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We're expanding the Reset Revolution.

I started teaching yoga because I wanted to make it accessible to athletes. Back then, yoga was nowhere near as mainstream as it is now, and hardly anyone was talking about “yoga for athletes.”

My early days of figuring out what to teach athletes and why was challenging, with no manual to refer to, no expert to consult, and no leader to follow. I kept going because I knew that yoga is profound. Through my own experience as a collegiate basketball player and through observing the changes in my students the truth has been undeniable: Yoga will make you a better athlete. Now, my mission remains to make yoga accessible to all athletes.

Every day, you have an opportunity to Hit Reset — to use yoga to sustain balance for your sports, and your life.

London is calling.

Now, I have a tremendous opportunity to broaden Jasyoga’s reach. With the support of Team Jasyoga and in the spirit of the Reset Revolution, we are expanding to London this spring to help more people Hit Reset.

In addition, Jasyoga Seattle continues to grow — new teams, athletes, and corporate clients are joining us every month, and new coaches will be joining our team this spring. “Outdoor studio” season is just around the corner, we'll be flying with the Oiselle birds, and no one will be able to keep us out of Hilliard’s for our fave combo of yoga and beer. I’ll be in Seattle quarterly to lead sport-specific Clinics, special events, and the only yoga for athletes teacher training on the west coast.

Come with us.

While growth can feel scary, I remind myself: “I’ve been here before. I can do this again.” Although, this time I’m not starting from scratch — I’m not alone. Now, there’s a Revolution alongside me. London, Seattle, lets wave the flag.

In the coming weeks, we'll share more deets about my London and Seattle schedules... stay tuned!

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Technique Tuesday — Meditation for Consistency

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As exciting as transitions are — whether you’re moving into a new phase of your training, shifting your focus to a new goal, or simply adjusting to a new season — change can sometimes feel, well, overwhelming. While consistency is pretty much the opposite of change, the only thing that is truly consistent is change itself. There is, however, a quality of consistency — steadiness — that we can cultivate and sustain within ourselves amid flux.

You have the ability to remain steadfast in the way your approach your training, the way you pursue your goals, and, most importantly, the way believe in yourself. Your plans and circumstances might change, but your mental state doesn’t have to.

This “consistency” is game changing.

Try this simple meditation to clear the clutter and cultivate consistency as you transition into spring...

Meditation for Consistency

  • Go outside and sit with your feet on the ground (you can stand if you prefer), and rest your palms face down on your thighs.
  • Close your eyes as you shift your awareness “inside.”
  • Begin to notice your breathing and the way your body feels. Don’t force any particular pattern or pace, just notice — Where is your breath moving? Where does your body or breath feel tense or “stuck?”
  • For a minute, continue to observe your breath and the way your body feels, without trying to change anything.
  • Now, consciously deepen your breathing.
  • Inhale as you count to 4.
  • Exhale as you count to 4.
  • Inhale for 4.
  • Exhale for 4.
  • Continue for 4 minutes, matching the length of your inhale to the length of your exhale — lengthen your count to 5 or 6+ if you want.
  • As you sit and breathe and pay attention to your internal state, you might also notice or feel the constant shifts happening around you — the breeze on your skin, the sound of the water…
  • Eventually, drop your focus and just feel the sense of steadiness within yourself, despite the constant motion and change around you.
  • As you open your eyes and move back into your day, allow this steadiness to set the tone.

In the spirit of consistency, try this short meditation every day in April and notice the way you feel and perform as a result.

Keep asking yourself: How can I be more consistent?

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Run injury-free this Spring!

April aka "Marathon Month" is upon us and we know you're upping your mileage (whether you're a half or full marathon veteran, or a first-time 5Ker) — nice work! Join Team Jasyoga’s Erin Taylor and Lulu Hays for a 2-hour Jasyoga Injury Prevention for Runners Clinic designed to help you learn to use yoga to mitigate running tweaks, strains, and pains.

