What are two of the most common small business social media struggles? These might sound familiar: “Where should I be?” and “With what time?” Let’s work through both of those potential obstacles....Read More
Elizabeth Stanbridge first tried Pilates at the gym and really liked it. She was training with a personal trainer at the gym, trying to get back in shape after years of not exercising. At the time, her kids were at Redline Athletics and that's how she first heard about Body in Balance Yoga (back then it was still Studio J). She started Pilates and Yoga classes and hasn't looked back since! Elizabeth shares with us how Pilates has changed her confidence in her body exercise awareness.
Q: On a scale of 1 - 10 how did you feel when you first started taking classes at the studio?
A: I felt fairly strong (from the gym) but not balanced. Maybe 5,6/10.
Q: Results: where are you now and how do you feel?
A: Probably 8/10 - I have more work to do. I am more flexible. I feel like I am not as prone to injury, because my core and stabilizer muscles are stronger. I feel more confident because of the relationship I've developed with Jordan as a Pilates instructor. I trust that she will push me, but knows my limits. I am learning to analyse aches and pains and plateaus, and am learning to figure out what to do with them. The instructors have helped a lot with that learning (mainly Jordan and Rose).
Q: What's next?
A: Keep going, keep learning, keep getting stronger and more flexible. The inclusive environment here makes it feel like I'm missing something in my life when I can't/ don't come to class.
Never tried out the Pilates Reformer Machines before? Curious? Well then, now is your chance!
Jordan Kaplow from Body in Balance Yoga in Chandler will be offering 5 new reformer students a FREE half hour session on Thursday, August 3rd at 6.30pm. Sign up now - first 5 people to sign up are in!
Benefits of Reformer: Core & Posture
This is a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of the Pilates Reformer apparatus, specifically designed for better body health, flexibility and body awareness. Unlike Mat Pilates, reformer has special core-building benefits. Using the resistance of the pulley and spring system more resistance is created than what you get with just your body weight on a mat. This system allows for better posture and coordination than you would with a Mat or classic fitness core routine.
Pilates reformer is an excellent overall workout for your body’s core: abs, lower back, hips and gluts. It is heavily focused on alignment and accurate muscle engagement, which can lead to improved posture, better balance and more stability, especially when in motion. Combining regular reformer sessions with other forms of exercise creates an integrated, stable body that moves well and is at less at risk to injury. Focusing on how your mind and body relate as you work through the movements helps bolster overall concentration and improves body awareness. The fluid, rhythmic movements performed on the reformer make you feel as though you’re almost gliding through water. The calming motions of the reformer exercises can be a tremendous stress-reliever.
Jordan Kaplow Pilates Reformer Instructor
Jordan graduated from Arizona State University in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Wellness, with a minor in Strength, Nutrition, and Personal Training. Since 2011, Jordan has been certified as a Pilates mat and equipment instructor, and has been dabbling in other modalities of exercise on the side, along with increasing her level of education in the art of Pilates.
History of the Pilates Reformer Machine
The system of lying on a platform using springs, ropes, handles and foot bars goes bak to the 1900s when bed ridden patients had to exercise in bed. The inventor of the reformer machine, Joseph Pilates, intended to help people recover by relearning how it the body was meant to move. Creating an intricate piece of machinery with a sliding platform, helps the body flow and move against resistance to gain strength, stability and fluidity.
Friday 28th July 2017 in Chandler, AZ. Immerse yourself in the spatial sounds of New York Artist, Tom Montagliano, when his 2017 Summer Tour comes to Chandler. Body in Balance will be hosting this unique sound bath. Don't miss it - it's one of a kind! Bookings will open soon! Contact (480) 365 9649 for details.Read More
Where: Body in Balance Yoga, 6150 West Chandler Blvd Suite 17 Chandler, AZ 85226
When: Saturday, July 22nd from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: $35.00 Early Registration. Day of: $40.00
Phone for more details: 480-365-9649
REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS:
Sundar Balasubramanian PHD Biochemistry and a cell biology researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston), shares his research on yoga with us, with special attention to yogic breathing – also known as Pranayama.
