Namaste Spring Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

Make your work environment a place of peace.

Set the tone for an easeful and compassionate work day with our second quarter desktop calendar.  Bringing some beauty into your workplace can really make the days at the office just a bit better. So get that airplant you’ve been dreaming of and clean up your desk, and download this desktop calendar so you’ll always know what day of the week it is.

Click on one of the download links below and then right click to save it to your computer.

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With love and respect,

Namaste

 

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Namaste Yogi Gift Guide 2015

Need some inspiration for gifting the yogi or wellness warrior in your life? We asked our staff what they’re pining for from our divine boutiques (spouses, take note!).  See below for their top picks.

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Rockridge Assistant Manager, Grey, suggests this gift for those in touch (or looking to be) with the spirit of the universe — The Wild Unknown beautifully illustrated tarot deck and guidebook, paired with a Leslie Francesca druzy quartz moon necklace.  Afterall, to adorn is to bewitch.

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Hannah requests the gift of massage (purchase one on a gift card!). Truly, there is no better gift for those in need of some loving attention and relaxation. Take the massage experience home from our boutique with Earthbody’s Ayurveda inspired bottled massage oils or a RAD self massage tool.

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Mallory pines for the full restorative package, complete with Chattra artisan wood-block printed yoga bolster and neck pillow. Create some sacred space by delighting the senses with Apsara aromatic spray and Gneiss Wood engraved palo santo (seriously the new sage!) set. Get restful in your postures with a handmade lavendar-filled eye pillow, and of course, practice daily ruminations in A Year with Hafiz, a perpetual calendar of inspiration.

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Chattra meditation cushions are a popular choice this year, especially with their limited edition prints in gorgeous seasonal colors. For the meditator, Studio Director, Mae, suggests pairing a zafu with a Silver and Sage mala, each one made with a unique combination of symbolic stones to suit the wearer. She is also pining for some original artwork by Creative Director, Helene Cotton, on display at the Berkeley boutique.

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Christine, our Berkeley Studio Manager, says you can’t go wrong with a seriously durable mat, the Manduka Pro-lite (slightly lighter weight) or Pro (the big poppy of mats). It’s tough as nails, and will support you through all the poses of your life. Pair this gift with a Manduka towel for those with an extra sweaty practice, or a modern striped block for home practice, and your loved ones’ devotion will only grow stronger.

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Brenda knows clothing, and especially that you really can’t go wrong with this one size fits all knit kimono by Subtle Luxury. It’s both elegant and casual, warm and cozy. Don’t forget our boutiques carry a wide selection of activewear and lifestyle clothing to wear on and off the mat.

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Paiges says, “fill a bag full of goodies and you’ve got an instant hit!”. Featured here, a beaded bag packed with Apsara roll on scents, a Marit Rae Egyptian cross necklace, and Skullgarden‘s dark and beautiful Wooden Tarot of the Major Arcana. At right, some of the Whitley sisters stunning long necklaces.

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We’ve got all kinds of stocking stuffers as well, from tiny pocket sized brass deities to wearable roll-on scents by the local apothecary Apsara. But the runaway favorite of the year is our selection of coloring books, certain to calm even the busiest of minds.

Stop by, we are here all month long to help you on your quest for karma-perfect gifts!

 

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Namaste Mamas Wisdom and Gift Guide

We are all sons or daughters and arrived here by a kind of magic.

We asked a few of our fabulous mamas here at Namaste to share their experience around Motherhood and we love what they had to share:

Namaste Teacher Margi writes these sweet haikus for her son, Fin:

My role as a mom?
To guide, allow, and protect.
It is an honor.

Six year old guru
Shines bright light on the darkness.
Fin Young Cecconi.

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From our Studio Director Mae: On Practicing and Protecting:

**Protection. Truth. Practice**

As a parent, your child is your most vulnerable tender heart walking through a sometimes fierce and selfish world. Every fiber of your being aches to protect that little being. Give shelter. And while giving shelter and sanctuary, truth is the vehicle in which to deliver the words and wisdom that facilitate true safety and true protection.

As anyone who has a child knows, a small child’s detection of inauthenticity is unparalleled.

Compassionate, truthful words and actions teach authentic self-confidence and understanding.

How do I find compassionate and truthful words and actions?  Through my own imperfect practice.  By mindfully connecting my mind and body, breath and spirit.  By witnessing my thoughts.  By practicing my yoga and allowing the wisdom of many thousands of teachers to resonate through my spirit and into my heart.

Through practice we offer our truth and provide protection.

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Nubia says it straight from the heart, as always…

It took a lot of concentration from me, to be present in my HEART while my mind and body were telling me that motherhood was too demanding . After a while I was able to befriend my inability to open my HEART to the immense LOVE that my son was reflecting back to me. I had masks, armors and all kind of excuses to not allow my heart to burst open and to surrender to that LOVE…and when I was finally able to…my time with my son became the most OPENING spiritual experience of my life.

Now Ezra is 10 and I still learn everyday from him.

From a Bhakti Yoga perspective, motherhood is the ultimate practice of devotion where the sacred qualities of unconditional love, sacrifice, faith, tolerance, patience, good will, and hard work are all channeled towards one being, your little Guru-Baby.

Treat your mamas right this Mother’s Day. Looking for the perfect gift? See our gift guide below and don’t miss out on our Mother’s Day Sale of 20% off all jewelry for your beloved one May 1-May 10.GiftGuide-2

 

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Celebrate Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Fashion

What does ‘taking yoga off your mat’ mean to you?

For me it means bringing presence and awareness outside the realm of ‘poses’ and also giving back in any way possible. Off the mat, I channel some of my energy into buying with awareness and consciousness wherever possible as the retail buyer at Namaste Yoga and Wellness.

Our choice in fashion can describe us, inspire us and make us feel confident, both inside and out. But more than that, our fashion choices also express our values. Sustainable, earth-friendly fashion and socially responsible production methods show a commitment to the planet and to the future.

Hemp and Organic Cotton "Thrive Hoodie" by Nomads Hempwear
Hemp and Organic Cotton “Thrive Hoodie” by Nomads Hempwear Model: Fiana Anderson

Here are some of the qualities that inspire and guide my buying choices for the Namaste studios, and some of the questions I ask when looking  at a line’s overall eco footprint and sustainability practices:

Quality of production and design

Is this item disposable and/or will I want to wear it for many years? Will it last through many washes and wears? I look for quality sewing and seams, and lines that have a history of good wash and wear.

Fabric selection

Is this made of eco-friendly fabric? Are the dyes eco-friendly? Are the fibers of the fabric renewable or fast-growing? What kind of waste is produced in the growing and processing of these fibers?  There’s always more than meets the eye when it comes to fabric. I look for organic cottons, bamboo, hemp, or soy blends. Learn more about Nomads Hemp Wear fabric selections.

Local vs. global production

How often will this product need to be shipped around the planet, using precious resources, before it reaches its final destination? Are the fibers grown in the U.S. or imported from abroad? Is the garment designed, manufactured, and dyed all in one city or state? Read more about Groceries apparel vertical production here.

Manufacturing processes and connection to community

Is care and love a priority with the production of the garment? Are the workers cared for? Does the company give back to the community or environment in any way? Read about Harvest’ dedication to planting a tree for every garment sold.

Take your fashion to the next level, go green this Earth Day! Thru Sunday save 20% on all Nomads Hemp Wear, Groceries and Harvest apparel at all three studios!

"Love Tee" and "Flower Leggings" by Harvest, who plants a tree for every garment sold.
“Love Tee” and “Flower Leggings” by Harvest, who plants a tree for every garment sold. Model: Whitney Walsh

By Helene Cotton- Graphic Designer and Retail Manager

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Namaste Teachers: Meet Cherie Carson

Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a new blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.

Meet Cherie Carson aka Siri Gian Kaur (Cherie’s Spiritual Name)

How long have you been at Namaste?
Since 7th Heaven was integrated into the Namaste family – before that I was with 7th Heaven for over 15 years.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I love to move. I have always been a dancer and Yoga was part of my practice. I became a teacher because I love to teach.

Your favorite self-care practices?
Water therapy, massage, meditation.

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What is your morning routine?
Meditate/chant before breakfast.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
Integrating the practice of yoga in my real estate career. Helping someone find their home is a first chakra experience. Finding a foundation, the temple for the body. I practice being in the neutral mind and being present for my clients. I also am Artistic Director of UpSwing Aerial Dance Company. It is my other passion in life. I teach a yoga based warm up. We have classes for Girls Who Fly and Teens Who Fly and Adults as a way to empower, move through fears and bring out the creative self.

How often do you practice?
Everyday

What is something you wish all of our students understood better?
How absolutely amazing Kundalini Yoga is!

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
The open-mindedness and diversity


Cherie Carson Namaste Yoga

Cherie Carson (Siri Gian Kaur), certified with the Kundalini Research Institute, has studied Yoga since 1986. Her background includes experience in Hatha, Sivananda, Kripalu, Yin and Kundalini Yoga traditions. Cherie is also a performer and choreographer whose training has included understanding body mechanics through kinesiology, Pilates, Tai Chi, Dance Therapy, Alexander Technique and Sat Nam Rasayan. Cherie has also created a meditative style of Water Yoga. Her meditation practices are influenced by the Kundalini Yoga tradition of Yogi Bhajan as well as her studies in Zen philosophy and creative visualization.

