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    Dear Riverflow Community;
    Tuesday marks Day 100 of my hot yoga journey.
    Thank you for your dedicated instruction, guidance and support,
    your daily energy and inspiration that helped me celebrate each of these 100 days.
    It has been the ultimate physical, mental and emotional roller coaster (I love rollercoasters). Remember to celebrate each day you are present in this hot room
    and to embrace your accomplishments... even if they appear to be setbacks.
    Namaste,
    Jo Baron, Riverflow Yoga hottie

     

    Wednesday
    Feb182015

    Yoga Wars

    "I moved a mat—just a tad—to make room and I got, "Did you touch my mat?” from its angry owner. I rolled up my mat, walked through the sea of rubber and left...in tears."

    People are getting hotter in hot yoga...and not in a good way

    "I attended a packed hot yoga class with a mob of sweaty strangers staring me down. I left more tense than I came in." 

    "Hot yoga classes are dominated by bee-yotches.  I will pay $500 to do a one-on-one with an instructor before I set foot in another a crowded yoga environment."

    Doesn't sound like the yoga I started practicing 43 years ago.  Yet I hear these stories regularly from students who come to our small community studio, from what I call BIG BOX YOGA STUDIOS: rooms that hold 70+ people and feel more like a circus, only no one is amused.

    No doubt about it, hot yoga can be a crowded, sweaty, stinking experience. But does it have to be?

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    Tuesday
    Feb102015

    The Perfect Person

    When you look at yourself, who do you see?

    "I used to get my hips way up in Rabbit; now I barely get my forehead to my knees."

    "I went on vacation for two weeks and now I can't even fold over in Forward Bend."

    "Ugh, I am so out of shape."

    When my dear yoga students make these self-deprecating comments, drop these hints about their self loathing or voice their internal self-sabotauge,  I feel sad. 

    I always want to ask, who are you comparing yourself to?

    When you are thinking about the flexibility you wish for, the job you think you should have, the relationship you thought you'd be in by now, you are measuring yourself againt The Perfect Person.

    But have you ever asked yourself, "Perfect...compared to what?'

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    Thursday
    Jan292015

    "I suggest you write about something really important..."

    Slow, deep and consistent breathing has been shown to have benefits in treating conditions ranging from migraines and irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety disorders and pain.

    An article in The Wall Street Journal on the health benefits of deep breathing was not surprising news to yogis who have been advocating it for 5000 years (45 years for me)

    What shocked me were the responses.

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    Monday
    Jan262015

    You've got to work on your warrior, girl

    CEOs run marathons. We do hot yoga.

    There’s a reason why people run marathons, hike the Pacific Crest trail, or do 30 day hot yoga challenges: endurance training.

    The life you want takes endurance. Not struggle; but perseverance. To keep showing up, getting out there and putting in the best of yourself, even on your worst days.

    Physical endurance training teaches you about maintaining your momentum no matter what.

    Hot yoga is endurance training, for living your life.

    Because the same road-blocks keep showing up:

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    Tuesday
    Jan132015

    HaHasana: That's a Laugh

    Ever notice that we try to make you laugh during hot yoga? Turns out there's a good reason to not take yourself - or your yoga -so seriously.

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