Monthly Archives: April 2015

SPRINGTIME JUICE CLEANSE

We are well into spring, and by now, we may have done some Spring Cleaning in our spaces. Maybe our closets, our garages, our offices, our cars…. but what about our bodies? Does our body need a spring cleaning too? Why clean from within? There are many reasons to clear out the cobwebs in our bodies – a desire to have more energy, to increase vitality, to access and maintain a heightened clarity of mind, to realign with our internal guidance systems, and to examine our food-body-mind relationship. Not only does a cleanse help us bring into focus our relationship with food but it helps us to break away from cycles of dependency on, or addiction to certain foods that may only give us a temporary high rather than a sustained energy level. A good cleanse is designed to provide plenty of nourishment but we consume it in a different form than we may be used to – the form of juice or smoothies composed of raw, natural, fibrous whole foods. While the juiced food will provide all the calories we need, the respite from chewing on food (food that makes us very comfortable) for an entire three days will be a significant challenge. We will feel uncomfortable at times. We will start to notice that our instincts (the itch we can’t scratch) towards snacking and chewing may simply a withdrawal symptom of not giving our bodies the sugar/carb highs it’s used to, or that we have temporarily lost this crutch, this activity of eating to pass the time or mask some other feeling that we don’t want to sit with. This temporary discomfort will be an amazing tool to help us to be more mindful of when and why we go to food and will help us, after the cleanse, to view food with new eyes – as nourishment, a good and enjoyable part of life and not a source of escape and potential guilt.

In addition to breaking the cycle of mentally and physically craving foods that are not sustaining, these three days of cleansing can do even more to boost our health and energy! The three day cleans allows the stomach and digestive tract to rest, allowing it to Re-equilibrate and find balance in the microbiome (flora and fauna balance) an acidity levels of the gut. The liver is also allowed to rest and finally release the toxins it has not been able to pass if overloaded with the toxins from the food of the average American diet. In three days, you will find your appetite reduced – that you find yourself satiated with less food than usual. This provides the psychological boost to help change habits for the long term.

There are so many good mental habits gained through the cleanse and likewise, poor habits broken. When we have a prescribed cleanse to follow, we do not have to waste our energy worrying or thinking about what the next meal will be. We break the habit of an unhealthy focus on food. It’s wonderful to enjoy good food, and this cleanse will help us do that all the more but nobody wants to be a slave to eating – thinking about it all the time. This way, we don’t have to, at least not for 3 days.

The cleanse will temporarily eliminate foods that take away our energy, cause inflammation or other harms to our body, such as dairy, wheat, gluten, alcohol and coffee. Instead, we will flood our bodies with all of the vitamins and minerals it needs, as well as the amazing phytonutrients that are the workhorses for our clean-up and healing process. Juices are by nature raw foods — and retain nutrients that would be lost in cooking, including some B vitamins and especially (digestive and anti-inflammatory) enzymes. We may even lighten our load a bit with a few pounds lost along the way, providing the jump start we may need to a longer diet plan and/or clean eating lifestyle. With more energy from these whole, raw foods, more hydration (from the extra water and elimination of coffee and alcohol), we will feel like superman or woman in no time. Wake up and spring out of bed? What?!

Finally, the three days of cleansing and flooding the body with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories will allow maximum detoxification and restoration of our cells. The average American body carries 147 industrial chemicals in its bloodstream. This cleanse will help to remove the toxins that have accumulated in our bodies and allow our cells to function optimally – without the constant battle they face against free radicals and inflammation.

Get ready! We plan to start the cleanse on Sunday, May 3rd! The plan is this – it is up to you if you would like to do a 100% Juice Cleanse, drinking only organic, raw pressed juices or if you would like mix in homemade smoothies and raw, pureed soups. For ease and convenience, we are pairing with Juice Nashville, who will provide a 3-day cleanse packet including 5 juices per day, delivered in a refrigerated tote that you can keep. The package is offered at a discounted rate of $100. If you would like to make your own juices or supplement with smoothies or raw, blended soups, simply choose from some of the recipes we will be posting in the next few days. One person might drink the 5 juices per day and feel amazing. The next person might blend up a smoothie for breakfast, drink juices for lunch and snacks, and have a blended raw soup for dinner. This is a plan that you can adapt to your lifestyle and still receive all of the intended benefits. Just remember, no chewing. :)

While on the cleanse, drink as much water as you feel like or need, but be sure to consume at least 1½ liters throughout the day. Always begin the day with warm water with lemon, as this will assist in flushing your digestive system, preparing your stomach for food by increasing stomach acid, and alkalizing your entire system. Herbal teas are a great alternative to coffee, and you can choose ones that are particularly detoxifying, such as burdock, cleavers, chickweed, yarrow, nettle and plantain.

 

RECIPES COMING SOON! STAY TUNED!!

