108 Sun Saluations

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Celebrate the SUN with 108 Saluations!!! Join Gabriel Azoulay from Hollywood Market Yoga, for a complimentary yoga class at Camels Back Park, Sunday, August 18th at 9 am. Donations welcome and will benefit the “Back to School” Foundation. Bring your sunscreen, mat and your beautiful smile.

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108 T-shirts will be available in the studio to purchase for $20 this Friday and Saturday. Wear to the Sun Salutation event this Sunday in Camel’s Back Park. Whatever we have left , we will bring to the park. They are so cute!

 

 

 

Ignite your life, enhance your lifestyle

I came back from my Europe teaching tour on July 17.

It was an eventful summer, teaching incredible students, enjoying the Finnish summer with my girlfriend and her family, retreating in Chania, Crete, visiting my family in Israel, and teaching Thai Massage in Germany.
With travel comes the exciting features of enjoying meals with friends, family and new faces. Between pastries, morning coffee, home cooked salad, fish and potatoes, to my favorite addiction, swiss chess on toasted Finnish rye bread, I felt I came home round like a balloon.

Sometimes it is just a good idea to dive into the indulgence of eating.

To balance this indulgence, I entered a master cleanse on July 18 for 10 days.

If you are not familiar with the master cleanse, it is a simple experience where for 10 days you drink water, mint tea (from real mint leaves), Senna tea (from senna leaves) and primarily a concoction of:
Pure lemon juice, water, pure maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
You drink as much of this concoction a day, while drinking the other liquids as you see fit.
This is not my first master cleanse, in fact I have been doing a master cleanse once a year for the last 12 years, though this experience was profoundly unique in that I realized long held patterns, behaviors and attitude which I was able to face head on and use NLP practice to shed away.

Things like arrogance, insecurity in love relationship, self protection behavior that reflected in holding back information, as well as coming to terms with certain addictive behaviors.

We all have some of these issues, but most of us are willing to not look at them, and our friends and lovers accept them, so long as they do not cross over too much into their lives.
Cleanse, where you restrict your eating behavior, and slow down through meditation, is one of the most profound ways to be honest to yourself, and to take charge of your life.

On day 11 I entered a three day Watermelon cleanse, drinking only watermelon juice and water with lemon. This cleanse flushes out the colon, and it proved to be an interesting challenge.
Where the master cleanse I felt energetic and alert, the three day Watermelon felt like I was hit with lethargy.
I still continued doing my daily ashtanga, swim and walk, but it required every ounce of my will power to do them.

To follow the protocol of coming off the master cleanse, I then completed a 3 day orange juice experience, which felt like it brought back my energy.

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Today, I woke up feeling super alert and excited, and not just because I could have juice, which I will continue for the next 21 days, but simply because my body felt recharged and alive.

When I arrived home, my friend George Kennedy of Xango International sent me some samples of Xango’s new health and lifestyle products.
Before a Hot BikYAsa Class, I mixed my first Xango Ignite packet.

The sweet berry (from the mangosteen fruit) flavor was reviving, and the experience throughout the class was remarkable. I felt energized, awake and alive.
It was so thrilling, that I came home and mixed a packet of Xango Relaod. The coconuat flavor was so refreshing after the hot class, and my body was jumping in excitement at the absorption of those nutrients.
I followed this experience with a green juice, composed of 2 pears, 3 celery stalks, 2 carrots, a bunch of kale and a large cucumber. It made a total of 24 oz juice, which I consumed within 10 minutes.

I ran 3 miles, swan 600meters, and biked around the neighborhood enjoying the beautiful hot summer day.

I highly recommend you check this website and order Xango Ignite to help boost your energy, your health and recharge your lifestyle.

For many going on a juice cleanse, a master cleanse, or a watermelon cleanse might feel like the hardest challenge you face, but mixing these Xango products is as easy as 1-2-3, and the results are instantaneous.

If you would like to follow a cleanse, or need support completing one, be sure to contact me.
As a holistic health coach I help individuals achieve their personal health and lifestyle goals.

I look forward to supporting you – email me at gabe@h3yoga.com

To your health and happiness, click here for Xango products

Thai Yoga Workshop in Seattle

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I am very fortune to share my expertise in Thai Yoga on March 7-9, 2014 at Northwest Yoga Conference, Seattle, WA.

I have been traveling around the globe sharing my insights with the aim of building universal communities and empowering others.

Join me for a Thai Yoga workshop designed to teach you about your body by moving the body of another.

Students will learn how energy moved in the body and how to observe it in themselves and others.

Looking forward to see you! :-)

For more info visit: http://nwyogaconference.com/

Chaga Challenge – Day 3

The days continue, the mix is mixing and the days are getting warmer.