Through Sundar’s scientific research, he shows us key biomarkers' expression after Pranayama practice. The effects of yoga breathing has wide implications in management of several chronic illnesses, and into the understanding the biological mechanisms of Yoga. Sundar is one of the very few IAYT-certified Yoga therapists specialized in Pranayama.
About Sundar Balasubramanian
Sundar Balasubramanian was born in Tamilnadu, India – in a family that has been practicing Yoga and Siddha medicine for generations. At a young age, he learnt and perfected various Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Kirtan, and also demonstrated its benefits to the community. After successfully completing his PhD dissertation in Biochemistry, he accepted a fellowship in the United States to further advance his research.
He has spoken at TEDx Charleston and has published books like PranaScience: Decoding Yoga Breathing. He is also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) having undertaken certifications at institutions in India and the USA, including Yoga of the Heart and Cancer, Yogaville, VA, USA. He the Founder Director of the PranaScience Institute, Mt Pleasant, SC, USA and also the Founder Director of Yoga Education Trust, Karambakkudi, India.
Join Body in Balance Yoga and Ayruveda / Yoga lifestyle consultant; Akee Sheelvant from Jeeva Lifestyle, on Saturday. Learn the scientific wisdom of Ayurveda to bring balance and harmony in today's multitasking worldRead More
Capture Spring Rejuvenation for the Mind + Body
...with essential oils and yoga.
Body In Balance Yoga Studio
Date April 22nd Time 1:00 to 2:30
Cost $20.00 This includes a sample of the oils used in class
Hatha yoga class focusing on energy and spring detox. Practicing twist and forward folds to enhance the release of toxins in the body. Introduction to the benefits of using specific oils in class.
Pilates Reformer Preview 8 minute video - Body in Balance Yoga AZRead More
Register on MindBody for the Event - Workshops Tab
2017 Special Offer! Only $55 / month Membership for Yoga, Barre and Mat Pilates Group Classes (Excludes Reformer) Call / Come into the studio to Sign Up or Online: Register / Sign in to Mindbody - Online Store - Unlimited Group Classes AutoPay
Yoga for hips and shoulders. In Happy Hips and Shoulders Yoga we stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the hips and shoulder girdle then move into strengthening the muscles around the shoulders bringing a balance to the upper and lower halves of the body. You may notice a difference after the first class but give a month or so and you will notice a difference not only in sustaining poses on your mat in various classes but off the mat in your daily routine as well.Read More
A place for women to come together, share, connect and network. This monthly event at Body in Balance Yoga is complimentary.
December is the time to plant the seeds of your dreams. Come share your dreams with us.
Join us on Tuesday December 6th 2016 from 7 - 8.30pm for Seasonal scents from Doterra Essential Oils.
This event will be a free offering every 3rd Sunday at Body In Balance Yoga. Please join us for some tea and conversation, yoga , sound healing. This is also a way to network and share your passions. You can signup for the events under Workshops on Mindbody.
If you are interested in participating in this event, please feel free to contact the studio or keep an eye out for more information.
Past Event - Goddess Circle
July 24th at Body In Balance Yoga 8:30 am-9:45 am. A place where women can come together ,share their dreams, hold space and find support.
This will be a Free offering every 3rd Sunday at Body In Balance Yoga. Please join me for some tea and conversation, yoga , sound healing.
A way to network and share your passions.
Explore essential oils in a new way!
Essential Oil Rollerball workshop
Where: Body In Balance Yoga: 6150 W Chandler Blvd #17, Chandler, AZ 85226
When: Tuesday October 11thTime 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Oils, recipes, labels and bottles will be provided . At a cost of $15.00 for your first bottle. Discount on multiple bottles will apply.
Choose from 10 blends:
A brief introduction to the essential oils and thebenefits they offer:
Singing The Blues
Calm + Focused
*Guests currently under a physician’s care, pregnant, nursing, or taking medications shouldconsult with your doctor prior to using any essential oils.
