Focus

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I hope you are having a great month so far! Today as I was doing my morning routine I found myself getting distracted. I was jumping from my phone, to the computer, to the kitchen, then back to my journal. It was a very agitating experience because I was having a hard time organizing my […]

Yoga Gives Us Time

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Happy middle of the month! “Yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time.” This quote by Ganga White is one that I find myself repeating on a regular basis when I think, ‘I don’t have time for yoga today.’ By doing yoga, I actually give myself more time to do the things I need to do. […]

Surrender

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I hope you are having a great month! This newsletter is coming out a week late because sometimes, regardless of our efforts, things just don’t work out the way we planned. Better late than never! The past week has been the ultimate in surrender and letting go for me. So many plans, so many intentions. […]

Rituals

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Happy (almost) July! I wanted to get this out early so you could see our Holiday schedule.  We have a cancellation the day before the holiday, a very limited schedule on July 4th and a cancellation the day after, so please be sure and check it out here! I love the summer and always have.  […]

Atha

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I hope your month is off to a great start! As I was thinking about what to write this morning, the word commitment kept coming to mind. If we want something that we don’t have it usually doesn’t just magically appear in our life simply by wishing for it. When it does, be grateful and […]

The Power of 30 Seconds

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I hope you are having a great month! Do you often find yourself saying: I don’t have the time? Yeah, me too. More than I care to admit actually. So lately, to counter the anxiety of always feeling behind, I have been exploring the power of 30 seconds as a practice. Every day, I notice […]

Creating Habits

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Happy Month of May!! One year ago, I committed to writing 3 pages a day…every day. And I did it! Every single day without fail, I wrote 3 pages. The concept is from the Artist’s Way which I did over 20 years ago and was going to go through it again last year but life […]

Summer Special ~ on sale starting 5/15

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Unlimited classes from Memorial Day to Labor Day! Enjoy a summer filled with yoga! Deepen your practice, find your center and rejuvenate this summer with our Summer Special. 99 days of unlimited classes for only $375, restrictions apply*. *Available for purchase starting Monday, May 15th at 10am until Friday, June 9th at 4pm. Special active […]

Take Steps Now

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I hope you are having great month so far! I was talking with someone today about why, as a teacher, I am committed to being a student, first and foremost. There are many reasons, but the one I found at the forefront of our conversation was a yoga sutra that reminds us to take steps […]

Relationships

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Happy April! I hope your month is off to a great start. I am currently typing this at 30,000 feet and am thinking about the practice of yoga as I always do when writing these newsletters 🙂 A teacher once told me that the best indicator of whether or not your yoga is working is […]

Less is More

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Happy middle of the month! The official start to Spring is coming up next week but it seems LA skipped Spring and just went straight to Summer. Yowza! Perfectly in line with spring cleaning, the renovations at Yoga Blend are complete. Thank you so much for your patience during the transition and for your encouraging […]

Celebrating 12 Years

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Happy March! I hope you are doing well and finding the time to invest in self care which is so very important in order for us to be able to fulfill all of the roles we play in life. This Saturday Yoga Blend will celebrate 12 years. What began as a small glimmer of a […]

Gratitude

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I hope you are having a great month so far and find yourself surrounded by an abundance of things to be grateful for despite any challenges you may be facing. As humans, we live in a world of duality. Regardless if it is an ‘illusion’ or not, our human life is a constant play between […]

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to start creating an amazing 2017. As we begin the new year, it is a great time to start envisioning what we want our year to look like and setting out a plan for taking action. Often times, the tendency at the […]

Choose Your Focus by Christy Marsden

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Happy December! I hope all is well with you and yours. With all the craziness in the world it is easy to get distracted from what is truly important. We can drift into frustration, anxiety, fear, anger or a host of other, not so pleasant emotions. In Yoga philosophy there is a sutra that I […]

Kindness, Compassion & Love by Christy Marsden

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First of all…I love and appreciate you for who you are. You deserve love, respect and kindness. I hope you are taking care of yourself during this very chaotic time. It has been just over a week since the election and I have personally experienced a wide range of emotions as I am sure we […]

Dualities by Christy Marsden

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Happy November! I hope you had a great weekend filled with lots of treats and maybe some fun tricks as well! The nights are getting longer and even more so this coming weekend when the time changes. I have always been such a lover of the light. Bright, sunny days that seem to go on […]

Deepen Your Yoga by Christy Marsden

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Happy Mid October! I hope you are having a great month so far. For the past 11 1/2 years since opening Yoga Blend, I have written a bi-weekly newsletter about the benefits of a yoga practice. So, in case you are wondering, yoga is pretty special to me 🙂 Yoga has truly been one of […]

Change

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Happy October! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the transition into Fall! I just arrived back home to Nashville after 2 1/2 weeks and am in awe of the changes that have occurred in such a short amount of time. The weather is getting cooler and the air more crisp, the nights are […]

