Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Thank you, Margaret for this yummy recipe!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this moist and delightful dessert!

Ingredients:

  • One stick of butter
  • One cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • One and half cups of unbleached flour
  • One teaspoon baking soda
  • One teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups of mashed bananas
  • Half cup of cup sour cream
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • One 12oz bag of Toll House semi-sweet mini morsels

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan, you can apply butter or you can try lining the butter paper, both will work fine.

  1. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add cream, butter, and sugar in the bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Then add eggs and beat to incorporate.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt and add it to the butter mixture. Mix with very light hands.
  3. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix with soft hands and pour into prepared pan and leave it for a while, let it settle down.
  5. Put mix in the oven and bake for about 70 minutes or until it turns light brown (test with knife or toothpick!)
  6. After baking, allow bread to rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool down.

Serve hot with butter and coffee!

Serving: 12
Serving Size: 101.4g
Calories Per Slice: 384

Christmastime at Blue Ridge Yoga

We had a magical evening this past Saturday at Blue Ridge Yoga's annual Christmas party! The evening consisted of local wine provide by our student, Mary, henna by Mili, and an array of homemade Arabic food from Jessica's aunties.  It is such a pleasure to laugh and socialize with our students outside of class. Thank you to all who came! Merry Christmas!

Meet Ashley!

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Where are you from? I was born and raised in Maryville, TN and graduated from William Blount High School before attending MTSU for both my BS in Athletic Training and my MS in Health.  

What is your favorite yoga pose? My favorite yoga pose is pigeon, because it is a deep hip opener and stretches all the juicy muscles that can sometimes get neglected.  I find it to be a pose that can release a lot of stored stress and tension.  Letting go of these kinds of feelings can be very cathartic.  

Where is your favorite place that you've traveled to? My favorite place that I have visited is Venice, Italy.  It is such a beautiful city with a rich history that is still alive through its architecture. Riding in a gondola in the canals was an amazing experience that I was lucky to enjoy along with feeding the pigeons in the Piazza San Marco.  I also loved discovering Italian gelato!  

What do you like about working at Blue Ridge Yoga? My favorite thing about Blue Ridge Yoga is that we are all a family.  We love and care for each other and extend that love out into the community.  Whether it be the all-inclusive environment of the studio or sponsoring a fundraiser for those in need, Blue Ridge Yoga is a  place founded on love and acceptance.  

What do most people not know about you? Most people do not know that I am an avid reader.  I can finish a book in a day, and often utilize my Kindle app on my phone to read any chance I get. While I love and appreciate actual books, particularly the way they smell, there's nothing like accessing and carrying around thousands of books in my pocket! 

Meet Rose!

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Where are you from? That’s a tough one. Growing up as an Air Force brat, I’ve lived all over the place. Now, Knoxville and Loudon County are home.

How long have you lived in Knoxville and what you like about living here?  35 years. I love everything about living here – the beauty, the mountains, the lakes, the “southernness”, the four seasons – EVERYTHING!

When and why did you begin practicing yoga? I started practicing about 8 years ago. I originally got in to it because I loved the stretching, balance, and low impact. I’ve just always loved challenging my body in a more stretching/balancing  kind of way.

What is your favorite thing about yoga? Everything! I’ve learned so much more than when I first started. Incorporating breath work and meditation has made such a difference! I love the way it makes me feel afterward. To me, it’s where my body likes to be.

What do you enjoy doing outside of yoga? 5 years ago, I bought a farm and began growing lavender. Through that, I’ve been able to get more in to things I love like photography, gardening, and creating lavender products that are beneficial for health!

November 2017

Yogi Spotlight:

Meet Ryan! Ryan has been practicing with us since May!

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Where are you from? Originally Pennsylvania. Doctorate school led me to Atlanta, GA, then after graduation I moved to Knoxville.

How long have you lived in Knoxville and what you like about living here? February ’17. I love the smokies! I am an avid hiker, and I enjoy getting lost in the mountains.

When and why did you begin practicing yoga? I took some classes while in Atlanta. I didn’t know what yoga was about. When I moved to Knoxville, I wanted to commit to doing it regularly. I read a ton of its healing benefits. I wanted to personally feel them. I was guided to Blue Ridge by the universe, and I am very grateful I am here.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving season? I am grateful for my health and the opportunity to serve this community on their own health journey.

