YogaFit Enthusiast Newsletter - March 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dear YogaFit Family,


Beth Shaw, YogaFit Founder


Transformation - Its an Inside Job:


As the year moves on and twists and turns arise that perhaps we never expected, it becomes even more important to stay on our path.  Our yoga practice then becomes our ballast, our anchor and the very grounding force for our spirits. While it is true we live in turbulent times, I believe we can utilize the tools at our disposal to stay centered;  Yoga, Fitness and  YogaFit.


I recently had the opportunity to contribute to a Huffington Post article on "My job is killing me " the article focuses on the effects of job stress on our health and well-being. Ironically even those of us in the healing, yoga and fitness industries can be affected by job stress. Long hours sitting anywhere, dealing with cranky clients, high maintained staff, handling the multitude of fires on a daily basis can adversely effect us no matter what business we are in. The importance of being a student becomes more paramount.  As does taking breaks in the day to engage in our passion of yoga and fitness- a run in morning or a yoga class as "happy hour"


Yoga Fit is here to help you with a variety of exciting Mind Body Fitness Conferences and new trainings for 2012 - Check out our Yoga Lean two or new YogaFit for the Change workshop. Immerse in a run fueled with amazing new music from the Cds - Oasis and Rejoice. Walk your dog to the lively and uplifting tunes of Ferriously Fit. Pop in Peaceful Paradise or Zen Garden Cd for a midday meditation. Utilize the tools and the gifts that we have created to assist you in your pursuit of Transformation. For it is truly an inside job and a daily one.


See you on the road.


With Love and Light,




It's makeover time!

YogaFit News

Help Us Give YogaFit a Facelift

The premier name in yoga fitness is seeking your help in creating an image worthy of its prestige. From upgrading our logo to recreating our website, we'd like you to share your ideas for what the future of YogaFit should look like.


This is a contest! We're giving you, our valuable network and end-users of YogaFit, a say in YogaFit's new image. There are amazingly talented people in our network, so we know you'll have something great to offer. Please submit your ideas to, with the subject heading: "YogaFit Contest."


The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2012. The winner, the one who comes up with the best idea to make YogaFit sparkle, will win four days of training at a Mind/Body Fitness Conference of his or her choice. Not to mention, awesome bragging privileges. Pretty sweet, right?


Brainstorm, doodle, sing in the shower, do some Sun Salutations - whatever it is that you need to do to get the creative juices flowing. We can't wait to hear what you come up with!


We're Looking For Level 1 Hosts

Are you a studio owner or fitness club manager? Interested in hosting a Level 1 YogaFit Teacher Training at your facility? By hosting a yoga training, you will attract new members who may not otherwise patronize your club, and you can do so at no cost to you or your facility. 


By hosting a Level 1 training, you'll receive four complimentary admissions for trainees of your choice, or yourself! You'll also insure the safety of yoga classes taught at your facility and reduce liability by having at your fingertips trained YogaFit instructors.Health, fitness, and spa professionals have named our program the best yoga training available.


Hosts also contribute to their communities: with every YogaFit Level 1 Teacher Training, it is required of the participants to provide eight hours of community service teaching yoga to receive their Certificate of Completion.


Contact to find out more about becoming a host facility. Also visit our host-a-training page on our website.


YogaFit to Debut New Clothing Line

YogaFit is very excited to announce that Lisa Greenbaum, YogaFit Master Trainer and Director of YogaFit Canada, has been asked to design the new clothing line for YogaFit, due to be released next month!


Lisa says it's a chance to combine both of her loves - she was a fashion designer for eight years before coming on board with YogaFit Canada. Bringing back some old favorites and some new classics, this eco-friendly line combines the softest bamboo blends available, made locally and affordably priced. 


Premiering at IHRSA next month, online and at an MBF shortly thereafter. "I can't wait to hear what you think!" Lisa says. And we can't wait to get these comfy, fashionable threads on our YogaFit bodies. Awesome job, Lisa.


ITO EN and YogaFit Team Up

itoenThe world's largest yoga school and the world's largest green tea company has joined-up to bring the gift of longevity and health to the YogaFit family.


"A day does not go by that I do not have my green tea," Beth Shaw said, during a recent trip to ITO EN offices in Brooklyn, NY. Beth says ITO EN tea is her go-to green tea, including the company's Sencha Shot and its Teas' Tea line. Beth knows the benefits of green tea - powerful antioxidants, it's energy boosting qualities and increased sense of well-being.


