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The Tale Of Too Many Tabs

I am a wife of nearly 16 years, a mom, and a leader of a powerful team of humans.

Like many of you, at any given time it seems like I can be managing homework, responding to an issue at work, thinking about what's for dinner and ordering toilet paper on Amazon to be delivered today, because we're out.  

Life is moving quickly. There are many competing interests for my attention and focus.

What if it didn't have to be this way all the time?  

I'm a teacher and student of Baptiste Power Yoga and the first pillar of the practice is drishti.

Drishti is one's gaze or where you set your eyes in a pose. Drishti both on and off the mat gives you a place to focus your attention.  It's the yoga practice and life practice of doing one thing at a time.  

 I've been known to operate my shiny MacBook Air with multiple browser windows open at a time.  

Let me be clear when I say multiple, I mean upward of 20 tabs at one time. It's no wonder I begin to get...

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Shift your drishti and receive a miracle.

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2019

Has your boss ever asked you to do something that you didn't want to do - like write a blog post?

My boss did just that, and my response to that request was, "I am the numbers person. I don't write blogs."

Yet, here I sit typing a blog post and you are reading it.

I did not have my attention on writing and I was extremely resistant to the task for weeks. I worked on payroll, budgets, and property tax listings which are all important duties I am responsible for. What it took for me to sit down and start typing was shifting my perspective.

I kept putting the writing task at the bottom of my to-do list until finally, I asked myself, "Why am I resistant." 

My typical responses came up; no one cares what I have to say, there are people who can do it better than me and I am not good enough.

The shift happened when I sat down and did the work. The moment I began to doubt these doubts and change my thought pattern, I had two paragraphs on the page.  My miracle happened...

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What The Om! - Podcast Pilot Episode

Uncategorized Jan 25, 2019
 

Welcome to the pilot episode of What the Om! 

In each episode of What The Om! we explore a single term or concept you hear in yoga class with members of the Yoga One community.

This episode's theme aligns with our January studio focus on Drishti, the first pillar of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. 

Stay tuned for more episodes! We will launch soon on your favorite podcast app! 

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Practice Your Drishti Anywhere!

 

Now available on the Yoga One Channel!

Each month our teachers get together to explore our studio theme. The theme is a teaching focus in the classroom and a way to bring yoga methodology to life for the rest of the business. 

Enjoy this special 30-minute practice with Michelle and Yoga One teachers focusing on Drishti, the first of five pillars of the Baptiste Methodology.

You'll need several items to place around your mat (like yoga blocks or a water bottle and towel) to be your focal points. Then, experience the power of setting your focus in each and every pose you're in!

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Set your drishti, find your keys! Set your drishti, find your ease.

Have you ever been looking for your keys and you finally realize that you have them in your hand?

Or looking for your sunglasses and eventually discover they are ON YOUR HEAD?

This happens to me when I am hurrying. This happens to me when I feel like I have more to do than I can get done in time. Do you know what else happens to me when I feel rushed or overwhelmed? I spill my smoothie. I stub my toe. I accidentally kick the dog. OOPS.

For several years I actually worried that I had some undiscovered disease or possibly a brain tumor. I was often dizzy. I had trouble remembering where I was going and what I was doing. My hands were not cooperating with my brain. I broke a drinking glass about once a week getting ready in the morning.

Spending time worrying over my condition, left me feeling nervous and restless. I thought about it so much, I finally decided to do something about it. Because...“Do the thing and you will have the power.”

First I slowed down my mornings....

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Drishti, The Human Superpower

When I ask people what superpower they would like to have, they most often answer with flying, teleportation, or some version of super strength, speed, or intellect. Honestly, those top my personal wish list as well.

Something interesting happens when I ask someone if they would prefer a superpower that makes it easier to get what they want.

Eyes widen. A sincere “huh!” usually erupts and people add this one to their list.

As it goes, this is one of the powers that we already have as humans, although it often goes unexamined. Because it’s a power that is largely uncultivated, it also gets exploited, often to the detriment of our sense of sanity and our wallets 

This superpower is our ability to choose where our attention goes. 

In Baptiste Power Yoga, we have a saying that “where your attention goes, energy flows.”

The idea is that what you focus on expands. Put your attention on your savings account regularly and it will start to grow. Focus...

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Mindful Moments: Soul

As we embrace the new year, Yoga One embarks on Mindful Moments. On and off the mat, we encourage you to take moments each day and incorporate a dose of mindfulness.  This week is all about taking care of your SOUL.

Have you ever had an experience that you have loved so much it lingers in your mind, body, and soul? An experience that brings out the best in you, fills your "cup", and makes all your 5 senses come alive. . . This experience may be as small as buying yourself flowers or as big as achieving one of your big goals.  THIS is your soul speaking to you. Lean in and listen up. 

Over the past few weeks, we've discussed the importance of feeding your mind and body, however, what is equally as important is nourishing your SOUL.  Take the time to excavate the questions below and if you're feeling stuck, check these out.

Here a few prompting questions to encourage your journey to a mindful soul:

How do you nourish your soul?

What brings you joy?

What activities...

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Mindful Moments: Body

During the month of December, Yoga One embarks on Mindful Moments. On and off the mat, we encourage you to take moments each day and incorporate a dose of mindfulness.  This week is all about taking care of your BODY.  

Let's talk about mindfulness and movement. Marrying the two simultaneously can create harmony with both your mind and body. According to Alice G. Walton from this Forbes magazine article, "Mindfulness meditation is well-known to reduce stress and anxiety—so is moving the body. Put the two together, a new study from Penn State University reports, and the mental health benefits may be that much stronger."

Thus, during a moment of movement today, try this on for size: tap into all 5 of your senses, take a deep breath, and envision one thing you are truly grateful for.  Your body (and mind) will thank you.

Here a few prompting questions to encourage your journey to a mindful body:

How do you restore your body?

What physical...

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Mindful Moments: Mind

During the month of December, Yoga One embarks on Mindful Moments. On and off the mat, we encourage you to take moments each day and incorporate a dose of mindfulness.  This week is all about taking care of your MIND.  

Whether you are reading a new book or taking the time to sit down and journal, slowing your mind down is a great tool in your path to mindfulness.  Slowing down your mind can increase productivity throughout your day, relieve stress and reduce anxiety, and even create a healthier sleep cycle.

Here a few prompting questions to encourage your journey to a mindful mind:

How do  you restore your mind?

What activities provoke harmony and ease in your mind?

Make a list. What mindful moments can you bring into your mind today?

Over the next week, take the time to inquire these questions and be sure to share your experiences below!

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Mindful Moments

'Tis the season to be mindful.  We are currently in the last month of the year and what better time than now to reflect, be present, and surrender to what is.  During the month of December, Yoga One embarks on Mindful Moments. On and off the mat, we encourage you to take moments each day and incorporate a dose of mindfulness. 

Now, this may seem like a daunting task.. especially if you've never explored or thought about this topic.  You're not alone.  The good thing is there are so many resources to help you in your mindfulness path. Like here and here.

Here a few prompting questions to encourage your journey:

What does mindfulness look like to you? In your personal relationships? At work? When you're by yourself?

What brings you back to the present moment?

Make a list.  How do you practice mindfulness?

Over the next few weeks, we will take a deeper look at what mindfulness is and how we can incorporate mindful moments into each and every...

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