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September’s Student of the Month: Natalia Dzantiea

Congratulations to Natalia Dzantiea, our September Student of the Month! Natalia has lived in Arlington for the past 15 years. She started practicing yoga almost a year ago at Mind Your Body Oasis to help herself stay centered and be present in the here and now, “by staying focused on my breathing and my asana I found it easier to stay in the moment. There are also visible results of my practice – I have some muscles now.”

“I love coming to MYBO because of the non-judgmental atmosphere in the studio, interesting people that I meet, and the great instructors who are very supportive and encouraging. I love the fact that no matter how I feel, in MYBO I can find a class that is perfect for my needs. If I feel like challenging myself – I can take a hot hatha class, if I feel like taking it easy – I can take a restorative class or one of the gentle yoga classes. There are so many classes to choose from at MYBO.”
Natalia encourages those who are thinking about yoga to give it try, “Anyone who wants to start practicing but has any doubts because of their abilities or any other reason – come to MYBO. When I started practicing I couldn’t do any push ups, sit-ups or any such thing. Resting in downward facing dog?! – You must be kidding! Come and try it! You might be a student of the month in MYBO in a few months.
September 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

September Events Get You Back in Practice

We here at Mind Your Body Oasis have so many events going on this September, we just wanted to make sure you saw them all! You can sign up under our Workshops tab!

Guest Teacher Victor Varana Workshops

Victor Varana is an E-RYT500 certified yoga, meditation instructor, martial artist and energy worker with over 10 years of full yoga & mediation teaching experience and thousands of multilevel teaching hours. For the last 6 years he has being teaching in Tulum, México, one of the yoga retreat capitols of the world, were he leads retreats and teaches all kinds of people with a diversity of ages, practice levels and physical conditions which has gave him a wide amount of knowledge and experience. Among his students in this time, there has been movie and tv celebrities, top models, sports champions, olympic medalists and celebrity yoga & meditation teachers that highly recommend him.

He has strong roots on Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and has immersed into a variety of traditional and contemporary yoga schools including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yantra, JivaMukti, Power, ViniYoga and Tai Yoga massage. He also has studied and practices diverse Martial Arts since childhood and he brings all that into his formula “Alquimia Yoga”.

Victor’s ultimate alchemy of yoga is a sequence called “Kalam-Balam, the way of the serpent and the jaguar”. The practices includes pranayama kriya and meditation, a unique asana flowing style combining martial arts techniques, sound therapy savasana with live percussions, throat singing and mantra.

  • September 9th 8-10 PM: Alquimia Strong Core Vinyasa Workshop with Victor Varana: A vinyasa and kriya yoga flow with strong emphasis on core strength, balanced movements and inversions. The practice will begin with Pranayama Meditation and will end with a therapeutic soothing Savasana guided by Victor’s live healing sounds, throat singing and mantra. 
  • September 13th 3-5 PM: Kalam-Balam, Jungle Vinyasa + Martial Arts Workshop with Victor Varana A – yoga + martial arts – designed vinyasa sequence, performed with a very unique and dynamic yoga asana flowing style that combines diverse martial arts techniques and moves. Challenging and fun!. The practice will begin with Pranayama Meditation and will end with a therapeutic soothing Savasana guided by Victor’s live healing sounds, throat singing and mantra.
  • September 13th: 6:30-8:30 PM: Alquimia Self Therapy Flow Workshop with Victor Varana A gentle floor practice flow that opens every joint and stretches every muscle. This class is introduced by Kriya and Pranayama meditation & finished with live healing sounds, mantra and throat singing, a therapeutic sounds Savasana.

MYBO Stand Up Paddleboard Retreat 

September 11-13th Arrive anytime after 4pm Friday and depart Sunday afternoon: SUP Retreat with Alicia Kuhnke and Amanda Shipe Some escape for a weekend full of fitness, relaxation and fun on the water! Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in Maryland covering approximately 3,900 acres with 69 miles of shoreline. Come spend the weekend relaxing in a cabin steps away from Deep Creek Lake State park. This retreat will include stand up paddleboard lessons, stand up paddleboard yoga classes, yoga and meditation. 



Learn more about Yoga Teacher Training and Immerse Yourself in a Deeper Form of Practice! 

  • September 19th 2:30-3:30 PM: Free Information Session on Spring Teacher Training with Soozie Kinstler 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. 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 26th-November 1st: Immersion: Taking the seat of the Yogi This is for students who want to take their practice to the next level. 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, like interactions, relationships, diet and more. Expect to commit to asana, meditation and diet and watch the transformation unfold.
August 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|

You Had a Bad Day. Now Get Back on the Mat.

