Back-to-School Tummy Troubles

The beginning of a new school year can be a rough transition for many kids. Adjusting to new teachers, routines and workloads can take their toll, even on the littlest student. As parents, it’s rough watching our kids suffer, particularly since we remember being the same age, feeling the same …

No School Means Family Yoga Tomorrow!

 

Stretching Hamstrings

Please join me February 12th from 9:30am-10:45:am. All ages welcome. This will be a fun, casual session where parents can share the benefits and magic of this amazing practice with their kiddos. Stay for hot chocolate and tea after class.

$10 adults
$5 Kids
Pass holders: one card punch and one child free.
RSVP’S recommended as this class may fill up. Please call 216-501-1465 and leave your name contact info. and number of spaces needed and I will confirm with you.

Don’t miss the FUN right here in the neighborhood!

~Julie

 

 

Celebrate Winter Solstice

 

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Winter Solstice Arrives in Cleveland on Monday, December 21nd at 11:49AM EST in Cleveland, OH 

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and from this day, until the summer solstice in June, the daylight hours increase each day. In ancient times, people held huge celebrations to welcome the light, it also marks the first day of Winter.

The Winter Solstice is a wonderful time to celebrate the season with your family! Consider making ice lanterns and line your driveway or front walk, make a yule log or visit your child’s classroom and share a story about the solstice (teachers love this!). There are countless ways to celebrate the return of the sun. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy!  Be sure to let me know your solstice traditions in the comments below! Let’s welcome the LIGHT together!

  • Make a wreath from evergreens (a symbol of the Solstice) collected by family members. On or after New Year’s Day, your wreath can be returned to Nature.
  • Make your family’s favorite food and/or a cake and put a sunshine on it.  Birthday candles can be put on the dessert. Each family member can light a candle and make a wish for the holiday season or the upcoming calendar year. Once all candles are lit, the family as a whole can blow them out to send wishes on their way. Then call out “Happy Solstice” or “Good Yule” in unison.
  • Ring a bell together to celebrate your connection with the cycles of Nature and to celebrate your connection with life on planet Earth and all of Nature.
  • Light a candle (also a symbol of the Solstice) and talk about what the Solstice means. Ask family members to focus on a candle, and then extinguish. Sit in darkness for a few moments and reflect on the importance of light and of Sun to life on the planet.
  • Feed the birds! Take your family outdoors during the Winter at this Solstice time. Focus on being part of the fabric of life of Nature. Then express appreciation for the beauty of Nature. Each family member then takes a handful of seeds and focuses on the seeds as symbols of life and as messengers of goodwill toward other parts of Nature and then places the seeds in a feeder or grass. Enjoy the light!!!!

Join me on this Adventure!

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November 1st I will be setting off on this inner adventure with Tanya Markul editor and
co-creator of Rebelle Society and Rebelle Wellness – my all time favorite sites for real-life stories and perspectives from women around the world!

CONSIDER JOINING ME!

LIVING WELL DOESN’T REQUIRE A PHD. IT REQUIRES YOU.
The idea is not to find a new continent, but to rediscover, reintegrate, rebuild, recycle, reunite, rewrite, redesign, and redefine our uniqueness and our signature beauty in an everyday synchronicity with our truest, deepest selves, others and the rest of nature.

Health is synonymous with Success, in any shape or form or version. Healthy people thrive in every aspect of their lives — it is the foundation of our greatest achievements, of confidence, of limitless creativity and of longstanding relationships.

TAKING THE POWER OVER OUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BACK INTO OUR HANDS.
JOIN US NOV 1

More info + sign-up:
http://www.rebellewellness.com/detox/

Complete Restore Classes start 5/29 6:45pm

photo: Yogaville

Thursday Evenings from 6:45pm-8:00pm.

No class on June 19th. Click here for address and info.

This class is for anyone who feels exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed or just needs some self-care. Class is divided into three parts:
1) Opening Asana 30 min. – to open and stretch the body
2) 15 min. Meditation
3) 15 min. Long Deep Stretches (Yin Style)
4) 15 min. Savasana (Relaxation)

Please bring an eye pillow if you have one.
I look forward to guiding you.

Namaste,
Julie

 

Sit Down and be Quiet!


Photo: Kim Long Photography

What happens when you turn off your radio in the car, shut down your computer and cell phone? What happens when your spouse is out of the house, the kids are on a play date and you find yourself alone? Most likely, you fill the silence. Are you able to sit down without turning to a distraction to just be? Most of us call a friend, pop onto facebook for a while, flip channels, or even read. When are you quiet and still? In my teaching, I have consistently found the practice of stillness to be the most challenging part of yoga for new students. I want to let you in on a secret…stillness is where all the answers lie to any question in your life. You just have to lean in gently….and listen.

Many people tell me they are afraid of stillness and quiet. It’s easier to be busy and active but they know they would benefit from the practice of stillness. How do you start learning to be comfortable with quiet and with yourself? First, you have to welcome the possibility that you might feel uneasiness in the beginning. Letting go of whatever the urge is that makes you want to move can sometimes be difficult. It might be uncomfortable physically and mentally, but you will work into it just as you would work in a new pair of tight leather shoes. Over time, you’ll stretch into the space and into the silence . You’ll begin to feel the space around you become lighter and more comfy. There is a shift that occurs in this space of silence, it happens almost immediately when you sit with yourself. It’s the opportunity to simply be alive and be aware of your place in the world.

It’s vital that we check in with ourselves once in a while. We’ll call a friend to see how they’re doing, but how often do we check in with ourselves? Seems simple enough, but there are so many distractions in our lives that keep us from ourselves. When we neglect to “check-in”, the body can quickly become imbalanced. Quiet offers us the opportunity to reflect upon what’s happening in our lives and to physically check-in with what our body is trying to tell us. The body might be trying to get our attention by whispering to us through fatigue or pushing us forcefully with pain, or nagging at us through other ailments. This turning-inwards helps us to recognize that steps might need to be taken to help ourselves before an imbalance becomes a more serious condition.

Learning about ourselves through the practice of stillness creates an awareness that is crucial for how fully we experience our life. If we never stop to reflect upon how far we’ve come or where we’d like to be as we move through life, what kind of life have we lived? We are responsible for our own life. That life eventually becomes our legacy and our personal story. It was in my own moment of self-reflection that I created a saying you’ve probably heard once or twice if you’ve been to my classes, “Remember to breathe into each moment that makes up such an important part of your unique story”. You create your life. Bringing the breath into your experiences (breathing evenly and with awareness) will enhance every part of your life and add richness to your story.

Here’s to you and your ever-evolving story! I know it’s a good one! BREATHE….

Namaste,
Julie

 

 Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. –Carl Bard