Why and How to Rethink What We “Should” Do

Why and How to Rethink What We “Should” Do

By Beth Roessner “Should” is a pretty common word in everyone’s vocabulary, and although it seems innocent, “should” is also a very dangerous word. It creates a culture of negativity within us. And now that we’re at the beginning of the year when life-altering goals are popular, do you find yourself saying any of these things?  “I should do yoga today.” “I should eat a salad, but I really want a cheeseburger.” “You should be doing more squats if you want to make progress.” “I should extend my run tomorrow because I ate like $h!t today.” “You should go to bed now if you want to be in a good mood tomorrow.” “I should put pants on before I leave the house.” “Should” is problematic because when we use it, we detach ourselves from reality. We’re talking about things that we wish were true, but aren’t. It’s a reminder that we’re not doing something that we “should” be doing–running, yoga, dieting, putting on pants.  “Should” brings about a slippery slope, and is pretty common in today’s diet-heavy culture. It’s a reminder that what we’re doing is not good enough and that we’re not good individuals because we are not doing a particular activity. We often feel discouraged, guilty or awful about ourselves. (I mean, has telling yourself “I should lose weight” ever motivated you to lose weight and made you feel good about yourself? Yeah…me either.) And in my own personal experience, when I actually do the activity I “should” be doing…I don’t always feel my best doing it. And sometimes I don’t feel better later. It feels forced, unnatural and my mind...
Essential Oils for a Healthy Cleanse

Essential Oils for a Healthy Cleanse

By Jamie Sabat Happy New Year, Yogis! I’m sure you are laser focused on your goals for 2018 and have your vision board ready. Are you interested in starting the new year with a clean slate? Or wishing to shift your health and well-being into the awesome column?  My dōTERRA team has a beautifully crafted cleanse using the amazing daily vitamins, clean eating, a private Facebook group and free health coaching from one of our leaders. Join me in doing this cleanse, Ready, Sexy Glow. We will support each other! Prep week starts Jan 8 and the month-long cleanse starts Jan 15. So, there’s still time to get your goodies and be part of this wonderful event! I’m here to help you get started and support you. We will use the Cleanse and Restore Kit during the program, which you can purchase on my Distill + Express website. Also, this month Terragreens, a fruit and greens power you can add to food and smoothies to get those greens, is 10% off. This is a great time to get yourself set up as a Wellness Customer or Advocate. With the New Year :: New You promotion, not only do you receive 25% off the retail price, but anyone who enrolls in January with a 100PV order and sets up a 100PV LRP order the following month (February) will also receive 100 points FREE.   Join me at the Takoma Park Yoga Heights studio (255 Carroll St. NW) at 12:30 pm on Sunday, January 14th to learn more and receive a promotion code!  Looking forward to seeing all your shining faces in 2018. Let’s kill...
Accepting the Longest Night: the Winter Solstice

Accepting the Longest Night: the Winter Solstice

By A.M. Thompson The Winter Solstice is rich with meaning.  This Thursday, December 21, 2017 marks the Winter Solstice: a pivotal turning point in the continual cycle of the seasons.  For millennia, human civilizations have celebrated this longest night as a mysterious, sacred and profoundly spiritual time. In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the start of true winter: the season of ice, deprivation and challenges. Yet it also marks the start of a subtle but mystical transformation. Even as we hunker down against the cold, the days are lengthening.  Steadily and invariably, we are headed back toward spring. We all know that feeling of the longest night.  It happens each time you feel discouraged, depleted or depressed. When you’re lonely and at a loss. When your job or relationships or bank account are empty. When you feel scared or trapped or powerless.  When you look into the mirror, and recoil. Fortunately, just like the Winter Solstice, our own longest night can be holy and powerful…  if we are willing to accept it. Pema Chodron, an American mother and grandmother who is also a Tibetan Buddhist nun, teaches that “when we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it, when we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us” we move toward enlightenment. Or, as she explains with characteristically blunt humor: “Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.” It is uncomfortable, even painful, to stay present to our own inner darkness. But when...
Georgia Avenue Gets Main Street Status

Georgia Avenue Gets Main Street Status

Have you noticed the exciting changes happening on Georgia Ave. in the last year or two?  Businesses are booming, neighbors are volunteering and the community is thriving.  Most of this is largely due to the organizing and advocacy of Georgia Avenue Thrive (GAT), a volunteer-based group of neighbors coming together to build an inclusive, connected, and vibrant community for the neighbors, businesses, and visitors to Lower Georgia Avenue. Initially starting in 2015 as a response to public safety concerns, GAT has grown to focus on creating opportunities for resident and business neighbors to build relationships and to support each other. We took a moment to chat with Jennifer Kuiper, the driving force behind GAT, to learn more about what’s going on in our neighborhood. Yoga Heights: What events or accomplishments has Georgia Avenue Thrive had so far? Georgia Avenue Thrive: GAT activities all come from the ideas and efforts of volunteers living and working here in the neighborhood. All our efforts are designed to be free, fun and family-friendly. Here is a sample of the activities resident and business volunteers have provided since starting up two years ago: Winter Fest and October Fest featuring local businesses, artists, makers, food vendors, and performers. Community-wide block party on Morton Street with water slides, service provider info tables, live performances, free bbq, and cooking demos by DC Reynolds and Feast in a Basket. Joint activities with Park Morton residents such as the Snow Angel holiday gift giving, NeighborUP-Park View activities, and Halloween costume donations. Yoga Heights community yoga and fitness classes on the old Murry’s Parking lot. Community outdoor movie nights with...