Well folks, it’s officially March and almost Spring which means it is time to start thinking about those itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikinis hiding at the bottom of your drawer. March is Nutrition Month and recently Charm City Yoga has joined with Shawn Paterakis, who is now the Director of Nutrition. So for the month we will be posting delicious recipes to help you get ready for the feel good weather that is upon us.
A little about Shawn…
Shawn Paterakis, a native Baltimorean, has been in the health and wellness world his entire life. Growing up in natural food markets, he remembers a time when carob was all the rage and going a day without salad was unthinkable. “I used to be that kid at camp that didn’t want to eat the hot dogs, coke, and dyed popsicles, and that was considered weird at the time.” His life’s journey later took him to Memphis, TN where he studied at Rhodes College earned a degree in Psychology, with minors in Religious Studies and Philosophy. There he discovered an interest in eastern wisdom traditions, meditation, and yoga.
While his first yoga class was less than ideal, it was the start of a journey that would bring him full circle to where he is today. “Yoga to me was a foreign concept at the time, where people contorted their bodies in unnatural ways to achieve enlightenment. I really had no conception of what it could be.” In 2008 he took his first Baptiste inspired power yoga class in Florida and ended up loving it. From then on it was a natural process of evolution.
Currently, Shawn is a student at the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where he has learned to incorporate knowledge from a wide range of theoretical vantage points and over a hundred different dietary theories. Shawn brings extensive experience with him from his background in teaching, youth counseling, and costumer service. He creates a well-rounded approach to wellness by promoting healing on the inside through food, self-discovery, and compassion.
Shawn is thrilled to be part of the Charm City Yoga community and serves here as the Director of Nutrition as well as a yoga instructor. You can join Shawn for Vinyasa Yoga on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am at the Federal Hill studio or Tuesday nights for Beginner Hot Vinyasa at 6:15pm at the Severna Park studio. Shawn is currently working to continue his yoga education under the direction of Kim Manfredi in the 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training.
So stay tuned for your first recipe of the month and in the meantime, click here to check out our nutrition website to learn more about Shawn’s programs.
Charm City Yoga has teamed up with Integrated Health Centers (IHC) to give our Perkville members more options. Starting TODAY, you can now use your Perkville points at any IHC Location.
IHC’s mission is to provide the highest quality alternative medicine, acupuncture, massage, and classes for the mind & body in Baltimore, Maryland. When you receive 200 points in Perkville you can bring your voucher in to any IHC location (that provides acupuncture services) and use your voucher for $25 towards any acupuncture service. Click here for more information on which centers offer acupuncture.
This deal is good through March 31st.
Not a Perkville member? Click here to join
Our children live in a hurry-up, competitive world. The daily pressures of school, friends, technology, and extracurricular activities have reached astounding levels. How can we help our children cope in this ever changing environment? Introduce them to yoga!
Yoga promotes a healthy and active lifestyle while teaching valuable ways to help our children unwind and relax. Children who practice yoga develop a positive awareness of their bodies while increasing strength and flexibility. Self-confidence improves, sleep improves, digestion improves, concentration improves.
And did we mention its FUN! Be Strong! Be Calm! Be Healthy! Be You! Be a Charm City Yoga Kid!
Click here to register today for the Columbia Studio! Saturdays, March 8-April 12th
(6 classes/$90; classes can be prorated to fit our busy kids)
What will John Bultman do for me?
John will help you transform your practice. He will help you to feel the sweet, soft place in asana. John invites an approach to the practice that reflects who you really are. Last year, I went to the Menla Mountain retreat to study with Richard Freeman and Robert Thurman. It was a wonderful weekend of Yoga and Buddhism but a real take away from the weekend was John Bultman. This guy is a young practitioner with hands the size of pancakes and a demeanor that could make a criminal cry. He is sweet and curious and strong. His ability to transmit the essence of the ashtanga practice is uncanny.
Who is he?
John is trained as a geologist, which I think gives him a real grounding in yoga:) He left rocks behind and now runs the yoga portion of the University of Virginia’s Ashtanga program. University of Virginia has the first US bachelors degree in yoga and his position is very prestigious. He is an authorized Level 2 Ashtanga teacher. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India is his teacher.
How does he teach if a Mysore class is not led?
John will work with you one on one. He will come over to you on your mat and help you find the right shape of the pose! He will stay next to you while you breath and relax he will give you tips and guidance. Finally John will help you to discover your inner teacher! At Menla, his advice was very affirming, very helpful and very valuable for my practice. He embodies and effectively communicates how beautiful the endeavor of yoga can be. You will get it!
That sounds serious, I am just a casual practitioner, can I come?
This workshop is for everyone. It weaves posture, philosophy and clinic. These sessions will give you time to ask questions and observe different techniques for practice. You will practice and you will listen to traditional teachings. This method of learning in yoga will awaken your brain and body in new ways. This method will allow you to practice, transform and thrive!
Can I sign up for a single session?
Yes you can, online registration is now open. We hope you will join us for the whole weekend but partial registration is now being accepted. Click here to register today!
Have you taken any 200hour yoga teacher training program? Do you want to freshen up teaching or jump back into the yoga community? If any of the answers are yes, please join Camille Moses-Allen this weekend for our Yoga Teacher Immersion Program.
