ERICA BLITZ

  • Time to blossom!

    “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”

    ~Sri Pattabhi Jois 

    🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱Become a Yoga Teacher in Dubai June 29-July 19, 2018!!  πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸŒ±

    Join me and other sparkling souls as you journey though a 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training.

    You will come away with a strong foundation of yoga learning how to integrate the movement of the body to the rhythm of the breath with a deep understanding of the science of alignment, the creative flow of Vinyasa, and the life-affirming essence of Yoga. 

    In this training, you will be empowered to create classes in a safe, logical and creative way whether you want to teach a more dynamic Vinyasa class or a slow paced flow. The first step to deepening your practice is developing strong work in the basic foundational poses and then progressing into more advanced poses including inversion variations, standing poses, backbends, arm balances hip openers + twists. Specialty areas of teaching such as restorative, yoga for beginners, prenatal, pranayama, ayurveda and anatomy specific to yoga is extremely useful especially with a large class to teach that tend to include all walks of life, from the high stressed individual to new students. The philosophy component of the program will explore the history of yoga and how you can apply inspiring concepts to your classes.

    Registration is open to inspired souls who wish to become fully certified as RYT-200 Vinyasa Yoga Teachers. 

    To begin your exciting journey and secure the early bird before April 7, contact stantonsimona@gmail.com.

    For more details, look here:  http://ericablitz.com/teachertraining

    And here: https://www.shimis.com/yoga-teacher-training-2

  • Dubai Yoga Teacher Training

    Top 7 Reasons to go to Dubai for Yoga Teacher Training

    “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”  ~Sri Pattabhi Jois 

    Join us on a life-changing journey June 19 - July 25, 2018 for a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yogalavie Dubai

    You know when you feel called . . . and if you need a few more reasons to take the step here are a few more :

    1. Delight in the unexpected. Something unexpected will happen and you will get an exciting glimpse of yourself, your yoga practice or life in a completely unique and insightful way.

    2. Deepen and transform your practice. You will learn new skills to deepen your practice - both on and off the mat. 

    3. Expand or dissolve your comfort zone. Stepping outside of your patterns takes courage. When you take that step you awaken to the realm of what's possible in your life. You may start to live a little larger and with more freedom + happiness.

    4. Shift your perspective. During the training, you may gain perspective into where you may be stuck in your life, and what is truly inspiring you at the moment so you can align your inner body with your outer actions. 

    5. Friendship. You will meet a range of amazing people and connect in authentic ways. The commUNITY of a training is a special gift that will last beyond July 25.

    6. Enjoy some alone time. While you will meet lots of intriguing friends and connections, you will also have plenty of time to turn your attention to your inner life and reflect on what is true for you at this moment in your life.

    7. Adventure. When is the last time you did something for the first time? We all say we want to do this project, travel to that place, have this adventure but how often do we let the small things in our lives keep us from doing the big things? If not now, then when? 

    Find out more about the training.

    Register NOW!

    EARLY Registration: really, like right now!!!

    Regular Registration: April 8 - June 25

    PS: EARLY Registration means you get the best rate possible. Regular Registration may close early if the program fills up.

  • You're invited.

    An Invitation to Going Further . . .  πŸ–€  In practicing yoga, it speaks to us in a language that transcends words yet carries messages deep into the heart of our lives, making our lives better and inviting us to engage with others in deep, meaningful ways.  We sense the natural desire to deep our practice, perhaps to teach, to share the practice with others, because we know it will make others lives better - because we know it's made our lives better. πŸ–€

    If you can imagine breathing your way deeper into the transformative potential of yoga, if you can imagine learning the skills for a lifetime of sharing this practice in the most informed and inspirational ways, and if you can imagine guiding others on the path of the practice in ways that most fully tap your creativity and self-expression, join us.

    We will share in the love and joy of yoga by experiencing the fullness of it all. We will unearth gems of philosophical and practical insight from the ancient and apply it to our modern world. We will explore how to refine and teach the asanas, the breathing practices (pranayama), the meditations, and all that lies between in giving us the fullness of yoga in our lives.

    You're invited.  πŸ–€ 

    Join us in Dubai June 25-July 19, 2018 for a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program.  πŸ–€  

    SECURE THE EARLY BIRD RATE BEFORE April 7, 2018.

    EMAIL: info@ericablitz.com or stantonsimona@gmail.com 

    INFORMATION: www.ericablitz.com 

    REGISTRATION: www.shimis.com

  • Happy + Healthy During The Holiday Season

    It's that time of year when schedules get hectic with working long hours, eating on-the-go, and getting little sleep. There's the robust urge to nibble on sweet treats while we dash around from one holiday party to the next raising our glasses to toast the merriment of the season. Operating at full-speed aiming to complete the workload of one year before we head into the next – and have fun along the way – our stress levels often elevate and it's not uncommon to hear an echo of sniffles and coughs. While not always the case, many people report that winter afflictions (feeling tired, sore throat, congestion) creep up in times of stress, when they're pushing themselves too hard. 

