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Garden of Zen Yoga Studio has opened its doors to those seeking well-being, mindfulness, and balance.
Our studio is designed in such a way to invite a sense of peace and relaxation for all. With a spacious lobby and student lounge for our students, our hope is for all that enter to find the Garden of Zen a safe, comfortable place to be present in their yoga practice.
With decades of combined experience and instruction
The Garden of Zen Yoga Studio offers a variety of styles of yoga classes, private sessions for all levels and abilities, as well as personal training by appointment.
Every reason for beginning the journey towards enhancing health and well-being is unique and ever-changing.
The journey starts wherever you are, and embracing this journey allows one to open and become more mindful of the inner true self that exists inside of all of us. Aiding our students in taking those initial steps towards self-awareness and offering a safe, relaxing environment for everyone, at any point in his or her journey, is the goal of the Garden of Zen Yoga Studio.
Yoga Classes in Yorktown!
Private Classes for individuals and groups by appointment. Corporate Yoga Classes by appointment.
Vinyasa I ~ All-Levels & Vinyasa II (Intermediate)
Gentle Vinyasa - All Levels
Power Vinyasa - All Levels
Bhakti Flow Yoga ~ Yoga Nidra
Yin Yoga ~ Destress Deep Stretch
Yoga for Everyone ~ Gentle Yoga
Strengthen & Tone
Yin-Yang Yoga Flow ~ Gentle Yoga
Cardio Barre Classes
Chair Flow Yoga
Senior Stretch Class (SilverSneakers Program)
Boom Mind (Silversneakers Program)
Karma Yoga Class
Free every Sunday at 10:00-11:15am.
Our other services include
Personal Training by appointment
30 & 60 minute sessions available.
Massage & Spa Treatments
Massage & Spa Treatments with our Affiliate Partner, Trena Walton at her studio. Inner Peace Wellness.
First Time Massage Client Special
First Time Massage Client Special
Both a $15 Savings!
One 60 Minute Massage$50.00
One 90 Minute Massage$80.00
Young Living Essential Oil Consultations and Events
Young Living Essential Oil Consultations and Events
The Sanskrit word Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement." Vinyasa Yoga flows through each series of poses in a fluid motion lead by the breath. By applying a more internal, energetic approach to the practice, students will learn how to move through a series of poses with more intelligence, awareness and ease. The purpose of Vinyasa is to create heat in the body, which leads to purification of the body. This is a level one class, appropriate for beginners to advanced.
Gentle Vinyasa All-Levels
This All-Levels Vinyasa class spends extra time on stress-relief, releasing tension in the body, and improving flexibility. Expect to enjoy restorative poses mixed in with the flow and find yourself refreshed as you move into the weekend. This class aims to shake off the work week in a gentle, relaxing way that is enjoyable for beginner and seasoned yogis alike!
Power Vinyasa All-Levels
This Power Vinyasa class focuses on improving strength in a safe way for all-levels of yogis, offering multiple variations of each pose so individuals can choose what is best for their bodies each class. A full-body warm up is followed by a sun salutation based flow that will vary from week to week. If you are especially looking to strengthen your core and upper body, this class is for you!
Vinyasa – All Levels
Whether you are new to yoga or experienced, Vinyasa – All Levels is for everyone. This class links body movement with breath and emphasizes strengthening the core. Pose modifications and challenges are offered to fit the participant's experience level. Starting slowly with warm up stretches, the music takes you to a progressively higher energy level about midway into the class and concludes with a relaxation period. Some benefits for you are improved posture, flexibility, balance, and strength as well as calming of your mind and lessening of stress!
Senior Stretch (SilverSneakers Class)
SilverSneakers FLEX classes are available at Garden of Zen Yoga Studio at no additional cost for SilverSneakers members. For non-SilverSneakers members: Regular class passes, Chair Class passes and Memberships can be used. Senior stretch is a class that provides flexibility and increase range of motion for the entire body. The instructor will focus on all major muscle groups with a variety of different types of stretch techniques. The goal is for your body to feel better, prevent injury, and increase range of motion. For more information and to check your availability go to SilverSneakers website https: //www.silversneakers.com.
Gentle Yoga Healing - (Beginner Friendly)
This gentle yoga class is designed specifically for those recovering from illness or surgery, those whose lives have been touched by cancer, and other health considerations. As stress is a major contributor to a compromised immune system, this class guides students on a path towards greater relaxation, increased energy and strength, as well as offering a comfortable, safe space for healing and renewal. Students will grow a deeper reconnection with the mind, body, and spirit while developing greater body awareness, that benefits students on and off of the mat, for an enhanced quality of life and sense of well-being.
Gentle Chair Yoga - (Beginner Friendly)
Chair Yoga makes yoga accessible to people who lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to work the joints and muscles to increase flexibility, strength, balance, and circulation. It goes beyond typical exercises in that it encourages quiet reflection, proper breathing, reduction of stress and a sense of well-being. The benefits of this practice are remarkable. Students report reduced blood pressure, faster recovery from injury or surgery, better sleep, increased mobility and improved posture.
Destress Deep Stretch
Destress Deep Stretch Yoga, a blend of Yin and Restorative Yoga, primarily involves floor poses, typically held for 3 to five minutes, and are designed to allow you to stretch muscles and joints while accessing the deeper layers offascia – the body's connective tissue that allows our body to function as a unit. The class is designed to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing circulation, flexibility and joint mobility. Finding yourself in poses as you meet your own, "edge", using props and support as needed, brings a stillness and calm to the mind and body that encourages a deeper awareness of the body and the breath as you practice - and ensures an excellent night sleep after the practice. The class is appropriate for beginners new to yoga, as well as to advanced practitioners of all levels and abilities.
Bhakti Flow Yoga
Bhakti Flow - Yoga for expanding your awareness and personal growth! Bhakti Yoga, a term used to describe the yoga of love and devotion, is a natural extension of the yoga experience. In yoga, we become inwardly focused on our breath and body as we practice various yoga poses, and in the process, we discover a deeper realization of our natural existence. Bhakti Flow leverages your yoga practice to explore your essence of being and help you learn about yourself. In the process, our awareness of who we are expands leading to personal growth. In Bhakti Flow, we center our being, practice yoga poses in a flow style and blend meditation and chanting to extend our awareness our yoga practice provides. Enjoy a Bkakti Flow class and experience your yoga becoming more! Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Gentle Yoga - (Beginner Friendly)
Based on the yoga principle of using the breath to calm the mind and relax the muscles, this class will focus on poses that stretch, strengthen, and tone while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Students will explore basic flow poses to increase balance and energy, while opening hips, shoulders, back and legs. Each class will include deep relaxation and visualization techniques to enhance the mind/body connection to focus and discipline the mind. The slower, gentler pace is easy enough for beginners, and great for everyone who wants/needs to slow down a bit. This class is for all levels wanting to enjoy the basics of yoga to find their centering energy and self.
Cardio Barre (All-Levels)
Cardio Barre is an energizing fusion of Dance, Pilates and Yoga. You will notice immediately the increase in total body, core strength and stabilizing muscles, as well as newfound stamina! Join us for this total body-sculpting class that is open to all levels and abilities - no dance experience needed!
Yin Yoga is a profoundly meditative yet dynamic Taoist practice of yoga, emphasizing our quieter moon energy. It consists of long-held relaxed floor postures that seek to stretch, stimulate and create fluidity in the deep connective tissues, fascia, tendons and ligaments. It is often called "yoga for the joints, not the muscles." A Yin Yoga practice increases flexibility and range of motion. It encourages a healthy flow of life force in the body. A deeper experience unfolds in body, heart and mind. I discovered Yin Yoga during our 2009 family Christmas vacation in Vermont and I never looked back. As soon as I came home, I wanted to share this amazing mindful practice with my community. I'm excited to have you join us for a perfect end to your week with a Yin class on Fridays at 4:30pm.
Yoga is for Everyone
"This unique and gentle yoga class offers 60 minute flows that can be done from a chair or on the mat! Yogis on the mat and in chairs practice side by side while enjoying gentle stretching, stress relief, core work and more. Prepared to leave de-stressed and refreshed!"
Yin-Yang Yoga Flow
Yin-Yang Yoga Flow combines Yin yoga with a gentle flow practice. The Yin portion of this class is a gentle and meditative practice that promotes relaxation and acceptance of ourselves just as we are. Through mindful stretching, Yin Yoga maintains the health of the connective tissue and encourages free flow of energy in the body. Poses are held for longer periods of time (generally 3-5 minutes) and awareness is brought to sensations in the body. The Yang portion of this class allows integration of this openness and awareness into a sense of steadiness and alignment with a short, gentle vinyasa flow. This class is suitable for all levels.
Come for divine rest and a nurturing experience. Yoga Nidra Meditation is an experience of heightened awareness used for relaxation and deep rest. Yoga Nidra is based on ancient teachings of meditation. Helps with insomnia, stress reduction, anxiety, PTSD, and other related issues. It is a guided meditation of self-inquiry. This deep meditation is open to everyone. There is no movement involved.
You will work one on one with your yoga instructor to improve posture and flexibility, correct muscular imbalances and alignment, build strength and balance, and even decrease tension through developing body awareness and relaxation techniques. Benefits of a private yoga lesson include the specific asanas or poses tailored to your individual needs, on-going instruction and encouragement during your session and regular communication with your instructor, as well as elimination of feelings of intimidation during your practice. Who Would Benefit from Private Yoga Lessons? Generally speaking, anyone and everyone would benefit from a private yoga lesson! Individuals that might be taking care of old or new injuries that might require one on one attention due to limitations, and those recovering from illness or serious health conditions might also consider this option. Additionally, even physically-active individuals that want to cross train for their specific sport or hobby would benefit from private lessons, allowing the session to target sport-specific muscles and goals.
Free Karma Class
Stress is inescapable, and is a part of everyone's life; however, chronic stress can threaten your well-being. Yoga can help you learn to respond to stressors with the right blend of inner fire and inner calm. The instructor rotates each sunday for this class. This practice will help you deal with
Loss or Grief
Gentle Yoga Class with emphasis on stress relief
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Class Prices and Specials
Drop in Class
5 Class Pass
Valid for 30 days.
10 Class Pass
Valid for 45 days
30 Day Unlimited Classes
Drop in Class
Chair Yoga - 5 class pass
Valid for 30 days.
Contract required and includes additional savings.
6 Month Membership
Military / Senior (65 and over) / First Responders / Teachers / High School / College Students / Medical Workers and Social Workers
Introductory Offer - New Student Special
30 Day Unlimited
Must be purchased during the 1st visit to studio.
Please purchase the below passes at the studio.
10% Discount off of any Regular Class Pass
All services are non-refundable and valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Excludes the following: Introductory First-time Student; 30 day Unlimited Pass; Facebook Specials; Any In-house specials that we are currently offering; Groupon Specials.
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If you are on the 6 or 12 month membership contract, you can cancel your MEMBERSHIP free of charge any time after the first 3 or 6 months that your pass is active, respectively.
For any cancellations made prior to the first 3 or 6 active months of your pass, you'll be charged a $100 early cancellation fee. All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellation requests must be made at least 10 days before the date of your next scheduled auto-pay, or the next month's fee will be charged.
We are unable to Pro-Rate refunds for cancellations processed after your most recent Auto-Pay.
