On May 7th we celebrated our one year anniversary at FreshJax! It has been a beautiful year for our students and staff, full of growth and progression. Our café menu of healthy smoothies and delicious baked goods has grown to include nutritious breakfast and lunch items. Our storefront continues to offer more and more diverse vegan and gluten free specialty items, some of which were introduced to us through our client suggestions and requests. Our collection of organic spices, which are handcrafted right here in the store, has increased in variety and bottle sizes. We continue to welcome new yoga teachers from diverse walks of life and training backgrounds, as well as new café staff members who each bring different strengths to our team. Our yoga classes have grown in size, which has made it possible to add more and more class times to our schedule. In the New Year, we were able to add more variety to our class options, including the addition of Prenatal Yoga, Baby and Me Yoga, and Kripalu Flow. Over the year, we have even been able to put on unique and innovative workshops, diet and cooking classes, fundraisers and special events, which have set FreshJax apart from other yoga studios. We are thankful for the growth we have seen in this yoga community throughout our first year, and we are excited to see what the future holds for FreshJax.
As we reflect on this past year, we encourage you to take the time to reflect on your yoga practice and health over the past year, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The first step to self acceptance is self reflection. Here are some questions or topics you can ask yourself, discuss within your yoga community, or journal about. Remember, these are open questions with no right or wrong answers.
As we adventure into our second year at FreshJax, we are setting goals for our studio as a whole, as well as intentions for our individual practices and journeys. Whether you are a studio member who practices with us consistently or a student who drops in occasionally, we encourage you to set your own personal goals and intentions for your yoga practice on and off the mat. Here are some ideas to get your mind flowing.
Thank you all for helping our first year at FreshJax to be one of joy, peace, and relaxation. Our teachers and staff are thankful to be investing in your journey towards self discovery, good health, and well-being. Let’s celebrate our one year anniversary with more yoga and more health food. Namaste!
Do your wrists ache just thinking about coming into a plank pose? Read on to discover a few easy ways you can care for your wrists and find more comfort in your yoga practice.
In yoga, we often aim to stack joint over joint for more stability in postures. In this picture you can see my wrists, elbows, and shoulders are all in alignment over one another. For many people this stacking of joints feels steady and comfortable, but for others this wrist position feels achy and awful.
Before your practice begins, take a few moments to stretch out the muscles around your wrists.
Try these alternate hand positions for more comfort during your yoga practice:
Don't suffer in silence with wrist pain! Arrive a little early to your next class and let your yoga teacher help you find the right hand positions for you :)
Get Healthier Together
There’s nothing worse than undoing all your hard work with unhealthy foods. A friend who’s participated in the class with you is more likely to encourage you to make other healthy choices long after the class is over.
What's an Eye Pillow?
An eye pillow is a small fabric bag filled with flax seeds, rice, dried beans, or a combination of these to provide a gentle weight over your closed eyes. They can be unscented or filled with dried lavender for added aromatherapy benefits. You'll often see these used during relaxation at the end of a yoga class. You can also gain the benefits of an eye pillow by using one to help you fall asleep.
Eye Pillow Benefits
Eye pillows provide gentle pressure around the eyes releasing tension, stress and fatigue. This causes the eyebrows, cheekbones, temples, neck and shoulders to relax. They also help you to focus inward by blocking out intrusive light and shadows. Some yoga scholars also claim that the light pressure on the eyes sends a neurological signal to the brain that facilitates whole body relaxation.
Lavender has been used throughout history as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Studies also suggest that massage with essential oils, particularly lavender, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety.
When we started dating, we found ourselves ditching our healthy habits on date nights, which left us feeling less than our best. Now, we cultivate healthy habits together with fun dates like these!
If you're new to running and aren't sure where to start, look no further! We've compiled our favorite tips for beginning a running routine.
4. Give yourself permission to incorporate jogging and walking. When you can run for the full 20 minutes, then increase your time. If you're breathing too hard to talk, try slowing down a bit to catch your breath.
5. Move your arms! Keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees with relaxed hands. Swinging your arms slightly faster than your current pace can help power your legs to move faster too.
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