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3:17 pm

30 good reasons to practice yoga by Lisa Wells PhD, ERYT500



Yoga reduces chronic pain.
Yoga lowers blood pressure.
Yoga promotes weight loss
Yoga makes you taller.
Yoga strengthens bones.
Yoga reduces anxiety.
Yoga improves your balance.
Yoga conditions your
cardiovascular system.
Yoga improves strength.
Yoga helps you manage life’s
challenges gracefully.
Yoga increases flexibility and range
of motion.
Yoga improves your breathing.
Yoga improves your sleep.
Yoga eases neck pain.
Yoga helps heal injuries.
Yoga builds a stronger core.
Yoga helps you make friends.
Yoga is accessible to everyone.
Yoga reduces arthritis pain.
Yoga heals back pain.
Yoga improves brain function.
Yoga helps you manage PMS.
Yoga eases prenatal discomfort.
Yoga helps with birth and delivery.
Yoga helps you manage menopause gracefully.
Yoga improves your sex life.
Yoga relaxes your nervous system.
Yoga lowers the levels of the stress
hormone cortisol.
Yoga lowers blood sugar.
Yoga feels good.


10 bad reasons not to practice yoga
I’ve heard each of these from someone over the years.

1. I can’t touch my toes.

Yoga has nothing to do with touching your toes. You might eventually; you

might not. It’s all about the journey.

2. I can’t find a class that works in my schedule.

There are classes in Corvallis as early as 6am and as late as 7pm and nearly

every hour in between.

3. I can’t afford it.

Most studios offer a low cost or free community class weekly. Many gyms

include yoga classes as part of their membership.

4. I don’t know where to begin.

Look for a class labeled: beginner, gentle, restorative, or level 1. All studio’s

have them.

5. It’s too woo woo for me.

Very few yoga classes include esoteric teachings. If you stumble into a class

that does, try a different one.

6. I’m a Christian.

So are many yoga teachers. Yoga and Christianity are very compatible.

7. It’s too hot (too cold) in there.

If you don’t like it hot, stay out of the Bikram Studio. If you do, head right on

over.

8. I don’t have the right clothing.

All you need is something comfortable that you can move in. Old sweats,

shorts, a t-shirt. No fancy gear required.

9. I might get hurt.

Ah yes, you read that article in the New York Times last year. Yes, you might get hurt. But in my experience yoga injuries are much less common than injuries from other sports. If you practice with a good teacher and don’t let your ego push you too fast, you are unlikely to injure yourself.

10. I’m scared.

Us yogis are pretty likable and welcoming people. We especially like newcomers. Come on into the studio and give it a try! You’ll feel better for it.

Yoga • Pilates • Dance
Lisa co-owns Live Well Studio in Corvallis. She has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for 13. She has used yoga to heal from a major back injury, to help with 2 pregnancies and deliveries,
to pass through menopause, to move across the country, to lose her dream job and create a new dream job, and to stay sane and healthy in a tumultuous world.

971 NW Spruce Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330 541.224.6566 | livewellstudio.com

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12:12 am

Making Peace with My Body

By Lisa Wells

For most of my life I have lived with an internal dialogue that has bounced between “Hey, how about a some chocolate?  A hot fudge sundae would be really good right now, or maybe that fabulous carrot cake from the Co-op,” to “You really need to lose some weight. You’re fat. You don’t deserve to eat. If you just lost 5 (10, 20) pounds everything would be better.”  I’ve felt like I had the proverbial devil and angel resting on my shoulders. I always considered the devil to be the voice encouraging me to eat a cookie and the angel to be the voice encouraging me to lose weight. I’ve come to learn that they are one and the same voice and a curse regardless of the verbiage they are spouting at any particular moment.

When they first left me I was almost disoriented. Then I felt free. There was quiet and ease in my mind that I hadn’t ever experienced, at least not in the years I have conscious memory of. The freedom from the desires to overeat and lose weight is extraordinary. The freedom from the voices of self-criticism is more delicious than the Co-ops carrot cake. I actually like myself the way I am. How sweet it is.

And this is what I want for you: to learn to like yourself; to find freedom and ease in your being; and to fall in love with the body you have. Our goal in ‘Making Peace with Your Body’ is not to lose weight, but to change our thinking and to find love for ourselves as we are. In love we nourish our selves with good delicious foods and we move and exercise our bodies in a way that is healthy and joyous.

I invite you to join me on this extraordinary journey of falling in love with the person who most deserves your love.

Sign up Here.

