Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WHOLE30

Starts October 1st,
"change your life in 30 days"
hmmmm .......what kind of changes do I want to see...this could be interesting.

I am ready!
there are 8 easy (maybe not so easy) steps..We shall see.
Step 1.  Find out what is Whole30...Ok, that is do-able.
Step 2.  read the program.  What exactly can I eat...what is off my plate.
Step 3.  Commit...Okay, Okay
Step 4.  Build your support network (I am recruiting Rick...anyone else??)
Step 5 Get the house ready...I am eating all junk food, drinking all my open bottles of wine...I will be ready.
Step 6  plan for success.  (yes, we will)
Step 7  toss the scale.  (that one is easy, I have no scale)
Step 8  do the Whole30  (starting ......October 1 for 30 days!!

Okay...here I go

Friday, August 14, 2015

Yoga Means

Yoga means....
Yoga translates "to yoke or unite"

What exactly are you yoking?
You join or yoke your breath with movement.  When you move from pose to pose with your breath you bring a meditation in motion to the practice of yoga.
You join your breath and movement together....lots of Yoga teachers talk about this...

But what else can you yoke or join together in yoga?
poses (asana) with alignment and balance
breath that heals and keeps you healthy
withdrawing the focus from the outward to the inward
meditation
purification
rejection of violence, greed and jealousy

Let's begin to join our energies together as we explore the possibilities of yoga...to unite
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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, practicing from her home studio in Massachusetts and Ogunquit, Maine. Janine's work includes recovery from illness, trauma and stresses (physical and emotional) caused by everyday living.   She teaches and coaches a style of yoga called integral or classical yoga, which uses the four paths of yoga to reach full awareness and complete balance of mind, body and spirit.
 Janine's yoga practice has tremendous therapeutic effect on your body. Not only does it work your physical body, it works on better breathing, vitality, concentration, healing and relaxation.   As an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor, she will provide guidance on ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle change to bring about greater health and harmony.          

Call for more information   207-251-9577

Janine Robichaud

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yoga and Ayurveda



Let’s Spring out of Winter!

We are all anxious to leave winter behind.  Well, most of us.  My son, Nathan who is a snowboarder says that this year’s snowboarding has been one of the best years he has had in a long time. 

For the rest of us, let’s begin to leave winter and enter spring.  It is the end of March officially past the March 20th spring date and nearing Earth day in April.  Yes, spring is here. 

If we look at our bodies as a garden we must prepare, plant, nourish and harvest.  So, let’s prepare.

Our bodies take on a dormant state in the winter.  It is cold, wet, heavy and less mobile.  So what do we do in the winter, we tend to stay in more, withdraw, eat and sleep more.  We put on more layers.  In the spring we must shed those layers. 

Spring is a time to lighten up.  If, in fact, we do not begin to shed and lighten we will cause havoc within our lives.

Here is what I suggest.
1.     Begin by looking at your diet.  Eat lighter foods, such as salads adding fresh peas as soon as they begin to harvest.  Less meats and more vegetables.  Less can and frozen and more fresh.
2.    Bring awareness to your breath-work when practicing yoga.  Add sequences that flow, using your breath to make your practice a meditation in motion. (sun salutations work great)
3.    Full inhales and full exhales to get rid of any extra mucus, phlegm and open those lungs to the fresh air that spring brings to us.  This type of breathing creates an inner heat.  It is different than the outer heat (sweat).  Inner heat will create warm, calmness and actually a feeling of lightness.  This type of tapas (inner heat) will detox your inner body as well.  Breath long and slow…and full. 
4.    Come out of hibernation (you bear) and emerge as a butterfly.  Get rid of the heaviness feeling and feel light, clean, and full of energy.
5.    Time to stop snacking.  You just don’t need it anymore.  Winter is over.
6.    Get creative.  Go and have some fun.  Spend time for renewal and growth.  Turn off your electronics/technologies for a time during the day and find peace.
Transforming from Winter to Spring is not easy for many of us.  I hope this guided awareness can help with the change and move you forward into our spring season.
Namaste
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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, practicing from her home studio in Massachusetts and Ogunquit, Maine. Janine's work includes recovery from illness, trauma and stresses caused by everyday living.   She teaches and coaches from her home studio (the yoga room), Groton Wellness spa in Groton, MA, Cancer Care Center of York County, Compass Rose Yoga and York Hospital's Wellness Center as well as your own home environment.
 Janine's yoga practice has tremendous therapeutic effect on your body. Not only does it work your physical body, it works on better breathing, vitality, concentration, healing and relaxation.   As an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor, she will provide guidance on ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle change to bring about greater health and harmony.            Call for more information   207-251-9577


Janine Robichaud

Friday, February 1, 2013

turn your life upside down

Modified Headstand





Headstands that every body can do. 

