Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thirty-one days of yoga in March for $31.00 is our Tranquility Yoga Coupon
this month for new clients only!

Come and see the wonderful difference that yoga can make in your life!

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for class schedule.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lent and Yoga

(Yoga Sutra II.1-3)
Austerity, appropriate study of Scripture, and dedication to God comprise the yoga of action, which is for the purpose of cultivating absorption and for the purpose of diminishing the afflictions. Ignorance, ego-centeredness, desire, aversion, and longing for continuity are the five afflictions.

 We have one workshop coming up in March and a field trip in April planned! Check us out! March 9th we are hosting at Tranquility Yoga for $30.00 Karen Kuykendall, Life Coach, and Yin Yoga Postures workshop. Reserve your spot today! We are filling up the spots and taking a waiting list. Without your $15 reservation fee or $30 workshop fee, you will not have a reserved mat space.
  • New classes on the schedule this week: Today, Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m. (taught by Jeanne) Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. (taught by Micah) Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. (taught by Debbie) 
  • Classes with a freebie: Noon today and on Thursday are bring a friend for free! Wednesday classes all day long are bring a friend for free! New contest coming in March - 31 day challenge. 
  • Other classes include 

    • Power Yoga on M,W,F at 5:30 p.m. with Micah and Jeanne 
    • Noon 12:00 p.m. classes every day, M, T, W, TH, and F with Jeanne and Debbie 
    • 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Jeanne 
    • 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday taught by Jeanne and Alyssa 
    • 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Saturday taught by Jeanne 
    • 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday taught by Jeanne and Micah 
    • 5:30 a.m. on Monday and Friday taught by Jeanne 
    • 2:30 p.m. on Sunday taught by Debbie 
    • In every class you can modify, and we will stretch and strengthen! 
    • We are now on Instagram. Follow us at jeannekaydoss. Meditation classes are on hold until further notice due to lack of participation. Classes with less than 3 to 5 consistent in attendance will be dropped from the schedule in February! How to stop this? Come to class! (: 
      •  31 days in March competition for a half year of free yoga; fill out a ticket and place in the apple basket at the desk each time you come to class. Begins on March 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2013. New clients only to the studio can use the "I Dream of Jeanne" coupon for $31.00 for 31 days beginning March 1 - March 31.
      • Everyone can practice! Cards are as low as $5.50 per class with a 20 punch card for 6 months. 
      • Water is $.50 per bottle, mats can be rented for the same price, and new bolsters are for sale ($40)! 
      • Private training at your house or my studio is $45 per hour. No package prices available; just pay as you go. 
      • $10 drop-in; $45.00 for one month and six classes; $110.00 for six months and twenty classes
      • Unlimited packages renew on the same day the following month or six month period. $80 for one month Unlimited and $432 for six months Unlimited
 Lent is the 40 days before Easter. Many faiths let go of something in preparation for this special occasion in the faith world. Our whole study in final meditation will be about learning to let go through this season. So, whether you practice Lent, or whether you do not, come and see how learning to let go will benefit your body, mind, and spirit! See article below.

