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      Ahimsa  The Yamas and Niyamas from Patanjalis 8 limb path are guidelines for living a yogic lifestyle.  These are not “rules” for being a Yogi.  Yogis are known for a practice that is non-judgemental.  Yogis typically accept and even embrace differences.  Therefore, we need to consider these guidelines as suggestions and interpret them ourselves and determine what they mean to us as individuals.     The first Yama is Ahimsa.  This is considered to be perhaps the most important of all the Yamas and Niyamas.  Ahimsa simply means “non-harm.”  As yogis, our goal is typically to release stress and relieve pain, so causing pain in a yoga practice is very contradictory.  Our practice should take us to a place of freedom from pain and stress.     Taking Ahimsa beyond the mat is very common here at our studio. At Drishtiq, we have a family, a community of members that care deeply for each other and give support whenever the need arises.  It is not uncommon for someone to stop and sincerely inquire about how things are going with our family, job, or health.  I love that part of being a member here.  SELF CARE  I think of Ahimsa as meaning taking care of ourselves, health, community, environment, and our world.  If enough of us take Ahimsa to heart, we can change the world!

The Yamas and Niyamas from Patanjalis 8 limb path are guidelines for living a yogic lifestyle. These are not “rules” for being a Yogi. Yogis are known for a practice that is non-judgemental. Yogis typically accept and even embrace differences. Therefore, we need to consider these guidelines as suggestions and interpret them ourselves and determine what they mean to us as individuals.

      A Journey Down Patanjali's 8 Limb Path    You may be familiar with Patanjali's 8 limb path, but you may be thinking, "Patan-who?" Patanjali is the author of a book called the  Yoga Sutra , which is what most modern day yoga philosophy is based. This book is considered extremely important to the foundation of classical yoga and is a great reference for leading a yogic/healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and spiritually.  YOGA SUTRA  In this book Patanjali wrote about the 8 limb path, and understanding these basics may help you to add a new level to your yoga journey. Most of us come to our mats for the physical practice of yoga (asanas). The asanas are just one of these 8 limbs. This physical practice can lead you to many other beautiful aspects of a yoga practice.  The first aspect of yoga that I discovered after starting my physical yoga practice was Pranayama (breath work.) After just a few experiences with breath work, I was able to realize that I could calm my mind and reduce stress and anxiety simply by controlling my breath.  A sanskrit proverb is written that says, "For breath is life and if you breathe well you will live long on earth." Deep breathing reverses symptoms of stress and creates a calm in the mind and body that activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Some of the health benefits for breath work include reducing anxiety and depression, lowering and stabilizing blood pressure, increasing energy, muscle relaxation, and allows higher levels of oxygen to reach the body's cells and tissues.  Over the next several months, I look forward to sharing with you more of the 8 limb path and the ways that I have discovered that they can make a difference in our lives!

Patanjali is the author of a book called the Yoga Sutra, which is what most modern day yoga philosophy is based. This book is considered extremely important to the foundation of classical yoga and is a great reference for leading a yogic/healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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.