What is Challenge You?
It's a food challenge to move towards more plants and less animal based and processed food. It's also a meditation course. Because we learn to trust our intuition by sitting alone, with no stimulation, and being in silence.
You will learn how to meditate, have all your meditation questions answered, and be completely supported until meditation becomes a habit. You will also learn how to eat a plant based diet, get the answers to your nutrition questions, be given tons of resources, and all you need to know to shop and cook delicious plant based meals at home. And you get support all the way. Don’t worry, there is yoga too!
In the past, we had a program called BeYou (yoga+meditation). It was great. We also had one called BeNourished (plant based diet challenge). Also great. The world has changed since then, and so have we! The planet in peril, we need to change our habits NOW! We each need radical accountability for our choices and behaviors. And radical support. So we built
Challenge You: 40 Days of Yoga Hive Radical Wellness.
Over 40 days and 6 meetings (which can be watched remotely) we will learn to meditate, learn some yoga as part of a daily practice (about 30 mins a day) and learn to eat less sugar, alcohol, meat, dairy, eggs and processed food. All with support from Blaine and the tribe who signs up with you. We will have a social platform to communicate with each other between meetings, post recipes, send love and ask questions. And full access to Blaine the whole time. Blaine has been a meditation teacher for years and, if there is anyone who can make DELICIOUS food from plants, it's her. She has been doing it for 11 years and she knows how it is done! Blaine is also a certified plant based nutrition coach (since 2012) so we have that part covered too.
Here is how it works:
We start Sunday, January 12 and have in person meetings on Sundays from 6:30-8:00p. About 30 mins meditation and yoga practice and one hour meeting. Can’t make meetings? No problem. We record and you can do this from home!
The 40 days officially starts on January 13 (with the first meeting Jan 12 to learn how this works) and ends on February 22. Six Sunday meetings (Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16).
You also get an amazing manual with so much information!
And we record everything. The weekly practice we do each day will be recorded so you can do it along with us at home every day of the week.
We’re so sure of these transformational practices that if you attend (or watch) all the meetings, practice daily, log your experiences, and complete all of the homework assignments, and STILL don’t see positive changes in your well-being, we’ll give you your money back.
Yes. For real. Money-back guarantee.
You can buy this as a stand alone or include 40 days of a Yoga Hive Membership for unlimited yoga over this period. We have 4 options:
It is Holiday time and there is A LOT going on. I feel it myself… “next week I free up a little” is basically my motto right now. There is also a lot going on at the studio (you can read what’s up below) and plenty of planning and strategizing for next year. I am also doing more work with Energy Medicine Yoga which is really exciting because Lauren Walker is a profound teacher of mine.
I write this for a couple of reasons. One, this will be short. Two, I talk to lots of people at Yoga Hive and within all the busy-ness I hear a theme in our Tribe that I have been thinking about.
We are evolving and not everyone is OK with that.
More people are on their meditation cushions and yoga mats and taking yoga trainings and things within them are shifting. Things like spirituality, craving more space and quiet, more plant based eating and cleaner lifestyle choices. It is GREAT, but in this time of spending more time with family it is also challenging. People don’t always like it when you change, especially the people who raised you or have known you a long time.
When I graduated from my training in India, I drew a card as part of my graduation ceremony. It currently lives on my altar at home. It says this:
One of the great secrets of authentic power is to be absolutely free of others opinion of you.
Read that a couple of times.
It is liberating.
Friday, December 20th
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
Join Hannah for an All Levels Aerial flow celebrating the Winter Solstice. We will honor the shortest day and longest night of the year through aerial flow and yin yoga, essential oils, mudras and breath work. The evening will close with an extended candlelit savasana in the silks to embrace our inner light.
A Mindful Meetup for Minis
Because we ALL deserve a night out!
*Holidays Around the World*
DROP YOUR KIDS AND SHOP!