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4:32 pm

“Do we have to stop?” by Lisa Wells

Anyone who has been in one of my classes lately knows I’ve become infatuated with self-massage/body rolling techniques using the small balls and foam rollers. And inevitably, when we finish up a bit of body rolling someone says: “Do we have to stop?” It seems as if our bodies are craving the deep release and relaxation that body rolling gives us. As the soft tissue of the body yields and the nervous system relaxes, we feel ease of pain, relaxation of tightness, and downright pleasure in our tissues. We don’t want to stop. 

So, on Monday afternoons, from 4-5:15pm, starting in January, I’ll be offering a whole class of body rolling so that we don’t have to stop.  We’ll use the balls and foam rollers to release our body’s muscles, fascia, and connective tissues. The release that body rolling creates has been shown to increase range of motion and mobility, increase sports performance, decrease pain, enhance breath capacity, increase energy, reduce stress, and to improve posture, recovery and overall performance. 

This class can benefit everyone, from the ‘arm chair yogi’ to the professional athlete.  For athletes, rolling before exercise has been shown to improve performance and muscle recovery, and to decrease soreness for days after a workout.  For those with compromised health, foam rolling has also been shown to reduce arterial stiffness, improve arterial function and to improve vascular function. What does that mean?  Foam rolling can improve your health.  And that is good for all of us.

If you want to read more about rolling, I highly recommend these three books:  The Roll ModelJill Miller; The Melt Method, Sue Hitzman; and Pilates Props Workbook, Ellie Herman.

I hope you’ll join me on Monday nights, 4-5:15pm, starting January 5. Sign up here!

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2:50 pm

Why take Yoga Teacher Training?


There is such sweetness to life, such richness, such poignancy to be felt in this lifetime. Yoga reveals this in us, but it takes practice. Much practice.

 

Starting in January, Live Well’s teacher training and immersion program begins. Over the course of 200 hours and 10 weekends, we will dive deeply into philosophy, classic texts, postures, meditation, breath work, and anatomy. If you are interested in teaching yoga, our program is a wonderful training ground and provides Yoga Alliance certification. More importantly, however, it is an amazing opportunity for concentrated study and practice with a like-minded group of dedicated yogis. It is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation.

 

According to yoga, our natural state is one of deep contentment, deep joy, and connection. Somewhere in the workings of life, we tend to contract away from openhearted love. The habits that move us away from love can be interesting to overcome. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, “Practice and all is coming.” Practice focusing the mind and abundance will show itself. Practice using your breath and vitality will abound. Practice contentment and you will have more than you can wish for.

 

Perhaps you have caught a glimpse of what yoga can offer in your weekly class, and you are interested in learning to live from a state of yoga. Perhaps you are a natural teacher and you are ready to use your talents to share yoga with others. In any case, if you are hungry for deeper practice and study, you are most welcome in Live Well’s teacher training and immersion.

 

For more information, visit http://livewellstudio.com/pages/teacher-training. Or reach out to Angie Greenwood, lead instructor at afgreenwood9@gmail.com.


Payment plans are available.

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3:38 pm

Turning into Darkness: A New Moon Winter Solstice Retreat

Four years ago I took my first winter solstice darkness retreat. Over 3 days at the solstice I avoided the use of any artificial light. I planned my days so I wouldn’t need to cook or navigate anything dangerous between 4:30pm and 7:30am. I meditated in the dark. I practiced asana in the dark. I read and journaled by candlelight. I slept long and deep. I allowed my body to rest. I tried to turn off my personal achievement drive and let go of accomplishing anything. I made no lists. I made no plans. I let go of expectations.

I wasn’t perfect. I cheated a little here and there. I struggled with letting go of the need ‘to do something.’ I reflected on my attachment to my accomplishments and my addiction to achievement. My ego has long been tethered to managing your perception of who I am. My darkness retreat helped me loosen the ropes that bind me to my ego. And stating that out loud, writing it down for you to see, I feel the ropes tighten again. Must be time for another retreat.

And so we will enter the struggle in the dark together. We will slow down. We will nurture the light within us and shine it into the dark places. We will find acceptance for both the light and dark within. We will share stories from our lives.

The weekend will include guided meditation, Hatha Yoga, restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, journaling, Saturday dinner (soup, salad, bread, light desert), time for self reflection and sharing. We’ll meet on Saturday 12/20 from 2-8pm and Sunday 12/21 from 3-5:30pm.

I hope you’ll join us. The experience will be richer if you are a part of it.

~Lisa
Early Bird Cost: $120
Regular Cost (After December 8th): $150
register here

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