But not all green teas are the same, so YogaFit and ITO EN have teamed up to bring the high-quality, all natural, no additive teas to YogaFIt events, conferences and trainings.


"An education needs to go on with consumers and the American public," Beth says. That's because many bottled green teas on the market contain chemical additives, high fructose corn syrup and coloring. Beth also learned during her trip to the ITO EN offices that much of the American tea market is saturated with teas brewed from powders and not tea leaves.


"Some of the benefits are lost when tea is brewed from powder," a representative from ITO EN told Beth.


But ITO EN employs a complex brewing method that extracts from the tea leaves powerful antioxidants, caffeine, and theanine, an amino acid responsible for relaxation and well-being. The company manufactures its tea on both the East and West Coasts.


So while Beth says it's not normally her habit to promote consumer products, ITO EN tea is so much a part of her life and well-being that she wanted to share it with her students and network.


Look for ITO EN tea at your next YogaFit event.


YogaFit Trainer Kristy Manual is Partner Program Manager

YogaFit is pleased to announce that Senior Master Trainer Kristy Manual has been named the new Partner Program manager.Kristy


Kristy says she is looking forward to working with YogaFit partners to help grow their business with the help of the powerful marketing presence of the YogaFit name and logo. Kristy hopes to expand the program and offer more support to partners and their businesses. 


Kristy, an E-RYT 500, has been a trainer with YogaFit since 2007 and leads many trainings each year. She has been very involved in the development and teaching of YogaFit's Therapy Programs as well as developing new workshops. She came to YogaFit after a twenty-year fitness career. She has a master's degree in Health & Fitness Management and holds ACSM Health Fitness Specialist certification as well as ACE personal trainer certification.


She has been involved in both training and management roles in the fitness industry and has always enjoyed helping people find health and wellness.Kristy believes she has truly found her passion in yoga and being able to reach so many people with YogaFit's transformational program is a blessing! 


To find out more about the YogaFit Partner Program visit our website, or contact Kristy Manual at


Mind/Body Fitness Conferences & Intensives


March 2012 MBF Conference: Dallas, TX

dallas hotelPlease join us for the Dallas, TX MBF March 7-10, 2012 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Campbell Centre.


To reserve your room at the Dallas DoubleTree Campbell Centre, please call 800-245-8918 and mention YogaFit Mind Body Fitness for special conference rate of $109 through February 15, 2012.


We will be offering the following trainings:

  • Anatomy and Alignment (Thurs.-Fri. March 8-9)
  • Anatomy and Alignment 2 (Sat.-Sun. March 10-11)
  • Ayurveda (Thurs.-Fri. March 10-11)
  • Kids (Sat. March 10)
  • Level 2 (Thurs.-Fri. March 8-9)
  • Level 3 (Sat.-Sun. March 10-11)
  • Level 4 (Thurs.-Sun. March 8-11)
  • Level 5 (Sat.-Sun. March 10-11)
  • PreNatal (Sun. March 11)
  • Restorative (Thurs.-Sun. March 8-11)
  • Thai (Thurs. March 8)
  • Therapy 2 (Thurs.-Sun. March 8-11)
  • Working with Chakras (Fri. March 9)
  • Yoga Props (Thurs. March 8)


Register NOW!


Conference location:

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dallas

8250 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75206



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 Center.


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)


Register NOW!


Conference location:

DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh/Monroeville Convention Center
101 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146 


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! 


Dallas, TX: March 7-10 

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



YogaFit Canada!

Did you know we have 50+ trainings scheduled in cities right across Canada for 2012 with more being added daily and our very first Canadian MBF in May 2012?
More information can be found:

We also have a monthly newsletter for YogaFit Canada
To subscribe please email:

YogaFit Canada's first Mind Body Fitness Conference in 2012!
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - May 3-6, 2012 Click here to register!


RYT-500 Intensives in Hood River and Rishikesh, India

Hood River, OR

hood riverLocation: Heart Gate Sanctuary, Hood River, OR

Dates: June 15-22, 2012 (Please note a different date was previously advertised.)

Description: The charming and vibrant resort town of Hood River revolves around the world class sport offerings, as well as the fruit orchards that sit above the powerful Columbia River. Great chefs, art, music, and festivals add to the ambiance. Even the hour drive from Portland Int'l airport is enchanting as it follows the Columbia River through its famous Gorge. We are indeed blessed! $1175 for one-week Intensive as Ashram 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 and shared baths, and a shared kitchen. This rate includes ground transportation from airport.



