Why kids need to be taught Mindfulness

Often summertime offers kids an opportunity to break away from the rigid schedules and busyness of school and slow down a bit.  The slower schedule of summer can also bring about an opportunity to introduce children and young adults to new ideas or ways of being.  Kids minds may be better able to attend to ideas of mindfulness and meditation as ways of addressing their anxiety and stress they may often encounter over the school year.  

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is the act of becoming more in the present moment and can be achieved through breath work (pranayama) or meditation (watching our thoughts with non-attachment) and/or yoga postures (asana). 

Although many studios (including DRISHTIQ Yoga) offer yoga classes for kids and teens- there are also many great articles online that help explain mindfulness to kids and resources online and on the app store that help parents and caregivers foster a mindfulness or meditation practice with their kids. 

Watching mediation videos like Amy K's mindful moment or using apps like Smiling Mind can allow kids the opportunity to practice meditation or mindfulness in small amounts of time each day.  These resources can give them tools they need to understand how becoming more present in each moment, slowing down the breath, focusing the mind away from the worries about the past or fears or anxiety about the future. 

YOGA IN SCHOOLS

DRISHTIQ Yoga is excited to work with our community  to bring yoga and mindfulness to area teens and young adults.  We've been privileged to serve area schools staff and students as well as local Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops and other social and educational settings.  We are here if you need help or have an opportunity for us to come in and share our expertise with the students or population you serve.

Just give us a call or stop in so we can chat! 




WHY TEACHER TRAINING AT DRISHTIQ IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

Recognize the smiling faces above? Yogis, just like you. Many of them, DRISHTIQ Yogis, finding their way on their mats. One day they felt that urging.  The call to go further. Further in their practice, further into the understanding of what's happening on this path of yoga they're traveling.  

They were familiar with DRISHTIQ, they trusted the knowledgable, approachable teachers, and the embracing community. They are bought into the journey of yoga and the quality of they yoga they found at DRISHTIQ.  Teacher training was the next step. And they jumped in, knowing there will never be a better time to take in this life enhancing opportunity.

But you don't have to take my word for it...

Throughout TT, the instructors freely and gladly shared their knowledge with us.
I knew I wanted to be a Yoga teacher, but after TT and the instructions there, I now have true examples of being a teacher to live up to.
If you are on the fence about TT, I encourage you to take the first step of your Yoga journey here at DRISHTIQ Yoga. You will be pleasantly surprised by your destination. -Rikako Yoshimoto

When I signed up for Drishtiq RYT 200 teacher training program I did so because of the teachers that were running the program. I knew all of them and the diverse knowledge and style they have is amazing. I knew the program would be comprehensive and help me embark on my yoga journey. I knew I loved yoga and wanted to explore why. The seven month journey with my fellow students and teachers was life changing. 

-Therese Currin

I highly recommend pursuing teacher training at Drishtiq! My family lives in Mason and I was a member at Drishtiq for a few months before deciding on teacher training. I chose to do it during my last year of medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus. I was worried that the time commitment and commute would be difficult since I was a full-time student in a different city. However, the teachers at Drishtiq were incredibly accommodating of my schedule and needs, occasionally meeting with me individually to help me get caught up when medical school interfered. 

- Linda Pann

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A History of DRISHTIQ

Happy 6 year Anniversary Drishtiq Yoga! Man time has flown.

It feels like yesterday I had just moved to Ohio. Little did we know my mom was going to make her dream a reality and open up a yoga studio. The news was exciting to the family and we all wanted to know what was going on and how we would be apart of it.

DRISHTIQ

I still remember helping my mom pick out the logo design. I wasn’t able to understand the true meaning behind Drishtiq and our logo until I grew a little older.

For those of you that don’t know, the sanskrit word “drishti” means focus. It’s used in yoga as a way to stay balanced and grounded in your yoga practice. Aside from yoga, it is an essential tool to be used in life. If we stay focused in our goals, we will be able to accomplish them, whether it’s fitness goals or life goals this idea is crucial in setting you up for success..

To emphasize this message, my mom added the “Q” to the end of drishti to symbolize infinite focus. One that is focused is equipped to pursue on their path to their goals.