All monthly paid membeIf you are onrships are not refundable in part or full after auto-drafts have gone through under any circumstances. Memberships are not transferable to another person. A member will continue to be bound by this contract until the terms of this contract come to an end. Should the garden of zen yoga studio be affected by any natural disasters, fire, loss of lease, or any other unforeseen circumstance which causes the studio to close for an indefinite period, this studio cannot be held responsible for refunds of fees paid that month, or services lost should such incidents occur, nor be held responsible for the inconvenience caused. There is no pause pass associated with the 6 month membership. Finally, class schedules are subject to change without notice.
Services and Specials
Recall the way your body felt the last time you stood next to a waterfall or walked along a beach with the waves breaking at your feet. These invigorating reactions were caused by the ionization of trillions of water molecules as they crashed to earth. Guided Meditation (Add on) $15 / 15 min; Cupping Massage (Add-on) - 5000 year old modality, enhance your massage experience $15 / 15 min.
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Relaxing barefoot massage that delivers precise, therapeutic pressure.
The application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. Foot detox immersion with ionizer integration finishes the experience.
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Detox Ionic Cleanse & Guided Meditation
Package of 3 Sessions$75.00
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Single Session Upgrade$30.00
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Indulge in the ultimate treatment of tranquility and relaxation. Salt scrub 30 minutes, Honey facial 30 minutes. Aromatherapy.
Ashi-Atsu Massage 60 Minutes$120.00
Personal Training with Mary. Personal training is a unique opportunity to sit down with a certified and experienced fitness professional in order to discuss where you are in your current level of ability. Your trainer will work with you in order to set manageable and attainable goals, and will guide you every step of the way towards where you would like to be.
Who Would Benefit from Personal Training?
No matter your current level of ability and desired goals, you will work one on one with your personal trainer following a safe, progressive exercise program tailored specifically to meet your needs. Whether you desire to lose weight and develop muscle tone, improve cardiovascular fitness and gain increased stamina and energy to do the things you love, or even just to work with an experienced exercise professional in order to enhance performance and take you to the next level – personal training is for you!
What Can I Expect During a Personal Training Session?
Personal training sessions generally last 60 minutes and will always begin with an appropriate warm-up, followed by your specific exercise regimen, and end with an appropriate cool-down. The initial personal training session requires 75 minutes in order to meet with your trainer for a health history consultation, as well as any necessary fitness assessments. The initial assessments serve as baseline information that will be used for reference to track your progress, and follow-up assessments will periodically be performed.
B.S. Exercise Science, ACE, AFPA, YogaFit, Chakra Yoga Therapy, FirstLine Therapy Certified Lifestyle Educator, TRX, R.I.P.P.E.D., and MadDogg, Bootybarre Certified.
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10 Sessions - 60 Minute Package
Meet our team of Yoga Instructors.
E-RYT 200, PRYT (Prenatal), YACEP Yoga Instructor, Studio Owner. Del has been teaching Yoga for 14 years and has been a student of yoga for over 18 years. She received her 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance) from the Institute of Health and Healing in Newport News in 2006. In August of 2010 she received her E-RYT (Experienced) Certification through Yoga Alliance. She is also an RPYT (Registered Prenatal Teacher) through Om Mamma Prenatal School in Richmond as well as through a Yogafit training in Maryland. Del is also a Certified Booty Barre Instructor. Beginning in 2011, she was one of the lead teachers in a local 200 hour yoga teacher training. As Del specializes in Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga, she has also taught in a 300-hour level training in the local area. In June of 2013, Del opened her own Yoga Studio here in Yorktown, VA – The Garden of Zen Yoga Studio! A lifelong believer and practitioner of natural medicine, the welcoming and healing environment fostered by the GOZ community is a natural fit for Del's desires to merge yoga and herbal healing. As such, in March of 2018, Del completed a six-month Apprenticeship in the Art, Science and Ceremony of Herbal Medicine at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Va., A Center of Herbal Studies. Del has also completed a two-year program, Whole Living 1 and 2 (2018-2019) at Forrest Green Farm, Louisa, Va. This program focused on organic gardening, wildcrafting ethically and safely, harvesting and preserving herbs, integrating herbs for food and medicine, nutrition, and eating with the seasons to support us in our everyday life. Del is passionate about yoga and living a life connected to the earth. She hopes to share the gift of yoga and its many benefits in her community. Continually seeking to grow as a teacher, a student of yoga, and as a Community Herbalist - she is committed to teaching with both safety and body awareness. Del is a wife and mother of three; she is also a proud grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters. Since opening the studio in 2013, it has been Del's dream to open a heart-centered and earth-honoring yoga teacher training. This dream is now coming true! The school website is www.gozytt.com Del's mantra – "I dream my painting and then I paint my dream" _ Vincent Van Gogh.
E-RYT 500, YACEP. Christine Griggs was born and raised in France. She traveled the world with her husband John and their three children before settling down in Virginia in 1998. She is a multilingual translator and has used her skills throughout her travels to volunteer with refugees, work as a foreign languages teacher, a Virginia Court interpreter and a freelance translator. When she discovered yoga in 2006, she found the universal language that would help her on her mission: to empower others to find the magic within them and share it with the world. Her trainings include Yoga Fit, the Swami Satchidananda Integral 200-hour training, and Rolf Gates' 500-hour Advanced Vinyasa training. She learned Vipassana meditation at the Theraveda Buddhist temple of Wat Pasantidhamma. She is an ERYT-500, YACEP Yoga teacher and is constantly sharpening her skills with trainings and independent studies. She is passionate about the Truth of Yoga and has developed those 3 Core beliefs: Yoga is much more than a physical exercise, it is a practice of wholeness. In her classes, you will be guided into awareness and transformation of all the parts of your being. We don't just practice yoga on the mat, we take it into our lives. It is very important to her to teach her students practical skills that they can USE in their everyday lives ANYONE can do Yoga. She is very passionate about making yoga available to everyone and designed her Chair Yoga classes for that purpose. All her classes reflect and integrate those 3 core beliefs: they are inspirational and provide a safe caring environment, as well as a mindful rejuvenating practice interwoven with yogic principles that empower her students to live the lives they are meant to live. She teaches yoga classes and workshops in her community in Virginia, as well as during her travels. She is a founding faculty member of Zenya Yoga Academy, where she has been training hundreds of teachers since 2011. Her specialties are Vinyasa, Yin and Chair Yoga. She also specializes in Yoga Fundamentals, Yoga Nidra, Chakras philosophy, Methodology of Yoga, Class Sequencing, Mindfulness and Meditation, Lifestyle and Ethical principles of Yoga and Buddhism and how to incorporate them into our lives. She is the author of Yoga with a French Twist; a Journey through the Chakras. Within hours of being live, it was a #1 New Amazon Release! She is still traveling the world, enjoys running, hiking, reading, writing, talking and learning about spirituality, spending time with friends and family, watching British shows, sitting in her meditation garden listening to the sounds of nature. She also deeply believes in Spiritual Activism, taking care of our environment, protecting animals and fighting for justice for our children and those who don't have a voice. Follow your heart! She is modeling her life to the rhythm of Rumi's quote: Allow the beauty of what you love to become what you do." You can find more on her website www.yintraveler.com.
B.S. Exercise Science, Ace, AFPA, YogaFit, TRX, R.I.P.P.E.D., and MadDogg, BootyBarre Certified. Studio Manager. Mary has always led an active lifestyle, though moving back to the States after four years Overseas to begin Middle School in Yorktown, VA, was a bit of a culture shock. Throughout the following years, Mary could not quite seem to find her niche and bounced from recreational sport to sport, until finally during her Freshman Year of high school she took up Tae Kwon Do and long distance running. After obtaining her Black Belt and logging hundreds of miles, Mary decided that the physiology and even psychology behind exercise and well-being was just too alluring to ignore, and before long, she was enrolled at VCU in Richmond, VA, in order to earn her B.S. in Exercise Science and Minor in Psychology. In 2006 while still at VCU, Mary was certified as a Personal Trainer and Yoga instructor and has been training clients and teaching classes ever since. Prior to and upon graduation in 2009, Mary has served in various commercial, corporate, private and even medical wellness facilities, training individuals from all walks of life; at-risk youth, individuals recovering from injuries and even teaching yoga classes geared towards endurance athletes. Her passion, however, is working with clients to maintain physical and emotional balance and well-being. With her background in yoga and her own personal experience with running, backpacking, and climbing, Mary's expertise revolves around functional training – for everyone. Mary works with clients to pinpoint muscular imbalances and helps them to develop more body awareness – because to Mary, developing body awareness and strength geared towards functional movement is essential to avoiding injury and staying fit. Mary was also recently certified as a Lifestyle Educator through FirstLine Therapy, and works with clients wishing to make lifestyle changes through engaging in healthier eating and increased physical activity. Certifications: B.S. Exercise Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2009; TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) Group and Private Instructor Certification, September 2012; R.I.P.P.E.D (Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometric, Endurance, and Diet), May 2012; FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, March 2012; ACE Personal Trainer Certification, December 2009; AFPA Personal Trainer Certification, March 2006; Adult and Child AED/CPR and First Aid, December 2011; MadDogg Indoor Cycling Certification, November 2010; YogaFit Level 1 Certification, June 2007; BootyBarre Certification, February 2015.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and YACEP Yoga Instructor. "Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim." This quote from B.K.S. Iyengar exemplifies how yoga can impact your life. Joe Charsagua is a retired military veteran who was exposed to yoga toward the end of his military career and was immediately attracted to its physical aspects as a way to complement his physical training regimen and provide alternative forms of physical fitness. Through his yoga practice, Joe enjoys a holistic approach to living and enjoys its many aspects to include meditation and yoga philosophy. In 2011, Joe became a registered yoga instructor through Zenya Yoga Academy and shortly after became a certified meditation teacher with the American Meditation Society. Joe is enthusiastic to share the gifts and benefits of yoga and meditation with others and help them progress along in their respective journey to improve themselves and better their lives. OM Shanti - Namaste.
E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor. YWI – Yoga Warrior International Certified Instructor. Becky is a retired educator who taught elementary education and special education preK-high school, worked as a building level administrator, and ultimately became a teacher educator. As a consultant trainer for ETS, she trained teachers and administrators in 43 of the 50 states. Being married to a career Navy man allowed her the experience of living and traveling many places across the U.S. and Europe and provided her with a tremendous awareness and appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism. She has been a Yorktown resident for the past 30 years. Becky discovered the benefits of Yoga several years ago as she was searching for relief from chronic back pain. She quickly found that yoga is much more than contorting the body into poses – it is a way of life blending mind, body, and spirit. She completed her 200-hour training at ZYA in Newport News and has recently completed the YogaWarriorsInternational™ training, hoping to take her Yoga practice to a higher level working with wounded warriors and caretakers. Becky adapts her classes to meet the needs of her students, focusing on helping students find their center and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance.
Audrey is a York County local with serious adrenaline issues (skydiving, anyone?), and a passion for serving others. Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of eighteen, Audrey was determined to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits and natural remedies into her treatment. A few months later in January of 2009, she began her first yoga class. Originally intending to use yoga as not only a compliment to her medical treatment, but also as a way to stay fit as an aspiring airline stewardess, she was surprised to instead find her niche in the serenity and incredible journey that was yoga. Trading in her travel aspirations in for an RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher through Zenya Yoga Academy) in the Spring of 2013, Audrey has committed her life to serving others through yoga. Additionally, she has since enjoyed five years of health far exceeding the grim predictions of her doctors, and is entirely confident she has yoga combined with a healthy lifestyle to thank for her success in combating Crohn's disease. When Audrey is doing something other than lounging around in Scorpion Pose, you'll most likely find her afloat in her kayak, playing fetch with Aziza (the mystery mutt), or seeking out local adventures with her loved ones. She couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Garden of Zen family, and sincerely looks forward to traveling through this yoga journey with you.
