YogaFit Enthusiast Newsletter
Beth Shaw, YogaFit Founder
Dear YogaFit Enthusiasts:
Spring in in the air. A time a fresh starts, new blossoms and regeneration. This is the time of year to shed unwanted pounds, clutter and mental patterns (behaviors) that may not serve us. Through our YogaFit practice we can enjoy physical and mental renewal in the form of Spring Cleaning.
I have just returned from the Toronto Yoga Show & YogaFit Canada where we are busy preparing for YogaFit's first Canadian Mind Body Fitness Conference. Toronto is an amazing city and I hope many of you can join us at this exciting event. Next week I head East for YogaFit's Pittsburgh MBF, where I will be teaching Master Classes daily open to the public and our network to raise funds for local animal rescue charities. I feel truly blessed that I have the opportunity to teach yoga all over the globe.
Spring is an excellent time to recommit to your practice and add some new tools to your teaching. We are excited to be moving forward with the YogaFit Therapy program and welcome Dr Stephanie Short and Neuroscience to the program. Look for YogaFit for the Brain and some very exciting new specialty programs for the 500 Hour RYT Track.
Lets remember that "youth does not die - it just gets tired and goes to sleep" May our practice keep us awake, involved, excited and forever young at heart and body.
Please join us in Maui Hawaii August 23-26 for our YogaFit -Age Without Getting Old retreat.
See you on the road.
Namaste in love and light.
Mother's Day Special
YogaFit celebrates motherhood with a special training deal: Sign-up for any Level One or Ayurveda training with your mother, grandmother or child, 12 years old and up, for a discounted price of $199. Contact our training department at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-786-3
111. Offer is available until April 15.
We can't wait to see you and Mom in class. Happy Mother's Day from YogaFit!
Escape with YogaFit to Maui!
Our Maui Retreat: Aging Gracefully without Growing Old is scheduled for August 23-26, 2012. We are excited to present three days focused on the science and spirituality of aging with Beth Shaw, Felicia Tomasako, Claudia Micco and Janet Leland.
The cost will be $1195, and will include three nights at the Lumeria Maui, located on six magnificently landscaped ocean view acres on the North Shore, just outside of the seaside village of Paia. Breakfast and lunch daily also included.
Enjoy Ayurveda for Health, hiking the Haleakala Crater, Restorative Yoga, diet and weight loss discussions, anti-aging and longevity lessons, and much more.
We can't wait to share the magic of Maui with you.
YogaFit in Entrepreneur Magazine!
YogaFit in Entrepeneur
Usually we hold YogaFit in the News for later, but this one is too good not to share with everyone up front. In the April issue of Entrepreneur you will find YogaFit and its commitment to community service featured, including the story of California defense attorneys Toni Carbone and Christine Galves yoga program for prisoners that stemmed from YogaFit's community service requirements.
As the article says, "When YogaFit founder Beth Shaw instituted the community service requirement in 1997, she didn't know it would inspire dozens of ongoing service-based yoga programs around the country. ... Its graduates are working with prisoners, battered women, homeless populations and people in impoverished nation, largely inspired by their certification requirement."
A big part of yoga is Karma, giving back. And we at YogaFit are proud of what we can accomplish in our communities when we put our OM to it.
Read more in Entrepreneur April 2012, on newsstands now.
New and Improved Partner Programs and More Benefits to Club YogaFit
NOW is a great time to become a YOGAFIT PARTNER! We have added terrific new benefits for the same great price. Partners will now receive all of the benefits of Club YogaFit including 20 percent off non sale merchandise and savings on trainings and MBFs and two free retrains per year which they may share with their employees or instructors that work in their facilities.
More new benefits just for partners include special shopping events at MBFs where they will have the opportunity to shop the stock on hand at wholesale pricing with NO MINIMUMs at that event. Partners will also now be considered preferred hosting sites and will receive priority for booking trainings.
