Find Your Yoga with Ignite

 Meet Nicole Ness, Teacher at Ignite Power Yoga of York. 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 ...
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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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Nicole and Ashley’s Top 5 Restorative & Chair Poses

With Ignite's Restorative and Chair Yoga workshop right around the corner, we wanted to share our favorite poses with you to give you an idea of the amazing benefits of this workshop. 1. Seated Forward Fold: After a hard day, I am needing  pose to surrender into and be fully supported. This hip opener, grounds me and releases any tension or stress. This pose also improves circulation in the entire pelvic and abdominal areas. It is an excellent workout for overall flexibility. 2. Babbling Brooke Pose: When I am feeling tightness in my shoulder or hips, as if I needed a good stretch while being fully supported, Babbling Brooke Pose is my my pose of choice. This pose is perfect after a race or just from working too hard on life projects. It counteracts the slumped position of our posture from sitting, computer use, driving and every day activities. This pose ...
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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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15 Reasons Why You Should Get Your 300 Hour Yoga Certification

As a 200 hour certified yoga teacher you may be asking, why should I go on and further my education? What will it get me? Here are your answers. As Yoginis, we know that learning never ends.  Especially with the body and the way we manage it. If you crave more, we have more. Here are 15 reasons why you should get your 300 hour certification:  Deeper understanding of teaching, cueing and Assisting Advanced Asanas Broadening your skills of alignment with a focus on anatomical knowledge  Education on the philosophy and history of yoga  Education of different types of Yoga including but not limited to Juvamukti, Tibetan and Anusara Yoga  Deeper knowledge of anatomy with better awareness of what is happening in the body during the asana practice  Develop an understanding of the energetic body, Chakras and Medians Learn the tools that help you build workshops & trainings while understanding the process of approval and the education on marketing aspects for these events ...
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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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5 Helpful Hints To Help You Maintain Your Yoga Practice

“I am too busy with other things to go to yoga tonight” “I am exhausted, I will go to yoga tomorrow” Do these excuses sound familiar? Excuses can turn into our own worse enemy when trying to maintain a daily yoga practice. They tend to turn into fitness roadblocks that keep you from feeling healthy and fit. No, Yogi intends to let these excuses take over their mind and cause them to miss a practice or two. But the reality of it is, sometimes our excuses get the best of us and our practice. You know that saying “It’s all in your head?” Well it is true! These excuses are all in our heads! By choosing to monitor what your mind is telling you and work around these excuses to fulfill our personal yoga goals is part of what makes you a true Yogi. Here are 5 Helpful Hints to ...
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