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Join the #resetrevolution in London...

Finally — the Reset Revolution has arrived in London! Well, nearly...

Since my UK visa took much longer than anticipated, I've arrived in London just in time to turn around and head back to the Pacific Northwest for most of August to lead Jasyoga teacher training and road trip with Team Jasyoga to Oiselle's team camp (aka birdcamp) in Bend, Oregon.

Londoners: Thank you for your patience as I get things rolling. Classes are in the works for September and jasyoga.co.uk is up and running, where I'll post more updates for you soon. I can't wait to Hit Reset — use yoga to sustain balance for your sports, and your life — with you beginning this autumn.

In the meantime, whether you're in Seattle, London, or anywhere in between, please join the #resetrevolution expansion on Twitter and Instagram at @jasyogalondon. I'll share class, event, and training updates on these social platforms, plus plenty of UK shenanigans. And, if you see me running or stretching in Battersea Park (conveniently located across the street from Jasyoga London HQ), please say hi! In case you need a visual...

See you soon, OMies!

See you soon, OMies!

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How to optimize your Saturday...

Posse up, hOMeboys and hOMegirls! We're heading to Hilliard's Beer at 10am on Saturday, August 2 for fresh grinds from Mmmhmm Coffee, Picky Bars, an all-levels Hit Reset sesh with Team Jasyoga alongside DJ Nighttrain, and Bing of Fire breakfast crepes. Get there early and you might even get a front row spot aka sunbathe pose access. It's what we call an optimal Saturday morning.

Please BYOM (bring your own mat) and preregister — includes yoga, your first tallboy, and Picky Bars.

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Change your game. Help others do the same...

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Ever wonder why we're always telling you to put your Legs Up the Wall? Whether you’re an athlete psyched about yoga, or a yogi psyched about sports, your chance to learn the magic behind this athlete fave and many more is coming up Saturday, August 9 at our Yoga for Athletes Clinic in Seattle!

By popular demand, we've condensed our 3-day Clinic into a 6-hour intensive that will help you learn to think critically about specific-use yoga solutions, and give you tools to help you grow as an athlete, yoga practitioner, and coach.

You will learn…

Via lectures, practice, critical thinking exercises, and group discussion, we will explore:

  • Benefits: how yoga will make you a better athlete
  • Approach: practical yoga solutions for athletes aka "Keeping it Real"
  • Sequencing: how to plan relevant, effective classes for jocks

The Clinic includes…

  • 6 hours of training in a small-group setting
  • Lectures
  • Practice
  • Critical thinking exercises
  • Group discussion
  • Clinic handout and worksheets
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Support from Erin and colleagues
  • Upon successful Clinic completion, trainees are eligible to apply for Jasyoga Mentorship and open coaching positions on Team Jasyoga

Refer a friend/teammate/colleague and get $25 off your tuition... posse up!

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Be Healthy Without Being a Nut

Lauren Fleshman is healthy, but she definitely keeps it real.

Lauren Fleshman is healthy, but she definitely keeps it real.

Aka eat right and still have a life! As per usual, Picky Bars is keeping it real with their monthly guest blog...

Health and nutrition are a big deal. We get one body and one chance to use it! The way we treat our bods each day directly affects how we feel performing and living. That being said, sticking to a hardcore diet or regimen can be difficult and create a lot of unnecessary stress, which we all know is not healthy. So, as part of our guest blog series for Jasyoga, we’ve got some tips on how to live a life that is nutritionally, mentally, and physically healthful in a way that is realistic and sustainable for the long haul!

