Yoga 101 with Susan

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Back to Basics

Yoga foundations: Not just for Beginners!

Practicing Power Yoga with attention to form and alignment doesn't have to be boring or tedious!  When you learn to flow from the core the practice becomes more centered and mindful.   With alignment you can tone your nervous system to attain maximum benefit of this mind, body, spirit practice that we simply call "yoga".

Whether you are new to yoga, working with an injury, looking to prevent one, want to take your practice to the next level, or simply want to revisit yoga basics, this workshop is for you.

With personal instruction and hands-on gentle assists, you will learn how to build strength in a pose with effort and ease.  The 2 hour workshop teaches basic yoga anatomy which provides stability for fluidity and flow.

Sunday, January 28th

1:00 - 3:00 pm

$30 in-advance ($35 at door)

Susan has been teaching yoga for 17 years and has studied Iyengar, Ashtanga, and many variations of Power/Vinyasa flow with many of the great yoga masters.  She teaches with kindness and compassion, and encourages students to move beyond self-imposed limitations.

Open UP! Hips & Shoulders workshop with Jeanne & Lesley

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Hips & Shoulders with Jeanne and Lesley


Saturday, January 13th

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join Jeanne and Lesley for an interactive workshop. We will use different modalities to create a new approach to familiar poses. There will be an emphasis on hips and shoulders but we will not neglect twists, forward folds or backbends.
Come join us with an open and curious mind for a playful event.
The room will be heated.

$30 in-advance ($35 drop-in)

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Feature Teacher Spotlight: Jeanne Magazu

Feature Teacher Spotlight:

Jeanne Magazu

 

Tell us about yourself and what brought you to the

North Shore.


 

I am passionate about yoga, food, travel and cycling; especially when all are combined!  Like most people these days I have had several "careers" and am fortunate enough to have loved them all.  Most recently I've been teaching yoga full time since 2005.

 

Since my youth I loved visiting the North Shore from Concord because of its beautiful beaches. After college, it was work that brought me to the North Shore. I earned a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology working first as a chemist and then as an Aquatic Biologist for many years. After that I was a fitness coach at a local private gym, studied nutrition at IIN in New York City,  coached clients in healthy lifestyle choices and eventually worked loading trucks at UPS.  Then yoga happened to me.......

 

What/who brought you to yoga?

 

I have always led an active lifestyle and enjoyed being outdoors. I still seek new options to stay healthy and fit. I started yoga in 2001 out of curiosity and the desire to bring more balance into my life. 

 I didn't realize it then, but the timing was perfect.

Why did you want to become a yoga teacher?

 

This is a tough question because honestly I never wanted to become a teacher. I was way too introverted and self-conscious. I found my "niche" in assisting classes. It felt very safe for me since I was a certified strength and conditioning coach and had a working knowledge of human anatomy.  As an assistant, not have a "speaking" part in the class was another plus.


 

Why do you teach now?

 

Eventually as I gained confidence and lost income (due to career changes) it was clearly time to step out of my comfort zone and teach the practice that I love.  Now I teach because it brings me joy, satiates my desire to help others and allows me to be part of an inspiring, supportive community of fellow students and teachers of yoga.

 

 

What are some things you grateful for?

(little things/big thing....anything)

 

I am forever grateful for my Baptiste Power Yoga community. The Baptiste Power Yoga Institute is where I received the bulk of my training, certifications, coaching, apprenticing and support. 

I am appreciative of many things. Not the least of which include a home with a roof that doesn't leak and floors not made of dirt, clean water, abundant healthy food and the best companion anyone could hope for.  I am well aware of and thankful for the privileges provided to me by the circumstances of my life.  

I am most grateful for my good health and that of my loved ones. 


 

What brings you joy? What brings you peace?

 

So many things bring me joy and peace now. I am more grateful than ever because of the lessons and self realization of my yoga practice. Yoga, biking, travel, the warmth of the sun, the ocean, the mountains all bring me tremendous joy and peace. 

I love to learn new things. Currently I am excited to learn more about Katonah Style Yoga from my teachers in New York. I'm also taking an on-line Experiential Anatomy course with Judith Lasater and  seeking certification to teach Yin Yoga thru Josh Summers.


 

Fun Facts about you

 

 I used to be an avid rock climber but that was before yoga, when I was always scared. I think I would be much better at it now. Despite the fear I have climbed in many places including The Dolomites, Yosemite, Devil's Tower, The Needles, Joshua Tree, Red Rock Canyon in Nevada and El Dorado Canyon in Colorado.  Closer to home I've climbed at Cathedral and White Horse Ledges in NH and the Shawangunks in NY.  I've hiked up most of the 4000 footers in the White Mountains in summer as well as winter. I have also summited Mount Rainer in Washington and Mt Sneffels in Colorado, both 14,000 foot mountains. I rode my bike up Mt. Washington twice for fun. I played trumpet in my high school's marching band.   I love cookies and Ice Cream.  