You will learn:

  • Culprits behind common runner issues including shin splints, planter fasciitis, and IT band pain
  • Practical tips and techniques to help prevent and heal common running injuries
  • "Quick hit" sequences you can practice from home for ongoing maintenance
  • Myth-busting of common misperceptions about how to stretch effectively

“Yoga isn’t just another workout. It’s a real game changer.” – Sally Bergesen, Oiselle CEO

When: Sunday, April 13, 1–3pm
Where: Dreamclinic Greenlake, 916 NE 65th St. Seattle
Cost: $80

Clinic includes take-home handout of Jasyoga for Runners sequences to use for your home practice. All levels of yoga and running experience welcome!

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Our fave combo...

Rise and shine, OMies! We're heading back to our fave brewery at 10am on Saturday, April 5. Join us for an hour-long sesh complete with DJ Verse, followed by Hilliard's Beer, Picky Bars, Napkin Friends' food truck, and plenty of good juju to help you Hit Reset.

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Preregistration required — includes yoga, your first tallboy, and Picky Bars! Posse up and BYOM (bring your own mat).

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Picky Bars, Picky Life: The Inside Scoop

We couldn't be more psyched about grubbing Picky Bars because, well, doing yoga (or anything, for that matter) with a growling stomach sucks. Not only do these bars taste great, they're also made by true badasses. To all you Picky Life rookies out there, here's the inside scoop straight from Picky HQ in Bend, Oregon...

Picky Bars was created by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Steph Rothstein alongside Lauren’s husband, pro triathlete Jesse Thomas. Lauren and Steph originally created the recipe for Picky Bars to fill an unmet nutritional need. Steph had a multitude of food allergies including Celiac’s and Lauren’s husband Jesse was gluten and dairy intolerant. After lots of brainstorming, they decided to do things the good old-fashioned way and began making bars in their own kitchen. The goal? Real food balanced for sport.

After lots of experimenting and research, Picky Bars was born! Other ideals present in the "Picky Bar" include: real food (no artificial sweeteners and unpronounceable chemicals), optimal for recovery (a 4:1 balanced ratio of carbohydrates and protein), and a bar that can be used for snacks and pre-workout. Each bar includes 200 calories of good shiz you feel happy about putting into your body!

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While creating a supercalifragilistic product has been a necessity, there is something of equal importance that really sets Picky Bars apart: the "Picky lifestyle."  Picky Bars is constantly encouraging all customers to get out and explore; to have an endless zest for life and adventure. Picky Bars; It’s freaking science, dude.

Stay tuned for more good juju from our Picky OMies — they'll be blogging for us regularly! And, together we'll be hooking you up with some of our fave flavors at upcoming events including Jasyoga at Hilliard's Beer on April 5. Booyah!

P.S. Jasyoga is repping Team Green! How bout you?! Join the Picky Club to get in the (Picky) game...

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The Wednesday Reset: Jasyoga Performance

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As much as we'd love to hang out with our Legs Up the Wall all day, we know that sometimes to Hit Reset — to use yoga to sustain balance — you gotta put in work. Hard work. So, on Wednesdays this month, we'll help you become aware of, activate, and strengthen your key muscles and sport-specific movements in a practical strength-building class that will work your core and make you sweat.

Posse up your teammates, your run buddies, and your OMies for Jasyoga Performance, Wednesdays 6:30–7:30pm at Dreamclinic Greenlake with Coaches Duni Disston and Kendra Clawson. All levels welcome!

You can reward yourself with some Legs Up the Wall when it's over...

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New Jasyoga Series at Lifestyle Chiropractic!

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Our OMies at Lifestyle Chiropractic are hosting Jasyoga in March! Join us for a 4-week functional yoga series in March:

Mondays, 6:45–7:45pm
3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31

Learn to work smarter and make yoga practical for your sports and your life. This class will help improve your flexibility and mitigate sport- and lifestyle-induced imbalances, while teaching you to safely access and maintain optimal range of motion. All levels welcome, please BYOM (bring your own mat)!

Location: Lifestyle Chiropractic, 7010 Woodlawn Ave NE
Cost: $75 for the 4-class series/$20 drop-in|
Register on Lifestyle's website:
http://www.mylifestylechiropractic.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=5&Itemid=43

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A PLUS: Student first. Athlete second.

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We’re psyched to be working with A PLUS Youth Program this year — Our very own Duni Disston recently initiated the Seattle non-profit afterschool program's staff into the Reset Revolution!