RYT- 200 Level Yoga Instructor. Martine has a passion: restoring physical and mental balance to all her students through therapeutic yoga exercises led by a warm and caring instructor. Since her earliest years growing up in France, Martine has always enjoyed sports (aerobics, tennis, Jazzercise, and fifteen years of yoga), but when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, she found her calling. As her daughter slowly recovered, Martine was drawn to therapeutic yoga, taking her 200 hour yoga certification at the Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center in Richmond, focusing on a gentle yoga designed for students recovering from illness, surgery or other health considerations. Martine adapts her classes to ensure that all of her students can safely practice poses that develop strength, increase range of motion, and enhance self-esteem and wellbeing. Martine strives to ensure that all her students leave her class stronger, both physically and emotionally.
RYT-200 Yoga Instructor. Kim was born and raised in Yorktown, VA and now resides in Poquoson, VA with her husband. She grew up dancing (ballet, tap, jazz, and many more styles) and has always had a passion for movement. So when Kim attended her first yoga class in college, it was a natural fit. She continued to develop her personal yoga practice throughout college and graduated from Liberty University with a degree in accounting in 2013. Seeking to deepen her practice and find balance in both her career and lifestyle, Kim began her yoga teacher training in 2016 and became a RYT-200 Yoga Instructor in 2017. After years of nurturing a passion for yoga, meditation and mindfulness, Kim is eager to share this passion with the community in her hometown. Kim enjoys teaching Vinyasa style yoga classes that focus on both building strength and clearing stress. She believes that a yoga class should generate positive energy and cultivate a strong connection between the mind, body, and spirit.
500-ERYT, YACEP, Tai chi for arthritis, Silver Sneakers certified. CLY - ChildLight certified, Prenatal certified. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Nancy settled into Hampton Roads in 1994 with her husband and two sons. She discovered yoga in 2008 after two years of physical therapy due to a back injury from a car accident. She quickly realized the many benefits of yoga for the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga was the answer to her life-long interest of being health conscious and physically active but not competitive. Her interest evolved from practicing locally to exploring yoga techniques in studios worldwide while traveling with her husband, always packing her mat wherever the destination. Nancy's passion and belief in yoga shines 100% and her energy comes from teaching yoga and being of service to others by making a difference in others' lives. Accomplishing 200- and 300-hour yoga certification, Nancy also is certified to teach child, prenatal, and senior yoga as well as tai chi. She is certified in Silver Sneakers, which is a free health benefit for those 65+ with insurance. Her most recent certification is for Parkinson's through the Brian Grant Foundation. Always remaining humble on the yogic path, Nancy is invested in learning more about the ancient practice knowing what light of knowledge she soaks in, she radiates out to others. "Inspiring yourself through the yoga physical practice and the emotional link is a human connection we all seek. We're using our bodies and breath to find the common ground of the human language of love and compassion for ourselves as well as others, and nothing is lost in translation. By the end of class, something is different. We're no longer strangers. We see that despite any differences that we're just the same." - by Robert Schware, Huffingpost. Nancy likes to meditate, listen to Kirtan music, connect with nature, and travel. Along with staying active with yoga classes and workshops, she is on the York County Senior Board and stays busy with her family.
RYT- 200 Yoga Instructor. Studio Assistant Manager. Maureen was introduced to Yoga in 2008 as a complement to her running program. She immediately fell in love with the physical practice. The peace and beauty of connecting breath to movement was an unexpected surprise and a welcome benefit. She completed her 200-hour training at NLY in Navarre, FL. She has also completed certifications in Yin and SUP yoga. Maureen loves to share the energetic connection of yoga. She brings positive energy, joy, and laughter to her classes. She believes there is grace in every pose as you connect breath to movement. Maureen is originally from North Pole, Alaska. She has recently relocated to Virginia after many wonderful years in Navarre, Florida. She loves all things outdoors. Running, paddle boarding and hiking are some of her favorite activities along with her yoga practice. "When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace" Unknown.
RYT 500 Yoga Instructor. Lee is active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard having served as a Health Promotion Coordinator where he experienced his first yoga class. He has always enjoyed health sciences and fitness including various outdoor activities such as running, bicycling, and kayaking. He returned to a regular practice of yoga after traditional rehabilitation failed to produce results following a skiing accident in 2016. Lee is a graduate of 200-hour teacher training at Zenya Yoga Academy and 300-hour teacher training at Swami Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville, and has specialized teacher training in meditation, restorative, adaptive/chair, and trauma sensitive. He is also a registered EMT, and certified first aid and CPR instructor. He completed his BBA at Averett University (Danville, VA) and MAEd at Argosy University (Honolulu, HI). His yoga journey is representative of a passage from Yoga Vasistha, "Who am I who speaks, walks, stands, and functions on this elaborate stage known as the world? I should find this out."
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor. Born in Fife, Scotland, Frances has traveled across and lived overseas for many years through her career with the British Government. Some 20 odd years ago in Scotland, Frances attempted her first yoga class in order to find an alternative exercise option for running outside in the rain. Upon recognizing the challenge of a yoga practice and the various limitations she experienced (Touch my toes -is that a joke? Hold a Downward Facing Dog? I don't think so!) a newly humbled and inspired Frances began to seek as much knowledge for her own personal yoga practice as possible. Upon moving to Washington D.C. where she met and married her husband, a move to Newport News, VA granted the opportunity to take the next step and enroll in the RYT-200 Teacher Training at Zenya Yoga Academy. Her motto? Forever a student of yoga, on and off of the mat, you can take your practice with you wherever you go - at home, in a studio, or just sitting outside in quiet meditation!
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor. Valerie Hollar, a registered RYT200 certified teacher with the Yoga Alliance, found her love of yoga after looking for a way to relieve stress when life dealt her some crazy curve balls back in 2013. Air Force wife, and working mother of 4, she needed to find something to create time for herself. She visited a local studio for an intro to hot yoga class, and the rest is history. Initially starting a hot yoga practice, she found her love for all types of classes and all things yoga. Yoga helped her learn to manage and overcome PTSD and anxiety without the need for medications, as well as helped her find a better way to deal with her crazy day to day routine. Completing her 200 hour certification was a no brainer after that. Valerie wants to share the joy of yoga with each person she meets through invigorating vinyasa style classes, linked with fun upbeat playlists that will challenge both the mind and the body. When not teaching yoga you can find her around town taking classes whenever and wherever she can, working as a paralegal during the day, and playing super mom. She looks forward to helping you find your love of yoga whether it's the first time rolling out a mat, or you are a seasoned yogi. Her specific areas of interest include vinyasa, yoga for kids, restorative and yin, yoga as a treatment for anxiety and PTSD, and yoga for stroke recovery. Valerie's philosophy is "Get on your mat every day, even if for only 5 minutes, and let the magic find you." She looks forward to meeting you and practicing with you soon!
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Thai Bodywork, Studio Assistant Manager. Kate began her exploration of yoga and massage in college, where she studied psychology and took courses in dance and dance therapy. After graduation Kate started taking yoga classes with an amazing teacher and mentor who suggested she get her 200-hour certification in Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Falls Church, VA. She graduated from her program in December of 2014 and at the beginning of 2015 started teaching for CorePower and 24 Hour Fitness. Within a year Kate was teaching at several locations in the DC metro area. In 2017 she went on to earn her 100-hour certification in Yin yoga. In 2017 Kate also dove into her massage interest and traveled to Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA, to obtain her certification in Thai Yoga Massage from Lotus Palm. Kate moved to the Yorktown/Hampton area in 2018 and started offering private sessions for yoga and Thai Bodywork. Now she has found a great community with Garden of Zen and can't wait to see what else the future holds.
Group fitness ymca 2008. Booty barre 2014. Group Exercise YMCA 2016. Ballet Barre SCW 2016. CPR BLS/BFA 2017. I love encouraging others to attain their fitness goals. During my career in electrical engineering (automotive, fossil fuel power generation, ABS and Traction Controls, and Naval Nuclear Instrumentation), I began to realize that our personal whole-package needs daily care. This whole body care includes not only mental, but our emotional, spiritual, and physical health; Each of which is interrelated and equally important. I ran track in High School and returned to running, eventually coaching 7 years of Couch to 5K YMCA programs and the 5K and Beyond Program. I also taught Deep and Shallow Water Aerobics for 7years. Once we relocated from NY to VA, I recertified and presently teach Powercut, Abs, and Barre Classes. I run one to two half marathons a year. My philosophy for fitness is to set new goals, challenge yourself beyond what you believe you can do, have fun, make and deepen friendships by helping others along the path to improved health, and to keep it fresh.
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor. Sumeda is a certified yoga instructor and certified in stress management. Raised in Bangalore, India, she brings the eastern perspective and an authenticity to her yoga. As a scientist and a chemistry teacher by profession, she is able to attain a good mix of both the western and eastern perspectives of bodily forms. She is also able to get old ideas to the west with her understanding of Sanskrit and Ayurveda. She has experience practicing Hatha and Ashtanga forms of yoga. Come join her for the relaxing and stress relief salutations.
E-RYT 500. Vanessa was introduced to yoga in 1997. She has practiced many different styles of yoga, but kept her practice at a casual level until her move to Tucson in 2009.There she enrolled in a 250hr Hatha yoga teacher training. Vanessa has since completed her 500hr certificate with certified Ashtanga teacher Melanie Fawer in New Orleans, LA. Vanessa has certificates in Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Prenatal, Chair and Yin Yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. Early in 2013 Vanessa was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer which gained her more compassion and patience in her own personal practice as well as her teaching style. Every day since has been a constant test of patience and acceptance. Yoga has helped her find balance between being the mother of 4 boys, a military spouse, cancer survivor and life. Vanessa credits her yoga practice for empowering her to be healthier and stronger, for easing the side effects of treatment and speeding her recovery. Vanessa keeps an upbeat, positive attitude toward her wellness plan and loves to share the gift of yoga with anyone who is interested. My husbands' military service has given me the opportunity to travel and teach in several different states, and to a diverse population of people on and off base. I have enjoyed sharing in the growth of my students physically and emotionally. Vanessa teaches a traditional Ashtanga class focusing on a specific sequence of postures (Asana) linking breath (pranayama) and focused gaze (drishti). The continuous linking of the postures with the movement of the breath (vinyasa) balances structural and mental patterns resulting in strength, flexibility and radiant health. Vanessa teaches Ashtanga with the blessing of her teacher Melanie Fawer, of New Orleans, LA who is certified in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This practice is modified for all levels. Vanessa also teaches a Yin style yoga class which is slow paced and accessible to all students. Yin focuses on long held postures mainly done on the floor that apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body, increasing circulation and flexibility in the joints. This style of yoga is intended as a complement to more active yoga and exercise classes. Vanessa's yin classes have a meditative approach to help cultivate awareness within the body while finding stillness and silence. The magic happens when we find stillness in the pose. Vanessa credits her many teachers and students over the years for influencing her practice but especially Lisa Schrempp for teaching her the Ashtanga Lineage which continues to strengthen and heal her physically and emotionally.
Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher. She trained with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez at Integrative Restoration Institute, in San Rafael California. Elaine has had a dedicated yoga and meditation practice for many years. Over the last eight years she has offered iRest Yoga Nidra in different settings. She offers Yoga Nidra and Sacred Writing to Yoga Teacher Training (300 level). Yoga teachers have invited her to add writing and journaling as a companion to yoga classes and workshops. Also, she has collaborated with yoga teachers, combining Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She is the author of a volume of poems, Hunger for Salt published by Saint Julian Press.She is an (Adjunct) Assistant Professor in English at Old Dominion University. She worked on staff at The Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College in Vermont for 18 years where she also completed her MFA in Writing and Literature. In 2005, she founded The Writer's Studio where she teaches On Keeping a Journal, poetry and nonfiction, provides editing services and organizes Poetry Readings and Crossing Over Writing Retreats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For the last 38 years she has worked as a therapist in private practice. She has poems forthcoming in Cloudbank and 8 Poems.Her poems have been published in Rabid Oak, The Tishman Review, The EcoTheo Review,The Cortland Review, Connotation, The Sun, Calyx, PoetLore, 5AM, Salamander,and others. She was guest blogger on The Best American Poetry Blog and The Solstice Literary Magazine blog. Green River Press published her letterpress chapbook, Double Solitude. She now lives on the West side of the Chesapeake Bay near the James River in Newport News, Virginia. She also spends a great deal of time in the San Francisco Bay area.Trailer and Poetry Videos for Hunger For Salt:www.vimeo.com/elainefletcherchapmanor www.elainefletcherchapman.com.
RYT-200 Yoga Instructor. Cully received his RYT 200 from Samma Karuna School of Awakening & Healing in Koh Phangan, Thailand. He is also helping at Garden of Zen with our Social Media post.
Sattva Yoga Journey with Christina
When: Sat - Date: 11/2/2019; From: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm. This Sattva Yoga Journey is an invitation to explore traditional yoga practices, dive deep within, and discover love and peace in your own heart. You will have the opportunity to experience Kriya Yoga. Kriyas are deeply energetic and transformational practices passed down by Himalayan yoga masters for millennia. Each kriya has a specific energetic intention and we will be using them to open our mind and heart inviting bliss, liberation and freedom on every level of existence. In the first half of our workshop, we will use yoga movement to develop balance, strength, spaciousness and flexibility in body and mind. We will flow between yoga postures interwoven with breath work and energetic kriyas. This body work ultimately prepares us for stillness and silence in seated meditation. For the second half of the journey, we will explore pranayama breathing, breath and mantra kriyas, and Himalayan yoga meditation techniques. This deep, inward experience supports progress in your own personal journey along the path to self discovery and evolution. There are no labels such as "beginner" or "advanced" student on this path- everyone is welcome on this journey. You are invited to show up as you are and begin your journey from exactly where you are.
Kirtan with Joe
When: Sat - Date: 11/2/2019; From: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. This event is for those who aspire to enjoy the fun and vibe of Kirtan and for those who wish to enhance their Yoga practice with chanting and music! Kirtan helps to open the voice and teaches us to love the sound that comes from our bodies. This is a FREE event! Joe, a yoga and meditation instructor who also plays the guitar and harmonium, will lead you through an enjoyable evening of Kirtan. No experience is necessary to enjoy the fun of Kirtan. What is kirtan? Originating with the medieval devotional practice known as Bhakti yoga, kirtan is in Indian tradition of call-and-response vocal music, often accompanied by a variety of instruments. Traditional accompaniments include the harmonium and tabla drums. Today, kirtan is still usually sung in Sanskrit. What are kirtan songs like? Kirtan songs are simple, repetitive chants. Some can last as long as half as hour. The artist leading the kirtan (the name also refers to the live music event) starts out. Then, the listeners "respond" to his or her "call." Songs often get louder and faster as the chant goes on. Most are based around mantras (sounds, words or phrases believed to have spiritual meaning). What is the environment at a kirtan concert? Some Western students might be surprised when they attend a kirtan event. Since each audience member participates in the chanting, distinction between performers and audience is minimal. You sit on the floor (on in a chair if you prefer). Many kirtan-goers contend that the experience of being at an event is like meditation, in that it is intensely peaceful and relaxing. Going to a kirtan event is a great way to explore meditation from a different perspective. If you are social, love music, or both, this can be a good introduction to it.
Senior Stretch Classes
Senior Stretch Classes will be held every Monday and Thursday at 12:00pm-1:00pm. Taught by Nancy Geary, E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Certified FLEX and Tai Chi Instructor
SilverSneakers FLEX classes
SilverSneakers FLEX classes are available at Garden of Zen Yoga Studio at no additional cost for SilverSneakers members.
For Non-Silversneakers members
Regular class passes and Memberships can be used.
Senior stretch is a class that provides flexibility and increases range of motion for the entire body.
The instructor will focus on all major muscle groups with a variety of different types of stretch techniques.
The goal is for your body to feel better, prevent injury, and increase range of motion.
Essential Oil Singles
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil provides a familiar, recognizable scent, but Peppermint is so much more than just a nostalgic, fresh aroma. This oil can be diffused to create a stimulating, focused atmosphere for daily tasks. You can also apply it topically to create a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, which can be very soothing after hard physical activity. We recommend using Peppermint essential oil aromatically or topically anytime you want to add a pleasant variety to your routine!
Orange Essential Oil
Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a sweet, bright aroma reminiscent of a blossoming orchard of orange trees. Start your day with an uplifting burst of liquid sunshine by diffusing Orange as you get ready in the morning. With just a few drops, you can fill any space with a sense of peace, harmony, and creativity. Orange is delightful on its own, or you can combine it with complementary oils such as Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Neroli, and Patchouli.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) essential oil has origins in Southeast Asia, though it is now cultivated in countries around the world. It is distilled from the leaves and woody stalks of the lemongrass plant, and it produces a subtle citrus-herb scent. Lemongrass oil offers a sophisticated and relaxing aroma that can transform your home's environment into a comforting sanctuary. Try diffusing Lemongrass for an aroma that can inspire a sense of clarity and relaxation for you and your family. Enhance daily chores by adding Lemongrass to your cleaning products, dishes, and laundry. By adding 3–4 drops to a sink full of dishes, a load of laundry, or your all-purpose cleaner formula, you can transport yourself with an exotic, clean-smelling boost. Lemongrass oil's relaxing aroma also makes it a great complement to a post-workout massage.
Lemon Essential Oil
(Citrus limon) With its bright and joyful aroma, Lemon essential oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma enhances your environment. This best-selling oil can be used in a variety of ways: Mix it with your cleaning products, use it during your nighttime skin care routine, or add a drop to your conditioner for a great scent. This oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™. Because citrus oil can cause photosensitivity, avoid applying Lemon to exposed skin before spending time outside.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil has a scent that's a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It's this dynamic aroma that has made the plant a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. Lavender essential oil isn't just a favorite because of its classic scent—it's also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse and enhance many areas of your life.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii) has a broad range of uses, from enhancing spiritual and meditative practice to use in beauty routines. Frankincense has an earthy, uplifting aroma that's perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment by diffusing this oil's empowering aroma, particularly when you are seeking purpose or engaged in prayer or meditation. In addition to elevated spiritual experiences, Frankincense can help you maintain the appearance of radiant skin. Its ability to smooth the appearance of healthy skin explains why this oil is a key ingredient in our Boswellia Wrinkle Cream™.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil's woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma creates a relaxing, calming, and comforting atmosphere when diffused to help support a relaxing nighttime routine. The cleansing and moisturizing properties associated with Cedarwood also make it a great addition to your favorite skin care products. When applied topically, it can help maintain the appearance of healthy, youthful skin. You can also massage Cedarwood oil into your scalp to enhance the appearance of healthy-looking hair.
Essential Oil Blends
Peace & Calming Ii Essential Oil Blends
D.Gary Young specially formulated Peace & Calming II™ essential oil blend as his recommended option and alternate to Peace & Calming. Gary handpicked this new formulation to stay true to the original constituent character of its predecessor and offer the same great experience. The gentle aroma of Peace & Calming II includes Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, German Chamomile, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, Davana, and Young Living's exclusive Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oils. This proprietary blend creates a relaxing and pleasant aroma when inhaled or diffused. Dilute and apply topically to moisturize and beautify the appearance of skin. Peace & Calming II includes the naturally occurring constituents germacrene D, linalol, alpha-pinene, and bisabolol. Along with Peace & Calming, you'll now have two unique and powerful options that can be used individually or together for a complementary experience! This proprietary blend creates a relaxing and pleasant aroma when inhaled or diffused. Dilute and apply it topically to moisturize and beautify the appearance of skin. Peace & Calming II includes the naturally occurring constituents germacrene D, linalol, alpha-pinene, and bisabolol. Along with Peace & Calming, you'll now have two unique and powerful options that can be used individually or together for a complementary experience!
Stress Away Essential Oil Blends
Stress Away™ essential oil blend contains a unique combination of Lime essential oil and vanilla extract. It's this distinct mix of vanilla and Lime that gives Stress Away its unique and pleasant aroma, among other benefits. Stress Away also includes Copaiba, which has a history of beneficial properties in topical application; Lavender, with its refreshing and calming scent; and Cedarwood, which features the powerful plant constituent cedrol. These ingredients are expertly blended with the exotic scent of Ocotea, a unique Ecuador-sourced essential oil.
Deep Relief Roll-On
Young living's deep relief roll-on makes it easy to use one of our most popular blends wherever you go! With nine invigorating essentials oils like wintergreen, dorado azul, and peppermint, it's the perfect gym or travel companion. Apply deep relief to muscles for a refreshing, cooling sensation and invigorating scent that will inspire greater feelings of energy and positivity to help you stay motivated. Deep relief roll-on's convenient, on-the-go packaging makes it easy to carry this blend in your gym bag, purse, or briefcase, so you can reach for it when you need it most.
Panaway Essential Oil Blends
With Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils, PanAway essential oil blend has a refreshing, invigorating aroma and a cooling sensation when applied to the skin. PanAway continues to be one of Young Living's most popular products and is a must-have for every home. Apply this synergistic blend after exercise or anytime for its soothing, stimulating aroma.
Thieves Essential Oil Blends
Thieves® essential oil blend is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. As one of our most popular products, it's no wonder that Thieves is included in so many of our home cleaning and personal care products. It is a key ingredient in Thieves Cleaner, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Thieves Wipes, and Thieves Foaming Hand Soap. Thieves blend is your go-to for an invigoratingly clean and spicy scent that smells more like fall baking than harsh cleaning formulas.
R.C. Essential Oil Blends
R.C.™ Essential Oil is a powerful blend of Spruce, Cypress, and three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora). Diffuse or apply it directly before, during, or after your workout. Its energetic aroma will help you stay motivated when you hit the weights, treadmill, or bike. You can also combine Young Living R.C. oil with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex for an invigorating massage. This routine creates a relaxing spa-like experience and can even help when your day demands that you be out and about earlier than usual. Its robust scent will help you perk up as your day begins. R.C. is also a great substitute for Aroma Siez™ in Young Living's Raindrop Technique®. R.C. Essential Oil Uses: Rub on your chest and back of the neck before an early-morning workout. Use with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex for a foot or back massage after your gym routine, outdoor adventure, or yoga practice. Place a few drops in a hot bath or shower. The warm water will calm and soothe you, and the oil will diffuse with the steam for an invigorating and empowering experience. Brighten your outlook during early-morning errands by applying R.C. oil to your chest and wrists.