 

What /Who inspires you??

 

My Dad inspires me in that he has always been a quiet, kind and gentle man. He is a quiet un-assuming leader by nature; a man who lives his life as an example of kindness and generosity.

I find inspiration daily in others; from the strength and grace of people who are suffering as well as from those who are unabashadly joyful.


 

Please share a quote or message that inspires you

 

"Be the change you want to see in the world."  Mahatma Gandhi


 

When/Where do you teach?

 

At Empower:

Mondays at 4 pm

Fridays at 9 am & 4 pm

Sundays at 7 am

 

At Solstice:

Tuesdays at 4:30 pm

Thursdays at 4:30 pm

Sundays at 4:30 pm

 

I am leading a Winter Cleanse at Empower starting Tuesday January 9th

 

I am also doing a Hips & Shoulders Special Class at Empower with Lesley Rice on Saturday, Jan. 13th

 

ALL CLASSES CANCELLED on Thursday, January 4th 

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ALL CLASSES CANCELLED on Thursday, January 4th 

DUE TO THE EXPECTED SNOW STORM STARTING EARLY THURSDAY MORNING, WE ARE CANCELLING
ALL CLASSES ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 4TH

THURSDAY JANUARY 4

5:30 am Power Hour is Cancelled

8 am Core Focus is Cancelled

9 am Power Yoga is Cancelled

12 pm Power Hour is Cancelled

3 pm Community Yoga is Cancelled

6 pm Power Hour + Optional restore is Cancelled

FOR CLASSES ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 5TH PLEASE CHECK BACK AN HOUR BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TIME OF CLASS.

STAY WARM, STAY SAFE!

New Year New Habits: Winter Cleanse

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New Year New Habits

Make this the year you clean up your relationship with food.
Join Jeanne Magazu Holistic Health Counselor for a winter appropriate whole foods cleanse. This will be a modified winter friendly version of the spring and fall cleanse. It is designed to keep you in balance while you clean up your diet. Eat simple whole foods to ease digestion, balance emotions, increase energy, vitality and mental clarity.

Stronger Together

Let’s Lift Each Other Up by Holding Each Other Accountable

Join the Lunch Bunch Tuesdays 1:30 at Empower

January 9th
January 16th
January 23rd

Cost $75

January Yoga Challenge

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Who is Ready for a New Challenge??

January 4 x 4 Yoga Challenge 

 

Let's Create Good Habits for 2018 that are attainable, sustainable, balanced and in Moderation!

 

4 x 4 Challenge 

4 classes per week (1 class per day)

4 weeks in a row

 

PLUS...

 Chart Your Progress on Social Media by Posting Pics/Selfies

Tag/Check-In at Empower Yoga and/or Solstice Power Yoga

At least 2 times a week

 

That's it! 

 

Everyone who completes the Challenge Earns a 

Empower/Solstice Yoga Towel

 

AND

 

THREE NAMES WILL BE DRAWN TO WIN:

One Month Unlimited Studio-Hopper Membership!

Which includes Unlimited Access to both 

Solstice Power Yoga & Empower Yoga Studio
(Over 70 classes per week)
 

 

Kick off 2018 Feeling Healthy, Strong & Balanced
 

Check-In on Social Media with Photos, Selfies, etc

Tag Empower Yoga and Solstice Power Yoga

And use any of the following hashtags:

#empoweryoga
#empowered
#omsweetom
#yogastrong
#discoverthepowerwithin
#shinebrighter
#strongertogether
#solsticepoweryoga 

 

New Year's Weekend Schedule

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Sunday, December 31st - New Year's Eve

7 am Power Yoga with Jeanne

9 am Power Yoga with Stephanie

11 am Warm Vinyasa Basics with Carol (Sub for Susan)

4:30 pm Class is Canceled

 

Monday, January 1st - New Year's Day

9 am Power Yoga with Kristan

12 - 2 pm Special New Year's Day Power & Restore

Sweat & Surrender with Jeanne

Jill & Jackie Assisting

5 pm Power Hour + Optional Restore with Lesley

 

Sweet Surrender: New Year's Day 2-Hour Sweat & Surrender

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2-hour Sweet Surrender on New Years Day!

12 - 2 pm January 1st

Special 2-Hour New Year's Day Sweat & Surrender Class with Jeanne.  Power Yoga Class with extra time to go slower, hold longer, and fold deeper.  

This will be a heated flow class to move, breath, bend, twist, and unwind from the holidays. There will be plenty of rejuvenating restorative poses mixed in to create a State of sweet surrender.