View Cherie’s Weekly Class Schedule

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Winter Solstice Journal Exercise

“Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, focus on the fertile darkness and your creative power that allows life to emerge from the soil, which will manifest fulfillment and bliss, from all the seeds you wish to plant for this next year.

Clear all the weeds of the past and let go of any disappointments or negative feelings and allow the new to be birthed from the wisdom that has been gained. Moods are like weather ~ rain, wind, snow and Sun ~ feel free in your expression but be informed by your higher nature, how to channel it appropriately into all you wish to create for 2015 and beyond.

Be content with what you have, rather than be sad or frustrated about what is lacking… Send healing love to all those you worry about, rather than take on the stress or worry about their well-being. Trust the Source Love that surrounds you and be aware that all you have created is something your higher self and unconscious self has wished to create for you ~ so that you can step into your highest potential and divinity without holding back. Every loss and failure, all being part of that creation – phoenix always rises.

Don’t be afraid to shine brightly, release any voices of sabotage or learn to not let them control you, celebrate the blessing you are and let Love be your strength to make it through all adversity. Spirit is the greatest wealth, bask in its golden rays and embrace Freedom!

We are more powerful than anything negative ~ it only shows up to remind us to rise above the forces that limit, so that we can develop our highest abilities and have mind over matter, Spirit over form ~ shaping the World around us into Heaven on Earth…”

– Laura Magdalena (via awelltraveledwoman.tumblr.com)
Winter Sunset

How are you celebrating the Winter Solstice?
As the year comes to an end and days begin to grow longer, we encourage you to take some time to reflect on 2014. Here are few questions to help inspire you:

  • What new things did you learn new things about yourself?
  • What was a favorite trip, local or far away?
  • What inner strengths proved to be most valuable this year?
  • What new people entered your life? Who is no longer here?
  • What, or who, are you most thankful for?

We hope this year was a beautiful one for you in so many ways.

With love and gratitude from all of us at the studio – Happy Winter!
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Namaste Teachers: Meet Megan Moreno

Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a new blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.

Meet Megan Moreno

How long have you been at Namaste?
I have been at Namaste for 2 ½ years.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I fell in love with yoga when I started practicing in college. I wanted to share the way it made me feel with others and thought that becoming a yoga teacher was the best way to do this. Becoming a yoga teacher changed my life for the better and I hope to continue teaching for many decades to come.

Megan Moreno Restorative Yoga

Your favorite literature on yoga or meditation?
“Living Your Yoga” by Judith Lasater. In this book, Lasater offers practical applications for yogis living in modern times. I enjoy referring back to this book regularly and always find something new to appreciate about it.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
I am a mom to an amazing toddler and am pursuing my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. I appreciate the holistic approach of Occupational Therapy and am planning to integrate my background in yoga into my future practice as an occupational therapist.

Megan Moreno Restorative Yoga

Thoughts on where the yoga industry is headed?
I think Restorative Yoga will continue to gain popularity as the medical culture increasingly understands and promotes the benefits of relaxation. Individuals are seeking opportunities to “unplug” from technology and slow down from the rapid pace of life. Practicing restorative yoga is the perfect way to do this and I look forward to meeting new students and welcoming back returning students in my two weekly classes.


SONY DSCMegan began practicing yoga in 1996 and has been teaching hatha and restorative yoga in San Francisco since 2006. She is thrilled to expand her teaching base to Oakland and the Namaste community.

Megan completed her teacher training at Yoga Tree San Francisco, where she apprenticed Karl Erb and Jennifer Morrice. She has studied extensively with Judith Lasater and is a certified “Advanced Relax and Renew” restorative trainer.

Megan is continuously amazed at the power of restorative yoga as a healing modality. She considers it a gift to create a space that honors stillness, rest, and relaxation.

View Megan’s Weekly Class Schedule

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Why's Getting to Yoga So Difficult

by Sadie Chanlett-Avery

[This post originally appeared on Sadie’s Blog Active Body. Still Mind]

As a yoga teacher I perpetually have these two conversations:

Scene One: Around town I run into a former student. They apologize and confess, “Forgive me o’ yogi for I have sinned. It has been three months since my last class.” Then I hear about life’s onslaught: The kid’s soccer practice, work schedules, the sub teacher, the studio is too far. We declare ourselves victims of “busy.”