Staff Spotlight:

Meet Emilie! Emilie is one of our lovely front desk receptionists!

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Where are you from? I am was born and raised in Gadsden, AL. It’s a small city about 45 min outside of Birmingham. It is a very small town, and I had a great childhood their but I love the liveliness of Knoxville. 

What is your favorite yoga pose? My favorite yoga pose is half pigeon. 

Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to? Definitely New York City. My mother and I drove there after I graduated high school. It was the best adventure I’ve ever had. I love everything about that city! I can’t wait to go back. 

What do like about working at Blue Ridge? Oh, I don’t know if I can name just one. I fell in love with this place the moment I stepped in the building. From the blue walls, lol, to the people and everything in between. The environment here is like no other studio I’ve ever been apart of. It’s truly magical! 

What do most people not know about you? Confession, I’m a hobby hopper…. I love trying new things but I’m notorious for buying all the gear, and talking continually about said new hobby, then 3 months later forget all about it.  It’s my thing, to stop doing things! Haha! 

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving season? I’m thankful for my health, family, and friends. I have an incredible group of people around me that supports me in every thing I pursue, and they just make life more exciting!  

October 2017

4 Ingredient Vegan Pancakes (by Rebecca Buckley)

Ingredients:

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  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 cup of almond or other nut milk
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice

Optional Add-Ins:

  •     Berries
  •     Chocolate chips
  •     Cinnamon
  •     Nut or sunflower butter


Directions:
1. Pulse oats in blender or food processor until it forms a flour.

2. Add remaining ingredients and blend together until a smooth batter forms.

3. Heat small amount of dairy-free butter or oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour about a 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes before flipping the pancake and cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes on the other side. Serve immediately with toppings of choice.

This recipe yields the perfect amount for one person but can be doubled, tripled, etc. to serve more than one!


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Meet Katherine!

Where are you from? Knoxville, TN.

How long have you lived in Knoxville and what do you like about living in Knoxville? I have lived in Knoxville all but 4 years of my life. I love so many things about Knoxville. There are so many wonderful local restaurants and coffee shops. Mountains, lakes, rivers, breweries, concerts, festivals and events, movies in the square, concerts in the square, shakespeare in the square, farmers markets, UT games, yoga… what’s not to love?

When and why did you begin practicing yoga? I practiced some yoga sporadically at the YMCA years ago, but I fell in love with Yoga at Blue Ridge. I started taking Yoga at Blue Ridge studio last February (2017) mainly because I needed some balance, stress relief, and positivity in my life. I honestly needed to find myself again.  I certainly found this at Blue Ridge. 

What is your favorite thing about yoga? It is hard to pick a favorite thing about yoga, I love the mind/body balance, the positive energy, the strength I have found within myself both physically and mentally, the support and friendships of the Blue Ridge community. 


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Meet Susan! Susan teaches Vinyasa Flow at 4pm on Sundays!

What is your favorite pose? Sirsasana aka headstand or Matsyasana aka fish pose

Where is the favorite place you've traveled? My husband and I love Maui. We love the ocean, beaches and sunsets. We also love Europe—Paris, Brussels, Rome and Barcelona are some of our favorites. 

What do you like to do for fun?  Travel, hike, snow ski,  and go wine tasting!

What effect has your yoga practice had on your life? It’s made me healthier, stronger and more in tune with my body.

What do people not know about you? Most people outside of the yoga studio don’t know I’m a yoga and pilates teacher. Most people don’t know how much I’ve traveled—as a child and as an adult. Most people don’t know that my husband and I collect (and drink) really good wine! Most people don’t know that my husband, Mike, took his first yoga class because he lost a bet on a football game. He came to one class and loved it!

September 2017

Jessica's "Lazy Granola"

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I have never understood why granola is so expensive. Trust me, this is possibly the easiest thing to make--and you can make it without all of the added sugar! All you need is a mixing bowl and a spoon.

Ingredients:

*3 cups rolled oats

*1 cup pecans

*1 cup pumpkin seeds

*1/4 cup oil of your choice

*1/4 cup maple syrup

*3/4 teaspoon salt

*1/2 cup shredded coconut (sprinkle on top after 45 mins of baking)

*1/3 cup chia seeds

*1/3 cup flax seeds

*1 cup cocoa nibs

*1/2 dried fruit of your choice (add in after baking)

* Optional heaping tablespoon of cinnamon

(Feel free to use anything you have on hand from nuts to seeds)

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Cover 2 sheet pans with parchment paper and spread on top.  Cook granola at a low heat of 250 degrees for an hour to an hour and 15 mins.

Enjoy plain or with your favorite yogurt!

 

Meet Ashley!

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Where are you from/How long have you lived in Knoxville? I’m originally from Northeastern Ohio, born and raised for most of my life. My husband and I moved to Knoxville in August of 2015.
When and why did you begin practicing yoga? My journey to begin practicing yoga was a very personal and emotional decision. My husband and I moved here in August of 2015, just the two of us, leaving behind friends and family. My husband travels a lot so I spent many nights by myself, well I guess not completely alone, I did have my cat. I was very lonely, I missed everything about home, and I had yet to find what I like to call, “my people.” To think about this time in my life still makes me emotional. I got stuck in a rut, and decided that I needed to find something that I enjoyed. That’s when I found yoga, actually I found Blue Ridge Yoga. It was love at first “Namaste”. BRY gave me a sense of home, it brought my mind and body peace, and for that I am eternally grateful. So to answer this question, I began practicing in October 2015 to bring myself peace.
What is your favorite thing about yoga? I am a speech-language pathologist at a very busy elementary school. Anyone who works in the schools or knows someone who works in the schools knows it’s hectic 24/7. Therefore, I am constantly on the go, and I go at one speed--Fast. What I LOVE about yoga is that it helps me to slow down and take time for myself. I get 60 minutes of “Me” time where I don’t think about IEPs, meetings, paperwork, dinner, or the fact that I haven’t cleaned my house in a week! It’s all about my practice... just a girl and her mat.
What is your advice to those coming back to yoga after having a baby? My son Roman was born in April, he is so precious! I am a first-time mommy, and let me just tell you that there is no way you can possibly prepare for taking care of a child. My advice to those returning to yoga post-baby would be two things: be patient and take time for yourself. Keep in mind that pregnancy has taken a toll on your body-- you grew a human being!! You will not be able to do the things your pre-pregnancy body was able to do, not immediately at least. Be patient and listen to your body. Take time for yourself, regardless of how many things you have on your “to-do” list or how difficult it might be to arrange. Trust me, your body and mind will thank you for it!

 

Meet Dani!

Dani will be teaching the upcoming Pre- and Post-Natal series!

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What is your favorite yoga pose? My favorite pose is Eagle pose. The challenge of the balance pose, is very grounding and calming for me!
What do you like to do for fun?  For fun I love to do anything outside, hang out with my family and dogs, read and study, and do yoga!
What effect has your yoga practice had on your life?  My yoga practice has changed my life for the better. It has allowed me to really work on my inner self and helps me to navigate all the ups and downs that life brings.
What advice do you have for expecting yogis or yogi moms?  My advice for any expecting yogis or yogi moms is to always listen to your body and give yourself grace, lots and lots of grace!

Read more about Dani and her education here!

Evening of Self-Care: Yoga, massage, and a good cause. A night remembered.

With your help, Blue Ridge raised $10,497 for the Cancer Support Community this year!
 

The Cancer Support Community is an organization that is dear to our hearts, as many of our students and teachers at Blue Ridge have benefited from the services that the CSC provides. We want to show our love for those impacted by cancer by contributing to their cause of support and education. Our donation to the CSC will help provide those in need with support and counseling,  yoga classes, meditation groups, nutrition workshops, and more. Please visit the CSC website to learn more.

Thank you to all who attended, donated, and volunteered at our Second Annual Evening of Self-Care; it is moving to witness the community coming together for a good cause. Our event was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you! We hope you had as much fun as we did! 

Look below to get a glimpse into our Evening of Self-Care!

Why should men do yoga? Interview with Gary, Julianne, and July's recipie!

Meet Gary, our fun, charismatic Vinyasa Flow teacher. Catch him on Sundays at 4pm.

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  • What is your favorite pose?My pose is half-moon, because it engages almost every muscle in the body. It tests strength, balance, coordination, stability, and it opens the hips and shoulders. It's also a great transitional pose and a lot of fun to play around in!
     