It happens: the class you spend a majority of in a rest pose; you’re ill prepared for whatever reason; mentally you’re not present; and it affects your practice that day. The next class you’re determined to do better but are a bit apprehensive. Now how do you get back on the mat?

So many things can influence how we as humans function on a daily operational basis and on a much deeper emotional and intellectual basis. They can be normal life cycles; a poor night’s rest; the food we eat; external stressors; even the things we do habitually. And these things give us positive or negative reactions. When something that usually provides comfort, like yoga, is uncomfortable we react strongly.

But what if you could take a moment to just understand the experience for what it is? For what it was? You have bad days. You will have days where you struggle. Even with yoga, something we are taught will bring us freedom and happiness and joy. These days should be seen as a gift because they allow us to be quiet and assess, and teach us not to judge. Comparison is the thief of joy. Coming to your mat for the purpose of observing and understanding is more impactful and powerful to your practice and will help you attain the freedom from your thoughts and feelings. Understanding your body, observing your experiences and learning from them is part of your yoga practice.

The human nature is to seek pleasure and anytime discomfort is felt, our instinct is to run. And when we experience discomfort it should not be judged negatively but explored with curiosity. Instead of running, yoga gives you a place to explore, be quiet and observe. Take the seat of the observer and surrender to a whole new aspect of your practice.

August 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Immersion: Taking the seat of the Yogi

This workshop series is for students who want to take their practice to the next level. 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, like interactions, relationships, diet and more. Expect to commit to asana, meditation and diet and watch the transformation unfold.

SCHEDULE

Saturday 9/26: Yama and Niyama Sun salutations, awakening into flow 
Sunday 9/27: Asana Guideline and breakdown of Standing poses, getting grounded
Saturday 10/3: Pranayama Urjayi Sequencing and home practice 
Sunday 10/4: Pratyahara, Dharana, Drishti, easing in
Saturday 10/10: Samadhi, meditation the practice of being, surrender, shavasana 
Sunday 10/11: forward, backbends, twists
Saturday 10/24 Bandhas Sunday 10/25 Arm balances and Inversions Off
5th Saturday 10/31 Chakras Sunday 11/1 Clarify, go over, questions
August 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

September Special Guest: Victor Varana

MYBO is excited to announce two workshop opportunities in September with Victor Varana. Victor is an E-RYT500 certified yoga, meditation instructor, martial artist and energy worker with over 10 years of full yoga & mediation teaching experience and thousands of multilevel teaching hours. For the last 6 years he has being teaching in Tulum, México, one of the yoga retreat capitols of the world, where he leads retreats and teaches all kinds of people with a diversity of ages, practice levels and physical conditions.

He has strong roots on Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and has immersed into a variety of traditional and contemporary yoga schools including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yantra, JivaMukti, Power, ViniYoga and Tai Yoga massage. He also has studied and practices diverse Martial Arts since childhood and he brings all that into his formula “Alquimia Yoga”. The first of Victor’s workshops will be in this style, as a vinyasa and kriya yoga flow with strong emphasis on core strength, balanced movements and inversions.  The practice will begin with Pranayama Meditation and will end with a therapeutic soothing Savasana guided by Victor’s live healing sounds, throat singing and mantra. Join us on Wednesday, September 9th from 8-10 PM at Mind Your Body Oasis!

The second workshop is Victor’s ultimate alchemy of yoga is a sequence called “Kalam-Balam, the way of the serpent and the jaguar”. The practices includes pranayama kriya and meditation, a unique asana flowing style combining martial arts techniques, sound therapy savasana with live percussions, throat singing and mantra.  Watch the video below to learn more and join us on Sunday September 13th at 3:00 PM.


#natarajasana – circular #kick – defense – jab – #scorpion #downdog – #vashistasana modified | www.yogamultimedia.com. | KALAM-BALAM fitness method | #yoga & #martialarts | #victorvarana #style #tulum #mexico #yogaretreats
Posted by Victor Varana on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

August 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|

SUP Yoga Retreat

Escape for a weekend full of fitness, relaxation and fun on the water! 

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in Maryland covering approximately 3,900 acres with 69 miles of shoreline. Come spend the weekend relaxing in a cabin steps away from Deep Creek Lake State park. This retreat will include stand up paddleboard lessons, stand up paddleboard yoga classes, yoga and meditation.

Date: September 11-13, 2015
Arrive anytime after 4pm Friday and depart Sunday afternoon.

Daily Activities
This trip is all about you and what you want out of it, so you can do as much or as little as you desire. This is your vacation! You can enjoy an early morning run, or group hike, followed by stand up paddling in the afternoons and a yoga class in the early evening to further unwind.

