Experience the Difference

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Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa has a dream to give you an experience that is different than anything you’ve experienced before. At first..it can seem a little…scattered. Have you been to a studio that offers the same class over and over with the same routines in the same order and with a lot of structure? If you have and you loved it, we might just throw you for a loop here.

At Kahanu, we’re offering complete creative freedom to our teachers…which translates into completely different experiences for YOU. Our intention is to create a community composed of very individual individuals! We’re not telling people how to teach their classes…we’re offering LOTS of different people the chance to teach in the style, manner, temperature level and experience level THEY want to teach in. Because we believe that happy teachers make PHENOMENAL teachers…and PHENOMENAL teachers make AMAZING classes…and AMAZING classes make for very, very HAPPY students!

We have a desire to embrace everyone here, no matter where you are on your journey. We’re all in different places, we all have different things going on in our lives, we all need a safe place to just BE. We want to offer that space. Everyone is welcome here.

When there is a teacher substitution, although you’ll still get the same class you signed up for and you’ll still get the same experience level and you’ll still get the same temperature you were expecting, you won’t get a copycat of the original teacher. We don’t ask our instructors to try to be someone else. We don’t ask them to fake it. We want YOU to get an authentic experience while you’re here and the only way to do that is to give our teachers the FREEDOM to be AUTHENTIC.

Yes, this means you could get some different answers to your questions or different feedback from one day to the next. But isn’t it that way with anything you’re taught? Take a history class. Take it twice. Take it once from a Democrat and once from a Republican. See if there’s a difference in the teaching. Take a religious class. Twice. Take it once from a Catholic priest and once from a Baptist preacher. Yup…you’re going to get a different teaching. Yoga is no different than any other teaching. There’s interpretation, there’s experience, there’s opinion and knowledge. All of those thing combined will give you a different class. Different answers. Different perspective. Different things to think about. A different way of looking at things. A better experience overall.

Remember: We teach what we want to learn. Imagine being taught that way…by a teacher who is also your student. By a teacher who is continually exploring and learning, adapting and changing, growing and experimenting. We have that here. In everyone. YOU are the student and YOU are the teacher. You are being led by someone with a gift…and that person is not closed to the gifts that YOU bring to the practice.

So stop on in sometime. Check out all of our amazing classes and teachers. You’ll find where you fit. You’ll find the ones that you have a connection with. You’ll find what you’re looking for.

Experience the difference… http://www.kahanuyoga.com

Namaste,
Brigett

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Why We’re Not Concerned About Having a Bible as Our Guest Book

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I wrote a Facebook post the other day that stated (including a copy of the picture above):

Rather than your typical guest book, at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa, we have a copy of the Holy Bible and we invite everyone to write in it. Pick a spot anywhere and leave us a note. We absolutely can’t wait to start collecting your autographs!!

And I very quickly (VERY quickly) received an email asking me if I was concerned that I might offend people who are not Christians by having a bible in the yoga studio.  

I think it’s best that I share my answer with all of you so that everyone understands where we are coming from, who we are and what we are trying to foster at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa:

My answer:

I certainly could be concerned about having a bible in the yoga studio and offending those people in the community who are not Christians.

I could also be concerned about having a picture or statue of Buddha in the yoga studio and offending people who are not Buddhists.

I could also be concerned about having a rosary in the yoga studio and be concerned about offending anyone who is not Catholic.

I could also be concerned about having mala beads there and offending anyone who does not understand or use them.

I could be concerned about having a meditation room and what that might mean to some.

I could be concerned about having the word “meditation” in our name.

I could be concerned about lots of things.  I could live my entire life concerned.

Yet, any one or all of the above could be seen in the yoga studio.  And I choose not to be concerned.

At Kahanu Yoga & Mediation Spa, we choose to welcome everyone…regardless of what you believe, where you are on your journey, whether or not you meditate, whether or not you pray, whether or not you’ve ever practiced yoga, whether or not you are vegan, vegetarian or love burgers. 

Everyone is welcome here.  Everyone. 

We are not trying to offend anyone…not at all.  Yet…we’re not going to run a business being concerned about who we are offending.  We sincerely hope that all who enter our doors will feel welcomed and will feel a sense of community and love.  We sincerely hope that everyone who stops in will want to come back.  We sincerely hope that every person knows that they can join us anytime they want for yoga, meditation, tea or conversation.  We sincerely hope that nobody is offended by anything we do, say, feel or believe. 

Yet…we can’t live our lives with a fear that others won’t approve.

Instead, we choose to live our lives as authentically as possible. And that means letting everyone know that they are welcome here and at the same time, helping them understand that we are not hiding who WE are.  And that means hiring people from every background.  And that means practicing side by side with those who do not feel as we do.  And that means sharing tea with everyone.  And that means welcoming everyone.  And that means loving and believing in what we do.  

And that means treating everyone who enters our doors with respect and understanding.    