With daily yoga, good nutrition, and now a killer daily mix, I am feeling on top of the world.

Won’t you join me?

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Chaga Challenge – Day 2

It’s so late in the day, probably chaga giving me power to stay awake all day.

It was a little challenging getting my instant mixes today, and the weather changes made me actually super tired, but had a fabulous bike ride and sunset picture experience, and i am enjoying watching the world through the eyes of Four Sigma Foods products.

Chaga Challenge – Day 1

Ever hear of Four Sigma Foods?
If you have, then you are familiar with their groundbreaking approach to wellness, if you have not, well, be sure to click here, or on their name.

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When I heard about their 30 day Instant product challenge, I was inspired and asked the company if I could participate.
They were excited as well, and sent me a care package with 4 boxes of Instant Chaga mix, what I will consume 3 times a day for the next 30 days.

I started my day with a makeshift Chaga tea, basically the instant packet with hot water. I took it with me to my yoga class, which I had to teach and though I drank half on the way there, I finished the mug sporadically while teaching. I taught a hot BikYasa class, and between active savasana when I opened the door, I snuck some sips.
The earth warm taste had a musky sweet taste to it, and left me feeling rather nourished.

After my second class of the day, the noon flow class, I came home and decided to make a juice. I blended greens, carrots, apple, pear and ginger, mix a small portion of chaga with hot ater for a quick dissolve and poured it in the juice mix. The result was a scrumptious liquid lunch. It was so good that I decided to make it my dinner as well, this time only mixing carrot, apple and ginger with my chaga addition.

At the end of day one I feel rather amazed, lucid, clear and elated. Managed to teach 3 classes, two meetings, clean the house and enjoy the day.

Looking forward to what the day will bring tomorrow!

5 Reasons Never Teach from the Back of the Room

Yoga’s popularity and growth knows no bound. With new studios constantly opening and yoga teacher training filling Fabebook ads.
One of the fastest growing markets of yoga is Hot Yoga classes. These classes showcase teachers who use their voice alone to guide the class. Compare this with other yoga classes where the teacher sets up their yoga mat at the front of the class and while some will teach by example the entire class, other will move from demonstrating to walking and talking, and return back the front where their mat is.

There are pros and cons to both style of teaching, however, many hot yoga teachers seem to stand at the back of the room, behind the students screaming their instructions.

Here are 5 reasons why this teaching style is not only disrespectful but also devoid of building connections with students:

1 – When someone goes to the back of the room it indicates that they are hesitant, timid, shy and insecure. Is that the feeling you wish to leave your students with?
Face your own fears and stand at the front of the room.

2 – Yoga teaching is interpersonal communication. Do you communicate with your friends by sanding behind them and talking to them? How would you feel if someone was talking to you from behind?
Standing behind someone denotes a sense of superiority and dominance. Do you wish to subconsciously communicate to your students that they are inferior to you?
By standing in front of someone you are presenting a sense of connection, interaction, and respect.

3 – teaching yoga allows both student and instructor to discover that there is something larger than their individual sense of separation. When you stand behind you only reinforce the sense of separation.  Be part of the experience of discovering that place of peace, light, love and joy and stand in front of someone facing your desire to run away.

4 – Be the mirror for your students rather than to rely their reflection in the mirror.
When you stand in front of students you are able to be a reflection for them as to their unconscious habits.

5 – What exactly are you looking at? – let’s take the downward facing dog pose for example. Standing behind someone gives you direct view of student’s ass. Compare this with standing in front of them where you have a direct viw of their shoulders. Considering that DFD pose tends to put undue strain in students shoulders, you want to quickly identify this part of the body, rather than day dreaming about something else.

This last point I find most shocking, especially since the majority of practitioners are women who wear very short clothing. I have noticed in more than one occasion that male teachers standing in the back of the room are gazing at the groin of their students in poses where the leg is raised to the sky. Considering that there are more women teaching yoga, these suggestions might never have crossed your mind, but as a male yoga teacher trainer I find that once you seat students down and show them what it looks like from an observation perspective it becomes immediately obvious to the serious disrespect that can follow with such behavior. Whether male or female you communicate more confidence, with greater respect and ability to verbally correct body positions when you stand in front of students.

Remember, you just finished yoga training, allow yourself the confidence and create a space for trust between you and your students.

Gabe Yoga is the founder of H3 Yoga, an international yoga teacher training school that empowers teachers with tools and information that inspire and build universal communities. His training method and Hot Flow (BikYasa) program have been implemented in studios all around the world, from Thailand to Europe and the USA. http://www.gabeyoga.com

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