieving our lives, the way they used to be. We are grieving jobs, not being able to see loved ones, not being able to go to our favorite restaurants and stores, not being able to celebrate birthdays and holidays together, and in general, not being able to come and go as we please. And in some cases, we are grieving numerous losses at once. It can feel overwhelming, especially as we are experiencing this during a period of time when we are expected to stay at home, away from many members of our individual support systems. While it might sound strange to say we are grieving at a time like this, if you stop and examine how you are feeling, you ...
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What’s in Your Immune System’s Toolkit?

What Tools are in Your Immune System’s Toolkit? We all know that social distancing, washing your hands, and keeping your hands away from your face are great ways to prevent the spread of germs and thus stay healthy, but how can we boost our immune system to further help us stay well? Believe it or not, we all have a powerful toolbox filled with some pretty amazing ways to strengthen your immune system helping you to stay healthy. So what’s in that toolkit? Meditation - Now is the perfect time to focus on your meditation practice.  Mediation helps to activate numerous other systems that the body uses/needs to defend against viruses and other illnesses.  It can also help to calm some of the stress and anxiety you might be experiencing right now. Movement – Moving is great way to deal with stress & stimulate your immune system.  Whether you head ...
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Yoga Prop Ideas

Given that we are all quarantined at home right now, keeping up with our yoga practice can be a bit challenging in a number of ways.  One such challenge for practicing at home is related to yoga props, as many of yoga students don’t have their own blocks, straps and bolsters at home.  And while we could easily hop on Amazon and order up a few items, that can get expensive.  So instead, one option is to use common household items…things you already have on hand. Here are a few ideas of common household items you could use as substitutes for yoga props so you can enjoy your yoga practice from home a bit more … Yoga blocksA thick book or several books tied togetherA shoe box or other similarly sized book, filled with something so it doesn’t collapse easilyFolded towels or blankets can work as wellStrapsA scarfA tieA beltA ...
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Tips to Avoid Going Stir-Crazy During Quarantine

Going stir-crazy with too much down time during this quarantine period? Here are a few preventative measures to help keep you calm and sane during this housebound time we are currently in.  1. Maintain some kind of routine – Routines help keep your nervous system stimulated which can help keep you from going completely stir crazy at times like this.  And while your routine in times like this will likely be different from your normal routine, try to develop some kind of routine for your “new normal”.  Consider adding self-care items to your routine as well, such as drink lots of water, eat healthy meals on a regular schedule, rest, exercise, etc. 2. Spend time on a hobby – If you don’t have a hobby, now is the perfect time to find one.  Prior to this quarantine, many of us would regularly complain about how we wish we had more ...
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Tips for Boosting Your Immune System & Staying Healthy

Remember simple tips for preventing the spread of germs.Wash your hands with warm soap and waterKeep your fingers/hands off your face and out of your eyes, mouth and noseSocial distancingNasal cleansing (ex. Neti pot) to clean out nasal passage - especially important if you have been out and about among othersProper Nutrition – The food you eat plays a huge role in maintaining a strong immune system.Avoid the middle aisles of the grocery storesAvoid refined sugars (which suppress the immune system for 2-5 hours after negation)Eat lots of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables (they contain phytonutrients & bioflavoids which directly strengthen our immune systems) – Eat them as a snack, use them to your favorite nutritious recipes, add them to smoothies, etc.Exercise - Exercising is great way to deal with stress & stimulate your immune system.Choose activities you enjoyIf you have children, involve them in the activity as wellIt can be ...
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Tips for Working from Home

Three Top Tips for Working from Home - How to be Productive While Also Staying Healthy Establish a routine and a schedule.Recognize it will not be like your normal routine…nor should it be, but having a routine is important to ensure focus and productivity while also avoiding the development of unhealthy habits Include meals and breaks in your schedule…even if you normally don’t have time for those under normal work circumstances, when you are working from home it is important to take time to nourish your body and mindHave a proper work space that is comfortable and conducive to being productiveSet reminders for the items on your to do list and/or calendarUse your calendar and set up times to work on certain activities or projects, check in with people, etc.  And remember to put your lunch and breaks on the calendar too!Make time for stretch breaks!Movement is important for your health, ...
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Fitting In Daily Meditation