Purification Essential Oil Blend
Ditch overpowering and harsh chemical-based sprays and keep your home smelling fresh and clean with Young Living's Purification® essential oil. This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable. With Purification oil, you'll never need to feel embarrassed by bad odors from cooking, laundry, pets, or anything else life throws your way. Diffuse it throughout your house or use a more targeted approach so you always feel confident in your home, in the car, or on the go! As one of our top-selling products, orders are limited to one bottle per account per month. Product Tips: Add a few drops to laundry to give your wash a great-smelling boost. Place a few drops on cotton balls and stash them wherever necessary: the car, closets and drawers, air vents, or shoes. Use in the car with a USB Diffuser to eliminate lingering scents of fast food trips or the soccer carpool. Refresh linens with a spritz of Purification, diluted with distilled water. Create an on-the-go air freshener with a spray bottle, distilled water, and Purification. Keep it in your bag to freshen up offices, public restrooms, hotel rooms, and cars.
Home & Personal Care
Thieves Hand Sanitizer - 7.6oz
Kick 99.99 percent of germs to the curb! Get clean hands anytime, anywhere with Thieves® Waterless Hand Sanitizer. Small enough to fit in your purse or travel bag but big enough to share, this germ-fighting solution is great for the whole family. Infused with soothing aloe vera gel and the cleansing properties of 100 percent pure Thieves® blend and Peppermint essential oil, Thieves Hand Sanitizer effectively eliminates common, harmful germs and bacteria. As a bonus, this lightweight formula leaves hands soft and smells divine.
Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste
Maintain healthy-looking teeth and gums with Young Living's AromaBright Toothpaste. Combining the benefits of our Dentarome Plus and Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste, AromaBright gently brushes away daily buildup and helps combat the effects of unsightly staining. It's tough on buildup, but its smooth, plant-based formula is gentle on teeth and their delicate enamel. Peppermint, Spearmint, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils, along with our popular Thieves blend, give this toothpaste a sweet spicy-mint flavor and freshen breath—all without synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives. With AromaBright you can ditch the ingredients in commercial toothpastes you don't want and keep all the results you do: a deep clean, bright teeth, and fresh breath! For the ultimate clean, follow your morning and evening brushing with Thieves Dental Floss™ and Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash™. Benefits and Features: Supports healthy-looking gums and teeth with naturally derived ingredients. Removes stains. Provides long-lasting fresh breath. Provides a refreshing minty taste with 100 percent pure essential oils. Contains no sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
Thieves Foaming Hand Soap lets you pump, rinse, and get on your way without harsh, drying detergents. With a plant-based, instant-foam formula, skin is left feeling clean and refreshed but never over-dried. Plus, you'll love the lingering citrus-spice aroma of our proprietary Thieves blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary.
Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash
Even with regular brushing, children and adults can miss areas of the teeth and gums. Young Living's Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash freshens and provides a whole-mouth clean using our signature Thieves oil blend—a carefully crafted mix of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. Your teeth and gums will benefit from an invigorating clean that's free from harsh alcohol and artificial dyes and flavors. The spicy-sweet flavor of Thieves combined with Spearmint and Peppermint will leave you with fresh breath and a pleasant taste to give you the confidence you need to face the day. Use it alongside our Thieves toothpastes and floss.
Thieves Household Cleaner
Formulated with the power of Young Living's Thieves essential oil blend, Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrated, versatile solution that gives you a deep clean when scrubbing, degreasing, spot cleaning, dusting, and more—all without harsh chemicals. With its spicy-sweet aroma and plant-based formula, it's great to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Create a clean, welcoming space that's perfect for everyone with the fresh, inviting scent and sparkling clean of Thieves Household Cleaner.
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Retail (64 oz)$115.46
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Healthy & Fit Products
Life 9 - 30ct
Life 9 is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from nine beneficial bacteria strains. It helps promote healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for the overall support of a healthy immune system*. Life 9 is designed with targeted-release capsules, a dual-sorbent desiccant, and a special bottle and cap to ensure that your Life 9 stays fresh and effective. Each bottle contains 30 capsules, making it convenient to take this powerful supplement every day.
When you need a midday boost, it's easy to reach for things like soda and energy drinks. Skip the sugary solution and reboot with an option from Young Living. With NingXia Nitro®, you'll get a quick pick-me-up without the sugar or caffeine overload. Infused with essential oils, botanical extracts, D-ribose, Korean ginseng, and green tea extract, NingXia Nitro supports alertness, as well as cognitive and physical fitness*. A great support for body and mind wellness, use NingXia Nitro for running, weightlifting, or getting through your afternoon slump. The naturally occurring caffeine in Young Living's NingXia Nitro supports normal energy levels and alertness to help you with a busy day or a tough workout*. Stash Nitro wherever you need it! The small, convenient packaging makes it a great addition to your office desk, gym bag, or purse. Each box contains 14 20-ml tubes. NingXia Nitro Uses: Take a shot of Nitro when your early-morning routine demands alertness and a quick start to the day—especially after a restless night's sleep*! Keep Nitro on hand to help you stay your sharpest through the workday*. Store Nitro in your gym bag for a boost during your workout*. Energize during all-day outdoor adventures. You can store Nitro on the boat, in your daypack, or in your ski jacket*. Pack Nitro while travelling to help you stay alert and upbeat during all-day walking, sightseeing, and tours*.
Retail (14 Tubes)$52.30
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Add a daily shot of NingXia Red® to your diet to enjoy the benefits of this powerful, whole-body supplement. This sweet and tangy drink's formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Young Living's NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness. In addition to these antioxidant ingredients, NingXia Red's formula includes pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils for a great-tasting, healthy treat*. Young Living NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants*. 750-ml bottles of NingXia Red are Halal and Kosher certified. NingXia Red Uses: Blend NingXia Red into your smoothie, acai bowl, or morning juice as part of a quick, convenient breakfast. Chill and serve NingXia Red to family and guests at gatherings and celebrations when you're looking for a healthy alternative to sparkling drinks*. Treat children to this tasty drink instead of sugary sodas or juice cocktails. Combine with NingXia Nitro for a nourishing drink that also supports cognitive wellness*. Add a drop or two of your favorite dietary essential oil for an extra flavor boost! Try Peppermint, Thieves®, Cinnamon Bark, or Grapefruit.
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Young Living's Inner Defense™ reinforces systemic defenses, creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves® which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support. The liquid softgels dissolve quickly for maximum results. Softgel capsule has been reformulated with fish gelatin to remove the need for carrageenan and bees wax used in the porcine gelatin based softgel.
Retail (30 Softgels)$36.18
Wholesale (30 Softgels)$27.50
Super B Tablets
Super B is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing all eight essential, energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12). Recently reformulated, it now Features Orgen-FA®*, a natural folate source derived from lemon peels, and methylcobalamin, a more bioavailable source of B12. Combined with Nutmeg essential oil and bioavailable chelated minerals such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc, Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports mood and cardiovascular and cognitive function*. B vitamins are essential to our health and well-being, and each B vitamin performs a unique and separate function in the body. Unfortunately, they must be replenished daily, as they are not stored in the body.
Savvy Minerals by Young Living
Eyeshadow-Savvy Minerals by Young Living
Add subtle drama or make a bold statement with Savvy Minerals Eyeshadow. Part of the Savvy Minerals by Young Living line, these rich eyeshadows are made with a finely ground mineral base, so they have a smooth, luxurious application and high-quality ingredients. They're formulated without fillers, synthetic fragrances, or parabens, so they meet our superior standards and are gentle enough for sensitive skin. With a variety of shades, Savvy Minerals by Young Living Eyeshadow makes it easy to create natural and dramatic looks that complement every skin tone. The mineral base glides on smoothly for easy application, and each shade has high color payoff that easily blends and builds into your desired look. Plus, its long-lasting formula wears all day, so you have one less thing to worry about during your busy schedule.
Foundation Powder-Savvy Minerals by Young Living
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Bbarre Less Instructor Training
Do you dare to go barre less!? bbarre less is a fusion style class with a true foundation of Pilates performed to the beat of the music. You will experience a mind body connection fused with dance and Pilates, transitioning from standing to the floor. Classic barre exercises have been broken down to be performed in the center of the room, allowing you to move with strength and grace. Floor barre has been used for generations by dancers as it allows them to explore new movements and gives them the strength to move with elegance utilizing the floor to support their body and strengthen their core to prevent any future injuries. From Tracey Mallett the creator of the global brand bootybarre.
Be Lean, Be Healthy, Be Barre Less
Do You Dare to Go Barre Less!? Be an Instructor Now!
Bbarre less is about connecting your mind to the body, so that you not only move with precision but also have Fun. Bbarre less is a fusion class with a true foundation of Pilates performed to the beat of the music. You will experience a mind body connection fused with dance, Pilates and Yoga. Classic barre exercises have been adopted to be able to be performed in the center of the room either standing or on the floor. Bbarre less will challenge the core for balance and total body proprioception. Dancers have performed floor barre for generations as it allows them to explore now movements and gives them the strength to move with elegance and ease utilizing the floor for support.
What is the Bootybarre?
The bootybarre® Method is a fun, high-energy group exercise class that fuses fitness techniques from Pilates, Dance, and Yoga combined with fluid athletic intervals.
Created by celebrity trainer Tracey Mallett, who has accumulated over 20 years experience, the method is the perfect combination of strength and flexibility with an added cardiovascular endurance element utilizing the barre. The method focuses on proper anatomical biomechanics with techniques for a safe and fun class that can be modified for any fitness level. Our teacher training program is completely pre-choreographed into segments ensuring the body is well balanced and each segment is interchangeable with ongoing continuing education for licensed instructors that takes the guesswork out of teaching.
Bootybarre can be found in studios across America, Australia, South America, Canada, Asia and Europe.
What are other studios saying?
Lynette Allen, Owner, Transformation Pilates, Ponte Verda Beach, FL, USA.
Transformation Pilates Studio is excited to bring bootybarre to our clients!
After teaching Barre for the past year, we were looking for something with a different component than the typical Barre class. We were familiar with other methods and after extensive research, we discovered Tracey Mallett's bootybarre method.
Tracey is so passionate about what she does and her background in dance, Pilates and fitness were very important to us.
We are proud to be affiliated with someone as professional and passionate about what they do. The bootybarre Method is different from others as it has a cardio component and fluid controlled movement, which we found very appealing. Transformation Pilates Studio is excited to be the only studio in North Florida that has 4 certified bootybarre instructors.
Comprehensive instructor training and class options for different populations
Safety guidelines for injury prevention
Effective verbal and nonverbal cueing techniques
Modifications for multi-level classes
Ongoing new choreography releases
Continuing education courses and manuals
No licensing or franchising fees
Marketing and branding materials for licensed instructors
International PR exposure
Our signature classes included in the training are bootybarre Plus and bootybarre Flex & Flow
Raise the barre on your group exercise classes by offering clients a workout experience unlike any other!
The total cost of 18-hour Instructor Training (Module 1&2) is $595 (if registered before January 14), which includes:
Choreography DVD of bootybarre Plus and bootybarre Flex & Flow formats
Choreography manual with photos
18 hours of lecture and practical application of the bootybarre method
Ongoing continuing education
Tracey Mallett, creator of the bootybarre
is an International Fitness Expert and has choreographed over 20 award winning exercise DVD's and is the author of two books, "Super Fit Mama" and "Sexy in 6". Tracey is a former professional dancer and Pilates Master Trainer that has brought her extensive experience into developing the highly successful bootybarre® program that's gaining huge popularity worldwide!