Namaste,

Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga & Mediation Spa)

On a side note:  Throughout my years I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting LOTS of people from LOTS of different religions and belief systems including those who do not believe at all.  In all that time, I’ve never met one person (including Atheists) who don’t respect the message and teaching that the bible stands for…even if they don’t believe.  I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t understand the good that every religious belief is trying to convey to their followers.  However, if I do happen to meet someone like that or someone who just plain doesn’t want to sign their name in a bible…that is perfectly okay.  Giving us your autograph in a bible is NOT a requirement for joining us. Filling out a release and emergency contact form however, IS a requirement.   🙂

Yoga With a Cold

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I haven’t been feeling well the last couple of days and that is soooo rare for me.  Stuffy nose, cough, sore throat.  I have a cold.  A real cold.  Not one that’s going away after a day.  A true, honest-to-goodness-snot-everywhere-COLD.

And I’m miserable.

Yes…that negative thought has pretty much embraced me right now…so I’m embracing it.  I’m not in denial.  I’m not pretending I’m fine.  I’m not sending positive vibes to myself (okay…I should be doing this…).  I’m sick.  And I admit it.

So now that we’re all clear on that, the question becomes:  What happens to my yoga practice when I’m ill?  Do I give it up and lay on the couch all day?  Do I suck it up and go to a class?  Do I fill myself up with over the counter drugs?  Do I go to the doctor for something a little stronger?

The answer for me is to listen to my body and give it what it is asking for.  Tender loving care.

Here’s what Tender Loving Care means for me today:

1.  I do not go to a class.  Besides the fact that I don’t feel alert enough to be out there driving around, who wants to practice next to me?  Who’s going to be able to focus on themselves with my growing mound of used tissues next to my mat?  Who near me can pay attention to their own practice and their own body when I’m busy making some pretty awful sounds?  How do people convince themselves that I’m not spreading these germs all over the place?  And if someone in there is anything like me, will they be able to practically SEE the germs growing in that heat?  Ewwwwww!!!!

2.  I’m not ingesting over the counter or prescription drugs.  I already feel bad enough.  I don’t need something that’s going to knock me completely out and make me feel disconnected and groggy on top of what I already feel.  Not to say there isn’t a time, place and illness for this.  There absolutely IS.  I’m just not there.  If I get there, I will see my doctor.

3.  I brewed up and am sipping on detox tea.  A LOT of it.

4.  I’m filling up on as much water as I can drink.

5.  I am “steam cleaning” my nose with a neti pot.  If you’re not familiar with this, it is an ancient Ayurveda practice involving cleaning out the nostrils with warm salt water.  It has made a world of difference.

6.  I am NOT giving up my yoga practice but I AM well aware that my body needs rest.  I’m practicing a very gentle restorative yoga and using props to elevate my head while I relax.  I am not pushing myself AT ALL.  I am aware.  I am focused.  I am relaxing.

7.  I am NOT giving up my meditation practice.  I have not been able to go into any sort of deep meditation at all but I am remembering that any small moments of quiet are doing my mind, my body and my soul a world of good.  And I am remembering that any amount of time I spend with God is a joy and a blessing.  I am remembering that prayer is important for my soul.

8.  I am NOT giving up my pranayama practice but I AM giving up any vigorous practice.  I am using gentle alternate nostril breathing and I am practicing in a way that will help clear my sinuses…not make me uncomfortable.  I am learning that vibration can really help clear the sinuses naturally.  I am closing my lips and making the sound of a bee.  I am feeling movement.  I am feeling a loosening of mucus.  I am knowing that it is helping.

9.  I am resting.  I am going to bed early and taking short naps when needed.  I am soaking in detox baths.  I am staying calm.

10.  I am not beating myself up.  I am understanding that this illness is my body’s way of telling me I need to pay attention.  And I am paying attention.

Wishing each of you the best of health today.  Hoping you are all listening to your bodies and giving yourselves whatever it is you need.  If that means a longer, stronger yoga practice, a longer, deeper meditation and prayer session, a nap or a run, I hope you are listening.

Namaste,

Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa)

 

PS:  In case you’re curious, I don’t have amounts but here are the ingredients in my detox tea:

  • Fresh ginger
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Water
  • Local organic honey added to the individual cup

And in the bath:

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I use eucalyptus and lavender)
  • 1/3 cup ginger powder (which will make you sweat.  A LOT.  Use less if needed and drink LOTS of water)

Lesson of the Week – Living the Yamas

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Last week we learned about Astanga – The eight limbs of yoga.  Today, let’s discuss the first…Yamas…Social Ethics.

Yamas are social ethics that allow one to coexist peacefully in community.  Nonviolence is the first and foremost ethic.

ahimsa – nonviolence, reducing harm

satya – truth

asteya – nonstealing

brahmacarya – appropriate use of one’s vital energy

aparigraha – nonpossessiveness

These are all things that we must take with us OFF the mat.  Take the yamas out of the studio, off your mat and into the world.  Living a life filled with love and understanding rather than pain and violence.  Can you imagine a world filled with people committed to the yamas?

We can…and we’re bringing it to you…to our community…in the form of a yoga studio that doesn’t just offer exercise.  In the form of a yoga studio that offers teaching, community, fellowship, meditation, peace, love and compassion.

Live the yamas this week.  Let us know how that feels.

Namaste,

Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa)