Summer Reading List: Volume 1

Stay Curious! Summer is a great time to catch up on your active desire to read more and be inspired. Here, we’ve collected some top yoga-relative reading from your fave teachers. So, before it’s too late, pick a book up from our boutiques or load up your kindle with some of these brilliant recs. Keep reading below to find your next favorite page-turner.

[We’ve asked Namaste teacher Jaimie Patterson to model some of our newest summer styles available in the Namaste Boutique. Perfect for lounging around with your favorite book!]

Bottom Left: ELANA MORGULIS, LMFT, E-RYT: Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now was the first big game changer in my life. I felt soothed and transformed just reading it. As I moved more into clinical work with people in my studies of wellness and mindfulness, Jon Kabat Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living was an informative, experiential read.

Bottom Right: JERRY GIVENS Art of Joyful Living, by Swami Rama. I often recommend this book to beginning yogis who want to know how they can take what they learn in the classroom out into their lives, answering the questions “how do I live like a yogi?” I find it to be inspiring while remaining grounded with layman practical advice for anyone at any stage of their practice.

Top Left: JILL LINDSAY: Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater!

Top Right: AVA ROY: any and all of the poetry by Hafiz.

Bottom Left: ANNA LANDAUER: A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

Bottom Right: MARGI YOUNGYoga of the Subtle Body by  Tias Little, Light on Yoga!!  by Iyengar, anything by Dohna Farhi, The Inner Traditions of Yoga-Michael Stone (in tribute), Atlas of Human Anatomy by Netter, Yoga Sutras by Chip Hartranft

Top Left: SIMONA BALANTrue Yoga by Jennie Lee, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, Healthy at 100 by John Robbins

Top Right: REBECCA ROGERS:  Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson, Coming Back to Life (2014) by Joanna Macy, Trauma Stewardship by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Heads down people!

Learn more about our amazing teachers here. (Including Jaimi Patterson, featured in pics in this post.)

   

Shop local and visit our boutiques where many of these books (and clothes) are available for sale!

Take ACTION August.

August Studio Focus: Take ACTION!

Our studio theme is to TAKE ACTION and our community practice is to MAKE 5 MINUTES. We say MAKE 5 MINUTES, not find 5 minutes, because empowerment happens when we take control of our time (as much as possible) and make things happen for ourselves.

It’s easy to philosophize next steps. Whether it’s finding motivation for creative projects or simply checking off that lingering to-do – sometimes the best course of action is to shine your focus on the task at hand and JUST DO IT. Being mindful is great, but like everything, moderation is key. If we don’t commit to action we can get lost in contemplation!

AUGUST COMMUNITY PRACTICE: MAKE 5 MINUTES

Stay tuned this month for suggestions on how to beat back procrastination and make five minutes every day for things that make a difference. Also, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter for special ACTION OFFERS this month!

Share with us on social media using the hashtag #YearofEmpowerment.

Join our community Facebook groupYear of Empowerment Club for weekly tips and journal prompts.

Keep up with us on the blog, Instagram, and Facebook where we’ll be sharing tips from your favorite Namaste teachers.

Want to check out past months?

Catch up on all of our Year of Empowerment and join us as we continue the journey.

    

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The Scented Life: Meet Tracy of White Sage Wellness

In the spirit of this month’s theme of community, and OUR Namaste community in particular, I wanted to share one local line of delightful products in our retail boutiques. This line is so local that it is created by one of our very own students.

Meet Tracy, the creatrix behind White Sage Wellness (formerly Apsara) and a long time yogi at Namaste.

White Sage aromatherapeutic products represent Tracy’s artistic expression of the healing powers of plant medicine. Each spray, oil or smudge wand is inspired by the seasons, cycles and elements of nature and intended as a ritual tool for mindfulness and creating sacred space.

    

“I have my products stationed throughout my home and use them frequently to remind myself to take mindful moments, to complement my yoga and meditation practice, for energetic cleansing and home cleaning.”

As a graduate of Namaste’s Yoga & Ayurveda teacher training last year, she weaves these philosophies along with nature & art therapy into her holistic counseling practice. Learn more about Tracy at  www.whitesagewellness.com.

Shop local and support the members of our Namaste community! Learn more about our boutiques here.

Yoga for Cancer Support

Yoga can help reduce anxiety and improve physical wellness in our stressful everyday.  The effects can perhaps be even more pronounced when one is in the experience of living with cancer.  Although not a cure, yoga can help soothe the nervous system and encourage the body to relax and heal.  Gentle movements linked with breath can help practitioners cope with challenges and uncertainty.  Try this home practice to help with your journey.

You can also catch Poh for weekly classes:

Sun 9 – 10.20AM Yoga for Beginners
Wed 6 – 7PM, Vinyasa
Grand Lake
Sat 4.30 – 6PM, Vinyasa
Rockridge

July Practice: Building Community

July Studio Focus: Building Community

JULY COMMUNITY PRACTICE: BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE* OR COME TO A COMMUNITY CLASS

Six months of personal empowerment down and we are opening up our journey to the people we care about most. This month, our focus is on cultivating community by sharing our love of yoga and wellness. We are inviting our members to bring a friend for free all month long.

Additionally, we encourage all of our students to take advantage of our sweet community classes like our Rotating Rockridge Rituals and our donation-based classes on Thursdays and Fridays! Stay tuned for more tips and inspiration for building community this week.

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Share with us on social media using the hashtag #EmpoweredbyCommunity

Join our community Facebook groupYear of Empowerment Club for weekly tips and journal prompts.

