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Super Stretchy Spinal Flow

It’s been a lovely, crazy, fulfilling, and this-life altering summer. This poor little blog has been neglected and I can’t promise that will change drastically with the months to come. I thought that in penance I should offer you a little gift so I hopped on my mac today and started to move. No plans but this came out so I hope you enjoy…

30 minutes of juicy, slow, stretchy spinal flow.
Shout Out to your upper back- the container for the other side of your heart.

(full disclaimer, my big fur-baby Olive decided she needed to be part of the show so there are some “hair ball in the throat” sounds and a few guest appearances of a furry black mug. Just go with it 😉  Also my breathing is much more exaggerated than it usually would be but sound isn’t the greatest in this room so I wanted you to be able to hear the rhythm as much as possible. Typically it’s strong but more subtle and in/out primarily through the nose )

For those of you in the Raleigh-Durham area i’m directing a new and amazing studio in Brier Creek under the name BURN Athletic. We’ll offer Yoga, Circuit Training, Cycling and BURNBlends (fusion/cross-modality classes). We’ll also have a few the Ballet Burn classes on our schedule. I really can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity to gather an amazing community of instructors and students together in one space. I’ve come to realize even more through this journey that there is more than enough for everyone…and i’ve loved every minute, continuing to support the existing yoga and fitness community while integrating our vision into the mix. Wild Crazy Beautiful ride indeed!

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2011’s greatest hits from Cafe Ganesha

A quick wrap up of this past year’s favorite posts…you know, just in case you missed one 😉 Continue reading

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Spreading Seeds of Light in the City of Oaks

Team S.O.L takes on Raleigh’s health and fitness community, One chatarunga/dead lift/sprint/jog/and mountain climber at a time

Recently my coworkers and I embarked on a 10 day challenge to get out into the health, wellness, balance community and take it by storm. My direct teammate for the “race” was Maria Peterson, a local firefighter and kick-arse crossfitter. The goal was to spend as many hours as possible taking classes (especially those outside of our comfort zone), joining run clubs, hanging with peeps at local diggs and basically living a healthy, balanced, and fun life. Here are our notes on many of our adventures around this big, beautiful, balanced community. Most of the notes are a melding of our thoughts so just imagine them coming from one person instead of two 😉

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Calling all pretzel people

(of the Triangle)

So today I had a brilliant light-bulb moment. A way to combine these passions:

  1. Building Community
  2. Blogging like I WISH it was my job
  3. Spreading the yoga love

Brilliant I dare say…OK maybe not but at least fun 🙂

A series of photoshoots for some of my yoga sequences to highlight on CafeGanesha (I love the stick figures but let’s be honest… There’s only so much one can do with the 2 dimensions). I’ll shoot a sequence with a local-should-be-celebrity (someone making waves in big or small ways) that just happens to dig the yoga. This way i’ll offer sequences for your home practice, introduce you to some rockin’ peeps you need to know in your own community, and provide  you with some visual stimulation all at once. Totally Awesome Right??!

So are you in? We all have a story to tell…

Call to action:

Firstsies– know a photographer (new, established, whatevs) that wants to have a fun couple of hours shooting some wicked awesome pics for free publicity on my blog and all my other media outlets??? This stuff spreads like wildfire folks…Email me at jennifer@campbellyoga.com

Second– have a story to tell- yoga related, community oriented, personal…? Want to be featured? Email me at jennifer@campbellyoga.com

Third– videographer…tossing around the idea of a video series as well…maybe in conjunction with the shoot. Email me at jennifer@campbellyoga.com

Fourth– venue. Have a venue suggestion? I’d like to highlight local studios, outdoor venues, up and coming establishments with flare. Let me know! Email me at jennifer@campbellyoga.com

Fifth-any other inspiring thoughts that are raised whilst reading this post are so obviously welcome! Send em’ my way…you know, at jennifer@campbellyoga.com

By the way…did you get that email? 😉

Love to all ya’ll

Jennifer

Zoe and Mr. Turtle anxiously await your reply.

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You can’t trick the universe…

You can’t trick the universe into giving you what you want by pretending to be at peace with how things are, by imitating what you think it would look like to be fully present where you are, all the while looking over your shoulder to see if some higher power has noticed and is about to deliver you from where you are and put you where you really want to be. ~~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Thank you to another lovely Raleigh yogi/teacher, Leilani Walker, for bringing my attention to this quote. It sums up a lot of what i’ve been feeling, pondering, percolating on lately.

As a teacher of “the yoga” I often feel that students see me in the light of someone who is enlightened, self-actualized, ethereal, living up in the happy clouds with the gods and the carebears 😉 …and when I see this I do my very best to kindly express gratitude for the viewpoint while letting them know just how far from reality that little assumption is. Why do I teach? Because I love it. Does that mean i’m perfect? Hell-to-the-NO. In fact, being a teacher i’m faced with my imperfections more than the average bear (get it “Yogi”? oh never mind…) because i’m constantly meditating, flowing, and chanting my way to more and more acceptance of these little reminders of my humanity. Baby steps forward, toddler steps back…and the like. So when students see me with the proverbial halo over my head, it can both boost the ego (not good) or make me feel fraudulent (also not good) because i’m feeling like i’ve tricked the universe into seeing me the way I want to be, not the way I am quite yet. Lessons to be learned? Oh so many…but lets start here.