One of the very special benefits of becoming a partner is being able to use the YogaFit name and Logo for marketing classes and use on flyers and website. Partners are also listed on both YogaFit website on the partner page and instructor listing. Partners also receive a free copy of any new CD and DVD that YogaFit produces as well as two free CDs upon joining (randomly selected). We have added opportunities to extend the friends and family discount twice a year for partners and once for club YogaFit which is a new benefit for both. Club Yogafit will also now be listed on the instructor page of the YogaFit website.
Kristy Manuel, YogaFit Master Trainer, E-RYT 500, is our new YogaFit Partner Program Manager. If you have questions on the Partner Program, please contact Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YogaFit Therapy: New! Yoga for your Brain
Neuroscientist Dr. Stephanie Shorter has joined the YogaFit team and will be a trainer in the 300-hour Yoga Therapy program later this year. A long time yoga practitioner herself, she is passionate about promoting yoga as a foundation for wellness, personal transformation and profound social change. To ensure that she knows the YogaFit curriculum inside and out, she started taking trainings with us last October and will become a registered yoga teacher through YogaFit.
Stephanie recently gave a talk at our Dallas MBF in March entitled Yoga Research: Applications for Your Teaching. She summarized the major themes that have emerged in the last decade of yoga research, including studies that show how asana and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) can increase fitness at the cellular level through reducing inflammation and acidity while also boosting the natural production of antioxidants that protect from oxidative cell damage. She has a knack for relating these research studies in a conversational way that makes the results more accessible and practical in our daily lives, both as practitioners and as yoga teachers - it's all about putting research into practice. The one-hour presentation turned into a two-hour discussion as many enthusiastic trainees stayed around to chat and ask questions well into the evening.
Look for Stephanie at an upcoming MBF conference (you'll definitely see her at the Palm Springs MBF in July) or maybe even on the mat beside you at your next training!
Find out more about our Yoga Therapy program here.
YogaFit Wants to Know More About YOU!
Below you will find a link to our Customer Demographic Survey; YogaFit would like to learn more about its trainees, so that we may provide you with the best service and quality possible.
Please take a quick moment to fill it out; it is greatly appreciated!
Find the survey here.
Mind/Body Fitness Conferences & Intensives
April 2012 MBF Conference: Monroeville, PA
Please join us for the Monroeville, PA MBF April 12-15, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh/Monroeville Convention
To reserve your room at the DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh/Monroeville, please call 412-373-7300 and mention YogaFit Mind Body Fitness for special conference rate of $129 through March 20, 2012.
We will be offering the following trainings:
Ayurveda (Thurs.-Sun., April 12-15)
Level 3 (Thurs.-Fri., April 12-13)
Level 4 (Thurs.-Sun., April 12-15)
Level 5 (Sat.-Sun., April 14-15)
Pranayama (Sat. April 14)
PreNatal (Thurs. April 12)
Restorative (Thurs.-Sun., April 12-15)
Senior (Sun. April 15)
Therapy (Thurs.-Sun., April 12-15)
Yoga Back (Sat. April 14)
YogaFit Sweat (Fri. April 13)
YogaLean (Sat. April 14)
YogaLean2 (Sun. April 15)
YogaProps (Thurs. April 12)
DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh/Monroeville Convention Center
101 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146
June 2012 MBF Conference: Minneapolis, MN
Please join us for the Minneapolis, MN MBF June 13-17, 2012 at the Hilton Minneapolis.
To reserve your room at the Hilton Minneapolis, please call 612-376-1000 and mention YogaFit Mind Body Fitness for special conference rate of $129 through May 22, 2012.
We will be offering the following trainings:
Anatomy and Alignment (Thurs.-Fri. June 14-15 )
Anatomy and Alignment 2 (Sat.-Sun. June 16-17)
Ayurveda (Sat.-Sun. June 16-17)
Level 2 (Thurs.-Fri. June 14-15)
Level 3 (Thurs.-Fri. June 14-15)
Level 4 (Thurs.-Sun. June 14-17)
Level 5 (Sat.-Sun. June 16-17)
Pranayama (Wed. June 13) SOLD OUT!
PreNatal (Fri. June 15)
Restorative (Thurs.-Sun. June 14-17)
Senior (Sat. June 16)
Thai (Sun. June 17)
Therapy 3 (Thurs.-Fri. June 14-15)
Yoga Back (Sun. June 17)
Yoga for the Change: PMS to Menopause (Sat. June 16)
Yoga for Mental Health: Depression/Anxiety (Sun. June 17)
YogaFit Sweat (Thurs. June 14)
YogaLean (Thurs. June 14)
YogaLean 2 (Fri. June 15)
Yoga Props (Sat. June 16)
1001 Marquette Avenue South
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55403
Save 5% at YogaFit's Mind/Body Fitness Conferences
Use the discount code 2012MBF when registering for an upcoming MBF and you'll receive 5 percent off your purchase. The offer expires 11/1/12. Visit our conference registration page!
2012 MBF Schedule: Registration Available NOW!
Monroeville, PA: April 12-15
Toronto,ON (CAN): May 3-6
Minneapolis, MN: June 13-17
Palm Springs, CA: July 11-15
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: September 12-16
Indianapolis, IN: October 10-14
Atlanta, GA: November 8-11
Seattle, WA: December 6-9
RYT-500 Intensives in Hood River and Rishikesh, India
Location: Heart Gate Sanctuary, Hood River, OR
Join Adi and Stephanie at this sacred and natural Northwest ashram for a week that will transform your teaching, your practice, and your life. Over the course of this week, we'll put the busyness of life on hold and dive deep into our truest nature and highest potential...a retreat in living Yoga. This is a retreat and a training for yoga teachers. Attendees must have a foundational yoga teacher training completed (RYT 200 or equivalent training) as we will be delving deep into the true heart of yoga. Personally, you will be invited to know your self and all that you really are from the perspective of Yoga. As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to advance your teaching in a way that you may have never expected...you will learn to recognize your teaching strengths and to authentically and comfortably create connection, unity...Yoga... in your classes.
This is a gorgeous old schoolhouse that has been converted into an ashram, a sanctuary for practicing yoga and living in retreat. Participants will be making their own meals and cleaning up after themselves as part of the ashram community they create. There are beautiful dorm style rooms, shared baths, & a shared kitchen. This Intensive will be limited to 18 persons, so sign up early.
The YogaFit family at the Taj Mahal
Location: Sattva Yoga Retreat Center Rishikesh, India
Tentartive Dates: November 17-27, 2012
Description: Upon arriving in New Delhi, we will take private transportation to the spiritual village of Rishikesh, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is the sacred village where yoga originated over 5,000 years ago. Here we will experience: hiking to the Divine Mother Temple in the Himalayas, Meditation at Vashista Guha Cave, Visits to Ashrams and Holy Temples, Taking part in Aartis and Pujas (ceremonious spiritual offerings), Havana by the Ganges ("re-purification ceremony"). Each day will begin with a yoga class and meditation.
Escape to Maui with YogaFit: Aging Gracefully without Growing Old, a retreat led by Beth Shaw, Felicia Tomasko and more!
Host of the Month: Carrie Kuzontkoski
Carrie Kuzontkoski is the Fitness Coordinator at Kennesaw State University's Student Recreation and Wellness Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. She holds a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and certifications from AFAA and ACSM.
For many students, campus recreation is the first opportunity they have to experience mind/body benefits of Yoga. Carrie hopes to provide rich development opportunities to the students at KSU by hosting trainings like YogaFit. Personally, she hopes to achieve her long time goal of becoming a RYT-200 with YogaFit!
Trainer of the Month: Tracy Jennings-Hill
Tracy ventured into her yoga practice over 8 years ago as she was retiring from the US Air Force after serving over 20 years. While on active duty, an injury caused the physical challenge of sciatica to arise, so as a way to help maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle she began dabbling in different disciplines of yoga, discovering the YogaFit style, finding her home. As she grew to understand the value of the mind/body connection, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a fitness professional, embodying all aspects of the profession, instead of using her BS in Human Resource Management.
Subsequently, she attended her first YogaFit Level 1 training in 2001. Since then she completed her 200 E RYT, and her RYT 500 in 2010. She has been group fitness instructor for over 14 years, where she now focuses on indoor cycling, dance, and preprogrammed muscle strength and endurance training. She also is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and has managed group fitness programs at several fitness facilities throughout the United States. Tracy became a trainer in March 2007; attaining Senior Trainer status and is now the International Hosting and Tradeshow Manager.