Ash Wednesday was February 13th and so began the season of Lent. I grew up a non-denominational Christian and had little experience with Lent. In fact, I remember working at a bookstore and wondering why, one particular evening, about a quarter of all our customers had dark crosses smeared on their foreheads. What I learned later on after gaining a few wonderful Catholic friends is that it is a ritual of Ash Wednesday mass in which ashes from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are marked on the believer. It signifies mourning and repentance. Many observers spend the next 40 days until Easter Sunday fasting and praying. So enough with the history lesson… Why observe this holiday if you’re not religious? A few reasons…
Because it will help you be a better person. What’s cool about Lent is that it falls just about the time that our New Year’s resolutions have fallen to the wayside. Use Lent as a reminder of all the things you wanted to do to make 2013 a better year. It’s your second chance.
Because grief is good. Part of Lent observance is mourning. I’m not saying that everyone should go around sad and pitiful for a month and a half, but Lent may be a good time to dig deep into your heart about your losses. One of the biggest issues people don’t even realize that they have is a lack of grief. You lost a job, a spouse, a friend, or even a period of time in your life that you enjoyed is over. Did you properly grieve it? A lot of times, we walk around still carrying the weight of something we’ve lost. Here’s something: Write loss a letter. Whatever it is that you’ve lost, even if it’s not a person, write it a letter. Express how you feel about it and how you miss the good times. Share any hurt or pain its loss has caused… Then throw it away. When you do that, you release yourself from its weight and you can truly move on.
Because repentance means saying, “I’m sorry”. Lent is a good time to apologize to anyone you’ve wronged. None of us are perfect and we’ve hurt people in our lives. It takes a brave person to admit he or she is wrong. Be that brave person this season.
Because it’s also about forgiveness, and we all need to forgive someone. Just like you need to apologize, chances are that you also need to forgive someone else’s offenses. It could be a kid who was mean to you in school more than 30 years ago or an ex-spouse who still causes you trouble. It doesn’t matter. Lent is a time of forgiveness, so let go. The bitterness you hold in your heart for that person hurts no one but yourself. Release it this season; make the conscious effort to do so (every day, if you have to).
Because fasting makes you awesome. Fasting is tough. It bends our will and puts the selfish, childish side of us in a corner. It requires self-discipline and a certain strength of character. Not everyone can give up something that they love. But if you really want to see exactly what you’re made up, I challenge you to give up one luxury. Just one. Coffee, Facebook, cookies, swearing, whatever you indulge in. It’s not only a good way to kick a bad habit, but it shows you just how tough you really are.
Because sacrifice is good for the soul. Many religions require and/or advocate fasting. Religions that differ vastly on the creation of the world or morality issues often times agree that sacrifice is good for a human being’s spirit. It expands you somehow on the inside. Why? Because it gives your body and brain a vacation. You get to operate out of something bigger that’s on the inside.
No matter what you believe, Lent is a season for all of us. We can reflect, re-choose, and re-shape ourselves and our futures. Think about it. - Jennifer Jones

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Compassion for Self

B. H. Gunartana, from his book Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness, said,
"It is impossible to practice genuine compassion for others without the foundation of self-compassion. If we try to act compassionately out of a sense of personal unworthiness or the belief that others are more important than we are, the true source of our actions is aversion for ourselves, not compassion for others. Similarly, if we offer help out of a sense of cold superiority to those we are assisting, our actions may actually be motivated by pride. Genuine compassion arises from the tender heart we feel for our our own suffering, which we then see mirrored in the suffering of others. So compassion, grounded in wholesome self-love, motivates us to reach out sincerely to help."
Dalai Lama said,
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind… The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.”
Last week we discussed the Yamas and Niyamas of Patajali's Yoga Sutras, and today's update is about the asanas or yoga postures. Many people are attracted to yoga because of the physical workout that you receive when you practice. Often times their response to any teaching is for the instructor to "move on, stop talking, and teach me a new pose." However, the whole purpose of the yoga postures is to actually prepare you for corpse pose in the last five minutes. It is the practice of letting go similar to what happens when our physical bodies expire. While the physical workout is most enjoyable, can help you tone, lose weight, and be more flexible, yoga is a mind/body/spirit practice.

 The purpose of the asanas is to help us find a comfortable seat for meditation. Patanjali said that we should find "steadiness and ease" (sthira sukham asanam Sutra 2.67) in every pose. Steadiness would refer to motionless strength, and ease would associate with our bodies comfortable and filled with easy breath. One of the things that attracted me to yoga back in the mid 90's was that yoga helped me to relax after the hard workout. When my mind relaxed, it became more tolerant. From tolerance I grew to accept myself.

Through acceptance, I finally found the ability to let go of the hard taskmaster who lived in my brain that kept me from compassion towards who Jeanne was supposed to be. I was supposed to be perfect, and without knowing it, I expected the same of others. Now I know that the self-same ruler that I use for myself is the stick that I measure others with; for, I cannot love others without loving myself. Yoga has taught me the same lesson that Jesus taught, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

 As I let go of my own ego, competitive nature, or comparison, then and only then, can I truly love others. I begin to realize that even if I only practice 60 minutes of one familiar pose, my goal is to find sthira sukham asanam in that one yoga move.

