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Q & A with Maria Eble

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Q & A with Maria Eble - Inspiring Young Yogis ~ By Claudia A. Barbieri ~ Q: Can you remember your first yoga session? How did you make the decision to go?   A: I found a 2-week intro to a studio I used to drive past all the time. I had never practiced in a studio before, so I researched as much as possible to know what I might expect. Despite how hot my cotton yoga pants felt, I was hooked! I started practicing every day, and by my year anniversary of practicing regularly, I had signed up to start teacher training.   Q: How would you describe your style of instruction?  A: I like a pretty traditional vinyasa class that builds from a strong, focused base. That is the type of class I want to create for all levels of practitioners to enjoy. I encourage using props to support your practice, whether you are an experienced yogi or someone starting out. That support helps keep your ego in check and helps you have a little more courage to try something new. You will find all the things

Q & A with Catherine Costanzo, Co-Owner of LGZ

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  Q & A with Catherine  Costanzo, Co-Owner of LGZ - Brains & Beauty ~ Q: How would you describe Let’s Get Zen’s philosophy and approach to maintaining a happy client? A: We have a simple philosophy … creating a safe, judgment-free space in which to practice where clients connect with their inner selves and each other — reaping these benefits both on and off their yoga mats. Our yogis love the positive and accepting energy they find here.   Q: Can you remember your f irst yoga session? How did you make the decision to go?  A: Wow, it has been so long since my first yoga class! I was in my late 20s and had been a part time “aerobic instructor” in college, so I was coming from a very high energy, music-driven workout environment (think leg warmers and Jane Fonda). I always loved staying fit and thought yoga would be a good extension to my routine. I quickly found it much different and very settling. The more yoga classes I took, the more I preferred it over aerobic centered,
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"Om"-work Part Deux  ~ By Claudia A. Barbieri ~ Welcome back!  A few weeks ago, I had discussed some "om"-work you would love to do.  Who tried the walking meditation or the compassion meditation?  Maybe you did, or maybe it's on your future agenda.  Spring is here, so maybe the walking meditation will be the easier one to squeeze into your routine.   "Om"- work, in the yogi world, should enhance your well-being and mindfulness not hinder it.  So, do not stress if you have not scheduled the time for yourself just yet.  You will.   Today, I want to add another way to reach mindfulness that you may want to try.  Meditation is simply silent time in which you schedule for yourself to disconnect and decompress from life's distractions. Five to ten minutes is all you need to start.  Once again, I am referencing my little gem of a book, Mindfulness and Meditation  by  Venerable Thubten Lundrup. Before you begin your mediation, try and find a quiet place i

Q & A with Brit Burns

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Q & A with Brit Burns —  Meditative & Challenging     ⁓ By Claudia A. Barbieri ⁓                                             Q:   Can you remember your first yoga session? How did you make the decision to go?  A: I went to my first yoga class in 2012 with a friend who found a Groupon for a Bikram studio. While in class, I was pushing myself to the point of overheating and was about to leave the room. Then, the teacher came over and told me to just take a moment, sit on my mat, and breathe deeply. After a couple of minutes, I was able to return to the practice and finish out the class.  I had tried other workouts, but that class was the first time I felt energized and calm after working out — even with my moment of panic. After that day, I was hooked! My mat soon became my favorite place to be. Whenever I am overwhelmed, I often think of my first yoga class, and how sometimes you just need a child’s pose or a few deep breaths!  Q: How would you describe your style of instru
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  "Om"-work You'll Love To Do By:  Claudia A. Barbieri 〜 - - Kristin Hannings -  Did you ever find that $5.00 bill at the bottom of your purse or pocket and think you hit the lottery?  What a feeling!  Recently, I came upon a little book that collected dust on my bookshelf for years that gave me that same feeling.  It's called Mindfullness & Meditation  by V. Lhundrup[1], a book that explains the basics of Buddhist principles .  Fittingly, Let's Get Zen's logo mantra is " Yoga + Mindfulness."   In 2022, achieving mindfulness, or our ability to keep our attention on an object, is a challenge for even the most emotionally strong individuals.  Practicing yoga, mindfulness, and meditation help us find this ability and inner peace.  So, after dusting off Mindfullness & Meditation,  I am discovering  delightful chapters and excerpts that help you do just that!  Two types of meditation - your "om" - work:  Walking meditation Take a walk ou

Q & A with Monica Lynn

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Monica Lynn - Passionate and Supportive Q & A with Monica Lynn By Claudia A. Barbieri Monica strives to create a safe and supportive environment for all. Q:    Can you remember your first yoga session? How did you make the decision to go?  A:    My very first yoga session was with my mom. I was a senior in high school (I'm 33 now!), and she had been trying to convince me to go with her for quite some time. I was a teenager who was hesitant to believe that her mother could suggest something she might enjoy! I remember the instructor's calm, yet clear, instructions as I tried to figure out each posture. I immediately knew that I liked it and wanted to try again. I felt challenged, yet peaceful at the same time - something I had never experienced before! Q:    How would you describe your style of instruction?   A:    I would describe my style of instruction as intentional and balanced. My classes are structured in a way I believe allows students to build as they go, and I offe

Yogi Spotlight - Tara Cuff

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Style & Grace Tara Cuff - Tara has had a love for the body in motion for many years. She's had a passion for dance over four decades, as well as ZUMBA for over ten years. She knew something was missing in her life and quickly realized that it was Yoga. Tara loves being encouraging, sharing inspirational quotes, leads with clarity and focus. You'll find Tara's style to be both athletic and graceful. Let's Get Zen - Instagram Let's Get Zen - Facebook Our website