A PLUS supports local youth with academics, athletics, and mentorship — their mission is to use sports as a vehicle to provide the resources necessary for student-athletes to succeed in life. Here's the inside scoop from Athletic Director Asha Sundae Dean about the program, her passion for fitness and youth development, and running…

Jasyoga: Where did your passion for fitness and running originate?
Asha: My love of running came from watching my older cousins compete and at age five, I began running. Born and raised in Seattle, my passion has led me to coach at various levels throughout the sport and around the country including being an assistant manager of the 2011 USA Youth World Track & Field team in Lille, France. For the last seven years, I ‘ve coached cross-country and track & field at Lakeside School where I am an alum. So, running has always been apart of my life and fitness has simply been part of my lifestyle.  

Jasyoga: What drew you to work at A PLUS?
Asha: I chose to work for A PLUS because the opportunity to do engaging work with youth, inspiring a life-long love of fitness and building an inner-city running program is my dream job! I believe in the vision our executive director has of the student-athlete model and I wanted to be part of the movement. I honestly believe kids can learn so much about    themselves through sport that will carry them beyond their playing years.

Jasyoga: How long has A PLUS been around and how many kids are in the program?
Asha: We are in our fifth programming year. We service 180 youth from 43 different schools, coming from 14 various school districts in Greater Seattle.

Jasyoga: Who is eligible to participate in the A PLUS?
Asha: Any youth in 4th–11th grades who want to compete in basketball, cross-country or track & field.

Jasyoga: What does an average weekday at A PLUS look like for a member?
Asha: An average A PLUS student-athlete day includes transportation from school to our site, a meal upon arrival from 4–4:30pm, academic tutoring from 4:30–6pm, and sports practice from 6–7:30pm.

Jasyoga: What makes your program different from all the other youth sports models in the area?
Asha: Well, quite frankly there isn’t another program like ours because we focus on the complete development of our student-athletes. There are a lot of academic programs and there are a variety of sports teams for a parent to choose from, but if you want to set your student-athlete up for success in the classroom, hardwood, or on the track, we would be the place for all of it!

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Jasyoga: What does the A PLUS academic program consist of?
Asha: The A PLUS academic program consists of two to three tutoring sessions per week before practices. Each student-athlete also has an academic case manager who is in charge of monitoring students’ attendance, behavior in class, and grades.

Jasyoga: What is your vision for the new running program and how will yoga help?
Asha: We plan to work with the whole athlete: physical, mental strength, academic preparation, life skills, and mentorship. Our goal is to take our athletes to the next level with the skills and strength to compete at the highest level, along with enjoying running and gaining a love of the sport for lifelong physical fitness. I see yoga playing a major role in helping our student-athletes prevent injuries, have active recovery, and also teach them about their bodies. It’s so important for an athlete to have a strong sense of self so that they can prevent injuries and also self-advocate to future coaches about physical concerns. The opportunity to work with Jasyoga is huge — we are both pioneers in our fields and I see this beneficial for both of us!

Jasyoga: How can our community and others volunteer to support A PLUS?
Asha: A PLUS can always use more support and welcomes anyone interested in volunteering! Just contact me if you are interested. 

Visit aplusyouthprogram.org to learn more, or reach out to Asha at asha.dean@aplusyouthprogram to get involved!

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Who likes Mighty-O donuts? (and yoga)

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Back by popular demand... The best place to meet up for coffee and donuts: your yoga mat!

Join us Sunday, March 2, 10am at Dreamclinic Greenlake for Jasyoga and Mighty-O donuts. Whether you’re in full-on half or full marathon training mode, have been pushing hard at the gym, or putting in OT at your desk, this special hour-long sesh will bring your bod back into balance and ease any lingering strain from your week.

All levels welcome! Please preregister by 2/28 — includes organic, vegan donuts and coffee from Mighty-O donuts, plus some surprises! Yum.

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What the Reset Revolution means to me...

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In between data collection and processing (I’m an oceanography student) during a recent class trip to Tahiti (Yes, Tahiti! And no, I'm not naked in the above jungle pic!), I got to thinking about what “Hitting Reset” means to me — it's honestly one of the philosophies I like best about Jasyoga.