More importantly, it doesn’t matter your background, how fit or smart you are, or where you are in life, anyone with focus can obtain their goals. Through your drishti you are able to grow as a human and get closer to your aspirations. This focus is infinite and that’s the meaning of Drishtiq.

When it came to choosing a design for the logo it was really important that it embellished the message of Drishtiq. This is how we landed on the logo we use today.

The majority of the logo follows the image of an eye. This is where we find focus in a more practical sense. It’s our gaze and view. All physical goals can be seen. However what do you do if your goals aren’t physical? What if your goal is to become more understanding and pateint with others? You can think of this eye as an internal eye as well. Our internal eye is always there and ready to start on our intentions. Whether it’s our own eyes or our internal eyes, the fuse to our goals always starts there.

Once the focus has lit, our ambition is ablaze. The flame is the pupil of the eye which symbolizes our ambition in conquering our challenges and obtaining our goals. Between the colors and the imagery it very nicely encompasses the message in our name.    

Next time you see our logo I hope you find a deeper meaning in it and use it as a little push forward on your intentions.

With enough drishti or focus, nothing can get in between you and your goals.

This is DRISHTIQ.

Yoga's Health Benefits

Many inches of snow and subzero temperatures, it’s safe to say that the weather starting out 2019 has been pretty crazy. I don’t even know if the groundhog saw its shadow; all I know, is the other week was pretty warm and now we are back to the cold. (yippee…)

Meditation

These sudden changes in weather affect our health and yoga practice as a whole. In deep focus or meditation, sudden feelings sparking thoughts of It’s way too hot out or I’m freezing can distract us from focusing on breath and stillness, effectively ruining the emersion that meditation provides. By training ourselves to be mindful of this and continuing to practice daily, perhaps you will find yourself barely noticing it at all.

Additionally, with this weather comes sickness: cold, flu, you name it, it’s going around. Nonetheless, yoga is great for boosting your immune system when you need it the most.

Shoulder-stands and headstands are great if you have them in your practice. They get the blood flowing in reverse which is helpful in activating lymph nodes to better fight off disease. Of course good old down dog and forward fold are great for this too, allowing you to release tension and relax.

Bridge pose is also helpful to get blood flowing to the head while stimulating the Thymus and clearing your sinuses, which will help your immune system function. This is also good to open up your chest and shoulders and release tension in those areas. Twists are also helpful in opening up the hips, back, and shoulder areas.

And why not spend some extra time in a resting pose? Along with downward dog, child’s pose and Savasana are great. After all, when you are sick, sometimes just lying down is all you need.

Finally, the use of essential oils are also helpful for improving the immune system from what I’ve researched. Check online and do your own research to learn more.

Lemon Essential Oil is great for detoxing the body and can be put in water.

Diffusing Burglars can proactively stop a cold.

Oregano Essential Oil can strengthen the immune system overall.

These are just a few that I could find but I encourage you to research yourself to find what works best for you! Taking time to care for yourself is so important during these winter months and is something we tend to lose sight of during this time of the year. Make it a priority -- you deserve it.



Weathering the Storm

For most of us, it's not always storming. Our lives aren't always filled with chaos and turmoil, threat of danger, illness or injury. Our minds may feel that way sometimes- our inner "roommate" may constantly be warning us of impending threats, contemplating reasons to worries or possible worst outcomes.

In reality- only 50% of our lives are spent in storms.  

But when you're in one, it may seem like there is no place to turn.  

The Role of Self Care

That's why a regular self care practice can prepare us in the body and mind- and change our reaction to storms when they really do arise. No one is immune to trauma.  We all will experience our own trauma from time to time. We are human, and that is a part. 

However we can work to live in a way that we are better able to move through trauma in all its "glory". Creating a life of accepting that even storms bring sunshine. Our yoga practice is just that, a practice.  On our mats we tap in to more stillness, peace, and breathe trying to find as safe place to land. When things are going quite well,and when the reality is just the opposite.


As a community of yogis, we know we are all on a journey. That's why our studio is one of the happiest places to be.  A place of acceptance, honor for one another, and space- physical space and the mental/emotional space we can find in the communal solitude we find on our mats. And that's why when we can't make it to the studio- because of storms or impending weather,we find solace on our mat in our home practice when we can.  With the helpful guidance of an online yoga practice or simply using what we've learned at the studio to move and breathe through some postures.

