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Crack of Dawn Growing Good Food

with Dawn Olson

Dawn OlsonHey, what’s a nice girl like you, doing in a field like this? Grow’in good food, baby! How does a woman veteran go from flying jets over the earth, to cooling her jets digging in the earth? Good question and it requires a story. So there I was…I found my 50-year old retired self in a new town, no kids in school, few social connections to speak of and honestly, a little lonely on my sprawling Texas ranch. (We don’t call them farms or ranchettes in these here parts)   A local Botanical Garden was offering an organic veggie growing course and I thought, hey anyone who gets their hands dirty might prove fun. Well, five years and 500 connections later, growing good food delivered a huge social network, an incredible training ground (no pun intended), and an adventure that beats The Sims or Candy Crush Saga any day.

Read on, you wanna be farmer girls or you serious types about the benefits of growing good food.  Disclaimer before we begin-I got no degree in Agriculture, but neither did our farming ancestors. Although my grandparents were Iowa farmers, my only experience there was climbing the apple trees and getting yelled at for breaking branches. What is it with young girls and apple trees? I digress! As a life-long learner and classic over-achiever, I’ve read 53 books on agriculture, watched dozens of videos, taken numerous courses, endured lectures, and got organically certified (not to be mistaken with certifiable). Impressive as that sounds, it is actually the dirt caked nails, bug bites, scraped knees, dead plants and finally, the bountiful produce that are the greatest teachers in agriculture.

So, if you have a sense of humor, and want to learn about growing food, then this is your blog.   Can you remember a time when you bit into a cold juicy-sweet red watermelon, sucked that juice down and then launched the seeds in rapid-fire across the fence or at your sister? Oh come on, I can’t be the only one with that childhood.   Okay, you serious types, how about gently cutting a soft delicate peach into elegant slices, then carefully laying them over mounds of vanilla ice cream, and using a spoon the size of a fry pan, gobble it down? Ah, memories of good food from childhood. What happen?

Here is the history of dirt (another pun, she’s on a roll). Well ladies, we went from Queen of Food to Queen of Work World.   Now, before you get your vanishing edge microfiber with lace Bikini panties in a bind, hear me out. You know what happens when women leave a space unattended for very long, it goes awry. That is what happened with our food industry. In an effort to respond to busy women everywhere, processed foods filled the void. I will let you all

research the effects of that, but heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer followed suit. Enough said!

Good news is, good food is coming back from near extinction and here is where you can find it, grow it, or support those who do. Now, back to the field of dreams, or in my case, field of peas.   Sun Tzu said, “The Art of Gardening is to never take yourself too serious.” Have you met ME, Mr. Tzu? For the most part we are some serious women, me included.   And gardening is serious business, why it can be life or death, at least for the plant that is. Like I said, I began this journey as a novice grower. The extent of my farming included a pot, bag-o-dirt and a plant from a box store, sound familiar? But when my family gave up eating anything with eyes or a mama, (yes, we are vegetarians, no we won’t try to convert you, and just for the record, we still like chocolate and booze), we decided to grow our own food.

You can do that? Why, yes you can!! Our 4K River Ranch sits nestled (I like that word) next to the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County, our food is grown for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the North Central Texas Farmer’s Market Corp. families. We utilize sustainable practices such a rain capture system, solar panels, a hoop house, and permaculture techniques. Yes, I still shave my legs. We use no chemicals of any kind and work hard to rebuild the bee population, restore native grasses, and provide habitat for wildlife, which includes my husband-Iver.

This sometimes serious, mostly funny, but quite informative blog will tell you how we grow food. But wait there is more, in addition to the knowledge that you can improve and control your health (individual results may vary), support growers, help the earth, why you may even save mankind from itself (Okay, made that one up). But if we don’t get our food right, we may go the way of the dinosaurs, whom I think discovered Twinkies and the rest is history.

