The Sacral Chakra

A few days ago a friend (cough cough; Jen) held a pendulum over me to help me determine which chakra needed healing in my body. 

In this post I’ll be explaining what I’ve learned about the Sacral chakra and why it’s very important for this one, especially, to be clear. 

You see, I have anxiety and have had bouts of depression over the years. This is the first time in over 5 years that I’ve felt “off”. 

What happens for many people like me is we don’t deal with life the right way - we are too busy. Life tries to slow us down and tell us we need to process things, but we make plans and events to work more and keep our to do list going so we don’t have to sit with feelings. 

But as you know, meditation and yoga help us to feel. They help us to process those feelings and still remember we are okay. We are here. We are enough. We are present. 

So as I’m going through my own journey to re-commit to my own practice and find balance again (being transparent here!) I’ll be documenting some of what I learn in hopes it will help you, and we will hold more events at the studio in the coming months to help us all to explore these paths in our practices.

It helps to know we are not alone in this and I know many of you have reached out with similar experiences with anxiety and depression, and I feel this is something I need to share. So thank YOU!

What exactly are the chakras? 

The chakras are these seven energy centers in our body. They are spinning wheels of energy, energy that makes up everything - wheels of energy form matter like wood and fabric and metal. The seven energy centers are from the ground up, the root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye, and crown chakra.

What is the sacral chakra?

This chakra is located in the pelvic area right beneath the naval. It is where our reproductive organs are, it's tied to our emotions, sexuality and creativity. If you're feeling ashamed, jealous, or guilty these are usually signs that this chakra is off balance.

How to Heal?

Yoga helps, but so does anything creative. I've been enjoying writing again, wanting to take up new hobbies, painting, and more. Another thing that helps me is taking an epsom salt bath with essential oils. This chakra is in the element of water, so drinking alot of water or being around or in water is healing. Orange essential oil is one that I use. It evokes feelings of gratitude and the color of this chakra is orange. Also, meditating and breathing into the pelvic area of the body helps to activate this chakra.

Are you on this journey to discovering yourself? Feel free to reach out to me to just chat. I'll share my experiences. You matter, and I love you. :)

Summer Yoga Challenge

We are excited to be hosting our first Summer Yoga Challenge group!

The challenge will run from June 6th through August 31st.

That’s more than 70 days!

It is FREE to enter into the challenge and be eligible for prizes. Some prizes include our NEW tanks that we are currently having designed, and a TOP prize of a SPA OFFER of up to $250 at Theory Salon & Wellness in Kingston!

In order to be eligible, you MUST input your email into the form located below...

*Instructors not included.

Name *
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If you’ve ever wanted to be more consistent in your practice, now is the time! Everyone who comes to 30 classes or more over those 70 days will receive a tank. The person with the MOST classes attended all together will win the spa package of their choice. *Barre classes are included.

A scoreboard will be created and kept up at the studio, so you can see how you're doing all summer long!

The cut off for registering is JUNE 3. Sign up before then to be eligible.

What Is Required?

If you’re already a member of Home Yoga & Barre, then this won’t cost anything to enter! Just use your class passes as usual!

If you don’t have a contract, you’ll want to grab our Summer Special – 3 months of unlimited yoga for Adults $230 / Students $199.

Not sure you could make this work? 30 Days out of over 70 means an average of 3 days a week of yoga!

That’s doable, right? ;)

 

You CAN Do Yoga!

"But I can't do that!"

This is the most commonly heard term of negativity for yoga teachers.

But is it true? Not in the least.


Sure, there are more advanced practitioners that enjoy seeing their practice change, but some yoga practices serve mainly for relaxation and meditation and TRULY listening to what the body needs - which for some of us may only be gentle movement. 

A few weeks ago, we mentioned Yin Yogaand now we are introducing you to another yoga class that is on the Home Yoga & Barre schedule several times weekly - Gentle Yoga.

In gentle yoga classes, and in most classes for that matter, students are encouraged to move and breathe at their own pace, listening to the body and when something doesn't feel right. You don't HAVE to do anything in yoga classes. :)

Gentle yoga finds its place in studios between Yin Yoga and Vinyasas. It is slower than a vinyasa and more on the mat like a yin class, but it is usually accompanied by shorter holds in postures than yin classes. It is just as relaxing as yin yoga, but involving more breath and movement combinations. Everyone can do this! A good teacher will give a few variations to a particular yoga pose. This is what makes Gentle yoga classes perfect for the beginner to go to!

Wanting to relax after work and fall asleep a little easier? Join Alyssa for Candlelit Gentle Yoga Tuesday nights at 7pm and for a morning Gentle Yoga class Saturdays at 8am!

