Shigeko Yoga December Newsletter 

Yoga, Nutrition, Life and Inspiration

Lately, I've been reflecting on the year 2016. I opened my own Shigeko YOGA studio (a tiny space) in March. I started a yoga program for the Denver Police Department in the spring and now I'm expanding my yoga program to their Police Academy! While I was enjoying teaching all my regular classes I did workshops and helped to teach a full moon yoga retreat in Taos with my dear teacher, Mary Beth. I started and finished a year long yoga business program (phew, that was tough). Wow, what a year! Now I say, 'What progress I made in a year!' How was your year? What progress did you make in 2016?

It's not easy to chart our own progress. Often times, we don't think we're making progress. Or we know that we've made progress but we don't say it. Or we simply forget that we've made progress. Or we don't know how to chart our own progress. But we have to be good at seeing our own progress. We have to be able to know when we're succeeding, growing, and evolving. There are so many things that we don't give ourselves credit for or we're a little hard on ourselves. But the truth is we all are making progress everyday. So, I say, 'Pat yourself on the back and voice to yourself - You did a great job in 2016! You're awesome!' You have to tell yourself even though you feel like you didn't. You have to remind yourself how much you've accomplished, how much you can focus, and how much you're able to handle in a day and still have so much love for others (and hopefully for yourself too!) That's incredible.

Just in case you have no idea how to measure your progress, here are some ideas of measuring your progress (in yoga & life). Enjoy :)

-You remember to breathe when you're in a yoga pose (& life!)
-You're okay if your heels are lifted in a downward facing dog posture
-You smile when you fall out of a balance pose
-You remind yourself to slow down during your practice (& life!)
-You feel more confident in your inner voice and less swayed by others' opinions
-You find forgiveness a little bit easier for others and yourself
-You wake up in the morning and feel great for no reason
-You treat your anger, jealous, frustration, or any other negative emotion as an opportunity to work on your mind
-You feel less fearful in situations that used to scare you
-You feel less afraid to speak the truth. You know how to do it gently
-You fall in love with your life more and more everyday (AND...that's HUGE progress!)

It's not enough just to make progress. You have to realize that you're making progress. You have to be aware of your progress. Just pause, breathe, feel and chart your progress. Cheers to all the progress you made this year!

With great love and gratitude.
xoxo Shigeko
End of the Year Classes, Events, and Workshops in 2017
In Japan, we call the month of December 'Shiwasu' - 'Shiwasu' means that masters/monks are running around. Usually they are very calm and you don't see them running around but everyone runs in December; even masters and monks! Are you running around? If so, why don't you slow down with me :)? 

Christmas Day Vinyasa & Yin: Sunday, December 25th @ Kindness Yoga Capitol Hill Studio @ 10-11:15 AM *Open to the public! Kindness Yoga is a donation based studio but suggested drop-in rate is $18. Let's make Christmas day magical together!

Meditation & Yoga Night (Last one this year!): Thursday, December 29th @ Shigeko Yoga Studio @ 5:30-6:45 PM *5 students max. The rate is $15. It'll be a perfect way to be winding, reflecting, and ending the year on the new moon night.

Also, I'm so excited to make an announcement that there will be fun events and workshops early next year! Save those dates!

Yoga + Brunch: Sunday, January 29th @ 9:30-10:30 AM @ Lucy Restaurant
Wind down and stretch your weekend! You'll get yoga AND a mimosa with me for $10! Call Lucy @ 720-274-6868 to save your spot and reserve a brunch table too if you like! Come get your yoga on at Lucy Restaurant! 

Acupuncture + Yoga for Spring Renewal: Sunday, February 26th @ 3-5 PM @ Shigeko Yoga Studio *Cost: $60 includes hand outs ($65 at door) /Payment required before the workshop (payment options: PayPal, check or cash) 
Join Shigeko Yoga and Kyla Bates Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for this unique, interactive, and healing workshop! The workshop will combine two ancient and powerful health systems to improve and transform your life. You will learn specific yoga poses and breathing exercises and receive a mini-acupuncture treatment and nutrition session to promote more rejuvenation for the spring. This workshop is designed for immunity, deep cleansing, and a whole body spring renewal! 

Yoga Therapy: You Can Be Back Pain-Free: Sunday, March 5th @ 3:30-6 pm @ Kindness Yoga Hilltop Studio *Cost: $35 per person (Kindness Autopay and Annual Members, Kindness teachers and staff receive 20% off!)
Lower Back Pain is one of the most common medical problems, and a popular complaint among yogis. The medical community is consistently recommending yoga as a supplement to back pain relief or pre and post surgery treatment for a holistic approach. This workshop will help you look at how you move specifically in your hips/back areas from a different point of view. Understanding how to reduce and get out of pain requires an understanding of how the body moves and functions. You will notice your compensation patterns and learn how to work with and alleviate acute or chronic back pain through breath and therapeutic yoga postures. When you breathe better, move better, you feel stronger in your yoga practice and life! Why do you live with back pain? You can be back pain-free!
Please visit my website for more details!
Once again, thank you so much for supporting Shigeko YOGA in 2016! Arigato!
Happy Holidays and I'll see you on the mat!

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