4 Reasons the Namaste Ayurveda Training Is For YOU

We are so excited to announce our second Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training & Immersion at Namaste. Lead by Kameko Shibata and guest teachers: David Moreno, Adam Kurzfeld Baxter Bell and more. But don’t just take it from us, hear first hand from participants of the training why you should join this experience:

1. “I am so excited to take part in Kameko Shibata’s Ayurvedic Yoga Training. She has been one of the most inspiring and activated women in my life. She is deeply devoted to her practices and to the healing path, and sharing it with as many people as possible. She is walking her talk. I have craved a strong practice in my life for years. I feel having a daily practice is like having a foundation for building a home, the home being your body. You wouldn’t want to build your dream house on a marsh. Another reason I am so excited about her Training is go deeper into the world of Ayurveda. I discovered ayurveda in my life a few years ago and it has changed my life. I am ready to dive deeper into my own holistic health so I may hold that space for myself and my family and community. Alyra Rose (Namaste Student)
2. I am so excited to do this Ayurveda Yoga Training with Kameko. I have done two 40 day yoga challenges with her in the past and have seen her for Ayurvedic care and massage. She is positive, fun, and so knowledgable about Ayurveda and yoga. I have learned so much from her about self-care practices, nutrition, meditation, pranayama, and yoga generally. I look forward to deepening my practice and knowledge base in this training.”
Alissa (Namaste Student)

3. “Kameko is truly a gem that radiates knowledge, passion, and grace. My drive to learn more about yogic philosophy and ayurveda runs deep. She continuously offers me an experience that opens veils to hidden truths and clearer understandings in order to be a stronger force in this world. Having this extended opportunity to learn from Kameko is one I would not pass up.”
Suzanne (Namaste Student)

4. “My friend Kameko Shibata is leading an Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training at Namaste. She is an inspiration to learn from: knowledgeable, fun, genuine, warm, and so passionate about what she does. The lessons she has taught me in ayurveda have truly changed my life, my yoga, and my way of seeing my students. In a sea of teacher trainings, this is the new direction of yoga – personal, attuned, sensitive to the rhythms of the natural world and our bodies. Check it out while you can still nab a spot! (And, did I mention my dear friend and favorite teacher, David Moreno is teaching curriculum for this training too!!!)
Lily Dwyer Begg (Namaste Community Member).”

Training starts June 27 and runs until July 10




Kameko 2Kameko’s love affair with yoga has spanned ten years and five continents! And her teaching reflects her love, curiosity and dedication to yoga and the exploration of  breath.  Her delicious vinyasa classes invite you to come deeply into your breath and body through safe and challenging sequences combined with sound, breath, and core work.

She weaves her passion for the traditional yoga & ayurvedic practices of India with sweaty evolutionary movement, chanting and the occasional swear word for a refreshingly honest experience. Kameko strives to see her students– always offering individual attention and safe adjustments.

Her creative sequencing is inspired by studying the “vinyasa krama” system at the Krishnamaycharya Yoga Mandariam in India. As well as her 650 hours of Yoga Alliance training, from the Ashrams of India, to studying with Mary Paffard, Alice Jaunou and Ana Forest.

WELLNESS TREATMENTS WITH KAMEKO: Kameko Shibata combines her passion for ayurvedic medicine, bodywork and yoga into a comprehensive healing modality that empowers people to heal themselves. She received her Ayurvedic Practioner certification from the Dhyana Center of Health Sciences, where she went on to complete over 1,000 hours in a 2-year internship under her teacher, DeAnna Batdorff.

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Yoga Journal 2015 – Let's Keep in Touch!

We had such an exciting time at Yoga Journal LIVE San Francisco! We had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from our Bay Area community and beyond. If you were one of the awesome individuals we got to share time with, check down below for your memento from our fun weekend.

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Yoga Journal 2015 – Let’s Keep in Touch!

We had such an exciting time at Yoga Journal LIVE San Francisco! We had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from our Bay Area community and beyond. If you were one of the awesome individuals we got to share time with, check down below for your memento from our fun weekend.

Find Your Beautiful Self Below!

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Sadhana: What 21, 30, and 40 Days of Yoga Will Reveal to You

photo 4By Judy Rukat

[Originally posted on www.DoYouYoga.com]
January marks the season for fresh starts and you may see Yoga Challenges sprouting up all around you: at gyms and yoga studios, in your workplace with additions of yoga (office yoga, chair yoga, meditation breaks), and a sea of yoga selfies flooding your social media.‘Tis the season to get back to the mat! Let’s face it, some days (or weeks, or eeek…MONTHS) yoga ranks low on the to-do list. Have you deemed 2015 the year to go for it and deepen your practice by making it to your mat more consistently over the course of the next few weeks?If so, read on to learn more about what you can expect (as well as making room for the unexpected) during this transformative process.

The Meaning of SADHANA

Put simply, sadhana means dedicated practice. Typically, a modern day sadhana lasts 21, 30, or 40 days and will inevitably shake you free from your usual routine by creating new healthier habits.