-Balance and amplify the body’s energy and ability to heal
-Also works on plants and animals
Reiki 1- September 25, 2016 10:30-6:00pm
Empower yourself and others by unlocking this ancient healing technology for yourself.
Reiki 1-Tuition: $150.00
Reiki 2- October 23, 2016 10:30-6:00pm
Students will learn the ancient Reiki symbols and how to use them, an enhanced knowledge on energy anatomy and will be attuned and given the knowledge to perform long-distance healing. Prepares students for Reiki Master level training.
Reiki 2-Tuition: $150.00
**Students who register for both Reiki 1 & 2 at the same time: $250.00 (a $50 discount)
Sunday Goddess Circle
When: September 25th 8:30 amto 9:45am
Where : Body In Balance Yoga, 6150 W Chandler Blvd Ste 17, Chandler AZ 85284
A place where women can come together, share their dreams, hold space and find support.
Come join us forsometea, yoga nidra and sound healing.
To let go, we must first agree that what we are holding on to is not worth our grasp. Yet this is so difficult for us to do! What makes it so hard? Even when we are holding onto what is causing pain and misery, we would rather embrace the suffering than give ourselves up to whatever else there might be. It's like when you are in a yoga posture that challenges you, and all you can think about is how much longer you can bear it. Yet the yoga happens when you want to exit the pose, when the mind wants to go somewhere else, when you think there is something better so you rush out of the moment. The yoga happens when you find yourself right there, the timeless eternal being that you are, gazing right back at you, and suddenly everything is fine. This is the letting go.
Your small self, partly wrapped up in the human mind, acts as if it knows something. It acts towards staying alive. It wants to keep things the way it has 'known' them, so it can be organized, fit for survival. Evolution has done a great job of simplifying this, so our organism can focus on the material needs. Avoid pain, move towards pleasure. Run from the predator, get the food. Find the mate, propagate the species. Our lives and our ancestors lives going back many, many millions of years have been governed by these basic mechanisms. Yet now we are at a stage in evolution where we have satisfied our basic needs so completely that we are fabricating perceived threats to keep the mind occupied.
We live in a world that is now governed by empty threats. Stress is the number one killer in America, being the leading cause of heart disease - even above factors like 'genetics' , diet, history of smoking, etc. Our organisms have not fully adapted to being in such freedom. Yet there seems to be something pulling us towards further evolutionary advancement and it's not additional physical traits that will help us to move up the ladder of evolution. Perhaps the answer now, is a spiritual one. Perhaps now, we are surpassing our old, outdated animal nature and moving into higher states of consciousness that allow for transcendence of the material plane?
We certainly experience both ends of the spectrum - the animal nature side of us, which primarily dictates our sensory experiences and can be difficult to manage at times (anyone ever had a late night ice cream craving?) and the spiritual side, the human quest for unraveling the mysteries of the unknown, the unsatisfactory answers we receive from science that leave us ultimately unfulfilled and turning our eye towards the F word.
Faith is this solution, the variables being letting go and being open. That brings me to wrapping up this post. Yes, the F word. Faith. From time immemorable, since the etchings of written history and perhaps even before then, humans have been explaining the ways by which we liberate ourselves from our lower consciousness (animal nature) and step into the higher conscious beings that we are. In order to stop living under every beck and whim of our small self, governed by old patterns and habits that have been forever in our evolutionary survival toolkit, we have to give ourselves up to something that we cannot sense with our five senses. This is necessitated as an act of faith.
It is through letting go, being open, and living in faith that we can establish a relationship with something way beyond our comprehension. We can step into a higher 'Self' that is governed by love, compassion, joy, and peace. These are the promises of all major religious texts. This is indeed the ultimate realization through the practical science of yoga.
Yoga is the modern human science of evolving the spirit. Through yoga, we practice letting go and being open. We work on the material body to remove ourselves from its bondage, moving into the spiritual state of being that is our true nature. May your practice provide you with the tools to let go, be open, live with faith, and step into your highest Self. Sat, chit, Amanda. Truth, consciousness, bliss.
Peace and light,