By Julia Jonson Yoga Teacher/TBY Creative Director I envision meeting a woman who is 100% comfortable in her own skin, wouldn't dream of saying disparaging things about her body or visage, and she would happily accept compliments. Yet, I've met many self-confident sisters, who in asking even the most poised, self-assured woman if she'd change her appearance --- she's likely to say "yup”. It's a well-known fact that the diet and beauty industries thrive by undermining our appearance. Titles like Tips to Lose Those Last 10 Pounds, Hot Hints for Gym Proof Hair, Banish the Bloat: 5 Steps to Slim [...]
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By Julia Jonson It’s hard to miss Paul Stonchus when he walks into a room. At Total Body Yoga, he’s the very tall blonde guy who rarely misses his regular classes. He gets out all of his props and finds a spot on the front row, then gives it his all. Paul says he was born this way and that his mom always encouraged him to just get out there and do it in spite of the fact that he has Cerebral Palsy. Paul was born in 1960. He suffered a collapsed lung during birth, which created a lack of [...]
Dear TBY Community,Since I have become an Executive Leadership Coach, I have learned how to speak to student’s hearts and minds in a way that stimulates their curiosity and has every possibility of leading them towards steady behavioral growth. This, combined with all the functional movement and strength training that Desiree is learning, makes a powerful vibration raising combination.We offer these mini teacher training programs in studios, such as Total Body Yoga, that are dedicated to increasing the level of studentship and education as well as leading their students.We sincerely hope that you will join us and experience the difference an [...]
Dear Total Body Yoga Community, Andrew (Rivin) and I are looking forward to spending some time with you all this November. Our hope is that these three days of training will change your practice forever. We have each had over 30 years of experience studying and practicing Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, two very established alignment-based yoga methods. Over the course of our time on the mat, through all the ups and downs that 30 years brings to the human body, we have each explored, encountered and excavated our practice to keep our bodies and minds as sharp and strong as [...]
By Anna OttolinoA while back I came across the quote below:“Pain travels through family lines until someone is ready to heal it in themselves. By going through the agony of healing, you no longer pass the poison chalice onto the generations that follow. It’s incredibly important and sacred work.”Very powerful words! Ever since I read this quote, I see examples of passed down pain in friends, clients, family and of course in myself and have been pondering the healing process...So where do we go from here? How do we actually heal? Here’s what I came up with from help from teachers, [...]
By Julia Jonson Yoga teaches that wholeness and happiness are our birthrights. Yet, in our hyperconnected, hyper-busy, mobile-device culture, it feels like inner peace is a pipe dream. Sure, online activities carry countless benefits such as instant access to a dizzying array of information, a swift sense of direction (would we be lost without Google Maps?), warp-speed Amazon delivery, food orders at our fingertips, and flashy verbs like Ubering. Yet, offline endeavors, the ones that don’t feed our desire for instant gratification, still nourish us the most—watching the sunset, reading a book, enjoying nature, or lunching with a loved one. [...]
By Julia Jonson “If peace comes from seeing the whole, then misery stems from a loss of perspective.” This reflection by Mark Nepo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, is a pointed reminder that even when most things in life are going reasonably well, misery is a moment of suffering that is allowed to become everything. This rousing observation reminds me of Richard Carlson’s 90-10 trap. Carlson, who wrote, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, encourages young readers to become aware of how easy it is to focus on the negative parts of life. [...]