Over the weekend teachers will deepen their yoga teaching in several ways:
• You will have an opportunity for personal yoga practice
• We will work on physical assists and hands on adjustments
• Practice teach with partners and in small groups
• Refine the art of sequencing, smart transitions, and dialogue
Camille Moses-Allen has been a yoga teacher for over 7 years and taught in Charm City Yoga’s teacher training programs for the last 4 years. During that time, she has helped thousands of yoga students and teachers find their own dynamic style of practice and teaching. Working with Camille in the immersion program will provide and opportunity for teachers to discuss their strengths, struggles, as well as successes in a group setting which provides and opportunity for community and connection.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 @ 1:30pm
Fells Point Studio (1807 Thames St. Baltimore, MD 21231)
(800) 336-9642 ext. 7
Join the effort to empower women and end domestic violence in Maryland with 108 Sun Salutations! This donation-only class is a fundraiser for the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, the state domestic violence coalition that aims to eliminate domestic violence in Maryland through training and advocacy.
Join CCY teacher Kara Volpe and Stacey Meadows for this incredible 2 hour class and set an intention that everyone deserves a loving relationship an safe home.
Questions? Or want to donate, but can’t attend?
Click here or call 301-429-3601
The Joy of Stopping.
We are always pushing. We are always striving. We are always competing either against ourselves or someone else. What does this get us? Where does this get us?
Ramanand Patel says, “I have been to the floor and back and God is not there.” He is referring to the striving for poses in yoga classes. Yes, we want to find our edge in the practice but not at the expense of the breath and the mind.
The Astanga “Mysore” practice is designed so we can notice our tendencies for grasping, it allows us to indulge in poses and it also provides a peaceful approach for those who are inquiring within.
Patabhi Jois said there are six series for those who need them but it is possible to find enlightenment with the first. What he was inferring is that the achievement of the postures is irrelevant to awakening.
The qualities of mindfulness, compassion, and intention seem to be important to cultivate on the yogic path. These are the qualities we want to embody in our daily life. This is how we approach the poses in the Mysore room.
If you are new to the practice, we will invite you to stop at various places in the series. Enjoy this stopping. These are the places where your body gets stuck. Where your mind gets agitated. Where your breathing gets irregular. These are the places where we get out the polishing cloth and work on the posture each day, shining them up, filling them with breath and life. These boundaries create an environment of safety and inclusiveness. This method makes it possible for everyone (beginners and advanced students) to practice together.
There is no shame in stopping. There is a freedom in being where you are and allowing the practice to be full and steady. Coming to the mat every day in a peaceful manner, you will become peaceful. What are you cultivating in your practice?
PS. IF YOU HAVE A REGULAR YOGA PRACTICE AND DO NOT WANT TO STOP, WE WONT MAKE YOU! OUR METHOD IS A SUGGESTED FORM. COME COME WHOEVER YOU ARE!
Love Kim, Heather, and Debbie
Stop obsessing about six pack abs and learn to love your core as a source of strength and stability…
With so much emphasis on how the belly looks, the abdomen’s role on overall health and wellness is often overshadowed by the expectation to have a flat belly or defined musculature in the midsection. Judith Lasater, PhD says “take a look at the Buddha, perhaps the world’s best-known yogi. In many paintings and statues, he doesn’t have abs of steel. Yogis know that chronically tight abdominals aren’t any healthier than chronically tight hamstrings or back muscles. Yoga can help you develop the perfect balance of abdominal strength, suppleness, relaxation, and awareness,” (check out the full article from Yoga Journal Article).
During this two hour workshop, Laura and I encourage exploring what core strength means to you and what role it plays in your yoga practice.
The workshop will include:
• A concise discussion of the anatomy of the abdominals
• Various exercises that are intended to help you access the strength of the naval center
• A vinyasa flow where you will be challenged to stay connected to the core as a source of stability and strength
• An opportunity to practice how to relax and stretch out the belly to keep the body supple
This class is open to all levels of students. The workshop is mostly asana with some discussion, so be prepared to practice!
It’s Feb-YOU-ary … It’s all about YOU this month! Forget Cupid for the day and bring some love into your heart.
February is Heart Health Month so be sure to stay healthy and keep on track with those new year resolutions. Not only keeping your heart healthy but also your mind. Michelle Cagan, a teacher at Charm City Yoga, says, “Listening and being in tune with your heart leads to a greater sense of love, compassion and joy. After all, love is the greatest healer.”
So take some time today to focus on yourself and check in, without judgement, to see where you are. Just remember, a happy heart is a healthy heart!
Spoil yourself this weekend and join us on Sunday, February 9th from 1pm – 3pm at our Pikesville location for a Heart Opening Workshop with Michelle Cagan. Let Michelle help you to open your heart with a few backbending postures. Positioning your heart over your head in these types of poses helps to develop surrender and trust. So let go of whatever you are holding on to and let love in.
It’s February Yogis & Yoginis! Which means, you might be tempted by those Valentine’s Day treats BUT here’s a delicious recipe by our very own yoga teacher and Midtown Studio Manager, Theresa Mulqueen! The recipe calls for NO flour and it includes protein – perfect to stay on track and still have something sweet!
Theresa teaches Gentle Yoga and you can sign up for her classes here.
We hope you enjoy and if you decide to make this, don’t forget to tag us so we can see how delicious they turn out!
Flourless Protein Muffins (Blueberry or Chocolate Chip)
- 1 16 oz bag of cashew or almond meal
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup agave (honey, maple or stevia)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tblsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 cup of blueberries or chocolate chip
- muffin cups
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine cashew or almond meal, baking soda and salt. In a smaller bowl beat eggs and combine agave, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Stir completely and then fold in the blueberries or chocolate chips. Bake for 20 minutes on the top shelf. Makes 14 muffins.
Welcome to Baltimore’s award winning yoga studios! At Charm City Yoga you will find yoga classes to suit all levels, from beginner to advanced, with a variety of styles, from Asthanga to Vinyasa Flow. If you are new to our studios then we invite you to try our Introductory Month of Unlimited Yoga for just $30.
- Meet the New Director of Nutrition!
- New Perkville Perk with Integrated Health Centers
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