Bootybarre Has Been Featured in
Health, Shape, Women'sHealth, For Women Fitness Rx, Pilatesstyle, Self, Access Hollywood.
Mcconnell - Google - 9 Months Ago
"Great Yoga Studio with knowledgeable instructors and a great atmosphere. Highly recommend." by Jonathan.
Garden of Zen❤️❤️❤️" by Jey Light - Google - 1 Year Ago
"I was looking for Yoga when I found my "Heaven on Earth". This is the most ZEN I have ever found in a yoga studio. It is more than just yoga class... it is where a community of people welcome you to do YOU! ❤️❤️❤️I have taken most of the different classes and can honestly say I LOVE them all for different reasons!!! Thank you beyond words.
Rated 5.0 Star by Sharon Hamilton - Google on Aug 21, 2016
This is a welcoming, calm, and professional yoga studio. I am a beginner in yoga and I have had a great experience in all the classes I have taken.
Rated 5.0 Star by Gina Nidasio - Google on Jun 14, 2016
As a beginner, I felt a little intimidated by the idea of going to a studio. However, all the instructors and staff have been extremely helpful and supportive! Glad I've discovered this place!
Rated 5.0 Star by Caitlin C. - Yelp on July 10, 2015
This is an adorable Yoga Studio! I attended a class while I was visiting from out of town. The staff are warm and welcoming, the atmosphere is perfect for relaxing meditation, and the class/instructor experience was wonderful. They provide all equipment you may need, and set the class at a pace everyone can follow, allowing for modifications to make your practice more or less strenuous. This place is a gem!
Rated 5.0 Star by Rebecca W. - Yelp on November 16, 2014
Garden of Zen is an amazing place! All of the instructors are so knowledgeable and in-tuned with the students in the classes. The positive energy in the studio is invigorating! One cannot ask for more than a beautiful studio, amazing teachers, and very reasonable prices. From beginners to advanced students, this is definitely the place for you!
Rated 5.0 Star by Eliza19 - Merchant Circle on Oct 09, 2013
The Garden of Zen Yoga Studio is wonderful.
Rate 5.0 Star by Frances B. - Yelp on August 1, 2013
Garden of Zen Yoga Studio in Yorktown is an amazing place. The owner Del Snyder and her cadre of instructors have the experience, expertise and personal connection that makes yoga a challenging, fun, and non-threatening experience. Joining and signing up for classes is painless. Yoga at Garden of Zen is affordable too and convenient even for those with busy schedules. The other students are welcoming and fun to be with. I don't think there is a better place to learn and improve your yoga practice and I look forward to every session. OH, I should mention that the studio offers vegan food, wonderful teas, clothing and jewelry for sale. Stop in for a visit and I'll bet you will get hooked on yoga like I am!
I must first thank you [Del] for providing the amazing experiences that I have discovered at Garden of Zen! It is not what I expected!! So I feel compelled to write a testimony of the benefits for my health in so many aspects following a terrible illness, near death long term hospital stay, and recovery. I came to your "business" with much doubt and reluctance! I finally "tried" because I was "ordered" by my doctor to try yoga on a very regular basis. He has been my long time doctor and I'm friends with his colleague. I always thought yoga would conflict with my spiritual beliefs so I actually avoided the discipline in any regard. Since my doctor and I are of the same faith, I began to listen more closely due to my serious health issues. I have been more willing to try anything to relieve my pain, and my doctors enthusiastic endorsement of yoga finally made me explore possible yoga classes. My doctor was emphatic that I NOT take "gym yoga". He wanted me to participate in yoga classes that would allow me to address my medical limitations, heal, and not become discouraged. I visited Garden of Zen because another friend also encouraged me to visit. I immediately "felt at home" and signed up for unlimited monthly classes. I was also pleasantly impressed that I received a military discount. I was very nervous, and did not believe I could do any of the practice nor remember any of the instructions due to my physical and mental impacts of my illness. I had a terrible attitude of doubt. I was shocked on how my body, mind, and spirit responded! That was almost a month ago. I have been attending almost every day, sometimes twice a day! To my amazement the improvements in my overall wellbeing have been almost miraculous! The various teachers have noticed the marked improvements as well as everyone else in my life. I do not question the results …I am only thankful. I have purchased books on Yoga and realize I can embrace yoga without compromising my faith. I close with much thanksgiving on this Veteran's Day for Del and her family, who also serve our great country and for having the insight to create such a healing place. I would also like to recognize my doctor, Dr. Hoag, who literally saved my life, first in recognizing my serious health problem and providing the correct health guidance and for recommending yoga as a way to a healthy life! Dr. Hoag is a doctor with the Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group @ Discovery Park Family Medicine, 5424 Discovery Park Blvd. A, Suite 201, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.
A Blog by Mary (Dina) Snyder
13 Magickal Essential Oil Uses for All You Faerie/Witchy-Types Out There!
When: 10/25/2019, 11:32: 12 PM. So, first off – What's with the spelling of Magickal, might you be asking? Well – let's just suffice it and say that as this article isn't about some sort of gift-set box full of fanfare Magic-Tricks (think White Rabbits in Top Hats, Cheap Decks of Playing Cards, a Fake, Severed Finger…the list goes on…) – though, those can be fun at times, too (except maybe for the finger lol: p) ! But for the purposes of this post and since we will be getting a little on the spiritual and mystical side of the Universe and alll it embodies/encompasses (Okay, okay – entirely...) – the true reasoning behind the difference in spelling is most easily simplified in saying I merely wanted to conjure up images of the more, "witchy", mysterious and alluring counterpart of our dear friend, "Regular Magic" …And thus from here on out – we'll be waxing-Magickal, K? 3 3 And so now that we've hopefully settled any potential confusion ~ we shall discuss the 13 Everyday Uses for Essential Oils that shall surely appeal to not just us, "Faerie/Witchy-Types", out there – but also to folks whom are energetically-sensitive and aware, highly spiritual & consciously connected, folks whom practice or are interested in Yoga, Meditation, Energy-Healing & Energy Work, the Chakras, Essential Oils and Sacred Herbal Medicine, Ancient Wisdom and Loving Ancestors, Alchemy, Astrology, Nature, Feng Shui, the Elementals and Fairies, Gemstones & Crystals, Spirit guides and Divination, Psychic Abilities, Positive Change and Growth (Personally/Within Relationships/Career, etc.) – Essentially ~ anything to possibly fall under the universal umbrella of, "Magic (k)": P! Protection from Psychic Attacks, Aura-Shielding and Energetic & Spiritual Cleansing of Self/Others AND of Home/Sacred Spaces ~ Sage, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Basil, Palo Santo, Rosemary and Juniper. Add a few drops to an opaque-colored spray bottle of distilled water and you're in business! How about a lovely essential oil blend? Clarity contains both Basil and Rosemary! 2. Protection, Energetic & Spiritual Cleansing of Magickal Items/Divinatory Tools (Tarot Cards, Gems & Crystals, Pendulums, etc.) ~ Sage, Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Juniper and Rosemary. How about a lovely essential oil blend? Mister contains Sage! 3. Prayer/Rituals for Manifestation Magic (k) and Attracting Good Luck & Abundance (Meditation and Prayer -Shower Ritual for good dreasms/good day at workSimple) ~ As Sage takes away ALL energies (including the good) – it is best to remember to utilize only whilst you're in a sacred space and your auric shield is strong/your vibrations are high. Of course – you can always pair with a lovely sacred herb such as Lavender and Juniper for replenishing positive energies! As Rose has the highest vibration – using Rose essential oils as part of your rituals and Goddess Baths is also an excellent idea! How about a lovely essential oil blend? Joy contains Rose essential oil! 4. Developing Intuition/Spiritual Gifts & Enhancing Psychic Abilities/Clairvoyance ~ Frankincense, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Juniper essential oils. 5. Replenishing after Excessive-Energy Draining People, Situations, Etc. ~ Cedarwood for re-grounding your energies and Juniper, Lavender and Rose essential oils for Attracting Positive and Harmonious Energies. I also highly recommend Frankincense and Tangerine essential oils for an immediate boost in mood. 6. Energy/Reiki Healing Sessions and Chakra Balancing for Self & Others ~ Hands down – Cedarwood and Sandalwood would be my go to essential oils for these purposes. However, any essential oils from Trees (i.e. Spruce, Pine, etc.) would also do well for these purposes! Top off with some higher vibration oils such as Frankincense and Rose or an essential oil blend such as Joy. 7. Energy/Reiki Healing Sessions and Chakra Balancing for Yoga Instructors, Massage Therapists, Reiki/Energy Healers ~ Again, I would still recommend Cedarwood and Sandalwood for these purposes. However, a refreshing scent for your clients or therapeutic spaces would also include a blend of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, and Orange. How about a lovely essential oil blend? Thieves contains Clove, Cinnamon, and Orange essential oils! 8. DIY Herbal Remedies for Everyday Pet & Household Cleaning *that actually work (AND doesn't P!%!-off the Fairies!; p) * ~ If I was to prepare my sacred space as well as keep my darling Boston Terrier, Virgo (FYI guys – beware- she's an Aquarius to a Tee!) safe from harsh chemicals, etc. – Thieves would be my go to blend for making a baking soda/essential oil blend powder for sprinkling into the carpet/heavily used rugs, etc. and for vacuuming after a good settling of 20-30 minutes. Though – in days of old – Cinnamon was also used for this purpose and especially for cleansing the kitchen floors prior to magick work! 9. DIY Chakra and Manifesting/Magick Ritual Candles! ~ Something I have found that works beautifully is to add 2-3 drops of my favorite essential oils to my unscented votive and tealight candles prior to lighting them. Paired with color magic and intention ~ red candles with Cinnamon Bark essential oil are great for attracting prosperity and abundance and of course for a boost in action-taking energies! I tend to add Cedarwood or Clarity/Mister for extra protective energies while I am working my Faerie/Witchy magick 🙂 10. Balancing and Uplifting Mood & Boosting Inner Peace ~ Like attracts like and in this case – The Law of Attraction is a dealbreaker. Choose zesty scents such as Lemon, Orange, Tangerine and Citrus Fresh for an immediate boost – of course essential oils such as Lavender, Juniper and Christmas Spirit are top favorites in my home! 11. Grounding and Reduction of Anxiety & Stress ~ Frankincense, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Blue Tansy, Ylang Ylang, Tangerine, Orange and Lavender. How about a lovely essential oil blend? Peace & Calming contains Tangerine, Orange, and Ylang Ylang to name a few! 12. Divination, Dream Interpretation & Dream Recall ~ Sandalwood, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Frankincense, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Clarity and Lavender 13. Connecting with Archangels, Your Guardian Angels & Spirit Guides, etc. for Receiving Divine Guidance and Assistance ~ Sandalwood, Jasmine, Angelica, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Rose, Joy, Patchouli, Palo Santo, and anything you may feel guided to work with would be some great places to start for these purposes! Additionally, for specific connection with ancestors and the Archangels – be sure to set your protections prayers and sacred spaces first and be advised that there's a plethora of information for which essential oils/sacred herbs are best for connecting with specific archangels and Angelic Guides. If you're interested in purchasing any of these essential oils or others from our website at wholesale prices, please click here for more info!
