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!
Hey pregnant momma. What if I asked you to try prenatal yoga? You might think that sounds exciting, or like many people with apprehension about yoga while pregnant (or even yoga in general), you might be thinking… NOPE. I get it. Touching your toes or balancing on one foot or bending your back in ways it is not used to bending can be intimidating when you do NOT have a growing baby bump in the way, so of course it seems out of reach when you DO. However, what if I left the words “prenatal yoga” out for a minute and I asked you this…
Hey pregnant momma! Would you like to decrease those pregnancy headaches? Reduce that dreaded nausea? Relieve low back pain? How about improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina? Diminish stress? Ease carpal tunnel syndrome? I bet you would like to improve your sleep, or lack of sleep. (Disclaimer: I can’t make any promises about the pre-existing babes already outside of your womb. They may still wake you up, but please refer to our recent Kids Yoga and Baby + Me Yoga blogs if you want to be a real problem solver, super mom.) What if you could lessen your risk of preterm labor? Or even lower your risk of intrauterine growth restriction? That’s the condition that slows down a baby’s growth.
Now I imagine all of that sounds enticing, perhaps even a little too good to be true. Believe it or not, those are just some of the amazing benefits of prenatal yoga. According to the American Pregnancy Association, studies have even discovered a connection between prenatal yoga and the reduction of hypertension-related complications and the improvement of fetal outcome. Prenatal yoga is a form of exercise that speaks specifically to your pregnancy wellness.
Deep breathing and conscious relaxation will support you as you face the physical demands of labor and birth. This body and breath connection will prime you for childbirth. In prenatal yoga, you will learn to breathe fully. When you use the breathing technique practiced in yoga, known as uijayi, you develop the ability to stay calm as labor progresses. When you let fear or pain lead you, your body produces adrenaline and produces less oxytocin, which is the hormone that helps labor to progress. Consistent yoga practice will help you avoid tension and tightening when you feel contractions growing stronger, making it easier to relax through them and progress more efficiently.
By participating in a regular prenatal yoga class, you benefit from a support system including other expecting mothers. You can openly share your concerns and talk through pregnancy with women who can relate and an informed prenatal yoga teacher. We offer prenatal yoga at FreshJax on Mondays at 11:00. We provide all of the props you will need to ensure comfort through each trimester. All we need is you and your precious baby bump.
Much like the experience of being in the comfort of their mother’s womb, rocking, swaying, back rubbing and baby massage are all gentle touches that babies enjoy. These interactions help them to feel comforted and trust the arms of their caregiver. Gentle movement and touch after birth helps unite sensory experiences with emotional exchanges.
Baby + Me Yoga, which is offered on Thursdays at 2:00 at FreshJax, helps parents and caregivers learn new ways to handle their babies at each developmental stage. It is a beautiful way for parent and baby to bond while building a foundation of exercise from birth, promoting positive sleep habits, strengthening growing muscles, and stimulating the baby’s bodily systems, especially the nervous and digestive systems.
Baby yoga helps assist babies in their transitions from one stage of development to the next, contributes to the development of the brain, and can even alleviate colic and gas. Early birth distress can be healed through tender interaction. FreshJax believes in providing relaxation and rejuvenation for all seasons of life, including our fragile and delicate babies.
Baby + Me yoga doesn’t only serve Baby’s body, but it strengthens and heals the mother’s body as well. Pelvic floor dysfunction affects fifty percent of women following childbirth. It is important to ease back into your fitness routine by first restoring your core and pelvic floor function. In this class, we focus on carefully rebuilding the pelvic floor and stability muscles of the core, so that Mom can safely return to efficient exercise and movement following birth.
However, this class is not just for mothers and babies. Dad or any caregiver will benefit from Baby + Me yoga. This class offers a great opportunity to get out of the house and interact with other parents and caregivers. We combine yoga and play while strengthening the bond between you and your infant. You will experience postures for both you and baby as well as calming and restorative time for both of you in a safe environment for mobile babies and newborns. Joint relaxation is beneficial for both parties and enhances nonverbal communication between baby and caregiver. You will get to know each other better through active communication, and you can take these practices home with you. New movements will be presented at a pace that is safe for babies to absorb, and assimilating these movements into their home life will help baby to positively manage new situations.
This class helps you to reconnect with your body and breath while bonding with baby and helping him/her to develop body awareness. We encourage you to listen to your baby’s needs and cues throughout class. We want you to feel comfortable stopping to nurse or feed your baby, as well as to change diapers and soothe baby however you see fit. Babies are often unpredictable, so we establish an open environment where you can come back to the practice whenever your baby is ready. These affirmative relations are the foundation for future positive social interactions, and they help your baby to build trust and feel safe in your arms.
FreshJax offers Baby + Me Yoga on Thursdays at 2:00. You and your baby can join us as soon as your doctor or midwife has cleared you for light exercise. Mobile babies are still welcome up to eighteen months of age. Our Baby + Me yoga teacher will modify postures and movements to meet the growing needs and desires of you active infant. We look forward to practicing yoga with you and your littles here at FreshJax.
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals. It is a display of words and images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be. Appealing to you on both conscious and subconscious levels, a vision board can work wonders toward keeping your mind focused on your goal, your attention on your intentions, and your life headed in the direction you choose.
Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel and the steps you’ll need to take to get there, not just on things that you want. Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day, just like professional athletes before a big game. They visualize themselves performing to the best of their abilities before stepping into the spotlight.
The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, write down your answers to the following questions to help focus your vision.
Next, gather anything that inspires and motivates you. This could be photographs, quotes, images, letters, words, etc.
Then, attach them to your vision board and place it where you will see it every day. Each time you look at it, visualize yourself achieving your goals. When an item on your board no longer matches your goals, replace it with something new!
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