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Dragon & Tiger Qigong!

Dragon & Tiger Chi Gung is a set of exercises that is based on the acupuncture meridian system and is a great place to start learning how to improve your health. It can be a balanced way to start the day, a midday pick-me-up, or the perfect way to unwind in the evening. Once learned, this set can be practiced in just twenty minutes.

Perfect for those in the Medical and Healing Professions, this course is an excellent introduction to medical qigong. The practice is also particularly useful for body workers, acupuncturists and all healthcare professionals as it provides tools to prevent burnout.

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong is one of the most powerful and effective qigong sets ever developed in China. This 1500-year-old self-healing qigong program is based on the principles of acupuncture and quickly gives you a tangible feeling of qi. Designed specifically to help the body rid itself of stagnant qi that is found anywhere there is a physical, emotional or psychic blockage of energy. It improves the flow of qi, blood and other fluids and increases the body’s energy to boosts its own natural healing capacities.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1852250105018646/

Sign up for the 3-day workshop, held in Virginia Beach, VA on March 31st- April 2nd, 2017 here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edqop5o7612c2e8d&oseq=&c=&ch=

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Grandmaster Adam Weekend Workshop

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Yogis & Yoginis, don’t miss this opportunity to train with Grandmaster Adam and receive your 12-hour certificate towards 200 hour and advanced teacher training! Raja (Royal or King) Yoga comes from the Vietnamese tradition of Yoga. It combines familiar yoga poses with strenuous exercise and is suitable for people at all levels of practice- from beginners to more advanced levels. Feel great, lose weight, and look great, all in one weekend package!

Welcome to International Yoga Institute’s Weekend Yoga Intensive Workshop with Grandmaster Ngoc Xuan Nguyen – better known as Grandmaster Adam.

This weekend workshop will be a thorough introduction to Raja Yoga. Grandmaster Adam concentrates on building the body’s strength, flexibility, and structural integrity. No matter your age you can begin to improve your balance and stability while building endurance and stamina. He will personally teach and supervise each days sessions.

Move well, and feel great with Master Adam! This workshop will also be worth 12 hours toward a 200-hour or more advanced teacher’s training certificate with the International Yoga Institute. Each participant will receive their 12-hour certificate upon completion of the weekend.

Grandmaster’s family has been teaching their Royal “Raja” Yoga for more than 800 years, and Grandmaster Adam Nguyen has been teaching Yoga since the early Sixties. His students are of all ages. Each receives the same instruction and care. Each attains a new level of renewed health, well-being, and confidence. Here are some of his students revealing their experiences.

For more information, call 757.334.YOGA

Friday, Feb. 24
Check-in begins at 3pm
5pm- 8pm

Check In: 3pm. Please eat lightly before check-in. Can eat at restaurant before but choose easily digested, light fare. Check workshop details for diet and nutrition.
5pm: Arrive early, meet Grandmaster Adam and your fellow students! We begin with Inviting the Bell, then move into cleansing warm-ups to awaken the body and sharpen the mind.

Saturday, Feb. 25
7 am- 10:30am
2pm- 5:30pm

Breakfast: Eat light at least one hour ahead.
7 am: On the mat! We’ll begin with a refresher from the evening before, begin energizing warm-ups, review the previous day’s asanas, move into sun salutations variations, intro to more poses, arm balances, and techniques of the asanas.
Break at 10:30 am: Eat right away, then cleanup and rest.
2pm: Back on the mat!
Time for introspection, a quick overview, and any questions. A short quiz. Prepare students for next day. Don’t over do yourselves because we’ll be doing this again tomorrow, so this is a muscle memory situation. Close with the Loving Kindness Meditation.

Sunday, Feb. 26
8am- 10am

Breakfast: Eat light at least one hour ahead
8am: Back on the mat!
Regroup, and a short quiz. Same format as the morning session, abbreviated, followed by Q&A. Now is the time to bring out your notes! Grandmaster Adam will make sure that everybody has achieved their objectives and will take home what they need with deeper understanding, having learned proper form and proper breathing, so that good health, vigorous exercise and spiritual understanding are theirs for life.

Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/758699340951837/

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Full Moon Yoga on the Beach

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Join me this Friday, September 16th, 2016 for a Full Harvest Moon yoga on the beach at 6pm, 68th Street, Virginia Beach, VA. Join the event on Facebook here.

After the yoga, stay for the Full Moon Drum Circle, led by Arthur Lopez, at 7pm, same location as the yoga. Join this event here on Facebook.

Full Moon blessings, y’all.

 

What to expect at your first yoga class…

A New Year is coming up, and you’ve decided this is the year you will a) lose weight, b) get fit, c) find peace, or d) all of the above. So you are ready to sign up for your first yoga class- Yay! Except…what are you getting yourself into? What if everyone there is a) skinny, b) flexible beyond belief, c) they meditate!, d) all of the above? It’s all a bit much, right?

