Jan 182013
 

marchmadness_2013

UNLIMITED YOGA FOR MONTH OF MARCH

 COST $35

On Sale until February 28th.  For just $35  this entitles one to UNLIMITED YOGA classes during the month of March. The March Madness Coupon can only be purchased at the studio. It is not offered on-line. Treat yourself to this coupon, treat a friend or family member. Coupon is not transferable and not refundable.

FREE MANDUKA MAT DRAWING AT LAST CLASS IN MARCH 

(Black mat pro valued at $94.00) 

Each student who attends class in February and March will be automatically entered in the drawing. The drawing will occur at the last yoga class in March. You do not have to be present to win. The more classes you attend during February and March, the more times your name will be entered in the drawing.

Aug 192012
 

Become refreshed with SERIES4 YOGA

The Yogi Coach Series4 Yoga Program

SERIES4 YOGA is an exclusive yoga program designed by The Yogi Coach bringing vitality and energy to the yoga class experience.  A special blending of hatha yoga forms can be characterized as a cross-training program for the mind, body and soul.

SERIES4 mirrors the times we live in. Our lives are filled with change at an ever increasing pace than at any other time in history.  Change is not easy to accept thus results in an increased stress level.  Stress produces negative energy which in turn produce an unbalanced state.  SERIES4 teaches us to adapt, relax  and accept change creating a more peaceful and calm state.

Students that enjoy elements of Hatha Yoga which includes but not limited to Baptiste, Bikram, Kripalu, Yin-Yan, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa styles will embrace  SERIES4.  The SERIES4 YOGA uses yoga in a specially designed manner creating the special harmony we all seek. A special focus is on:

  • energizing the body
  • strengthening the core
  • awakening the mind
  • soothing the soul

The program is intended for multilevel, intermediate and advanced students looking for yoga to supplement their well-being program.  The choreography of styles, intensity and energy levels produce a complete 90 minute yoga experience.  Students will become more energized, focused, stronger resulting in a peaceful & balanced state.

The key to SERIES4 is variety and focus.   You will not experience the same sequence of poses from class to class .  Secondly, there may be poses that you cannot do in full expression therefore, you will be asked to honor your own edge.  At times,  less poses are performed but held longer for deeper concentration or at times the class may use weights, straps, blocks and blankets.  At other times the room may be warmer than normal.  The key is variety which results in a more balanced mind, body and soul.

SERIES4 YOGA is intended for those:

  • Seeking a different and more vibrant yoga experience
  • Wanting to prevent injuries and/or increase overall mind and body strength
  • Interested in an energized environment
  • Enjoy individual attention
  • Those wanting to manage stress
  • Like variety and the concept of cross-training
  • Seeking to improve focus and concentration
  • Embrace a peaceful and harmonious state of being

SERIES4 will be incorporated in multilevel, intermediate and hot vinyasa classes in the Fall of 2012.

Feb 172012
 

There is a class for you

Expand your horizons and allow yourself to explore  – the limits are endless and the rewards are priceless.  Whether you are new to yoga,  currently practicing yoga or just curious about yoga  – TRY A CLASS.  Everyone is welcomed.  Yoga is not about competition, rather it is spending quality time with YOURSELF practicing an ageless discipline which has been with us for 4,000 years.  How many wellness fads, fitness programs or even sports programs can say they are 4,000 years old?  

Why are so many practicing yoga?  There is no one reason.  As a matter of fact,  reasons are wide-ranged and too numerous to mention,  but here is just a sampling –

  • Learn to de-stress
  • The ability to calm, tone and strengthen the mind, body and soul
  • Experience vitality, increased energy and sense of well-being
  • Improve flexibility, core strength and over-all body conditioning
  • Re-learn to breath again
  • Seek a meditative and peaceful experience
  • Cross-train for golf,  marathon, running,  biking, hiking and other activities
  • Wonderful 90 minute cleansing experience
  • Become refreshed, grounded, balanced and centered
  • The doctor said to try it
Jan 302012
 

You do not have to look too far and one will notice that YOGA is in the headlines for cross-fit training.  Yoga is currently used in all the major sports and frequently written about in Health & Wellness articles for the cross-training benefits that it provides for athletes.  For those of us that practice yoga on regular basis this should come as no surprise.  After all, yoga is over 4000 years old and has established roots. It is not a fad or something new, rather it is a discipline that provides harmony for the mind, body and soul.  For those that have not experienced yoga,  they need to take a closer look.  They are missing out on some real improvements to their core strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance and breathing, not mentioning, injury prevention.

