Jen

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Jen

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Vanessa

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Vanessa

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Get out of your head!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Get out of your head!

Get out of your head! Contributed By: Cailin Kless Two years ago, a friend was asking me about yoga practice. “Can you do all those crazy gymnastic-type poses?” she wanted to know. “Like, can you do a headstand?”  I said “No.” At the time, this was true. But since she was interested in working towards the pose herself, I offered to show her my headstand prep— and all of a sudden found myself perfectly stacked, heels over head. I was so surprised I almost fell out of it. It wasn’t until later that I realized why this pose I had been working on for months suddenly became “easy”— there was absolutely no pressure. I wasn’t promising any results, to my friend or to myself. I was just practicing yoga. It took even longer before I realized where I truly needed to apply this no-pressure philosophy— my meditation practice. In addition to my difficulty getting physically comfortable to sit, I was frequently frustrated that I never “got results”— some magical peace and transcendence I was supposed to feel. My thoughts never seemed to quiet, and became increasingly self-critical. My meditation sessions became a time to think about how much of a failure I was at not-thinking.  And just like with my headstand, my experience of that transcendent calm I desired came to me almost by accident. It was a Christmas party, and even though I was having fun with people I love, I found myself suddenly overwhelmed by all the people, the food, and the energy crash that followed weeks of frantic holiday prep finally drawing to a close. My chest tightened and I thought I might burst into tears when, completely unbidden, my body drew itself into the full, steady breath I had been practicing in all my “failed” meditation sessions. I became absorbed by the sight of my own belly expanding and contracting, without any real need for my input. I don’t know if my head was “perfectly clear,” whatever that means, but the only thing I can remember thinking for those few minutes is, Wow, breathing feels really good! Nowadays, it’s still hit-or-miss whether I can “get into” meditation on any given day, but the experience has become a lot more pleasant as I seek to bring the unhurried spirit of my first headstand to my sessions. I can’t always promise myself “results,” but I can always practice...

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Yoga is for EveryBODY!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Yoga is for EveryBODY!

Yoga is for EveryBODY! Contributed By: Eve Simonetti Hi! Let me first introduce myself, I’m Eve! I am a yoga instructor, AntiGravity instructor as well as the assistant manager at Emerge. For the past 12 years, I have struggled with eating disorders and body image. I have found that the one thing that has helped me get through these difficult years has been the practice of yoga. I initially got into yoga because I thought it was another form of “exercise,” but I was surprised to find so much more that went into the practice. Asana (the poses) are such a small part of the practice. Mindfulness, awareness and the breath techniques that I learned in the practice has definitely become such a huge part of my life off the mat and in my daily life. Yoga gave me the tool of awareness. I had gone through the majority of my life not feeling safe in my own body and through the process of going to classes daily, I began to see that my body was not such a scary place to be. Everything I had searched for through food and other distractions has always been inside of me, I just needed that bit of awareness to begin to realize it. The more I practiced, the more I started to see the parts of myself that I had been running from for so long. Yoga can help people with body image by giving them the opportunity to look deeper than the physical aspects of themselves. When you are in alignment in your body, you begin to become in alignment with your beliefs. I have seen yoga repair the connection between the mind and body that most people don’t even know they were missing to begin with. For example, your mind may be telling you that you are hungry, but when the mind and body are connected, you can see if it is actually hunger or just a disconnection between the mind-body experience. Yoga is a practice of love, and in order to love others fully, we must begin by loving ourselves first. For my workshop of the month, we will practice all of the above and really dive deep into the mind-body disconnect that keeps us stuck in old ways of thinking that aren’t serving us. ‘Yoga for EveryBODY’ is for all people of all shapes and sizes who are looking to improve self-esteem, self-perception and work on empowering others by empowering themselves first. We will start with different personal and interactive exercises that help us explore the “mind” component and then move onto the “body” aspect where we will practice a specific yoga practice designed to ground the body. The final part of the workshop will begin to reconnect both the mind and the body, putting together the pieces of the puzzle that we may have been missing or searching for. As always keep an open heart, and know that in order to love others, it is important to practice self love...

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Essential Oil Testimonial: Stress & Hormone Support

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Essential Oil Testimonial: Stress & Hormone Support

Essential Oils: Personal Testimonial Two Simple Steps to Support Hormone Balancing with Essential Oils Contributed By: April Rose The stress of balancing 3 different jobs and supporting myself was leaving me feeling very fatigued. I noticed that even when I got a good 8 hours of sleep, I still would feel groggy in the morning. My digestion felt sluggish and irregular even when eating a balanced diet. I needed additional support. My mood varied and I experienced some weight gain and anxiety. When I was introduced to Essential Oils, I saw it as an opportunity to make lifestyle changes to reduce stress and strengthen my immune system. I wanted something holistic to bring balance to my system. I learned how they could support stimulation or relaxation of certain organs and enhance balancing to out of whack systems.  I learned that Cortisol, the “stress hormone” is produced by the adrenal glands and regulates your body’s response to stress. An imbalance can mean that even if you get enough sleep you still wake up groggy. I use my diffuser with 10 drops of my Lavender Essential Oil.  I sometimes even add a few drops pillow before bedtime to enhance deep sleep.  I find that I fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer when I diffuse my Lavender. I also find that I wake up feeling more restored and my sleep patterns have improved.  Our livers are also in charge of regulating and balancing hormones. Your liver is like a filter removing toxin from the blood.  The basic liver cleanse recipe: 1 drop Lemon essential oil and 1 drop Peppermint essential oil in a glass of water in the morning before you eat or drink anything, 20 minutes before eating. If I am really feeling sluggish I add a shake of Cayenne Powder and sip slowly to stoke fire for healthy...

