Welcome Kathleen Keegan!

Having taught yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings for over 10 years, Kathleen brings amazing knowledge of anatomy and modifications to her sequencing in order to create a positive movement experience for every client, no matter the level of experience. 

Grateful to be able to share the positive benefits of yoga to all those who take her classes, Kathleen is also an avid traveler.

With her favorite destination being Jamaica, she enjoys brining the relaxed and easy going island culture to the Milwaukee yoga scene to provide an escape from the everyday grind.

Her love of yoga shines brightly through her teaching style, and if you want to start your mornings off feeling centered, energized and at peace, you will love her Morning Yoga Flow, which is now on our class schedule.

Want a Sneak Peak of one of Kathleen's Classes?

Check out our newest video below of one of Kathleen's Morning Yoga Flow Classes.  Her use of imagery will guide you through each pose and take you on a journey to peace, ligh and harmony!

So come check out Kathleen's classes! We know you'll enjoy her style as much as we do!

-The Mindful Matters Wellness Team

Mindful Matters Wellness Welcomes Kathleen Keegan As Our Newest Yoga Instructor. Register for her classes at www.mindfulmatterswellness.com/class-schedule

Welcome Zeus Becker!

 

Teaching classes as a Yoga Instructor, Zeus' passions of yoga, fitness, healthy living and healthy cooking brings amazing energy and positivity to our center!

As a world traveler, Indonesian style trained masseuse, and personal chef, Zeus has a flair for life that not only shines brightly through her soul but is  contagious to all those around her.

With her Hatha Flow Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga Classes now on our class schedule, clients will be able to enjoy her personal approach to teaching, and will leave feeling supported and relaxed. 

Interested in learning more about Zeus's teaching style?

Lucky for you...we created a video from Zeus' most recent class at Mindful Matters Wellness for your viewing pleasure.

Zeus uses hands on assists, essential oils and props to guide her students through her sequences in order to complete their journey with a blissful meditative practice at the end of every class.

So come check out Zeus, and her class schedule! We know you'll enjoy her style as much as we do!

-The Mindful Matters Wellness Team

Mindful Matters Wellness is exicted to welcome Zeus Becker to our Team as one of our newest Yoga Instructors. To register for her classes go to www.mindfulmatterswellness.com/class-schedule

Restorative Yoga (Not Your Typical Yoga Class)

Are you #stressed? Experiencing #anxiety? Have difficulty managing your work/life balance? But enjoy #sleep, #relaxation, or having someone massage your shoulders, head or neck?

If you said yes to any these questions then I have a tool to help you destress, decrease your anxiety, manage your work/life balance, improve your sleep, decrease head, neck and shoulder tension AND help you relax both physically and mentally. We have a class for that, its called Restorative Yoga.  

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When you hear the word yoga do the images below come to your mind? 

Thanks to social media, we are inundated with images like these.  Now I don't know about you, but I remember being that first time yoga student and the experience was nerve racking. Between the expectations and nerves it's no wonder I lot of people struggle with gaining the confidence to even step on a yoga mat, let alone find a relaxed mental state during a class.

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It's no secret that the asanas, or yoga postures, are practiced to help your body prepare for the mental practice of meditation. However, a lot of the yoga messages out there are overwhelming the idea that the practice is mainly about stretching to increase your flexibility.  Although is this a benefit, it's not the primary goal.

Yes, with an everyday physical yoga practice you will see improved strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility, but we wouldn't continue this routine practice without the best benefit of all, which is the mental benefits.  Experiencing decreases in stress, anxiety, depression are just a few of the mental benefits yoga can bring. 

So, how do you start the practice of yoga while decreasing the fear, self-judgment, and expectations?

What if a yoga class consisted of poses like the ones below? 

Instead of focusing on holding poses with your muscles, restorative yoga provides your body the support it needs with props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, chairs etc., which in turn calms your nervous system, deepens muscle relaxation, and allows you to hold a pose for longer durations, all the while challenging your mind to focus on your breath and being present in the moment.  Classes usually only go through 5-7 restorative poses within a 75 minute class, and can be enhanced with gentle massage, trigger point release, soothing music, and aromatherapy.  

Teachers of this type of class are very attentive to modifying poses to suit your body needs and is a great way to start a yoga practice that emphasizes your experiences over your fellow students.

We would love to provide you with the experience of Restorative Yoga at one of our weekly class offerings. Check our schedule for classes.  Or, if your interested in learning more about restorative yoga and how it can help you with your stress, anxiety, depression, or insomnia schedule a Discovery Visit. We are happy to share additional information and answer any questions that you may have. Eee you in the studio!

Namaste!

Namaste in Bed...

Ever struggle with finding time to meditate? Well, I have figured out a solution that works great for me and could help bring a more reflective and balanced state of mind to the rest of your day.  All it takes is dedicating a set time to practice meditation, and in this case it’s first thing in the morning, from your bed!

Over the past year, I’ve come to realize meditation doesn't have to be a time-consuming practice. Nor do I need to be in front of a shrine, sitting cross-legged, or in some remote location. It can simply be in the comfort of my home, while lying in bed for a few minutes a day.

To make this meditation practice work you do need to add 10 minutes to your daily morning routine, and set a timer dedicated for a meditative practice.  I personally use a free iPhone app called Meditation Time - A Beautiful Meditation Timer by Daniel Wuerstl. I like this app because it allows me to set timed intervals of gongs to keep my meditative practice on task and I feel it provides the best resonating gong sound I could find on my iPhone.

Step One - 10 Deep Belly Breaths

After setting your meditation timer, begin with 10 deep belly breaths.

On average we breathe 23,000 times a day and because of this, we tend to take breathing for granted and form bad breathing habits like shallow breathing, or using unnecessary muscles.

So, what is a belly breath?

It’s breathing that is initiated from your diaphragm muscle so when you inhale you can visibly see your belly rise, and as you exhale, or release your diaphragm, it then “falls” to a resting position.

Inhale Deeply

Inhale Deeply

Exhale Completely

Exhale Completely

Step Two - Body Scan using Visualization

Switch your breath at this point to its own comfortable pace, visualize different parts of your body, scanning from one region to the next, and attempt to relax particular areas you may feel are holding stress or tension. This is your time to check in with your physical body and gaining awareness of its needs.

Step Three - Training to Clear your Mind

Take the last few minutes of your practice to clear your thoughts of internal chatter, expectations, or reservations about your day.

Letting go of one particular thought may be difficult.  If that becomes the case, return your focus to your breath and visualize its pathway throughout its full cycle. Redirecting focus to your breath will divert your attention, allowing lingering thoughts to pass subconsciously.

Step Four - Daily Affirmation

I’m sure many people have heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, but in this context ‘you are what you think’.  

Daily affirmations are conscious thoughts to carry with you throughout the rest of your day.  They don’t need to be long, or complicated; the only requirement is that they invoke positive emotions, thinking or actions.

Creating an affirmation is personal, and if you are struggling with creating your own check out this link to an article by Huffington Post that provides 35 affirmations for inspiration.

When it’s all said and done…

I was able to create my meditative practice by simply adding 10 extra minutes of lying in bed to my morning routine, and have been able to enjoy it on a daily basis.

If this meditative practice interests you, remember, don’t snooze but instead set a timer, breathe, scan your body for tension or stress, clear your mind, and formulate an affirmation to carry with you throughout your day.

Over time you will see the many benefits that a routine meditation practice can bring your life. Plus, if you’re like me you will enjoy staying in bed for an extra 10 minutes in the morning.

Namaste and have a Mindful Day!

P.S. Want to experience an example of a 10 Minute Meditation? Checkout our 10-Minute Meditation Video and challenge yourself to spend an extra 10 minutes meditating the next time you’re in bed.

10-Minute Meditation Video

Watch this video for an example of a quick 10-minute meditation that can improve positive thinking, decrease anxiety and improve mental clarity with a daily meditative practice.

This video is a guided meditation, with timed gong intervals that places emphasis on belly breathing, body scan with visualization, mental clarity training and affirmations.

Want more guidance on mediation and mindfulness, join us in a class.  

Thank You for Your Support...

Milwaukee's Newest Wellness Center is now Officially Open!

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 is a day Mindful Matters Wellness will never forget.  Our Wellness Center that provides physical therapy, Pilates, yoga and other health and wellness services is now officially open for business.  We couldn't be more thrilled to be apart of the Milwaukee community! We look forward to growing, sharing and educating on our philosophy of personalized health and wellness.

We are beyond grateful to everyone who joined Mindful Matters Wellness at our grand opening event. We kicked off the day with a free Vinyasa Yoga class, followed by facility tours, equipment demonstrations, complementary hors d'oeuvre and drinks, and a relaxing group guided meditation. 

If you weren't able to make it to our grand opening event, don't worry, we're so excited about our new space that we're offering FREE classes throughout the month of April!  Check out our class schedule online. While you're here, earn discounts on services by checking in at our location on Facebook or tagging us on Instagram #GOmindfulmatterswellness. 

We've got a lot more amazing things planned so check back often or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.  Thank you again for all of your support! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Photos & Video: Capio Creative Co.(www.capiocreativeco.com)

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April 1st GRAND OPENING

Grand Opening

Saturday, April 1st 2017

We promise this is no April Fools’ Joke! We are excited to announce that Mindful Matters Wellness is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday, April 1st 2017.  We’re kicking off the festivities with a free yoga class, followed by meet & greet facility tours and a free group guided meditation.

  • 8:00am-9:00am Free Vinyasa Yoga
    • Register online at www.mindfulmatterswellness.com, space is limited
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Drop in to meet our staff and check out our newly remodeled space
    • Complimentary hors d'oeuvre and drinks provided
  • 4:00-4:30pm Free Group Guided Meditation
    • No registration required

Join us at any time during our grand opening celebration and be entered in a raffle to win a free private Pilates session.  

Help us spread the word about our big day and receive promo codes with discounts on our products & services. Check-in on Facebook or tag us on Instagram at #GOmindfulmatterswellness.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

-The Mindful Matters Wellness Team

1845 N. Farwell Ave Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53202