As Jasyoga’s youngster tagalong intern, I’ve observed the rest of Team Jasyoga setting new intentions every day, week, month, and season. It’s inspiring to have mentors to look up to who are so self-motivated.

I’ve learned that "Hitting Reset" is about embracing change and new experiences to keep your spirit and senses alert and awake. It’s also important to let go of all the bad juju that can easily consume your thoughts. Maybe you've heard the saying "Breathe in the good shit; exhale the bullshit”? To that I’d add, "… feel the Reset". Jasyoga encourages us to put inspiration into action, whatever your goals may be — and to be authentic along the way.


Where you put your vision is where your life will follow, and being able to Hit Reset after all the minor obstacles along the journey is a way to help ensure an ease-ful migration forward without negative distractions.

Brianna aka “B” is our fab intern and coach-in-training, and will be hooking you up with bomb assists in class — she's got your back!

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Get on the #loveboat this Saturday!

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As we celebrate L-O-V-E this month, we invite you to join us in helping to support local youth oarsmen and women. This Saturday at Jasyoga at Hilliard’s Beer, we’ll be collecting donations for the Duwamish Youth Rowing Program in hopes of helping them raise funds to support one of their rad 2014 goals: to put together a team to race in the Green Lake Summer Extravaganza!

Our very own Kendra Clawson (erging Like A Boss, far left in the above photo) is a former rower and has been working in the community to recruit youth to participate in the spring/summer rowing program, which offers a unique athletic opportunity in South Park. Healthy lifestyle advocacy is vital in this neighborhood where, due to a lack of resources and environmental hazards, the average life expectancy of residents is 13 years shorter than the rest of the greater Seattle area.

So, lets give these athletes some lovin’! When you head to #yogaandbeer this weekend, please consider bringing a few extra dollars and making a contribution to a program that is making a big impact in the lives of local youth athletes!

In the meantime, check out duwamishrowingclub.org to learn more about our Duwamish crew OMies.

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Jas-The Monday Night Run!

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Team Jasyoga is heading to our fave Seattle running group — The Monday Night Run (#TMNR) — next Monday, February 17! Posse up at 6:15pm for an all-levels run with our super jock 'n jill OMies, followed by a complimentary post-run #hitreset sesh, optimized to keep your running bod happy and injury-free! You might even win some Jasyoga gear...

Added bonus! Ragnar Ambassador Marathon Lar is stopping by to share the inside scoop on the next Ragnar Relay series!

See you at Jas-TMNR!

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Booyah! We're teaming up with Picky Bars!

Let the Picky Games begin!

Let the Picky Games begin!

Sometimes, you can tell someone’s an OMie before you’ve even met them. In this case, I knew Picky Bars were going to be my fave snack and one of my fave brands before I tore the wrapper off my first Lauren’s Mega Nuts.

I first heard about the Picky Revolution when I taught Oiselle HQ their first Jasyoga sesh back in August 2012. Picky creator Lauren Fleshman was in the house and was wearing a Picky wristband. I was like, “This chick is rad — I bet her bars are the real deal.” I went home and ordered my first box and it was love at first bite — literally. Wait, it gets better… then I was like, “Wha?! There’s a Picky CLUB?” Basically you get bars, swag, and good juju delivered to your mailbox every month. Nom.

Oops, those went fast. Nom.

Oops, those went fast. Nom.

Needless to say, my team shared my enthusiasm, and we’ve been Picky Clubers and superfans (did someone say “Bernie Lean?”) over the last year+ because 1) The Picky Crew uses words like “Boomshakalaka” and “Booyah daily, 2) The bars contain nothing but real food"It's freaking science, dude." and 3) We are always hungry.

Now, we are beyond psyched to announce that our dreams have come true — Picky Bars has officially become an OMie!

So, what does this new partnership mean for you?

  • Sample flavors and score free bars at special Jas-Picky events
  • Contests and giveaways
  • Inside scoop on Picky science plus nutrition tips for your active lifestyle straight from Picky Bars to you via the Jasyoga blog
  • Jasyoga tips for keeping yoga real for your sports and your life — monthly on the Picky Bars blog
  • Ops to posse up and connect with likeminded OMies who are living the #pickylife and have joined the #resetrevolution
  • Lots of other fun stuff we haven’t even dreamt up yet — stay tuned!
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So, check out our new OMies on Twitter and Instagram. Start livin’ that #pickylife Like A Boss and never be hungry on your yoga mat again.

