Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacramento Seva Yoga: Studio Lotus


Today I'm honored to bring you my first Sacramento Seva Yoga studio review.

In case you hadn't heard, I'm teaming up with Respiro Photography for a project all about local Sacramento yoga studios. Over the next few months, my friend Brynna and I will be attending classes all around the area, learning more about the community offerings, thanking teachers for the incredible work that they do, and searching for one lucky yogi who will be given the chance to do a free photo shoot this summer.

I'd love to hear your feedback on the project, and if you're a yogi or yoga teacher who is interested in doing a photo shoot, please feel free to contact me at aliveinthefire at gmail dot com for more details.



My first stop on the tour was Studio Lotus in Rocklin. I took a Sunday morning community class with Lucy Somers. Lucy teaches an empowering and encouraging all-levels flow, and the energy of the group for this class felt enthusiastic, warm, and lighthearted.


Sacramento Seva Yoga: Studio Lotus

Vibe of the space: Cozy, welcoming, down-to-earth

Favorite moments from class: Before Child's pose, Lucy asked us to meet our neighbors and say hi to someone we didn't know. I love when teachers offer the opportunity to get to know other yogis and build a supportive environment in the room! I also loved Lucy's cue about Halfway Lift / Standing Half Forward Bend pose (Ardha Uttanasana)-- she said to pretend like her favorite Starbucks drink, a matcha green tea latte, was resting on your upper back. Later she reminded us, "Don't spill my latte!" It was a clever and memorable way to cue engagement of the upper back :)

Reasons I can't wait to come back: Not only is the community at Studio Lotus welcoming and fun, but the people there are very genuine and just happy to be able to practice together. I chatted with several other teachers who attended the class, and each person I talked to invited me to come back. I left feeling uplifted and grateful, and I'll definitely be back!

Studio location: 1150 Sunset Blvd #154, Rocklin, CA 95765
Phone: (916) 624-9642
Seva (free) community class offerings: Sundays from 9am-10:15am
Is this studio on the Sac-Sierra Yoga list? YES (see all participating studios here)


  


Thanks for following along, and if you feel inspired to share, please send the link for this post to any local Sacramento yoga students, teachers or studio owners you think might be interested in being part of Sacramento Seva Yoga!

Our goals with this project are to:
  • explore the local Sacramento and northern California yoga community
  • experience classes from teachers who are making a difference in the world and have the opportunity to thank them for what they do
  • meet new yoga friends
  • give back to our community with blog publicity and the photo shoot offering
  • share love and kindness
Stay tuned for the next studio visit at Yoga Reclaimed in Auburn.

Namaste.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sun Basket, My New Favorite Way to Make Dinner


Does anyone else out there struggle to find inspiration for healthy, creative meals (especially during the work week)?

Helloooo, winter time...you with your cold temperatures and back-to-back colds... you make me feel tired and unmotivated to cook!

Enter the genius company Sun Basket

Photo via Sun Basket.
The way it works is simple and so clever: you can sign up online and pick out your favorite meals, then a magical refrigerated box with fresh food on ice packs arrives at your door.

Inside are all the ingredients you need, plus a handy recipe card for how to cook the meals. And after you're all done, you can even mail back the box and freezer packs for free, so Sun Basket can recycle the shipping materials. So rad!

All of the three farm-fresh, nourishing meals I cooked were delicious! They featured incredible flavor combinations, healthy ingredients, and organic fresh herbs and produce.


Sun Basket offers a ton of specific meal options, too, including vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free and breakfasts. Their pricing is a little high, but I think this would make a great gift idea, either to treat yo'self or give your loved one a night off from cooking.


Thank you, Sun Basket, for giving me the opportunity to try out your awesome meals! I'll be recommending you to friends and fellow yogis to share the love.

I'm grateful I can cozy up and relax without having to stress over dinner... truly a blessing for a busy yoga teacher like me :)


Namaste, dear ones!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sacramento Seva Yoga

Photos in this post by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Calling all Sacramento-area yogis!

I'm stoked to tell you about a project my beautiful friend Brynna and I are teaming up on.

It's called Sacramento Seva Yoga and it's all about spreading love and kindness through yoga in our local community.


Brynna is the creative genius behind Respiro Photography and she's also an incredible yoga teacher in the area. We met at Veera Yoga and you've seen our photo collaborations many times here on the blog :)

Brynna is a dear friend and I'm so grateful to work with her on photo shoots -- she knows me better than any other photographer and is always able to capture my true, heartfelt energy in the photographs.


Over the next few months, Respiro Photography and Alive in the Fire will be teaming up by visiting local yoga studios to attend community classes, speak with local teachers and yogis about our work, and search for a yogi who is in need of a photo shoot.

I'll be writing posts about each studio we visit -- what the vibe was like, how it felt to practice in the space, and what inspiring stories I heard and awesome people I met.

Brynna will also be talking to students and teachers from the classes to see if she can find someone who is in need of headshots. In early summer, she'll be offering one lucky yogi a free photo shoot experience.
 

Our goals with Sacramento Seva Yoga are to:
  • explore the local Sacramento and northern California yoga community
  • experience classes from teachers who are making a difference in the world and have the opportunity to thank them for what they do
  • meet new yoga friends
  • give back to our community with blog publicity and the photo shoot offering
  • share love and kindness


The project is an offshoot of the Sponsored Yogis program, and it pairs up well with our Sac-Sierra Yoga passes.

Sac-Sierra Yoga is a team of yoga teachers, healers, event producers, and community organizers dedicated to integrating the Sacramento & Sierra yoga community while offering a way to make the yoga practice more accessible to members of our greater community. 

You buy a pass for only $40 and then you can visit over 40 different yoga studios in the area for 1 drop-in class at each location. The studios are all the way from the heart of Sacramento and Davis, into the hills of Auburn, Grass Valley, Placerville, Truckee and Tahoe.



To me, this project is about the heart of yoga: building a loving, supportive community that encourages people to grow, to spread kindness, and to foster balance, awareness and understanding in our world.

Cheers to the launch of Sacramento Seva Yoga! Please stay tuned for my first studio experience blog post about Studio Lotus in Rocklin, and of course reach out if this project resonates with you and you'd like to be a part of it.


Namaste!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January to February, and the Yamas and Niyamas

Photo by Jobi Otso.

Anyone else excited to be through January and into a new month? :)

I don't know about you guys, but so far this year is bringing many changes into my life, both personally and professionally. 


I feel a strong need to stay open and maintain a loving and compassionate attitude, even when things feel chaotic. Home life and work life balances are shifting and evolving. 

A yoga studio where I've been teaching announced that it will close at the end of the month. I cried on my mat and felt a sense of dread at having to share the news with my students. The experience has been a bittersweet lesson in aparigraha (non-attachment) and santosha (contentment with what is). Two important yogic principles that are not easy to practice!

Photo by Jobi Otso.

Despite the ups and downs, what I do know is that my yoga practice, with its back bending and heart opening, will continue to serve me and help me stay open and expressive even during this time of transition.

Much love to you, dear readers!

PS Another heartfelt post on contentment, and more about the ethical practices of yoga, called the yamas and niyamas.

Photo by Lucid Reflections.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Inspired Intentions


Hi, yogis!

Today I'm excited to bring you a new Sponsored Yogis series all about inspired intentions
Inspired Intentions

Do you have a habit of setting intentions? Or cultivating a certain quality during your morning meditation?

We've found it can be quite powerful to bring in an intention or mantra early in the day, either during meditation or even just driving in the car.

Here are some lovely inspired intentions from our Sponsored Yogi team:

Yani

Trust the moment. Be patient with the moment. Everything shall unfold. I'm learning to take things easy and be patient, even while I have a full and busy schedule.

Kels

My intention is to stay positive: today I'm feeling a little in the dark and blue. I'm looking for inspiration and trusting that I'll find it.

Rachel

My intention is to rest. To be gentle on myself. If there are moments where I find myself having unreasonable expectations or hearing the thought creep in that says, 'I'm not good enough,' I will shift my perspective and let that BS go! (PS My favorite-ever response when I told Yani and Kels about this intention was Yani's reply: "Sometimes warriors need to become little angels and slow down for a bit." So true!!)

What are your inspired intentions this week, yogis?

Namaste.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Obstacles

Photo by Felipe Silva of @the_lost_portraits.

Consider this: the path before you is clear. 

Anything you perceive as an obstacle is simply a tool for shaping you into a more determined, resourceful, aware human being. 

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Can you soften your gaze inward and discover if the roadblocks you perceive have been created from within? 

Let a release of fear pass over you. 

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Breathe in. 

And when you open your eyes again, notice how the path is unfolding and you're more awake and alive than you've ever been.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Compassion (Ahimsa)

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Surrender your notions of what it means to be 'perfect' or 'good' or 'beautiful.' 

You are all of these things and so much more. You are human. 

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

You're allowed to be uncertain, fearful and doubtful. You're allowed to stand in your power and recognize your own divinity. 

You will come to know both joy and sadness, both ease and difficulty. You are an expressive being with a soul. You are an artist. The way you move and the work you do and your willingness to love has a deep impact. Your dreams matter and so does your voice. 

Photo by Tra Huynh of Two Twenty Photography.

On the days when you feel like you are worthless or not enough -- not perfect enough, not good enough, not beautiful enough -- can you step back and witness who you really are? 

Can you take a deep breath? And then re-approach your reflection in the mirror with some kindness and compassion? 

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

You are needed in this world. 

Stay true to yourself. 

Be as you are.

Namaste.

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