Tips

  • Get to the grocery store. Spending your pennies on quality colorful food is an investment. Buy the healthy stuff that appeals to you, rather than something unappetizing only because you know it’s good for you. It will rot in the fridge.
  • Pack your lunch. It’s easy to get stuck in bad habits. Birthday cake for lunch one day, coffee for lunch the next day, etc. Once you get in the habit, you can churn out a packed lunch in less than five minutes every morning — not to mention the time and money you’ll save by not eating out!
  • Treat yourself. Think of the things that you can’t imagine cutting out and save them for special occasions. The whole idea here is to be healthy in a way that is realistic and sustainable. Bold statements like, “I will never again drink beer or eat chocolate” usually result in temporary changes.
  • Make a plan. Decide what works for you and stick to it. Don’t freak out if it doesn’t work out! Skipping a day of exercise actually will not kill you.
  • Take into consideration overall health. How much are you laughing? Meditating? Being thankful? Giving to others? Removing stress from your life? All these things contribute to overall health in a very significant way as well — It’s about more than just diet and exercise.
  • Find friends or groups to exercise and set goals with! Knowing that someone else is holding you accountable to show up for a trail run prevents you from hitting snooze on your alarm. And, you can share memories and talk about life visions with one another!
  • Pack snacks. Eating frequently during the day prevents peeps from binging later in the day, and helps control blood sugar and metabolism. Avoiding the extreme mid-day energy drops is always a good thing! Can I get a Picky Bar?!
  • Try something new! Does the idea of going running every single day make you want to throw up? Fair enough — everyone is a unique individual and likes different things. Try rock climbing, mountain biking, or yoga. There are dozens of new activities to try!
  • Don’t “save up.” Just eat when you are hungry. And then stop. It’s important to refuel after an intense workout and the more often you eat, the better your metabolism will run — it makes sense.
  • Try to always combine a carbohydrate with a fat or protein. It’s not rocket science! It’s easy! Just add something that isn’t a grain or starch to something that is.
Mel Lawrence is running happy and healthy Like A Boss.

Mel Lawrence is running happy and healthy Like A Boss.

Lastly, remember to always enjoy your life! Try not to add all the extra stress that comes with trying to always be in control of what you eat. When you worry too much about it, you are taking away health from yourself in other ways. Try to think more of “big picture sustainable habits,” rather than wanting to quickly get in shape in the next month for swimsuit season. Love your life and yourself! Our bodies, hands, legs, heads, minds, and spirits are so wonderful and so capable.

Cheers!

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You are home.

When I first announced the news of my move and Jasyoga’s expansion back it April, I was thrilled — I was ready to skydive. Then, I ran into a brick wall called the UK government. As many of you know, I’ve been waiting for more than three months for my visa to arrive so that I can join our English Sporting Director (aka my hubs) in London and expand the Reset Revolution across the pond. If you’re familiar with our signature “Ughhhh” please go ahead and chime in with that right now.

To say that these last few months has tested me feels like an understatement. As much as I try to approach change as an opportunity to lead by example, living in limbo has pushed my patience and trust to the limit. My husband moved months ago, we’ve rented out our Seattle home, Jasyoga Seattle has a new Boss lady, and I’ve said goodbye (for now) to the athletes who are the reason why Jasyoga exists. My #viewfrommymat has become my #viewfrommy(parents)couch while the visa remains nowhere in sight and, as the foundation beneath me continues to shift, so has my sense of home. Despite the outpouring of support from the Reset Revolution, I’ve felt, well, homeless.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to keep my grip on reality — trying to keep perspective — and looking for ways to channel my rage at the UK government. Yoga has made me feel calm. Running has made me feel strong. My rose consumption has also doubled (at least). Knowing in my heart that I’m doing the right thing has keep me keep moving forward, even while I’ve felt stuck. Unsurprisingly, following that intuition led to many magic moments along the way that now I wouldn’t trade for anything…

Team Jasyoga in our natural habitat.

Team Jasyoga in our natural habitat.

The Picky Bars and Oiselle Little Wing OMies who so generously hosted me and the mobile studio in Bend.

The Picky Bars and Oiselle Little Wing OMies who so generously hosted me and the mobile studio in Bend.

Solo SUP with sister hero Lauren Fleshman... in dresses.

Solo SUP with sister hero Lauren Fleshman... in dresses.

Breathing space at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Breathing space at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Time with the original sister hero: my mom.

Time with the original sister hero: my mom.

... and many more.

I realize that, while I was busy searching for home, I was always there. I — we — are always at home in our own hearts, and when we return ourselves to that place we experience trust, patience, and ease. I felt glimpses of it while chasing Little Wing up a mountain, while rocking out to Led Zepplin on my 2,000-mile solo road trip to California, when athletes waived the Reset Revolution flag by coming to our outdoor studio, and every time the light caught the rings on my finger. And, I feel it now as I type — mid-flight en route to Miami where I’ll reunite with my other half, enjoy some R&R, and attend a workshop with one of my teachers before we fly to London.