Why Do Yoga

You've seen more businesses popping up with this word "YOGA" very prominent in the names. The first you heard of this was on the 90's TV show, "Sex And the City". Since then, you've wondered what yoga is, and why - mostly - women like it.

If you're not aware, September is National Yoga Month. We won't get into the history of yoga just yet, since that is enough for a whole other post, but I will tell you that there are a whole slew of reasons you should try yoga!

  1. Exercise. Yoga is relaxing AND it is a form of exercise. Search YouTube and you will find yoga practitioners effortlessly flowing through a yoga practice - except they aren't effortlessly doing anything. Yoga is more difficult than it looks, mainly because our bodies are so tight! Which leads me to our next reason.
  2. Flexibility. You lift weights alot. You run. You also sit at a desk everyday and drive a car to get to that desk! This all leads to us being tight AND weak - regardless of what you may think - a tight muscle is NOT also a strong muscle. Yoga improves our range of motion, which improves all of these other activities and also our comfort level and strength while doing them!
  3. Stress Relief and Better Breathing. These two are tied together for good reason. While practicing yoga, you will learn to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth, usually. This is because inhaling and exhaling through the mouth actually increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Nasal breathing increases your lung capacity and circulation of blood throughout the body, making it able to detoxify itself, and this way of breathing increases performance during runs and other activities! Try it and see!
  4. Weight Management. We aren't burning a whole ton of calories in most yoga classes, but we all know that when we are stressed out, aren't sleeping enough, overtraining or not getting enough water - our body is in a state of stress. Therefore, our body secretes a hormone called cortisol. This is something that bloats a majority of us and stores belly fat. We are "off balance" in some way when this happens. Well, yoga regulates this hormone. It brings us physically and mentally back to balance. Yoga also helps us to be more mindful of our body and mind, which also means being more thoughtful about what we are eating, which often comes with the side effect of losing weight.
  5. Present. A good asana (physical yoga) and meditative practice will help bring you to the present moment. It encourages us to accept things and people as they are. It changes our perspective and allows us to enjoy just "being" rather than always moving forward.

These are only a few of the ways yoga can improve your life. If you'd like to learn more about yoga, join us for our Beginner's Workshop this October! Click here for more information.

What is Barre?

Barre is a popular fitness class that is making women all over the country feel beautiful and strong. Barre is founded on the principles of disciplined movement that include a focus on strength, flexibility, balance, and strengthening. Depending on the instructor Barre includes traditions and movement from ballet, yoga, pilates, strength training, and cardiovascular exercise. During most Barre classes a barre is used to help maintain balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Most classes are 55-60 minutes long and start with a warm up and a sequence of upper-body exercises, which target the biceps, triceps, chest, and back muscles. Next, you will use the ballet barre and your own body weight to focus on the thigh and seat muscles. Followed by an abdominal series and then stretches to help increase your flexibility and muscle recovery.


Our instructors design their own style of classes, so pay attention to the class descriptions to see which class suits you. We guarantee you will enjoy them all and notice benefits from all that our Barre classes and instructors have to offer. 

Equipment:

  • YOU: your own body weight- (the most important piece of equipment in a Barre class) 
  • Yoga mat
  • Ballet barre
  • Light hand weights
  • Pilates balls

Benefits:

  • Better posture
  • Weight loss
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Better balance
  • More flexibility
  • Awareness of your mind and body
  • Increased strength
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Increased bone density
  • Improved cognitive functioning

FAQ’s:

  • Do I need to wear socks? Most classes are done in bare feet, however if you would like to add some traction there are many options for barre socks out there. We will be selling some at the studio for anyone interested. 
  • Is Barre cardiovascular? Of course it is! Your heart rate will go up and down, and up and down again. : )
  • Can I take Barre classes if I am pregnant or recently had a baby? As always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. 
  • Are private sessions available? Yes, we do offer private sessions if you would like to get a better feel of the positions. We also offer private “theme” classes for children’s birthday parties or bachelorette parties. The possibilities are endless. Contact us for more information.
  • Are prior dance skills required? Absolutely NOT! All types of people take our classes. We offer modifications and our instructors will make sure you are in the right position.
  • Will Barre classes help tone the body? Yes! Barre helps burn your muscles to the fullest potential and stretches and elongates that same muscle group. You may end up with some of these amazing results: smaller waistlines, thinner thighs, lifted, stronger seats, and flatter abs. Come check it out for yourself- what do you have to lose? Besides maybe some of those extra pounds ;)

*Private and semi private Barre sessions are available upon request. 

Did this help you learn what Barre is all about?! Suggestions are welcomed!