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Yoga class on the beach- look at these bodies!

Here’s what you can expect: there will be all kinds of bodies there (see the picture above), at all levels of flexibility, fitness, and reasons for being there. Some will be first-timers like you, some will have some yoga experience. Some will have fashionable yoga clothes, the newest yoga mats, the latest accessories. Some will be wearing shorts and t-shirts, will have ratty mats, and no designer water bottles. No one will stare at you or judge you on your yoga chops, or your lack of yoga chops, and if they do, just smile at them and say “Namaste” (nah-mah-stay), the all-purpose yoga greeting which basically means, “We’re all the same, you and me.”

Many classes, like mine, begin with a period of meditation, and some people have a little trouble with this, for various reasons. Some folks are just not used to sitting quietly, in stillness, for any length of time. Some have been told or heard that it is against Christian beliefs, but many others, Christians and other religious believers, that while prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening for the reply. It can also be defined as a period of focus, of “thinking with love” (Apostle Paul) on peace, or God, or Jesus, or being kind, or giving thanks. To quote Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God”.

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After the beginning meditation, prepare to sweat! A warm-up period usually follows, which serves to not only prepare the body for the poses that follow, but also focuses the mind, and begins to lengthen and strengthen your breathing to give you a strong foundation and continuing energy boosting. After the warm-up, the class transitions into the traditional yoga poses, like downward dog, or Triangle pose, to strengthen the body, work your muscles, and trim off those extra pounds. Yes, you will get frustrated, as some poses are more challenging than others, but so will others in the class, and yes, you may be sore the next day, but keep with your commitment and be proud of the soreness! You are on your way to looking and feeling stronger, to determination of mind and peace of spirit.

At the end of many classes, there will be a period of rest, usually a time of lying peacefully and quietly on your mat, either in silence or to soothing music or the sound of bells ringing. Congratulate yourself on this first step you’ve taken on your new path to wellness, mindfulness and peace. Smile gently to yourself and look forward to continued progress on your journey.

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And now, let’s look at choosing your first class. First, why choose a class to go to at all? Can’t you just go to YouTube, find a video to follow, and do it at home? Yes, you can, but here’s why this is not the best option: Commitment. In order to make a real change in your life, you need to commit your time, your money, your self to the practice. Will you do this at home, where every thing and everyone there wants your attention and it’s too easy to say, I’ll practice later, just as soon as I do this, feed that, go here, be there? Probably not, and certainly not at the level of commitment that you need to make a real change.

So, use all this technology we have at our disposal to find yoga studios near you. Look at their class offerings, and find one that is a beginner level class. Look at their pricing system, and see if they offer a free starter class, so that you can go once to see if you like the class, the instructor, the feel of the place, and if it’s going to be for you or not. If you dislike or feel uncomfortable with any of these things, find the next place, ask for a free taste of the class, and see how you like that one.

At IslandLotus Yoga, where I teach Raja Yoga, I offer you your first class free, and am currently offering a gift certificate for a free class, which can be used anytime. If Knotts Island is too far for you, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake are loaded with yoga studios, spas that offer yoga, yoga teachers that offer private lessons. Very easy to find a place to begin.

Now, after checking out places and teachers and finding a place where you are comfortable, make that commitment to yourself by signing up for one of the multiple class plans. Then, put your body where your money is, and attend those classes!

IslandLotus Yoga and a Book Signing

New Book!

New Book!

Visit me at Willowgait Farm’s Artisan Festival on Sunday, Oct. 26th, 2014, from 10am t0 4pm on beautiful Knotts Island, North Carolina. I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Stories from the Other World and holding drawings for free yoga classes and book copies.

Willowgait Farm Artisan Fair 2014

Willowgait Farm Artisan Fair 2014

I’ll also be selling paintings by Ethel Barritt, baby spider plants and aloe veras, and homemade hot pepper vinegar. The Knotts Island Ruritans will be there selling barbecue, too. Come on down and enjoy the day!

 

Raja Yoga classes on Knotts Island, NC

IslandLotus Yoga 

Raja Yoga classes led by

Mari Mann

IslandLotus Yoga

IslandLotus Yoga

Raja (Royal or King) Yoga comes from the Vietnamese tradition of Yoga. It combines familiar yoga poses with strenuous exercise and is suitable for people at all levels of practice- from beginners to more advanced levels. Because my classes are small, I tailor them to fit individuals at their pace and skills, also what they hope to get out of yoga.

