At Ignite, we work hard to provide quality programming that brings the benefits of yoga to everyone in our community. We are proud to be one of the top yoga studios in the valley, but also to be categorized as a ‘learning studio,’ with award winning programs.
We kicked off this new school year with our open house, celebrating our teachers and honoring them with complimentary classes. We are also excited to start to present new learning opportunities.
In our community, we offer a wide array of yoga programs. For our school-aged youth, Lionhearts after school program will be taking place in nine local schools this Fall.
Ignite Yoga Foundation is raising funds to provide a complimentary yoga classes to 15-20 children in Title 1 schools. These classes will help enhance children’s focus and emotional well being. We know the benefits of yoga, and we want to ensure everyone has a chance to experience the practice.
At the brand new Canyon View high school, we’re working with the staff to bring an innovative approach to athletics. Ignite Yoga is in coordination with the school’s the strength and conditioning coach to provide yoga to enhance the athletics sports department. Every football team member in the incoming freshman class will participate in yoga, and our hope is that soon, every student in the school will have the chance as well.
At Ignite, we are excited for our students to grow and dig into their learning with our advanced 300-hour yoga teacher training starting this month, and we will also offer Yin certification with Joe Barnett-Paul Grilley’s most senior assistant, beginning in September 15th.
We’re on a mission to bring yoga to everyone—in our studio and beyond! Thank you for your continued support!
We begin a new month. And, over the last few months, there has been movement. Some of it has been very subtle, and some worldly things have been pretty significant. Archangel Jophiel will be with us the entire month to remind of us to recognize and appreciate beauty. One of the many ways we can embrace that is to spend some time outside reconnecting with the beauty of nature. For those of us that live in the desert, we can now begin to spend less time inside. Getting outside is such a welcome change from dashing from the car to inside the house. For those in cooler climates, the leaves are beginning to change, and there's a crispness to the air. Archangel Jophiel also helps to see the beauty in situations. At first glance, certain life circumstances or situations may not appear to be positive, but in hindsight, you will see there was divine timing, right action, and beauty in that situation. Archangel Jophiel lives up to her name because in finding the beauty you will rediscover the joy.
Our Spirit Animal helping us this month is the eagle. The eagle flies highest to the sky and closest to our creator helping our prayers to be delivered. The eagle is also a messenger spirit that allows us to connect with our own divinity, receiving messages and the ability to rise above the ordinary everyday struggles to find the beauty and meaning beyond what is obvious. Eagle feathers assist medicine people/shamans in connecting with Spirit for healing. When asked, the eagle will share its power of vision, wisdom, strength, and commitment. I find the energy of the eagle to be very similar to that of Archangel Michael. Maybe this month you can spend some time in meditation with Archangel Jophiel and the eagle. If you do, notice how their energy feels to you and if you get any messages.
This week the angels would like us to focus on reconnecting to the things that bring us joy and remind us of the beauty of just being alive, grateful, and appreciative.
Have a great week everyone, I'm sending you good vibes!
Carolan provides psychic medium/angel card readings by appointment. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment. You may also contact Carolan directly at www.carolandickinson.com.
This week begins a new month and with it a new Archangel and theme for the month. Last month’s energy was a little topsy-turvy as it was putting us back into alignment with our path, purpose and next steps. The focus for July is with Archangel Haniel; sensitivity. This doesn’t come as a surprise since we are beginning our stairsteps of an energetic shift. With it comes an expansion of gifts and a new awareness blossom. What that means in real world 101 is that your gifts and talents are expanding and seeking a whole new level. It will be interesting to see what that means for each of us and how it shows up in our lives. With this new level of awareness, you may feel more sensitive to people, places, and things. Just know that being grounded is going to be very helpful. Archangel Haniel’s energy is in total sync with the ebb and flow of mother earth and all the cycles of the moon that affect us mere mortals. This month is full of astrological events marking a period of deep and significant change. We begin a series of three eclipses with the new moon, and partial solar eclipse on July 12, and a total lunar eclipse and full moon on July 27th. Our third eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse on the new moon, August 11th. Mercury will be in retrograde from July 25th through August 19th. Archangel Haniel is the epitome of mother earth energy and helps us to stay grounded, balanced and in the flow. Moving your body and moving energy through meditation, energy work, and yoga are also helpful this month.