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Yoga Works: Part 1 – Spirituality Through Hot Coffee

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Yoga Works: Part 1 – Spirituality Through Hot Coffee

Yoga Works: Part 1 – Spirituality Through Hot Coffee Contributed By: Stefani Gallagher The other day I was driving in to work, having a great day, singing and dancing in the car. It was a beautiful day and I was on Ocean Parkway with the windows open, enjoying the release of blasting music, singing, dancing and acting as if I was the only one in the world. I reached for my coffee in my to-go cup and it spilled right across my lap. The coffee was hot and my yoga pants were white, purple and teal. I looked down at my lap and simply said out loud “Oh. I spilled my coffee”. I took a sip of the still hot beverage and placed it nicely back in the cup holder. I suddenly felt as if I no longer knew myself, it was an outer body experience I had never felt before. Usually I would have screamed, and dropped the F bomb, either because I got burned, stained my pants right before class or maybe even because I now wasted a mouthful of caffeine. I have to admit, I got a flashback to those days in high school of “Yeahhhhhh…whatever man….” but quickly realized that I was sober and present. I had simply taken a moment and a breath before REACTING as I usually do, and simply RESPONDED to the situation with “Oh. I spilled my coffee.” It was the most spiritual experience I had had in a while!! I love chanting, harmoniums, mudras etc. but this was as spiritual as it gets folks. Rather than shout out an expletive, which is common for me, I allowed myself the space to grow and see that yoga works. We do not need a spiritual experience in every class, We need to be present enough to feel our bodies and the emotions that arise. From this point only can we began to shift our awareness and maybe even some of those old habits that keep us stuck. Next time you get on your mat, stop looking for something to fix you or help you! Simply be where you are, be nice to you and allow yourself to feel….everything! One day, and hopefully not when you dump hot coffee in your lap, you will have your eyes opened to the fact that this yoga stuff really does change us. Sometimes a little bit differently that we envisioned, but it...

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Props = LOVE

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Props = LOVE

Props = LOVE Contributed By: Stefani Gallagher I will never forget my very first yoga experience…it was an Iyengar class with a teacher who had me engaged the entire time with his dry humor. I was thrilled! We spent a lot of time in each pose and he kept coming over to me and making adjustments and showing me how to use these big ugly blocks. I have to admit I was a little weirded out by the time he tied a strap around my back and ankles…but this guy was funny so I liked him. Then he folded about four hippie looking blankets all around me and under my legs. I didn’t know what yoga was but if this was it, I could give it a second try. Since I had been into meditation techniques before I was very interested in this man’s approach to using the breath to move our bodies even when holding poses. I was into it! After taking yoga classes 1-3 times a week, for about 3 weeks, I began to venture into more advanced asana and poses. I wasn’t ready for it physically or mentally, but I felt the need to try and “go further”, “up-level”, “find the deepest expression of the pose”……whatever that was supposed to mean. After only a few weeks at this studio, the Iyengar teacher I loved left to go teach elsewhere in the city. I was left with ego inflating teachers who could bend themselves in half effortlessly and made me feel that if I kept pushing myself into injuries then I could do that one day too. No blankets under your knees….no blocks for equally proportioned people…and definitely no straps for anyone slightly inflexible. Luckily for me my ego was challenged when I came to Emerge the first time. Some people do not have arms as long as their legs, some of us have extremely tight hamstrings and let me tell you…I LOVE MY PROPS!! I can now get deeper into twists, feel stretches in ways I couldn’t before. I opened up to restorative yoga (an adrenaline junkie’s worst nightmare) and guess what….I LOVE THAT TOO! Next time your teacher offers a prop…take a leap of faith and give the block a chance! Allow yourself to be open to something further enhancing your experience and possibly changing your perspective. All of our bodies are different. Sometimes all it takes is the encouragement to release beneath support to open up and be free in ways we did not know were...

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For the LOVE of Dolphin!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on For the LOVE of Dolphin!

For the LOVE of Dolphin! Contributed By: Stefani Gallagher I love dolphin pose! I knew it had amazing benefits but I didn’t realize how opening it was for me until that one day……. Forearm stands were always so difficult for me. I had flung my legs over head at the wall and came crashing down on my face several times. I know, I know….that’s not how we do it. It was a struggle because I KNEW I was strong enough for the pose, but my shoulder injury and tightness prevented me from ever feeling the pose, not even once. So i decided to stop trying before I broke my face. I stuck with dolphin pose whenever forearm stands were offered and really worked the pose. I aimed for optimal alignment to reap the benefits and engaged all the right muscles. Four months later, I decided to give forearm stand a chance in class and I almost landed on my face for the sheer fact that I was holding myself up! Granted I used the wall, but I floated instead of flinging my body. I engaged my muscles instead of sinking into my shoulder joints and pushed the floor away….I will never forget that day. The day the world was wrong. Growing up as a natural competitive athlete, we were always instructed to “push” and “try harder” for what we wanted. Hard work, blood, sweat and tears. That’s what made us so good at the sports we were competing in; however, in yoga, that’s not the case. By accepting what was, and working with what I had, I was able to progress to a point in my practice that was almost effortless. Yoga has taught me that it is not about finding your edge and staying there; rather, finding your edge, backing away from it, and working within a space that allows...

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Welcome to Emerge…

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Welcome to Emerge…

After quite some time, we are FINALLY excited to announce the launch of our new website.  This site is constructed to give you all the information you will need about the studio (class descriptions, bodywork services, nutrition, life coaching, prices list, schedule, new student info & more).  Furthermore, you can now check here for our latest promotions, workshops, or special events if you don’t get all the details in class.  Finally, please note we will be posting consistently in the blog to keep you in the loop about anything relevant + exciting going on in or with Emerge. Stay tuned because there is so much more to...

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