February is a month to celebrate the ones we love, and relationships of all shapes and sizes. But did you know that your yoga practice might actually be improving those relationships over time as well? And that includes one of the most important relationships in your life--one with yourself!
A recent scholarly article in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found real results. A study was conducted to see just how yoga can affect relationships. To start, they found that aspects of yoga are associated with benefits to one’s social and spiritual health, and increased an individual’s social interactions. Participants in the study who took yoga reported feeling more patient and kind, and more self-aware. They met more new people in and out of class, and the felt a sense of belonging.
Yoga allows us to come to know and love ourselves and find self-acceptance. When you are self-loving, you are much better suited to start positive and real relationships with others.
Yoga has also scientifically been proven to reduce stress and calm the nervous system, which also helps improve sleep. And let’s face it--a calm, rested person is just easier to be around! You feel better, and you’re much more likely to treat others with more kindness in turn.
Yoga also teaches us to live in the moment--such a special skill in our fast-moving, smartphone-addicted times. When you practice yoga, you are forced, again and again, to come back to the present. And when you are fully present, you are find more joy and pleasure in what you are doing and who you are with.
Yoga brings awareness that you are part of a community. A group of like-minded people who are growing and breathing together. You have similar goals and motivate each other when needed. You share stories. All of this is carried off the mat and out into the world even after class is ended. You feel more connected, more grounded to the place around you.
“The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone who loves the you you love, well that’s just fabulous.” -Unknown
I'm excited to greet December and I sense a shift of energy for this holiday season. Our focus Archangel of the month is with Archangel Sandalphon with Victory. Victory is a message that your prayers have been heard and answered. The message is that we will, or are, completing a challenge. It can also mean that a problematic situation is coming to a peaceful resolution. I love this message for us. It will be with us the entire month bringing a multitude of blessings in our lives. Archangel Sandalphon is the Archangel of Music and Answered Prayers. I have noticed lately that I'm getting more messages through songs. I usually hear them as I begin meditation, or the first thing when I wake up. If you are getting messages through music, I encourage you to
pay attention to the lyrics. Always of course, but more so this month as we are working with Archangel Sandalphon. If you don't know the song, you can always google the lyrics, and by the time you read through them, you will understand your message.
Helping us this month is Eagle. Eagle is the spirit animal that can fly the closest to heaven and
helps us with our prayers, lifting our vision, expansion, and seeing the higher order. If you ask or
petition Eagle for help, expect to be lifted from the earthly view of people, places, and things to a
This week the angels would like us to focus on finding peaceful solutions to conflict whether it's
internal or external. Archangel Raguel is the Overseer of Angels and Archangel and will direct
traffic with our messages, so there is clarity. Archangel Raguel also helps us dispel conflicts and
arguments in a fair way so that everyone wins. Mercury is still in retrograde and will be until
December 10th, and Archangel Gabriel is available to help us with all forms of communication.
Have a great week, I'm sending you good vibes!
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The holiday ‘creep’ is here. Halloween had barely passed before the stores began to fill with trees and trimmings. We love the holiday season, but the busy pace and can make even the season yogi tense. We’ve got five tips to help you beat holiday stress, and enjoy the sparkle and shine of the season the way you should. They’re simple; the idea is to keep it simple rather than add more things to your to-do list.
The Ignite family is pleased to announce its first Hero scholarship winner, Jon Banks.
Jon is an Ignite yogi, Surprise resident and veteran who served 11 years with the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam.
Jon first tried yoga at a local gym and quickly realized that there was something more to the practice; as he said ‘something deeper.’ He now feels practice is part of his way of life and extends beyond the studio.
Jon has allowed us to share that he has arthritis in his knee and shoulder and bursitis in the hips, and some issues with stress. But rather than be discouraged by these factors, Jon is determined to manage them as much as possible with his practice.
Jon has discovered that his yoga helps him feel calm, and feels it’s good to meditate after his yoga practice. Inspired by his practice, Jon also maintains his own blog, The Invisible Hindu.
The scholarship provides for six months of yoga study and Hero recipients are asked to share their yoga journey and how it has impacted their lives. We hope to encourage more active duty military and veterans to learn about the benefits of yoga.
You can follow Jon’s story here. If you know someone that might be interested in applying for the Hero program, information and the application can be found on the Ignite Foundation webpage.
We begin this week with a new month and with it messages from Archangel Uriel. This month we will be working with Archangel Uriel and trusting what we know. This knowingness comes through the many messages we receive from our intuitive gifts, our spiritual team and usually presents itself as a "gut feeling" or instinct. It's those moments when you step out in faith and trust that through those nudges you are indeed being guided. And, it's also true that knowing what to do may not be easy, but it will undoubtedly be right. Taking action on a spiritual nudge or intuitive leap of faith can put you in the perfect place to be alignment with the bigger picture. This is where all the magic happens. Archangel Uriel helps us with those big picture items and helps us to define them through ideas and inspiration.
Discernment is another excellent tool for knowingness. Our spiritual team is always guiding and leading us but we always have free will, and it's up to us to make choices, decisions, and to choose whether or not to take action. Choosing not to engage with something presented when it doesn't feel right is also that intuitive knowingness. There are so many times that I've caught myself saying, I knew I shouldn't have done that. The good news is that we will be re-directed and put back on our path when things go awry, and it's always a good reminder to listen to our instincts. Not everyone will agree with your decisions or reasoning, but if you remain steadfast to your own personal truth and integrity, you will never go wrong. This week the angels would like us to focus on our knowingness and being aware of when we're getting those nudges and how we apply them. What happened when you listened to your knowingness this week?
In Native American Spirituality, the Bear symbolizes introspection and going within. Here you will find the truth, power, and that inner knowingness. This is the Dream Lodge (meditation), where all things are possible, and you commune not only with yourself but with the ancestors and your spiritual team. This month allow Archangel Uriel and Bear to help you fully integrate your gift and power of knowingness.
Have a great week everyone; I'm sending you good vibes,
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
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.