Why should you come with me to learn about growing life-enriching food, mysteries of soil cosmos, earthly Growing Good Foodwonders, and other fun stuff?  Because ladies, you are the only hope to help fix our food system.   Those of us with gray hair or chemically altered gray hair were responsible for catapulting women into the workforce, now we need to help women protect themselves and their families. This is my quest towards that endeavor. May the forbs be with you!  Okay, that’s really bad garden humor.

Stay tune, in July we talk “friends with benefits” and prepare the ground for the microbe invasion. Let’s get down and dirty, talking about the dark underworld of earth’s greatest creation (besides women) the soil.

Books to read:
Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. “A no-nonsense, tough love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!”

June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Time for a Makeover: New Website Launch

Every now and then it’s time for a refresh, a little makeover, a reenergizing and put your best face forward.  We like to focus on creating that best you inside and out through our wellness offerings in yoga, pilates, facials, massages, sauna, nutrition and wellness coaching and it was time we had a website that demonstrated our full capacity to help you achieve your best!

You can now see our group classes, private lessons, workshops and retreats and easily register for them. Want to learn more about a particular class style or read up on a new class to try? Look under the Classes tab to Styles.  Want to take your yoga practice to a deeper level or lead others in their practice? Look at our Teacher Training tab and see if this path is calling you!

Beyond the yoga and pilates, we have so much more:

  • Spa services: Massage, Facials, and our miracle machine the Far Infraed Sauna. (Disclaimer: the sauna doesn’t literally produce miracles. But it does do a lot of pretty cool things) What is the Far Infrared Sauna, you ask? 

Rather than heating the air (as a traditional sauna will), our Far Infrared Sauna provides direct heat, allowing far infrared rays to penetrate deep into the body where they gently elevate its surface temperature and activate major bodily functions. Far Infrared treatments can help increase blood flow, stimulate metabolism, rebuild injured tissue, and relax the mind and your muscles.

  •  Integrative Wellness: MYBO services are based on a holistic approach to wellness. Our treatments stem from a belief that we can accomplish more by first finding and acknowledging the root of mental and physical pain, suffering, and illness. We seek to heal the whole body through nutrition, massage, and lifestyle changes, rather than merely treating symptoms. And lastly, we work with clients to develop individualized and sustainable coping skills.
  • Are you an organization looking to support your employees? We fully support these efforts; healthy employees are effective and happy employees. Mind Your Body Oasis can offer a full onsite program at your location.  See our corporate wellness offerings under our Corporate Wellness tab.
  • We have retail therapy too.

We love feedback. Is something missing or your favorite link missing? Love the teacher biographies? Let us know what you think!

September 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

September Essential Oils Workshop: Build a Solid Foundation – Root Down and Be Present

Build a Solid Foundation – Root Down and Be Present

Essential Yoga Workshops are themed, monthly workshops that weave essential oils into yoga practice to deepen and expand the yoga experience with distinctive aromas and powerful healing energy.Essential oils help to extend the impact or influence of the yoga practice beyond the mat. Specific oils are chosen to enhance the physical and emotional aspects of each theme. During the workshop, students will experience essential oils aromatically, internally with water (optional), and topically during centering/breathwork, the main body of the yoga class, seated poses, and meditation/savasana.

September Essential Yoga Theme: “FOUNDATION – Root Down and Be Present”

Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2015 (3-5 pm in Zen Room)

Yoga Focus: Physical/emotional foundation, grounding, lower chakra work

Oils: clove, cassia, balance blend, peppermint, cypress, vetiver

This sequence focuses on connecting to the lower chakras in order to help cultivate a strong physical and emotional foundation. Essential oils are used to promote grounding, creativity, and inner strength while establishing a deep connection with your physical body, environment, and the earth. Experience a sense of calmness, patience, and a willingness to stay in one place after working through the lower root chakras.
September 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Self Defense Workshop Series

Join us this Saturday for Capitol Combat’s Darcio Lira Self Defense Seminar from 1:00-3:00 PM. These workshops are designed to teach how to navigate and defend against realistic attacks. Students are shown close quarters techniques, which utilize jiu-jitsu and wing chung martial arts. The goal is to empower students and give them realistic options for defending off an attacker. Emphasis is placed on techniques which could be used in a small space such as bar, restaurant, metro car, apartment, or vehicle. Quick hands, joint manipulation, balance equalization are implemented in the approach taught. No prior martial arts experience is required – just an open mind, willingness to learn something new and to have fun!