Rishikesh, India

The YogaFit family at the Taj Mahal

Location: Sattva Yoga Retreat Center Rishikesh, India
Tentartive Dates: November 17-27, 2012 (subject to change)
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.



Meet the YogaFit Network

Host of the Month: Cindy Lafond

cindyCindy Lafond is the Branch Director for the YMCA of Downtown Manchester, in New Hampshire. She is married and is the mother of four children, three dogs, and a cat. She is an RYT-200 through YogaFit.


Cindy has been with the Y for over 17 years in a variety of wellness positions and has climbed the ladder to her current position in October 2011.  She came to the Y to teach all forms of group fitness including step, aerobics, kickboxing, and muscle conditioning classes, and "I have loved every 5,984 days I have been there."  Her love for inspiring, encouraging, and engaging with her members to promote spirit, mind and body, is what also drew her to YogaFit.


"I began my life long journey with Yoga Fit in 2003 when one day I read an ad in a magazine for hosting trainings. I was looking to find a way to bring Yoga to the Y, and YogaFit seemed to be the best fit," Cindy said. "From my first class to now, I have found my love for yoga grows stronger with each training experience." Cindy became a RYT-200 in 2007, and is currently working on her 500 hours.


"YogaFit has become a family activity as my children have been taking the trainings as well. I watch how my family has spread yoga to children of all ages, teens who are struggling with life, cardiac patients, cancer survivors, handicap children and adults, and seniors who thought they would not be as active as they were in their younger days," Cindy said.


Since she began hosting trainings at the Y, she says she has "met many new people, strengthened many friendships, opened many hearts, and learned to breathe for the moment."


"Yoga has helped me to live each moment with passion, enlightenment and spiritual awareness, and I hope to spread these gifts to all I come in contact with!" 


Trainer of the Month: Sandi Call

Sandi Call has been a trainer with YogaFit since 2000 and took her first YogaFit training in 1998 with Beth Shaw in the old YogaFit Studio in Hermosa. She has been in fitness since 1985 and ACE certified since 1986. Her love for the industry hasbrought many opportunities. She has been a fitness manager for several health clubs. She has her own business providing wellness programs for companies in the Salt Lake area. She provides services like health fairs, ergonomic reviews, fitness center management, group fitness classes and personal training. Sandi has taught group fitness for all of the 20 plus years she has been in the business. She teaches step, aerobics, group strength training, cycle, pilates and of course YogaFit.
"I believe in the system that YogaFit teaches us. It has allowed me to teach in many venues that lets yoga reach people that really need the benefits of yoga. I love sharing our message with all the fabulous professionals who come to us to learn the tools of safely sharing yoga," she said. She has been in nearly every state in the union teaching the YogaFit style. "I have learned more in my association with YogaFit and in my travels and meeting all the wonderful people who come to trainings than I could ever teach anyone."



Trainee of the Month: Holly Archer

Holly Archer has been a student of yoga since 2004. She started taking classes at her local gym with a YogaFit-trained instructor and immediately fell in love. 


"I felt like yoga was the perfect outlet for me when my hectic life as a mom left me stressed and overwhelmed. It helped me to relax physically and mentally, and I felt the difference it made in my life immediately," Holly says.


She decided to start teaching yoga two years ago, and started on her YogaFit journey. "I think the program is wonderful for people with super busy lives because the trainings are broken up into weekends and you don't have to take a big chunk of time out all at once," she says. "I love that it is designed to be taught to everyone, and that safe alignment is emphasized. The YogaFit manuals are very user friendly and they have all been invaluable to me as resources for my classes." Holly has been through Levels 1-3,  plus Anatomy & Alignment. She recently did her Level 1 re-train, and plans to take the Seniors and the Kids trainings in May and continuing to work toward her 200 hours.


"Every YogaFit trainer that I have met has been extremely knowledgeable and has brought their own strengths to the trainings," Holly says.


"I am so grateful to YogaFit because it has allowed me to share my passion for yoga, and it gave me the tools and the confidence I needed to start teaching. Thank you for allowing me to continue to grow not only as a teacher, but as a person, as well." 


YogaFit in the News

Beth featured on NY1

Just in time for Valentine's Day, NY1 reporter Kafi Drexel took to the mat with YogaFit Founder Beth Shaw to find out the benefits of yoga on heart health.


"Yoga is good for our hearts because we practice cardiovascular fitness when we are moving and breathing, letting the blood flow throughout our bodies, keeping our heart rates up, and also to improve our circulation especially when it is cold outside," Beth says. 


