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Matteo Zachino
12:10 pm

“Yoga on social media”

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Often we see Facebook or Instagram posts displaying photographs or videos of complex asanas highlighting one's mastered ability and their specific form of self-expression...

Well, I am none to judge. I am only challenging a point of view with hopes to stimulate a thought provoking perception or to simply "paint a different picture".

Yoga helped me become a more sensitive individual and a fully aware member of society by consistently instigating a deeper questioning of everyone and everything. Hence this article was written.

Here we go...
One day, as I was sharing with fellow yogis a stunning yoga video, there so happened to be a new student right by me as well. She humbly observed and admired their hard work to achieve such strength and focus but then proceeded and made a innocent but heartfelt remark: “I could never do that” sat back down, iPhone at hand and she disappeared with the “crowd” of students leaving class…

I was left with something, a subtle shift of energy in the healer within me. A question: “Whats else could there be going on there?” Are these pics and flix becoming the objective themselves? Are we stereotyping yoga as an achievement and a goal? Is that my intention for sharing the practice? And that opened up a whole new awareness of understanding for me, with tons of new “what-ifs” and so on…

What a can of worms!!

The next part of this article aims to help redefine mindful and universal principles based practices. Meanwhile safely sharing this wonderful gift we call Yoga.

So I chose to raise a few questions, plant a few seeds and research, (of course!).

The feedback was real and eye opening… read on.

I approached a young successful entrepreneur and invited him to a free yoga session and was turned Down with a remark like: "I am not flexible enough".

After digesting the answer I asked him to describe what he thought would be like to be in a yoga room with others? The answer was short and sad: "...probably embarrassing and, I don't know, I think it's a bit intimidating. I see all these pictures out there, I can't do that stuff anyway and I don't like to sweat..."

Have you ever asked yourself if posting your yoga pic today could possibly and subconsciously intimidate someone new from ever stepping on a mat?

I know you too have heard someone say: "I could never do that" or "I will never be able to do that” and “I am not flexible enough” or so on at one point or another.

Is the "harm" one might (involuntarily) inflict on newcomers by posting such pics and or videos outweighing the potential inspiration to achieve in the ones who already follow the path? And better who needs help the most? After all helping and being of service was the reason you decided to start your practice, share your experience and teach to begin with, right?

As per my observations the ones who usually like, comment and reply to such posts with enthusiasm are at peace with their limits and that's great, so to some extent it is good to keep the lines of communications open... 

But as a person of service, that wants to help others feel better I am choosing to be more focused on the ones that don't say anything... the ones who are intimidated by it... I can't keep track of them. Unquantified and left to their own insecurities, they will close off and maybe never give yoga a try. It is what students don't express that I am curious about, rather than what they do...

Maybe this was useful to some and completely idiotic to others, regardless I hope it made them question the purity of their intentions and hopefully align them with their practice.

Namaste'

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BeU
11:58 am

Spring Fling 2 Day Event @ BeU!

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Hello!

As we stay true to our mission of offering a platform for the development of Healthy Bodies, Supple Minds & Untangled hearts, our intention in creating this event is to further reach out to and build upon an even stronger community! 

We humbly invite you to enter "the portal" and get a good “taste" of the BeU flavors by offering all kinds of free classes and much more! Read on for details :)

Fun Activities:

FaceBook contest - Sharing our FB Post announcing the event gets your name into a drawings (Multiple “shares” allowed)!
Bringing a new student to the studio qualifies a drawing entry!
Drawing prize is a 3 month class card!

Flashmob Yoga - Earth day celebration is happening the same weekend at Hugh Mac Rae Park. Battle is gathering a group of yogis to go make a peaceful scene at the park. More information regarding the time will be posted on our FB Page

Karma Yoga
Various items have been donated by local businesses and friends for the raffles supporting The Little Yellow School House (LYSH)! Salons, Restaurants, Acupuncture & Massage Gift Certificates, Mala’s & more!

-Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 - All proceeds go to LYSH
(Raffles will be drawn on Monday 4/25)

Flow of the weekend...
BeU's team will be at the studio the entire weekend meeting and greeting friends & students!
Maggie is coordinating with our BEST front desk crew to be there assisting with the flow of traffic.

To make the event even more exciting we are holding a Hooping class both Saturday and Sunday. The class will be held outside on a nice patch of grass. Rae Edmonds, one of our most recent Goddess Grads will be guiding the 1 hour class. She is certified in hooping ???? and has 12 hoops for students to use. The class will be by reservation only being equipment is limited. But if you have your own hoop you are encouraged to bring it!