The course will be lead by Steve Casazza. Steve has 20 years of martial arts experience with a second degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate and a purple belt in Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu. His focus area is self-defense and real world applications where an individual needs to diffuse threatening or compromising situations with minimal effort and maximum safety.

September 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Yoga Immersion Workshop Series

Immerse Yourself in Yoga Philosophy and Practice

Have you thought about the next steps in your yoga practice? Are you looking for a deeper connection through other aspects, perhaps through asana, meditation and diet?

This immersion will be for the practitioner who is interested in breaking down some of the common yoga practices and principles in a simplistic way to incorporate immediate transformation in the application of the deeper practices of yoga. This will affect the way you approach your asana practice as well as all the other practices you have in life.  Interested? Sign up here or call the studio to register!

Class Schedule

Saturdays are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sundays are 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

Week One
Saturday 9/26: Yama and Niyama Sun salutations, awakening into flow 
Sunday 9/27: Asana Guideline and breakdown of Standing poses, getting grounded
Week Two
Saturday 10/3: Pranayama Urjayi Sequencing and home practice
Sunday 10/4: Pratyahara, Dharana, Drishti, easing in
Week Three
Saturday 10/17: Samadhi, meditation the practice of being, surrender, shavasana
Sunday 10/18: forward, backbends, twists
Week Four
Saturday 10/24: Bandhas
Sunday 10/25: Arm balances and Inversions
Week Five
Saturday 10/31: Chakras
Sunday 11/1: Clarify, go over, questions
September 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

What It Means To Be A Yoga Teacher: Information Session

Have you closed your eyes and wished that yoga could be more of a lifestyle? That you had more time to do more of it? Maybe you have imagined how cool it would be to be a teacher? 

Even if teaching is not in your vision taking 200 hours for your own personal, emotional and spiritual development will be a life changing experience. It does take a huge commitment. It takes time, money and energy but what in life doesn’t? Often we don’t feel the need to give ourselves this sort of gift. It will be challenging, yet fulfilling at the same time. You will not be the same person as when you entered. 
Common things I hear on why someone doesn’t want to do a teacher training: 
  • It is too much money- yes it is a very expensive endeavor. You are worth it right? Sometimes life asks us to take a leap, an unexpected decision can change how you view yourself, life and abundance. 
  • I don’t have enough time- yes who does? Like anything that you decide to do in life once you make a choice life aligns to support you. 
  • I can’t do headstand, I can’t be a teacher- These were my own words. This is why you do an intensive like this because it is going ask you to step out of your comfort zone and discover your potential. 
  • I have too many other things going on- I get it this life, it is constantly going and it always will. The timing definitely has to be right in your heart. 

This will be an information session for those of you who have the calling and yearning inside but are filled with doubt and fear. Let’s talk it out and see if now is the time. Make your choice from inspiration and hope rather than fear. Let your intuition guide you.

September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

SUP Yoga Retreat

–Guest blogger Amaia Stecker

We’re here in Deep Creek Lake State Park having a blast despite the weather! Friday evening’s paddle was relaxing and a quick “jump” (no, I didn’t fall in, I SWEAR!) in the lake was quite an invigorating experience.  I learned that I do have some core muscles that are now sore from being engaged the whole time.  Balance is a critical skill in yoga and SUP and then you go and combine them; it’s a totally new way to engage your core.