This week the angels would like us to focus on embracing our journey, purposefully. Where we’ve been up to this point has served us well, both positive and negative. Now, we gather our new sense of self and forge forward on this new cycle of our journey. If you didn’t spend time last month getting a clear vision. It’s never too late to do that. And, if you did, that just means that you’re one step closer to having both feet firmly planted on the path to manifesting positive change and creating what you want and envision.
This month ask Archangel Haniel to help you feel more balanced and grounded, and Archangel Jophiel can help us see the beauty in all things. No matter where you have been, what roads you have traveled to get here, you are here now for an extraordinary reason, and purpose beyond what any of us could possibly conceive. Thank you, everyone, for being on this journey with me. I can’t wait to see what happens next . . .
Have a great week everyone, I’m sending you good vibes!
Carolan offers individual psychic/angel card readings through Ignite. Contact our front desk for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the big deal about the Summer Solstice?
Before use of a traditional calendars we used the sun help us mark time and observe the seasons. Twice a year we observe the Equinox (Spring and Fall) and two times a year we observe the Solstice (Summer and Winter). In Spring and Fall we see a balancing out of light in our days as the seasons transition, while Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the Summer Solstice gives us the longest day with the most daylight. The Sun is crucial to our survival, it provides heat, light and energy for growth.
The Summer Solstice arrives on June 21 this year, prior to the 21st the days begin to build with earlier sunrises and extend with later sunsets. The 21st, longest day of the year, is a good time to check in and see if we are doing everything in our power to shine as brightly as we can. It’s a good time to reflect on the first half of the year making sure we are still on track for goals and intentions we have set for ourselves.
Activating our inner sun, new light can be shed on our desires harnessing the energy of our solar plexus and navel chakra centers. The Sanskrit word, tapas, describes this inner fire as building heat, burning with desire, and moving with determination.
You’re invited to join the Ignite Yoga Community on 6/23 from 6-7:30pm for a special ceremony to stoke the fire of your intention. After a short meditation everyone will have the opportunity to write their intention down and then see them literally go up in flames. After the dedication of intentions Lisa Bozeman will play the Gongs and Crystal Singing Bowls to amplify the good energy we have brought together in community. You don’t want to miss this event!
Click here to sign up and reserve your spot. $20 per person.
Yogi, YTT Student, Mentee, Teacher….
So, I started out as a yoga student. I enjoyed yoga, and I always looked up to my teachers. I thought, someday I might take yoga teacher training. I thought it would be a great way to learn more about the practice of yoga, and MAYBE someday teach a class or two. I always said that I would take yoga teacher training once my children were away at college and I was having major empty nest syndrome. Well, then my husband encouraged me to attend the YTT info session, and furthermore told Eva “count her in!” I was still hesitant, but something kept drawing me closer and closer to deciding to go for it.
I completed my 200 hour YTT, and I am so thankful I did.
My next big step was applying for a one year Ashtanga mentorship with Scott Page. I practice Ashtanga, and I knew that I was determined to learn to teach it. He accepted me as his mentee, and I am currently in my 11th month of mentorship with Scott, and am forever grateful for this opportunity. I have been subbing Ashtanga & a few vinyasa classes at Ignite, and the support I have felt from our community has been nothing short of amazing. My heart is so full and our Ignite Tribe makes every bit of work worth it.
My point? If you ever even thought of taking yoga teacher training simply because of your love of yoga, DO IT! If you are one of the students now taking it, I encourage you to enjoy every moment. It is a lot of work, but it is so worth it. You are in good hands. Trust the process, and be open to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. When I finished YTT, my mentor Scott told me to “just get out there and teach!” I took his advice, and I pushed myself even though I was terribly nervous. It does get better, and it is also so rewarding.
TRUST YOUR TEACHERS… AND YOURSELF. <3
Join Suzanne's Community yoga class at Ignite on Friday, June 29th at 5:30pm
The shoulder is an unforgiving joint. It’s ball and socket structure is extremely mobile, and relies on muscles, tendons and ligaments to provide support. If one of those structures isn't properly supported, another will pick up the slack, increasing the risk of pain and injury. The four rotator cuff muscles are important for shoulder health. While this is true, you can't forget about the muscles that move your scapulae (shoulder blades), which provide stability for your shoulder joints. If the shoulder blade itself isn't stable, all the muscles that activate shoulder motion will be compromised and put you at a greater risk for injury. The greater stability you have in and around the shoulder blade, the better the shoulder muscles can work and activate, reducing the risk of injury in any of the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the shoulder joint. This is especially important if you lift heavy weights, play a throwing or swinging sport/position, or you're a swimmer.
This modified version of Plank is one of the most beneficial poses you can do to stabilize your shoulders. In addition, Plank will also strengthen your core and bone strength in your forearms and wrists. Your abdominal muscles will be engaged more than if Plank is performed simply on your hands alone, in which you hold your body at a higher angle.
Benefits of Forearm Plank:
Lie prone on your mat. In the beginning after an injury, start with doing the pose standing at a wall.
Spread your legs about hip-width apart. Place your forearms on the floor/wall- elbows directly under your shoulders. Flex your feet and tuck your toes under so the balls of your feet press into the floor. Contract your glutes and legs and lift your hips and thighs off the floor. At the wall, you will need to walk farther away from the wall until your shoulders are at a right angle to your upper arms and try to keep your feet flat on the floor.
Tighten your abdominals, looking at the floor/wall to align your neck and keep your back straight. Press your forearms into the floor and push through your upper back to keep from collapsing into your shoulders.
Avoid raising your hips up too high or letting them sag to the floor; your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet.
Breathe normally and hold this position for as long as you can. If you feel pain or can't maintain correct form, lower yourself to your knees and relax your muscles in child’s pose.
Be careful that your core is continually engaged.
If you have shoulder or neck injuries use a bolster under your chest to support your torso or clasp your hands together instead of keeping the forearms parallel.
If you have a neck injury, support your forehead on a block or folded blanket.
For more on Neck & Shoulder pain poses, join me on June 16 from 1-3pm for my Yoga Therapy for Neck & Shoulder pain.
This week the angels would like us to focus on remembrance. As a fellow veteran, I want to take a moment to thank all of those fallen soldiers, veterans, and those still on active duty for their service. And, the many family members who supported them in service to our country. There are also countless earth angels who have given so much for us to learn, to grow, and to evolve. When I sat down to write this blog, Archangel Azrael was very present, wanting us to know most of all, that all of those lovely souls are happy, healthy, and within touching distance to us always. Most of them are actively engaged in a different kind of life purpose and service in spirit form. In my work, it is an honor to see them gainfully employed on the other side in duties that they have chosen for themselves. Many will return as our spirit guides or to our children or grandchildren. No matter what new job they may have, they are always close. Memorial Day is a great time to honor all who have impacted your life including your spiritual team who are present and steadfast in our lives. No matter what human folly we engage in, they are consistent teachers and supporters; always working with us in love.
Full Moon is Tuesday, May 29th at 7:19 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. If you are sensitive to moon energies, Archangel Haniel can help you with balance. If you want to spend time honoring those who have passed, Archangel Azrael can help bring them closer.
Friday, June 1st we begin a new month with a new focus and theme. June is Archangel Azrael with Counselor. Archangel Azrael is the Archangel of Soul Transitions helping those to move from the earthly plane to the spiritual one. He is also the ultimate counselor, helping those who are grieving as well as those who work in grief counseling, or counseling roles. This month you may be asked to support others experiencing grief as well as lending a listening and supportive ear to others. This month be like the stable Oak Tree providing shelter for friends, family, and community.
Have a great week everyone; I’m sending you good vibes!
We are at the tail end of Sunday's powerful full moon putting an exclamation point at the end of April. And, according to my friends at the PowerPath.com, "the equivalent of an eclipse." Now is a powerful time to do some letting go and releasing with Archangel Michael. This month's focus archangel of the month is Archangel Sandalphon with, gentleness. This month, Archangel Sandalphon would like us to rediscover ease in the way we go about our daily lives. Some may call this grace and that true, but's it's also about being aware of how you approach your life. According to the Free Dictionary.com, gentleness is both a quality and an action, "the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered, or softness of action or effect; lightness." Quality can be cultivated and how we act can be a decision. For this month it's all about you how you talk to yourself and others and how to cultivate that quality of gentleness in everything that you do. Just bringing your awareness to it will help. Even when we are empowered and powerful we can do so with a quality of gentleness.