TEACHER TRAINING 2015

Taking a quick detour from Mindful Living to introduce the 2015 Hot Yoga Teacher Training at HYEN! I am beyond excited to host my teachers from Bikram Yoga Seattle, who will be leading an exceptional training in the “Hot 26” – Bikram-style yoga. By “my teachers,” I mean these are my O.G.’s, my  yoga instructors, my influences, my inspirations, my gurus if I were to have a guru. I look up to them and consider them the best teachers I have ever practiced under, and they want to come HERE to teach YOU! I am confident that this training will completely change the lives of anyone who attends, as my training did me and as this yoga did 10 years ago in my life. With over 50 years of combined experience, Kevin and Sarah will be bringing a wealth wisdom and technical knowledge. Their unique personalities, their deep care for their students, and their passion for this practice will no doubt inspire each of us in our practice our teaching. I am excited to sit with them and learn. Just soak in everything. I personally plan to attend every hour of the training and feel so fortunate to have this opportunity. They are excited too! Registration is beginning now. It will be 5 weekends in late Sept through early November (every other weekend). Just Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $3,000 for early registration or $3,300 after June 15th. More below:

Hot Yoga of East Nashville Hot 26 Teacher Training 2015: September 19 – November 15 (every other weekend)

The Instructors:

Kevin Cooke

Kevin began practicing yoga in 1978.  In 1980, he met Margaret Iris, one of the very first Bikram method yoga teachers in the United States.  Margaret ran Bikram Choudhury’s San Francisco studio from 1975-1979, prior to moving to Ashland, Oregon to start her own studio.  Kevin practiced for seven years under Margaret’s instruction; and began teaching for her in 1984 and by 1986 was running the Ashland studio.  Kevin attended the very first teacher training led by Bikram Choudhury in 1997. Thirty-five years after meeting Margaret, Kevin credits her for giving him the foundation and inspiration for his practice.  Kevin, in turn, has inspired and continues to inspire countless students attending classes at his Seattle studio – the first and longest-running hot yoga studio in Seattle and all of Washington.  His tremendous energy, experience, wisdom and humor both inside and outside of the yoga room have made him a beloved teacher to many.

Sarah Grace

Sarah has spent over 15 years practicing and studying yoga in the Bikram method and beyond.  She began a frequent, dedicated practice in 2000 at Kevin Cooke’s Seattle studio, and began teaching there in 2003, after completing Bikram Choudhury’s 500 hour teacher training at his Los Angeles headquarters.  In 2013, Sarah sought additional training and education and completed the 200 hour teacher training at the Samarya Center for Ashtanga Yoga and Integrated Movement Therapy, with a special emphasis in anatomy and yoga therapy.  She continues to teach both Bikram method and Vinyasa style yoga and is currently studying Ashtanga yoga under Troy Lucero in Seattle.  After 15 years and counting, Sarah continues to be amazed and inspired by the natural intelligence, insight and sense of connection revealed by a consistent yoga practice.  She seeks to draw forth these qualities in students of every age, experience level and ability with her skillful, patient and thoughtful teaching style.

The Training:

The HYEN Hot 26 Teacher Training is an opportunity for you to acquire the necessary foundation, knowledge and skills to teach a Hot 26 hatha yoga class to all levels of practitioner.  The training includes discussion and practice of teaching techniques related to classic hatha yoga postures and breathing exercises, a specialized look at both gross anatomy and energy anatomy, an introduction to yoga philosophy, development of skillful speech and voice communications and instruction of modification of poses for special needs.  The course is designed with two goals in mind: giving you the skills to become a confident, effective teacher in any setting, and supporting the continued development of your personal practice.

It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of one year of hatha yoga practice experience; exceptions may be made on an individual basis with consideration of unique experience and a written recommendation from the owner/director of your home studio.

As a trainee, you can expect:

-Detailed discussion of each posture and how to teach it – proper technique, breathing, and sequencing of instructions

-Instructions in learning to “see” your students – proper alignment, adjustments and appropriate modifications

-Anatomy and physiology related to the postures

-An introduction to yoga philosophy (the 8 Limbs) & energy anatomy (the chakras)

-A thorough discussion and understanding of teacher ethics and responsibilities

-Instruction on developing effect speech and voice communication

What will be expected of you:

-Be on time and prepared to actively participate in all training sessions.

-Class will be held Sept 19&20, Oct 3&4, Oct 17&18, Oct 31&Nov 1, Nov 13&14. Saturdays will be 8 am to 9 pm and Sundays will be 8 am to 6 pm.

-Read 3 assigned books

-Practice 7x/week at HYEN (6 weekday classes, and mandatory attendance in the 8am Saturday class)

-Demonstrate thorough understanding of all material, including any homework assignments and assigned outside reading.

Cost:

$3,300 for registration after June 15th.

$3,000 early bird registration between April 15th and June 15th.