  • What is your favorite place you've travelled to?My favorite place was Costa Rica. I loved the local vibe, being surrounded by rainforest, and feeling life slow down. Everything was so simple there. It was a casual yet powerful reminder to me of what really matters. Not to mention, sunset yin at an outdoor shala surrounded by lush rainforest is pretty hard to beat.
     
  • What do you like to do for fun?My motto is: I'll try anything twice! I strive to be well-rounded, so in my spare time you might find me: traveling, cooking, baking, biking, running, swimming, hiking, taking a local yoga class, reading, writing, playing guitar, listening to some acid jazz over a good glass of red wine, etc. There's so much in life to enjoy, why just have one hobby?!                              
  • What effect has your yoga practice had on your life?Yoga has had the most profound impact on me off the mat. Through the practice, I liberated myself from the affliction of chasing perfectionism that had plagued me for so long. I tightened up while learning to loosen up, haha, and found a beauty in my imperfections. This allowed me to become a more authentic version of myself and taught me how to make space for and truly connect with other people. At the end of every class I always say, "You never have to be perfect, you just have to be present." These are words I now live by. 
     
  • Why should men do yoga? Men, in particular, often have misconceptions about yoga... I know I did before first stepping on a mat. I thought I knew what core strength was until the first week I practiced! I quickly learned that you don't have to be flexible to do yoga, and I wasn't as strong as I thought! I maintain that whatever you do, yoga will make you better at it! Men typically involve themselves with "yang" activities so the meditative and restorative characters of the practice help create balance between the mind / body / spirit. That balance is not something you'll find with any other activity.

 

Julianne is one of our newest members! 

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  • Where are you from? I am originally from Bonn in Germany.
  • How long have you lived in Knoxville? Since April of 2017.
  • What do you like about living in Knoxville? There is a lot of nature, and I like to do outdoor stuff. I like to go hiking and kayaking, and the area is perfect for that. It is very green! There is a lot more space compared to where I lived before.
  •  When and why did you begin practicing yoga? I started practicing yoga a few years ago (3 or 4). For a while I went a lot, but then I moved and didn't find a studio that I liked where I lived. I am very happy now to have found a nice studio!
  • What is your favorite thing about yoga?I like the mixture of physical exercise and meditation which calms you down and relieves stress. 

Vegan Queso:

Oh, how I love this stuff!

1 1/2 cups raw cashews

3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp sea salt, pink salt, Morton salt, any fine salt will do.

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin

chili powder (add to suit yourself)

1-2 canned chipotle peppers (or sub salsa or hot sauce)

1 Tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil (I use grapeseed)

Add all above ingredients to your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding hot water in increments to achieve desired consistency. You may add another Tablespoon of oil, if desired. Use a spatula to scrape down sides of blender or food processor, as needed.

This can be stored in the fridge for about a week.

 

Yoga Retreat

Blue Ridge Yoga Studio took to the wooded vistas of Tennessee’s Big South Fork for a weekend retreat of gentle yin yoga, hiking, mindful meditation and Ayurveda* catered cuisine.  Twenty-six yogis spent the weekend unplugged in nature with a variety of activities including hiking, yoga, and meditation with evening campfires.

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The group experienced a 4-mile hike among limestone rock formations, natural vistas, wildflowers and falling water.  From Twin Arches the group descended a one-mile path to Charit Creek Lodge where guests were treated to exclusive meals catered by Ayurveda Chef and yoga practitioner, Windy Melvin.  Sharing her knowledge of Ayurveda cooking and preparation, Wendy amazed and delighted all with meals prepared to ease the body from travel and hiking with menus rich in fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

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Ayurveda, the science and holistic approach to foods, food preparation, and eating is hundred of years in the making. Ayurveda is clear that all good health starts with digestion and with the proper metabolism of food.  Each day of hiking, yoga and meditation was closed under the star filled sky around community campfire.  With the overwhelming response from attendees, Blue Ridge Yoga will be hosting the next mindful yoga retreat, fall 2017.  

 

Yoga in the New Year, Sorting & Filtering

New Year, Clearer Vision! 

What to add, what to let go.