This week the angels would like us to focus on grace and allowing that incredible energy of love to flow through you, lifting everything. Allow grace to lift your energy, your vision and all your interactions this week, then watch and experience the incredible flow. One of the most powerful ways that I know of to get back in touch with grace is through meditation and finding gratitude for at least one thing every day. Archangel Haniel is the archangel to call on when seeking that graceful energy and she is wonderful at helping us stay grounded in the process. Archangel Sandalphon is the archangel of answered prayers, music, and gentleness so don't be surprised this month if you have a lot of songs being played in your head. Don’t forget to look for messages in the music.
Please see my announcements below, Ladies Healing Day coming up on May 19th and also there’s a wonderful volunteer opportunity with Hospice at New Song.
Have a great week everyone, I'm sending you good vibes!
(This is from Susan Leahey who is a volunteer with New Song Center for Grieving Children and has been with this program for almost two years.)
Volunteer Opportunities with New Song Center for Grieving Children
New Song Center for Grieving Children, a program of Hospice of the Valley, offers confidential ongoing grief support groups for children ages 5-17, young adults ages 18-25 and adult caregivers. New Song is a volunteer-based organization that conducts support groups at six locations in Maricopa County. The Avondale location continues to grow and we are recruiting additional volunteer facilitators to meet the demand for our services in the West Valley. This support group meets from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. every other Tuesday evening at First Southern Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central Ave., Avondale 85323. Volunteers complete a 22-hour training program at Hospice of the Valley Administrative Offices, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix 85014.
The next 2018 training sessions are Saturday August 18 from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday August 20 and Thursday August 23 from 5:30-9:00 p.m., and Saturday August 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please visit www.newsongcenter.org to complete the New Song Center volunteer application or for more information. You can also contact the Volunteer Coordinator Gary Anderson, email@example.com, 602-776-6803.
PEPPERMINT is one the oldest European herbs that was used therapeutically and historical accounts date back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Japanese folk medicine. In ancient Greece it was used in funerary rites to offset the smell of the body decomposition and in the Bible, mint along with other herbs was to be given as a tithe to the Lord demonstrating the value of its time. Its most widely discovery was in the 17th Century.
Peppermint Oil should be steam distilled from the plant’s leaves, and a multitude of therapeutic uses. Its well known for its anti-nausea benefits, soothing muscles, soothing the colon and gastric lining, and easing headaches. It has an intense aroma that gives a stimulating and invigorating sensation. It aids in giving the mind clarity and gives a cooling sensation on the body when applied. It has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. Its chief compound, menthol has local anesthetic properties and reduces throat irritations. It is similar to cayenne pepper in that it stimulates heat sensors without actually changing the body temperature providing a cooling effect.
As you can see, Peppermint Essential Oil has a plethora of uses! And, Edna Valley Lavender only offers a highly therapeutic Organic Peppermint Essential Oil! We recommend daily putting 1 drop of our Organic Peppermint Oil in any of your favorite drinks, for aid of your digestive system and awesome flavor! Until next month, enjoy, experience and experiment this fantastic essential oil!
One of the reasons I love teaching children’s yoga and kids camp is because yoga at its core, is experiential.
The practice must be lived. Children animate just about everything. As a children’s yoga teacher you get the unique perspective of experiencing first hand the excitement in their faces while practicing asana and pranayama.
You watch fear dissolve, courage emerge and self confidence build over a matter of weeks. The transformation is almost immediate. The laughter is contagious. Seriousness is outlawed. Learning yoga through songs, games, role playing, and storytelling is captivating and fun.
When I teach, I can vividly see a younger version of myself in the children. The life lessons I wish I learned, I can now impart to them. In so many ways it’s a do over for me.
Worthy of note, when I teach adult classes, I do not get on the floor with the students. I walk around the room looking for alignment queues and points of reference. Yet with children, I am learning through the eyes of a child by experiencing yoga as a child does and it is invigorating, new and uplifting. This vocation has made me a better teacher and human being. In my opinion, there is no higher calling.
Dr. Julian Wyatt
Dr. Wyatt will be one of our Ignite Yoga Kids Summer Camp teachers!
Click here for more details about Kids Summer Camp and to reserve your spot early!
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.