Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tranquility Yoga Schedule 2011

Tranquility Yoga Studio
11644 N. 101st East Avenue – 918-855-6459
Just off 116th Street North between Garnett and 97th (Mingo) in Owasso
Yoga Punch Card = $45.00 for 8 classes (one year expiration date) or
$10.00 drop-in
Class Schedule – Jeanne K. Doss, RYT 200 Yoga Alliance, CPT, Pilates
4:30 p.m. Yoga with Weight Lifting Segment (bring hand weights)
4:30 p.m. Yoga for Toning (Core/Legs)
6:30 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga (Upper Body)
5:30 p.m. Power Yoga (Balancing and Concentration)
4:30 p.m. Yoga for Weight Loss (80%/100%)
7:00 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga (Lower Body)
5:30 p.m. Power Yoga (Mindful and Deep)
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Yoga (Strong and Long)
9:00 a.m. Yoga Plus Pilates (bring stability ball/weights)

Our Mission:
Tranquility Yoga believes that yoga is for every body at every size and age. Our goal is for you to receive an excellent workout modified to your own particular needs and feel rested and relaxed afterwards. While we honor your personal religious beliefs, our final meditation is Christian based.

All classes are for beginners and intermediates.
Drop-in Price is $10.00
Package Prices include the following:
8 classes in 360 days $45.00 ($5.62 each class)
Unlimited in 30 days $95.00 (8 classes per week; 40 classes per month)
Personal Training $45.00 per hour
Personal Training Buy ten get one session free $450.00
Gift certificates are available. Reminder: Checks or cash only. No credit cards at this time.
“Most modern stress reduction techniques are based on the principals of Yoga. Hypertension, pain, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, and depression all respond favorably to regular participation in mindful exercise such as Yoga. Researchers found that the regular practice of Hatha yoga significantly improved the subjects’ flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and balance.” American Council on Fitness Study

Sunday, December 26, 2010

80%/100% Weight Loss Group Meets on Thursdays

Many people begin the new year with a resolution to lose weight. Oftentimes, it may mean joining a weight loss group for inspiration and accountability. I remember a time when I was very overweight and longed to just fit into a normal size. The goal seemed impossible as I began each day on a diet and finished it feeling badly about myself because I had blown my new plan once again.

Due to being overweight in the past, I have empathy and a desire to help people who struggle with weight loss whether it be 5, 10, or 50 pounds. I began losing weight back in the late 90's and have kept it off successfully through yoga and mindful eating. Tranquility Yoga has a regular class on Thursday afternoons for weight loss, and now we are adding a meeting right after class for free to those who want to join our 80%/100% group.

The Japanese have a great expression concerning healthy eating habits: Hara hachi bu. Hara hachi bu means “Eat until 80% full” (literally, stomach 80%). This is excellent advice and it’s pretty easy to follow this principle in Japan as proportions are generally much smaller than in places like the US. One of the ideas is to avoid shoveling food in and encourages eating at a bit of a slower pace. This principle does not encourage wastefulness; it does not necessarily mean to leave 20% of your meal on the plate, but instead take smaller portions. I have found — ironically perhaps — that if I stop eating before getting full I am more satisfied with the meal, I’m not sleepy after lunch or dinner, and I just generally feel much better without a feeling of being over-full and bloated.

The 100% part of the equation is while we are only eating four-fifths the amount we normally consume, we add exercise of some form to our day 100% of the time. This may include walking, yoga, Pilates, an exercise show on T.V., or some type of continual movement each day for at least thirty minutes. Movement makes you feel more flexible, helps with arthritic pain, and keeps your heart healthy.

Journaling will be part of our weight loss equation as it was what helped me lose my weight and keep it off. Many people overeat due to stress, nervousness, or boredom. By writing down our feelings and keeping track of what we eat and how we exercise, accountability pays off by keeping us honest with ourselves. I enjoy writing down quotations from the Bible or prayers along with my journaling time.

80% full and 100% movement may make the difference you have been looking for in your weight loss resolution. Please feel free to e-mail me or phone me for more information. Consider the quotes by Tony Robbins, "I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy." and "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten."

