Parallels between Chinese herbal formula Gan mai da zao tang & Yoga pose Trikonasana by Chelsey Mollin

What do Yoga and Chinese herbal medicine have in common?

They both embody a desire for change and for balance. The purpose of Yoga is that we move and distort our bodies so that we can withstand to sit with ourselves in stillness.

The purpose of Chinese herbal medicine is to regulate that which has become disregulated. It’s to create space & balance so that we can exist in harmony in our bodies.

Both are a tool to rectify the consequences of being human, which we all suffer from!

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Inhale, Exhale, Love by Sophie Tashkovski

It’s been an interesting start to the year for me. There are other words I could probably use instead of interesting if I am really being honest, right?

I often have a mantra I repeat to myself. Different ones come at different times in life. Sometimes the mantra is on repeat during a Yoga class, or in challenging times, or even in the best of times. I use a mantra like a meditation. In 2019 the one I have heard in my head the most is “Inhale. Exhale. Love.” It’s on repeat. When I am stressed, or sad, or disappointed, or frustrated…when I am happy and beaming and open to accepting all that is coming my way…it fits for the good, great, bad, and even the saddest times.

I repeat the mantra and then I breathe. Big breaths in, big breaths out. I think about the space around my heart and try to fill it with love and light. I give and receive love, even when it is hard. I am open to new love, despite the way my last relationship ended, and while I miss my Dad so very much, I still feel his love all around me. Inhale, exhale, love. Repeat. Inhale, exhale, love. Repeat. Catch my drift?

Smile much? Best Smile JD 1993 coming at you hard in this one.

Smile much? Best Smile JD 1993 coming at you hard in this one.

Say it in your head or wear it proud on this super flattering muscle tank.

I designed this new tank with the help of an amazing graphic designer. She took the sad sketch my art teacher Mr Wenzel would have laughed at and turned it into something to be proud of. It’s a reminder for all of us. The symbols can mean whatever you need them to mean, and the words too. It can be your mantra or just a friendly reminder to soften a little. It’s what you need it to be.

For me, it’s a reminder that everything is going to be alright.

Want to purchase a tank? We have them in the studio or you can order on-line HERE

Lots of love to you all, Sophie

Yoga with CHAARG by Sophie Tashkovski

This past week I was invited to Syracuse University to meet with a group called CHAARG:  Changing Health Attittudes + Actions to Recreate Girls.  

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"CHAARG aims to ignite a passion in college-aged girls for health + fitness."

Syracuse Yoga and CHAARG are a great fit.  Our mission statement: 

Syracuse Yoga believes that yoga is for everybody, yoga is for every BODY. Encompassing total mind and body wellness, Syracuse Yoga meets students where they are at in their practice in an all inclusive, safe space that creates community through yoga practice.

"Once a girl joins CHAARG, she is welcomed into a supportive + empowering community of 7,000+ girls! When you workout, you feel good — but, when you surround yourself with people to support you, you feel even better. CHAARG combines good friends + a good workout to keep every girl feeling her happiest + healthiest self."

I didn't just teach Yoga to these young women of CHAARG.  I also had the opportunity to talk about Yoga, why Syracuse Yoga is different, and my work as a Movement Warrior with Ophelia's Place.   

Over 100 young women practiced Yoga with Syracuse Yoga this week.  It's such a great feeling to introduce Yoga to a new group, and to help them with resources they might need too.  Ladies of CHAARG, you are a lovely bunch, and I hope to see you at Syracuse Yoga!