    In addition to a balanced diet, regular exercise, proper rest and washing your hands, better your chances of staying healthy this holiday season by nourishing your body and mind with yoga. For thousands of years, yoga has not only helped to ward off seasonal colds but it has also helped yogis to achieve optimum levels of health and vitality. When yoga postures are practiced mindfully they help to strengthen the immune system by lowering stress hormones that compromise the immune system, stimulate the thymus gland (which plays an important role in the development of the immune system), and promote deep relaxation (during times of complete rest the immune system is able to work to destroy foreign bodies and bacteria). 

    Yoga creates a physiological and mental response that occurs when the body consciously relaxes. To relax is to rest deeply and this is different from sleep. It is a state where there is no movement, no effort, and the mind is quiet. Muscular tension is reduced, blood pressure becomes balanced,  circulation is improved and the immune system is restored to allow the body an opportunity to heal. 

    The yoga tradition also suggests that compromised immune functioning may result from poor digestion. Improper digestion may lead to the build up of toxins in the body, which in turn may manifests as disease so practicing yoga poses that gently compress, twist, or extend the abdominal area can ease digestive ailments. Not only does yoga bolster the digestive and immune system but it also stimulates the lymphatic system to facilitate the removal toxins from the body and bring oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function. 

    While yoga postures support the immune, digestion and nervous systems, the benefits of yoga don't stop there. Since both colds and flu stress the respiratory system, the slow controlled breathing techniques (pranayama) often included in yoga classes work to relax the nervous system, help combat stress and  strengthen the lungs and respiratory tract to help clear mucus from the sinuses. 

    Instead of reaching for the Kleenex or NeoCitran this winter, opt for your yoga mat (and your neti pot!) and roll into the New Year feeling restored from the holidays. And if you do succumb to illness, you'll find yoga postures provide just the rest and relaxation you need to get better.

     

  • soft is strong.

    Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will over come what is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

    - Lao-Tzu

     

  • change.

    "Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they're meant to be."

    ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

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  • the universe within.

    So when I look up at the night sky... I know that, yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts... is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up... many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big, but I feel big. Because my atoms came from those stars. There's a level of connectivity.

    ~  Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • rhythm.melody.harmony.

    “The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

    ~Iyengar

  • time to bloom.

    Spring is on the horizon and it's the time of year that we awaken to the parts of us that have been dormant over these long winter months. Just as nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion, so too does our capacity to expand the energy within us through our yoga practice. What blooms within you?

    Bow into the seeds of your heart - water them with your breath and the light of your awareness.

  • twist away tension

    The holiday season is a time for celebrating the gifts of life and simply being with loved ones. However, the holidays can also be a time of year where stress and anxiety are heightened.  Whether shopping for gifts, travelling, finances or even dealing with uncomfortable family situations, as much as the holidays can be joyful, they can also be quite draining. In the current swirl of commercial and social pressures, it's easy to forget the meaningfulness of the season when holiday stress leads to impatience, feeling tired and being overwhelmed.

    It's also the time of year where there's a tendency to put our own health and wellness on the backburner until the holiday season is through. We shove the gym bags and yoga mats into a corner and instead parade from one holiday party to the next succumbing to the temptation to (over!?) indulge in holiday beverages and sweet treats along the way. By the time December 31st rolls around we're well ready for those New Year's resolutions (you know, the ones that are lucky if they make it past January 17th ) and reversing the tide of over-consumption.

    In the hopes of a healthy and happy holiday season, consider taking time out for yourself and listen to what your body needs. One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to relax and, fortunately, yoga offers the perfect remedy with techniques to ease your holiday worries and energize the body. It also teaches you to stay calm in challenging situations, while also fostering a sense of happiness and harmony. 

    While yoga has a strong effect on the physical body, it has an even stronger effect on regulating the emotions and subtle energies of the body. The meditative and mindfulness practices of yoga are excellent tools to bring awareness to our emotional states to help conquer holiday stress. Yoga also teaches us to look inside and to focus less on the material things and more on what truly makes us happy.  Roll out your yoga mat, take a deep breath, flow through a Sun Salutation or have a seat for meditation. Guaranteed you will leave your mat feeling more relaxed and energized.

    Namaste!

  • great.full.

    "The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full—that you are alive, and you enjoy it ."

    ~ Yogi Bhajan

  • be still and wait.

    When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
    When doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage.
    So long as mists envelop you, be still;
    Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
    -as it surely will. Then act with courage.


    ~ Chief White Eagle

  • 1.15. Drsanusravika Visaya Vitrsnasya Vasikara Smjna Vairagyam 

    1.15. Drsanusravika Visaya Vitrsnasya Vasikara Smjna Vairagyam 

    “At the highest level there is an absence of any cravings, either for the fulfillment of the senses or for extraordinary experiences.”

    ~  Desikachar 

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