BENEFITS OF CROSS TRAINING WITH YOGA 

 

Re-learn to Breath

If you participate competitively in sport or simply join the occasional fun run on a whim you are aware of the impact breathing can have on performance. Deep, relaxed breathing is the foundation of reducing performance anxiety and improving concentration. Yoga will help you develop a habit of breathing correctly. Yoga practice integrations the mind-body connection and athletes can benefit from this combination of skills training.

Increase Core Strength

Yoga poses are all about building core strength. The slow, focused movements require a strong mid-section and the isometric contractions of many exercises will add a new form of resistance training to your typical machine-based workouts.

Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion

Yoga routines incorporate slow, steady flexibility exercise that is ideal for athletes. Frequent yoga training may increase flexibility, and range of motion while relieving muscle tension. Whether you are a runner or a golfer, improved range of motion can often help improve performance.

Improve Balance

Yoga is a perfect way to incorporate balance exercises into your training routine. Balance exercises are often overlooked by athletes, but are one of the most effective ways to correct muscle imbalance or body mechanic problems. With most sports and weight training routines you tend to perform repetitive motions that develop some muscle groups while others are ignored. Yoga can fix these imbalances.

It’s Great Cross Training

Yoga is a great low-impact way to cross train. Cross training is necessary for athletes who do the same sport or exercise routine year-round. Adding new exercises can help reduce injury, relieve training boredom, add variety and help recover from hard aerobic or strength workouts. Yoga can be done at a high or low intensity and there are hundreds of postures that can provide a workout for any athletic need.

Yoga has something for Everyone

There are many styles of yoga that range from very dynamic, active, movements that go from one posture to another (and result in a thorough aerobic workout) to more slow-paced practices that hold postures for several minutes and form an intense strength training and balance workout.

Become Aware & Balanced

As aspect of yoga that is often ignored is the fact that yoga creates a unique awareness and harmony with you and your body.  Whether you practice gentle yoga or up-tempo vinyasa routines,  you become connected with your body.  You learn to identify your edge and limitations.  By practicing yoga on a regular basis you will see improvement. It is not by brute force either, rather in a slow and soft manner.  This benefit creates a very unique balance and understanding with you and your body.   This awareness combined with the calming nature of yoga allows the body to perform in a natural and safe manner.

Tony Horton (P90X2) On yoga: “Yoga is the glue… yoga is the magic. If your joints and connective tissue are crap, you can’t perform with speed and agility and balance.”

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 222012
 

 Built by a yogi for the yogi

The Vision

A VISION

We all have visions and aspirations – The Yogi Coach Studio is just that.  The time had come to expand my yoga practice and find a home for it.  During the past 18 months my search has taken me to all parts of the community – visiting old and new structures,  existing studios,  rental spaces in strip malls and even previewing empty lots.  Unfortunately, it was either the locality, the cost of the rent, parking issues, or just not having that right feeling about the space. Then finally I was fortunate enough to find a location that satisfied most of my needs. As with all endeavors – I compromised on a few items on my “want list.”  My motto was “I am going to make this space work for me.”

THE DESIGN

Hand painted stucco design

What does one do with a rectangle? The interior walls layered with a stucco design from the 1960’s and the dark colors of the entire facility created a dark and gloomy setting like the show, ” The Twilight Zone.”  In addition, the painted concrete slab was uneven like the rolling hills in Onondaga Hill.  Not one window was to be seen.  And the ceiling had more lights of

Designing

different sizes and shapes than NYC Times Square.  Even though this was a discouraging reality, I stayed focused on the vision and saw beyond the colors, lights and coldness of the space knowing I could transform it into a warm and welcoming yoga studio.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Determining a color scheme that depicts the proper ambiance and transforming the space using all natural materials was the next stage. The studio is designed with an earth tone effect combining wood, stone, bamboo and warm colors creating a durable, clean and yet refreshing look.   Lighting is extremely important to me. Too much light is a distraction while too little light can create a cold feeling.  Creating the right balance is the key.  The studio lighting is designed with a combination of both natural diffused light and indirect lighting creating a soft and mellow atmosphere.

