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Join Shelly and Leslie every Tues and Thur morning for yoga class. We have beginners join us all the time, so don’t worry if you are new. We teach safe, moderate yet energizing yoga for all. Here’s a map and photo of the studio.
Ballet Arts Studio
566 S 5th W Rexburg, Idaho
9-10 am.
$8 drop in. $40 monthly.

On Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm Leslie teaches at World Gym in Rexburg. You do not have to be a member, just $5 at the door.

Contact info:
leslie at rexburgyoga.com
208-356-9163
shellyspratling at gmail.com

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Moon Salutation

Early this morning we were able to view the full moon and a total lunar eclipse. Its the perfect opportunity to celebrate in our morning yoga class with the moon salutation.

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Back Care

There is a correlation between back pain and perceived stress. They build and feed off each other into a vicious cycle. The perceived stress heightens the response of the nervous system and increases muscle tension. The tension does not allow the best circulation and thus increases inflammation and back pain.

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Nelson Mandela quote

Our practice this week will be one of the warrior poses as a reminder to meet life’s challenges as a peaceful warrior.

A quote from Nelson Mandela, who died just last week goes like this:

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

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Quote by Pandit Rajmani Taigunait

Pandit Rajmani Taigunait is the spiritual leader of the Himalayan Institute. He says,

“According to the Yoga Sutra, only a practice that helps us understand the unique privileges inherent in our body, breath, and mind qualifies as a yoga practice. Practices that help us become healthy in body and clear in mind, and eventually help us discover our dormant potentials, are yoga practices. “

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Forgiveness and Abundance

Sometimes the best things that happen in our yoga community take place after class; Food, sharing stories, supporting each other with life challenges. Here are some resources that a student has requested be posted online as a result of an after-class conversation.

We hope everyone enjoys them. These resources are specifically from the LDS pool, but they also support and agree with yoga philosophy, particularly from the yamas and niyamas: Ahimsa (non-violence and compassion), Asteya (Nonstealing), Aparigraha (Nonpossessiveness), Santosha (Contentment), and Ishvara Pranidhana (Surrender to God).
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New Trend for Fitness Buffs?

New Trend for Fitness Buffs? Walk and Talk to Walk Your Talk Wellness News www.wellness.com
Between work, watching TV, internet surfing or playing computer games, Americans on average are sitting 9.3 hours/day, exceeding the 7.7 hours that we are sleeping. We take this way of life for granted, in the same way smoking used to be the social norm rather than the exception.

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Fall solstice practice

This year our 2 hour class and potluck brunch will be on the Thursday surrounding the Fall Solstice. We have had a particularly warm and perfect Indian Summer so the theme will be on this 5th season of the year we know as Late Summer or Indian Summer. You can see it in the heavy fruit-laden trees and overflowing flowerbeds around town.


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Passive Aggressive Behavior

Just before teaching the class this morning, I had listened to a podcast discussion about passive aggressive behavior for those raised and conditioned in certain highly structured religions.

Some wanted the link to this podcast. So here it is. Please be advised that it is a discussion with at least 2 ex-mormons, and one from the Jehovah’s Witness faith. There are some strong opinions discussed about the passive aggressive behavior of members of both of these organizations. If this would offend or bother you, don’t listen. Continue reading

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Shelly’s new certification

As of June 2013 Shelly completed her training as an ADAPT Certified Trainer Level 3. This training took place at the ADAPT training center in Beaverton Oregon. ADAPT Training stands for Athletic Development and Performance Therapy.

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Take yoga with you

The season is here for our students to be camping, hiking, walking, running, traveling and getting outside. We encourage y’all to take a simple practice with you. This week we will learn a simple flow for the 6 movements of spine that is done standing up so appropriate for times when you can’t take your shoes off and get on the floor.


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