Alicia is a great instructor for paddle boarding and yoga, not to mention a fabulous chef! We had amazing vegetarian meals– black bean and sweet potato fajitas; chickpea sloppy joes; hummus-veggie wraps; pasta salads; green salads; homemade granolas; fruits; and the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies EVER. I think I ate 7. 

Saturday brought some less than desirable weather, but we braved it for two practices: an early morning yinyasa paddle and then a flow yoga paddle. Being on the paddle board brought so much awareness about my body and how I favor my right side in certain poses! 

A few of us went into town for the local farmers market. Amanda was gracious enough to offer explanations of the differences in definitions of food and how certain vegetables work to give us the nutrients we need. I learned a lot and can’t wait to go to the farmers markets here for fresh produce.

After that, we were lucky enough to have Victor Varana with us; he lead a mini head and hand stand workshop as well as a flow practice before dinner. I loved his meditation and mantra; it was so relaxing and empowering at the same time.  His cueing and alignment observations also gave me some perspective on how to improve my practice and definitely have me thinking about going on his retreat to Tulum.

What a wonderful weekend! I made some new friends from the studio, got to know others better, challenge my practice, went paddle boarding for the first time and managed to hold down dog on a paddle board, and left feeling fulfilled physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!

 

September 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Fall Into Good Habits– MYBO’s Fall Schedule

We’ve switched up our schedule a bit to better serve you!  Take a look and be sure to try a new class– we’ve also added new classes to the line up. Sign up here!

Monday
6:00 AM
                               Outdoor Flow Yoga
Neen
60 minutes
12:00 PM
Warrior Cardio
Damion
60 minutes
5:15 PM
Pilates Mat Fusion All Levels
Amanda  S
60 minutes
5:30 PM
Hot Yoga-Yinyasa
Seneca
75 minutes
6:30 PM
Flow ALL Levels
                    Joanna
75 minutes
7:00 PM
Hot Yoga –Hatha Nourish
Amanda Shipe
90 minutes
8:00 PM
Yoga for Inflexible Humans BEGINNERS
Todd Watkins
75 minutes
8:30 PM
Jujitsu All Levels
J Coleman
75 minutes
Tuesday
6:00 AM
                           Hot Yoga-Yinyasa
                Amanda B
60 minutes
7:00 AM
                           Morning Meditation
                   Melinda
30 minutes
12:00 PM
Pilates Mat Fusion All Levels
Bobbie
60 minutes
5:15 PM
                             Flow All Levels
                  Seneca
60 minutes
5:45 PM
Hot Yoga -Hatha Energize
Soozie
75 minutes
6:15 PM
Pilates mat Fusion All Levels
                Amanda S
60 minutes
7:15 PM
                          Warm Yoga-Yinyasa
Todd
75 minutes
7:30 PM
Restorative/ Yin Yoga  BEGINNERS
Soozie
75 minutes
Wednesday
6:00 AM
Hot Yoga- Hatha Classic
                    Neen
60 minutes
12:00 PM
Flow All Levels
Deborah
60 minutes
5:15 PM
Pilates Mat fusion All Levels
Bobbie
60 minutes
5:30 PM
Hot Yoga-Yinyasa
Soozie
75 minutes
6:15 PM
Flow BEGINNERS
                   Amanda S
60 minutes
7:00 PM
                      Hot Yoga -Hatha Detox
                     Shari
90 minutes
7:30PM
                          Pilates Mat Fusion
                   Amanda S
60 minutes
Thursday
6:00 AM
Hot Yoga Yinyasa
   Amanda B
60 minutes
12:00 PM
Flow All Levels
                  Moriah
60 minutes
5:15 PM
Flow BEGINNERS
  Amanda S
                      60 minutes
5:45 PM
 Hot Yoga -Hatha Balance
Soozie
75 minutes
6:15 PM
Pilates Mat Fusion All Levels
Alyona
60 minutes
7:15 PM
Warrior Cardio All Levels
Damion
60 minutes
7:30 PM
Hot Yoga- Yinyasa
Alyona
75 minutes
Friday
7:00 AM
Gentle Hatha Class All Levels
Todd
60 minutes
12:00 PM
Flow All levels
Todd
60 minutes
5:00 PM
Flow ADVANCE
Soozie
75 minutes
5:30PM
Hot Yoga-Yinyasa
Bobbie
75 minutes
6:45 PM
Warm Yoga- Hatha BEGINNERS
Todd
75 minutes
Saturday
9:15 AM
Hot Yoga- Hatha Balance
Soozie
75 minutes
10:30 AM
Pilates Mat fusion All Levels
Amanda S
60 minutes
11:00 AM
Warm Yoga- Hatha BEGINNERS
Todd
75 minutes
4:00 PM
Hot Yoga-Yinyasa
Soozie
75 minutes
Sunday
10:15 AM
Pilates Mat Fusion All Levels
                    Alyona
60 minutes
10:30 AM
Hot Yoga- Hatha Energize
Shari
75 minutes
5:00 PM
Hot Yoga -Hatha Classic
Jamechia
90 minutes
5:30 PM
Yoga For inflexible Humans BEGINNERS
Todd
75 minutes