Our weekend schedule is a little more condensed, multiple classes have been added to the schedule to offer a nice profile of our services. 

APRIL 23rd SCHEDULE

APRIL 24th SCHEDULE


We are so excited about this event! It is going to be so much fun and we know that it will be a success!Namaste`

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BeU
9:17 pm

Mental & Physical Approach to the World Class BeU Hot Flow Set Sequence


Acclimating to the Heat + Humidity

Acclimating to heat and humidity is like climbing a small mountain, take it one breath at the time. Take breaks, observe, connect with your breath and monitor your heart rate before getting back up to continue. Take the “first time” as an orientation class; simply being present in the hot room and breathing correctly reaps deep benefits; as if you were an experienced yogi! Full acclimation should not take longer than 12 consecutive days of practice.

Building a Good Foundation

As the room is heated to 105°F + 50% Humidity for Hot and to 95°F + 40% Humidity for Warm, controlling the breath is the fundamental practice on which to build upon. Meditate on breath & movement so to synchronize the two. With the correct approach, hydration, breathing patterns * and diet you can avoid physical strain, dizziness and other not so pleasing instances in the studio.

Jumpstarting your practice

To jumpstart your practice in the fastest and most efficient way, for maximized benefits and for best environmental acclimation, we recommend to practice at least 10/15 times consecutively. Attend some non heated classes and expose yourself to an alignment and posture centered class or even better a private or semi private class. The BeU Hot Flow is a beginner's Hot Yoga Sequences it is rather fast paced and at times crowded (Be Unlimited Hot Yoga classes are capped to a maximum of 25 students each, leaving enough room for free movement and comfort), it can be rather hard to obtain specific attention and retain the detailed instructions in such energized environment. In a more personalized setting one can better focus and understand the intention behind each posture, learn the various modifications for their body type, safety, and then implement it all in the Hot Room..

Patience & Compassion for the “Self”

We believe that It is about finding your limits, getting comfortable with them and gradually pushing forward to continue your yoga journey. Yoga is a life long practice and you are never too stiff or not flexible enough to start. 90% of the effort is getting to the studio, once you are here breathe correctly and patiently move forward.

Breath Work - See our Blog post for facts & “science” behind this specific breathing technique.

* The BeU Hot Flow & or Warm Vinyasa Flow classes call for the understanding and use of Ujjayi pranayama*, sometimes called Conqueror's Breath or Ocean Breath, to help increase the flow of Prana (Energy) in the body. Ujjayi can be very helpful for beginners, because the audible nature of the breathing is an excellent indicator of how the practice is going. If a yogi ceases Ujjayi pranayama it may mean that they are straining too hard in a pose, and forgetting to breathe. Maintaining Ujjayi throughout a vinyasa practice not only keeps the flow of prana moving, but also shows that there is not an excess of physical or mental strain.

(Sanskrit) Ujjayi Pranayama - (English) Conqueror's Breath, Ocean Breath

Description: Ujjayi is sometimes called “Ocean Breath” because of the sound that is made in the back of the throat and nasal cavity while inhaling and exhaling. This sound is made by narrowing the throat passage (Glottis) during breathing. To practice, open the mouth and exhale while imagining trying to fog up a mirror or window. Practice exhaling in that fashion with an open mouth several times, and then begin to inhale through the mouth in the same way. The breath should be making noise as it passes in and out of the mouth. When you are comfortable breathing in this way, close the mouth and breathe through the nose while continuing to make the same type of noise throughout your practice.

Begin by inhaling through the nose slowly and deeply, listening to the “sound” of the breath and ensuring it is smooth and even.

Fill the lungs from bottom to top, breathing calmly rather than forcefully, and ensuring that the abdomen does not inflate. The breath should be raising the chest upward, not pushing the abdomen outwards.

Maintain the lift of the chest, and begin to slowly exhale. As with the inhale, listen to the sound of the breath and ensure that it is slow, smooth and even. As the lungs empty, the muscles holding up the chest will naturally relax until the lungs are completely empty.

Namaste'

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BeU
10:10 am

What are the Benefits of Hot Yoga???



The benefits you receive from a regular, devoted yoga practice will vary depending on who you are, your health history, what you put into your practice, and what you may be struggling with physically or mentally.

