December 2017

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Dear Friends,

December can bring a variety of experiences and emotions, and before you know it, it will be 2018!  Setting a New Years Intention is a great way to begin again and get clear on your goals.  According to the Vedic text known as the Upanishads, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”  

Meditation, journaling and quiet reflection are all great ways to become clear with your intentions.  While in contemplation, I realize that have had a lifelong desire to support the health and wellbeing of myself and others.  One of my intentions for 2018 is to deliver content in new ways that better serve the overall health, balance and wellness of my entire community.    I commit to better communication through newsletters and offer exciting new opportunities to explore self care through yogic practices and good nutrition.

 

My teaching schedule

In December, you can find me teaching Hatha classes at The Yoga Place in Ephrata every Thursday evening from 7-8:15.  I'm also teaching the 8 am class on Sunday, December 10.  

If hanging out on the rope wall is your thing, I'll be at West End Yoga on December 10, 12, 24, 26, and 31.  Christmas Eve and New Years Eve classes will only be held at 11:00, so reserve your spot in advance.

Favorite healthy meals

I am a huge fan of Oh She Glows, and when a friend offered me a portion of her African Peanut Stew, I jumped at the opportunity.  Click on the recipe name to make it for yourself.  Recipes are vegan and most are gluten free.

                                        My new favorite journal

One great way I've been getting clear on who I am is through the practice of journaling.  I just love Elena Brower's new guided journal, Practice You.  They're beautiful and of the highest quality.  They make great gifts for the yogis in your life!  Click on the image to order.

                                         My favorite yoga mat

My husband purchased this Manduka Pro mat for 12 years ago, and it has only gotten better with age.  I have stolen it from him, as he no longer maintains a yoga practice.  I currently keep this mat reserved for my home practice, and I love it so much!  It is well worth the investment, and passes the test of time.  Click on the mat image to order.

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Hope to see you in class, and until then, wishing you a happy and healthy December!

 

Blessings,

Beth Martin RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP                                          bethmartinyoga@yahoo.com

 

 

Yogo Mat Review #2 (after the trip)

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The Yogo Ultralight Mat couldn't have been more perfect for my trip to Nepal.  It took me from my hotel balcony, to a rooftop class (that I ended up teaching), to a mountaintop at sunrise.  When you set out on this type of adventure, compact portability is a must.  I was not willing to compromise my daily yoga practice.  I was relieved to find the Yogo Ultralight Mat.  It has more features than I thought possible.  Here I'll list the things that I loved about the mat.

  1. It fits neatly inside my bag, or clips conveniently to the outside of my backpack.   
  2. The practice space is always clean because it folds in on itself.
  3. It is sticky, I don't slide on it, and it does not slide on the floor.
  4. It is very lightweight.
  5. It washes easily in the shower, and can drip dry by hanging from it's own straps.

The list of cons is short, but worth mentioning.

  1. It's slightly smaller than the average mat.  If you are a small yogi, you'll appreciate it, as this cuts down on weight and makes a compact fold.  The Ultra is available for those who require more space.
  2. It is thin and doesn't offer much cushion (duh, it's a travel mat).  I did find myself placing my clean yogo mat on top of a studio mat that didn't appear sanitary.  Score - clean and cushioned!

Honestly, I'm looking for more ways to use this mat.  It would make a great Christmas Gift for the yogi on your list.  Here's a link to the company's website (or order it on amazon.com if you've got amazon prime).  It'd be great during a picnic, hike or run.  It can easily attach to several places on my bicycle, backpack, gym bag, suitcase, below a child's stroller, or in a desk.  Many happy hours of practice await me and my Yogo Ultralight Mat.  Happy practicing!

Namaste - Beth     

Washes easily in the shower and hangs to dry from it's own built in straps.

Washes easily in the shower and hangs to dry from it's own built in straps.

Even attaches to my bicycle!

Even attaches to my bicycle!