Most of us have heard about the many benefits of having a daily meditation practice.  From decreased stress and anxiety to improved sleep and mood, we know meditation is good for us.  The problem comes in when we try to fit it into our hectic lives.  Many people say they simply just don’t have time to meditate every day. I would argue that you have to make time, otherwise the quality of your life, and the lives of those with whom you interact with daily, will suffer. While it can feel like there is never enough time for meditation, there are actually many ways in which you can sneak a little meditation into your daily life without much interference with your current schedule. Here are a few tips for squeezing meditation into your day: Wake up 5-10 mins earlier and sit right back down. – Not a lot of time, ...
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Scheduling Daily Self-Care

When you read the title of this blog post, does it sound indulgent to you?  Does it bring up words like selfish, irresponsible, or arrogant for you?  You are not alone.  The idea of taking time out for ourselves is something we have been brainwashed to believe is a selfish, self-serving thing we should be ashamed of even thinking about.  We live in a society that glorifies being busy - it has become like a badge of honor.  But here’s the rub – self-care is absolutely essential for us to be healthy and to function properly on a daily basis. I am not suggesting you shirk your responsibilities, not go to work, stop caring for your kids, ignore your spouse or loved ones just so you can spend all day at the spa or laying around eating bon-bons.  What I am saying, though, is that it is actually irresponsible of ...
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Meal Planning 101

Meal planning is a great tool to help you achieve your nutrition goals because it helps you: Eat healthyManage portion sizesHelps avoid wasting of foodSaves timeSaves money Like any new habit, menu planning gets easier with practice. Over time, you'll figure out ways to make the process work for you. In the meantime, here are some top tips for meal planning: Menu planning doesn't have to be complicated. Begin by writing down some of your favorite meals. (And if you are cooking for a family, ask them to suggest menu ideas as well.) You can also look on places like Pinterest, in cookbooks, or on recipe websites. You can even find sample menus and menu-planning apps online.Plan one week of meals at a time, including side dishes, entrees and some healthy desserts. Some things to consider as you contemplate menu options:Check your calendar for what nights you'll have time to ...
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The Benefits of Yoga

A quick google search can net you articles, infographics, blogs, and testimonials galore on the benefits of yoga. Perhaps an even easier way to find out about the myriad of benefits yoga offers is to just ask anyone who does yoga on a fairly regular basis. Regardless of the source you might choose, you’ll find that beyond a doubt, yoga offers a ton of benefits. What’s really great today is that there’s now scientific and medical research to confirm what yoga practitioners have said all along as to the many, many benefits of yoga. From the physical to the mental, the external to the internal, there’s no shortage of real benefits to a consistent yoga practice. Here's just a few of the benefits of yoga to consider: Benefits to the Physical Body Increases flexibilityBuilds musclePerfects posturePrevents cartilage and joint break downProtects the spineImproves bone healthSupports your connective tissuesIncreases blood flowDrains ...
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19 Things I Learned in 2019

As this year and decade draw to a close, it is important to spend a little time reflecting on all the events and lessons that have come and gone.  The year 2019 reminded me of a number of things I have always known to be true…but somehow 2019 just helped reinforce them in a big, bold way.  Some of these items overlap a bit and some may sound rather cliché, but regardless, these are the things I am leaving 2019 with and have an ever-better understanding of… the good, bad, and indifferent.  Life is short and it is precious… Don’t waste a moment of it.Perspective… Take time to get some on every issue.Don’t sweat the small stuff.(It is all small stuff.)Stop and breathe.Laughter is truly good for the soul.Learn from kids and animals… They know something about life and perspective that most adults seem to have forgotten.Self-care is non-negotiable.I am ...
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The Must-Have Morning Routine

There’s a lot of research out there that proves without a doubt that a good morning routine leads to a more successful day. If you read up on any Fortune 500 CEO’s or billionaire entrepreneurs you’ll find they all have a morning routine. In fact, if you look closely at their routines there are a lot of similarities. I first gained a strong sense of the power of a morning routine when I read Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning*. A relatively quick read, Elrod provides a simple formula for amping up your morning routine to transform your life. After reading his book I played around for quite some time to find the best morning routine for me, something that Elrod states is a key to having a successful morning routine. If your routine doesn’t resonate with you, doesn’t feel good to you, then you won’t do it. Plain and ...
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The Art of Successful Goal Setting & Planning

