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October 24, 2018

New to Yoga? Limber Tree is Perfect for You!

Welcome new yoga students!  Because many people ask if we have classes for those who are new to yoga, we want to let you know that all of our classes are suitable for beginners! Actually, we believe Limber Tree is PERFECT for those who are new to their yoga practice.  All of our classes have the foundations of breathing and alignment–which is what the yoga journey is really all about.  Therefore, Limber Tree is the place for you to begin!

We use many props, modifications, and slow our classes down (which don’t make them less effective in any aspect of the yoga practice), so that you feel that you can be completely mindful as you explore the poses, breathing techniques, and meditations, even if you’re new to yoga. We also feel it is best to practice in a room with a lower room temperature (70-80 degrees) for your utmost safety and for the best ability to avoid injury in your practice.

To make yoga as accessible as possible, we offer various styles of classes and a variety of teachers throughout the day, every day of the week, to fit your needs and schedule.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU:  We promise that it will be our priority that we will not make you feel left behind or uncomfortable in class.  Therefore, we promise you a safe and comfortable space to begin your practice.   We have well-trained teachers that are here to assist you with your journey.  Remember, everyone starts out on their mat as a new student each day, even if they have practiced many times!

Click here for some great tips for going to your first class!

If you have additional questions about our studio, click here!

Pricing Options for New Students

We have many affordable pricing options for you to try out classes as a new student at Limber Tree:

$20 for 20 Consecutive Days

$18 for a Drop-In

Please know that we do not require that you pre-purchase or pre-register before you go to the studio for your first yoga class!  You may purchase your pass right at the front desk when you arrive about 10 minutes early for class.  We do, however, as that you pre-register and pre-pay for Uplifted/Aerial Yoga and for Pole Fitness classes.

April 11, 2018

Coming hOMe: The Ease of Things Meant to Be

I have always thought of myself as a “go-getter.”  If I want something to happen, I have to make it happen, and if I don’t I will miss out on an opportunity.  I also had a belief that if I wanted something good, I would have to work really really hard to get it.  I’ve spent the first thirty-plus years of my life trying to get what I want by pushing and grasping, grasping and pushing.  

In my yoga studio, there is a Rumi quote on a sign that says, “What you seek is seeking you.” I have used this to remind myself that what I want also wants me, yet I have encountered road block after road block, which develops into frustration and desperation. After three years of owning my quaint yoga studio downtown, I decided that it was time to make more profits.  I was tired of barely being able to pay my bills every month.  So I jumped on an opportunity to lease a 4500 square foot high-end retain space. In the negotiations of the lease, another potential lessee came in and the landlord was going to choose them due to the fact that they already had a salon and spa in operation.  This make me fight even harder for the space–I HAD to have it, because my belief was that anything that is worth anything takes hard work to have. I bothered the landlord enough, and made the acquisition of the space my priority, so he finally arranged the lease signing with me.  

One year later, the doors closed.  Even though I had received a grant from our City to remodel the space, I couldn’t keep up with the financial obligations of the high monthly rent and utilities.  What I had pushed so hard to have, ended up crumbling.  Not only did I not profit, I went into a very deep hole of debt. 

It humbled me tremendously.  I moved all of my equipment and retail out of the space, sold it for pennies on the dollar, and went back to my little low-profit studio with my tail between my legs. I was crushed because my belief system had failed me–God had failed me, I thought. Depression sunk in and I scrambled to find a way to pay off my debt and my back-rent that I couldn’t afford to pay when I was in the space. 

I had gotten to the point of complete mental and monetary exhaustion and finally became complacent.  I stopped looking so far into the future and just tried to make it through the moment.  Little by little, the sun came back out and I was able to find joy in what I was doing.  I developed new programs in my little yoga studio that slowly developed profit, and I was able to pay off my debt with the landlord and chip away at my credit card debt.  

You see, at the time, I was so focused on pushing and fighting to get what I wanted. I became blind to what I needed to do, which was focus on the present moment.  My belief that all good things come from working hard forced situations to happen that caused me to take several steps backward financially.  It would be easy for me to see this scenario as a foolish or stupid mistake, yet the value of the lessons I learned are priceless.  I tend to learn the hard way.

I have now come to a place with some debt left to pay, but FAR less.  The Universe has shown me that my belief that all good things come from working hard is often false. What I have realized is that, yes, what I was seeking was seeking me.  I was seeking wisdom.  Wisdom found me through a very difficult scenario, but none-the-less, it found me.  In turn, I have found that the right scenario will find me in its own Divine timing, after the wisdom has been learned and a deeper level of understanding has been found. 

There is a process of discovering your true passion and desires.  The process takes time in this life.  I’ve learned that what I seek truly is seeking me, but will not come until I’ve learned what I need to know.  When we are ready, what we are seeking comes with ease. Roadblocks are a form of the Universe asking us to check on the true foundation of our desires. Why do we seek what we’re seeking?  That second giant location was a product of my belief that in order to succeed I had to work hard and make big profits.  But my true desires have always resounded in the yearning for peace and wisdom.  That space only gave me one of those desires, which was wisdom the hard way. Peace was nowhere to be found. 