Gratitude- for self care.  Self care- knowing where to land when you're not sure where to go, is a life preserver. Namaste.



A Break to Come Back and Find Myself

My little over 5 months of a cross country season has finally come to an end. First, I want to thank everyone in the studio who always checked in to see how my season was going and congratulated me on accomplishments during the season. We have the best yogis and community!

So what does this mean?

It means I have a lot more time to do the things that I sacrificed during my cross country season. I really did enjoy cross country but it came with a lot of sacrifices. I can finally stay up late again and skateboard and practice guitar and not stress so much about not having enough time to finish homework. It has been nice to reconnect with some of my passions again. I could talk about the importance of staying connected to your true self and indulging in your passions but I will leave that to my mom. She is way more knowledgeable on that topic with her B3 method and is a lot more well spoken in the topic. In fact she has a whole program to help you reconnect with your passions in her B3 Method Institute.

All I can say is I feel more like myself now that I can do some of the other things I haven’t done in awhile.

Start Yoga

One of those things I have not done in awhile is yoga.

I decided I needed some yoga in my life again. I have become afraid the longer I go without yoga the less mobile I will be. That did not go well with my overall fitness goals. So going into the Saturday Hot Vinyasa at 10am I did not have very high expectations. I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty but I was just happy I was finally taking a yoga class after such a long time.

To my surprise I hadn't lost as much flexibility as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tough and I definitely can’t do those splits or lotus poses, but I was able to still touch my toes and really extend my downward dog. I just felt accomplished in a sense I was working on my flexibility again. During the class I also felt nostalgic. It had been such a long time since I have done yoga that it was bringing me back to the past. I remembered how easy it was to just fly up into a crow or do wheel pose or move fluidly to the next pose. This is what I wanted to work back towards. Now that I had the opportunity to go to yoga again, I want to be able to work on this.

My body felt renewed from the stretching.I felt the post yoga class buzz through my body that I haven’t felt in awhile (I also felt very drenched from my sweat which wasn’t one of the more pleasant feelings). Most Importantly, I came out of that class with a goal come to yoga more often and fight the tightness of aging with yoga.

So don’t be surprised if you start seeing me in your yoga class here at Drishtiq.



Yoga Goals

Yoga Goals

Whatever your goal is DRISHTIQ Yoga wants to help you reach it.  Our classes are designed with you in mind. Often our instructors ask at the beginning of class- what are your intentions, what do you need from your practice today?  These are questions you should also be asking yourself- Why am I here?  What can I commit to each week so I can reach my goal?

Stop in and chat with our front desk. Share your goals with us. Let's get started reaching them.

We're ready....are you?

Confessions of a High School Senior & Yogi

Confessions of a High School Senior & Yogi

Sitting behind the front desk one wednesday evening shift, I thought it would be cool to enlighten the readers of the Drishtiq Yoga blog perhaps with a new perspective on the presence of yoga in my life. This reflection begins even before this very space we call Drishtiq Yoga was even a thought. It begins even before my family and I moved to Ohio. It begins when this new word was just being introduced to my 5 year old vocabulary. It sounded kinda funny to me. YO - Guh. In fact every time I heard the word Yoga, I thought of the well known Star Wars character, Yoda (my Dad was just beginning to show me this awesome trilogy). Well it turns out it wasn’t a character in Star Wars but still a pretty foreign concept to me.


At this time my mother had just had my little brother and had been left pretty sick after the pregnancy. So bad that her doctor told her she couldn’t do any physical activity. Now if you know my mother she maintains a pretty active lifestyle and the thought of no physical activity seems like the end of the world. So this prompted her to ask the question: So there’s nothing I can do? That’s where this new foreign word pops in. YO-Guh. The doctor said she could do yoga. It would actually prove to be pretty beneficial.

Back to School Not Back to Stress

Back to School Not Back to Stress

For teachers and students alike, gearing up to go back to school is not the most exciting thing in the world. Besides seeing your friends and meeting new teachers, the school year brings stress and anxiety for everyone.

Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever gone to sleep before midnight on the first-day-of-school-eve as I lie in bed, anxiously contemplating what will happen the next day and where my summer had gone.

