Join us for a one of kind Tapping Workshop where you will learn a technique to free your mind from excessive worry.
With self compassion, we will explore the tendency we all have to future trip and cause ourselves needless anxiety in the present moment.
We will use tapping to clear any familial and cultural ties we have to this encouraged habit. And then we will have fun exploring a real alternative to this worry mind loop that will give you more energy and inspiration. We will use the power of your creative mind and the gift of your feelings to create the future you actually want!
You will learn to use your imaging faculties for your highest good.
$30 for Horizon Training Center Members
$35 Pre Register
$40 Day of Event
What is kombucha?Kombucha is effervescent fermented tea that people have been making and drinking for thousands of years around the world. Legend has it that it originated in China in 220 BC and spread from there. It is known as the "immortal health elixir"! Kombucha has many health benefits!
Kombucha is many times referred to as “kombucha vinegar” because it can have a very vinegar like taste to it. Not always. It just depends on how long you let it ferment. The scoby bacteria and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, transforming the tea into a refreshingly fizzy, slightly sour fermented (but mostly non-alcoholic- Kombucha does contain a little bit of alcohol as a by-product of the fermentation process. It is usually no more than 1%, so unless you drink several glasses back to back, you should be just fine. However, people with alcohol sensitivities or who avoid alcohol for other reasons should be aware of its presence.) beverage that is relatively low in calories and sugar.
Benefits of kombucha
A lot of people think that you can come in to yoga, do it for a year and then just automatically be amazing at it and you can do all of these really amazing postures! For some of us this could be the case, but for many of us it is not!
It's not always about the asana, the pose- it's about the mind and the breath- and the 8 Limbs of Yoga (which we will dive into in another blog!). Doing yoga is just one part of the bigger picture of yoga- it is a way of living. Living a peaceful and happy life!
Yoga being a practice is somedays you can touch your toes- others you can barely get there. That's a practice. It's beautiful because everyday our body and our mind are constantly changing. We are constantly evolving. Growing. Expanding. And sometimes we take a couple of steps back and think "what is going on here". Yoga gives you that opportunity to come on to your mat and sit. Tap into yourself. Listen to what is going on in your body and mind and all those layers that make us us.
You could do amazing at asana yet you are not grounded in your mind. It's a practice. You have to work to find that stability and groundedness.
The word yoga means to yoke. The union. The union of the mind and the body. The union of ourselves and the outside world. The union. One. Yoking everything. In yoga we are yoking our mind and body through the power of breathing- pulling us into the present moment.
When we are living in the past we are living at a place of fear- thinking about what has happened before and sometimes a sadness comes from that fearful place. When we live in the future we are worrying about what is going to happen to us. Something we do not have control over. When we live in the present moment, we can live in peace. We can be happy because we are not thinking about what happened in the past or what will happen in the future. We are here- now. Be here. Be now!
That is what we strive for in a yoga class. When we are breathing we are in this moment and we cannot be anywhere else when we are thinking about our breath. It's a beautiful thing because it helps us release those attachments to the past and the future. The fear and worry. It teaches us to be less reactive. And that is a practice. You can do all the yoga in the world and still be reactive. But you become less reactive and take the time to fully engage in the present moment. It can change your life!
If you do yoga once a week you can change your mind...
If you do yoga twice a week you can change your body...
If you do yoga everyday you can change your life...
Yoga has done this for me. Now like I keep saying- it's a practice. There are days and moments where I am reactive and where fear and worry try and take ahold of me- but I roll my mat out, move on my mat, and get back in that present moment with my breath, my body, my mind, and soul.
Yoga isn't just a physical practice- it's a lot of things. Like walking down the street being kind to those you meet! It is LIFE! I want everyone to experience that! So come try out a class for free at Horizon!
While we love to have a fun and free spirit here at Horizon Training Center, we do have to follow proper etiquette to respect those we are practicing/training with as well as the space we are in.
As a yoga teacher, martial arts instructor, fitness director- you name it, we have all seen a student come in with an injury and continue to go way beyond the limit they should.
This is why instructors ask at the beginning of class how everyone is feeling, if there are any injuries, etc. We want to make sure that our students are healing and not hurting themselves more.
Being a yoga teacher is a beautiful gift. Every day I am entrusted to hold space for wonderful souls and lead them through an energetic journey and releasing tension, etc that has been stored in their body. It's a dream I am living! But it can also be frustrating when you see people going too far into a pose because their ego takes over. Yoga can be somewhat of a dance- a flow of beauty. And sometimes as yogis- we may push ourselves past our edge in that flow. We may go so far that we overstretch our muscles.
When you stretch, you take your muscle to the point where you can feel a slight pull, your edge, and hold this position for a few seconds without pain or discomfort. However, if you stretch your muscles beyond their normal range of motion, past your edge, you may experience a pulled muscle -- or muscle strain.
It is my number one mission as a yoga teacher, is to allow healing for my students. Whether that be physical, mental, or spiritual. This is why I check in every class with how everyone is feeling and if there are any injuries. When someone makes mention of an injury, I will offer them options for their practice to help heal that area and not overwork the already pulled, or strained, muscle.
Yoga is not a race. It is not about perfection. It is a practice. There are some days where you can touch your toes and there are others where you are reaching with every bit of your energy to barely get there! That's why it's a practice. Every day life can cause us to hold tension in places that were open yesterday.
Be gentle with yourself. When you have an injury, or maybe you can't go as far into the pose as the person beside you (no looking- stay on your mat, this is your practice, your mind- your body), don't beat yourself up. Every body is made different. Structurally. Injuries. You name it. Refrain from saying that you are horrible at yoga. That you can't do this. Honor your body! Listen to it. Nurture it! Love it! I promise the flexibility will come. The pose will become easier! Just give yourself some grace!
Acknowledge your injuries, let you teacher know, and take these as little lessons to slow down and allow the healing to take place!
I know I am blessed to be doing the healing work I do. And because of that- I get to reap the benefits as well. Yoga, Massage, Reiki, Meditation, etc are all such healing processes that we all need to reach a state of homeostasis. In this chaotic world we are all over taxing our nervous systems and living each day without filling our cups back up. Physically, mentally, and spiritually.
We wake up just early enough to grab some caffeine and head out the door. Only to work long hours to then come home and work on all the things our jobs have been paying for, as in housework, food, etc. We miss out on time with our families and friends because we are depleted. Exhausted. Physically, mentally, and spiritually. So we turn to more caffeine to wake us up. We turn to TV to turn our minds off. We turn to alcohol, or drugs, to escape this world. It's a vicious cycle.
WHAT money can I spend to find this bliss, or ananda, that yoga/massage/and reiki gift me?
I know money is hard to come by. When you feel like you have nothing left in the bank the last thing you can think of is "treating yourself to a luxury". Trust me- I know this. If you know me- you know that money has always been my hang up. I was raised as an only child in a single mother household. I have had a job from the time I was 14. Out of the almost 32 years of my life- only 3 of those I can honestly say I did not live paycheck to paycheck. But these healing sessions will really transform your life. From calming the body, being less reactive, releasing the tension and blocked energy in the body- you can find you again. You can find a healthier version of yourself! I have let go of many of my fears, doubts, and worries about money just from doing yoga and tapping (EFT).
At Horizon Training Center we make it a point to offer packages and deals so you do not feel like you are breaking the bank for our services. A great tip that I follow in times of pinching pennies- If I am gifted money- I use it to treat myself to a massage or a class, so I feel refreshed to take on life and dominate my finances! It's a way to recharge my mind, body, and spirit! And doing something much better for myself than buying an expensive handbag (which years ago I would have done- not going to lie about that one!).
So WHEN do we have time to find balance?
I know I know- Time and Money- two dirty words for the overworked and barely making it by folks (me included!), but when we make time for ourselves, we make ourselves even stronger! We can come back refreshed and energized to keep finding more time for healing! We all want more hours in the day to get more things done. We all want more time with our families and friends. We all want more sleep, more relaxation, more calm times. You CAN have all of that.
At Horizon Training Center we will work with your schedule for setting healing appointments (massage, life coaching, and energy work/reiki/tapping/etc) and we offer yoga in the morning, afternoon, and evenings! There is something for everyone!
There is power in thinking positive. It's hard to do some days, but when we carve out that time to fill our cup up- the Universe will pour in a little more love and light. The Universe delights in knowing that we are actively working to better ourselves- physically, mentally, and spiritually. So believing that you have the time, that you have the money, you can create the belief that these services are necessary!
My teacher once told me about the triangle of learning or the three phases of study. The Warrior. The Scholar. The Healer. I learned it through studying and teaching martial arts but I have seen this same idea transcend art, style, and medium of self expression. It is common in any practice that focuses on self mastery.
The warrior is probably the path most taken; or at least it is where most people begin. This is where most of the physicality happens. If we look at it purely in terms of martial arts this is where punching, kicking, and technique all happen. Students learn to command the body in a way previously unknown to them. Sometime it is focus mitt drills and sometimes it's the animal forms of Kung Fu.
Often that's where the majority of the students' study happens and they may not seek to progress beyond that level. A solid understanding of the mechanics of the body will take a student a long way.
Viewed outside of martial arts, this is where some students first become aware of what their body is capable of. It is an important level of self-discovery that cannot be overlooked. This is where they'll build the strength to handle the second phase if they wish to take that step.
The scholar is the gatherer of knowledge. Information is collected, sorted, and stored. Action is set aside often to ask the more esoteric or energetic questions: "What is the energy of that" and "let me feel when you do it." For a martial artist it comes down to understanding body state: understanding tension and relaxation; connecting the state of mind with action; connecting breath to motion. Many arts have a cultural history of metaphysical energy, including the study of concepts like qi, ki, or prana, and how these concepts effect our body and mind.
Some people start here in this energetic study, but it has been my experience that few people do. Over time students will transition from warrior to scholar in a search to understand what they do on a deeper level.
Each of these are lifetime studies, sometimes done together and sometimes independently. Either is fine. Sometimes being a Warrior is enough for people. Some people are Scholars right away, collecting the how/why and not concerned with the physicality until later.
The last phase few people truly reach: the Healer. The Healer has studied the human body to such a degree, both physically and energetically, that they can help people over their hurdles. This is truly walking the path of complete self-mastery. The depth of understanding both on the Scholar level and also on the Warrior level only comes from seeking mastery in both of these phases. It is the hardest path to walk. It a level of self-mastery that I personally seek.
As a true path of mastery it remains a path, not a destination. The closer you get to mastery the more you retread the Warrior and Scholar paths searching for the understanding missed the first time through. Thus the master becomes the novice again.
It is important to maintain perspective. The only masterful study is an honest reflective study. Drop all pretense and look at the study as at its core and find the value of every phase. A person truly cannot seek the highest level of understanding without all three paths: Warrior, Scholar, Healer. And when you think you have it, start over and look again - there is always more to learn.
~ Sifu David Mitchell
If you have never heard of Assisted Thai Yoga Bodywork, then you are missing out!
Assisted Thai Yoga Bodywork is a unique healing system from Thailand, also called Nuad Boran, where the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body's energy ('Sen') lines and pressure points. Imagine you are reaping the benefits of a yoga class, but the practitioner is doing all the work while you can sit back and relax.
As you lay and relax into a meditative state, Hannah will gently guide you through yoga postures where all you have to do is breathe. Through this postures you will receive palming and thumbing on energy lines as well as working into deep tissues to get the maximum release of tension and stress.
Benefits of Assisted Thai Yoga Bodywork:
• Quietening the mind
• Heightened energy levels
• Deep, Meditative relaxation
• Improved circulation and lymphatic flow
• Improved range of motion
• Increased flexibility
• Rejuvenated body and mind
• Relief for pain and muscle tension
Click Here to Schedule Your Session With Hannah
“Don’t be rude to your body…” Bryan Kest
I wrote this blog 3 years ago after an intense yoga workshop that cracked open my heart... teaching me to love my body! I hope you all find self-love within yourself!
How many times have you been told by the people that raised you- “Don’t be rude.” They taught you manners in regards to an endless amount of behaviors (or maybe they didn’t) such as: open the doors for ladies, respect your elders, don’t eat with your mouth full, treat others as you would like to be treated, don’t call people names, respect others stuff- the list could honestly go on and on. I know personally for myself, my family instilled in me to be as polite and courteous of others as I could possibly be. But you know what- I’ve never treated my own self with that same respect and consideration.
My entire life I have been so concerned with not being rude to others that I have failed to realize how much of a bitch I have been to myself! Wake up call!
I received this wakeup call as I was an hour in to a Bryan Kest Workshop. He was telling us that this workshop wasn’t designed with hard poses, they were very simple asanas, but what was hard was listening to our own bodies and respecting them for all they are. When you need a break- don’t be so prideful to not go into balasana. Take it! Listen to your breath- this energy that drives this machine!
Holy crap- what have I been doing the last 28 years?!?!
The last 28 years I have been so concerned with everyone else around me, and not offending them, that I have forgotten to take care of me. To nurture my body. To love my body. I’ve filled it full of junk food, alcohol, skipped workouts, a few cigarettes here and there, I have even looked in the mirror and just wished that I could die because my body wasn’t thin like all of the models in the world. How rude!!
I was given this amazing machine, this vehicle, to carry my soul through this journey of life- and I have neglected it. I have taken advantage of all that it is.
I made a vow to myself that day to stop being rude to my body. To listen to its aches, its pains, its triumphs. To know when enough is enough, when I need a little more. To admire what it does every day simply by breathing! How complex this machine truly is!
I learned that for me to treat others with kindness and respect- it must start with me. I must learn to love my body and treat it with utmost respect. I must treat it with the kindness I show my elders. With the respect I give when I open the doors for others. With the love I give when I hug a child. I must show my body that it is doing a wonderful job and I am forever grateful for each and every breath it allows me to inhale and exhale.
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
~ Miss Monroe