Choose Your Direction

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I hope you are having a great month so far! The day I am actually writing this newsletter is on September 11th, the 15 year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. I have read many posts from friends who were there or lost a loved one and my heart aches with and […]

Prana

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I hope all is well and you are enjoying your summer. I just returned from a completely unplugged, four day camping trip in Yosemite. It was absolutely magical in all the ways and it did wonders for my well being. According to yoga, a yogi or yogini is someone who contains their prana or life […]

Ahimsa

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Happy August! I hope all is well and you are finding the time to do the things you love in the midst of all that is happening in your life! I am always contemplating new ways to enhance my practice and this month it is through one of the 8 limbs of Yoga. The 8 […]

Focus on the Good

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I hope you are having great summer so far! With all that is happening in the world, it can be very challenging to stay positive and focus on the good, especially since the positive and the good don’t tend to draw quite the ratings as negative news does. One of the practices of yoga as […]

Finding Balance

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Happy June! As we head towards the heart of summer, my focus is to balance effort with ease (sthira/sukha). The goal of every yoga posture (or asana) is to embody these qualities at the same time. Of course this applies to the body but it also applies to the breath and to our state of […]

honesty & kindness

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I hope you are having a great month so far. The past month I have been focusing on the discernment we gain from practicing the 8 limbs of Yoga. The first limb, the yamas, has 5 observances for dealing with our outer world or in other words, our relationships. The two that I have spent […]

Summer Special

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Join us for a summer of yoga! On sale starting Monday, May 15th at 10am we will be offering our Summer Special, $325 for unlimited classes from Memorial Day to Labor Day, that’s 98 days of unlimited classes! Purchase here! Here are the details; Available for purchase starting Monday, May 16th at 10am until Friday, […]

Responsive not Reactive

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Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful April so far! When life throws us curve balls, often it is the problem we have with having the problem that causes us more of a problem than the actual problem itself. If we can just focus on what has shown up and deal with it the […]

11 Years

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I hope your month and year is off to a great start! In just over 6 weeks…Yoga Blend will celebrate 11 years. When I opened Yoga Blend of course I wanted it to thrive and last forever. But 11 years? It’s funny how I just never imagined getting to this milestone. Our 10 year anniversary […]

Detachment

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I hope you are having a great month and enjoying the gifts that this time of year brings with it. Speaking of this time of year, if we are not careful, it is easy to get out of our regular routine and find ourselves feeling depleted. The sugar, alcohol, parties, late nights, obligations, colder weather […]

Routine

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Happy December! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for you and very much appreciate you for being a part of the Yoga Blend family! From an Ayurvedic perspective, we are in the midst of Vata season which is made up of the elements of air and ether with the qualities […]

Pay Attention

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Happy October! It’s good to be back in LA and seeing so many of you around the studio. A practice that I have been really been embracing, albeit with struggles, is that of paying attention. This quote is on my refrigerator in Nashville so I see it often: “What tools do we need to use? […]

Commit

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I hope you are have a great month so far! As I mentioned at the first of the month, September is Yoga Month which is a great time to commit or re-commit to your yoga practice. The past few weeks, I have been re-committing to my practice in a whole new way. If you saw […]

Now

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September is Yoga Month…a great time to celebrate and re-commit to this practice we all love so much. Speaking of commitment :)…the very first of the Yoga Sutras is ‘atha yoganusasanam.’ Over the years, I have heard so many different translations of the sutras and the one I heard most for the first sutra was, […]

Yoga Month Challenge

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September is National Yoga Month! Invigorate your practice, join us in September for our National Yoga Month Challenge. During the month of September, the more you come, the more you get! * Take 12-17 classes during the month of September and receive $24 off a class series or unlimited purchase. * Take 18 -26 classes […]

Commitment

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Hi! I hope you are having a great month so far. If you have chosen to embark on our monthly challenge and practice something new, I hope you are learning the true value of what it means to practice. Motivated by our Instagram Challenge, I started practicing the piano again just last week after a […]

Practice

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Happy August! I can’t believe it’s already the 8th month of the year. I am currently up North for a Yoga Therapy Training and am deeply immersed in the practices and teachings of yoga. Although I have been at this practice for 20 years and opened the studio because I wanted to share these life-changing […]

Freedom

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Happy July! With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about Freedom and what it means to me. The 4th and final chapter of Yoga Sutras, the handbook for the Philosophy of Yoga, is about freedom (or kaivalya) which is said to be the ultimate result of a […]

Mindfulness

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I hope you are having a great month so far! I just attended the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research a couple of weekends ago and it was an amazing immersion of learning about the research being done in the field of Yoga Therapy. I was so inspired by the presenters and the work they […]

Expectations

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Happy May! I hope you are enjoying your Spring and the blooming of life all around. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about expectations. Over the years, I have often heard (and maybe you have too) that we shouldn’t have expectations when we practice. Yet, we set goals for our future and of course we […]