Classes are held Tuesday mornings at 9am, Friday mornings at 8:30am, and Wednesday evenings at 6pm. All students are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Please arrive about 5-10 minutes before the class. We’ll need a little time to meet each other and get settled before class.
  • Bring a mat, if you have one (there are a few extras available) or a large towel.
  • Wear clothes that allow you to move freely and that give you support.
  • Eat lightly, and give yourself a couple of hours to digest, before class.
  • Remove your shoes at the door. Socks are okay, but ideally we will practice barefoot.
  • Turn off cell phones or leave them in your car.
  • No perfumes or heavy fragrances of any kind. We’ll be breathing deeply and need clean air.
  • Bring water, if you like.
  • Keep conversation to a minimum during class.
  • Most of all, bring an open mind and a positive and willing attitude.
  • The first class is free. If you decide to continue, each class will be $10 per person for the 1 hour class. Pay ahead for 4 classes for $30, or 8 classes for $60. Bring a friend and get a free class.

All classes are held at 204 Parker Lane.  Parker Lane is off of South End Road, and is at first a paved road, then becomes a dirt lane that makes a sharp left as you approach the bay. 204 is the 2nd house on the right after you make the sharp left turn.

Please call or text me at 252.722.1690 if you have questions, need help to get to class, or just to say hello. I hope to meet you soon.

Blessings,

Mari

Eat Your Turmeric

I recently wrote of how my year and a half of doing Raja Yoga has made significant changes in my life, not the least of which has been in my physical body. Without making any other changes in my eating habits or my diet I’ve lost weight, I’ve gained muscle and become stronger and more flexible, and best of all, the chronic back pain I’ve had since I was bucked off a horse at age 19 is gone (I am now 53).

For the last several months, though, I have had a pain in my elbow that massage and heat and specific yoga moves could not seem to cure. So one night on the Internet, my husband comes across a growing body of research into the health benefits of turmeric, a spice grown and used around the world for thousands of years. If you’ve ever had a curry or Indian spiced food, you’ve probably had turmeric, which sort of tastes like a mild form of cumin. It’s very yellow in color and is sometimes used to color (as well as flavor) rice or potatoes.

Turmeric photo from Greenmedinfo.com

Turmeric photo from Greenmedinfo

Greenmedinfo.com, after reviewing thousands of studies of turmeric and its primary component, curcumin, lists these properties and possible health benefits:

Since the pain in my elbow seemed to be inflammation-related, we decided to use that can of turmeric in the spice cabinet, the one that had been sitting in there, unused, for a very long time. How long? Well, it’s one of those little French’s tins with its price stamped into the metal on the bottom of the tin: 69 cents for one and a half ounces. I just bought a fresh bottle of the McCormick brand: 2 ounces for almost $5. That’s how old.

Anyhow, after doing a little research of my own on how turmeric is used and what kinds of dishes to use it in (besides curry), I began putting it in all kinds of dishes. I make a Mexican omelet about once a week: two eggs beaten with lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, cumin and oregano, pour into a hot oiled cast-iron skillet till set, add cheddar cheese and salsa on one side of the omelet, flip the other side on top of the filling, serve. There was already cumin in this so I thought, turmeric will work too, and it did, and tasted so good that I began adding it to our scrambled eggs as well.

Tomatoes, okra and peppers

Tomatoes, okra and peppers

Next up was an Indian Curry made with okra, tomatoes and peppers, with extra turmeric added, served over rice, flavored and colored with even more turmeric. Add olive oil to a hot cast-iron skillet, saute the okra and peppers, turn down the heat and add chopped tomatoes, simmer it all with curry spice, garlic, and, of course, the turmeric. You can actually make this with all kinds of veggies, like eggplants, zucchini, green beans…add some veg stock for added sauce and pour it over the rice to let the rice soak up all that goodness.

Green Tomato

Green Tomato

And then this variation of Green Tomato Rice: prepare white rice, I make mine in a rice cooker. As it cooks, saute chopped green tomatoes, onions, peppers and garlic until soft. Season with turmeric, thyme, lemon pepper seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Combine the rice with the green tomato mix, add bacon bits (I use the fake ones) and some grated cheddar cheese. I usually serve this with steamed greens on the side: collards, kale, wild mustard or spinach.

Within three days of this barrage of turmeric (I even added it to our homemade pumpkin bread), the pain in my elbow was gone. I believe it was the turmeric, but even if that was just coincidence, if the studies prove true, by adding turmeric to our diet, we may be gaining protection from cancer, Alzheimer’s, radiation, free radicals, etc. And since it tastes so good and goes so well with so  many things, why not add it? I encourage you to do your own research and try out a couple of these recipes while you’re at it. Unlike the drugs folks take for aches and pains, there are no side effects to using turmeric in your food, unless it’s so good that you eat too much. Then you get the full belly effect.

Full Belly Effect

Full Belly Effect