In this current moment, I am resonating on the fact that I do have two very strong desires that have held on for many years now. They truly are seeking me as I seek them. But I don’t have to break myself to make them happen.  I can still find a place of peace and ease to bring them into manifestation.  If they are meant to be, they will happen easily and joyfully.  

The first desire that continues to show itself is the yearning to manifest yet another space to share yoga.  Where does this desire come from?  It comes primarily from the place that I believe I have something very valuable to share with others…the authenticity of the yoga practice.  The studio that I have now has done exactly this, but is in a location that many people are not willing to travel to.  This desire is coming from the guidance to reach out and expand the mission of my yoga business.  The Universe taught me that my past desire to acquire another space was rooted in money and profits, not an authentic truth that I yearn to share. Now that I have fully understood my authentic desire, the process of finding and opening another space is coming with ease.  The landlord is easy to work with and the process is almost happening by itself.  

The second desire that is always present is the yearning to live in the country and to be surrounded by nature.  I know this comes from my deepest desires to grow roots of peace in my home.  I didn’t have a lot of peace or foundation in my home growing up.  As I move from day to day, this desire has manifested into a passion for nature and for animals.  While I have been looking at properties, I do not push or force, even though I recognize that my ego wants to.  I allow the amazing abundance that the Universe yearns to give me to manifest. I recognize roadblocks and I understand how the Universe guides me with ease to what is meant to come to me.  I have always heard of the concept that things that are meant to be will feel like I’m coming home.  I never knew what this meant because I didn’t have a physical concept of what home felt like.  

Coming home is the knowing and understanding that I am guided and co-creating with what created me. It’s a place of complete trust, without the need to force, fight, or push.  It’s a place of ease and joy. 

December 5, 2017

Connecting with Nature by Sally Keys

Contributed by Sally Keys

Feel Your Best, Be Your Best

Our mind, body, and spirit are connected in a way that science has not been able to understand or pinpoint. Yet there’s growing evidence that the more spiritual you are, regardless of being religious or not, the healthier and more satisfied you become with your life. Spirituality can be defined as your attempt at finding peace, meaning, and a sense of purpose, hope and comfort in your life. The Yamas and Niyamas as ethical guides offer a way to reawaken spirituality. Additionally, research has found that the positive feelings you gain from your yoga practices lead to a stronger, happier and more confident you. And while some people find spirituality in arts, music, and religion, others experience it in seeking an intimate connection with nature.

Spirituality gets us closer to nature

We are constantly torn between science’s objective analysis and spirituality’s subjective understanding. In the past, a person’s whole outlook of the world was complemented by both his knowledge and his beliefs and spiritual practices. Trying to get back to that harmony and balance is one of yoga’s main goals. To create an intimate relationship with the environment and connect with nature’s inherent equilibrium. By tapping into the vast symmetry of the universe we become more attuned with the peacefulness within us.

Tuning in to the natural world

Humans are inclined to gravitate toward spirituality and natural elements. Receiving flowers makes us happy not only because they come from a person we care about, but also because they remind us of the notion of growth as flowers later morph into fruit and produce seeds. E.O Wilson, a researcher and naturalist, noted that we have a predisposition to preserve and enjoy nature. He asserted that those of us who embrace that nature-loving tendency will have less mental health issues later on in life. Exploring and investigating nature fills us with a sense of wonder and belonging that is both empowering and healing.  

Re-awaken your spirituality

Getting in touch with your inner-self has nothing to do with beliefs or certain practices. Yet the more you advance in your yoga practice, the more spiritual being you become. You can find meaning in life by focusing on the self. As you embrace yoga in search of your inner strength, you’ll find that dependency on external sources like food, alcohol, drugs and unhealthy relationships diminishes. This allows your true, happy self to emerge unblemished. Likewise, addressing your emotions and adopting an active lifestyle will help you open up to people and experiences and go about life with a calmer and more centered mind.

With yoga you direct your attention to a specific focus which awakens and nourishes your spirituality. Spiritual strength is an important weapon in getting over hardships. No matter what life throws at you, the more spiritual you will find a way to overcome it, bounce back and carry on with your purposeful life.

November 15, 2017

This is What Being a Tight A** Will Get You! Release the glutes!

I first learned to practice yoga from a very amazing and beautiful soul.  She was soft and calm and taught me how to learn to love my self a little more every time I went to her class.  She also taught me how to become aware of my body as I moved through beautiful flowing sequences. Without even specifically saying certain cues, I learned some of the necessities of a safe and accurate pose…through feelings and sensations in my body.