Booyah!

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Jasyoga + Hilliard's Beer + Picky Bars = Lovefest

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Booyah! Jasyoga will be back at Hilliard's Beer this month, featuring our new OMies Picky Bars!

Join us Saturday, February 22 for an hour-long Jasyoga sesh in our fave brewery, complete with DJ Verse and followed by brews and Picky Bars! No yoga experience necessary.

Preregistration required — includes yoga, your first tallboy, and Picky Bars! Posse up and BYOM (bring your own mat).


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The new inflammation fighter: Yoga.

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I recently stumbled upon some exciting news supporting the positive effects that yoga has on the body at a cellular level. Get ready, cause I'm about to nerd out on you...

This particular study found that breast cancer survivors who practiced yoga regularly over a several-month period demonstrated reduced levels of Il-1, Il-6, and TNF-alpha aka “inflammatory signalers.” That means that those who did yoga experienced fewer “on-switches” or “green-lights” for initiating processes in the body that lead to inflammation (pain, tenderness, swelling) than those who went about their regular routines.

If you’re saying “So what?” right now, check this:

As an athlete, how many times have you experienced swollen, sore knees? How many times have you had tender calf muscles? At the office, how many times have you felt inflammation in your neck and shoulders? I’m guessing more than once! Well, the “on-switches” and the “green-lights” for this type of inflammation are the same key players.

As with all things in research, we can’t say for sure how yoga affects inflammation, and this sample was certainly different than the general population. Still, I think these findings are pretty exciting. So, get on your mat, give it a go, and see how you feel! The Reset Revolution is calling, OMies!

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What the Reset Revolution means to me...

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I moved to Seattle about four years ago with a few suitcases and my yoga mat. I really had no clue how I was going to live without the sun — I’ve since figured it out and now pop vitamin D like it’s nobody’s business.

When I met Erin (Taylor), I was still new to the city, but she saw something in me I hadn’t quite seen in myself. She asked me to join Team Jasyoga, so I jumped in head first — I’m gonna go ahead and call that a Win.

Life can throw so many curve balls at you, and a lot of the time you aren’t prepared for them at all. That’s okay, as long as you have one thing that brings you back to center; something that helps remind you who you are — insert deep breath here — because how you choose to respond to life is SO important, if not everything.

The past few years, I’ve been lucky to be part of the Reset Revolution... Um, duh, it’s totally awesome to work with smart, fun ladies — to do what we love and add value to people’s lives. But, there’s also a community to be part of, a community that shares the same interests and passions. It’s a movement, and it keeps getting better.

For me, “Hitting Reset” looks different every day. Sometimes, I need to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Other days, I gotta take a yoga class, jog around GLake, grab drinks with friends, or go to a show and listen to some awesome music.

Most of the time, I take a deep breath in, slowwwww down, and consider that maybe, being calm is beautiful.

Duni Disston is Jasyoga’s Head Coach, Seattle — like a boss! Prevent injuries with her Tuesdays, 6:30pm at Dreamclinic Greenlake.

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Yoga will make you a better runner. Come learn how...

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Join Team Jasyoga’s Erin Taylor and Lulu Hays for a 2-hour Jasyoga for Runners Clinic, designed to help you learn to use yoga to optimize your running. Let’s be real: no one likes post-LR booty lock, and being injured sucks. Luckily, when you keep yoga functional — practical — for your sport-specific needs, a little bit will go a long way to help you prevent injuries, recover from training and racing and, ultimately, run your best.

You will learn:

  • Run-specific sequences to maintain hip and hamstring flexibility
  • Upper body stretches that will help improve your posture and running form
  • Tips for injury prevention and recovery
  • Myth-busting of common misperceptions about how to stretch effectively

“Yoga isn’t just another workout. It’s a real game changer.” – Sally Bergesen, Oiselle CEO

When: Sunday, February 23, 1:30–3:30pm
Where: Dreamclinic Greenlake, 916 NE 65th St. Seattle
Cost: $45

Clinic includes take-home handout of Jasyoga for Runners sequences. All levels of yoga and running experience welcome!

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