 Steadiness, strength, isometric hold
 + flexibility, ease, 
comfort + asana with breath

 Letting go of my expectations will help me live my yoga off the mat and find greater compassion for others from my own heart. The next time you practice a pose try breathing out the words "I let go. I let be." Joy and sorrow, happiness and grief, it is all about learning to let go and learning to simply be.

Monday, February 4, 2013

40 Tips for Weight Loss - New Workshop Coming in March!

  • Tip #1:  Drink warm water.  
  • Tip #2:  Chew your food; slow down.  
  • Tip #3:  More yoga (by the way wait two hours after eating to practice yoga - down dogs are not pleasant after eating).  
  • Tip #4:  Eat 80% of your food intake by 2:00 p.m.  Ease on down for supper - eat light.  
  • Tip #5:  Have a seat to eat.  
  • Tip #6:  Eat vegetables, and if you are still hungry - eat more veggies!  Get green and lean.  
  • Tip #7:  Take a Breath Break  Sit quietly for as long as you can get away from the noise, busy-ness, and chaos of every day life.  Breathe.  In through the nose, out through the nose.  1:2 ratio.  
  • Tip #8:  Try Apple Cider Vinegar (two teaspoons in an 8 ounce glass of water).  
  • Tip #9:  If you make a mistake, just start again the very next meal.  Exercise the very next day.  Never allow days to go by where you look at your yoga mat or your tennis shoes and wonder when the last time was that you exercised for your well-being.  
  • Tip #10:  Eat according to your own personal dosha's well-being.   
  • Tip #11:  Energize Your Lungs.  
  • Tip #12:  Energize Your Brain.  
  • Tip #13:  Energize Your Intestines.  
  • Tip #14:  Energize Your Liver.  
  • Tip #15:  Energize Your Thyroid.  
  • Tip #16:  Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day; optimally, you should work up to 50 to 70 minutes.  Bring your heart rate up and break a sweat. 
  • Tip #17:  Ask for God's help.  
  • Tip #18: Stop eating (the wrong thingsnot eating at all, or overeating) due to depression, despair, or discouragement. 
  • Tip #19:  Think positive by changing one thought at a time.  
  • Tip #20:  Drink a lot (not alcohol), preferably water.  "The general guideline is enough ounces equal to one-half your body weight. So if you weigh 150 lbs, drink 75 oz of liquid each day."  Janet Parachin
  • Tip #21:  Speaking of alcohol, we must face the facts that alcoholic beverages will slow down our weight loss.  Tip number twenty-one is "don't drink your calories."
  • Tip #22:  Find a Friend that you can share your journey with, exercise with, and call when the cravings are at their worst.
  • Tip #23:  Loneliness aggravates stress and overeating, eating foods that are toxic for us, or under-eating.  Get out of the house, out of the office, out of wherever we feel trapped and force ourselves to be around people who nurture us.  
  • Tip #24:  25 Grams of Fiber!  Every day add foods that are high in fiber.  The "c" word (constipation) keeps toxins in our bodies.
  • Tip #25:  Everything in balance.  Keep your primary and secondary doshas (vata, pitta, or kapha) in a healthy place by eating on time, sleeping well, meditating for at least 5 minutes, and exercising every day.
  • Tip #26:  Do your yoga homework.
  • Tip #27:  Eat clean; abs are made in the kitchen!
  • Tip #28:  Protein counts!  Get it in whichever way you believe.  46 grams for women; 56 grams for men each day!  
  • Tip #29:  Let go of your ego
  • Tip #30:  Men and Yoga.  Just do it!
  • Tip #31:  "Here comes the Judge!" Let it go.  Let it go.  Let it go.  No jealousy, no competition, no comparison.  
  • Tip #32:  Women and Yoga.  Why do I say "women?"  Men do multi-tasking, as well, and usually with the remote; but, women are famous for it.
  • Tip #33:  Patience is a virtue.  Give yourself the gift of time.
  • Tip #34:  Try partner yoga; it is a great way to build communication, trust, and yoga alignment.
  • Tip #35:  Sweet tooth - eat more fresh fruit to curb the sweet taste!
  • Tip #36:  Journaling helps you win.  If you write every single day, you will get to know yourself better and help yourself calm down after a frustrating day or before a day that is over-scheduled.
  • Tip #37:  Accountability is the way to keep you on track and out of trouble.
  • Tip #38:  A great recipe for disaster is eating nachos and buffalo wings at holiday get togethers!
  • Tip #39:  What to do before the party starts....exercise, eat normal meals, and watch out for grazing or starving yourself.
  • Tip #40:  Life coaching!  Come to the workshop on March 9th to hear Karen Kuykendall speak on the different stages of a woman's life.  I will be teaching YIN yoga poses (including Moon Salutes).  Yin Yoga poses help to calm our sympathetic nervous system down with forward folding.  Men and women are welcome to attend.  Women will understand themselves better, and men will try!
Forty tips for Victory.  

