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6:49 pm

Balance with Breath

Nadi Shodhana (Channel Clearing or Alternate Nostril) Breath is a technique that can be used to help relieve stress and balance both sides of the brain. Be sure to keep the breath smooth and effortless as you move through each breath cycle. 1. Start by finding a comfortable, stable seat and taking a few deep, steady breaths with the eyes closed and the hands resting on the thighs. Elongate the spine and soften the shoulders, jaw and brow. 2. When you feel centered, bring the right hand to Vishnu Mudra by connecting the pointer and middle finger to the palm. 3. Begin by gently closing the right nostril with the thumb and inhaling through the left nostril. Gently close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale out the right nostril. Keep the right nostril open, Inhale. Pause. Exhale through the left. Continue this cycle for about a minute, or longer if appropriate. 4. End your last round by exhaling through the left nostril. Release Vishnu Mudra and allow the right hand to rest on the thigh. Keeping the eyes closed, allow yourself several moments to bathe in the afterglow of this soothing breath work. Watch this short video for a demonstration from Maggie Ryan.

11:53 am

Supercharge your Immune System

'Tis the season…for the flu, colds, and germs!

Yoga is a great way to combat germs and illness, but  if you still find yourself fighting the flu or warding off a virus, you may need to take a closer look at your diet.  Certain vitamins and minerals play a huge part in beefing up our immune systems and guarding against unwanted sickness. When a healthy diet is combined with physical activity, those germs don’t stand a chance!

Here's is a list of the top immune-boosting vitamins and minerals and their food sources, as well as a flu-fighting recipe that incorporates them all!

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7:39 pm

A Heartfelt Thank You from Erin

I thankful for my yoga mat
For giving me a place to "get away"
I am thankful for my Yogitoes
So in my sweat, I don't have to lay
I am thankful for my yoga block
My most beloved tool
I am thankful for my water bottle
For keeping me hydrated and cool
I am thankful for the humid heat
As it can cleanse and detoxify
I am thankful for the ceiling fans
For the breeze when I think I will die!

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10:27 am

To You, Our Woof Pack

When we first decided to build a new yoga studio, our woof pack was small.  But when we opened our doors to the North Hills yogis, we knew they were our kind.  

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9:25 am

Playlist for a Fiery Practice

Dear 6am Warriors,

You rock.  Thank you for waking up before the sun and joining me on your mat each week.  Your dedication is inspiring.  

This week's class was designed to be fiery, energizing and uplifting.  For your listening pleasure, here is the playlist I created to accompany Wednesday's heat-building sequence.

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7:00 pm

New additions to Stray Dog Yoga!

We are pleased to welcome Franklin Park native, Gretchen Dudek, to the Stray Dog family.  Gretchen will be teaching Prenatal, vinyasa and restorative yoga at Stray Dog this fall.  Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?

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