The most frequently reporting benefits include the following:

1- Escalation in energy and metabolism

2- Weight loss and increase in muscle tone

3- Increase in balance, strength and flexibility

4- Reduction in heart and respiratory rates

5- Decrease in blood pressure

6- Improved functioning of the internal organs

7- Reduction of insomnia and depression

8- Strengthening of the immune system

9- Alleviation of symptoms of chronic disease and energy

10- Reduction in stress; less reactive in stressful situations

11- Rejuvenated sense of calm and well being

12- An inspired positive outlook on life

As with anything, the amount of effort and focus you put into something is directly proportionate to the results you will achieve.

Try your best. Your postures do not have to be ‘perfect’ in order to do yoga. It’s called yoga practice for a reason. All we can ask ourselves is to try the right way with our best effort. The benefits will follow!



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BeU
10:18 pm

Why we promote Ujjayi Pranayama breathing in the BeU Hot Flow Practice



One of the keys to deal with elevated heart rate (i.e. anxiety) is to learn how to stimulate your vagus nerve through proper breathing. The vagus nerve acts as the mind-body connection and controls your relaxation response. You can stimulate your vagus nerve by practicing diaphragmatic breathing with the glottis partially closed. Use your dead time to practice this technique consistently, turn it to a habit and you’ll be amazed by the results.


The vagus nerve is the most important element of the parasympathetic nervous system (the one that calms you down by controlling your relaxation response).


It originates from the brainstem and it is “wandering” all the way down, into the belly, spreading fibers to the tongue, pharynx, vocal chords, lungs, heart, stomach, intestines and glands that produce anti-stress enzymes and hormones (like Acetylcholine, Prolactin, Vasopressin, Oxytocin), influencing digestion, metabolism and of course the relaxation response.


Vagus nerve acts as the mind-body connection, and it is the cabling behind your heart’s emotions and gut instincts. The key to manage your mind state and your anxiety levels lies on being able to activate the calming nervous pathways of your parasympathetic system.


You cannot control this part of the nervous system on demand, but you can indirectly stimulate your vagus nerve by engaging Ujjayi Pranayama (Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique)


Strengthening this living nervous system can pay great dividends, and the best tool to achieve that is by training your breath.


Breathing with your diaphragm (Ujjayi Pranayama)


The diaphragm is your primary breathing muscle. It is belled shaped and when you inhale it patterns out (or should flatten out), acting as piston and creating vacuum on you thoracic cavity, so your lungs can expand and air gets in.


On the other side it creates pressure, pushing the viscera down and out, expanding your belly. That’s why good breathing practice is described as abdominal breathing or belly breathing.


Breathe with the glottis partially closed


Glottis is at the back of your tongue and it is closed when you are holding your breath. Here we want have it partially closed. It is that feeling you have in your throat while you exhale and make a “Hhhhh” sound in order to clean your glasses.


It also resembles the way you breathe when you are in the verge of sleep and you are about to snore a little bit.


By controlling the glottis you are:


•Controlling the air flow, both during inhale and during exhale 

•Stimulating your vagus nerve 
Practice this 7/11 (seconds) diaphragmatic breathing technique. 

•Inhale - diaphragmatically through your nose, with your glottis partially closed, like almost making a “Hhhhh” sound for a count of 7 

•Hold your breath for a split moment 

•Exhale through your nose (or you mouth), with your glottis partially closed, like almost 
making a “Hhhhh” sound for a count of 11 
One breath cycle
Practice for 6 – 12 cycles and observe the results.
This is the foundation of proper breathing, of lowering heart rate and anxiety relief. 

Eventually, when your newly acquired breathing skill is established and abdominal breathing becomes a habit, you’ll find your body constantly operating at a much lower stress level.


You will also notice (or sometimes you will not even notice it) how your breath responses to stressful situations; your body will be conditioned to automatically control your breath and by this, your stress and anxiety.


You might not be able to control your environment, but you can control how you react to it.


As we discovered above, nothing is as effective in lowering the heart rate as reverse, or diaphragmatic, breathing is. As It allows the air in the bottom of your lungs (Co2) to be efficiently transported out and replaced by fresh oxygenated air, thus fostering emotional stability and clearer decision making during intense physical activities, potentially stressful and or unexpected surroundings.