5 Mindful Gifts to Inspire More Inner-Peace, Hope & Happiness for 2019!
When: 12/15/2018, 11:45: 26 PM. As the holiday season has reached full-swing all around, for many of us—this time of year takes on a different shape in our minds than it once did in our youth. Over the last year, many of us have likely experienced obstacles and personal struggles. Perhaps a powerful wake-up call has led to heavy self-reflection; maybe we have already closed a major chapter in our lives and are ready to begin anew. In any case, by this point in the year, our personal perspectives and energies have likely shifted—leaving many of us exhausted. Even still, life lessons in many shades tend to harbor blessings in disguise - reflecting back upon your own ups and downs over the last handful of years…is there something or someone for whom you are thankful and wish to express with a gift of gratitude that holds space for great positive transformations ahead in the year to come and even sends a message of well-wishes for a New Year full of more positivity & prosperity to its recipient (whom very well could be you - from yourself!) ? For these reasons and as oftentimes most especially around this time of year as a general rule…we may also find ourselves desiring to withdraw a little as we are feeling much more reflective and hopeful for the strides we've gained throughout our cumulative years of hard work and intentional effort to reach such great heights likely yet unimaginable to even ourselves and just looming before us nearly within reach now up ahead as the massive, mountainous sentries we are now hopefully finally prepared to face; silently-ever at attention and ever-ready to part their arms at a moment's notice and allow us entrance to a world of endless possibilities and experiences beyond as our prize. So if you are looking to show love, appreciation, or support for yourself or for your loved ones this year - here are some wonderfully-mindful gift ideas to get you started! 1. The gift of time for self-love and care with a personalized gift-card for a One-time New Student Unlimited 30 Days Intro package of yoga (including cardio barre classes!) for just $69! Got a loved one already a regular at GOZ - act fast! Christmas FB Special $130 for 10 classes + 2 free ($130 for 12 total classes?! Why…that's 10 classes for only $13/class AND 2 extra for FREE, awesome! ~ Regular Price for Drop-ins $16/class). 2. Consider the gesture of gifting a Feng Shui symbol of prosperity and for attracting more positivity and abundance in the New Year - great and simple ideas may be found through online shopping via our Amazon and Affiliate Businesses Page on our Website here: https://www.gardenofzenyoga.com/products-for-a-yogic-lifestyle.html and as a personal favorite find - I think this Feng Shui Lucky Elephant Wind Chime for Good luck is really cool Though the art and practice of Feng Shui is beyond extensive and can become quite confusing/complicated at times - especially for those just learning about it and without any formal mastery training, etc. - feel free to refer here for a quick & simple article to touch on basics of using Wind Chimes in Feng Shui to enhance the energies of your homes/properties, businesses, etc. 3. Have you or a loved one/your bestie ever been curious about having an intuitive oracle or tarot card reading session? These readings may be based upon whatever of burning questions you may have and whether it's just a need/desire for general guidance or for in a specific area of your life, for a quick status check on the flow of your chakras - another wonderfully mindful gift to consider would be purchasing a gift card for an oracle and/or tarot reading session with Mary (both online and face-to-face options available!) - here are her reading options and pricing list for Dina's Aura. Working with these vibrational tools, readers and their client/querent explore the energetic influences and past/present/ factors contributing, as well as the important themes and areas of focus with best next action-steps and personalized energetic tips for guidance. 4. How tuned-in are you with your inner guidance? Consider showcasing your innate ability by intuitively selecting a piece of handmade gemstone & crystal jewelry! Key-chains also now available - feel free to check out what Shipwrecked Vibes LLC has on display or consider requesting a custom intuitive-design! 5. Is there a new subject about which you or a loved one has been wanting to explore - such as energy healing or the chakras? One of our own, Christine Griggs, has recently published one of Amazon's top sellers on the subject of Chakras - and with a, "French Twist"!
Virgo New Moon, Hurricanes & What on Earth is the Planet of Unexpectedness (Aka Uranus) Up To, Now!?
When: 9/18/2018, 6:29: 06 PM. Originally shared last week, on 09/13/2018, and as a regular post on our Garden of Zen Yoga Studio FB Page, where I have frequently been sharing articles of interest (AKA ~ any and all sound and highly of interest articles and subjects that are semi-relevant, but not solely specific to practicing Yoga, per say) - as I find them and deem metaphysically/astrologically/zodiac-inclined and/or related, (i.e. ~ planetary/lunar transits and shifts, chakras/energy and vibrational healing, gemstone/crystal uses/benefits, etc.). As I was approached a few times with requests earlier this week for any helpful tips and suggestions for a little explanation of some of the influencing things happening astrologically that we are experiencing, and any tips for best working to keep our energetic levels at as optimum of level as possible (and at least the majority of our sane-minds, too!) throughout this sudden surge of highly and intensely-charged energy that a good chunk of us have likely begun to feel rising even as early as last Tuesday! Where should I start…hmm? I suppose perhaps with the New Moon we recently just had on Sunday, 9/9 - and… Wellp. It's the start of our first week in a month that's promisingly full of re-emerging energies and a renewed sense of purpose ~ September. With our most recent New Moon that fell on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 - the vision-obscuring dust and confusion of this multi-retrograde planet summer is finally beginning its process of settling; for Mercury and Mars returning back direct pro tempore, anyway - this year of, "Start-Stops", as many in the astrological inner circles have aptly dubbed 2018 collectively, is not quite finished with us - yet…but, the good news? Having Mercury, the planet of Communication and for all intensive purposes - the Self (or the Ego!!) and Mars, the warmongering planet of Motivation and Action; both stationing back direct and signaling the end to their respective stint in the slowwwwed energies of retrograde motion means it is now time to once again move FORWARD! Whether it's progress in a forward-moving direction that we have been spinning our wheels in angst and frustration against for the last several weeks - or getting a major project or idea to finally leave the ground and take off - or even just the relief of these heavy fogs and delays finally lifting so that we might once again be able to fully process the situations, communications, and the run of the mill issues of our every day lives with some clarity and ability - having these big players and their energies back on our side, so to speak, is a very, very good thing, indeed And thus, as with every New Moon ~ the process of planting our seeds for inspired change, positive growth, and new beginnings is the talk of the hour! Consider nurturing these dream and desire-seedlings from the very depths of your heart with your lovingly-focused intentions and thoughts full of hope and inspiration…for as the saying goes ~ you reap what you sow. But yeah…so the weird news? Hmm…checks under some paperwork on desk…shakes some notebooks to see if some missing notices pour out…Rubs jaw awkwardly. Well, vibe hikers of the Universe …looks like the 10-4 on what our plans may include in regards to Uranus - the planet of the…Unexpectedness !??… (and just where exactly those energies plan to be spending this first of and subsequent weeks of September that follow…nor what all they might per say be inclined to be doing to pass their time on their transits - or visits - in all of our various areas of our personal astrological natal charts of which we' But…that's only and always because our original benevolent and humanitarian-inspired prayers and intentions for cultivating and bringing into our reality as part of our life's story and our development as highly consciously-connected vibrational spiritual beings actually had another version of that prayer or confirmation answered for a request of a dream far more beautiful and beyond incredible than anything our current levels of awareness could possibly imagined on its own - let alone believed as even ever being a possibility for becoming our reality… re kinda to be all getting our own surprise-universe audits, of sorts? (Which would really be quite helpful to know - by the way!) Yeah. I just must not have gotten the monthly update in my energy inbox for Uranus in Sept for whatever reason... And with that - just know that even though it can feel like to have that kind of energy working to cosmically-wrench your life (and therefore stomach droppingly unstable and intense at times) with its sudden plummets here and there - the good news is - bc there's always the lighter good news to be found in all things; that though in our lives where there are sudden ripples beneath our foundations that totally knock us out of our tree poses by an invisible and quite frankly - entirely imperceptible sudden gust of wind and we can outright also expect for there being times experienced as the sudden pitch black/going at a warp-speed-pace through some random tunnel of absolute uncertainty, too (#LochnessMonster, anyone!? … Anyone?; p #BuschGardensWilliamsburg - FYI #Idontknowhowtodohashtags #butThemoresquishedtogetherwordsin#hashtag = #themoreItlookslikeThepersonKnows #whatThey' redoing (to meee, anyway - so…) #hopeImright #thinkwhatyouWANT #NotWhatyouDontWant #VibeHighVibeHikers). The relief comes from knowing that some - will also be sprinkled here and there throughout in order to help split things up a bit…and the best part?? Your New Moon Virgo Dreams and Desire-Seedlings might not quuuuuite match the genus and species of the universe flower you had thought you had energetically selected for yourrr ever-expanding garden of growth and ever-enhancing-awareness to, "purchase" (aka invest in), and proudly plant as your unique dreams for further bringing beauty and light to our world -and by your very own hands with all of your heart, spirit, and love!! But…that's only and always because our original benevolent and humanitarian-inspired prayers and intentions for cultivating and bringing into our reality as part of our life's story and our development as highly consciously-connected vibrational spiritual beings actually had another version of that prayer or confirmation answered for a request of a dream far more beautiful and beyond incredible than anything our current levels of awareness could possibly imagined on its own - let alone believed as even ever being a possibility for becoming our reality… And that's because the Divine Right Timing of the Universe always loves, protects & provides for all those whom are in need and for in all matters of abundance; enhancing ancient wisdom and spiritual growth, and/or self knowledge; the greater understanding and communication gained through developing these higher visions for yourself and our planet. Even if it doesn't always look or feel that way at times by and by… and even worse - sometimes it works out that our audits will find us caught off-guard in our bathrobes at 4am because we woke up from a weird dream and realized the back gate of our fence wasn't latched properly when we chance to glance out of our backyard glass sliding-doors, but because of feeling too lazy to bother with taking the time to re-loop through each slot of our robe just for the God-given sake of our boosted confidence by having our belt feel more securely-cinched and attached. Journey with me for a moment if you will on this short guided-visual I have crafted especially for you all, my dear fellow hikers - and in order to better illustrate the infinite of just how, "infinites of possibilities", could potentially unfold for any given person…You' re beginning this visual by first drawing through your nostrils one deep, belly-breath… (the …are your exhales as in written text, by the way) - allowing your belly to slowly relax back towards your spine in exhale as your mind/body/and whole being start to release tension. Now - Let's take one more of those consciously-aware deep belly-breaths - and as you exhale this time - YOU, reader - are this very woman in the 4am bathrobe scenario described above… mutters to self further…it's never back in its loops when I pick it up to next wear again another day, anyway …not even if I KNOW that I had finally had had it that last time and so had painstakingly made SURE that I wouldn't ever do myself such a disservice by leaving my robe like this - and for merely temporary laziness-driven satisfaction…in fact I can so clearly re-envision myself right now carefully weaving it through with a furrowed brow - and once done I even recall myself firmly hanging back on my robe hook with such satisfaction over my oh-so clever future to-myself good-deed! But…ahh - it's 4am … too much of a pain … Yeah -this must surely be an exception to my never set myself up for my without my belt appropriately-roped-through bathrobe situation and …besides - who else would be awake at this hour, anyway? Here -surely I'll just tie it around outside of the loops for a quick fix and I'll be in and out before the morning dew of the grass knows my bare feet ever passed over their jolting-of the physical-senses too-wet and shockingly-cold tips of grass blades - be right back, okay! gets halfway across yard/is halted in tracks by sudden and all-encompassing deafening of all sensory-perception by intensely bright streams of spot lights and the deluge of sounds of police canine units barking in frenzied mania and of ear-piercing whistles jutting through the clamorous shouts of what's clearly the source of several men and women…and as the officer speaks after the white noise fizz of a radio… Captain? muffled cutting in and out; returning male voice ending in a question. fizz sound. several sudden bumps and a finale crescendo in fumbled radio sounds. Momentary bout of near-excessive static. "Yes, Suspect's identity confirmed for Serial backyard-bathrobe-partial-streaker lady… Affirmative. Belt is unlooped and tied-around waist as eye witness reports say - most definitely it's our girl" . Lower frequency pitch fizz sound - Officer takes a step forward, "Ma' am? "fades out with a man's voice and the rambling sounds of Miranda rights being read. Cartoon sound of eyes that slowly blink…blink - Screen goes black as scene ends. Two year's later.... voice of talk show host announcing next guest as The internationally acclaimed /Multi-billionaire bestselling author of, The Bathroom Backyard Beauty: A Memoir. Surrounding stunned silence of all vibe-hikers reading this article on my rendition of the enormity of what is Uranus' potential depending on the most particular of placements of our solar systems' big players affecting our lives personally and globally …So uhh - y' all still with me, here? awkward short unconvincing little forced half chuckles. Just hang in there - it's just a little #Lochnessmonster #wedidntknowewereatbuschgardens #lasttimewecheckedwewereinatanningbedforfreeweekspraytans-type of energy shifts for a short spell And thus if we could all only just keep our faith and trust in all that is for the highest good if we should happen to be one of the, "mystery wild card flower seeds" -planters…Well - at least I know that I one for sure can't wait to hear all about it!! Deep breath in; fully allowing exhale. Repeating several times and as often as needed.
