NEXT LEVEL VIDEOS


They are finally here! The videos that I have long promised to my live classes are becoming a reality.  For those of you who take my classes, you know I change my theme and sequence each month. Sometime around the end of the month, I will be producing a video of that month’s class so you can replay your favorites.
But remember, this is no excuse to miss class, I still want to see you, in person, on your mat at least once a week.  You are part of a community that needs you, whether you know it or not. I will link the classes here at Next Level Yoga when they come out, but you can always go to my Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/user64021270 directly to access them.
Right now the videos are all free, in return I only ask that you take the time to like the product on Vimeo and share them on your social media so we can build an online community, just like the great groups we have here in Ohio at the live classes and workshops.
Many Thanks,
Tara

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The Use Your Words Project

Have you ever had a goal you wanted to achieve, but struggled with where to start?  I have been working on a project with my yoga clients to help get them out of the starting gate and moving towards that goal. It’s called the Use Your Words Project. With this project I hope to help people harness the power of intention to achieve goals and lead a more mindful life.

Words have real power, and combining your words with a few simple rules, you can reach your goals or make those changes you have thinking about but have simply lacked the catalyst to get started.

Taking inspiration from the MyIntent Project, I am making and selling custom-made intention bracelets.  These pieces are an integral part of the project, serving as the touchstone of your goal.

The power of intention

Here’s how it works.

Choose a word that represents your goal or aspiration.  For example, someone who is struggling with getting things done, might choose the word PRIORITY.  So the next time they are overwhelmed with a long list of tasks and short time to do them, they will be reminded to question what has priority.  It can be any word you want, it just needs to make sense to you.

Once you have the bracelet there are three simple rules to follow.

First, wear your word continuously for three weeks.  Why?  Because research has proven it takes at least 21 days of repetition to either make or break a habit.

Second, take a photo of your word and post it to whatever social media you like and tag it with #useyourwordsproject.  If you are not on social media,  then simply take a photo of your word and find a way to display it.  You can save it as your phone or computer’s wallpaper, or have the photo developed and put it out where other people can see it.

You don’t have to include an explanation unless that is something you are comfortable with, just the photo alone will serve as your outward and public declaration of your intention or goal.

Third, tell three people during the 21 days about your word.  It can be as simple as “look at this cool bracelet I bought, I chose the word priority to remind me not to get caught up in unimportant tasks”  The reason for this step is to help you articulate your purpose.  The more you talk about it, the more likely you are to do it.

That’s it.  Simple right? Give it a try and see what happens.

Brass & Nickel Tokens

Intention Bracelets $10.00    These bracelets are made with waxed cotton cord and your choice of a brass (gold tone) or nickel (silver) token.  String is available in black, blue and purple.  The bracelet has an adjustable sliding knot. Free shipping in the US.

To order use the contact form below. Credit cards are welcome on the Paypal account.

 

 

Use Your Words Bracelet

Custom made intention bracelet designed to be used with the Use Your Words Project.

$10.00

Yoga + Essential Oils

Incorporating esseyoga-eontial oils into your yoga practice is a great way to maximize the benefits of yoga. I know, it can feel a little out there to think that rubbing a drop or two of some plant oil on you is going to have some tangible effect on your body. However, think about this: before we had modern synthetic based drugs, people cured multitudes of maladies with plants alone.

Scientists who are way smarter than me, figured out how to mimic those plants’ chemical compounds and created drugs that have profound effects on the body, curing all manners of disease. So I ask, why is it so far-fetched to believe those same plant oils, in their purest forms, would not have the same effect now?

In short, its not, it just takes a little getting used to the idea. To be clear, no-one is suggesting you should forgo all modern medicine for essential oils, that would be irresponsible, but why not give it a try and see if you realize any benefits?

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The use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes is called aromatherapy. Different oils provide different benefits. Some oils can improve concentration or reduce stress, while others help boost the immune system or improve the quality of sleep.

There are many different oils out there, the trick is to find what works for you. That will depend on what you hope to achieve. Here are a few essential oil basics: for enhanced relaxation try lavender, marjoram or ylang ylang. Conversely, for energy try peppermint, rosemary or wild orange. For focus and concentration, try grounding oils like sandalwood, frankincense and cedarwood.

Now to amp up those benefits try incorporating essential oils into your yoga practice. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that:

  • Use a Diffuser: Diffusing aerosolizes the oil molecules allowing you to breathe in their benefits. The most safest and most effective method is to use a diffuser which you can find either online or at most stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond. You simply add water and a few drops of oil and hit the start button. diffuser
  • Topical Application. Basically, you rub a few drops directly on to the skin. Always test for skin sensitivity first, and consider using a carrier oil such as fractionated (fatty acids removed) coconut oil to dilute the oil and cover more of the skin’s surface. Depending on the oil and the desired effect, there are a variety of ways to apply, for instance; rub peppermint on your chest or biceps before sun salutations for an energy boost; for relaxation, massage some lavender into the soles of your feet before final seated and reclined poses, or rub some sandalwood into your hands, cup your hands in front of your face to breath in the scent during the initial breathing exercises at the beginning of class.Foot care and foot massage in salon
  • Ingestion. Oils that are safe to ingest, such as lemon, lime and peppermint can be added to your water to sip during and after class. Be sure to confirm the oil you are using is safe for ingestion. Personally, I use doTerra products which carry a supplement label, letting you know they are safe to ingest, unless you see a similar label, do not assume you can ingest the oil.