The Physio-Psychological Effects of Ujjayi Pranayama


There are a variety of psychological and physiological factors that affect your heart rate. The pace of your heart is unique to your body. It is self-regulating. You don’t have to do a thing and it keeps beating. It maintains its own rhythm to keep you alive. But your hormonal responses and your central nervous system (CNS) and autonomic nervous system (ANS) can affect the speed and rhythm of your heart. Hormones send chemicals into your blood to affect your heart's pace. Also, your heart beats faster or slower depending on how your nerves stimulate your heart.


External input from your nerves and hormones automatically increase your heart rate. Think back to when you were driving your car and somebody cut you off. Your heart raced uncontrollably although you were just sitting quietly (or not so quietly). Practicing Ujjayi Pranayama during a yoga class (but not only) can help an individual develop a higher sense of Mindful-Awareness. Thus, allowing such individual to predict and efficiently override a conditioned physiological response, regulate the heart rate when threatened and handle any situation appropriately.


The medulla of your brain is the “control-center” for your heart rate. It either speeds or slows your beats per minute. Your ANS has two components:


- Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), it speeds your heart rate by releasing hormones and chemicals (norepinephrine, epinephrine, and catecholamines). When your heart rate increases to a frenzy this is termed tachycardia. There are no cardiovascular benefits when your sympathetic nervous system increases your heart rate. It is simply your hormones sending stimulating chemicals to your heart, and nerves directly affecting your heart to respond to an emergency.


- Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), it resides in your brain stem. This is the area that slows your heart rate. A chemical that your PNS releases to slow your heart rate is called acetylcholine. When your heart rate slows, you experience bradycardia. Yogis can slow their heart rates to the less than 20 beats per minute (BPM). And the famous magician, Harry Houdini was able to survive in a coffin-sized airtight box for hours.


Your nerves and hormones together regulate your heart rate when you are moving, and when you are still. As you begin your practice, your heart rate speeds up because your PNS is inhibited. That is, the mechanisms that slow your heart are essentially turned off, and your BPM naturally increases. Other factors (besides exercise) that affect the pace of your heart include blood sugar levels, different foods, lack of sleep, anxiety, fear, anger, heat and humidity.


In the High humidity and heat during the BeU Hot Flow the sympathetic nervous system increases your heart rate by directly stimulating the nerves. Practicing 4 to 5 times per week increases the parasympathetic nervous slowdown by stimulating your vagus nerve.


During yoga and other forms of physical activities or exercise, your CNS is the most influential factor determining your heart rate. When you get in your car to go to the studio, your CNS starts to send messages to your medulla: Prepare for activity! The heart rate increases even before you begin your practice. Just by anticipating your yoga, your heart rate can increase as much as 100%.

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BeU
11:59 am

How will I feel after Hot Yoga @ Be Unlimited Yoga?



AMAZING, USUALLY :)
Generally speaking the feeling of walking on clouds, (rich of feel good Hormones) follows a good Hot Yoga practice! You won't know untill you try. Even then it might take a few times for your body to recognize all this goodness and "label" it as "good". Here is a few tips on how to navigate and understand the first few times you decide to practice Hot Yoga.
  1. If you get an exhausted sense of feeling after class, don’t worry. You are detoxifying and cleansing in ways you may not have done so before. Replenish liquids and electrolytes, this will slowly bring your energy levels back to its normal levels. Keep coming, you will Acclimate!
  2. If you practice in the later hours of the afternoon or in the evening, you might be particularly energized from class and therefore you might experience some difficulty sleeping at first. This is a good sign, yoga is truly energizing you! Don’t worry, you don’t have insomnia. It will simply take a few days to adjust to your new schedule and healthy routines.
  3. You might experience some soreness and or tightness in the muscles the day after... Come back as soon and as much as possible! Your body is asking you for more, its coming alive and you should keep the process going! Lactic acid build up is caused by the limited capability of oxygen extraction from the blood in you muscle tissues. As you persevere and continue to practice, your body will increase its efficiency at consuming such oxygen during yoga, turning stretching and building muscle mass in a pleasingly & challenging way.
  4. If you feel nauseous, dizzy, or have a headache and or cramps during or after class, chances are you might be dehydrated! Always drink plenty of water (Half your bodyweight in Oz) especially before every class. Or it could be a sign that you were trying so hard that you weren’t breathing correctly.
  5. You might feel very hungry after class, or you might lose your appetite completely. Both reactions are normal and depend on your constitution. Don’t worry too much either way and try to eat healthy and nutritious meals. If your goal is to loose weight or if you are not sure about your diet, ask us for our recommended weight-loss consultant / nutritionist or about our suggested supplements for this practice.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVE YOU!!

