American Dreams Do Come True!

America is a country that has balance, strength, and flexibility, all of which are aspects that work together to provide us with the opportunity to live out our own American Dreams. To honor our work, lives, friends, family and history this Independence Day what better yoga pose to practice other than Eagle Pose.

Benefits of Eagle Pose:

  • Strengthening of the arms, legs, knees and ankles.
  • Creating space between the shoulder blades.
  • Stretching the outer hip muscles and IT band.
  • Increased circulation to all joints.
  • Improved digestion, balance and mental focus.
 

Even though it will have you twisted up like a knot and holding on as hard as you can to not to fall over, you are rewarded when you unwind and find that it’s not just your body that feels untangled, but your mind and spirit as well.

Working hard to achieve a goal is deeply rooted into our country’s history; don’t be afraid of challenging your self.  You may teeter, stumble or fall but take a lesson from our Nation’s past and keep fighting for what you need, believe or want to achieve.

Show your American Pride with Eagle Pose:

  • Begin by standing.
  • Bend both knees then lift your left foot up off the ground and cross your left knee over the right.
  • Squeeze your thighs together while making sure your left toes are pointing down towards the floor.
  • Bring your arms out to your sides while keeping them parallel to the floor.
  • Then cross the right arm over the left at the elbow.  Next bend your elbows so that your forearms are now perpendicular to the floor.
  • Engage the back of your hands so they are touching each other.
  • Then slowly turn the hands so that the palms face each other.
  • Pressing the palms together, stretch the fingers upwards.
  • Keeping your gaze focused on one point in front of you, stay in this pose for 3 full and deep rounds of breaths.
  • To unwind, slowly release the hands and bring them to the side of your body.
  • Raise your left leg and place it back on the floor and slowly come back into Standing. 
  • Then repeat the twist on the opposite side.

Note:

If you have balance difficulty you can skip always perform this seated on the floor or chair and focus on the binding and twisting of the arms.

Or

For an added balance challenge you can float your leg back into warrior three while engaging your arms into the twist.

Join us in class to learn poses like this. We wish you health and happiness this Independence Day.  

Edited By: Jennifer Lavin

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

The 7 Best Yoga Poses for Long Distance Runners

If you're a long distance runner you know the pain of hitting the pavement (or trail) day in and day out.  If you aren't stretching after your workouts you could be slowing yourself down without even realizing it.  Checkout our quick video demonstrations on what I believe to be 7 of the best yoga poses for long distance runners, plus an additional pose for good measure!

This is a quick video demonstration of 7 Yoga Poses plus an additional bonus yoga pose to help stretch after long distance runs. These poses help decrease muscle soreness, improve muscle efficiency and improve body mechanics following runs that leave you aching as you cross the finish line.

Want to learn more about fitness classes that will help your running performance? Schedule a Discovery Visit with us to discuss your goals and let us help you make a plan. 

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!

The Perfect Adult Mommy & Me Date - Mother's Day Spa Night

Every year I struggle with what to get my mom for Mother's Day. My Mom is one of the most difficult people to get gifts for.  I've tried asking want she wants, or if there is anything she needs.  And I don't know about you, but this is the typical answer I get... "don't worry about me" or "I don't need anything" or "your love is enough". 

So how do I show this amazing women that I get to call Mom my love and gratitude for everything she has done for me?

I've figured out over the years to ditch the material objects and instead choose to spend time with her, and to take her out on an adult Mommy & Me dates. Not only do we both get to share a new experience together, but I also get to give her what she truly wants the most.

So to help people celebrate their Moms, Mindful Matters Wellness is hosting the perfect adult mommy & me date just in time for Mother's Day Weekend!  

Our event will start with a restorative yoga class the will ease the stress of motherhood, followed by individual myofascial release sessions for every attendee, make-up trials brought to you by Beautycounter, food, drinks, giveaways and raffles. 

For $35.00 you can give your mom, wife, sister, friend or yourself a wonderful evening of relaxation that is, lets face it, probably well overdue.  If you want to set up your adult Mommy & Me date or enjoy the night out for yourself or with the girls...Sign up on our Events and Workshops Page to reserve your spot.

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