Jill and Jackie will be assisting Jeanne with Hands-On assists to guide you deeper in the pose, melt away tension, and ease your mind. 

Start 2018 with PEACE

$25
 

5:30 am Power Hour on Tuesday Dec. 26 is Canceled - full class schedule resumes 12/26 @ 8 am with Irene

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Feel a bit Deflated after Christmas Day?  Sleep in on Tuesday, 12/26.  Full Post-Christmas Schedule starts Tuesday, December 26 at 8 am with Irene

Tuesday, December 26 Schedule

5:30 am Power Hour is Canceled
8 am Core Focus with Irene
9 am Power Yoga with Emma
12 Pm Power Hour with Hayley
3 pm Community Yoga
6 pm Power Hour with Donna
7:15 pm Candlelight Warm Vinayas + Yin Yoga with Kim P

Schedule this Week: Monday, Dec. 11th - Sunday, Dec. 17th

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THIS WEEK AT EMPOWER YOGA
 

MONDAY, DECEMEBER 11TH

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH KRISTAN & WENDY ASSISTING

11 AM WARM VINYASA FLOW WITH WILLA

4 PM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE

6 PM  POWER HOUR + OPTIONAL SURRENDER WITH LESLEY

8 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH EMMA
 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH LESLEY

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH EMMA

12 PM POWER HOUR WITH HAYLEY

3 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH WENDY

6 PM POWER HOUR WITH DONNA

7:15 PM WARM CANDLELIGHT FLOW + YIN WITH WILLA
 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13TH

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH CARLEEN

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH STEPHANIE

12 PM POWER HOUR WITH HAYLEY

4 PM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE (SUB for Lesley)

6 PM POWER HOUR WITH CARLEEN

8 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH WENDY

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH Wendy (sub for LESLEy)

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH CAROLINE

12 PM POWER HOUR WITH HAYLEY

3 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH CAROL

6 PM POWER HOUR + OPTIONAL SURRENDER WITH KRISTAN

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

5:30 AM CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE & LESLEY ASSISTING

11 AM POWER YOGA (75 MIN) WITH HAYLEY

4 PM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE

6 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH KATE

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH

7 AM POWER YOGA WITH EILEEN

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH EMMA & LESLEY ASSISTING

11 AM WARM VINYASA BASICS WITH CAROL

12:30 PM HIGH SCHOOL YOGA WITH EMMA

4:30 PM POWER YOGA WITH EMMA

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH

7 AM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH STEPHANIE

11 AM WARM VINYASA BASICS WITH SUSAN

4:30 PM POWER YOGA WITH DEB

 

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Schedule this Week: Monday, Dec 4 - Sunday, Dec 10

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THIS WEEK AT EMPOWER YOGA
 

MONDAY, DECEMEBER 4TH

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH KRISTAN & WENDY ASSISTING

11 AM WARM VINYASA FLOW WITH WILLA

4 PM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE

6 PM  POWER HOUR + OPTIONAL SURRENDER WITH LESLEY

8 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH EMMA
 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5th

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH LESLEY

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH EMMA

12 PM POWER HOUR WITH HAYLEY

3 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH WENDY

6 PM POWER HOUR WITH DONNA

7:15 PM WARM CANDLELIGHT FLOW + YIN WITH WILLA
 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6th

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH CARLEEN

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH STEPHANIE

12 PM POWER HOUR WITH HAYLEY

4 PM POWER YOGA WITH LESLEY

6 PM POWER HOUR WITH CARLEEN

8 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH WENDY

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7th

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH LESLEY

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH CAROLINE

12 PM POWER HOUR WITH HAYLEY

3 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH CAROL

6 PM POWER HOUR + OPTIONAL SURRENDER WITH KRISTAN

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th

5:30 AM POWER HOUR WITH CAROL - (LAST 5:30 am class on Fridays!)

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE & LESLEY ASSISTING

11 AM POWER YOGA (75 MIN) WITH HAYLEY

4 PM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE

6 PM COMMUNITY YOGA WITH KATE

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th

7 AM POWER YOGA WITH EILEEN

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH EMMA & LESLEY ASSISTING

11 AM WARM VINYASA BASICS WITH CARLEEN

12:30 PM HIGH SCHOOL YOGA with EMMA

4:30 PM POWER YOGA WITH MAKI

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th

7 AM POWER YOGA WITH JEANNE

9 AM POWER YOGA WITH DONNA (SUB FOR STEPHANIE)

11 AM WARM VINYASA BASICS WITH SUSAN

4:30 PM POWER YOGA WITH DEB

Feature Teacher Spotlight: Kristan Marden

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Tell us about yourself and what brought you to the North Shore ?