Trainee of the Month: Julie Burnett
Julie Burnett's YogaFit journey began at the TSI Summit in 20TK where she first had the chance to take a workshop with Beth. She had been teaching yoga but felt a connection to YogaFit. "I loved Beth's style, her company's mission of bringing yoga to the fitness industry, and since I taught in a gym, Boston Sports Club, it was meant for me!"
"Before that class with Beth was over, I knew without any hesitation I was going to beome a 200-RYT through YogaFit. The trainings were all so interesting, and informative to me. I was like a sponge absorbing all the knowledge from all of my instructors and other trainees." Julie is currently working toward her 500-RYT and she says she still gets excited when she goes to teacher trainings.
"YogaFit has enriched me emotionally, physically, and impacted my everyday life," she said. "My classes are deeper, smoother." Julie says YogaFit has increased her confidence as an instructor and has allowed her to make her classes safe and effective for all levels. Julie also feels prepared to teach outside of the gym environment after taking specialty trainings including Seniors and Yoga Therapy. She also find the spirtuality of yoga enriching and says Level 5 was her favorite training.
"To me, there is no better feeling then when a participant tells me they feel so much better, calmer, happier, healthier after a yoga class. It is the best job in the world!"
New Partner: PJ McCaughn, A Women's Worth Studio
Please welcome new partner PJ McCaughn. PJ recently opened A Woman's Worth Fitness studio in Hilton Head Island, SC a popular resort area. A Woman's Worth Studio offers fitness and yoga classes in an intimate setting for beginners thru advanced students, including senior yoga & fitness. Class sizes are limited to 12 to allow for more personal attention. AWWS also offers Mindful Eating meetings and other educational and social activities. The studio is located in The Energy Center building, a group of integrative holistic wellness practitioners. If you are in the area please stop by! Visit www.awwstudio.com for schedule of classes and for more information.
YogaFit in the News
Beth Films for HGTV at the 24 Hour Fitness in West Hollywood
YogaFit enthusiasts joined Beth on March 27 at the 24 Hour Fitness in West Hollywood for an exclusive taping with HGTV. The segment will appear in the upcoming television seriesSelling LA premiering on the network. Participants were asked to donate a blanket or towel to Operation Blankets of Love, an organization which provides needed supplies, such as blankets, to animal shelters.
The class was a huge success. Manny Ruiz, the District Group X Manager for 24 Hour Fitness, wrote Beth to thank her. "I look forward to getting my 'YogaButt' kicked again soon."
For more information about Operation Blankets of Love, visit their website!
Beth featured in Huffington Post
Office stress is a common affliction and Beth Shaw was asked to provide some insight into managing it in a recent Huffington Post article, "8 Ways To Prevent Your Office From Killing You."
"When work has you in a frenzy, it's best to mentally check out for a few minutes and get some peace and quiet. Beth Shaw, yoga guru and founder of Yoga Fit Training Systems, recommends completing some simple breathing exercises and meditation to stabilize your heart rate and refocus," the article says.
As YogaFit enthusiasts, we are familiar with three-part breathing and meditation and its ability to melt away the tension, but for many the techniques remain a mystery.
- Three-part breathing: Sitting down, inhale one full breath into the belly, chest and throat, then fully exhale. Repeat 10 to 20 times.
- Stress Reduction breathing: Inhale through the nose, then exhale deeply through the mouth with a sigh, sound or a scream. Shaw says that while this is a great way to encourage laughter and joy (great stress relievers), you may scare your coworkers. "This is best done as a fun group activity," she says.
- Meditation: Uncross legs and sit up tall, engaging core muscles. Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths into your belly. Pull shoulders back and down, chest out. Allow any thoughts that come to mind to float away, picturing a blank screen.
Read the full story here.
Beth in Massage Magazine
Massage therapists and body workers are susceptible to injury and strain due to the repetitive and physical nature of their work. Not to mention the emotional stress that comes from working in the health and wellness field. So Beth reached out, with a story in Massagemag.com explaining the positive benefits of yoga for body workers.