Keep up with us on the blog, Instagram, and Facebook where we’ll be sharing tips from your favorite Namaste teachers.

Want to check out past months?

Catch up on all of our Year of Empowerment and join us as we continue the journey.

    

Beautiful Template for Your Own Kindness Postcard

Technology is an undeniable part of our everyday lives. We use our phones and computers to communicate constantly. We stay in touch through text and Facebook updates and rarely do we refer back to the practice of handwritten notes. This month, as part of our 30 Days of Kindness, we are focusing on small ways to make a big impact. Writing a personalized letter is a great way to give a little extra love and kindness to regular interactions with loved ones.

Take a few moments this week to print out our beautiful Kindness Postcard template and share with a special person in your life! Simply right click and save the image below to print out at home.

(PS. Be sure to share photos this month showcasing your #kindness for a chance to win a Manduka mat and Namaste Trucker Hat. Use the hashtag #empoweredbykindness to play!)

Join our community Facebook group, Year of Empowerment Club for weekly tips and journal prompts.

Keep up with us on the blog, Instagram, and Facebook where we’ll be sharing tips from your favorite Namaste teachers.

Want to check out past months?

Catch up on all of our Year of Empowerment and join us as we continue the journey.

    

Summer Solstice Sun Tea

[large photos and inspiration courtesy The Lovely Wild .]

Today marks the longest day of the year and our official entrance into Summer. Traditionally, in Ayurveda, Summer is te catalyst for Pitta season, the season of fire. This means that our bodies are more likely to overheat with emotions and physiological issues like inflammation. According to Bayan Botanicals, excess pitta can manifest in the body as:

  • Acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn
  • Acute inflammation in body or joints
  • Discomfort or nausea upon missing meals
  • Anger, irritability, frustration
  • Bad breath and body odor
  • Excessive sweating
  • Impatience, criticism, judgment, intolerance

A great way to combat the heat is to nourish our bodies with cooling, calming foods and practices. In celebration of the Summer solstice, we are making a cooling, herbal sun tea!

Namaste Yoga + Wellness Best Yoga Studio Berkeley Sun Tea Recipe

Sun tea is very simple and requires only a few supplies. The recipe capitalizes on the longer day by steeping herbs using nothing but rays from our dear sun. Read below for instructions and ingredient suggestions to make your very own Pitta pacifying, Summer Sun Tea!

Best Yoga Studio Berkeley Summer Solstice Sun Tea
[Photo: VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda]

Ingredients:

  • Cooling loose leaf, dried or fresh herbs. Great choices include: mint, lemon verbena, cinnamon, rose petals, ginger, cardamom, fennel, coriander, basil, tumeric, or neem leaves!
  • The largest jar or jug you have with lid.
  • Tea strainer.

Instructions:

Add all ingredients into a large tea strainer. Fill your large jar with clean water. Place tea strainer inside, close up lid, and let steep in direct sun until desired color is reached. Add ice and enjoy!

Namaste Yoga + Wellness Best Yoga Studio Berkeley Sun Tea Recipe

The Gift of Positivity: 5 Minute Journal Practice

Life is hard to predict. One day we wake up feeling great and our day goes smoothly. The next day, we find out terrible news or realize our car won’t start. The way we choose to respond next directly influences the nature of our reality.

Keeping a positive mindset depends on our ability to be mindful in the face of challenges. The old adage goes, “the one thing in life you can control is your attitude.”

Of course, we are all human, and we can’t expect to be happy all of the time. We can, however, choose to see negative experiences simply as they are, without attaching added judgments or anxiety. Focusing on staying positive doesn’t mean we forgo other emotions like grief, disappointment, or anger either.

Dr. Ayelet Krieger, Namaste Teacher

 

Staying positive simply means we do not get wrapped up in the hurricane of negativity. Instead, we channel that energy into productivity. How can we learn from this situation? What opportunities now arise? Staying positive means admiring the opportunity to grow from negative situations.

Focusing on staying positive doesn’t mean we forgo other emotions like grief, disappointment, or anger either. Staying positive simply means we do not get wrapped up in the hurricane of negativity. Instead, we channel that energy into productivity. How can we learn from this situation? What opportunities now arise? Staying positive means admiring the opportunity to grow from negative situations.

Just like the strength we build in pursuit of a steady chaturanga, so must we build our ability to maintain a positive outlook on life. It is a daily practice.  Every day when we wake up it is an opportunity to live better.

 

Margi Young, Namaste Teacher

 

There is also an inherently kind aspect to staying positive. When we are more aware of our attitude and keep a good perspective on life we have more power to support the people around us. We’ve all experienced how negativity can bring down the vibe for everyone. Working to keep a positive outlook uplifts and inspires the people you love and surround yourself with.

In honor of our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge, here is a small meditation exercise you can try to curb negativity and live with more kindness!

Journal Prompt

Step One: Write down three negative experiences you’ve had in the last 30 days.

Step Two: Write out why these were negative? How did they make you feel?

Step Three: Take a moment to look at the list, close your eyes, and take 5 deep breaths of acknowledgment. Allow yourself to feel these emotions without judgment.

Step Four: Write out 3 ways in which each experience led to either a) a new possibility or b) a chance to realize something new about yourself.

 

Keep up with us on the blog, Instagram, and Facebook where we’ll be sharing tips from your favorite Namaste teachers.

Want to check out past months?

Catch up on all of our Year of Empowerment and join us as we continue the journey.