Sample Daily Schedule
Here is a sample of the daily activities – the times and activities may change and everything is optional, for instance if you’d like to sleep in and forgo the morning hike or if you’d only like to spend the afternoon relaxing on the deck you are welcome. This trip allows you flexibility: nothing is mandatory, but everything is suggested!

7:00-9:30 – Morning hike followed by a healthy homemade breakfast
9:30-11:00 – SUP basics
11:30-1:30 – Vegetarian lunch, free paddle time
1:30-3:30 – SUP Yoga
4:00-5:30 – Yoga & meditation
5:30-7:00 – More personal time, sunset paddle, happy hour
7:30 – Dinner at the house, it will be a fresh, healthy meal

Meals: Vegetarian and we accommodate gluten free diets
2 highly nutritious and delicious vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. We will enjoy these meals as a group. If you have something you would like to contribute (meat, snacks, a special dish), please feel free to share.

Accommodations

We will be staying in a private 6 bedroom house located on the lake. The property is spacious and peaceful with a large deck and a hot tub.

Rates & Reservations
Per-person rates for this retreat are:

$399.00 per person
$650.00 per 2 people if you want to share bed!

Suggest Single Occupancy option, Double and then quadruple (There is one room with 2 queens)

There are 6 bedrooms, 1 with a king, 5 with queens and 1 with 2 queens – just something to keep in mind with pricing. There is also a queen pullout in the living room.

What is included in the SUP retreat:
– Two nights stay
– 2 Breakfast, lunches & dinners in the house
– Yoga once a day
– Daily SUP Instruction and SUP yoga
– SUP board rental

Getting There
Let us know if you are interested in carpooling and we can help make arrangements

Please email to amanda@mindyourbodyoasis.com

August 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

10 Reasons for Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga teacher training is a big step in your practice. Here are ten reasons if you’re still on the fence about signing up:

10. The flexible hours.  (The author really just finds puns like this hilarious)
9. It’s an El Nino Fall/Winter.  Our hot room is a blissful 80-103 degrees.  Always.
8. In 200 hours you can watch all of the episodes of the original Hawaii 5-0, OR become a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200).
7. Svarga Dvijasana is a great party trick. So is learning Sanskrit.
6. You’ll make great friends and join a wonderful community at MYBO. 

5. You’ll need this community when Fluffy does this. 


This cat doesn’t give a shit…
Posted by UNILAD on Thursday, July 2, 2015

4. Teacher Training helps you increase your body awareness and alignment.
3. You appreciate that your yoga practice is just that, practice.  You’ll see major progression in your abilities but know that there’s always room for growth.

2.  11 weeks of training over 3 months is the ultimate yoga retreat.

1. Sharing your passion when you are instructing the next generation of yoga teachers.

August 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|

August’s Essential Yoga WorkShop: Balance

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.

August Essential Yoga Theme: “BALANCE – Creating Optimal Health

Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 (3-5 pm in Zen Room)

Yoga Focus: Vinyasa Flow, Effort & Surrender, The Power of OM

Oils: Balance grounding blend, lavender, melaleuca, On Guard protective blend, AromaTouch massage blend, Deep Blue soothing blend, wild orange, peppermint

Description: A vinyasa flow sequenced to integrate a slower-paced experience of essential oils, movement, and breath. We will use oils from doTERRA’s AromaTouch Technique to help support the body’s system to function optimally in response to everyday stress, increased toxin levels, inflammation, and autonomic nervous system imbalances. When paired with yoga,essential oils help the body and mind move toward a more balanced, holistic state of being.

August 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Yoga Teacher Training Information Session

Do you want to become a yoga teacher? Would you like to immerse yourself in practice where you can fine tune your asanas but also dive deeper into the teachings of Yoga? Would you like to build a solid foundation in meditation, breathing technique, devotion, restorative yoga, diet and nutrition? Mind Your Body Oasis’ Fall 2015 Teacher Training is the next chapter in your life.

Soozie Kinstler, Master Teacher, and Amanda Shipe, MYBO founder, will lead you on an immersive journey to become a yoga instructor. You will build a solid foundation in meditation, breathing technique, devotion, restorative yoga, diet and nutrition.

Yoga teacher training is a big decision as well as a commitment, we commend you for making it this far and considering this life changing experience. Mind Your Body Oasis (MYBO) strongly believes that the practices of yoga and a solid foundation of nutrition and diet provide a platform and a tool to achieve and believe in yourself and your dreams. This teacher training will be as unique and special as it will be practical. You will learn how you can apply all that you learn directly to becoming a yoga teacher (if that is what you desire) or how to live the healthy life of a yogi or yogini more fully in your existence. Everyone involved at MYBO is focused on you, your growth, your knowledge and building a community that can be your Oasis…your home.

