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)45 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) 45 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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Find Your Yoga with Ignite

We have over a dozen teachers here at Ignite, all from different background and different schools. All of us coming together are offering our own educational backgrounds but also our own take on yoga and how to assist, how to touch the body and get people to move. Even our verbiage is different. Our paces are different. So we offer a little bit of something for everyone here. We want this to be more about community and family. More about, finding more to yoga for each person then the physical practice. We have found that offering more yoga workshops, offering different classes and offering a place where people can come in and relate to each other. They can share stories as different relationships are forming and bonds are being made. It just a really awesome thing to be part of. That's what we envision for a yoga studio...because that's what yoga is ...
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Shut Down The Winter Blues This Year

Now that all of the holiday’s are over and we are all back to reality, its not uncommon to find yourself stuck with the Winter blues. We tend to fall into the winter routine of waking up, going to work, making dinner, getting ready for the next day, going to sleep and then waking up the next day and doing it all over again. Even though we have been experiencing such crazy winter weather this year, it still not healthy to fall into this routine because it could lead you to have the winter blues and we most certainly don’t want that! Here are some solutions to help you avoid the Winter Blues! Set Goals for Yourself: It is a new year and is time for a new you! Setting goals motivates you to achieve success in anything that you are setting your goals for. It’s even great idea to ...
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Repair, Revive and Refresh. The Ayurveda Way.

Where practicing yoga teaches us the moral and physical practices that facilitate ease of body and mind, Ayurveda looks at health-care. Essentially, an Ayurveda counselor has gone through some level of the "medical school" focusing on eastern medicine. Drawn from understanding of nature's rhythm and laws, Ayurveda is built around the fire elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth and their roles in the natural world. We go there to understand how our emotional, physical and psychological selves can stay balanced with the laws of nature.  We learn, through Ayurveda's science for practical living, how to recognize our tendencies to unbalance through things like cravings, personality preferences and relationships that we don't deeply understand. Ayurveda is…  Considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science Often called “The Mother of All Healing”  In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life” Basic principles of many natural healing systems had ...
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3 Ways Yoga is a Natural Detox for the Mind & Body

With Summer just around the corner, it is prime detox time, yogis! The detox benefits that yoga provides us is unlike any other and the best part about it is that you receive these benefits in every yoga practice. Here are three ways that you naturally detox during your practice: Practice: As all yogis know, when we practice our bodies are constantly being twisted, stretched, pulled, turned, in ways we did not know our bodies could actually move. Something I think we tend to forget is that, not only are we moving in all different directions on the outside, but our organs are also moving constantly on the inside. Having constant internal and external movement, allows our bodies to naturally remove waste products such as carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and lymphatic fluid. The constant moving and stretching in our practice ensures that our organs are well functioning. Breathing: As students, you ...
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Let’s Hear it For the TT’s!

As many of you know, Ignite is currently finishing up our first 200 Hour teacher training sessions!  Since this is the first time Ignite has offered Teacher Training, we are excited to share some feedback from the students (soon to be teachers) themselves. We had the opportunity to interview to Fran Schmidt and Craig Snyder in regard to their Teacher Training experience. Here is what they had to say when asked the following questions: 1. What are the personal benefits/changes you have noticed since you started your teacher training? Fran: I have learned a lot about myself in the process of classes, homework and practice teaching.  I am finding, in doing the homework, that I really enjoy writing about yoga and the Eight Limbs. Craig: I started TT with my focus still on the asana limb of yoga. I didn't have any thought that I'd recognize anything but a physical benefit. Before ...
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Yoga is for Lovers

Yoga is not only for lovers it’s truly for everyone, but, by practicing yoga there are many undeniable benefits that ultimately improve your overall relationship with your loved one. We often hear that yoga has the tendency to better our relationship with ourselves and teaches us trust, patiences, confidence within ourselves. What us yogi’s don’t always realize is that yoga also betters our relationships with others. Here are a some relationship benefits that our yoga practices provides for us.  Observe & Accept Your Emotions: During your yoga practice, you are taught to observe your emotions. When you are not in a great mental place, it can be difficult to enjoy being in an intimate place with your partner. A clear mind is best to feel fully satisfied with your partner. Your yoga practice can help clear your mind and make you feel emotionally refreshed and more relaxed. This is beneficial ...
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Practice Makes Perfect

With the New Year right around the corner, it is a great time to visualize where you see your yoga practice for 2016. It’s a great opportunity to set your intention and personal goals for the year ahead. The list of personal benefits you can receive through practicing yoga regularly is endless. But, just how many times should you practice each week to reek in the benefits? Well the honest is truth is…it depends! Ask yourself, what benefits are you looking for out of your practice? Are you looking to reduce stress? Lose Weight? Detox? Then, figure out what goals you are going to set for yourself to achieve these benefits…and stick to those goals! It is suggested that you should practice yoga three times a week at minimum to see the physical and general health benefits. It is ideal to try to include yoga into your daily routine, even ...
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