It’s so easy to ignore value and fixate on price. When you are a mover and a doer, it’s such a simple slide to think only about what you are paying and not about what you are getting. We have been hard at work building value into our offerings at Tapas.
Side note: before we get into the new and coming value remember that yoga is, by itself, immensely valuable. It has been shown to reduce stress, pain, and tension and increase strength, mobility, and well-being. As just one small example: the NIH reports that among adults who practice yoga, 86% experienced reduced stress, 67% felt better emotionally, and 63% were more motivated to keep up regular exercise. Health is priceless.
Remember early 2020? It’s hazy, I know. Back then, at Tapas Yoga we had great value to offer: excellent instruction, immaculate facilities, and friendly support. Yoga students could access these services multiple times a day: just choose your class time, come to the studio, and walk out feeling calm and strong.
Now, just seven months later, we’ve changed that arrangement for the better. With most of our classes being livestreamed, we’ve eliminated the need to come to the studio to access high quality yoga instruction. Students can now access our yoga medicine at all of our class times from anywhere. Same price, endless locations.
Coming soon we’re adding more. What if our yoga wasn’t just available from anywhere but was available at any time? This is our next 2020 innovation. Look for a roll-out of 24 hour replay in the next month. All livestreamed classes will be available for the following 24 hours. This means once you register for class (using our new tiered pricing system) you can access that class from anywhere (via livestream) at any time (via replay).
Recap: 2020 has brought Tapas Yoga from yoga in studio and scheduled times to yoga anywhere, at any time. Thanks, 2020.
Wellness Challenge Day 9: Ujjayi Breath
The Victorious (Ujjayi) Breath is a traditional yoga pranayama practice that is easy to learn and fun to practice. Modern research is finding what yoga has known all along – that breath practices are powerful tools for managing stress and increasing happiness.
Once learned, the Victorious Breath can be practiced nearly anywhere. In yoga posture practice, the Victorious Breath can be used to increase our heat, focus, and energy. Outside of practice, people find it brings them into the present moment, soothes the nervous system, and brings them back into balance.
Learn this simple technique and you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go.
Gratitude can make our lives better. This is supported by experience, tradition, and research. Gratitude is the appreciation of what we have and leads into other enriching emotions, such as abundance, generosity, and compassion. How do we feel more gratitude? Practice. Try this short guided meditation to bring to mind something you are grateful for and relish the felt experience of that gratitude in your body. Keep a gratitude journal in which you write down at least three things you are grateful for each day. You will find yourself looking forward to this time of celebrating what you have in your life, as well as finding that gratitude comes more and more easily, arising even without trying as you move through your days.
Wellness Challenge Day 5: Change mindset
Change is a big part of wellness. When we are interested in our wellness, we find ourselves working on change – changing our habits for the better. Bringing clarity to this very process of change itself can help us avoid a “New Years resolution” attitude about change – that change is sudden, permanent, and based on willpower – which tends to prohibit us from really understanding how healthly change can happen.
Start with mindset. Coach yourself. But don’t only focus on what, how, and why you want to make this change, instead create a storyline in which you can and will make this change.
Next, choose the easiest change you can make that moves you in the direction you want. Don’t try for something big and sudden, instead choose the 1%, easiest change you can make to get a sense of accomplishment and momentum.
Lastly, choose a timeline. Make a date with yourself in a week or two to sit down and check in on this change, celebrate progress, and refine whatever can be improved. Repeat these steps as bit-by-bit goals become reality.
Awareness is the basis for all practices. When you watch your breath, it happens within your awareness. When you practice gratitude, it happens within your awareness. Awareness practice is a simple shift, from being aware of some thing to being aware of being aware. Try it now. Become aware of the feeling of awakeness and the space in which you notice experiences. It is vast and calm. Use Awareness practice as a daily practice to build calm and clarity, and use it when you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Instead of being stressed be aware of stress by changing your focus. It is a small but profound shift leading toward happiness and insight.