kids yoga · Yoga

Permission to Play

Sharing yoga and mindfulness with kids has giving me so much more appreciation for the yoga practice.

Over the past couple years of being a kid’s yoga instructor I have been reminded of a few things:

  1. Give yourself permission to play
  2. Falling is fun when you have a good attitude about it and usually makes people laugh
  3. I can’t = I don’t want to
  4. Make everything your own and continue to express yourself (if you’ve observed children in a yoga class before, you’ll notice that they don’t really care what anyone else is doing and it’s very powerful)
  5. Be where you are without judgement (similar to #4)

Today I walked into a room full of kids who you would have thought snorted some pixie sticks before I walked in the room.

Bouncing off the walls (literally), running into each other, using their hands to claw each other, etc… you get the picture. It was a scary sight.

Although the class is only 30 minutes, I had to change everything I had planned for today because the energy did not match what I had in store. Instead of doing yoga poses (because there was too much injury in just the warm ups) we sat in a circle, turned down the lights, and read a book about meditation.

After this, they quietly went back to their mats like they were a different group of children.

Because the energy changed, we were able to finish with a few headstands (bribery at its finest). Finally, they laid down and had a nice relaxation.

Kid’s yoga is never what I plan for. It’s random and chaotic and it’s basically me performing like a clown or magician pulling things out of my bag to see what works.

Daily yoga practice is acting like a chemist for the energy of our own body and mind in that situation. It’s fun to see what works and what does not, and we learn. Some days we need a really long practice and some days we just need to sit down and be quiet for a long period of time.

This reminds me of yoga Sutra 1.2:

Yoga is the calming of the fluctuations of the Mind.

Yoga isn’t just poses. It’s breathing, moving with purpose, contemplating, being an observer of your own energy.

Lifestyle · Meditation · Yoga

Springtime & Solar Plexus Healing

Hello!

Happy  s p r i n g  and almost May! Spring is a great time to reflect on new beginnings and manifest something new. Often we have ideas running through our minds of how we want to change without ever considering how to make it happen. Spring is the season to sit with those thoughts, write some new goals, and analyze what you are being guided to try in all aspects of life.

Currently I am finally taking more time to myself for the next few weeks, it is a major change for me! I am equal parts excited to finish some projects and also bored thinking about how I will spend my extra time. Some people are really excited for a summer off to party and drink but I am mostly looking forward to a regular workout schedule and going to more yoga classes!

Lately my home yoga/meditation practice has been focused on balancing my solar plexus, the third chakra. Energetically this area holds space for your inner power. Stimulating this chakra involves healthy movement of energy to flow to help promote inner strength and personal power. A balanced Manipura (solar plexus) allows you to have healthy control over your thoughts and emotional responses while a weak Manipura may cause feelings of anxiety, poor self-image, and laziness. Here are some poses to try to promote a healthy third chakra:

5 Yoga Poses for Solar Plexus Balancing:

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge), Urdva Dhanurasana(wheel), any spinal twist, Ustrasana (camel), Virabhadrasana 1 (warrior 1)

*Wheel pose is not recommended in the middle of a pathway 

Whatever it means for you, act on something new and do not let it be a thought any longer. Take charge, make a change, step into your potential! Use these poses to help tune into your inner power!

If you are interested in additional help with balancing chakras, I have listed a new service (as requested 😉 ) on this page called “Private Yoga Chakra Balancing Sessions” scroll down the page to explore this offering. As always, if you would like to book a session please email me at whitneyreddy@gmail.com

 

 

Love & light,

Whitney Reddy

 

 

Yoga

Bodhi Seed Open House 3/24

I constantly get asked the question, “I want to try yoga, where do I start?” So here’s your answer:

This Saturday is the annual Bodhi Seed open house in Mount Clemens. It’s really just a party where you get to come and do free yoga meet different teachers and get a sense of the community at Bodhi seed which is something really incredible and an absolute honor to be a part of (as a teacher and as a student).

While the classes are going on I’ll be offering 15 minute Reiki sessions and there will be other types of body work to experience at a discounted price.

Come find out which style of yoga you’re called to take or see what interest you. Come try it all!

Let me know if you have any questions

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The Art of Slowing Down [+New Class]

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” B.K.S. Iyengar

As 2017 came to an end, I noticed a few articles going around from the more popular health and wellness platforms predicting the health trends (I hate that word, let’s use ‘focus’) that we will see in 2018. In short, 2018’s health and fitness goals will focus more on self care, slowing down, unplugging, yin yoga, and holistic approaches to wellness. Shifts to look out for seem to be described as a less boot camp style workout and more yoga and meditation. Maybe not eliminating more intense fitness regimens all together of course, but perhaps finally finding a better balance between the two and understand how freaking important rest is. Maybe this seems like common sense but if you’ve been struggling with this, you know it can be challenging knowing when to push yourself and when to back off without the guilt of ‘giving up’.