MYBO Flow & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training provides an intensive, immersive, experience for the yogi seeking to deepen his or her practice and learn to lead and inspire students. Committing to 200 hours of yoga for your own personal, emotional, spiritual, and professional development will be a fulfilling and life-altering experience. Throughout the journey, you will build strength and resilience in mind, body and spirituality and learn how to share your passion for the practice with others.

Ready to learn more? Sign up for our free Teacher Training Informational Session to learn about this instructional program. The 60 minute seminar requires absolutely no commitment, but is required in order to move forward with the 200 hour program

To reserve your spot call 703-567-1290

August 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Power of Om

How many times have you heard, “we’ll begin our practice with three oms, inhale…?” But why do we do so?  August’s theme explores the power of Om.

Om is the most sacred mantra in the universe and reflects the vibrations of the universe, that everything is constantly moving. This month we are explaining Om and giving people a deeper reason to practice chanting it. Oming allows us to observe, surrender ourselves and participate in the vibrations that connect everything.
These vibrations that connect us to the universe allow you to surrender your outer layers of ego and observe the power in silence. surrender in this context is about letting go to something outside of yourself. For some very strong ego personalities this may mean that you surrender your ego to your highest self. That’s great, begin there.

But, then, what if you considered relinquishing control to life that is outside of you? That’s where the real work of this philosophy happens. Take baby steps and begin watering the seeds of this relationship. No matter what you call it, this is the principle goal of yoga. And, what if instead of calling it a goal, something with defined expectations, we exposed a natural yearning? A yearning for surrender internally then externally?

Participate in the vibrations, surrendering your ego by oming:

A – pronounced AHHHHHH, the sound is made in the back of the throat, lips and jaw relaxed, tongue drops and it vibrates in the belly/navel. It represents earth, birth, creation, Brahma.
Experiment: Put your hand on lower belly and chant ahhhh can you feel the vibration.
U – pronounced as OOOOOO, the sound is made in the mouth. The vibration is felt in the heart which represents the present moment, now, all of life itself, Vishnu.
Experiment: put your hand on heart and chant oooooo
M – pronounced MMMMM, the sound is made with the lips and tongue to roof of mouth and it vibrates at the top of the head. It represents heaven, death, Shiva.
Experiment: Put hand on top of head and chant mmmmmm

The sound fades into nothing. This silence, Turiya, is absolute.

Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om. Likewise all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is om.–Mandukya Upanishad

In Yoga Sutra 1.23, Patanjali gives us a sure-fire way to reach the state of yoga. It is a practice called Ishvara Pranidhana. Ishvara is a Sanskrit word that can be translated to mean supreme, or personal, God. Pranidhana means to dedicate, devote, or surrender. The practice of Ishvara Pranidhana therefore means that if we are able to completely surrender our individual ego identities to God (our own higher self); if we can dedicate our lives to serving the God that dwells within all other beings, human and non-human alike; we will move beyond all feelings of separateness. If we can say without reservation: “I give You myself: my body, my mind and my heart, to do with as You best see fit,” then we will be freed from the stress, anxiety, self-doubt and negative karma that arises from our reliance upon our egos to determine which actions we take in our lives.

Ishavara Pranidhana is the practice of less action. It is the practice of being and seeing. What unfolds, what flows. It asks that you connect within and without to find the trust and belief that Life itself supports all your choices, events and obstacles.

How does this word, God, sit with you? What does it bring up and why? Yoga is the path of discovery, allow yourself to acknowledge where the resistance is coming from and why. You don’t have to use the word God. What if you changed the word to something that was more comfortable? Love, Universe, Source, or Earth? As you know yoga is about stepping out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be for you, but surrender in this context is about letting go to something outside of yourself.

Within a yoga class, there are many ways to practice Ishvara Pranidhana, and cultivate our ability and willingness to surrender. By continuously offering up our efforts and rewards to something more than just personal gain, we are able to keep Ishvara (our own personal form of God) in the forefront of our minds. By putting aside our judgments and criticisms, and following the instructions given to us in class, we learn to more easily take cue from something other than the ego. With each forward bending posture, we bow down to God in some form that has meaning to us, and with each back-bending posture, we offer up our hearts, so that we may carry out the will of the universe with every thought, word and action we take. 

Contemplate daily the Supreme attributes of Ishvara as you meditate and offer yourself completely as a vehicle for Divine Will. Peace comes when we relinquish the idea that we are the “doer” and allow the infinite to guide us on our way. Let go, and let God lead.
God is the representation of Life, Earth, universe, Energy, Source, Divinity. God is Om.
August 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|