On & Off The Mat – A Yoga Blog

by Christy DeBurton

 

meditation challenge

 

By now we have all heard of the benefits of meditation: it reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts immunity, improves concentration, re-wires our brain to think more positively and so much more.

 

Join me for a 28 Day Meditation Challenge and get the tools and encouragement you need to make meditation a daily habit!

 

Part 1: Saturday, March 17, 10:15am-12:15pm

In this 2-hour workshop we will explore the basics of meditation—experimenting with different styles, asking questions, talking about misconceptions—all of which will prepare us for our journey of putting it into practice over the next 21 days.

 

Part 2: Saturday, April 14, 10:15am – 12:15pm

Research shows you get the most benefits from meditation when you do it for greater lengths of time in a retreat setting. We’ll end our 21-day challenge by coming together again for a 2-hour meditation ‘mini-retreat,’ interspersed with light yoga, breaks and group discussion.

 

In between:

You’ll receive weekly doses of inspiration, resources and more to help keep you on track!

 

For more details and to register click HERE!

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This past Saturday a lovely group gathered for a contemplative day of yoga, meditation, journaling and self-reflection centered around the Chakras. We began with a little warm-up Kundalini Yoga kriya for our aura. From there retreatants spent time with each chakra–or energy center in our body–as they chose: listening to readings about how life situations affect our chakras, journaling, spending time in Yin yoga poses best suited for balancing each chakra, meditating, and some even gave their chakras a nice rest by taking little cat-naps! ;) We broke up our quiet time with a delicious plant-based lunch of Curried Red Lentil Coconut soup, hummus, crackers, bread and my favorite chocolate cupcakes with salted (vegan) buttercream frosting. It was very much an opportunity for rest, relaxation and self-reflection, which is so often missing in our day-to-day lives. I am so happy that this group took the time to invest in some uplifting self-care! If you are interested in doing the same, keep an eye out for upcoming Immersions and 1/2 Days Retreats HERE

 

Here’s what a few of the participants had to say: 

 

“I haven’t felt that blissful in a long time.  Learning about the chakras and their governing areas all in one day really made me feel as if my energy was bursting, yet there was a calm center. The delicious lunch was an added bonus!” -JW

 

“The half-day Chakra Retreat was so worthwhile. If you need a day to relax and reduce your stress this is the event for you. We learned, in detail, about Chakras, had time to meditate and think through things. The lunch was vegan and superb.  Do this if you need to take a break and slow down your thoughts and body, it is so healing. Also, Christy is a great cook. ” -SM

 

“Thank you Christy, I so enjoyed the Chakra Immersion day. The Kundalini warm-up was invigorating and the time to reflect and meditate were helpful. Your lovely lunch and conversation in your beautiful home was special.” -GJ

 

Here are a few pictures from the retreat. You can click on them for a slightly larger view.

 

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Calling all yoga teachers! I am looking for experienced Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin teachers for both short-term and long-term opportunities in 2018. The pay is great, the classes are small and the space is beautiful. Contact me at info@christydeburton.com for further details.

 

 

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chakras

 

The New Year is the perfect time to let go of what no longer serves you and make room for what will. Join me during this 1/2 Day Retreat to dive deeper into the chakras—or energy centers—within your body, and use them to resolve any issues holding you back from being the best version of yourself.

 

We will spend time examining our physical and emotional relationship to each chakra and work with them to find balance and healing through: 

 

*KUNDALINI & YIN YOGA

*MEDITATION

*CONTEMPLATION

*JOURNALING

 

Healthy vegan lunch included. Invest in some self-care for the New Year. You are worth it!

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

10:30am-2:30pm

$105 by 1/13; $115 after

Click HERE to register!

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Back by popular demand! As many of you know, I take the opportunity during the 2-week holiday break from regular classes to offer some fun, interesting drop-in classes that you don’t see during the rest of the year. Pre-registration is required–sign up early as classes will likely sell out. Sorry, these classes may not be used as make-ups.

 

**Visit my Square Store HERE to reserve your spots online.**

 

Thursday, Dec 28, 9:30-10:45am
AM Ask The Teacher!: Posture Workshop

“What’s the difference between Cobra, Sphinx and Upward Dog?” “What do you mean by ‘zip up your abdominals’?” “How the heck do I ‘flip my dog?'” Here’s your opportunity to ask questions, get your alignment checked, and ‘workshop’ some of the postures that we commonly see in our practice but don’t always have time to break down in class. Bring your requests!

 

Thursday, Dec 28, 6-7:15pm
PM Ask The Teacher!: Posture Workshop

Same class as above, but an evening time!

 

Thursday, Jan 4, 9:30-10:45am *SOLD OUT-ASK TO BE PUT ON WAITLIST*
AM Shoulders, Neck & Upper Back Clinic 

Do you have tight, tense shoulders or back pain? Do you slouch? Do you sit at a desk or in front of a screen for a good part of your day? Has your yoga teacher recommended this class to you? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, reserve your spot ASAP! We’ll stretch tight muscles in the front of the body, ‘wake up’ weak muscles in the back, work on softening tense shoulders, focus on improving posture, and alleviate common shoulder, neck & back problems.

 

Thursday, Jan 4, 6-7:15pm 
PM Shoulders, Neck & Upper Back Clinic

Same class as above, but an evening time!

 

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Seven retreatants came together for a Day of Mindfulness at The Yoga Room this past weekend. They came for a variety of reasons: Two couples attended–one of which have a 7-month old baby, so they were looking forward to some peace, quiet and relaxation; a middle school principal wanted to deepen her own mindfulness practice so that she could bring mindfulness into her school; one woman is a caregiver for a friend in the last stages of cancer so she needed the retreat to re-center and ground herself; others were looking to deepen their meditation practices in a supportive setting.