BUILDING INCH BY INCH

In order to make this vision reality, the 90 day, 7 day a week project required controlling costs. Thus the only labor costs incurred was my time and the abuse put on my two hands. But because the ceilings are over 9ft high, the legs also gained their fair share of a workout spending literally weeks working on the ladder. The project also allowed me to pick up a few more tools and

New Entrance

bolts for my next endeavor too! The first task at hand was building a new outside entryway into the studio.  Luckily, I had very mild temperatures in November which allowed for great working conditions. Setting posts in a paved driveway is no fun task.  So pounding the pavement with a 30lb bar to break the pavement up was my way of beginning my new endeavor. Reminder Jeff, next time rent a jack hammer!  One day to set posts, two days to build the landing and one more day to build the railings. And in between loading and unloading the materials.

With the outside entryway completed it was time for some demolition.  One 20 ft. partition that separated the space in half needed to be removed and a 40 foot wall of sheet rock needed to be replaced with new.  As with all adventures, some excitement is always just around the corner. While removing the sheet rock from the 40 ft wall, I decided to cut the wall with a saw. After carefully determining the depth of the blade so I thought, I made one full cut. What a breeze I said. Just one more cut to go – so away I go and then BAM! I hit a water line and it came pouring out like a fire hydrant exploding.  The water literally was spraying 16ft in the air before it found the ground. At least there was good water pressure here.  As the water poured onto me I just said “hmmm. “  So thinking in between deep breaths I stepped into the van with soaking wet jeans and walked into a nearby hardware store like a wet mop head saying HELP. I knew I needed a quick fix since I did not have access to the shut off valve. So the good ole handyman found a fix to the situation and stopped the flood. That was the first surprise and I can say the last too!

Demolition

Demolition took several weeks, and re-wiring the electrical and framing another 10 days.  In the meantime, I wanted to add a special diffused window to bring natural light into the space.  A weekend was dedicated cutting thru cinder blocks with the help of a retired mason to create this special design and look.   As the weeks progressed it was 3 steps forward and 2 steps back.

Cutting the exterior block wall for the new window on a cold day!

Several things were done then re-done and re-done again, like the dear ceiling I came to know so well.  Stone and bamboo needed to be ordered and wood was needed for the custom wall units. But I only had so much space and needed to have a strict time-line in order to coordinate the handling and storage of the different materials.

Another hole in the wall

During this time frame, when folks asked me about my status, my reply simply was “inch by inch”.  And I can say that I visited every inch of the studio 100 times if not more.

At the end of December, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The final phase included building custom wall units, custom trim for new window, installing the stone and the bamboo floor.  This phase took about a month but the transformation was exciting as each new material installed.  The space was taking shape with a whole new perspective and I could see the vision becoming reality.

Transformation

Finally

Finally

The final stage was installing a state of the art sound system and then turning it on for the first time like a child with a new toy – it was like watching a colorful summer sunset.  Every low and mid-range sound was heard with clarity and crispness that immediately enhanced the ambiance of the studio.

REALITY

Pure bamboo and stone

The Shining Light

In conclusion, I feel a soothing calmness and peacefulness in the studio.  It is now time to share the passion and perseverance I have had for many months with others.   Hopefully,  all will enjoy the calming ambiance and have a wonderful yoga experience.

Dec 292010
 


Some uses for the old yoga mats instead of the land-fill

  • Keep one for yard work
  • Keep one in the garage
  • Keep one in the utility room
  • Keep one for the car
  • Keep one for your hobbies,  crafts and interests
  • Donate one to animal shelters and the list goes on

Roll up and tie – use as knee pad when working around yard

For car enthusiast – use as shield on body of car when working on engine

Around the work bench for a non-skid place holder for tools etc.

Donate to shelters for the homeless

Cut up and use under vases or plant holders

Use as a cushion barrier when transporting furniture or cargo

Cut up and use inside storage cabinets

An extra pad when camping

Cut into pieces and use to grip jars or bottles

Dec 242010
 

As with all yoga instructors,  we are asked for our opinion on yoga mats frequently. And sometimes,  a short answer is not possible. So, thus is the impetus for this article.

A yoga mat to a true yogi is like a running shoe to a marathon runner,  or tires to a race car driver.  Does a surgeon use a knife from the Dollar Store when they perform a surgical procedure?

The major considerations and “high standards” for buying a yoga mat should include:
  • Is the mat manufacturer an Eco-friendly organization with a community and environmental based mission statement?
  • Where was the mat manufactured?
  • What materials, chemicals or toxins are used in the mat?
  • Has the mat been tested or certified for toxin safety?
  • Does the mat have a good ‘non-slip factor’ when it becomes wet from perspiration?
  • Is the mat foam based or does it have a density factor to it?
  • How durable is the mat or does it end up in landfill after a few years of use?
Buyer Beware – be careful when reading the marketing language used in advertisements for yoga mats.  There are some very specific things to be looking out for,  and yes,  it does get confusing!  The purpose of this article is to make you aware,  not to endorse any single product or company.

First things first -

What materials is the mat made from?

Suggestion: Consider eco-friendly companies with high standards

Remember,  you will be spending a lot of time on your mat.  Your sweat at times will even be dripping on the mat then mixing back onto your body and skin.  So,  it is well worth knowing what your face and skin are touching.  Read the label and investigate the raw materials used by the manufacturers.  Avoid mats made with hazardous chemicals,  especially if you have sensitivity to latex or plastics.  Beware if the mat does not list its raw materials or where it was made. Just saying it is latex free is not good enough! Ask for more details.

Another interesting question,  who made the mat?

Too many mats are produced in places where  manufacturers have no concern for employees,  community or the environment.   How many mat advertisements discuss their manufacturing process? – Almost none.  But some do.   This is an area we as consumers and yogi’s can make a difference by simply asking questions and not supporting these types of products or manufacturer’s.  I am very surprised the yoga community has not demanded more ‘high standards’ when it comes to this area.  But I am!

I am partial to eco-friendly products,  as well as manufacturers that also give back to the community.  It is not surprising to find eco-friendly manufacturers to be outstanding employers and great charitable companies. Hybrid mats that have been thoroughly chemically tested and Oekotex Certified are a good choice too.

Rubber and jute mats are the most eco-friendly mats you can purchase. They also provide the best natural sticky and holding functionality as well. However,  rubber usually weigh more,  costs more and some may be allergic to rubber,  or not like the smell of it.  Jute  is not as comfortable on the knees and has a rope feeling to it.  It does however provide excellent holding power and absorbs moisture nicely.

Hybrid mats are the most common mat purchased since they usually are the cheapest in cost,  lighter in weight,  and softer to the knees. The biggest concerns with hybrid mats is that most are not eco-friendly,  many are loaded with PVC chemicals,  most are foamy and spongy,  and the over-whelming majority of these mats become slippery from perspiration.  In addition, very few are durable and end up in our land fills after a few years of use.

It is about density NOT whether it is a thick or thin mat

Remember: Density is the key, not thick or thin

Consider no less than 3/8 inch, 5mm or 6.2mm thicknesses for ideal protection and functionality.  Less than that,  you are better off not using anything.  Mats thicker than 3/8 to 1/4 inches and issues surface with the mat becoming too spongy and cushy,  not mentioning the weight of the mat.

Cushy mat concerns

A mat that is very cushy may feel great on the knees,  but is not very stable in downward dog, warrior and balancing sequences.  As a matter of fact,  studies have shown cushy mats can cause distress in the wrists,  knee and hip joints.  Just look at the knee problems in the NFL from playing on the new playing surfaces that are filled with pieces of recycled tires.  The right balance of a mat should include firmness and a good ‘non-slip factor’ from your perspiration.  You do not want the feeling of sinking into sand and sliding on the mat.  For more comfort in knee poses,  consider folding the mat (doubling your mat) or adding another mat,  and even a towel under your knee for knee sequences than practicing on a cushy mat.

Also, as with thin or thick mats,  do not be deceived by 3mm,  5mm or 6.2mm thickness levels.  You can buy 5mm mats from 5 different manufacturers and they will all have a different feel to them,  yet they all say 5mm.  Density is the key, not thickness.  Conversely,  you can buy a quality 3mm mat that will have a better firmness than a 5mm standard mat because of the density factor.

The “Pinch-Feel Test”

Remember: Many yoga studios and instructors sell only one mat because of the financial incentives involved.

Think of two pillows that are exact measurements and depending on what they are filled with,  one can be firm and the other can be nothing but fluff.  So in other words,  it comes down to the “pinch-feel test” to determine density.

Unfortunately,  a variety of yoga mats are not a common item in stores so the ‘pinch-feel test’ is not an easy thing to do when shopping for a mat.  That is unfortunate,  but the truth.  And many yoga studios and instructors usually sell one mat because of the financial incentives involved.

This can become very confusing because density is seldom mentioned in the marketing language for yoga mats.   See for yourself and explore the language used in mat advertisements.

Safety is important

Remember: The slip factor is important

Why is safety a consideration?  When you sweat,  does your mat still grip or do your hands and feet slide on the mat?  The more you practice,  and even with a gentle flow class,  you will sweat at times.  You want a mat that will handle these conditions.  It is an important consideration in deciding what mat serves you best.  Slipping causes distress on your joints and can even cause injury.  But just as important – it is also a distraction when you are trying to concentrate on the pose itself.

Comfort in length

Besides mat construction and density,  mats also come in different lengths.  This is a consideration if your over 5’7’’ tall and your feet come off the mat in shavasana.  Generally,  the standard mat length is between 68 – 71 inches,  and many manufacturers offer additional mat lengths of 72,  74 and 80 inches.

An experiment for you

Remember: The overwhelming majority of mats are not very good, and are nothing more than a piece of foam with a semi-gloss finish that becomes a skating ring from sweat that end up in the landfill after a few years of use,  yet yoga students will pay a hefty price for them.

So,  look around in your classes and inquire with other students about their mats.  Remember, everyone becomes attached to their mat,  so be aware of that. See if the yogi knows what their mat is made of?  Do not let the logos,  flowers and colors attract you,  feel the mat and see if it is like a sponge or does it have a firm and dense feeling to it.  When you push hard on the mat with your fingers, can you feel the floor?   Or is it difficult to push and there is not much give to the mat?   Does the mat hold the hands and feet when it becomes wet from perspiration?  Try this experiment and you will be amazed of what you learn.  The overwhelming majority of mats are not very good,  and are nothing more than a piece of foam with a semi-gloss finish that becomes a skating ring from sweat,   yet yoga students will pay a hefty price for them.

Cost

Remember: Make your dollar speak volumes by supporting safe products and companies with high standards that support environmental causes!

Like anything,  the cost of a mat is a balance between price,  safety,  aesthetics,  durability and functionality considerations.  As previouslymentioned,  the eco nature of the mat,  the density factor,  the slip factor and life expectancy should be the things to consider.

Foremost,  you will find that paying for a quality mat will make a big difference in your practice.  You will feel more secure in your poses and feel much more grounded,  rather than having a spongy or foamy like feeling. You will notice that the correct muscles will be developed and your alignment will improve because you will be much more stable in your poses.   Not mentioning, quality mats have a life-span much greater than the ‘ordinary mats’.  Does an unconditional life-time warranty on a mat mean anything? Your yoga mat is your home and it is the only tool you bring to your practice!

Make your dollar speak volumes by supporting safe products and good companies with high standards that support environmental causes!

Advertising claims

There are many mats that are Eco-friendly  such as pure rubber mats, re-cycled rubber,  jute and many hybrid type mats.   I have listed the ones that are known to the industry,  have an excellent time-tested experience in the market place,  and are good reputable companies.  There are others as well, but these will give you an idea of what the standard should be.

There are literally hundreds of marketing ads for yoga mats.  And if you read them carefully,  you can learn a lot.   There is a lot of chatter and claims made. Notice the following sample ads below and some key words and phrases used  – thickness,  extra thick,  foam, durable,  PVC,  non-slip, similar in quality:

full 1/4” thick, it is one of the thickest mats on the market. You may see other mats listed as 1/4 inch mats, but they are actually 4.0 – 5.2 mm in thickness — noticeably thinner than our mat.”

“This the classic sticky yoga mat. It provides the traction and firm surface that you need to perform at your very best. Made of highly durable closed cell vinyl foam with embedded fabric mesh, the mat will perform at a high level for many years.”

“Our best-selling yoga mat, the 1/4″ extra thick yoga mat provides extra cushioning between the Yogi and the floor. A great choice for Restorative classes,and popular among Yogis who prefer extra cushioning to protect their joints in certain postures, these mats are made of extra thick, durable foam, and have textured, non-slip surfaces on both sides of the mat.”

“No other mat can compare to our top of the line Mandara Ultra Premium Yoga Mat. Similar in quality and design to the Manduka Mat at less than half the price! Our Mandara Mat is made from high quality denser PVC Vinyl closed-cell foam, giving it extreme durability and high resilience.”

Caring for your mat

Reminder: Clean and disinfect too! Many quality mats are NOT designed to be cleaned by the washing machine!

Do you sleep on dirty sheets ?

This is the most neglected area by yogi’s, yoga studios and even yoga instructors. It is a common practice that when class is over – everyone rolls up their mats and head to the exits.   You will find that quality yoga studios and instructors will either supply or sell mat cleaning supplies.  They will also remind students to clean their mats.

Also, NEVER use another person’s mat without cleaning it first.   Just think of where your mat has been used.  Believe it or not, it can be heaven for bacteria including fungi.  I know of many occurrences over the years with issues of fungi in the feet because of the floor and dirty mats.  Your mat should be cleaned after every class.  Remember,  just washing your mat cleans the mat, but it must be totally dried and not just rolled up damp.  What happens to rolled up damp clothes after many days?  You want your mat to be cleaned of bacteria too,  so use a cleaner that disinfects.

Many quality mats such as the Gecko and Manduka are NOT designed for the washing machine,  because of the biodegradable elements used in the mat construction. Quality mat cleaners are recommended for these type of mats.

Also,  most mats do not like direct sunlight,  so beware of that.

I have designed a product especially for yoga mats that also has 100 other uses as well.  The Yogi Coach Organic Mat Cleaner is a 100% organic product that cleans and disinfects.  A percentage of the proceeds goes to support and sponsor local charitable events.

Learn about this 100% Organic Cleaner and the 100 uses for this cleaner.

Mats to consider:

NOTE: The links below are directly to the manufacturer site, not a third-party site, with the exception of the daily grommet link.

Again,  I am not endorsing any one mat,  but rather guiding you to some of the best mats you can purchase for your money.  I am also offering some guidelines for you to consider when shopping for a yoga mat.

Be an informed consumer.

Support Eco-friendly products and companies that have a “high standard” for their employees,  communities and the environment!

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Yoga Mat by Jade – $64.95

A 100% eco-friendly mat that performs too

A made in the USA,  eco-friendly and all natural rubber yoga mat. The mat has extra-ordinary density and excellent grip factor. The company is eco-friendly too. A durable, safe and eco mat.  Learn about what this company does when you purchase a mat from them by The Daily Grommet – Learn about Jade Yoga Mat Company

The complete line of Jade mat products can be found here –  Jade Yoga

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The Gecko Mat by Ashtanga guru, David Swenson- $75.00

An Oekotex Certified hybrid mat

This is a German manufactured mat designed by Ashtanga guru, David Swenson. It was designed for the serious yogi with functionality, performance, safety and durability in mind.   Even though it is not 100% eco, it has been tested for harmful chemicals and Oekotex Certified.  David is very eco-friendly and explains his carbon footprint rationale in his design. The Gecko Mat is considered to be one of the best mats made.

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Manduka Mats

Manduka offers both eco-friendly and Oekotex Certified hybrid mats

This German made premium black yoga mat is also known as  “the Mercedes of Yoga mats”.

Manduka is renowned for their quality mats and have been making mats for many years.  Again, their mats are for the serious yogi.  They offer some lower price range mats, but I would stick with the 3/8 inch mat design unless you feel the extra firmness is not needed.  Much of their design has incorporated input from yoga instructors over the years.  They back their products up with a life-time warranty and their hybrid mats are Oekotex Certified.