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If you are interested in learning more, I teach Essential Yoga Workshops each month which incorporate oils into the yoga practice, consider giving one of those a try. The yoga is suitable for all levels of experience, the oils are all provided and most importantly, we have a lot of fun.

Here is the link to our Facebook page for more information on yoga and essential oils https://www.facebook.com/essentialyogaworkshop/ or better yet, go to: http://bit.ly/essentialyoga and register to join us sometime.

TOLEDO FIREFIGHTER YOGA STARTS JANUARY 11, 2016! (For real this time)

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WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT?
This class is beginner friendly and appropriate for all experience levels. It will be therapeutic yoga, designed to undo the damage done to the body either at work or just the stress of everyday living. Each class will have a nice balance of work for increasing flexibility, joint stability, balance and overall stress relief. Sound like something you need, then read on…

WHO’S IT FOR?
This class is available to active and retired firefighters and their immediate families.

WHEN?
Mondays from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm, please arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins. Starting date- January 11, 2016.

WHERE?
Toledo Firefighter Union Hall
714 Washington Street
Toledo, OH 43604

HOW MUCH?
Free, yep that’s right, zero dollars, it is a benefit provided by Local 92 to firefighters and their families.

I’M INTRIGUED, TELL ME MORE….

**Don’t own a mat? No problem. Mats and props will be available for use, the only condition is you must let Tara know that you will be coming and need a mat before class.

** What should I wear and bring? Don’t feel awesome in spandex pants, no problem. Just wear something comfortable, Lightweight clothing is best, layers are your friend. I recommend bringing a beach size towel with you, the floor can be hard and cold.

HOW DO I JOIN?

You can email me at kestnert@bex.net or message me on Facebook at Tara Kestner Next Level Yoga Ltd. if you need a mat, otherwise just show up about 10 minutes before class starts at 5:00 pm.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?
Like our facebook page for updates http://www.facebook.com/nextlevelyogaltd
or, email kestnert@bex.net

TOLEDO FIREFIGHTERS YOGA CLASS UPDATE

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Houston, we have a problem, but like the crew of Apollo 13 we will sort it out and get back on mission shortly. Until that course correction is complete the start date for the Yoga for Toledo Firefighters class is on standby.

To be clear, the class will still launch (sorry, can’t seem to stop with the NASA puns) and it will still be available to, and specifically for Toledo Firefighters and their family members. Further, it will be on Monday evenings at 5:00 pm, it will just not be starting on November 16, 2015.

In the meantime, contact me and I can direct you to some free online yoga classes you can do in the privacy of your own home, or full view of the public if that is your game, no judgment here.

Thanks for hanging with me, I will keep you posted here and on my Facebook page when I have a solid start date.
Tara

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YOGA FOR FIREFIGHTERS CLASS DETAILS

Helmets not necessary.
Bunker gear and helmet not required.

WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT?
This class is beginner friendly and appropriate for all experience levels. It will be therapeutic yoga, designed to undo the damage done to the body either at work or just the stress of everyday living. Each class will have a nice balance of work for increasing flexibility, joint stability, balance and overall stress relief. Sound like something you need, then read on…

WHO’S IT FOR?
This class is available to active and retired firefighters and their immediate families.

WHEN?
Mondays from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm, please arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins. Starting date- November 16, 2015.

WHERE?
Toledo Firefighter Union Hall
714 Washington Street
Toledo, OH 43604

HOW MUCH?
5 class pre-paid pass is $60.00.
Passes are perfect for those that know they want to commit to a class, but may not be able to make every week.

Drop-in price is $15.00 per class.
Not sure yoga is for you, try dropping into a class. This one class at at a time approach is a perfect way to test the waters with no long term commitment.

Cash, Check or Credit Cards accepted.

I’M INTRIGUED, TELL ME MORE….

**Don’t own a mat? No problem. Mats and props will be available for use at no additional charge, the only condition is you must let Tara know that you will be coming and need a mat before class.

** What should I wear and bring? Don’t feel awesome in spandex pants, no problem. Just wear something comfortable, Lightweight clothing is best, layers are your friend. I recommend bringing a beach size towel with you, the floor can be hard and cold.

**Drop in participation is welcome, so long as there is space available. If you want to drop into a class shoot me (Tara) an email at kestnert@bex.net before class just to ensure space is available and I have enough equipment on hand.

HOW DO I JOIN?

You can email me at kestnert@bex.net and indicate if you want a pass or want to drop in. Message me on Facebook at Tara Kestner Next Level Yoga Ltd.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?
Like our facebook page for updates http://www.facebook.com/nextlevelyogaltd
or, email kestnert@bex.net

FOOD!!! Piper’s Power Bites Recipe

 

For those of you who were at the Yoga & Essential Oils event, and loved my daughter’s treats, here is the recipe. They are not low cal, but they are full of clean, whole, delicious food.

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Piper’s Power Bites
Ingredients:
1 cup finely shredded coconut
1 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew whatever you like)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 raw honey
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBS chia seeds
3 drops doTerra Wild Orange essential oil

Place all ingredients in mixer bowl EXCEPT for a 1/2 cup of coconut. Mix well until well combined. Refrigerate until firm (10-20 mins).

Roll into balls then coat with remaining coconut. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. Store in the refrigerator.

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