Creating Your Own Space!

CONGRATULATIONS! You have reason to be pumped! You have taken an exciting step toward a better life with your Yoga Bird subscription.  🙂

There are many wonderful perks to practicing yoga such as strength, balance and flexibility.  I love that it requires very little space allowing you to practice just about anywhere. Let’s talk about how you can create an environment that is appealing and motivating, to really inspire your practice.

*If you can, devote a low traffic room or section-off part of a room to be your own exercise and meditation space. Then, make it your very own! Personalize it with color, art, fabric, pillows, a spiritual icon and things that you find beautiful. What brings you peace and inspiration?! Once your sacred space is staged it makes it easier to show up and unroll your mat.

* A non-slip surface is best for your mat, like hardwood or a firm rug. Light a candle or use a diffuser with a blend of essential oils to add an extra layer of happiness to your practice. Hide your phone (unless you’re using it for your practice). Place your computer/phone on a small table at a good height for viewing. Have the room at a comfortable temperature – avoid a cold room if you can. Fresh air and natural light are best but try not to be in the direct sun.

*Keep this significant space free of clutter and clean so that your mind can relax when you are there. Stow your pretty mat, blanket and props in a basket or cupboard for convenience.

*Follow up your yoga class with a meditation. You may sit or lie on your mat. (Do not lie down on your mat if you think you may fall asleep.) Instead, sit upright in a comfortable chair with your feet planted squarely on the floor. You may not be able to practice yoga each day ( 3 X a week is a good start) but do your best to find a little time each day for meditation.

OK! Get started and be awesome!


January 23, 2019 2 Comments

Green Smoothie Chart

THE HEALTHIEST FAST FOOD

I’m on a kick again with my favorite fast food! And what might that be, you ask? A delicious green smoothie, of course! Take the YOGA BIRD GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE by replacing your breakfast or lunch with a green smoothie for 10 days. Once you have all your favorite fruits and greens in your fridge, smoothies are quick, healthy and EASY to make! Yoga Bird’s green smoothie chart is here to help you mix and match your favorite ingredients. The 2/3 to 1/3 is the general ratio that I use! So, if I use 2 cups of fruit then I would use 1 cup of greens. Drinking one green smoothie a day, will make you happy from the inside out!

After the 10 days are over, hopefully you’ll have started a new habit of considering a green smoothie instead of your regular breakfast or lunch. Each smoothie packs quite a punch of vitamins and minerals. And you can add other boosters too, like protein power, chia seeds or even rolled oats (they really fill you up!).

One of my simple favorites is strawberries, blueberries, frozen peaches and kale (stems removed)! I add a little coconut milk if it’s too thick and a tablespoon of honey depending on how sweet my fruit was. Then, just blend away!

If you come up with a favorite combination, please share it with us in the comments below. 🙂

Happy Blending! #beyourownbird

Green Smoothie!
Green Smoothie!

May 11, 2018 2 Comments

Why I Practice Yoga Bird! By Joyce Courtney

Happy Spring Yoga Birds! Just dropping-in to tell you a quick story and to cheer, “GoYou!” I began teaching exercise classes when I was 23 but only started to practice yoga, when I was 45 years young! I was coaching high school track and field at the time and I knew it would be good preventive medicine for my athletes. I loved it and haven’t looked back. Now . . . I practice yoga basically because I love life and my family so much. I want to be able to move and do things with them for as long as I can. It’s as lovely and as simple as that. Yoga helps keep you feeling younger. Yoga Bird is designed for women ages 40 and up, who are “average birds” like you and me. Yoga Bird classes give us a good range of motion, so we can do important things like plant flowers in our gardens and dance at our friend’s wedding. YB classes build strength in our muscles and bones, so we can carry two children (or grandchildren) at the same time and go hiking in the AZ mountains! YB meditations keep us present and centered in our spirits, in our bodies and in our moments. YB is for overall health, enhancing our relationships and for all the “simple things” that we love to do. So . . . take this as an encouragement for you to keep your two or three times a week practice, going! Yes! That is enough for you to have benefits. Throw in a nice walk (with your cute dog) once or twice a week and you’ve got a cross-training program that works! It’s totally doable! 

I do something like this: 

Sunday – long walk or bike ride with my hubby @steventhepirate 

Tuesday – (I teach a LIVE one hour class.) You could do the 40 min. “Happiness Boost” class. 

Thursday – Do the “Align My Spine” practice or if you’re having an intense week, try the “Restorative Yoga” with Sami Lynn. ( I teach LIVE and practice there.)

Friday or Sat. Take another walk or do the 40 min. “Yoga Flow” 

*I also like to treat myself to at least one night of the “Bedtime Yoga Sequence.” #Beyourownbird and do what works for you! 

Drop a note to the Yoga Bird community on Facebook or Instagram @yogabirdco and tell us the simple things, in your life, that you love!

Having a picnic with @StevenThePirate on the summit of Mt. Tritle in Prescott, AZ
Having a picnic with @StevenThePirate on the summit of Mt. Tritle in Prescott, AZ

4th of July parade with Steven and the grands! 😀

April 27, 2018 1 Comment