The radical shift in your schedule will pull you up and out of your yoga slump as you observe your practice climb to the top of your mountain heap of priorities.

Without a doubt, for the willing practitioner, participating in sadhana will, at a minimum, encourage accountability and ensure that by SIGNING UP, you will actually SHOW UP and have a greater likelihood of sticking with it in the days (and hopefully years) to follow.

21 Days Later: From Resistance to Receptivity

Resistance or the “negative” fear of change differs from the “positive” fear that protects and warns of pending danger. Like all creatures of habit, we get used to moving in one direction and eventually become complacent.

When a desire arises and inspires us to change course, resistance slams on the breaks and stops us in our tracks. Critical self-talk, doubt, and rationalizations attempt to persuade us into continuing on our usual travels even when the path no longer supports our spiritual growth.

Receptivity, on the other hand, allows us to navigate life’s windy roads full of scary twists and uncertain turns. You will certainly confront the stubborn roadblocks of resistance that tend to get in your way during the first 21 days of your sadhana. You may even consider quitting.

If you can stick through it, you will discover that you have developed a calminner “knowing” that allows you to receive life as it comes your way and handle those difficult transitions with grace.

30 Days Later: From Grief to Gratitude

There is necessary grief which is part of the healing process when recovering from a loss, and then, there is the lingering grief wrought with shame and regret for the things we cannot go back in time to change.

This second type of grief can paralyze and blind us from seeing anything beyond our identities, stories, and personal histories. Gratitude, however, grants you permission to bow to the past, honor the lessons learned, and release it once and for all.

Practice is repetition, and showing up for 30 days requires enormous patience to overcome monotony and wake up to the universe of subtleties going on during a meditation, asana, and pranayama practice.

From the outside view the practice “appears” the same, but indeed, your internal gaze or “perspective” has shifted and in that way no two practices are ever the same. Wallowing in past failures creates expectations, and so does reveling in the nostalgia of past successes.

Gratitude reveals the new beginning in each moment and makes the tiny details as well as those lightbulb “AHA” moments of revelation visible. These moments keep a yogi coming back to the mat everyday!

40 Days Later: From Strength to Surrender

We all strive to increase strength and flexibility through yoga, and those noble goals certainly benefit the muscular, cardiovascular, and skeletal systems of the body, not to mention decrease stress hormones while increasing energy levels.

However, as you progress towards the 40-day mark of regular practice, you will learn understand what “muscling” through a pose or asana sequence means, and notice that even during a challenging moment, you will use less and less mental and physical exertion.

The term “samadhi” means meditating through movement, and it occurs when you can let go and trust the body to function and perform at optimal levels of efficiency with the least amount of energy expenditure.

Nevertheless, surrendering does not mean giving up,avoiding challenges, or taking the easy route. In order to truly surrender, you must move with and not against your nature.

Sharon Gannon says it best, “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”

The Divine in Me Honors the Divine in EVERYTHING

Ultimately, after you commit to yoga for ANY period of time, you will feel a boost of energy, ease of movement where you used to feel pain, and a pristine mental clarity that will help you seek serenity amidst all life in its terrible gore and tremendous glory.

You will simply know peace in your mind and peace in your heart.

 Whether you start a 21, 30, or 40-day sadhana, the REAL challenge begins by simply getting up and making it to DAY 1, and soon you will discover that EVERYDAY is somehow, for better or for worse, another version of DAY 1. You eventually just do your practice and stop counting the days. Namaste.
Interested in studying with Judy? Her 40-Day Challenge with Whitney Walsh begins this weekend at Namaste. Learn more here.
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What Exactly IS The MELT Method®?

The MELT Method® was something that at first, sounds a little funny but once experienced is truly heavenly. Here is our breakdown of the what, for who, and why The MELT Method® is our new favorite way to release tension and stress.

Who is MELT for?

The MELT Method® is a breakthrough self-treatment system that restores the supportiveness of the body’s connective tissue to eliminate chronic pain, improve performance, and decrease the accumulated stress caused by repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. This patent-pending, pro-active self-treatment technique is backed by science and acclaimed by thousands of devoted MELTers.

New research has revealed the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue. These two components work together to provide whole-body support, protection, and mind-body communication. Manual therapist Sue Hitzmann has transformed groundbreaking neurofascial science and hands-on therapies into a one-of-a-kind treatment method called MELT.


Who is MELT for?

MELT is for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process and live better, longer. For those in their 40s, 50s, and older who want to stay active, mobile, and independent — MELT is a must. MELT is for active younger adults and athletes who want to maintain a fit, toned body and achieve optimal performance without debilitating wear and tear. MELT is truly for everyone! Even if you are pregnant, injured, post-surgery, overweight, sedentary, out of shape, have limited mobility, chronic pain, knee/hip replacements, or bone disorders — you can still MELT. It’s the best starting point for any exercise program.

What benefits does MELT offer?

MELT creates a strong, flexible body that maintains its upright posture for life. And you will see and feel results after just one session!

