How bad do you want it?

I have just arrived back from almost a month in India and Bali and experienced so much that I have barely started to process it all.  However, the one thing that kept showing up for me (and continues to do so) was that the journey to getting anywhere worthwhile can be a challenge.  In fact, it is usually is.  Of course, there are times when things come easily and effortlessly and for those times, I am very grateful. But more often than not, when something is worth it to us, when it has meaning, it requires consistency of effort.  It Read the full article…

Adapting to life as it unfolds

I hope your month is off to a great start.  I started the month off with an injury that totally got in the way of the plans I had for several days of hiking which got me thinking as life often does 🙂 So much of life is about making plans and moving toward them but then what if it doesn’t turn out the way we intended? It is easy to fall into feeling as if these disappointments along the way are personal or maybe a sign.  Who knows why things turn out the way they do.  We can make Read the full article…

Visualize to become…

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start! The beginning of a new year is a great time to envision what it is we want for our lives, set intentions and take actions in order to move towards that vision.   Visualization in Yoga is the ability to see what it is that we want to call into existence.  It is also a feeling, an attitude, a way of being.  It is not about putting off happiness into the future when all the circumstances are different, but rather seeing a future we love so Read the full article…

Yoga Gives Us Time

Happy middle-ish of the month! With the longer days and higher energy of spring, I find myself getting caught up in the quickening of the season. I am scheduling more, moving faster and taking less and less time for myself and for turning in. Oops. I have noticed that I seem to be moving from one thing to the next with practically no down time. As a result, I find myself unable to fully focus on what I am doing and I end up feeling fatigued and anxious at the end of the day. I am reminded of this quote Read the full article…

Comparison

I hope your month is going well! As I consider all the things I want to create and look to others for inspiration, the following quote keeps ringing in my head: Comparison is the thief of joy. With the neurosis and suffering that comes from comparing ourselves to others, especially on the internet, I’ve been putting my attention toward respecting, appreciating and celebrating others for their unique gifts. One of the surest ways to increase suffering and stop our dreams in their path is to constantly look outside of ourselves in comparison to others. When we are always comparing, it Read the full article…

Awareness

Happy February! I hope you are having a great start to your year and if you set them, that your intentions, goals and/or resolutions are going well and bringing you greater health and happiness. When I first started yoga, I was pretty frustrated with how far I felt I had to go in my life with regards to where I wanted to be physically, emotionally, in my work, diet, relationships, behaviors, health, etc. I remember expressing this to a teacher and her saying to me that at first, the awareness alone is enough. She said to start by simply observing Read the full article…

Sustained Focus

Happy December! I hope your month is off to a great start so far! The Yoga Sutras defines Yoga as the ability to direct the mind toward one chosen object (can be anything) and maintain that direction without distraction for a sustained amount of time. When we are in a state of Yoga (i.e. mind focused, therefore relaxed and settled), we experience our true nature. Ahhhh. When we are not in the state of Yoga (distracted and agitated), what we experience is the activities of our mind instead. Oh dear! With everything that is happening in the world right now, Read the full article…

3 Great Yoga Deals

Thank you for being a part of Yoga Blend. All of us here appreciate you and are grateful for your support, your presence, your practice, your awesome-ness…all of it! The best way to deepen your yoga practice is through consistency. A consistent practice helps us to fine tune the body, relax the mind and create positive changes in our loves. And when we practice in a studio environment, it fosters community, encourages connection and offers inspiration and support. As much as you may want come to the studio to practice regularly, sometimes life or finances can get in the way Read the full article…

Knowing vs Not Knowing

I hope you are having a great month so far. I was just having a conversation with someone about knowing vs not knowing and the confusion, pain and fear that can result when we are unsure about which way to go. We have so many roles, goals and responsibilities in our lives that we sometimes just go on autopilot and do all the things without really pausing to see if what we are doing is still true to our heart. Then maybe one day we wake up and see that the things we are doing no longer serve us and Read the full article…

Summer Special ~ on sale starting 5/15

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 from Monday, May 29th, 2017-Monday, September 4th, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS. Dates cannot be changed, modified or postponed. Cannot be shared with other clients. Cannot combine with any other offers or discounts. Limit 1 per person.

Kindness, Compassion & Love by Christy Marsden

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 all have. I have also been doing a lot of reflection. Yoga Blend is not in the business of politics. We are in the art of healing. My intention for Yoga Blend, as it has always been, is to be a sanctuary for everyone to Read the full article…

February Special

As we head into February, we are here to help you stay strong with your new years goals! On sale Monday, February 1st through Monday, February 15th, purchase a Monthly Unlimited for only $108. Regularly $150, that’s $42 in savings! On Sale 2/1/16-2/15/16. Limit 1 per person. Purchase in studio, online, or over the phone. Package activates the day of purchase. 30 days of unlimited classes from purchase date forward. No further discounts apply. No transfers, no sharing.

Gratitude and Growth

Happy New Year! I hope you had wonderful holidays filled with lots of celebration, love, laughter and great food, no matter how you chose to celebrate! I am very excited about the new year and being back at the Blend more regularly when our teacher training begins at the end of the month! With the start of a new year, many of us may been thinking of what we want to create in the coming months. After years of setting goals and reaching them only to set more goals and stress out to reach them, I have decided to go Read the full article…

Expectations

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 want them to come to fruition. Which means we actually do expect something. One of my teachers used to say, “Yoga helps us to get comfortable with paradox”. And I couldn’t agree more. On the one hand, it is important that we show up to Read the full article…

Patience

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Happy April! Spring has sprung and with it comes the excitement of expansion, growth and possibility. However, if we are not paying attention, that excitement can easily lead to anxiousness because the allure of the future can be a mighty one, continually calling us out of the Now. This is where the practice of patience can be so helpful. Dictionary.com lists the first definition of patience as: the quality of being patient as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. The 2nd definition listed is: an ability or willingness to Read the full article…