Winter is upon us now, and with it comes more time spent inside our homes and also more time reflecting inwards as well. This is the time of year when we start to reflect on this current year that is quickly drawing to a close, as well as on potential goals for the upcoming year. Most of us have set New Year’s Resolutions for ourselves at one time or another. Maybe you faithfully do it every year. Maybe you do it as a family or a couple, or maybe you do it individually. Maybe you do it for personal goals or professional goals, or perhaps for both. Regardless, the more important question is how many of us ever attain the goals we set in January? You know the answer already, don’t you. Yep…very, very few of us. In fact, by March there’s no sign of any New Year’s Resolution for ...
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Sugar Facts

Sugar – The Not So Sweet Truth We could talk for hours about all the things sugar does to our body and why we really need to limit, if not eliminate, our sugar consumption. Let’s start with just a few powerful facts about sugar… Did you know that the average adult female should have no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day and adult males should aim for less than 36 grams (9 teaspoons) per day?  In reality most of us end up consuming far more than that amount daily.  To that point, just as an example, the average soda has more than twice that daily amount of sugar we should consume in a day.  Many prepackaged snacks, candy bars, drinks, etc. don’t come in a single serving size. They are actually meant to be multiple servings, yet we often eat/drink the whole thing in one sitting, consuming even more ...
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Nutrition Pitfalls

Food and Marketing Tips & Tricks Food companies are smart! They know how to label their products to increase the likelihood of someone buying them. Have you ever noticed how packages gain labels like Gluten-Free, Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, Keto, Paleo, etc. as soon as that new craze gains enough momentum? They capitalize on every new fad, diet, or food craze in order to increase their bottom line. One major problem with this is that we tend to believe that the foods with these labels are healthy for us because of that label, when in reality that is often not the case. Just because you see a label like “Organic”, doesn’t mean the food product is good for us. We need to read the nutrition and ingredients labels on the product. The ingredients in the product may be organic, but they may also still be high in unhealthy fats, sodium, sugar, ...
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Eating for the Holidays

Eating for the Holidays – Top Tips Oh the seduction of the holidays, with all the yummy treats and large meals coupled with family gatherings, holiday parties, and all the other festive events and activities that fill our schedules this time of year… As fun and exciting as the holiday season can be, it is not without its downside.  There’s too much food (nutritional stress), too many events on the schedule (general stress, not to mention a lack of sleep), too much spending (financial stress)… just to name a few. As nostalgic as we may get about the holidays, when it comes to our overall health and nutrition it is important for us to be mindful of our choices. The November and December holiday season may take up less than 1/6 of the calendar, but the effects of it can have a profound impact on us for months, and sometimes ...
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Giving Yourself Permission

You know that voice you have, the one that talks to you from time to time pointing out all the things you did wrong, all the ways in which you are not good enough or are not like everyone else?  You know that ego voice that is harsh and critical of virtually everything you do.  Yes, that voice.  We all have it.  Some of us fall victim to it far more easily than others, but we all suffer as a result of that voice in some way or another.  And in yoga class is no exception. Fact - we all get in our own heads, that’s a given, and our ego voice can create some pretty amazing stories that, if we listen to them, can really mess with our yoga practice.  You have no balance.  You aren’t flexible.  You missed class last week.  You can’t do that pose like the ...
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Yoga for Anger Management

Anger is a natural human emotion. We all feel it from time to time. The catch, of course, is finding a way to manage our anger when it does arise. And yoga is one way we can calm down and work through the anger we are feeling in an effort to keep it from blowing up to an unhealthy level. Anger comes in many forms – frustration, jealousy, outrage, judgement, criticism, resentment, and hatred, just to name a few – and often involves not only an emotional but also a physical response in our bodies as well.  Given all its complexities, it is no wonder why anger can be hard to prevent or even treat. But yoga is perhaps one of the best ways to combat your feelings of anger. Since yoga by its very definition is the union of the mind and body, it can help us move through ...
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The 8 Limbs of Yoga

