Wellness Starts With “WE” – Part 2

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PART 2 To greater understand this, imagine that you were a photographer taking a portrait of a great Oak Tree. The Oak Tree representing the I. The photographer is that witnessing aspect of your identity, just as the intellect directs and witnesses the projections of the mind. In this portrait the most important aspect of the photo is the Oak and maybe 5 feet of…

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Wellness Starts with “WE” – Part 1

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PART 1 Studying in India, the spiritual path was described as self-effacement. Effacement meaning to erase from the surface or to efface oneself as to make insignificant. The erasing of our perceived self to reach who we truly are–the dissolution of the surface layers of our temporary self into the more connected Self. It is a completely counter perspective and value to what we instinctively…

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The Citizen Yoga Blog and Me

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“Put no restrictions on self-care.” My name is Sindy Warren and I am a yoga teacher at Citizen Yoga Cleveland.  I’ve been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and it is a true passion.  Like all of us, I wear many hats.  I’m a lawyer, a mom, and a wife, to name just a few of my daily roles.  The past decade and a half…

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Spring Fever Experience

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This yoga challenge could not have come at a better time for me. After working 4 years in a job that wasn’t inspiring, motivating or even challenging me anymore I started to feel like I was living my life in auto pilot. I was late everyday for work because I just didn’t want to wake up anymore. I was afraid to make a change though…

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Stay Fit to Make the Best of Your Golden Years

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Health is the most important thing, and you’ve got to hold onto it, especially with all those plans you have for retirement. This is the time to kick back and enjoy yourself now that work is over and you have the freedom to make the best of every day. Whether that means traveling, long walks on the beach or just chilling at home, you won’t…

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Envisioning Change

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Two years plus 1 day ago, I woke up feeling powerless, overwhelmed and unsure of how women and many others would be heard in a very new political climate. Only weeks before, we had been so hopeful and excited to be women, particularly business women, in what felt like a “new world” of change and forward thinking. But, on that morning, there was a shift, which as we…

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The Choice Is Yours

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By Halle Wangler,  former U-M women’s basketball student-athlete Every single day we are faced with choices. The magnitude of these choices could be as small as choosing to eat the last slice of pizza, or as profound as deciding which career path you want to pursue. We all have choices, even when we think we do not. It is easy to get caught up in…

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Yoga and Body

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At 37 years old, I can still do some pretty sick yoga moves. I say that tongue in cheek, but from the outsider’s perspective it is true. I often joke that I was blessed with genetics that made me dumb strong and ridiculously flexible. Not to mention, I started gymnastics at three years old because I was also fearless and my mom was tired of…

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Extroversion vs. Introversion

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The world is an expression of opposites, and it swings between these disparate poles constantly. When we over-identify with the world, we are subject physically, emotionally and intellectually to the up and downs of the world. When the world swings, we swing.  The constant swinging between the pairs of opposites creates friction, which we identify with, claim as ours and experience as stress. An antidote…

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Notes on the Platform

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A few months ago, I had a coffee date. It was nothing too out of the ordinary, just catching up with someone without any real agenda. I was sitting with Mallory McMorrow, a friend, creative director, activist, and long-time Citizen, when our conversation drifted over to our professional lives. Slowly, we began to notice a trend, and then we couldn’t escape the similarities: despite working…

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A Woman In Business: 5am Reflection

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Female Empowerment is a mending of inherited inadequacy and passivity. It is a common occurrence for me to hear, you are intimidating (Definition: frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants.), strong (Definition: able to withstand great force or pressure.: “cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle”. Synonyms: secure, well-built, indestructible), straightforward (Definition: uncomplicated and easy to do or understand.: “in…

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Good Citizen, Meredith Perry

Good Citizen, Meredith Perry: Marine Corp Flight Surgeon

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We’ve all heard the saying, “life is a journey, not a destination.” Well, to put it mildly mine has been a roller coaster. I’ve had some pretty great “ups” and some pretty punch you in the gut “downs.” And through all of these hills and valleys, sometimes endless ravines, I’ve learned that I am the strongest person I know. Sure, sometimes I want to sit…

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Yoga As Medicine

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When we are sick, or in pain, we often turn to medicine to ease the symptoms or heal what hurts us.  Medicine regulates the systems in our bodies that are not functioning optimally – it can clear a blocked pathway, strengthen our bodies’ defenses, and soothe our body back to healing. In its own very powerful way, yoga is often described as medicine (#YogaAsMedicine, in…

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Chelsea Marshall, #goodcitizen

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Nominated not once, but twice Chelsea Marshall is our good citizen of the month, and winner one month of unlimited yoga. Read her nominations below: Chelsea does good. She is a teacher for the some of the most physically and mentally challenged elementary school children in her school district. She transferred into this position after teaching 2nd grade because she saw a gap in education for…

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Our Good Citizen, Jen Johnson

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I would like to nominate Jennifer Johnson.  She and her family are the most kind and genuine unit I have ever met. She and her husband empower me in a parental sense. They have two wonderful girls and their creativity, patience, and love inspires and reminds me of the potential in myself to be a great parent and husband. Aaron (her husband) doesn’t do yoga unfortunately,…

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Good Citizen: Sarah Weinstein

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Last week, I went on Citizen’s retreat in Tulum and our group shared the resort with women doing a Bikini Boot Camp. We did (a lot of) yoga, ate (a lot of) guacamole, and slowed down to spend time with each other. They seemed to be constantly moving, rushing between circuit training and jogging on the beach. I don’t know if they ever took the…

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Practice Not Performance

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We live our lives behind a veil of our own perception — a convoluted set of opinions and values that shape our views about each other and ourselves. We are influenced by the culture we choose to surround ourselves with, and often make judgments according to the ideals we’re fed through the media. The largest and most powerful facet, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter,…

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Meet Kristen: Who Said Yogis Aren’t Good With Numbers?

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Name: Kristen DuBois Position at CY: Administrative Coordinator What is your idea of perfect happiness? I think that pure happiness exists when we are completely immersed and wrapped in the present moment.  There is a lack of want and no distracting thoughts.  There is only joy and the appreciation for everything happening in that instant — babies and animals are really great at it. What…

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Meet Emily: All Things Citizen

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What is your idea of perfect happiness? A leisurely morning with good music, and a long shower What is your greatest fear? Hurting others Which living person do you most admire? My mom What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Perfectionism! What is the trait you most deplore in others? Narcissism When and where were you happiest? I’ve been at my happiest at…

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Lauren Meier: CY’s First Born (employee)

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Meet Lauren Meier: R.E.C. & Teacher Lauren was the first official employee hired at Citizen Yoga Royal Oak.  She started as our beloved receptionist, took teacher training, became an AWESOME teacher and is now in-charge of CY Retail, Events and Culture! Check out her class times and learn more about her below: Classes: Monday: 9:45am Vinyasa CYRO & 8pm Slow Burn CYD Tuesday: 9:45am Blend CYD…

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