There was always one problem in my practice, however, and that was that I felt a sharp sensation in my lower back every time I went through my favorite sequence, the vinyasa, that involved upward dog.  And upward dog was my favorite part.  I loved the heart opener and the strength I gained through my shoulders.  But I didn’t love the lower back sensation that was becoming a problem beyond discomfort.

I had suffered from lower back pain for many years and the reason I found the physical practice of yoga was because of sciatica. I often blamed the lower back pain on my larger chest.  Through yoga I was able to relieve the sharp nerve pain by strengthening my lower back, but still experienced lower back pain. Throughout several years of practicing and teaching, I finally have realized why.

I wish I could remember the first person who suggested the release of my glutes on most yoga poses.  No squeezing the butt during upward dog, cobra, or back bends??!!  I thought for quite some time that squeezing the glutes during these poses “protected” my spine.

What I now know is that the rotation of the pelvis, along with releasing the glutes, is absolute KEY in any pose involving a back bend or extension. Squeezing the butt can actually cause problems with compression of the lumbar spine, which is often why individuals will often feel pain in those poses.  Instead of clenching or squeezing, awareness of the actual action of tilting the pelvis back and lengthening through the tailbone toward the heels helped me eradicate the pain and create relief!

This is also applicable to many standing poses and positions.  Warrior 1 is a classic pose of low back compression issues. While clenching the cheeks may not be as common of a pattern in this pose, the release of the pelvic muscles causes the pelvis to excessively tilt forward and compress the vertebrae.  This often happens because the back heal is down in Warrior I, which means that the lower back has to work extra hard to bring the pelvis toward square. This causes the left hip to disengage and pull down and back, leading to an excessive forward tilt of the pelvis. The action of “lengthening the tailbone toward the floor” (tilting the pelvis slightly back, but not too much to clench or tuck) is extremely helpful in the neutralization and stabilization of the spine in addition to strengthening the abdominals.

In standing back bend, it is classic practice to squeeze the glutes, but the same principle applies. Try releasing the glutes and creating space in the lower back by drawing your tailbone toward your heals! You may notice a slight release in the spine and an engagement of the lower core.  Add in a pelvic floor engagement on an exhale and you’re really onto something! 😉

And in poses like cobra and wheel, allow the butt to relax so that the core can do the heavy lifting!

If you’ve made it this far through the yoga explanation, congratulations.  It’s important that I mention that this applies to many of your normal actions and postures in your everyday moments.  Notice the positioning of your pelvis when you sit or stand.  Often, when we aren’t mindful, we will allow the pelvis to tilt in one direction or the other, causing long-term compression and damage to the spine.  Releasing the glutes, and drawing the tailbone toward the floor will more than likely create the relief you yearn for if you suffer from lower back pain.

Plus, as I always say in my classes, “we have enough tight a**es in this world.  We all need to loosen up a little!”

For more information and insight, click here:  https://yogainternational.com/article/view/which-way-should-you-tilt-your-pelvis-in-backbends-and-forward-folds/?utm_campaign=S8%20-%20Specific%20Drip%208%20-%20Yoga%20Classes&utm_source=hs_automation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=53418823&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–0BB2QD4eqZmoKaMTrPTJ0tFa0h8l3xbcogv_NTogHITkEPDYtw4PymTbZKUDNUb6EAFIhak8oYbxGbX1rxxeXn-fCms-DVS3s87CyR0mv5ML4Bzk&_hsmi=53418823

Namaste’

Photo References to help identify poses:

Upward Dog                                                          Wheel

Bridge                                                                      Modified Camel

October 4, 2017

Thoughts on the Vegas Shooting: Our Yoga Practice Is More Important Than Ever

The recent Vegas shooting has been on mind my mind constantly since it happened.  While I have seen a lot of tragedy in my short 33 years, this one hits particularly close to home.  As I scrolled through the photos of the innocent people that were lost that day, tears streamed down my face.  Life is so fragile.  Mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, friends, and lovers were lost that day.

We are all looking for answers and reasons as to why this happened.  We go through the process of despair, anger, confusion, and then we want to blame it on something because there must be a motive or a reason.  We search for answers because we know that the people in our lives would never even think of committing such a heinous act.

While I don’t have the answers, I know with certainty that the elements of a true authentic yoga practice can and will heal broken hearts.  Our practice of mindful movement, breath-work, concentration, and meditation is a process of healing from the inside-out. When we integrate these practices in our lives, the intense need to have answers subsides and we can move throughout our lives peacefully with a deeper level understanding and connection to all that is.  Taking the time out of our day for ourselves in this way can heal the body, but more importantly the mind.  Our yoga practice will relieve our suffering by quieting the ego, which uses the tool of fear to control our thoughts–causing dis-ease. Coming to the quiet space within is exactly what the world needs right now so that the healing can begin.

 

For more information and insight, check out this great article: http://www.chopra.com/articles/healing-emotional-pain-with-yoga

Or, even better, Limber Tree is the perfect place to start your practice.  Check out our schedule here.