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Remainder of the Year

Remainder of the Year

“THIS moment is not an idea. It is the only reality.” – Sadhguru

We are nearing the end of a year that has affected every single person on this planet. As I reflect on what has transpired for myself personally and for the studio, I am proud of how we shifted into gear to support the community as quickly and effectively as we could.

Here is a recap:

  • We offered free videos on the website (which are still there!)
  • We gave discounts on the Zoom classes for 3 months.
  • We offered 12 weeks of Facebook Lives where we did free classes like crystal bowls, chanting, and mediations.
  • We wrote blogs on important subjects to help you take charge of your health immediately.
  • We offered Masterclasses on topics of yoga so you could utilize the information instantly at home.
  • We developed a membership of recorded Zoom classes, to allow you to do classes whenever and wherever you are in the world, daily if needed.
  • We started a podcast to educate you along your health journey, with experts in different fields. (which, by the way, a really good one just came out)
  • I made a personal commitment to teach every day and be available, at least until the end of 2020 (I have only missed two days).
  • We offered free private sessions.
  • We offered a free 10 day challenge, of emails with a focus daily to keep you in a mindset of growth, positivity and change.

 

CLASS STRUCTURE

We also changed up our structure of what we do in our classes (for the current world situation), as well as how classes are accessed. We have two main ways to get your dose of wellbeing:

  • Daily live classes in studio and on Zoom, with a class pass.
  • A monthly membership of 250 pre-recorded Zoom classes, and growing. We even have guest teachers with different styles!

These are two great options for getting in a practice as often as you can, and keep your self-care in the forefront.

A SPECIAL FOR THE END OF THE YEAR!

Looking for a gift of heath for you and a loved one, to work on for the entire year of 2021?
It is a yearly pass with lots of extra benefits!

If you purchase the Ohana yearly pass anytime before the end of 2020, you will be able to share this pass with a loved one!!

So a child away at college, a loved one across the seas, a cousin in a different state, or a best friend needing to be connected in some way, is hugely possible. You two can take classes together, and allow accountability.

Since most of our classes are online and in studio, the online accessibility is key to forging this pass relationship (Pass can be activated whenever you both are ready).

AND

You will also have full access to the Ohana Om Demand membership, so you never miss an opportunity to practice at any time of the day, nor the weather being an issue.

AND

Each of you will receive a 30 minute private session with me at the beginning of your pass and at the end.

If you are interested, don’t hesitate to reach out for more information or to work out the details!

I Love you all!
Lisa 😉

 

Other things the share:

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The Fascia System

The Fascia System

The site of pain is not always the site of the injury.

 

Greetings!
In our latest installment of learning something new at home, let’s talk fascia!!!!!! (thanks to the request/recommendation from one student!)    This is a HUGE topic, so I will do my best to communicate what I know to help you in your day to day life!
“Fascia tissue is a sticky, web-like substance that attaches underneath the skin and is literally everywhere in the body.  It both separates and connects the muscles and the organs, bones, veins, and brain.  It runs from head to toe, fingertip to fingertip, surface to deep.  It has qualities like plastic wrap and can be likened to a giant spider web.  Some have described the way it runs throughout your body like a system of highways on a U.S. map, with roads and complicated interchanges.  It’s not just on top of everything; it’s under, in between, and throughout everything. If we were to extract the fascia system from the body fully intact, it would look just like a 3D cotton candy mummy.  It exists as one single unit without interruption, penetrating, connecting, and separating every single part of the body. ”  Ashley Black
Fun Facts:
  • Fascia LOVES movement
  • Fascia LOVES you to be hydrated
  • If your biomechanics (movement patterns) are pretty crappy, your fascia comes to the rescue to hold everything in place.  That is its job, and it does a damn good job, but we don’t want it to accumulate all on one area.  For example, a Dowagers hump is a collection of fascia that collects at the back of the neck if someone’s heavy head is tipped too far forward for too long.  The fascia comes to the rescue to help hold the neck in place.   The problem?  The fascia doesn’t have the same blood flow as muscles, and nerve function gets cut off.   Using the actual muscles is so much better!!!!
  • Fascia is like duct tape all throughout the body, so it can ball up and grab and trap things like toxins, lactic acid, medications and food additives.  That doesn’t even include the emotions trapped in those areas!
  • Working your fascia stimulates nerve activity and activates blood flow which awakens the unused portion of muscle.   Newly accessed muscle fibers that haven’t been used in a while are tired, weak and droopy.
  • Tight fascia disguises a muscle weakness.  For example, if your hip is unstable, the brain will tighten and clamp down around the hips to stabilize.  Something has to come in and save the day!
  • Tight fascia can pull you out of alignment and cause restrictions elsewhere in the body.  For example, if you pull a sheet on one end, it will affect the rest of the sheets evenness.   It’s the reason someone can have a structural adjustment, then the next day be right back to where they started; the tight fascia pulls the body back out of alignment.
  • When you reveal a weak atrophied muscle, that may have been asleep for years, you pump the area so full of blood that muscle fibers can grow.    When you re-establish blood flow and neurological connection, it can help tone the muscle.
  • If fascia is locked down, it’s the body way of screaming at you, which equals to PAIN sensations. In other words, “Stop what you are doing and pay attention to me!!!  Let’s figure this out together!”
  • Whatever you do from the outside, nothing will help until you have proper blood flow on the inside.   (think face creams – you can put as much as you want on your skin from the outside, but until you massage the face and work the tissue, it won’t have the blood flow to keep the skin with healthy collagen to deliver vital nutrients to the cells).
  • There are four types of fascia and even though they are connected as one, but are found in different parts of the body, with different compositions.
  • Your body is made up of more than 37 trillion cells (blood, skin, muscle, and fascia). These cells are organized into systems.  Fascia is a communication system that interacts with ALL the systems of the body.    What is cool is that if you were to look at the matrix of a body and the organs, it is a web of fascia that holds up things like our organs.  They don’t just suspend in space!
  • Heating up fascia (sun, infrared sauna, exercising) changes the properties of it, making it more pliable to do manual therapy.  