Scene Two: Meeting someone who has heard the yoga PR but hasn’t yet tried it. Is it only for flexible, young vegan chicks? Am I too injured, old, or out of shape? Will I look stupid? Will have to chant? I’m too lazy for yoga. It’s weird and scary.

Shaking a disapproving finger or launching into an infomercial, won’t offer anything new. There’s always more reasons not to make class. I’m tired. It’s raining. I’m hungry. I just ate. Visitors are in town.

Perfect yoga will never be at your doorstep, with your favorite teacher, at the perfect time, and free. If you need yoga to change your life than change your life to fit in yoga.

Feeling perpetually deficient, overextended, and indebted, yoga appears to demand a surplus of time, money, and energy. The ante seems too high.

Good news! The hardest part is getting there. Arrive aching, frazzled, and awkward. Find the open door labeled “come as you are.” There will be no family obligations, no decisions, no to-do lists. Silence your phone and enjoy the luxury of being told exactly what to do. It will be safe if not always easy.

In yoga we sort real from perceived obstacles. We find the agency to lean into challenge and stop hitting against old patterns. Organizing our bodies, lives, and time is never complete. Meaningful change is never spoon-fed. By making it to yoga, you make yoga.


SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com.

Blog posts by Sadie: The Dark Side of Detoxing

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Why’s Getting to Yoga So Difficult

by Sadie Chanlett-Avery

[This post originally appeared on Sadie’s Blog Active Body. Still Mind]

As a yoga teacher I perpetually have these two conversations:

Scene One: Around town I run into a former student. They apologize and confess, “Forgive me o’ yogi for I have sinned. It has been three months since my last class.” Then I hear about life’s onslaught: The kid’s soccer practice, work schedules, the sub teacher, the studio is too far. We declare ourselves victims of “busy.”

Scene Two: Meeting someone who has heard the yoga PR but hasn’t yet tried it. Is it only for flexible, young vegan chicks? Am I too injured, old, or out of shape? Will I look stupid? Will have to chant? I’m too lazy for yoga. It’s weird and scary.

Shaking a disapproving finger or launching into an infomercial, won’t offer anything new. There’s always more reasons not to make class. I’m tired. It’s raining. I’m hungry. I just ate. Visitors are in town.

Perfect yoga will never be at your doorstep, with your favorite teacher, at the perfect time, and free. If you need yoga to change your life than change your life to fit in yoga.

Feeling perpetually deficient, overextended, and indebted, yoga appears to demand a surplus of time, money, and energy. The ante seems too high.

Good news! The hardest part is getting there. Arrive aching, frazzled, and awkward. Find the open door labeled “come as you are.” There will be no family obligations, no decisions, no to-do lists. Silence your phone and enjoy the luxury of being told exactly what to do. It will be safe if not always easy.

In yoga we sort real from perceived obstacles. We find the agency to lean into challenge and stop hitting against old patterns. Organizing our bodies, lives, and time is never complete. Meaningful change is never spoon-fed. By making it to yoga, you make yoga.


SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com.

Blog posts by Sadie: The Dark Side of Detoxing

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Worth The Tea Time: November 15

With so much going on around the internet it is hard to zone in on the best articles pertaining to yoga and wellness. Forget about the quick posts that give you the top three reasons to do anything and instead, set some time aside with a nice cup of tea to read a few articles that dare to take us a little deeper. Starting now is our new series “Worth the Tea Time” where we provide you with three articles a week we feel are worth the extra five minutes of reading:

Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

“The whole notion of pushing your physical limits — popularized by early Nike ads, Navy SEAL mythos and Lance Armstrong’s cult of personality — has attained a religiosity that’s as passionate as it is pervasive. The “extreme” version of anything is now widely assumed to be an improvement on the original rather than a perverse amplification of it. And as with most of sports culture, there is no gray area. You win or you lose. You leave it all on the floor or you shamefully skulk off the floor with extra gas in your tank.”  Read More…

The Meaning of Life

BY TIM WU       OCT. 15, 2014

“Beyond the beliefs, the practice of Buddhist mindfulness-centered meditation is also undeniably having a moment.Corporate mindfulness programs, such as General Mills’s pioneering at-work meditation program, in which participating employees begin the day listening to the sound of bells ringing, are increasingly popular. Google’s seven-week course for employees, “Search Inside Yourself,” is oversubscribed. Similar programs have begun to crop up in universities and public schools, as well as in the United States Marine Corps, to help deal with stress. The explicitly nonreligious nature of mindfulness meditation makes it an easier sell for those who are allergic to all things New Age; Buddhism has succeeded in part because it does not directly challenge the nation’s dominant Christian faith but still gives nonbelievers a spiritual centering.” Read More…

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

BY EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH  JAN. 9, 2013

“This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.” Read More…

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