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Say Aloha to Yoga

If you are looking for a unique yoga experience whether you are a beginner, avid yogi, or searching for a summer camp for your kids look no further than Aloha Yoga and Hula in Chandler.

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Located on Ray and Rural I stumbled upon this yoga studio a year ago. I have always been interested in yoga. I bought some DVD’s and tried to watch YouTube videos, but I just wasn’t sure if I was developing my yoga practice correctly. As I have learned yoga is something you continue to practice, but I wanted correct postures and positions, so I did not injure myself.

Then, I found Aloha Yoga and Hula, their owner, Myriam offered an Introduction to Yoga course. This four-week class gave me the basic knowledge of yoga. She taught us the correct basic positions and alignment to ensure we would not injure ourselves. My love for yoga has continued to grow. I was also able to enroll my son in her Kid’s Yoga classes. He loves them and continues to ask when he will be going to his next one. Aloha Yoga and Hula also offers an adventurous summer camp for girls. At this summer camp, your little ladies 4-11 will learn dances, yoga, do crafts and create a memorable summer. There are many different schedules offered, you can view all summer camps here.

Along with her many yoga classes, Myriam also offers Hula, Belly and Tahitian dancing classes to her students. Each year she and her students perform at the Aloha Festival in downtown Tempe. Myriam’s immediate warmth and kindness makes each student feel welcome in her beautiful studio.

Her studio is one-of-a-kind as well. The floors look as if you are wading through the oceans and the ocean décor lining the walls gives the same effect. You will always embrace beautiful smells as you enter her studio. She has mastered essential oils and uses them to relax, rejuvenate or energize, depending upon the needs of each class. At the end of her yoga class, you will even be treated with a gentle neck massage, if you wish.

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With her knowledge of essential oils, Myriam has also created a unique skin care line. All her products are chemical free. Her products include face washes, body lotions, sunscreen, and deodorant. You can shop them in her online store here, or in the studio.

Do yourself and your body a favor by attending your first yoga class today! Or, sign up your little ones for a delightful summer surprise!

You can view a full schedule of the classes and instructors online right here.

Feel free to follow my Instagram page for an exciting giveaway of Myriam’s skin care products, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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LYPBB Challenge Day 11: Try Meditation

Zumba requires coordination, guys. I made a total ass of myself yesterday, but I will say it was pretty fun. How did your new exercises go? I am totally certain you were not the person in class sticking your leg in the air when it was supposed to be on the ground. So, I will venture to guess that you had more luck than me! However, I will keep trying, because as Daniel Tiger says, “Keep trying, you’ll get better.”

Anyway, for today’s challenge, I am going to ask all of you to try meditation, if you aren’t already doing it. If you are doing it, I challenge you to try something new; guided, shorter, longer, or unguided.

I discovered meditation last July when I began yoga. I did not take my practice seriously at the time and felt I was really bad at meditation because I could never focus on nothing. It is seriously tough. Then I had a car accident in November, and afterward, I had very bad anxiety. I decided to try meditation again and this time used a guided meditation made for anxiety. It has been so helpful for me. There are many health benefits associated with meditation, as well. You can find the full list from WebMD here.

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Just a few of the benefits include lowering blood pressure and improving your immune system and concentration. There are many more benefits and one of the biggest ones for our Love Your Post-Baby Body challenge is that meditation is often about acceptance and peace. When we come to accept ourselves, we can love ourselves. Instead of focusing on all the things we hate, we can see what we love and focus on even more important things in our lives. Meditation has allowed me to let go of my frustrations and see my dreams more clearly and go after them.

If you need help with your meditation there are many channels on youtube dedicated to guided meditations; I would begin there. Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Live long and prosper, friends!

{Wondering what the LYPBB Challenge is all about? Start here!}

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LYPBB Challenge Day 10: Try a New Exercise

Today’s LYPBB Challenge is to try a new exercise. That is, if you’re ready!

After I had my first son I was thrilled to be able to run again and would wake up early just to get to the gym. He was also a champion sleeper, so I wasn’t completely exhausted. My second still doesn’t always sleep through the night, so it’s been a very different experience. I had absolutely no desire to work out until about a year after his birth.

At that time, I decided to try Yoga. I chose yoga because we had recently lost our grandmother and I wanted more of the mental peace than the physical improvements.

What I gained was new friends, newly found peace and new strength (both mentally and physically) in my same body. I also learned invaluable tools of meditation.

So today, if you are ready for a new exercise I would like you to try one. I’m trying Zumba today, which should be absolutely hilarious. If you aren’t ready to exercise, then don’t! This is all about you and doing whatever makes you happy.

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, you have heard about my recent gym exploits. I’m sharing them below if you want another laugh.

If you do go to the gym, I hope you enjoy the experience and remember to love yourself!

{Wondering what the LYPBB Challenge is all about? Start here!}

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