It's common for you or your children to feel stressed on the first day; who am I going to sit with at lunch? What if my teachers don’t like me? What if I fall down the stairs and make a complete fool of myself? With this, the cycle of stressful classes, homework and tests also begins. And to make a healthy learning environment, we need to eliminate some of that stress. Here are a few tips to help you or your child transition into a stress free school year:

Make Self Care a Lifestyle, Not just a Resolution....

Happy (almost) New Year!

New Years Resolutions

Time to set those resolutions, get inspired, and energized for the New Year you have been given.

2018 is knocking at the door and it will soon be time to let it in!  Before you do-- take a moment in gratitude to truly FEEL 2017. What do you have to be grateful for in the past year? Even if it's been the hardest,  most challenging year yet…. What can you find hiding in the corners that strikes a bit of gratitude in your heart?

Now stop-- breath there...allow the gratitude to become an ALL OVER physical sensation for a moment-- notice how the physical body responds to gratitude-- and instead of letting the thought pass-- for a moment, be OVERWHELMED by the physical sensation of gratitude.

Now moving into 2018, how can you channel that which brought you bliss in 2017 and bring it with you in 2018?  

Perhaps it’s the relationship you had with your yoga mat, your meditation bolster, or lavender eye pillow?

The safe space you have created to come and surrender, find space, and move into peace and bliss in the body-- and likewise because, we believe yoga means Union- if we can find space in the physical body-- perhaps, then, we can also believe this transcends into the mental-emotional space as well.

How do we cultivate, feed and encourage our commitment to our mats (or any self-care practice) in 2018?   

#1 BELIEVE in self-care

Ask a yoga practitioner on the way out of class- we are overwhelmed by the “I love Yoga” feeling-- at the end of a practice. We know we feel better, (and others around us feel better) when we practice.  Like any other commitment we make, the practice must come daily. The effort to carve out space for ourselves must be paramount on our schedule.  We must believe that self-care- regardless of its form-- is as important, if not MORE important as caring for others. When we put self-care into practice-- it OVERWHELMINGLY shows up in our personal connections with others, our work productivity, our energy to connect and live peacefully.

#2 Reinforce the belief-

Stop and notice the effects. Take in the gratitude when you take time for self-care.

So what happens?  What happens to New Years Resolutions on January 15? (if we make it that long).  We forget to stop and take our “I love Yoga Moment” or pat ourselves on the back-- for carving time and making the effort towards our self-care.  We need to stop and acknowledge when we take-- even 5 minutes of our day to stop and rest in stillness or meditation-- or our efforts will be lost to “busy-ness and fight or flight existence.”

#3 Form a community

Self-care comes more naturally when you surround yourself with people who also practice self- care.  Join a yoga studio, a running group, get a book club going or try a meditation circle. Sometimes, when we know someone else is going to show up to a class-- on the days we are really struggling to find time-- make a date and an effort to just get there.  This does not mean your practice is not personal to you.

#4 Have a backup plan

What if you get hurt and you cannot exercise? -Meditation takes no movement.  What if you are traveling or do not have exercise equipment with you? - Grab your phone and a towel and play an on-demand class.  What if you just don’t have time? -Make an effort to focus on breath in your morning commute or while you are waiting for your child to get done with basketball practice. Do you have to work a double? -Take the stairs. Do some pushups before lunch and stop while eating lunch-- to actually “taste” the food.

Have a backup plan-- should things not work out as you would have liked.

#5 Do not skip a day

Do SOMETHING every day that brings you bliss. You do not have to do an hour of yoga or a run a day.  It can be as simple as getting out of bed and stepping on your mat to take a child’s pose-- and that’s it.  Make the effort towards self-care-- any DAILY habit, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair.

#6 Let us help

Our community here at DRISHTIQ is here to help you.  Grab a teacher after class. Chat up our front desk crew. Among our many opportunities to practice all types of yoga- we also have challenges-- you can join in-- to keep you motivated. For instance, work towards our 2018 Om Club re-birth or try any of our super helpful workshops-- which will get you closer to finding your bliss. We also have private one-on-one opportunities-- where you can meet for a personalized class with a yoga teacher. Our On-Demand Library of classes is there for you to access ANYwhere-- at ANY time! Our goal for 2018 is to better equip our community for self-care.  We are here to help. Get in touch!

Namaste,

Amy K