I continue to feel ease every time I stop and take a deep breath in… a slow breath out…

And then I know I am home, which is exactly where I'm supposed to be.

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Special edition #outdoorstudio next Tuesday!

Posse up to run and then Hit Reset at the #outdoorstudio next Tuesday! We're teaming up with Girls on the Run Puget Sound, Solemates, and Oiselle for a 2-mile run around Green Lake, followed by a Jasyoga for Runners sesh, swag, and more!

Come for run, yoga, or both — all abilities and ages welcome! Please BYOM (bring your own mat).

  • When: Tuesday, July 8 — run is at 5:30pm, yoga starts at 6:30pm
  • Where: Green Lake Park (across the street from Super Jock 'n Jill — 210 E Greenlake Drive N)
  • Cost: Run is free, yoga is by donation/pay what you want!

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Boost Your "Tri" Performance

Coming in July: Jasyoga for Triathletes Series!

Why excel at just one thing when you can be good at three? As a triathlete, your performance depends on your ability to execute three different sports at a high level and transition between those three modalities with ease and power. Whether you're competing or swim/bike/running for fun, this three-class series will strengthen and stretch the specific muscles you need to perform your best in the water, on the bike, and on the trail.

  • When: Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 6:30–7:30pm
  • Where: Green Lake Park (across the street from Super Jock 'n Jill — 210 E Greenlake Drive N)
  • Cost: $40/3-class series or $15/class — find Jasyoga for Triathletes under the classes tab to sign up for single classes.

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Recipes for Recovery

Little Wing's Lauren Fleshman and Mel Lawrence will def be refueling after this workout... NOM!

Little Wing's Lauren Fleshman and Mel Lawrence will def be refueling after this workout... NOM!

Because eating right is key for Hitting Reset, our Picky OMies are back with some more nutrition tips for Jasyoga athletes!

This month, we want to focus specifically on nutrition for recovery. By now, you probably know that eating properly post-workout can do enormous amounts to speed your recovery and make sure you are ready to go for the next workout! But, what are the right things to eat? What are specific examples of foods that aid recovery?

Here at Picky, we really adhere to the 4:1 ratio when creating our bars. This 4:1 protein to carbohydrate ratio is ideal for recovery and 200 calories is ideal for the 30-minute window immediately following a tough session. Even if you want to stick to a low-carb diet, it’s still important to get in some carbohydrates immediately before and after the workout. Since a 4:1 ratio is can be difficult to mentally anticipate, just aim to combine a protein with a carbohydrate! It becomes easier once your mind starts working that way.

Here’s some easy snack ideas and recipes for you to try post workout...

10 Quick Post-Workout Snacks

  • 1 piece of whole wheat toast with 1 egg
  • 1 serving oatmeal with ½ serving plain yogurt
  • 1 serving of whole grain crackers with a soft cheese (soft cheese is healthier!)
  • ½ whole grain pita with 1 tbsp nut butter
  • Apple with 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 plain yogurt with fruit or honey
  • 1 rice cake with 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 serving cottage cheese with a handful of berries
  • A handful of balanced trail mix (one with lots of fruit and nuts — avoid lots of sugar, chocolate, and “yogurt” coating)
  • 1 Picky Bar

If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, here’s a smoothie recipe for ya to try!

Post-Workout Breakfast Smoothie

  • ⅔  frozen banana
  • ⅓ cup frozen mango
  • handful of kale
  • 12 almonds
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • Blend until smooth. Enjoy with a spoon. If desired, stir in a handful of raw oats for some texture.

There is really no "magic" way to prepare healthy meals for a healthy lifestyle. It’s just about learning what is consistently manageable in your own life and what level of health you feel is sustainable in the long run. Knowledge is always a powerful tool, so we hope this advice will help you achieve your recovery goals!