To me, this is great! I LOVE really intense workouts like weight training and I LOVE getting out of my mind in slower yoga classes like yin or restorative yoga. I tried for years to find this balance and over the past year or so I can finally say I have found this freedom.

Why is it important to slow down?

Taking time to slow down does not translate to ‘being lazy’ or ‘giving up’.  It is safe to say most of us have REALLY freaking busy lives and making time to turn off your phone at the end of the day or go for a light walk in nature is huge. Why wouldn’t you take time for YOU, aka, the most important person ever. It doesn’t have to be meditation or yoga, find what works for you. Walk your dog, play an instrument, volunteer and be of service. What is your art? What gives you that high? You know what I’m talking about, make time for it. Create a space where you are still and out of the mind.

The best way I have found to get out of the mind is to get into the body via movement. If I’m not feeling an intense workout, I can still get into the body with yoga. Again, maybe not a super intense practice, sometimes I am craving a yin or restorative practice either at home or in a studio. This happened last week: I was having one of the most stressful days at work, I was paranoid about catching the bug that’s going around I was spiraling down this negative hole. Instead of going home and going to bed early like I wanted, I went to my friend’s restorative yoga class and I swear I could feel the stress melting away and the recharging of my mind + body + soul (thanks Jenny!) and I didn’t get sick!

EVERYONE CAN DO RESTORATIVE YOGA. It is super low-impact, and probably the least intimidating yoga class at a yoga studio for a beginner.

Ekhart Yoga summarizes the benefits of restorative yoga as:

  • Enhances flexibility
  • Deeply relaxes the body
  • Stills the mind
  • Improves capacity for healing and balancing
  • Balances the nervous system
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self
  • Enhances mood states

(I will not go into detail about how great exercise is because hopefully, you have heard it before.)

New Class Alert!

Alright, so getting to my point…

I am pleased offer a new class at Bodhi Seed: Relax & Restore. This class is a calming restorative yoga practice and a great way to add in that balance to compliment a busy, possibly stressful life.

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I ramble so much because I really believe in this practice. I created this site with the intention to share more about how I’ve dealt with anxiety, grief, and stress of a student because I know I am not alone. You can find healing and freedom like I have, although it takes work. If you have any additional questions or comments please email me directly.

 

Love & Light

-Whitney

 

Recipes

Plant Milk Recipe

Shopping for non-dairy milk can be very overwhelming and confusing. THERE ARE LITERALLY A HUNDRED DIFFERNT KINDS. Soy, almond, pea, cashew, coconut, hemp, quinoa, or maybe a combination of all of the above. It’s insane (in a good way).

There are a few brands that I love because their ingredients are super clean and there’s none of that added crap that you cannot pronounce. Those brands with great ingredients usually come with a greater price tag because they don’t pump their milk with additives and other unnecessary ingredients.

I’m not an expert or a dietitian, however I have been experimenting making different plant milks for probably the last 10 years and I would like to share my simple recipe I have been perfecting all this time!😉

This recipe uses very few ingredients. The base is mostly from cashews but I also add in hemp seeds for additional nutrients. Hemp seeds are protein power houses packed with B vitamins, zinc (flu season over here has been LIT), manganese, and iron along with plenty of others.

Why cashews?

I use cashews here because you do not have to strain the milk like you do with almond milk. Also, I consume a good amount of almonds by eating almond butter and baked goods with almond flour. I consume coconuts by adding coconut oil in my coffee. I do like both almond milk and coconut milk too, but I try to mix up the different types of fat in my diet so I’m not eating all the same things all the time (kinda like how my soy intolerance began).

Here’s how it goes:

• 1 cup of raw cashews soaked for about 2 hours

• 1/4 cup organic hemp seeds (I used shelled)

• 3 cups water

• 4 dates (adjust to your taste or omit completely)

• 2 teaspoons organic cinnamon

• Dash of pink salk

Soak the cashews for about 2 hours make sure the water comes up about an inch so the cashews are fully soaked. Once it’s time, drain the water from the cashews (do not use this as your water you will notice all the gunk that comes off of the cashews!). Next, add the soaked cashews and the hemp seeds in a high immersion blender with the water. Blend on high until you start to get that milky consistency. If you do not want little floaties in your milk you can drain the milk here and to remove floaties. I usually do not strain the milk because it does not bother me and I am also lazy and use the least amount of dishes as possible. Next, add the cinnamon and the dates and blend some more. You could add a little bit of sea salt here if you would like. Some people may add vanilla for a different flavor.

PLANT MILK • 4ish CUPS • KEEPS 3-5 DAYS

Great in:

Smoothies, shakes, coffee, lattes, granola, baking, cooking, ANYTHING!🤗

 

Happy blending!💗