PROlite® Mat – $68.00

Has a High Density Cushion for unparalleled experience, joint protection, and versatility on any surface (carpet, cement, hardwood floors).

eKO® Mat – $70.00

The eKO Mat is made of biodegradable tree rubber with cushion and grip that is kind to your body and the environment. Most durable, eco-friendly mat on the market

Black Mat® PRO – $90.00

The legendary Black Mat PRO (formerly known as the Black Mat) is celebrating 12 years as the world’s finest yoga mat. There is a reason the Black Mat PRO inspires such passion in its users. With its denser, thicker form, unparalleled comfort and cushioning, superior non-slip fabric-like finish, and simple, elegant design the Black Mat PRO will revolutionize your practice. And best of all, it now comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. When you want the very best yoga mat, the mat chosen first by yoga teachers throughout the world, there really is only one choice – the Manduka Black Mat PRO, for your practice and for our world.

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Natural Fitness

This is an example of a new player in the market that is US based with “high standards”  and also  “walks the talk.”  They offer a variety of yoga mats  at different price ranges that are all eco-friendly.  Natural Fitness also contributes in a positive way to the community and the environment. They have an interesting story – read more  here

Natural Rubber Yoga Mat – Divine – Red Rock/Moss – $79.99

Green your practice with a Natural Fitness Divine Natural Rubber Yoga Mat. Made from natural rubber, a sustainable and biodegradable material, these mats offer superb traction and a high-rebound dense cushion. The Divine Mat provides extra cushion for those who need it. Our mats are longer than traditional yoga mats and each has two colors. 5/16” x 24” x 75”. Red Rock/Moss color.

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Dec 032010
 

FREE CHRISTMAS YOGA CLASS

TO SUPPORT SAMARITAN DINNER

(Your tax deductible donation will help feed 150 individuals)

The Yogi Coach’s popular –  90 minute Restorative Class

Pass the word - Download a Flyer (click on icon)

WHEN: Tuesday, December 21st 6 – 7:30pm

WHERE: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 904 Vine St, Liverpool (click for directions)

COST: FREE (accepting tax deductible donations CHECKS PAYABLE TO ST. MATTHEW’S)

PREREQUISTES: No yoga experience needed

QUESTIONS: Click here to contact

What to Expect:

You will be guided thru gentle poses to awaken, restore and relax your mind & body.  You are  encouraged to bring 2 blankets and  a pillow to make the experience more beneficial, refreshing and reviving.  Wear comfortable clothing and a sweater is also recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class.

Benefits:

The class will allow you to ‘let-go’ of the tensions, worries, anxieties and stresses of the day in a gentle fashion.  This is a wonderful opportunity for someone new to YOGA, and for the experienced yogi who would like a change from the more vigorous vinyasa routines.

>>>> DOUBLE BENEFITS <<<<

TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING REFRESHING

AND

SUPPORT A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY CAUSE

About The Yogi Coach:

Jeff is a certified yoga instructor that offers Hatha yoga classes every Tuesday night and Saturday mornings.  A variety of Hatha Yoga classes are offered – such as Yoga On The Lawn and Yoga On The Beach in the summer months.  The popular Restorative Yoga class is offered the last Tuesday of each month.

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The Yogi Coach supports the CNY community:

  • Assisted in My Best Friend Raffle raising $10,000 for Luke,  a Camillus autistic child that received a specially trained service dog in the spring of 2010.
  • Assisted in Styles and Sweets for Scholars fund-raiser to establish scholarships for our CNY youths
  • Assisted in fund-raising for The Phoenix community park children’s playground
  • Contributed to St. Matthew’s silent auction to raise funds for parish out-reach programs
  • Sole sponsor of the Samaritan dinner to feed 150
  • Offers special program for the unemployed
  • Offers Senior discounts
  • Offers Student discounts
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    A WONDERFUL DAY FOR JENNIFER AND RYAN

    OCTOBER 30th 2010

    THE CEREMONY

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    THE SHOES

     

     

    The Red Valentino Shoes

    THE DANCE (see video below)

     

     

     

     

     

    THE NEWLYWEDS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    THE SONG ‘MY LOVE’  written by Rocco Barbato for Jennnifer & Ryan (click on > )

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    Learn more about Rocco @  www.roccobarbato.com

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    THE AWESOME FIRST DANCE VIDEO (click on play)

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     THE 26 PETAL ROSE VIDEO  (click on play)

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