 

After some brief introductions we began observing Noble Silence as a way to deepen and intensify our mindfulness experience. We did a Yin yoga practice to prepare our bodies for the 20 minute sitting meditation that followed. After a short break we enjoyed a simple vegan lunch of lentil soup and bread, where we continued our Noble Silence practice for 20 minutes to be mindful of what we were eating, where it came from, and all the effort and love that went into it, and then chatted for 10 minutes while we enjoyed our cupcake dessert. We then shifted back into silence for a mindful walking meditation to a small, old cemetery down the road where a Civil War soldier is buried, spending a few minutes in contemplation there. Upon our return we did a longer, 30 minute seated meditation, and then closed with a group discussion where we each shared our experience of the day.

 

Some of the most important things we tried to keep in mind during our Day of Mindfulness: connecting to our inner stillness, shifting into the witness/observer role, practicing present moment awareness, and practicing non-judgment toward ourselves when our mind wandered off. 

 

Everyone agreed that having a full 4 1/2 hours to commit to our mindfulness/meditation practice was very beneficial. (In fact, I shared some information on a recent study on meditation that showed that although a short, daily practice is good, the most beneficial effects to our brain occur during more intensive meditation retreats. So…needless to say, we are all looking forward to more Days of Mindfulness here at The Yoga Room. Stay tuned and join us for the next one!

 

Here is what a one retreatant shared about her experience:

 

“It was a wonderful day. I enjoyed the Yin Yoga to start the session. It got me back in touch with my body and also relaxed and loosened my muscles so that I could sit still for the first sitting meditation of the day. The sitting meditation was easier than I had expected and the time seemed to go quickly which surprised me. The Mindfulness Walking Meditation was enjoyable and helpful. It is something that I can see myself practicing even as I walk my dog. Probably the most enlightening and surprising experience of the day was the Mindful Eating we practiced at lunch. What an eye opener!! There was quite a bit of discussion about that. BTW–the lunch was wonderful!! I also appreciated the Noble Silence. It was something that I had been looking forward to. I hope that you will  be repeating this workshop in the future. I will definitely be there. Just a little story about the day after the workshop. That next day I found myself in a very frustrating situation. It started to get the best of me. Then I said to myself, “Look you were at a meditation workshop yesterday–for heavens sake use what you learned”. So I found a Deepak Chopra  meditation on YouTube, sat down, closed my eyes and settled into it. It had a tremendous affect on me and allowed me to be open in a different way to the experience. I had a dramatic shift that day and was very surprised by all the positive moments that ensued just because I took the time to be still and meditate.”

 

You can click on the pictures for a slightly larger view.

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I just wanted to share a few pictures from our Fall Yoga Retreat at Inn at the Rustic Gate in Big Rapids this past weekend. 

 

A lovely group of 10 joined me for Yin, Kundalini, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga classes, as well as a Yoga ‘Potpourri’ Workshop that consisted of meditation, a Posture Clinic/Ask the Teacher Q&A Session, and even a little Thai Yoga Massage! 

 

During our free time, some people ventured out to the local Amish communities to buy apples, baked goods, sauerkraut and more, while others enjoyed sampling the local microbreweries in town. A few of us stayed behind in the cozy Inn to read and nap. ;)

 

While we didn’t have the best weather this year, it was still good enough to be able to get in some mountain-bike riding at Hungerford Lake Rec Area, and take some short hikes on the Inn’s 150 acre property. And of course, take my annual labyrinth walk. 

 

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the food. It is always a highlight, especially the Stuffed Squash for Saturday dinner and Tower of Power (if you’re curious, ask me what’s in it–or see if you can figure it out from the pictures below!) for Sunday brunch!

 

Feedback from one participant: “I wanted you to know I enjoyed the weekend and learned some things that will help my practice and improve my poses. Your skill and thoughtfulness made it all a great a experience. I enjoyed meeting and talking with all of the participants. It was a warm and friendly group……and the innkeepers were wonderful, too!”

 

(You can click on the pictures for a slightly larger view.)

 

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We had such a good time at our first ever R&R 1/2 Day Retreat here on The Yoga Room grounds. The morning Yin yoga class set a peaceful, relaxing tone for our day. Afterward, everyone enjoyed a lovely plant-based lunch al fresco (prepared by yours truly, with help from my awesome husband!). Then there was time for hanging out by the pool, reading and chatting with friends before getting into the warm 85 degree water for a fun Aqua Yoga session. I think everyone would probably agree that the floating Savasana at the end was the best part. So relaxing! 

 

Want to join us next time? Sign up soon for our July 22 R&R Retreat HERE. There are only a handful of spots left–don’t miss out!

 

(Click on each picture for a slightly larger view.)

 

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chakras

 

I’ve gotten lots of requests over the years for audio sessions of my popular ‘Journey Through the Chakras’ 8-week session. Here they finally are! Explore the physical and emotional aspects of each chakra–or energy center–in your body and use these 1 hour ‘slow flow’ sessions to clear energy blockages and regain balance in your body and in your life. Purchase individually or buy the 8-session ‘box set’ for the price of 7! 

 

PURCHASE HERE

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SATURDAY, JULY 22, 10:30AM-2:30PM
My first R&R 1/2 Day Retreat of the summer is sold out and students have been asking if I’m going to host another ‘spa day.’ The answer is yes! As a complement to our active ‘Yoga for Your Summer Activities’ session, we are going to immerse ourselves in rest and relaxation during this 1/2 Day Retreat:
*Light-hearted Aqua yoga class with floating Savasana*
*Free time to relax by the pool*
*Light lunch on the patio*
*Meditative Yin yoga practice*
This retreat only has 7 spots available, so click HERE for more details and sign up soon to reserve your spot!

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