Guest Blog by Meera Watts: How Eating with the Seasons Can Balance Your Body
When: 7/3/2018, 12:08: 29 AM. How Eating with the Seasons Can Balance Your Body. Ayurveda is an ancient way of managing many aspects of our lives. It is a holistic health science. Developed thousands of years ago. There are three doshas involved with Ayurveda and they are the force behind your body functions. While we all have three of the doshas within us, there is one that is more dominant and this differs for everybody. Maybe because Ayurveda was developed in the East, in the tropical climate of India, it explains why there are just three seasons. The three doshas have their own make-up and are connect to three different seasons. They are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The Kapha season is late winter through to spring. Pitta rules the summer months while Vata is the most powerful from fall into early winter. As humans are an element of nature, we are all represented by doshas. You can eat for your dosha which includes certain tastes and seasonal foods. See the example below. During the Kapha season, if your dosha is a Vata, you would be better off eating the warm foods while adding in sweet ingredients. This helps keep Vatas grounded. Kaphas can focus on lighter, crispier foods to add lightness into the body. Someone with a Pitta dosha will have better body balance if they add bitter tastes into the seasonal meals. Vata-The Autumn into Early Winter You probably notice that your body begins to slow down once summer has gone. It's harder to get out of bed even though you go to bed earlier. There's that lack of summer energy. This is the Vata season, the autumn to early winter. It is time for everything to slow down at this point. Plants and animals alike go into a kind of hibernation during this time. The summer months were high energy and full of movement. It's okay to now rest more often and be gentle on yourself. This is the time of year we harvest apples which also give you plenty of natural sugar energy. Cooked apples are easy for the body to digest and when you add cinnamon, you also offer heat to the digestive system. It's recommended that you don't eat raw fruits or vegetables during Vata times. Ojas are energy in the body that gives us energy, clarity, and immunity. It's important during this time to year to help the body fight off colds and flu. Feeding the digestive system properly allows your body to properly fend for itself so it can fight off influenza and viruses. Kapha - Mid Winter During the cold winter months and into early spring, the Kapha aspects of your body will need warm, lighter foods. As soon as you can get your hands on some fresh produce, start consuming. The earliest things to grow include sprouts, berries, spring green and dandelions. They all happen to support this time of body cleansing within the body. In the spring, the leafy greens may not seem like much but they help the body to alkalize, detox which will help some lose weight after the long winter of heavier eating. Pitta Season - Summer During the summer months, days are warmer. Sometimes, they' re incredibly hot. The pitta dosha has the same intention as that of leaves on trees. Leaves are a bit moist through the summer as they catch up sun rays, helping trees grow. Once it cools down, the leaves will turn their brilliant fall colors, displacing themselves from the tree so the tree only must feed itself. It's a beautiful system. During the summer, we need to eat foods that help us to stay cool and hydrated. This includes fruits, berries, cucumber, and melons. To cool down the body, it helps to have a few sips of aloe very juice to get rid of the inner heat. Some other natural methods to cool down include mint, coconut juice, and mangos. Also, try to stay out of the sun between pitta time which is 10 am - 2 pm. Other advantage to eating with the seasons is that you' re getting healthy foods that are pesticide- free. Going to farmers markets in your area is a great way to support local farmers while getting the freshest produce available. As you live with the rhythm of nature, you will find that there are many helpful ways it can cool you down, nurture you, and heat you up. When you eat foods that are in season, there's no question it's good for your body. When you eat with the seasons, you allow the doshas to help you and not hinder you. Doshas can help you stave off seasonal illnesses, they help you think better, help warm you up or cool you down, and give you energy. Bio: Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She's also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. 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Leaving Stones Behind for Others
When: 1/25/2018, 9:18: 12 AM. Have you ever heard of a cairn? The word derives from a similar term in Scottish Gaelic, translating roughly to a man-made mound of rough stones, painstakingly and haphazardly stacked just so - and for a variety of reasonings; to leave a landmark, or a memorial - or to even mark the correct turn on a wildly and long-since overgrown passage of a trail that is difficult or challenging to follow. To me, they are such beautiful, friendly things. Sometimes all we need is a little bit of a reminder that others are not only somewhere out there; but that they' re aware of our presence, too. And -regardless of whom or even what we are; or for whatever various reasons we one day happen to chance upon the very same grounds upon which they themselves once crossed over along in their own journeys…that they care about us. You know - those of us just chancing to be wandering along behind and in the same general direction for seeking our own life's purposes and paths? In fact - a rock cairn is one of my most favorite things to ever have stumbled across in my travels along this journey that we are all so fortunate as to call and make our own, my fellow hikers. For you see, our lives aren't linear. And I think a lot of times, we think it and feel that that is so… But, we' d have fallen clean off of the edge of the earth by now if that was so, you know. Which is another thing I believe we've often tricked our minds into believing has happened to us. Do you happen to recall that horrible, bottomless pit we have discussed at length previously - several times now, in fact? Those familiar-sounding thoughts reverberating through our skulls, "I Knew I should have taken that left at the fork in the trail a little ways back…now look where I am! Now I shall never find my way out of this mess! "And all those types of self-defeating thoughts of regret, guilt - even those of relentless shame and self-disgust. Lyrics from an old song surfaced from seemingly out of nowhere late last night; "Time to face the music", as I was, for whatever inexplicable reason, struggling to remain asleep. I think the lyrics were from a Techno-y/Trance-ish remix of an old song…couldn't tell you the name of the song (in fact - I can't even be entirely certain those are even the correct lyrics…but those were the words I always thought I was hearing whenever I listened to that song, anyway). And I don't exactly know why, but during a phase in my younger years - I listened to that song often…back during the days when staying up wayyyy too late on, "school nights", wasn't merely just a, "bad idea" ; nor even some act of defiance or pitiful rebellion of mine, either. It was just an inevitability. I regularly found that no matter how tired I was, I just wouldn't be able to fall asleep at night - an inevitable and reoccurring struggle for me, back then. Plain and simple - at nights during those teen-ish years…my mind wandered. And I didn't particularly enjoy the places that my mind would venture, either…that fog-obscured path I felt myself teetering upon back then - well, to me those places my mind would visit and all things associated with them…they sucked. And please do pardon my phrasing here, by the way - but this was the era of middle and high school-aged years for me to which I' m currently referring, after all. The mid-late 90's and into the early…two-thousands (*side note: has anyone decided upon a sufficient terminology for referring to the" Y2K" and beyond-years, yet?) But what I didn't know back then is that the fog clears the higher that we climb; our vantage point and perception changes, and therefore - our understanding alters. It expands. It clears. Unmuddles. It unveils itself for what it really is, or rather - has been…all along. What a profound discovery for new possibilities this becomes, once we've reached even that height of awareness. We don't start there, though - none of us do. I do declare - but I believe that's one of the major purposes behind our climb in the first place! And…once we reach that first heightened level of awareness, well - we can choose to learn from that; is that also not part of our purpose on this planet? In this time? Or should we choose to grow bitter, feel cheated…jaded…fooled, even? You can certainly choose for yourselves and take from this line of semi-rhetorical questioning what you will; if I have learned anything thus far on my spiraling-upwards life's path - it's that we can only understand and accept things based upon the particular altitude at which we currently stand. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that - it's just how it works (if you ask me, anyway). And perhaps I don't know this for everyone - but as for me, I do know that I sure spent some years myself down in the muck (as many of you fellow hikers are well-aware of, by now). And so I also happen to know that there's sure plenty of time down there in that bottomless pit for this type of pondering; I sure did - during those moments I was awake and lucid enough…or brave enough - to even ponder the reality of my life and situation at that time, that is. Because, maybe - Maybe we' re all supposed to spend some time down there…time with our broken selves. Our yucky selves. Our befuddled and befoozled selves (whatever a bafoozle is). Bringing me back to my initial point. That our lives aren't linear. And as those familiar lyrics returned to the surface of my mind late last night, I found myself peering way down below and over all of the ever-spiraling switchbacks of my previous steps that eventually led me to where I stand now. And through the much clearer visibility that these heights of awareness I have reached now grant me. And so - just in case you were not some of the (seemingly to me, at least) - rare few others whom also shared my sentiments of experiencing any number of years as just plain, well…sucking (or perhaps you merely spent your upwardly-spiraling portion of your journey during these same years from a higher altitude than that of myself) - well, just understand this plain and simple fact that back then and at least to me - I felt like my entire life sucked. I felt like I sucked. And I wasn't exactly ungrateful for the life I had, per say. Nor was I ungrateful for the loved ones in my life, the privileges and all of the things available to me - I knew for those things to count myself as beyond fortunate. Blessed, even. Problem was, however - I was at such a low in that juncture of my journey…I didn't feel deserving of any blessings whatsoever. I felt I was so undesirable and…sucked so badly (?) - that I even felt ashamed of myself for existing. Worse yet? I felt sorry for my own family just having the apparent rotten luck of their unchangeable/fixed attachment/association to me. I felt like a living, breathing, mortification-personified. Shucks - I even felt sorry for my own clothes! And judge me if you can't help yourself - call me ungrateful, or self-pitying, or a loser. But please do try and understand that back then…I couldn't help feeling that way, truly. And I believe that's where so many people fall through the cracks - because there are so many lows that we are capable of going through (and often - destined to endure even, I have come to believe) and during which; the perception of others and from their potentially higher altitudes and/or simply different vantage points - simply can't fathom feeling. And yes - even at times those we hold most dear and closest to our hearts, and no matter how loved or important we are to each other - sometimes…the veil of fog just isn't the same during certain passages of our individual lives. And sometimes that's exactly the moment stumbling upon a cairn left behind by a kindhearted stranger - someone not knowing us from Adam and wanting nothing more than to offer a hand to anyone chancing along behind - is most needed. So maybe a cairn isn't always just something we can take for its most literal sense. Maybe they can be taken as whatever form of inspiration or encouragement that we leave in our wake for others - be it written, visual, or otherwise. So, please… Write your words. Hold your webinars. Skate your tails off in your Disney On Ice performances. Because there may be people behind you whom could really use the guidance - and they darn sure appreciate the encouragement. I know I did… And - I always will.
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