MELT improves:

 flexibility & mobility

 posture

 the results of exercise

 range of motion

 sleep & digestion

 overall well-being

  MELT reduces:

 aches & pains

 wrinkles & cellulite

 tension

 headaches

 risk of injury


How does MELT work?

Day-to-day living creates tension within our bodies. Physical stressors range from sitting at a desk to running a marathon. Carrying children and heavy bags creates trapped tension, as does even the gentlest form of exercise. Emotional, mental, and environmental stressors such as processed foods, medications, environmental toxins, and daily worries all build tension in the body.

New science reveals that this “stuck stress” is literally trapped in our connective tissue, which surrounds every joint, muscle, nerve, bone, and organ. Unaddressed trapped stress causes connective tissue dehydration and cellular damage. This creates a domino effect that begins with aches and stiffness and leads to common health issues such as neck and low back pain, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, and injury. Accelerated aging and chronic health problems can follow . . . leaving us with limited options such as medicine, surgery, and a sedentary lifestyle. However, when the connective tissue is hydrated and free of roadblocks, our bodies function at a more optimal level. MELT is a breakthrough technique that keeps our connective tissue and nervous system in top condition and slows down the aging process. MELT rejuvenates tissue hydration and relieves the tension of day-to-day life that gets trapped in our bodies. No other proactive approach directly treats the connective tissue—including nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, or vitamins.

MELT is easy to learn, backed by cutting-edge research, and offers immediate results that you will see and feel the first time you MELT. Changes in posture, flexibility, energy, mood, and performance occur within only a few sessions. Best of all, your body feels great long after you MELT!


Is MELT like yoga, Feldenkrais®, Pilates®, or physical therapy?

No. MELT is unlike any other technique because it addresses an entirely different system of the body. MELT is to the neurofascial system (nervous and connective tissue system), what all other forms of exercise are to the musculoskeletal system. The science of the neurofascial system is being introduced to the health and fitness arena for the first time by Sue Hitzmann and MELT.

Far beyond weight loss and exercise, through a series of easy, precise techniques—using simple, specialized equipment like soft body rollers and small balls—this groundbreaking program quickly rehydrates connective tissue, making it more supportive, allowing the body to release long-held tension frequently leading to chronic pain symptoms. MELT also helps decrease accumulated stress in the nervous system improving any person’s overall wellness. It’s like getting all the benefits of a great massage yet it lasts longer and takes only minutes a day to get lasting results.


Has MELT been reviewed by experts?

Yes, MELT has been reviewed by internationally respected doctors, neuroscientists, and connective-tissue researchers, including Jean Pierre Barral, D.O.; Ben Domb, M.D.; Gil Hedley, Ph.D.; Tom Myers; and Robert Schleip, Ph.D. Each expert has recognized that MELT is grounded in scientific principles and offers extraordinary benefits.

How often should I MELT?

MELT a minimum of 15 minutes, three times a week to experience immediate and long-lasting benefits. And if you want to MELT every day, that’s okay too. MELT before strength training to improve muscle performance or after a cardio workout to erase joint compression and stiffness. People who MELT regularly find that they want to exercise more often. It’s just more fun to move when your body feels good, has more energy, and is free of pain.

Join us for this month’s upcoming The MELT Method® workshop!
MELT Intro Workshop with Aliza Sutker
Sunday, January 18 at Namaste Berkeley

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Find the Perfect Yoga Mat: A Quiz!

Finding the right yoga mat can be tricky – even for a pro yogi. As the new year approaches fast it often prompts us to re-evaluate the material items in our life (and more commonly the non-material…but we will get to that later!). If you are in the market for a new mat, take this quick survey to align you with the right style and brand for a painless shopping experience. Grab a quick piece of scratch paper and a pen and let’s get started!

How often do you practice yoga?
a. Once a month
b. Once a week or more
c. Every day

Do you plan on increasing your practice in the future?
a. No
b. Yes
c. Maybe

Is it important that your mat be made of eco-friendly materials?
a. Yes
b. Yes but other things are important also
c. No

Do you prefer to keep your mat in the car?
a. Don’t care
b. No
c. Yes

Do you have patience to break in a mat?
a. I’m busy and just want the mat to work
b. I can’t stand slipping for a second
c. I’m patient if the end result is worth it

If you answered mostly A, try a Barefoot mat! They are eco-friendly and purse-friendly. A great first mat that will keep you sticking to the floor.

barefoot yoga mat

If you answered mostly B, Jade is for you, through and through. It is made of all natural rubber harvested sustainably. Because of this it is quite heat sensitive, so you can’t leave it in your hot car or laying out in the sun. It comes in two weights, so if your knees need a little extra cushioning, go for the thicker version.

yoga mats

If you answered mostly C, check out the Manduka mat. They are the heavyweight of mats. They have a lifetime warranty, but take a little time to break in. The effort is worth it, as long as you don’t mind carrying something a little heavy. They will be there for you when your asana takes you deep.

yoga mats

PS…Don’t forget a mat bag!

Visit any of our three boutiques or give us a call so we can put aside your favorite new mat. 

yoga mats

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