Tag: meditation

“Same old same old” is in our minds

There is no such thing as same old same old Each sunrise is new Each cloud is new Each flower is new Each bird chirping is new Each breath is new We know this but we don’t KNOW this. We find ourselves grumbling about rolling out of bed on a Monday (or a Tuesday as

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Let’s make some sit happen

When’s the last time you scheduled some nothing into your calendar? Literally click on a Wednesday and block out 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the description “NOTHING.” Add in some alert notifications to prepare yourself for the nothing and then show up on time for your scheduled nothingness. This is not a rhetorical question.

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The sound of yoga: Finding your yoga voice through chanting and mantra

In most yoga classes the only time students engage in finding their yoga voice is at the end of class with the traditional “OM.” In my years of practicing I’ve encountered Oms that range from lyrical, choir-like harmonics to guttural, off-key bellows, to barely audible whispers of sound from a room full of people. In

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Saying goodbye to Gay

I’ll never forget the day he introduced himself. He knocked on the yoga studio door in a rather polite manner. “Hi, my name’s Gay. I’m not that way, it’s just my name. My name’s Gay. My twin brother’s name is Ray.” Meet Gay Powers, the 81-year-old gruff, abrasive and if anything colorful neighbor of Just

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Chakra workshop gets inner wheels spinning

I’ve felt stuck in the mud, drenched in tears and serene as though floating on calm peaceful waters. That’s all in the last month and a half. No, there haven’t really been any huge life-changing, emotionally charged events. I’ve been traveling through my chakras. I am co-leading a monthly series of workshops at Just B

Just B Yoga anniversary contest: Bring a friend to win

This month Just B Yoga is 2 years old! Thank YOU Lansing for helping us make this very special milestone. We know we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you. Each student who comes. Each student who likes us on Facebook. So all month we will have a special contest. Bring a friend to

Tara: Inviting mindfulness in a moment of madness


How I Learned to Live the Meditation When Sitting Was Not An Option I was pissed! Once again, despite my wholehearted intentions and efforts, another Wednesday evening had arrived and, instead of meditating with my root sangha (Buddhist meditation community), I was at home.  Feeling exhausted, out of sync, and in deep need of restoring

Just B Yoga shirt slogan contest

Are you a Free Being? Just Being? Human Being? Mantastic Being? What would you like to see on a shirt about your state of being? Just B Yoga wants to hear the creative, funny and philosophically deep you. Make suggestions via Facebook, Twitter or reply on this blog. If we like it we will add

Finding your personal yoga practice

If you’ve practiced yoga for any period of time you’ve likely struggled with creating a home practice. We can eagerly book our personal calendars to attend classes around town to take from various teachers without hesitation. Our practice feels strong and committed and deeper every time we roll out our mat. We tell ourselves that

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Saluting LoveLansing spirit

Thanks to Paul Schmidt at UnoDeuce Multimedia for helping make this video that I hope is a reflection of the Just B Yoga mission and its love of our community:  Lansing. Have a beautiful day. Just B Yoga salutes you, Lansing. Peace.

Drive like a yogi

I don’t always drive like a yogi. If you saw me pull out when the light turns green you’d think I was an aspiring dragster (4-cylinder Toyota or not) until you saw the Just B Yoga magnet on the back of the car. I don’t like people riding my bumper. I can’t stand drivers who

Peel away the layers at an inner city yoga studio

Lately some of the calls to Just B Yoga have had a similar theme: “I don’t think I’ll be comfortable there.” “Will I be safe?” It’s been a difficult one to respond to without having a defensive edge in my voice. It’s also been a sad reality to face about how we’re perceived.

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