The minute-and-a-half spot aired on NY1 several times on Feb. 13. NY1 is a 24-hour cable-news television station focusing on the five boroughs of New York City. And with YogaFit as the official yoga program of New York Sports Club, the largest fitness chain in NYC, it made perfect sense for Beth to take to the NY1 airwaves.


New York Sports Club instructor Kristin Gambell e-mailed Beth after watching the spot on NY1. She says the YogaFit program is hugely popular among NYSC members. "My students LOVE Yogafit, and my numbers show it (50-60 people on a Tuesday night!)," writes Gambell, who says one of her goals is to finish her RYT-200 with YogaFit. "I think that overall, it is the perfect format especially in a gym environment - it is safe, user friendly, and clients love it."


Beth's spot on NY1 can be viewed here


YogaFit and YogaButt get a mention in the New York Times

nytimesA new book "The Science of Yoga," by William J. Broad is stirring up lots of conversation over both the benefits and the dangers of yoga. And a review in the New York Times of the controversial book mentions YogaFit and Beth Shaw's YogaButt program as among the exciting new advances in modern yoga practice.


"Nor is yoga at the end of its evolution," the review says. "Broad details the recent growth of the 'yoga industrial complex,' the big business of selling books, magazines, DVDs, clothes and the mats that seem to inhabit every tote bag carried in brownstone Brooklyn and on the Upper West Side. And he brings us up to date on current trends in yoga practice, documenting the popularity of routines that combine yoga poses with vigorous aerobic exercise. These very un-serene styles include Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga and YogaFit, whose 'YogaButt' program promises a bottom that is 'sleek and sexy.'"


True, the yoga market is wide and potentially very lucrative, but we here at YogaFit also believe in business with a greater purpose. "It is our mission to create transformation of the whole person - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually," says Beth.


See the NYTimes story here


YogaFit Featured in March 2012 Issue of Triathlete

Beth Shaw's 'Top Yoga Poses for Cyclists' will be in this month's issue of Triathlete magazine. Triathlete magazine focuses on multi-sport athletic events, particularly swimming, bicycling and running, and it is intended for both the beginning athlete and for those participating at a competitive level.


Beth's poses for cyclists include cobra, upside down pidgeon, and a basic forward fold. 


The March issue of Triathlete is available now on newsstands everywhere. For more on Beth's programming for cyclists, checkout the "Master Class" at the end of the newsletter.  

Beth Shaw Quoted Among Top Women Leaders in the Fitness Industry
The American Council on Exercise featured Beth Shaw among six women leaders in fitness in an article in response to ESPN columnist Leslie Goldman, who claimed women play a lesser role in the fitness industry.

The article says: "In fact, some might argue that women essentially created the fitness industry as we know it today. Yet, don't tell that to ESPN columnist Leslie Goldman who, in writing about her experience at the Club Industry Show 2011, described women as 'eye candy.'"

Beth countered that women play a strong and vital role in the fitness industry, but that men continue to lead in terms of business.

"Women are well represented in terms of teaching classes and being coordinators and group fitness directors, but at shows for buyers and suppliers, there might be one woman to 100 men. That tells me that even though women are the ones moving the industry forward, men are still the decision-makers. As a result, fitness has become a female industry led by men, which can be frustrating at times because I'd like to have more say in what's going on."

When it comes to the yoga fitness industry, Beth says male entrepreneurs have found it difficult to mimic the success YogaFit has had.

"I think being a woman has helped me, especially since 95 percent of the clients who come to YogaFit are women. There are many men who have tried to start other yoga ventures, but they haven't succeeded in the way that we have."


Beth was quoted along side Kathie Davis, executive director of IDEA Health and Fitness Association; Janet Frenkel, chief operating officer of American Council on Exercise; and Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and CEO of Jazzercise, among others.


To read more of Beth's interview visit ACE CertifiedNews.


YogaFit Merchandise

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. 


Contact or for your own special wholesale discount code worth up to 30 percent.





Spring Cleaning Comes Early at YogaFit

Spring has sprung early 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!



5th Chakra Tee

Was: $25.95Now: $14.99

Harmony Y-Back Bra Was: $34.95Now: $19.99

Warrior V Sport Camisole 

Was: $49.95Now:$34.99


Reversible Y Sports Bra 

Was: $39.99 Now: $24.99


YogaFit Baby Ribbed Tanks

Was: $32.95Now: $14.99

Power Short 

Was: $32.95Now: $19.99

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