The 8 Limbs of Yoga – A Closer Look at Their Role in Yoga and in Life The 8 Limbs of Yoga, also sometimes referred to as the 8 Stages or Phases of Yoga, is the cornerstone of Yogic Philosophy, dating back millennia. The origins of yoga come to us from India more than 2500 years ago. The Vedic texts provide us with a background and a philosophy for the practice of yoga and for how to live a better life in general. Here’s a very brief summary of the 8 Limbs of Yoga: The Yamas – In short, these are restraints… suggestions for how to live your life in harmony with yourself, others and the universe.  An example would be Ahimsa, the principle of nonviolence or of not harming yourself, others, or the planet. The Niyamas - In short, these are observances…suggestions for how to live your life in ...
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Moving into Silence & Stillness

The current state of society is probably best described as hurried, chaotic, and filled with constant distractions and noise.  There’s little time for rest, relaxation, or even some  quiet time.  The net result – many of us are tired, exhausted, and worn down.  And while it may seem, at least for many of us, like there’s never a break or a moment of quiet, yoga can help us temporarily escape the chaos, the frantic pace, the distractions, and all the noise of life. Yoga by definition is the union of the mind, body, and spirit and its purpose is multi-faceted. Depending on the type of yoga you choose to practice you can enjoy benefits such as improved flexibility, muscle strengthening and toning, and balance, just to name a few. Helping you to still the body and mind is also a key benefit of numerous types of yoga. For the time ...
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Yoga and The Stress Connection

By Bobbi Billman, Owner, Ignite Yoga & Wellness As featured in York County Medicine Magazine, Summer 2019 edition “The greatest wealth is health,” according to the Roman poet Virgil. So why are so many of us squandering it, instead of making an investment in healthy living? Despite the presence of technology designed to make our lives easier, stress and anxiety remain constant companions. While the plethora of apps and software facilitate the daily grind, tight deadlines, increased workloads, and the challenges of balancing work and home life increases our stress load. Societal pressures (both real and perceived) keep us plugged in to a constant pulse. We are overstimulated with text messages, emails, and notifications that bombard us one alert tone to the next. The impact is evident in the overall decline of our health and mental wellness. A decrease in sleep quality, coupled with the inability to relax, has led ...
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Maintaining Your Yoga Practice

When I first started practicing yoga in college I could only afford to go on occasion, but as I got older and settled into my career I finally had the finances to allow for a more consistent yoga practice…but when I finally got to that point in my life a funny thing happened. I didn’t go very often. That’s right. I know, it makes no sense, right? I loved yoga, I wanted to go to classes, and I had done it enough to know all the good things it did for my body, mind, and spirit. But when I finally had the financial means to go consistently, I didn’t go. And I am willing to bet that you can either relate to that yourself or you know a fellow yogi who can. It is actually quite common. Maintaining your yoga practice isn’t always as easy as we might like it ...
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Yoga Can Do That?!

Yoga can do... an incredible amount of things! Yoga is defined as union.  Specifically, it is referring to the union of the mind, body, and spirit.  Talk to anyone who has taken yoga on any kind of a regular basis and they can confirm the accuracy of this definition.  Because of what yoga is, there are so many things it can offer us.  If you have heard anything about yoga, it probably included a few benefits – reasons why you should commit to a regular practice. Yogis the world over have been touting the many benefits of yoga for centuries. Bu t we are fortunate to live in this present time. A time when there are thousands of medical and scientific studies that now prove what yogis have known all along - yoga is so good very for all aspects of our mind, body, and spirit. So what exactly are ...
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Yoga Poses to Start Your Day

After a night of sleep, our bodies need a little bit of movement to get moving and kick start the day. Many of us sleep in ways that put our bodies in rounded or curled up positions, so when we finally get up in the morning our muscles really need to stretch and lengthen. Yoga is a perfect way to bring movement to your body while helping you to wake up and become energized to face the day.  There are many poses that would work well to introduce movement to your otherwise sleepy body, but here are a few we find especially helpful: 1. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) No matter which of version of sequence you choose to do, it is steeped in the tradition of practicing it with the rising the sun. And even if the sun isn't coming up as you are moving through this sequence, it is ...
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Yoga for Weight Loss

