June Meditation Challenge & Mala Making Workshop

THIRTY DAY
PRACTICE
here you’re committing to making meditation a part of your life for the next 30 days. Yay you! Meditation may seem daunting, but you can’t do it wrong, our guide will give you many options to try to see what fits for you, you can follow it or not. The “best” one, is the one that “works” for you; many paths, one intention – to notice yourself. Sounds simple enough right?

TIPS

  • Practice at approximately the same time everyday.
    Morning is a great time – as there are generally fewer things to get in your way – (fewer BBQs, kids, patio drinks to distract) And those are the hours you have most control over (you can always wake up earlier)
  • Create a space; an area you will sit to do your meditation. Clear and clean the space, set it up with intention.
    This can be as elaborate or simple as you wish. It can simply be a spot or a pillow on the floor or a chair. You may also wish to create a little space or “altar” where you can place things consistent with what you want to create in your life – (like a 3D manifestation of a dream) photos, sacred items, keepsakes, flowers, crystals, a candle… anything really – don’t overthink it.
  • Start small 3-5 minutes. If you’re new to meditation starting with “guided” meditations (listed later) is a great way to start.

There are so many different ways to meditate and types of meditation. In the following “guide” we will introduce several that work for us and we believe are a great starting point. Take what you like, move on if it’s not working for you! Or just do your own thing.
DAY 1-10 
Guided Meditations:
Headspace (an app, free) has a great series of 10 meditations to get you started. (the icon is a white background with orange circle). It’s very basic, perfect for beginners, will walk you through everything step by step. Each is 10 minutes in length.

Lululemon has a series of meditations on the music site soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/lululemon-athletica-1
Their “One week Meditation Challenge” is a great place to start. There are 7 on there. Another great series of 7 on that site is called “Awaken Your Potential Chakra Meditations”. The lengths range from approximately 5-10 mintues.
The Chopra Center has a number of guided meditations of various lengths and themes ranging from 5-25 minutes. http://www.chopra.com/ccl/guided-meditations

You may wish to explore them all and see what resonates.
DAY 11-17

Keep exploring guided mediation. Try one of the meditations written on the handout you received in studio. Try an “unguided” meditation – set a timer, 5-10 minutes is a great goal. Different things you can focus on to keep you present: the flame of a candle. Counting the lengths of your breaths. Remember, you’re not trying to do anything or go anywhere. Just notice.

JUNE 17th:
Mala Making Workshop with Purple Lotus @ BYB!
sign up in studio. Spots limited.

JUNE 20th:
Full Moon Group Meditation (Optional… and awesome, after the 730pm class approx 30min)

DAY 18-24
Mantra Meditation:
Traditionally a teacher will select a specific mantra for you based on what he or she feels you need to work on. We don’t live in that guru- disciple relationship here in the west – students are encouraged to notice which mantras they feel drawn to – one may sound pleasing or healing for you. It may be in Sanskrit or English. It may be one word or a sentence. Choose one and try and stick with it – the repetition is important. Words carry within them the seeds of creation and are a powerful force for bringing into existence that which you desire. Mantras help us grow in inner peace, belief and connection to Self, channel positive thinking and manifest it into reality
Here are some simple, widely used Mantras:

OM – is the sound that Eastern lore holds was made at the time of creation

I AM – “I am,” which is powerful in itself, or you can say, “I am strong,” or choose another positive attribute. This way, you concentrate on the characteristics you seek to develop.

SOHAM – is the sound that you make when you breathe, according to Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. As air comes into and out of your body, it sounds like two syllables “so” and “ham”. This is the easiest mantra for beginners on this list, and a great way to become aware of your breathing and practice focusing on it because Soham requires no chanting, just deep, conscious breathing.

A POSTIVE WORD OR SENTENCE OF YOUR CHOICE – A name, an attribute you would like to have or a positive word.

Some may wish to choose words or sentences from Holy texts.

Your mantra can be said out loud or in your head. If you are in a place where you cannot repeat the mantra out loud, then repeating it in your mind will be just as beneficial. If you repeat the mantra out loud, allow your body to feel the vibrations of your spoken voice. The mantra carries power through your body in this way. If you are repeating the mantra in your head, allow the mantra to consume the entirety of your thoughts. When you repeat it through your mind you may also want to imagine the mantra flowing through the entire body.

Begin your session with:

  • observing a minute of silence with closed eyes
  • start chanting the mantra gently for 10-15 minutes (if you have a mala, you can use it to keep track and chant it 108 times J
  • finish by sitting still for a couple of minutes with no chanting toward the end

 

DAY 25-30
Yogis Choice! Choose what feels good or what is working for you! Congratulations on making this a daily practice!

A note about fear, our new schedule and living on purpose.

Thank you for being part of our community at BYB. I truly feel as though it is a community and not just a space people come and go. I see the connections formed between people, the layers of armor people carry come off, a sense of home and ownership.
I love that.
It is absolutely what I set out to create.
This space has never been about me. It has always been about serving others, sharing this practice to help people feel better physically and mentally (which brings me so much joy.. so it’s a little about me). With 4 years under our belt we decided it was time to expand our offerings in the hopes of serving more people, providing a more well rounded yoga education and inviting more people into this great community we’ve created together.

I have agonized over changing things because:
1) change is hard and scary (even if it is for the best)
2) I didn’t want to upset anyone (I care deeply about everyone that practices here)

Upon evaluating these “reasons” for not moving forward, I realized that they are rooted in fear and not in possibility. They focus on what I don’t want, not what I truly desire (to reach more people with this powerful yoga and community).
I don’t want to live my life from a place of fear and scarcity. I don’t want to give all my power away and allow other people to dictate my choices. I want to live what I teach – and that is to be on fire about what I want; to have faith in what I love; to follow and believe what is true in my heart.

I realize that I may have taken away a class that you regularly attended. For that I am truly sorry. I don’t want to take your yoga away. Some people have come to talk to me about it – and I love that. It’s important to me that you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and opinions with me -you are the reason we are here.

I’m not perfect. I absolutely make mistakes. This might be one, but I had to try it. As a studio our goals include increasing our reach to help improve more people’s lives and we’ve seen changing the schedule to be a step in that direction. I wish we could offer all the yogas at all the times of day – (a secret dream of mine is to build up another storey and add another yoga room) but it is not something we can do right now. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move through this transition and please talk to me in person or email (meghan@bikramyogabarrie.com) if you have any concerns, comments, opinions, feedback, or just want to say hi!

Spring is here. It is a season of growth, light, hope and new beginnings. Shed the old thought patterns and habits that have been holding you back and get ready to step into the new, stop living from fear, focusing on what you don’t want and start BEING who you want to be… then you will start having and doing all the things you dream of.
Fear is a liar.
With all the love, and gratitude, Meghan.

Workshop Series: Doorways to a Deeper Practice

Over the next 4 months we are excited to offer one workshop a month each with a different focus to help you deepen your asana practice.

INVERSIONS March 19th with Christine Lee
In this playful, experiential and instruction-based workshop you will learn the fundamentals of going upside down in a series of postures—headstand, handstand, forearm balance, and shoulderstand. Inversions require you to receive explicit, step-by-step instructions and individual feedback from an instructor in order to safely master the intricacies of these postures. This workshop is for practitioners with at least 6 months (or 20 classes) of yoga experience and will challenge you to become more present and refined in your skill and movement. You will learn tricks for kicking up to the wall, balancing without the wall, opening your shoulders, and increasing confidence. No inversion experience necessary!

UNLOCKING THE HIPS April 23rd with Christine Lee
This therapeutically designed workshop will teach you skillful action for improving circulation, releasing stress and improving overall health by focusing on postures that stretch and open the legs, hips, and lower back. Energetically, our hips are the seat of both creativity and openness. When our hips are open and balanced, we feel grounded, stable, calm, powerful, and creative. In this hip opening workshop, you will learn important alignment principles and their actions and how to apply them in a wide variety of postures. We will be working towards the famed “lotus posture” but modifications and alternate postures will be given, and advanced variations explored for students who can already safety perform lotus. No experience necessary to attend this workshop.

BACK BENDING May 28th with Zeb Homison
All back bending heals the spine. Back bends open the heart, stimulate circulation in the whole spinal column and reverse the aging process. Meghan will lead you through a warm up, review proper back bending alignment and technique then explore back bending drills, and postures to help you deepen your practice and feel more comfortable in these beautiful heart opening postures.
All Levels Welcome.

ARM BALANCING June 25th with Christine Lee
Arm balances (or the more aptly named “hand balances”) are often seen of the some of the most challenging, yet some of the most playful asanas in a yoga class. Often when learning, students rely on force over proper warm ups, intelligent architecture, and principles of action and alignment. In this step-by-step workshop (appropriate for all yoga students) you will learn how to properly warm up your arms, shoulders, hips and legs so you can approach arm balances with skill, ease, and mindfulness.

All workshops are on Saturdays from 2pm-4pm SIGN UP HERE

$40 per Workshop

$135 for the entire series

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE YOGIS ON YOUR LIST

For the Ladies

The practical items all hot yogis need… ok, want

1) WAY MAT more than a mat; it’s happiness
This mat & towel combo stays put during your sweaty sessions and can go right into the washer/dryer. Oh Yeah! Comes in all the colors of the rainbow and is perfect for the Hot Yoga fanatic on your list. Once you go Way Mat you won’t go back. $79.99

2) SWELL BOTTLES keeps cold cold and hot hot
These babies are sleek. Not only do they keep your drinks cold for 24hrs (even in the depths of the hot yoga room) they are absolutely gorgeous! We love the design, shape, light weight and they will fit in your cup holder, woo! They come in 500ml and 750ml sizes for the extra thirsty ones. We love the gold and “bikini pink”. Starting at $40

3) HOT SHORTS, the little black dress of the yoga world
Less is more in the hot yoga room, and loud is more. Short shorts and awesome prints are the name of the game. Specifically designed for yoga means awesome stretch, no muffin top and feeling fine. Plus they look great on everybody and every body! Awesome Red Tiger Shorts pictured $54.99

4) SPARKLE LEGGINGS by PHAT BUDDHA
We cannot get enough of these sparkle leggings! Just in, you’ll love them for Vinyasa, Yin or just day to day awesomeness. The yogi on your list will love them too! $64.00

5) SPIRITUAL GANGSTER
The softest materials and killer messages that make us feel at peace and strong even when we’re far from the yoga room. Plus they give a meal to someone in need for every item sold. Now that’s something we can get behind. Yogini tank pictured $41.99

6) LOFFTAN BRACELET
Howlite bracelet with peace charm. Made exclusively for our studio Howlite induces peace and tranquility, helps calm the troubled or overactive mind. It is thought to clarify one’s mind and help the wearer become aware of their goals and ambitions. $38.00 (limited quantities left)

7) ESSENTIAL OILS, the stocking stuffer
Wild Orange, our current favourite essential oil is a powerful cleanser and purifying agent, has immune enhancing benefits, is energizing, revitalizing and smells amazing! $10

Bundle your gifts and save. Buy 3 items and save 25% on all of them!

 

For the Men

1) WE ARE YOGA GANESH T
We love this company – whose mission is to raise awareness and spread the benefits of yoga! Plus this graphic T is badass, with bold colors, and Ganesh the remover of obstacles. This will be your Favourite T. $39.99

2) INDRA WEAR POWER SHORT, cause not EVERYONE likes short shorts
Awesome yoga shorts for the more modest yogi. A looser fitting short with inside liner, just the right amount of stretch and style.

3) WAY MAT more than a mat; it’s happiness
This mat & towel combo stays put during sweat sessions and can go right into the washer/dryer. Oh Yeah! Comes in all the colors of the rainbow and is perfect for the Hot Yoga fanatic on your list. Once you go Way Mat you won’t go back. $79.99

4) SWELL BOTTLES keeps cold cold and hot hot
These babies are sleek. Not only do they keep your drinks cold for 24hrs (even in the depths of the hot yoga room) they are absolutely gorgeous! We love the design, shape, light weight and they will fit in your cup holder, woo! They come in 500ml and 750ml sizes for the extra thirsty ones. We love the gold and plain black “Chimney” for the dudes. Starting at $40

5) VEGA PRODUCTS, the stocking stuffer
Electrolytes, pre and post workout recovery this company is the shit when it comes to healthy, nutritious options for the athlete.

Antioxidants and your BEST HEALTH, Sunday 1pm Amazing Guest Speaker.

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Better health, better performance, faster recovery, slower aging, increased energy and longer life are a few of the benefits associated with high levels of Glutathione.

Dr Oz and Dr Mark Hyman – Glutathione

 

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Don’t miss the chance to learn more about feeling and being your best from this dynamic, sought after, special guest.

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