Focus on what you love…

Hello! I hope you are doing wonderful and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Over the past few weeks I have been really thinking about the things I love the most and how to focus most of my energy on those things. It is easy to get caught in the cycle of worrying about or dealing with all the things that are challenging and difficult; the things that are not going well; the things we don’t like.  When instead, we would be much better off putting more energy and time into the things we are really good at, the 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…

Yoga is a Practice of Action

Happy middle of the month! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and laughter. I am behind on just about everything because things don’t always turn out as planned. And this is why practicing the art of surrender can be super helpful 🙂 Yoga is a practice of action. If we don’t like what are getting, then we have to do something different. We cannot just know, understand, or desire something in our mind. We have to actually do something about it. However, knowing what action to take can be a challenge. So we practice yoga 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…

Take Steps Now

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 now to avoid future discomfort. So often, when things are going well it is easy to stop practicing yoga, doing our self-care routine, meditating, journaling, or whatever else it is that keeps us focused, calm and on track. However, the best time to dive deeper Read the full article…

Gratitude

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 seemingly opposing forces such as light and dark, hot and cold, effort and ease, etc. The practice of Yoga is about guiding us inward to align body, mind and spirit so we are better able to reconcile these extremes for a more sattvic (or balanced) Read the full article…

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…

Deepen Your Yoga by Christy Marsden

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 the greatest gifts of my life. Besides my best friend of 38 years, yoga is the longest and healthiest relationship I’ve ever had. This practice started me on a journey of self-discovery over 20 years ago and continues to reveal so much to me about Read the full article…

Focus on the Good

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 well as positive psychology is to focus on what is working and what is going well. It is important to remember that there are a lot of people in the world doing so much good. There is an overabundance of bad news going around. We Read the full article…

Finding Balance

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

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 mind. Too much effort in any of these areas can lead to rigidness and too much ease can lead to complacency. Just as with anything…it is all about finding balance. I have noticed that I tend to apply more effort than I do ease in Read the full article…

Community

Happy February! I hope your month is off to a great start. It has been so wonderful seeing so many of you around the studio the past few days which has had me thinking a lot about and feeling really grateful for our community. I saw a quote recently that I cannot seem to find again so I don’t remember exactly what it said or who said it but I do remember that the essence of it was this: It is quite possible that the new guru is community. I couldn’t agree more! Living in Nashville part of the time 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.

11 Years

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 seemed like a number way out there in the future and when we reached it last year, it was huge! But there is something about 11 that just seems so incredible to me. We are past a decade and are now into our 2nd decade!! Read the full article…

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…

Practice

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 teachings, I am still fascinated by just how deep this practice goes and am always delighted by what I discover. When we do the holistic (body, breath, mind) practice of yoga, the benefits are numerous affecting all systems of the body. As an added bonus, 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…

Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows

Happy February!  I hope you are having a great start to the new month.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what I am giving my attention to lately. Where attention goes, energy flows.  What are you giving your attention to?  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about habits and how they define us.  One way to undo a habit that no longer serves us is by doing something else.  When we give our attention to something, energy begins to flow in that direction.  The more we focus in that direction, the more energy starts to build and creation starts Read the full article…