Who am I?

your mirror, your teacher

Who are you?

my mirror, my teacher

Who are we?

reflections of each other, each others teachers, each others students

What is inside of us…you know way underneath all of the shoulds/shouldn’ts, and to-dos, and self judgements?

Beauty, grace, little bits of God

Have I fooled anyone?

NOPE

Have you fooled anyone?

Most likely not

Is there room to grow, explore, observe, and let go?

Always, Always, ALWAYS…that’s the beauty of life 🙂

Peace be with you. Namaste Ya’ll

Jennifer

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The ambrosial hour: Practicing in the early morning

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.
—Rumi

Ambrosial hour…hmmm…does it involve canned fruit and coconut? Whipped cream?

Not quite 😉 . The amrit vela, or ambrosial hours just before dawn, are the time recommended by many yogic traditions to wake and practice in order to maximize the potential for spiritual awakening. Morning practice is said to be the time when the veil of the ego is thinnest, offering fewer of the distractions that are present throughout the day. I can attest, it’s pretty awesome.

Challenge:

for 30 days (a mere month) honor these early morning hours by awakening early and getting your sadhana on. Cold shower, clean body, Meditation, Asana and whatever else gets you centered in grace. See how you feel. You may be surprised. And if you don’t, big deal, it’s only 30 days.

Need some direction in your amrit vela practice?

Come practice with me at 6:30 on Wednesday mornings at Evolve Movement in Cameron Village starting September 7, and at 6:00am at Blue Point Yoga on Fridays starting September 16. We’ll enjoy a vigorous flow with a peaceful meditation and juicy savasana. Come early for some additional centering and meditation time.

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Teacher Spotlight: Carrington Razook Jackson

Have you ever been in the presence of someone who could truly see you? You know the type…the kind of person who looks deep into your soul without needing to even speak. That’s the lovely Carrington (“C”) Razook Jackson, Vinyasa Flow teacher extraordinnaire at Blue Lotus in Raleigh. Walks soft but carries a rather big spiritual stick.

The thing about Carrington is she can have you resting in eka pada koundinyasana sliding in to mayurasana after about 47,000 chatarungas and STILL have you opening more to Grace. I wonder if that is her middle name?

Her classes are a serious physical challenge, yet somehow still accessible to all BECAUSE they embody the yoga from all angles and perspectives. She lives and breaths it without being pretentious. And yes, she does wear “the lulu,” read Vogue, and sometimes jams out to Gaga in class, but these little trinkets are more endearing and lovely little bits of her personality, a beautiful representation of balance, rather than a means to make her class and image more trendy.

Want to join me? I’m a religious regular at her Friday morning all levels at the blue! I’d love to flow, breathe, and spin around in the vortex of peace and grace with you.

Namaste ya’ll,

Jennifer

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Triangle Teacher Spotlight: Jen Bluestone RYT

Talk about a shining light! Jen Bluestone, Director of Yoga Programming for Evolve Movement in Raleigh is just that. Just try to go to one of her prana flow style vinyasa classes and leave with a frown. Impossible. Seriously….Bask in her warmth and find the mirror to the soul that allows you to see just how beautiful you truly are! 

Jen’s Bio:
Jennifer Bluestone grew up in continuous motion…swim-team, ballet, basketball; anything to keep moving. Jen was always exploring new fitness programs: step aerobics, kick boxing, etc. And then, Jen found yoga. A regular yoga student at her local gym, Jen’s interest grew. She began to practice Ashtanga and follow videos at home. When Jen’s mother became sick with cancer in 2003, yoga became her stress management. “I went from the physical practice and crossed over to rolling out my mat because it taught me to be present, find peace and calm. I was hooked.” Jen found the amazing, inspiring Carson Efird at a sweet little studio called Yogasana South in 2007 (now Evolve Movement) and was amazed by how much further her practice developed. During this time, Jen had two little girls and began to explore ways for them to reap the benefits of yoga as well. To this end, Jen enrolled in a kid’s yoga training and began children’s yoga program at Evolve Yoga. Jen recently completed her RYT-200 with Carson Efird(2010) and is a CYKF (Certified YogaKids Facilitator) as well completing Karma Kids Training and Mini Yogis Training.


Jen completely enjoys her new career path. “Nothing I have done professionally can touch how much I love what I do now! I forget where I am when I teach. And I mean that in the best way possible! It as if the world outside stops and everyone in the room is completely connected for that time period…through breath, through asana, through laughter. And the feeling is the same whether I teach children or adults…I walk out feeling so fortunate that I am able to spark the excitement of yoga in someone else, pass along the intrigue, share in the moment.”

“The kids give me so much energy and joy. We play and have lots of fun, but we spend time learning too. The best part is how much I learn from them. We might be doing a particular animal pose and one of them shouts out a fact about that animal that I never know. I am astounded every class by how much they know and how creative they are. The namaste and hugs at the end of the class are just the icing on the cake!” Jen’s favorite quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken” Oscar Wilde

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