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The concept of New Year's is a human construct. The world  does not pause just because the ball drops. What we do have is a moment, if we choose, to pause and reflect on what in our life is working and what needs support. As the New Year progresses we encourage you to take some time to reflect and let go of 2016. Let us celebrate and welcome in the New Year with a resolution of mindfulness and health!  

First, pause reflect & take inventory.

Making time for weekly yoga classes is an easy way to invite in more quiet and introspection. You'll be off of your screen, and away from the chaos of day-to-day life long enough to actually hear the sound of your own breath, and the steady pulse of your heart. Yoga is a chance for us to grow more physically, mentally, and spiritually. Yoga offers us more flexibility in our body, and way for us to age gracefully. The effects of the practice offer a release of stress and toxins that build up in the body. Yoga tones our body from the inside out by using breath and full body strengthening that leaves us feeling centered, focused and at ease.  Let go of all the negative and annoying self talk! 

What happens next? More clarity.

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Once you have created more space to unplug, Insight and inspiration are the natural result. Without even trying, you will have a better sense of what you need, what you want and the direction you are moving in. Yoga is so much more than a flexible body, and a peaceful mind, with time it brings the practitioner a clarity of vision that only comes from the compassionate application of gentle mindfulness, and the union of movement and breath. Self transformation is the result of increased awareness from our yoga practice!

Blue Ridge Yoga offers expert instruction, community and connection, so that you practice among your friends! We are dedicated to being a genuinely welcoming space, that meets you exactly where you are.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
— Lao Tzu

Ready to take a step?

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Yes! You’re Ready for a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training!

A Few Thoughts About Choosing Your Yoga Teacher Training

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Have you ever thought about taking a Yoga Teacher Training? Many people do, but most never feel like they’re ready. Our 200 hour teacher training is perfect for ANYONE who loves yoga, wants to deepen their personal practice, and is ready to make a positive change in their life and the way they approach the world and their body – with kindness and positivity.

 

How do you pick a Yoga Teacher Training program?

I find that people take teacher training for one of two reasons. They may be interested in exploring more of their own practice, or thinking about being a yoga instructor! Both are great reasons to take our teacher training! I get several questions from folks interested in taking the teacher training – here are a few to help you make your decision:

What to consider in a yoga teacher training program:

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Who Are the Teachers?

The leadership & expertise of a yoga teacher training sets the tone for your experience. Our training is lead by highly skilled teachers from Asheville, NC who strive to bring yoga to a wide & diverse populations of people.

What Will You Learn?

Each training is designed uniquely, some yoga teacher trainings focus on philosophy, a particular methodology or approach. Our Blue Ridge Yoga and Subtle ® Yoga Training and Personal Transformation Program is a unique training which is therapeutically based. The training will focus on an understanding of anatomy and how to teach towards different body types. Learn more about our training schedule and topics covered here!

Who is the yoga teacher training geared towards?

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I’m not much of an athlete – can I still teach yoga? Yes! We are all different and beautifully unique – and this is something that should be celebrated! We believe that yoga is for EVERYONE – by taking our teacher training, you will feel comfortable safely sharing your understanding of the yoga practice with your community. Your relationship with yoga will deepen, along with the  friendships & connections you'll make along the way.

Remember - you can do this!

 If you’re passionate about yoga, take our training to expand your practice. You'll also learn how to share your passion for yoga with others. Our teachers and your fellow yogis look forward to learning and growing with you!

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Reflections on One Year of Blue Ridge Yoga!

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We recently celebrated Blue Ridge Yoga’s first birthday on May 20. Our first year was so much more than I ever dreamed and it’s all because of wonderfully caring people of this community! The amount of love and support that has been poured out by Blue Ridge Yogis is incredible. You all are such a huge part of making our community a family – you’ve helped me create a place where people can grow and practice amongst friends. I’m so proud of what the Blue Ridge family accomplished during year one. We’ve grown together in so many ways from the range of classes to our giving to the local community.  

Some of our 1st anniversary yoga highlights include:

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Accessible Yoga for Every Body!

Making classes available for every age and ability – from chair classes twice a week to power flow and everything in between. In one year, we went from one class a week to over 25 classes a week!!!

We've Created A Welcoming Atmosphere for the Community

Building our student base that includes a diverse range of students who are each a significant part of our Blue Ridge family – we started with 5 students in the beginning and have since had many students come through our doors everyday!

Yogis Raising Funds for Non-Profits!