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Rock the Rock 'n' Roll — then #hitreset


Racing this summer?! Nice work! As most runners know, staying injury-free can be quite the challenge, and rest days are never quite long enough. After all that pavement pounding, you deserve to treat yoself! Come Hit Reset post- Rock ‘n’ Roll half/full marathon (or whatever you’re training for) next Sunday, June 22, 10am at our outdoor studio with Mighty O donuts, OMies, and sunshine! This hour-long restorative sesh will ease stiff hips and hammies, mitigate post-training/racing booty lock, and leave you feeling refreshed so you can get back to running your best.

All levels welcome! Please register by June 19 — includes organic, vegan donuts and coffee from Mighty-O donuts, plus some surprises! Yum.

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Technique Tuesday — Standing Side Bend (aka side stitch mitigation)

Ughhh — the side stitch. Every runner knows it well. It’s kind of like the tickle in your throat that conveniently pokes up in a quiet movie theater or coffee shop. You want to ignore it, push it aside, and move on, but it nags you until it becomes a full-blown cough — or, in this case, a side ache.

Try it: Standing Side Bend

Don’t fear, we’ve got your back (and your sides!). Take two minutes for this simple pre-run stretch that will open up your lungs and loosen the connective tissue that spans the length of your rib cage, helping you to run and race side-stitch free!

  • Bring your feet hip's width apart and keep your knees bent slightly.
  • Turn your palms forward and reach your arms overhead.
  • Cross your right arm in front of your left, bringing the backs of your palms together.
  • Cross your right leg over your left, keeping your feet flexed and knees slightly bent.
  • Bend your torso toward the left as you reach your crossed arms to the left — feel the bend coming from the middle of your rib cage aka the middle of your spine.
  • Hold for 5 deep breaths, feeling the entire right side of your body lengthening before switching sides.

Happy racing!

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The #outdoorstudio is open!

It's official! The #outdoorstudio is open! Posse up all summer long in our prime spot at Green Lake Park, across the street from Super Jock 'N Jill. No need to sign up for our ongoing Tuesday eve sesh or Jasyoga Abs, which are by donation/pay what you want. Please do pre-resgister for our Sport-Specific Clinics and Series.

Don't forget to share your #viewfrommymat, and BYOM (bring your own mat)!

Tuesday Outdoor Studio
Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30pm all summer long!
The best of our recovery, injury prevention, and performance tactics... outside!

Jasyoga Recovery for Runners + Mighty-O donuts
Sunday, June 22, 10–11:30am

As most runners know, staying injury-free can be quite the challenge, and rest days are never quite long enough. After all that pavement pounding, you deserve to treat yoself! Come Hit Reset post- Rock ‘n’ Roll half/full marathon (or whatever you’re training for) at our outdoor studio with Mighty O donuts, OMies, and sunshine! This hour-long restorative sesh will ease stiff hips and hammies, mitigate post-training/racing booty lock, and leave you feeling refreshed so you can get back to running your best.

Jasyoga Abs
Thursdays, June 26 and August 7, 6:30–7:30
Training your trunk to be strong will optimize everything you do. This class will focus on some serious (and seriously fun) functional core exercises that will power your sports performance by powering up your core.

Jasyoga for Triathletes Series
Thursdays, July 10–24, 6:30–7:30pm
Why excel at just one thing when you can be good at three? As a triathlete, your performance depends on your ability to execute three different sports at a high level and transition between those three modalities with ease and power. Whether you're competing or swim/bike/running for fun, this three-class series will strengthen and stretch the specific muscles you need to perform your best in the water, on the bike, and on the trail

Jasyoga for Runners Clinic
Saturday, July 12 10–11am

The sun’s out and we know you’re upping your mileage for summer racing! Whether you're a half or full marathon veteran, or a first-time 5Ker, join us for a Jasyoga for Runners Workshop designed to help you learn to use yoga to optimize your running while mitigating run-induced tweaks, strains, and pains.

Jasyoga for Cyclists Clinic
Saturday, August 23, 6:30–7:30pm
The wheels on the bike go round and round, round and round… That means your muscles are hard at work, too! This hour-long sesh will break down the mechanics of spinning and help you identify what muscle groups need a tune-up so that you can cycle with more power and ease, no matter where the road takes you.

