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  • Personal Growth and Yoga ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 16, 2014

    Personal Growth and Yoga  ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 It’s amazing what one seed can grow. Sown in the ground, planted in the heart, each day it grows a little more true. ~Marc Ian Barasch, Executive Director of the Green World Campaign Have you seen the newly painted trees? Swathes of vibrant pink cherry blossoms, happy yellow forsythia and puffy white pear tree blossoms burst forth on blue sky canvas. The blossoms grow before my eyes- what a surprise when they show yet again! The welcome warm weather and new spring yoga session has me reflecting on growth. Although it seems that this spring beauty happens overnight it really[…]

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  • The Gift of Restorative Practice ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 14, 2014

    The Gift of Restorative Practice ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 When the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about. ~ Rumi This week we  give ourselves the gift of a restorative practice, which allows us the opportunity to actively relax, and “be.”  Restorative poses have many benefits including;  reducing stress, improving circulation, improving digestion, lowering blood pressure, and helping insomnia.   And yet most of us are “too busy” to relax.  We are conditioned in western culture to believe “bigger is better.”  A bigger house, and a busier schedule must mean we are living a better life and getting ahead.  We have trouble[…]

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  • The Opportunity To Explore ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 7, 2014

    The Opportunity To Explore ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 The impeded stream is the one that sings. ~ Wendell Berry When my daughter learned to drive I fantasized about teaching her Driver’s Education course. I pictured myself in front of a flow chart where everything leads to “Don’t Crash!”  This fantasy came to me after narrowly missing a large pile of debris in the road. As my daughter drove straight for it, I frantically screamed, “Left, left” furiously waving my hands towards the left as if I possessed Harry Potter-like magic and the car would obey. When I calmed down enough to ask my daughter what she was thinking she said,[…]

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  • Use Your Body As An Instrument ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    March 26, 2014

    Use Your Body As An Instrument ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 “Listen. Every molecule is humming its particular pitch. Of course you are a symphony.Whose tune do you think the planets are singing as they dance?”          ~ Lynn Ungar ~ A cello concerto composed by Edward Elgar inspired this week’s classes! This week as we practice we will especially focus on the psoas- a large deep set of muscles that connects the femur bone to the spine. Our psoas can become short from sitting, tipping our pelvis forward and impacting easeful posture. Our psoas should be toned, but also able to release and lengthen. We want it to be supple.[…]

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  • Simplicity ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    March 19, 2014

    Simplicity ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200   Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. ~Leo Babauta   Edit- (edit something out) Remove unnecessary or inappropriate words, sounds, or scenes from a text, movie, or radio or television program. (Oxford Dictionary Definition) Yoga practice is like a narrative with a beginning, middle and end.  When we bring our attention to the space between the beginning and the end we have the opportunity to edit and craft our poses, bringing more clarity, benefit and purpose to our practice. This week we focus on the energetic line between the tailbone and the crown of the[…]

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  • Daily Maintenance with Yoga ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    March 12, 2014

    Daily Maintenance with Yoga ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. ~ Eleanor Brown This week is a continuation of last week’s topic on the benefits of taking breaks during our day. One of my favorite ways to think of breaks is as daily maintenance. We all know that if you don’t take your car in for routine service it will most likely break down.  We too benefit from “routine service”, and yoga offers ways to keep our body and mind[…]

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  • Welcome A Break ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    March 5, 2014

    Welcome A Break ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir “Brain breaks are becoming part of the Howard County school day,” according to the Howard County Times article I read last week. The purpose of the breaks is to help fight childhood obesity and to improve academic learning. Linda Rangos, coordinator of health education for the school district says, “Some might hear the word break and say schools can’t afford to lose that academic time.” She says we cannot consider it a break but[…]

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  • Connect To Your Body, Mind, and Spirit ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour

    February 26, 2014

    Connect To Your Body, Mind, and Spirit ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. ~Herman Hesse Hello Friends! When I was a kid and complained of a small injury to my leg, my father said jokingly, “ I have a great way to get your mind off of the pain in your leg.” When I asked what it was, he said, “Just cut off your finger.” Fortunately, yoga gives us the opportunity to pay attention to not just places that may cause us discomfort, but to see all the parts of our body[…]

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  • Balanced Action For Knee Pain ~ Kim Metz RYT 200

    February 24, 2014

    Balanced Action For Knee Pain ~ Kim Metz RYT 200 As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given. — Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast and 1984 gold medalist. Hello Friends! Watching the snowboard cross event at the Olympics, the commentator referred to the competitors’ knees as “shock absorbers.” The description definitely seemed apt as I watched the competitors bend their knees as they whooshed over hills, absorbing the impact of the hard ground beneath them. Fortunately, we don’t put our knees through the wear and tear of[…]

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  • Reshape Your Body, Reshape Your Mind With Yoga ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    February 12, 2014

    Reshape Your Body, Reshape Your Mind With Yoga ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 Hello everyone, This week we build on our last class, engaging through our core to help center and stabilize our poses as we expand and open our heart space. I recently watched the TED talk, Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc. One premise of the talk is that how we hold and move our body can change our thoughts, feelings and even our physiology. Cuddy found that people who held themselves in a more open way and took up more space also had more confidence and felt more vibrant compared to others who took up less[…]

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