We raised over $10,000 for local charities – including the Cancer Support Community, Helen Ross McNabb Center, KARM, and the Ronald McDonald House. Our yogis pulled off our first ever fundraiser in October 2015 for the Cancer Support Community, which was a huge success. Giving back is a huge part of our culture at Blue Ridge Yoga and we are thrilled with how much we were able to do in our first year alone!

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Knoxville

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We are so proud to offer Knoxville's first advanced yoga teacher training 300 hour program, alongside our exceptional 200 hour yoga teacher training. We offer the community a truly unique & notable level of expertise.  We are looking forward to our next 200 hour training coming up in November of 2016.

 

What's Next for Blue Ridge Yoga?

As we begin year two, I am looking forward continuing and building on the foundation we created in year one. We are looking forward to expanding our space, participating in a fundraiser for the African Yoga Project, our 200 hour teacher training, additional series and much more!

As we seek to carry out our mission to manifest kindness to ourselves and others, we look forward to sharing this mission with you and seeing how you manifest kindness throughout our community.

Kindness spreads and with your help, we hope to reach all of Knoxville!

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As we begin this blog, please follow along and learn how to manifest kindness to yourself and others as we share ways to develop your practice as well as information about the Blue Ridge Family.

Namaste,

Jess

 

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The Five Yamas of Yoga

In our last blog we touched on the topic of the philosophy of yoga. In this blog we want to go over the five yamas of yoga, the basic philosophy that we yogis try to live by.

What is a Yama?

A yama is the moral, ethical and societal guidelines for the practicing yogi. They simply act as guidelines for a how a practicing yogi might better relate to the world.

Ahimsa

Ahimsa, or non-harming, is the practice of being non-violent. This includes, injuring, harming and even killing. Ahimsa is the highest ranking yama. As you go deeper into ahimsa, you start to realize that other’s inner self is the same as your own and you don’t want to see harm come to any living thing. It is good to practice being kind and accepting and most importantly, forgiving, both yourself and others.

Satya

Satya, or truthfulness, means that you see and report things as they are instead of the way we want them to be. This means that you understand your fears, thoughts, speech and actions. We practice this by not lying, speaking with kindness and compassion.

Asteya

Asteya, or non-stealing, is the third yama and doesn’t only mean tangible objects. When we say stealing, we also mean intangibles like information and emotional favors. Yogis believe that stealing comes from a place of unhappiness, being incomplete or envy. We can curb that by practicing giving.

Brahmacharya

The fourth yama means to balance and supervise the senses. You want to be free from the dependencies and craving that life throws at you. By doing this you can gain inner joy. Choosing the right books and movies to see, having the right people in your life, and staying committed and faithful to one partner are all parts of brahmacharya.

Aparigraha

The final yama is the practice of non-possessiveness. If we are holding on to things, then we have the power to be possessed. We must learn to use things as they come to us and enjoy them without becoming dependent on them. Practice this yama by examining your tendencies toward possessiveness. Look at how you acquire things and how you treat them.
To be a true yogi, practicing the five yama is a great thing. It helps you reexamine your life and what is truly necessary to be happy. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Blue Ridge Yoga will help you get there. 

Contact us or check out our schedule today.

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Yoga for Beginners

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For a lot of people seeing yoga for the first time, they can become intimidated because of how flexible everyone around them is.  You could get discouraged because you are not up to their level and you have to share a class with them. At Blue Ridge Yoga, we want to make your first classes a place of encouragement so that you can gain the confidence that you will one day be able to move like the yogis that have been practicing the movements for a while. In a beginners class with us, you will learn the following:

Basics

In a beginners class, we will be sure to teach you everything that you will need to know about the fundamental yoga techniques and postures that will allow you to move into any yoga class that you choose in the future. We will focus on breathing techniques, basic poses and teach you about the yogic philosophy.

Philosophy of Yoga

The philosophy of yoga is pretty easy: “mind, body and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated but there are many ideas that go deeper into this philosophy.” We will discuss some of these as time goes on. Yoga allows you to gain inner fulfillment and has been practiced for centuries.

The meditation that you practice with yoga gives you an inner peace that you cannot get anywhere else. You will also benefit from several health (help). To get started with creating that inner peace, contact us or sign up for a beginners class today.

 

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