Yoga is well known for its ability to help with flexibility, stretching, and even building and toning muscle, but did you know it can play a role in weight loss as well? A regular yoga practice can actually play a significant role in weight loss, but maybe not in the way you might think. While many types of yoga don’t usually burn the same number of calories and fat as traditional exercise methods, yoga does increase your awareness of the connection between your mind, body, and spirit. It also turns on the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates breathing, digestion, stress, and hormones. Yoga helps us slow you down mentally which in turn helps us to distinguish between the urge to eat and the emotional impulses that sometimes drive us to eat solely to help us feel better about something. Yoga can also help us discern what we are truly hungry ...
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New Services at Ignite Yoga & Wellness

Nutrition Coaching Packages with Ignite Yoga & Wellness 3 different coaching options to help you meet and crush your goals! Option 1 - Nutrition Cleanse Group A 4-Week Nutrition Cleanse Program with Yoga 1 ½ hours each week for four weeks (beginning July 2019)60 minutes nutrition and cleanse education/instruction (includes general information on food & nutrition, tips for healthy living despite our chaotic lives, resources and recipes, plus lots of personal support specific to your individual journey) 30 minutes yoga instruction to support your nutrition cleanse journey Includes a free 30 minute Discovery Session prior to the first week, in which we clearly identify your personal goals for the program, review your health history, current nutrition trends and habits, etc. so you can get the most out of your time in the group. Cost - $35/week or pay for the full program in advance at $120 (saves you $20!) Members ...
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Introducing Ignite Yoga & Wellness

Ignite has definitely seen some changes over the years - a location change in 2015, an ownership change in 2017, and now an official name change in 2019. Through it all, our mission has remained the same. New business name launch - May 27th, 2019. Our purpose has always been to inspire and cultivate a community of students who live their yoga on and off the mat… who strive to live the best version of their lives each day. With every class and workshop, our intention has always been to provide a peaceful, safe, and welcoming space for students of all shapes, sizes, ages, and experience levels. We passionately stand by this mission at Ignite Yoga & Wellness. As we head into a new era here at Ignite, we are extremely excited to expand the ways in which we will be able to help our students meet their yoga and ...
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Chair Yoga Explained

Chair yoga is a form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Almost any traditional yoga pose or move can be replicated and altered to accommodate chair yoga. Chair yoga is a great practice for everyone. Simply put, if you can sit you can do chair yoga. And while anyone can do chair yoga, it is especially perfect for: Pregnant womenAnyone who works a desk jobSenior citizensPeople who travel a good bit, spending hours seated in a car or on a planeAnyone who uses a wheelchairIndividuals struggling with any mobility issuesAnyone recovering from various injuries or surgeriesSomeone who struggles with chronic pain, high blood pressure, vertigo, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, arthritis, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis The beauty of chair yoga is that is quite versatile and can be modified based on ...
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Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep

A blog from Ignite Owner, Bobbi Billman - May 2019 Have trouble sleeping? You’re in good company. Based on research from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, over one-third of Americans have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. The pace of our hectic lives, the non-stop bombardment of stimuli, and our seemingly never-ending To Do lists are among the reasons why more and more of us find it challenging to fall asleep at night or to stay asleep once we manage to drift off. So what can we do to help combat this ever growing trend? Well, for one thing, how about a couple of yoga poses before bed? That’s right -- yoga at bedtime. There are countless benefits to practicing yoga on a consistent basis, and improved sleep habits is among them. But how does yoga help with sleep? For one thing, by its very nature, yoga causes us ...
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Yoga is for Every Body

Yoga Really is for Every Body There is no such thing as a “yoga body”. In reality, yoga bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Survey a handful of classes at various studios and you will find a wide variety of people in the rooms. Do a Google search and find resources, videos, and articles by yoga teachers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. With so many types of yoga, there really is a type of yoga that will resonate with every body. Yoga, in general, is a low impact activity, making it accessible to everyone, regardless of physical limitations or concerns. Plus, with all the potential modifications teachers can offer, there are so many options available. Yoga poses have a basic set of guidelines, but it is up to you to listen to your body and make any adjustments as needed (with the assistance of the teacher as needed) ...
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