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BeU
8:00 am

6 Reasons 2 continue your BeU Hot Yoga practice during the summer!



Should I practice Hot Yoga during the Summer?


As the weather warms up it can be tempting to skip your Beloved BeU Hot Yoga classes. But stepping up your practice during the summer months can actually reap amazing rewards & benefits that aren’t available in winter. Here are some of the best reasons:

  1. Acclimate. Be Unlimited Yoga, practiced in 104 °F heat and 50% humidity, can help you acclimate to the season’s warmth by “teaching” your body to cool itself more efficiently through sweat. It also arms you with coping tools (focus, concentration and deep breathing) to help you better manage summertime temperatures.
  2. Hydrate. Be Unlimited Yoga encourages you to stay well hydrated by keeping you on top of your water intake, replenishing your electrolytes regularly. During the summer months this can aid outside the Shala as well.
  3. Diet. When you regularly practice you are attracted to a lighter and healthier diet. Some yoga poses are designed to give the intestines an internal massage in order to strengthen them and allow them to release their contents more efficiently. This can help during the summer relieving you from that “full & heavy" feeling.
  4. Energize. The summer heat can make you feel stifled and sluggish, almost lethargic. Be Unlimited Yoga is a great way to Energize & Detoxify by increasing your oxygen intake, balancing the various psycho-somatic systems of the body, sweating and burning a great plethora of calories, all in a 75 minutes class, giving the rest of your day a boost.
  5. Meditate. What better way to spend time focusing on what makes you feel good, healthy and wellbeing aspects of life? Allowing plenty of “me” moments with daily Be Unlimited Yoga sessions will help you deal with the stressful “everything else” factors of life. By focusing solely on U, (in a meditative way) you will benefit from the strengths and virtues only a clear mind possesses, always.
  6. Prevent. Planning on swimming, hiking, sailing, biking, jogging, beach volleyball-ing and doing any number of other fun summertime sports? Be Unlimited Yoga will enhance your athletic abilities. Really enjoy all the fun and drastically reduce all the insidious muscle-skeletal and joint injuries such activities may bring forth.

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BeU
1:23 pm

Isha Yoga Sadhguru's Workshop Available at BeU!



We are thrilled to Announce the amazing and life changing lineup of Workshops coming in August 2015!!

Sadhguru’s vision is to bring the spiritual process into the life of every person on the planet. In this effort, he has created Isha Yoga, a subtle and powerful science. Isha Yoga is structured to promote beneficial changes in one’s inner chemistry to accelerate the release of physical, mental, and emotional blocks and produce a life-transforming impact of profound experience, clarity, and boundless energy. A proven tool for preventive health, Isha Yoga has helped thousands find relief from chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and migraines, as well as from emotional disturbances including depression, anger, and anxiety. In addition, practitioners experience enhanced memory, concentration, and decision‐making abilities.

Primarily through grass‐root initiatives and word‐of‐mouth efforts, Isha Yoga programs have gradually spread around the world over the last three decades, broadening the reach of classical yoga. Sharing Sadhguru’s vision and dedication, hundreds of Isha Yoga practitioners have chosen to become teachers, and have been trained under his direct guidance to teach various processes including Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, meditation and Samyama practices. The universal principles and practices conveyed in Isha Yoga programs have touched and transformed the lives of over 7 million people from all walks of life – from tribal villagers to top‐level executives.

Workshops/Practices Available @ BeU (August 10th to 16th of 2015)

Faculty: Rajashree Kanetkar
  • Upa Yoga
  • Surya Kriya
  • Yogasana
  • Angamardana
  • Butha Shuddi


Find out the times and Days in which the workshops are held on our site!

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BeU
11:41 pm

Gemstones in Shavasana



In Shavasana Be Unlimited Yoga promotes the use of meditation by relaxing a gemstone on the 3rd eye Chakra. Pineal Gland alignment with one of these precious stones ensure a less fidgety and more intentional resting pose. Aiding the Theta brain wave patterns predominate during such pose, engages the intuitive unconscious mind accessing deep seated memories and connecting to the collective unconscious. Healing occurs in this state...

See the various stones their energetic meanings and purpose in our Facebook Photo Album