  • Collagen fibers that lie down after a cut, injury or surgery, can be thick and quite uneven if not taken care of.  That is why massaging and stretching the area, getting blood flow to the surface of the skin, and activating the nerves are important to avoid thick adhesions.
  • We want springy complaint fascia, so it can respond and adapt to our movement better.

This picture was a game changer for me.   What we don’t see underneath the skin is good blood flow to a muscle.  It is being choked out by poor patterned fascia that is taking over the function of the muscle, but not functioning like a proper muscle does.

 
 
More resources:
Video:  The Fuzz Speech (disclaimer- A cadaver is used in the video)
Enjoy your discoveries!
Lisa 😉
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Vagus Nerve

Vagus Nerve

“What is good may not please everyone – what is pleasing may not be good for everyone” – Sadhguru 

Greetings!
Have you ever heard of the Vagus nerve?  It is sooooo fascinating!    It is an Intergral function of your nervous system and other areas of the body.  Did you know that if you feel nauseous, have heart burn, poor digestion, heart palpitations, dizziness, or anxiety, that they are indicators of a vagus nerve that has low tone?
I love it because when I feel ‘off’ in some way, I know I need to do things that help tone the vagus nerve.     And the things that help tone this nerve are fun!  Humming, laughter, hugging (soon!), being out in the sun, breathing properly, smiling and being in nature, just to name a few!!!
In yoga we are easily able to help you with this tone through proper breathing (diaphragm moving well) and humming/singing (through chanting).
Here are some links on this nerve, and do check out the pictures I have included, as they are too good not to use for a visual learner like me!
Vagus Nerve Article 1
Vagus Nerve Article 2
Vagus Nerve Video 1
Vagus Nerve Video 2
Take this information as another way to be in charge of your own health and self care!
Feel free to pass this along to anyone you think could benefit from this information.
 
Love you and stay safe!
Lisa 😉
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Courage

Courage

“You know how to stop judgement from other people?  You stop it from yourself.” – Sonia Zarbatany

Greetings!

When there is more vitality flowing through the body through yoga, meditation, breathing or mantra practice, obstacles seems less scary, more manageable and you can act from a more courageous self.   Gradually, if you expose yourself to things you fear, you tend reduce that threat response.  Since we are connected to each other as humans, we can find the same courageous strength with each other!!!!
“Courage is the power to act regardless of fear.   To be able to hold onto the thought, “I need to do this” or take action.  Courage triumphs over fear and uncertainty.   It allows you to move forward despite you being certain that you will receive pain, difficulties and sacrifices along the journey.”
Ohana has so much in store for you!!!!

 

Online Classes!

I just scheduled all of the Zoom classes for the week!  If you want to see the schedule please visit the website or check out our app to see them listed.   A few of the classes are different this week.   Check the schedule there.
Our link for Ohana classes is  https://zoom.us/j/4533359011

30 Days to a Habit -Begins THIS Tuesday!!!

Join Chandra Carson and I for a 30 day program that will help you be more aligned with what you want in your life.  To find the power and confidence to ask for what you want from your natural state.   We will ask some tough questions in the beginning to get you to dig up your limiting beliefs and how you have adapted to, and then realign where you want to go through a developed plan over the next 30 days.   It’s like you will be getting your own ‘prescription’ of what will get you to the next steps in 30 days with our personal help and guidance!  There will be four calls with us and constant support throughout.    We are so excited to roll this out.  Please let us know if you have any questions about this program.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.  To register please go here.  What you think manifests VERY quickly right now, so let us help you to find a direction.  This is for anyone at home struggling to find a path including kids who had to move back home for a period of time, confused and anxious about the future.

 

Prenatal Yoga Training

Have you ever wanted to teach yoga to pregnant mommas?   It is such a special experience to bond with a momma and an unborn baby.  I ran this program in January and it was so utterly amazing to be able to share what I know and have experienced over the past 14 years.    The next scheduled date is May 16th and 17th, and will possibly be through Zoom, should we not be able to meet in person.  There are prerequisites, so now may be the time to start that!   We go over so so so many details that will help a grandparent, doula, current yoga teacher or medical professional to have a very well rounded approach to this rearing.   It is such a beautiful time to shift gears and help those that are bringing new humans onto this planet.

 

Private Teaching/Coaching/Guidance

I want to be here for you when things arise that you feel you don’t have control over.     We have express fundamental control and power to create whatever we want in life!  To be in the flow and live life on purpose, and live your life by design rather than by default.  So whether you need me for physical movement, or guidance in other areas of breath work, mantra, meditation or journaling, I can try to get you back on track.

 

Coming soon!

An online virtual studio membership
Masterclasses for the last week of April!!!!!!!

 

Love you and stay safe!
Lisa 😉

 


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Our app is so handy! You can see all of the classes listed, with descriptions and the instructor teaching.   It is always the most up to date option for classes.
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What I Committed to

What I Committed to

“Courage is the power to act regardless of fear and uncertainty.  It allows you to move forward despite knowing you will receive pain, difficulties and need to sacrifice along the journey.” – Giovanni Diestmann

Greetings!

On January 1st of 2019, I had decided to do some things each day.  Meaning, by the end of the year, I would have committed to doing these things every single day.
I knew that 2020 was important  in that something big was going to happen.  I knew I needed to be prepared.  Here is what I wrote on December 31st, 2019 on Facebook and Instagram.
“I write this on the last day of the year. I am normally pretty private about what I do, (only really sharing in our intimate training groups) but today I have a lot to say, so this will be a long post. 
 
A little factoid about me is that I get up SUPER early. Like crazy early, because I feel the need to get things done and not waste life away sleeping too much (although I don’t require a ton of sleep anyway). I had spent the past year committing to things that I wanted to do/trial. To see if they would improve my life. I have a great life, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement. 
So at the end of 2018 I committed to the following:
Writing in a journal every single day ✔️

 

Praying every single day. ✔️
Drinking celery juice every single day ✔️
Drink wheatgrass every single day ✔️
Taking cold showers, even in the winter ✔️
Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa at least 365 times or more ✔️
Chanting to Lakshmi at least 365 times or more ✔️
Tap in an Asenscion script 365 times ✔️
Exercise in some form every single day ✔️
Be kind to others. Always. ✔️
Help as many people as I can. ✔️
Give more than I receive. ✔️
To read every single day(articles/books) ✔️
To learn something new every single day ✔️
Trying to fit in all other chants, mantras, prayer practices in whenever there was extra time (to Jesus, Quan Yin, Ganesh and Babaji, for compassion, for peace, for healing)✔️✔️✔️✔️
 
I try to set up unachievable goals to see how strong I really am, mentally and physically. These were hard to achieve. There were days I wish I didn’t have a commitment and didn’t want to have to stay up late making sure I completed what I said I would do, but I did it❤
 
One would wonder why I would do all of this and was I looking for a benefit. See, I do things for the pleasure of knowing that it will keep me healthy in some way. That everything I do is a form of preventative maintenance. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t drink coffee, I don’t do drugs or take substances.   I don’t look for outside people to make me happy, I know it’s MY job to make myself happy. Anything else is wonderful. 
Do I feel great? Yes. I have seen improvements in hair growth and health, skin texture has improved, I have even more energy than before and I can regulate my temperature better. 
It is nice to see things improve but it takes time, courage, commitment and strength. That was tested throughout the year, but I feel that much stronger going into 2020. Riled up. Amped up to see what lies ahead. You fail and you learn from that failure. It’s a sign you need to work more intelligently and that’s where I am today. 
Having kids shows every crack in your character. Every flaw. Everything that needs to be worked on. You don’t really want to look for strife or right every single wrong because you are a constant vigilante in your own ecosystem. Love and peace HAVE to matter. There is no choice. You can’t wash away your problems with substances. The work is always there right in front of you. Here is to 2020. Here is to more years of work and challenges ahead. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. I’m ready.  
 
And here is something I learned today…….levensmoed is Dutch translated to optimism or courage to life. Let’s have the courage together.”
Now as I look back at what I wrote five months ago, it couldn’t be more true for today and where we are in society.
My commitment now is to help as many people as possible with what I learned from the sacrifices, courage and dedication along my life journey.
Commit to something
Improve your mental state
Remember you are enough
Learn something new every day
Have the courage to put in the work, because you won’t regret it, and it will lead you to places you never thought possible.
I Love you all!
Lisa 😉
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