~Bring your kids in holiday wear! All activities will be holiday themed and mindfulness based! We will discuss other major holidays celebrated around the world.~
Saturday, December 21st
5:00 - 8:00pm
Children ages 3-10 are welcome
This kids yoga party allows for KIDS to have a fun night out while YOU enjoy a 3 hour date night! Think 'Mindful Meetup for Minis' where your kids get to have just as much fun as YOU ARE!
What is Beyond Babysitting?
*Beyond Babysitting is a meetup for kids to gather and enjoy an evening of fun & mindful activities.
*We sing, dance, play mindful games, create a conscious craft, and learn tools to help manage emotions.
* We set up little 'stations' for the kids to enjoy throughout the event. This allows for them to help create the curriculum and have the freedom to express themselves.
* Each month we have a special conscious craft/ STEM experiment related to our topic of the month!
* We have an intro circle and closing circle to allow children the opportunity to experience a mini mindful meetup.
* We teach your child breathing techniques that can be used to reduce stress and anxiety.
* We talk about what yoga is and how to incorporate it into their daily lives
* We practice partner yoga to allow conscious connections between children
* We DRESS UP, we PLAY, we CREATE MUSIC, we TALK ABOUT LIFE, we EAT MINDFULLY, we MAKE NEW FRIENDS, and we CREATE MAGIC!
OUR EVENTS ARE ALWAYS 100% SCREEN FREE
ALL OUR TEACHERS ARE BACKGROUND CHECKED
$45 for one child
$65 for two siblings
$85 for 3 siblings
(Scholarship opportunities are available for low income families. Please send Lauren Moon a private message if you would like more information on our scholarships!)
The last four event were completely SOLD OUT!
Please sign up in advance to secure your spot.
We limit this event to 20 kids and 3 adults and we do not accept walk ups for this event.
*~*CHILDREN UNDER 3: Please make a special request if your child is under the age of 3. There is a potential for your child to come, but you will have to pay an extra fee because children under 3 likely need someone assisting them at all times.
*~*CHILDREN OVER 10: Special requests for children over 10 can be made for a Junior Leader opportunity, send us a message for more details!
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:
** Please bring kids with full bellies**
** Light snacks will be provided so please let us know if your children have any allergies**
Drop-off time is between 5:00-5:30pm
Pickup time is between 7:30-8:00pm
*Any pickup after 8pm is charged in 15 min increments at $20 for each 15 mins
Himalayan Kundalini with Gordie Roach
Janurary 1, 2020
Join Gordie for meditation, breathwork and movement to detoxify and enliven your system bringing in the new energy cycle of the decade. Himalayan Kundalini is holistic, integrative and deeply transformative. It is a practical, systematic science of enlightenment and evolution of consciousness that goes well beyond the mat and infuses all areas and aspects of life.
Fun and a little stressful. Many of us know the work of Marie Kondo, the queen of tidying up. Keep what “sparks joy” and rid your space of the rest. There is wisdom in this philosophy, for sure. But instead of getting rid of stuff, what if we don’t buy it in the first place?
I grew up in Oklahoma and Holiday time was buy a bunch of stuff time. Decorations, stuff for parties, random things to give people, disposable plates and utensils and cups for easy-to-clean-up parties. I was just there last week and it pains me to say, from what I saw, things haven’t changed much.
I want to do better.
Buying things that end up in landfills, or the ocean, is something that bothers me now. Until I committed to a more mindful and intentional life, with a vow to minimize the harm I do in the world as much as I can, I didn’t really think about it. As we would say in Yoga, it wasn’t in my awareness. But it is now, and once it is in there, you can’t just ignore it.
So, for Holiday gifts, why not a gift of wellness instead of stuff? Cooking classes, studio or gym memberships, a weekend away, meditation coaching, and online wellness courses are all examples. If you have a Partner or loved one who would like to participate in a wellness activity but struggles to find time due to kids or other obligations, maybe buy a package of classes and include a promise to do what it takes to free up the other to have time to do the activity. A dual gift!