"Physically, massage therapists suffer from tight trapezius muscles and low-back issues from too much forward flexion. They often have overuse issues in their shoulder and deltoids. Yoga provides an ideal way for massage therapists to balance their bodies from the work they do for long hours at a time," Beth writes.
"Emotionally and energetically, massage therapists take on a lot of their clients' energy. Yoga helps clear the energy and let things go. Emotionally, the body believes what the mind believes. Affirmations about peace, calm and tranquility, along with positive imagery, are conveyed to the nervous system. Yoga brings greater relationships with others, life and us. As we begin to explore these relationships more, we see which interactions genuinely support us in moving toward calmness."
To read more of her article, visit MassageMag. Also check-out Beth's sequence of poses for massage therapists here.
Find more of YogaFit in the News on our press website!
Mother's Day Gift-Idea Special
YogaFit Wholesale Mat Special
Wholesale has never been easier. Order 12 or more mat and get up to 30% off wholesale!
This thin sticky mat is 1/8 inch thick and perfect for any style yoga class. Ordering in bulk is perfect for stocking your fitness facility or for re-selling to students.
Earn Extra Cash Selling YogaFit
Dear YogaFit Trainee,
Now that you've had the chance to experience the mind-body magic that happens during a YogaFit training--whether you've completed one or several trainings--now is the time to make a further commitment to YogaFit and to transform your lifestyle and teaching methodology.
Beyond the functional and safety information you glean from our trainings, you can also pass along the content and hard goods that are so significant to our teaching style: CDs, exercise DVDs, eco-friendly clothing and educational tools, to name a few. Log onto our site for a complete list: www.yogafit.com
Proactively selling YogaFit hard goods to your clients,
classes and acquaintances isn't a hard sell at all
if you believe in the power of YogaFit's message and our commitment to community service and spreading love and light throughout the world! It's also a great way to make extra cash during these challenging economic times! Here at YogaFit, we believe in implementing and continuing the mind-body journey you have embarked upon during the training. We are here to help you strategize.
Please contact the YogaFit Sales Department directly, we hope to hear from you soon! email@example.com
The YogaFit Level 1 Intro Pack is everything you need to get started with YogaFit, all for a super low price. For just $30 you'll get a YogaFit Thin & Sticky Mat, a Basics & Back Health DVD, and a copy of Beth Shaw's YogaFit (2nd Ed.).
This is a perfect gift for a new yoga student or an instructor embarking on his or her first YogaFit training. With Beth Shaw's YogaFit book as required reading for your Level 1 Teacher Training, you'll have a leg up when you arrive for class.
YogaFit Level 1 Intro Pack, $30!!
YogaFit Level 2 DVD
YogaFit's NEW Level 2 DVD contains creative and effective sequencing ideas for a more well-rounded and powerful practice while incorporating positive
affirmations that challenge and inspire new levels of thinking, being and behaving.
YogaFit Seniors DVD
Based on YogaFit's Three Mounta
in FormatÆ of warm up, work & cool down all of which incorporate the safety principles of alignment.
YogaFit Active Vol. 10: Rejoice
Produced and arranged by Beth Shaw, ACTIVE 10~ REJOICE marks the 12th year of the ACTIVE series created by Beth. REJOICE was inspired by the journey through life and the importance of REJOICING existence, love, loss and laughter
Chill tracks for slow flow yoga and restorative/ therapeutic classes. Produced by Beth Shaw, this
CD marks the first custom CD released by
Beth after a long silence.
YogaFit FUR~riously FIT
its mellow to moderate tempo track listing, this CD is a wonderful compliment to YogaFit's soon to be released "Furriously Fit" DVD. Produced with you and your pet in mind, this soundtrack is the perfect mix of relaxing rhythms and energizing beats making your workout not only effective, but enjoyable as well. Inspired and
Spring has sprung! And here at YogaFit and we are making room for our new fabulous collection of eco-friendly, locally made yoga lounge wear. Take advantage of these amazing savings now! Stock is limited - so don't delay!