PS If it's raining (which it won't be, since the outdoor studio is in Seattle), class will be cancelled!

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#viewfrommymat

Yoga is a practice.

More specifically, we use it as a practice of sustaining balance in order to optimize our experiences in sport and in life — to recover, prevent injuries, and perform to our full potential.

One of the things I love most about this practice is that you can do it anytime, anywhere — you don’t even need a mat. And, the beauty is that the more you embrace that reality, the more you live your yoga and as a result begin to close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

You live your yoga when you choose to skip an extra workout in exchange for a much-needed Legs up the Wall sesh. You live your yoga when you acknowledge a nagging tweak/strain/pain and choose to address it rather than ignoring it and pushing yourself into a full-blown injury. You live your yoga when you’re on the last lap, in the last inning, or in overtime, and you find it within yourself to keep going not by gritting your teeth, but by taking a deeper breath.

Your “view from my mat” then becomes a simple practice of opening your eyes — opening your heart — and seeing what’s there day-to-day, moment-to-moment, because it’s only with that awareness that you can do what needs to be done to sustain balance.

We invite you to practice this awareness with us this summer at our #outdoorstudio and beyond. Use Instagram and Twitter to share your #viewfrommymat and realize that your yoga practice is happening all the time — you just have to open your eyes and look.

PS! The Outdoor Studio kicks off Tuesday, June 3, 6:30pm at Green Lake (across the street from Super Jock ‘N Jill), and will continue Tuesday eves all summer long! No need to sign-up, just come Hit Reset! Please BYOM (bring your own mat).

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Lets talk Yoga for Athletes — Summer Clinic registration now open!

Our Yoga for Athletes Clinic is coming to Seattle this summer!

As the only yoga for athletes teacher training on the west coast, our Clinic will hook you up with a practical yoga skill set to help you in your sports and beyond. Not sure you want to teach, you say? No biggie! This Clinic is for:

  • Athletes looking for practical yoga skills for optimal recovery, injury prevention, and performance
  • Coaches, athletic trainers, and fitness professionals of all kinds interested in adding functional yoga into their programs
  • People who want to teach yoga to athletes — and potentially join Team Jasyoga

Info Meeting
Want to learn more? Or, want to just have a beer and put your Legs Up the Wall? Join us at Hilliard's Beer at 5:30pm on Thursday, June 5 for a yoga for athletes chat and Clinic info sesh with Founder & Head Coach Erin Taylor and Team Jasyoga. Tallboys are on us — posse up and bring your questions!

In the meantime, check out our teacher training page for complete Clinic deets and registration info!

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Eat right for optimal performance.


Picky Bars CEO Jesse Thomas winning the Wildflower Triathlon — for the 4th year in a row!

Picky Bars CEO Jesse Thomas winning the Wildflower Triathlon — for the 4th year in a row!

If you're like us, you're always hungry. And, Picky Bars saves our butts daily from hanger/yunger/runger — all different kinds of hunger-induced discomfort and cray cray. Seriously though, it can be hard to figure out what to nosh pre- and post-workout. Here's some sweet tips from our Picky OMies...

Get it right, get it tight!

We’ve all had those workouts where we think, “If only I hadn't have eaten that meal right before,” or “Geesh I feel so weak and hungry right now.” Perfecting fuel for exercise is a science! And, it's different for every body, which is why it’s important to know your body and try out a couple different routines to see which works best for you personally. One of Lauren Fleshman’s inspirations for creating Picky Bars is her triathlete hubby, who was having stomach issues that were preventing him from training to his full potential. While there is no “perfect” snack for everyone, there are ideal foods and ratios that could benefit you the next time you hit the yoga mat, hiking trails, or wherever your athletic prowess takes ya! We’ve worked out some suggestions to help you eat right, depending on what you are doing!

Low Intensity Training
(Walking, Yoga, Running < 45 minutes, biking < hour, strength training, etc.)

This is what most of us do every day! And, fortunately, these are the easiest activities to fuel. If you’re eating a healthy diet including whole foods in moderation and snack every couple of hours throughout the day, you don’t need to worry much about fueling these types of sessions — Phewf! However, if you’re having stomach issues, play around with removing different foods earlier in the day and see how that affects your workout. Some people try eliminating fiber or dairy (things that are more difficult to digest) and notice a big difference. Most people in this “low intensity” category are exercising for overall life health and not a competition, so while you don’t need to mind pre- and post-exercise snacks quite as much, it’s still super important to maintain a diet high in nutrients in order to achieve optimal health!

NOTE: A lot of studies have actually linked the “healthiest people” to performing moderate exercise every day and monitoring health in other areas (sleep, nutrition, moderation, laughter, etc.).

Medium Intensity Training
(Gets the heart rate up a bit, exercising for > 1 hour, running up to 90 minutes)

Pre-workout:
This is still not a gut-clenching, over-the-top effort, but one that requires food planning. For example, it can be good to have some “quick sugar” right before you exercise. This is not the type of food you want to eat regularly, but a quick bite or gulp of something with a lot of sugar can be great immediately before you exercise. If you haven’t eaten a meal for a couple hours, it’s also great to have a small meal or snack  1–2 hours before getting out the door. Ideas for this include a banana with nut butter, a small serving of oatmeal with a honey drizzle and nuts, a small yogurt with fruit, a piece or toast with nut butter, etc. Anytime you are pairing a carbohydrate with a fat or protein, it’s really beneficial because your body is then able to use the energy over a longer period of time and avoid sugar crashes that happen when you eat a carbohydrate on its own. Pairing is always winning, and there are endless combinations, so you should use whatever tastes and works best for you.

Post-workout:
This is also the type of workout when eating afterward becomes important. We will talk more about this in the high intensity section, but the ideal recovery ratio is 4:1 carbohydrate to protein (the exact ratio of Picky Bars)! Getting in food in the 30 minutes directly after exercise is the “ideal recovery window” — the time when eating will be most beneficial for you. It can be hard when people are trying to lose or maintain weight to understand why all this eating is happening surrounding a workout. Eating small meals frequently is much better for your body than ‘saving up’ for a meal or starving for a couple hours. You don’t have to eat more calories (unless you are training more, in which case you do!). It’s just important to time them wisely.

High Intensity Training
(Working out for >90 minutes, speed specific work, high heart rate exercise, any type of long or hard effort)

Pre-workout:
This is where eating and nutrition can become crucial and really affect how you feel and perform while working out or competing. Pros seem to have this art mastered, but most of us learn through trial and error. Before prolonged excercise, it’s important to make sure you have a meal or substantial snack. This should be higher in carbohydrates than your normal meals as your body will use this as fuel for the workout. If it’s early in the morning and you don’t have time to have and digest a large meal, at least get some sort of food in pre-workout because it’s not good to exercise on empty (think trying to use a car without any gas or a computer that hasn’t been charged). This is probably the biggest time for potential fail so you will definitely have to try out some different food combinations to see what works best. Some ideas are: toast with nut butter and a banana, oatmeal with fruit and yogurt, and yogurt or kefir with muesli and honey. If you don’t have enough time, try to at least get in a Picky Bar (or whatever your preference is). Once you're in your workout, fuel should come in the form of quick sugar: sugary chews or drinks, jelly beans, or a gel. These things are high in sugar, which is the fastest way for your body to receive and process carbohydrate with the least amount of energy so you won’t have stomach issues and cramping. If you are exercising 90+ minutes, you need to start this fueling process at 60 minutes and continue fueling every 20-30 minutes until you finish.

Post-workout:
Fueling within the 30 minute window is prime — this is when you get the most from the food you consume and your body will be able to benefit and recover. It’s possible to decrease your recovery time by significant amounts of time (days!) if you learn how to recover properly. It's at times like this when the 4:1 carbohydrate and protein ratio are really essential. It’s pretty impossible to know the exact carb and protein ratios in everything we eat, but we can still do our best. As always, combinations are the key! Your body will be able to use the energy from a carb plus fat or carb plus protein much better than any of these things on their own.

So, there ya have it! Though this is only a brief summary of what to eat while training, it covers the basic and most important "how-to" for while you're getting after it. Make sure to experiment. We are all unique individuals and our bodies seem to have their own special preferences and restrictions. Don’t let stomach issues prevent ya from following your active dreams.