September 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Labor Day Weekend Road Trip? These Poses to Relieve Travel Aches

As most of us will hit the road this weekend, use these yoga poses while you travel and after to help relieve some of the soreness, stiffness, aches and pains from your journey!  Of course, drivers should always pay attention to the road and drive safely, but a little stretching during a break can help you make it the last mile.
  • Head rolls: Stretch each ear to shoulder, chest and chin to the ceiling of the car slowly inhaling and exhaling with each rotation. Start the circles small and slowly increase the size to mindfully warm up the muscles. 
  • Passengers can tuck their knees into their chest, wrap your arms around your shins.
  • Try lifting your arms to roof and bend your elbows, palms flat on ceiling. Press chest forward like an inverted down dog.
  • Take advantage of those breaks with forward folds, gentle back bends and half moon poses.
September 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Congrats to Our Shari- 2nd Anniversary at MYBO

We’re so lucky to have Shari at Mind Your Body Oasis.  In case you haven’t attended one of her classes here is a little bit about Shari:

Shari first realized the profound mental and physical benefits of yoga when she began taking hot yoga classes over ten years ago in Charlotte, NC. In her own words, “Learning to breathe was life-changing because that is the real yoga!” After many years of exploring her personal practice with amazing instructors Shari decided to pursue teacher training. She completed an intensive training at the Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach and her inspirational team. Shari has experienced various styles of yoga and continues to evolve both as a student and teacher. She especially loves to practice and teach traditional hot, vinyasa/flow, and power yoga. In addition to being a Registered Yoga Teacher Shari is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She is truly passionate about wellness and believes yoga is a life-long journey to balance the mind, body, and spirit!

Shari teaches our hot hatha series, something you definitely do not want to miss! These classes are especially for you if you have enjoyed Bikram yoga in the past (or possibly not enjoyed) and want to take it to another level and advance in your practice, then these hatha variations will fit you like a glove. These classes are not Bikram Yoga and our studio is not Bikram affiliated. Love Bikram or not, you will find these sequences a refreshing change. 5 sequences of 24-30 invigorating and challenging static yoga poses will work almost every muscle in your body. We practice in a 103 degree heated and 50% humidified room to allow the body to detox and stretch more safely and deeply. These classes are highly recommended for new students and advanced practitioners alike. The teacher will make modifications as appropriate and will introduce more advanced postures as students are ready to take their practices to a new level. These classes will assist with detox, weight loss, flexibility, strength and endurance as well as balance and concentration. If you have knee, back, shoulder injuries, these sequences will help you heal and recover.

Come try one of Shari’s classed and celebrate her and her practice with us in September!
September 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|