Remember the banana factory!
Jeanne Kay

Choose joy!

How you handle what you don't like is the difference between peace and frustration, between contentment and anger, and between joy and discouragement. It's all about what you dwell on, not what you're going through. If you dwell on what's beautiful, if you dwell on what God is doing, or how you can lift up other people, you could be unsinkable no matter how many icebergs there are. For as one man said, "To those who look for providences, there will always be nice ones provided to see." Choose joy!

After the wrapping paper is all put away, the frantic last minute gifts are purchased, the food bought, prepared, and stored in containers, and the gifts are all opened, what is remaining? I believe that yoga has taught me to choose joy in every moment! Yes, I knew it as a Christian, but I somehow failed to learn to live in the present. Instead of allowing the past to be in the rearview mirror, I thought about it far too much. The future of endless possibilities kept my mind on the hamster wheel that never stopped. Now not rehearsing the past nor worrying over the future with constant thoughts revolving over in my mind, I am learning each day to choose contentment by enjoying each minute.

In yoga contentment is referred to as santosha, outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras as a niyama or a personal observance. It is like a governing principle that we choose to be a hallmark of our lives. Letting go of our attachments to what we wish we had or how inadequate we may feel or look, we learn to breathe joy into each moment. This important yoga concept teaches us that instead of grieving or complaining about the things that have gone wrong, we should accept the truth and learn from it. It aims at helping us attain a state of calm and happiness, irrespective of what is going on in the outer world. When we practice yoga poses on the mat that we cannot yet accomplish, we breathe relaxation into the pose, find joy in the moment, and let go of our EGO in the process.

I think that choosing joy is a great way to start each day. Dedicate each day to the God we serve and breathe peace and calm into even the hard times and difficult scenarios. Learning to do this on the yoga mat helps us to learn to do this in real life.


We have a FREE yoga class on New Year's Day with this theme of choosing joy! You must have a reservation to attend as class size will be limited. It will be a one hour and five minute practice at noon, January 1, 2011. Call 918-855-6459 for more information.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Owasso's Only Yoga Studio - Heal the Past, Live the Present, Dream the Future

This morning, my dear husband finished painting the wall enclosing our yoga studio. I ordered the border to complete the circle of "Heal the past, Live the present, and Dream the future." One of the ladies who practiced with us yesterday morning in the 9:00 a.m. class said, "It looks like a real studio!"

I cried when I saw the wall complete. We still have windows to purchase, a bamboo floor to install, and the outside siding to make it match, but it is real!

Yes, it is a real studio with real people learning to do real yoga postures, core strengthening, and weight lifting. It is a real studio where we are developing yoga communities of friends; whereas, it is not a place where you just show up to exercise and no one speaks to you nor makes you feel welcome. It is a real studio with real hours and regular days and times of practice that you can count on along with a price that you can afford.

Martin Luther King once said, "Faith in oneself, and the ability to achieve things not known, is a most important faith. If you don't believe in yourself, then it will be impossible to truly believe in anything else that you cannot see, touch, feel or physically behold."
I think seeing this dream of having a yoga studio in our home where all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness conditions can exercise, feel welcomed, and know they are prayed for is a blessing that strengthens my faith in God and in the dream that He gave me.

This week Tranquility Yoga has nine classes to offer from weight loss yoga to family yoga to yoga with Pilates to power up yoga. Next week, I am adding a morning class at 9:00 with a special series on "Yoga for Arthritis." Come see what Brian has worked so hard on, and God has provided (all debt free).

Monday, December 13
4:30 Yoga with weight lifting segment
6:30 Family Yoga

Tuesday, December 14
4:30 Yoga for Toning
6:30 Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Hips/Shoulders

Wednesday, December 15
5:30 Power Yoga for Energizing

Thursday, December 16
4:30 Yoga for Weight Loss

Friday, December 17
5:30 Modified Astanga Yoga

Saturday, December 18
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Yoga
9:00 a.m. Yoga Plus Pilates

Monday through Thursday, December 20 - 23, special series on Arthritis at 9:00 a.m. in addition to all of our regular afternoon and evening classes.

To God be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done!
Jeanne Kay

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