I grew up in Marblehead and went to college in Maine. I have always loved the change of seasons in New England and am so grateful to call the North Shore my home. After 10 years commuting into Boston and working as a Corporate Wellness Specialist, I gave up the city job and began the best career I could ever imagine - being a mom. Three kids and two dogs later, being a mom is still my greatest accomplishment.

What brought you to yoga ?

I had studied and worked in the fitness and wellness industry for many years, and I have always been fascinated by the mind-body connection. Yoga enriched my understanding of the power of being present and the role mindfulness plays in our daily lives. Yoga helped me stay fit and find “bliss,” and my yoga mat became my sanctuary. For 90 minutes each day, I knew that no matter how crazy life was, I could find balance. Eventually my practice expanded into a lifestyle, a mindful and balanced way of living, one breath at a time.

Why did you want to become a yoga teacher ?

My passion for yoga became my calling, my dharma: “ that thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, too early in the morning, too late at night. That thing you read about, write about, think about all the time. That thing you do when you’re all alone and there’s no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. That’s it! That’s your thing. That’s your heart, your guide. That’s the thing you must, must do .” ~ upliftedvibrations.com.

Yoga is my “thing,” and I want nothing more than to pass that passion on to the community at Solstice/Empower and beyond. I hope to teach skills on the mat that make a measurable difference off the mat. I believe we are all sharing in this life together, and the tradition of yoga offers us tools to stress less, smile more, untangle physical and emotional knots, and witness ourselves and each other without judgment.

What are some things/people ... for which you are grateful? 

I am incredibly grateful for family. Family and yoga have always felt very connected to me. A supportive husband and vibrant, inspiring children bring out the best in me. I am infinitely grateful as well for my “yoga” family - both teachers and students alike. The communities at Solstice and Empower inspire me daily. I am also grateful to be of service and give back. And finally, I am grateful for long walks with my dog, sunny days at the beach, fall foliage, snowy hikes in the woods, and dark chocolate (I’m a bit of an addict).

When do you teach at Solstice/Empower ?

I teach at Empower Mondays 9:00-10:30 a.m. and Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.

I teach at Solstice Mondays 12:00 -1:00 p.m., Tuesdays 9:00-10:15 a.m. and Fridays, 9:15-10:30 a.m.

As a teacher, I favor a vigorous yet peaceful practice, integrating the best elements of power yoga, teaching stability to foster mobility, and allowing space to explore anatomical precision and philosophical inspiration. My classes consist of a dynamic and powerful flow that emphasize creativity, strength, flexibility, and balance.

I have been inspired by so many teachers and styles over the years, but I still find my greatest inspiration from the students that step onto their mats each day and commit to themselves.

Share a quotation and/or message that inspires you ?

My yoga journey has been guided by Patanjali's quote, " When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds.Your mind transcends limitations, your conscious expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. ” 


Never Had the Pleasure of Taking Kristan's Class?  Try a Class with Kristan for Free at Empower or Solstice

Longer Holds/Deeper Folds: A Focus on Hips and Shoulders with Jeanne & Lesley

Hips and Shoulders with Jeanne & Lesley

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Hips and Shoulders with Jeanne & Lesley

Saturday January 13th
2 - 4 pm
Empower Yoga Studio, Beverly

A different type of workshop.
There will be some flow and the room will be heated.

This workshop will primarily focus on stability and range of motion movements for the hips and shoulders but you will leave feeling great all over.  We have new material and modalities we are excited to share with you!

$30 in advance ($35 at the door)

Lama Migmar at Solstice Power Yoga this Saturday, December 2nd

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Don't Miss this Special Event at Solstice Power Yoga

 

Back by Popular Demand...

 

The Six Paramitas (Perfections) 
presented by

Khenpo Lama Migmar

Saturday, December 2

1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Lama Migmar will present the 

Six Perfections and living a life with:

 

Generosity

Patience

Diligence

Morality

Meditation

Wisdom

 

Additional discussion of Buddhist philosophies and Q&A following the Presentation

 

Learn More

 

No Fee to Sign Up

 Donations Kindly Encouraged to the
Sakya Institute

 

Last Day to Sign Up for Sane & Fit Holiday Challenge

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How to Stay Sane this Holiday Season?

YOGA.

 

Let's Start 2018 Sane & Fit

 

Stay Sane & Fit this Holiday Season with more Yoga!

 

Sane & Fit Holiday Challenge

 

Attend 25 Classes in 50 days

at Empower and/or Solstice 

(That's only 3.5 classes a week!)

 

Not only will you stay Sane & Fit through the Holidays
You will ENJOY the Holidays!

 

AND...

 

Complete the challenge?  Earn a Sweatshirt!

Plus enter your name to win FREE month of Yoga!

 

Start the Challenge by Monday, November 27!
 

You have 50 days to attend 25 classes.

Ready...set... YOGA!