Our yoga weight loss workshop is winding down.

The Sunday class has one more meeting. 

The Saturday group has two more lessons.  

Thank you for your hard work in changing your life forever! 

 Double Shoe Lace pose - Yin yoga pose

However, on Saturday afternoon, March 9, 2013, 

Karen Kuykendall, a certified Life Coach, will be teaching.  

Men and women are invited.  I will be teaching the yoga part with all Yin 

Postures along with Moon Salutes.   1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Make plans to join us for $30.00 workshop fee.


Yoga for this week includes the following:

Monday, February 4, 2013

5:30 a.m.    Yoga for Runners and Cyclists

12:00 p.m.  Noon Yoga Core workout

5:30 p.m.    Power Yoga - Strength and Stretch

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10:00 a.m.  Vinyasa Flow for Seasoned Beginners and Intermediates

12:00 p.m.  Noon Chair Yoga

4:00 p.m.    Vinyasa Flow for Beginners

5:00 p.m.    Meditation for 45 minutes (5 minute segments)

6:00 p.m.    Flexibility Yoga for Lower Body

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

7:30 a.m.    Bring a Friend for Free Day (all day long)

12:00 p.m.  Any Way You LIke It!

5:30 p.m.    Power Yoga - Tone it up!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

10:00 a.m.  Vinyasa Flow for Seasoned Beginners and Intermediates

12:00 p.m.  Noon Chair Yoga

4:00 p.m.    Power Yoga - Glow and Glisten

5:00 p.m.    Meditate with Me - You will be happier; come and see!

6:00 p.m.    Flexibility Yoga for Upper Body

Friday, February 8, 2013

5:30 a.m.    Yoga for Runners and Cyclists

12:00 p.m.  Noon Yoga for Back Health

5:30 p.m.    T.G.I.F. Yoga - Power Yoga for Everybody

Saturday, February 9, 2013

7:30 a.m.    Yoga for All

9:00 a.m.    Core Vinyasa Flow

10:30 a.m.  Weight Loss Workshop

(Coming on February 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.  Kundalini/Hatha Yoga)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2:30 p.m.  Last Weight Loss workshop for the Sunday Weight Loss 

(no class will be scheduled for this time period next week)

4:00 p.m.  Family Yoga with Partner Poses


I received a call from a very nice lady who is interested in a home school yoga class.  

Please contact me if you would like to see this on the 

schedule.  It would take 6 consistent people to make the class.  

Hope to see you soon!
Jeanne K.
Our staff includes:
Micah Davis,
Debbie Seals,
and trainee Alyssa Worth

Receptionists:  Suzanne Dossett and Kim Turnbaugh

Parking Attendant, Janitor, Landscaper, and Building Contractor:  Brian Doss  (ask him about the new yoga room)

$10 to drop in
$45 for six classes in one month (immediate family)
$110 for twenty classes in six months (immediate family)
$80 for monthly Unlimited (only one person) - auto renews next month - same day
$432 for six months Unlimited (only one person)
$30 for one workshop afternoon

We accept cash, check, and credit card with the Square.  There is a courtesy fee of 2.75% if you use Master Card, VISA, Discover card, or American Express.

Coming soon!  31 Day Challenge in March - 31 days of yoga for entering your name in a gift package prize drawing for free six months of yoga.  All new clients can purchase 31 days for $31.00.  Teachers are not included.

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