Cheers!

Oiselle's Little Wing getting after it!

Oiselle's Little Wing getting after it!

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Embrace inexperience and use it to grow.

I have a lot of experience being the youngest. I’m the youngest in my family. I’ve been the youngest on my team and in classes. And now, I'm the youngest member of Team Jasyoga. Being young has its pros and cons. With youth comes energy, enthusiasm, and resilience. It also comes with inexperience.

Honestly, being inexperienced can suck. Inexperience is a tough teacher because it often tests you before you feel totally prepared. And, more often than not, these tests are thrown at you full throttle. But, inexperience can also be incredibly empowering. Without preconceived notions, you are free to absorb anything and everything. Without fabricated and self-imposed limitations, you’re free to think big. Without fear of failure, you’re free to test, free to learn, and free to really be creative. While there is much to be said for the value of experience and the wisdom that stems from it, it’s important to balance that with the good juju — the optimism — of inexperience and the excitement that comes from climbing beyond of your comfort zone.

One thing I’ve learned from being the youngest is that inexperience doesn’t equal ineptitude, as long as you stretch yourself so that you continually grow. I’ve also come to embrace opportunities to learn from the experience of others so that I don’t always have to learn the hard way. When you’re surrounded by the right people, inexperience becomes more ease-ful, and that is what I’ve found on Team Jasyoga, where I continue to soak up the experience of my “elders.”

So, strike a balance between inexperience and experience, and surround yourself with the right posse so that you have more space and more support to grow. That’s what I plan to keep doing.

How has inexperience helped you?

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Core first. Beer second.

Rise and shine, OMies! Lets wake up and do some core work... and then drink some tallboys. We're heading back to our fave brewery at 10am on Saturday, May 31 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.

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

Cyclist hook up!
In celebration of National Bike Month, come through on your bike and you'll get half off admission (just 10 bucks for yoga, a tallboy, and Picky Bars) — no need to pre-register, just come show off your ride.

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National Bike Month just got limber.

Shift into gear, OMies, it’s National Bike Month! It’s going to be off the chain — literally — and I’m here to be your spokes-woman for all your cycling needs. Okay, okay, I’ll pump the brakes — you’re probably getting tire-d of my biking puns but I can’t contain my glee! Yoga AND biking, how can you not get excited about that?

Taking time to grease your chain and top off your tire pressure is essential to keeping your bike in top shape and your body is no different — you gotta tune it up. Whether you’re a seriously speedy cyclist, a bike commuter, or you casually rock a unicycle, ensuring all of your gears — aka your joints and tissues — are moving fluidly can mean the difference between smooth sailing and deflating mid-workout. Even if you don’t have time for an hour-plus yoga practice, just a few key poses will go a long way to help you sustain balance and in turn optimize your cycling by:

  • Moving your body outside the cycling range of motion (aka hip flexion/extension) — a must for sustaining balance
  • Stretching your pedaling muscles, including quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves, which will promote growth of new, strong muscle tissue
  • Re-lengthening the front of your body after hunching over your handlebars, resulting in better posture and less back strain
  • Reminding your body of your full breath capacity so that you can boost your endurance on your next ride, keep your mind calm, and recover more effectively

Cyclist hook up!
Ride your bike to our next yoga + beer sesh at Hilliard’s Beer on Saturday, May 31 and you'll get half off admission (just 10 bucks for yoga, a tallboy, and Picky Bars) — no need to pre-register, just come show off your ride.

And, in the meantime, hit up Pinwheel (pictured above) to help mitigate post-ride booty lock.

Happy riding!

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Meet Team Jasyoga — Sporting Director Bree Dillon

Our new hOMegirl — diving in!

Our new hOMegirl — diving in!

By now, you've probably heard about our London expansion... One of the most exciting things about these changes is that Team Jasyoga is growing! We're excited to introduce our new Sporting Director, Bree Dillon, who will be leading the Reset Revolution in Seattle. Boss mode: ON. In addition to running our stateside operations, Bree is also a Jasyoga Coach — she'll help you Hit Reset in our team training, everyday athlete, and private coaching sessions.

Like many people, Bree first rolled out a yoga mat for the physical challenge, and it wasn’t long before she started to see her performance in other disciplines excel — she became stronger in the weight room, a faster runner, a more efficient swimmer, and a more agile outdoor explorer. Needless to say, she was psyched!

Get to know our new yogi/athlete...

Fave sport(s)?
run/bike/swim, climbing, soccer

Any upcoming events/races?
Color Run 5K, Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, Deschutes Brewery 5K, Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon

What does the Reset Revolution mean to you?
It means being part of a movement of athletes — people who are in hot pursuit of finding balance so that we can perform at our best in any challenge we're presented with. 

What do you do to Hit Reset?
For me, Hitting Reset means seeking rest — resting easy/fully/mindfully. I tend to move fast and go hard, so slowing down and appreciating the moment I'm in and breathing in to my full lung capacity are ways I start to personally reset. And Legs Up the Wall of course! 

Fill in the blank: "Yoga makes me feel ________."
...my strongest.

Read Bree's complete bio on our coaches page and stay tuned for ops to roll out your mat with her this summer!

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Namaste, mamas!


“Why don’t you just quit your job and teach yoga full-time?” my mom asked. “You can do it.”

We were walking in Ravenna Park, across the street from my childhood home in Seattle. At the time, I was working as a journalist and teaching yoga on the side, itching to ditch my day job and roll out my mat full-time.

What my mom said to me that day was a revelation: “She’s right! I can do it!”

Now, I have my own baby and its name is Jasyoga (making my mom and I both proud mamas at its birth aka launch party in 2010 as seen above). I spend most of my time with it, I sometimes loose sleep because of it, and I know its not always pretty. Luckily, it rarely poops its pants. I’ve come to realize that in the process of caring for this baby that I’m also nurturing myself and those around me — and that is incredibly energizing, which I’m pretty sure is what following your heart is meant to feel like.

I have to thank my mom for helping me to nurture my passion before I knew how to nurture it myself — she did this simply by believing in me. So as you’re thinking about your mom this weekend, also think about what you’re “mothering.” Whether you're a man or woman, believe in yourself and nurture that baby, that project, that partner, that goal… Take the nudge from yo mama — she often does know best.

What are you nurturing this spring? How can you help others nurture their passions?

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Keep crazybrain in check.


Hi, my name is Lulu Hays and I have crazybrain.

Maybe you know what I’m talking about… It’s that week I stayed late at work every day because, you know, all my projects just had to be perfect. It was yesterday when I decided, sure, after work I’ll just hit up Abby’s BBQ, Susie’s birthday party, and, oh yeah, squeeze in a run with Chris. And, speaking of running, it was that week I racked up mondo-miles because… well, just because.

These tendencies are no doubt influenced by perfectionism, anxiety, and fear of failure. Not to mention the notion drilled into my head for so many years as a competitive athlete that “If I’m not training, someone else is.” And, let’s be real, crazybrain does work — up to a certain point.

When I put in all those extra hours at my desk and in the lab I do get recognized for it. Heck, even promoted. And, attending every party or event I’m invited to pretty much ensures I’ll never be lonely or bored. And, all those extra miles will lead to blowing my PR to smithereens. 

But, what about that time I missed an important family gathering because I was stuck at work? Or, the time I overextended myself and didn’t have fun at the five different parties I attended last weekend because I was constantly running from one event to the next? Or that time I got injured. Oh, wait, the 50 percent of my running career I’ve spent injured.

So, how to keep crazybrain from getting out of control? How to use that drive in the time when I need it most and drop it when I don’t? For me, it takes an intentional slowing down — “Hitting Reset” as the Jasyoga OMies say.

Even just a five minute break between meetings at work to sit alone, be still, and slow down my breath kicks the crazybrain down a notch and helps me approach the day with more ease. Sometimes it’s just saying “no” to double booking the calendar or taking that rest day instead of the usual pavement pounding.

Keeping my brain from going down, down to crazytown is a constant work in progress. But, I work and run better and I’m more present for the people I care for when I take that time to Hit Reset.

Managing crazybrain — That’s what the Reset Revolution means to me.

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