Such and fun and uniquely challenging time of year. Last year, I skipped the whole thing. I went to India to study Yoga before Thanksgiving and I came back after Christmas and literally missed the entire season.
This year, I am here and looking forward to this special time we have, even with the overindulgence and “too-muchness” in our culture. As I talk with members of our tribe before and after class, I hear some angst and stress. I hear stories of trips planned due to family obligations and guilt, and gatherings that will be stressful, and unease about spending time with certain people who cause tension. I have some of that too. This is how I navigate:
My first tool is a gratitude practice. I love how November, gratitude month, is also the month we really need this in our toolbox to get through issues and triggers. When you are feeling internal tension, step right into a gratitude practice. If you don’t have one, get googling, find one, and start now. Here is the next one:
Step into your power.
You, and only you, can choose how you feel and react in any given moment. No one makes you feel a certain way. This can seem radical, but it’s the truth. I experience this with my Partner, Berk. "When you do X it makes me feel Y so stop doing it!" But that’s ridiculous. The way I feel is inside me. It is not his fault I have a stuck emotion. It is my work to identify and transcend the emotion, or urge, or anxiety, or whatever it is. It is not his job to change and tiptoe around me. It is my job to identify my internal issues and do the work to not let this thing inside me have power over me anymore. This is what I do:
When I feel the stress, that anxious tightening inside me, I become present and connect to my breath. Then I resist the temptation to complain (internally or externally). That is a hard one, resist complaining. Then I feel what is happening inside and label it. Over time I see the patterns. Then I can stop the cycle.
When we identify an emotion, or urge, or anxiety, and name it. It stops having power over us.
This is an all-the-time practice, but one we get to use a lot over the next couple of months.
And, lastly, meditate each day. It will help you be calm and grounded as you walk into any gatherings. Even a few conscious breaths in the car before you walk in the door will provide a centered mind and loving heart.
How are you doing with the end of daylight savings time last Sunday? I know, as I teach in the studio during the evening, it is very noticeably dark. And we had 3 snow storms in October!
As I am currently sitting in Whitefish, Montana (here to teach a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training weekend at sister studio Yoga Hive Montana) it is dark and cold.
Not that long ago, it was extremely difficult for our ancestors to get through the winter. Winter was survival time! So we, the resourceful humans, started to create rituals with light. Leaves off the trees? No problem, we will string them with lights. Time for holiday celebration? Lights on the house, candles in each window. Winter holiday time? Bake! Have friends over for meals and parties. Everyone gathers in the kitchen, the heart of the home, for warm food and love. These rituals offered hope and light in the middle of the darkest season.
As I stare out into the darkness, I light a candle (yes, I bring a candle when I travel as part of my daily meditation ritual) and that brings me to my top tips to get through the darker, colder months. One of my favorite Anne Frank quotes:
Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.
A Himalayan Yoga Workshop
Sunday, Nov 3, 6:30-8:30p
$30 in advance, $35 day of workshop
A Sattva Himalayan Yog-Vedanta Journey to discover the true nature of self.
Return to your highest self beyond all masks and illusions.
Go beyond the mind, to embody what you’re learning at the level of your soul
Understand ancient yogic teachings from an accessible & modern perspective
Co-Lead Sattva Yoga Journey by Gordie Roach and Natalie Belden
We will move through transformational Tantric practices connecting body, mind, and breath, using Kriya Yoga intentional movement for evolutionary expansion into the Soul.
Kundalini Kriya (Tantra)
Bhakti (Mantra (Devotion of the heart))
Hatha (Asana (Freedom Movement))
Laya Sufi (Meditative Chi Energy)
Blaine Wilkes is the owner of Yoga Hive Colorado, and writes inspirational musings for our newsletter, which we post here, along with upcoming trainings and workshops. To filter, navigate using the links above to see the category you're interested in. If you have questions, or wish to get in touch with Blaine, drop in to a class, or connect online: