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ZGY at Yogafest!

Zen Garden Yoga teamed up with Natural Awakenings magazine to coordinate the first, and hopefully annual, Upstate YogaFest on June 21st, the Summer Solstice. Not only was it the longest day of the year, but was also one of the hottest! Despite 100 degree temperatures, yoga enthusiasts come out to Barnet Park to check out local chiropractors, acupuncturists, Reiki Masters, Shelf Reliance, Hub City Co-Op and our three local yoga studios. Each studio provided shared their yoga gifts with our local community. We were fortunate enough to be granted a little relief from the sweltering heat with some evening rain showers followed by a beautiful rainbow! Thanks so much to our fabulous staff and our yoga community for taking part in this amazing event! See you next year!

July’s Karma Community Class

When: July 30, 2011
Time: 10-11am
Benefiting: The family of Ivy Caroline Thomas

Her story:

Ivy Caroline Thomas was born on September 28th, 2010 at Spartanburg Regional. She weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz. Usually babies have their first BM within the first 24 hours of life. Ivy still had not had one after 48 hours. Her abdomen became distended and she was not able to keep anything down. On September 30th, she was admitted to the NICU with intestinal complications. Ivy underwent numerous x-rays and procedures. She started to show some improvement and was released after 10 days. However, after she arrived home, she failed to gain weight. She then received her newborn screening results which indicated Cystic Fibrosis (C.F.). The family was referred them to a C.F. specialist in Greenville and a sweat test was ordered. On November 4th, she was officially diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

C.F. is a genetic disease that causes thick sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. This mucus prevents necessary enzymes from making it from your pancreas to your stomach to break down food. Therefore, Ivy requires enzymes prior to every meal. The mucus can also lead to lung infections, which can sometimes lead to the need for a lung transplant. Ivy needs multiple breathing treatments a day to help clear the mucus and keep her lungs healthy.

There is no cure for C.F. The average life expectancy is 37 years of age. C.F. is not the death sentence it once was, as children diagnosed years ago didn’t survive past grade school. Great strides in medicine have been made over the years, and we hope and pray that C.F. will soon stand for “CURE FOUND” instead of Cystic Fibrosis!

Read more about Ivy on her Facebook page here.

A Moment of Mindfullness

By: Leslie Lehman, RYT 200

The practice of yoga teaches us that everyday is earth day. Earth day teaches us about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. The preservation of our beautiful earth is dependent on us making conscious efforts to use less energy, buy locally, and recycle.

The earth and universe is central to your yoga practice. The earth is you and you are the earth. You are the universe and the universe is you. Yoga teaches us that the lines of separation between ourselves and our environment are gone. Our practice of yoga off the mat teaches us to nurture, feed, and clean the earth just as you would for yourself.

In addition to maintaining the viability of the earth, there is a need to leave your karmic footprint. Every action, every footstep we take has an impact on our world. We allow our spirit, our inner goodness, to imprint on the people, places, and animals we encounter. Our karmic footprint lives beyond our years. The more we can contribute to the people around us and help with the environment surrounding us, the more our spirit lives on in those universal contributions. We are reflected in the love and compassion we give freely to the world. Each karmic footprint we place in this world allows our spirit to be infinitely expressed and to encourage others to take those same footprints

Studio Ownership 101

OK…so, you’ve decided to take the leap. Congratulations! You are officially moving from yoga teacher to studio owner. This is going to be easy! Seamless, even. As if floating from Warrior 1 into Warrior 2 with grace and ease, right?! Ha! More like trying to jump back from Bakasana to Chaturanga Dandansana without falling on your face.

In our yoga practice we remind ourselves that it’s all about the process, the journey. For me, opening the studio has been the same scenario. It has definitely been a process. And a LONG journey. Most days, I feel as though I’m Dorothy walking on the Yellow Brick Road in the eternal quest for the Wizard in the Emerald City (I won’t even begin to go into the yogic connotations there!). As I began my walk down the Yellow Brick Road, I thought finding that perfect place for my new studio would be easy. Maybe if I Om’d loud enough, or meditated long enough, it would come to me like some sort of Divine Intervention. Especially, since our down-turned economy has left many buildings and suites empty just waiting for a business to breathe new life into it. Easy enough? Eh, not-so-much.

The place for my studio was out there, I just knew it. Why else would I be on this journey? I had to find that place. The place that, once I walked into it, I never wanted to leave. The place where I could breathe and be. That place to call my new yoga hOMe. It’s sort of like buying a home…you walk in and say, “oh (or should I say Om), this is the one!”

Despite the fact that I am a yogini and try to live as much by the Yamas and Niyamas as possible, I do have certain standards and likes and dislikes, just like everyone else. What can I say? I’m human. That being said, I had this (unrealistic) expectation that I would be able to find a location that would be perfect from the get-go.

In my search for the perfect place to call hOMe, there were many things that I didn’t realize would become issues in opening the studio. Dealing with out of town landlords, negotiating contracts, letters of intents, realtor fees, legal fees, business license, retail license, approval from other tenants and stringent tenant guidelines were all things that I hadn’t thought about. It wasn’t easy, and it took a long time…8 months to be exact, but I found it…in an Uhrdva Danurasana kind of way. Finding it required me to change more than just my perspective, but my whole business plan. (More on that further down the Yellow Brick Road).

If you’ve got questions about creating your own studio environment, please feel free to e-mail me: and we can discuss your questions in upcoming editions of the newsletter!

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