The benefits of a headstand are so spectacular that everyone should be able to share in the glory.  Well, yes, you can. 

First, let me touch upon some of the benefits and please share with us if you have experienced some of these benefits or some that I haven't mentioned here.
Benefits include:
nervous system
reverses the effects of gravity
      increase mental alertness
     increases circulation
    relieves stress and strain

Avoid this pose:
high blood pressure
detached retina, glaucoma
hiatal hernia
neck injuries
menstruating
pregnant


Headstand or Shirshasana
When you come into a modified headstand pose, you let go of the fear.  With practice you will become steady, sure and confident.  There should be no strain anywhere.  Keep it safe, slow and come out of it whenever you are unsure or feeling unsafe.  Do not stay in the pose or continue the pose if you feel pain or discomfort.  Work on the foundation, learning the correct arm, head and shoulder position. 

Here's How
1.  Place a folded blanket at the top of your sticky mat.
2.  Begin in Child's pose.  Already your heart is above your head, gaining the benefits of blood flow, relaxation and tension release. Child's pose alleviates head, neck and shoulder pain as well. 
3.  Interlock your fingers, and bring your forearms and hands to the floor. (on the blanket)
4.  Form a triangular shape with your hands and elbows, place your head on the floor. (hands cupping the head)
5.  Lift your pelvis off the floor, bringing your weight onto your arms and head.

Stop here feeling the benefits of this pose so far then if you want to go a bit deeper

6.  Bring yourself into a modified Downward-Facing Dog. Breathe!
7.  Rest in Child's pose



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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, practicing from her home studio in Massachusetts and Ogunquit, Maine. Janine's work includes recovery from illness, trauma and stresses caused by everyday living.   She teaches and coaches from her home studio (the yoga room), Groton Wellness spa in Groton, MA, Cancer Care Center of York County, Compass Rose Yoga and York Hospital's Wellness Center as well as your own home environment.
 Janine's yoga practice has tremendous therapeutic effect on your body. Not only does it work your physical body, it works on better breathing, vitality, concentration, healing and relaxation.   As an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor, she will provide guidance on ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle change to bring about greater health and harmony.            Call for more information   207-251-9577







Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Eight Limbs of Yoga practiced by you and I

According to Sage Patanjali, there are eight limbs of yoga. 
 
The eight limbs are interconnected, and not separate steps along this path. This sacred text teaches us how to become a complete person living in harmony, health and peace.  Follow these teachings with enthusiasm and faith as well as trust.  Trust that you are right where you are suppose to be today. 

Whether you start by practicing the physical postures, breath awareness, or mindfulness in the daily practice of the yamas and niyamas, each limb encourages growth in the others.  That is the exciting part....as you practice one path/limb it always leads or intertwines with another. 

All eight limbs are practiced by the yogi either consciously or unconsciously.  (Purposefully or aimlessly)....Each day as we move throughout our day.  The eight limbs practiced over time will guide you to a more whole, peaceful, fulfilled, happy life.  You can fill in your own blank there...A more _______ life. 

A yoga practice, specifically a vinyasa yoga practice is designed to incorporate all eight limbs.  We could practice all eight limbs separately but that means two hours of poses, another two for breath, another hour for meditation, mantras and self study...Do you have 7 or 8 hours a day to slip this into your day? 

So, the vinyasa flow practices brings the eight limbs together.  You gain all the benefits by combining all of the above separate practices into one, retaining the benefits and gain that peaceful loving state of mind that we are striving for as we grow and change each day.

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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Life Coach practicing from her home studio. She invites students to her studio for personal sessions, as well as traveling to your home. She is teaching in a couple studios right now in the Wells/Ogunquit area, as well as at The Cancer Care Center of York County and York Hospital's Wellness Center.
If you are looking for gentle yoga to increase flexibility, strength and energy plus decrease stress and tension, this is the style of yoga that you want for your practice. As a life coach, she leads educational coaching series along with personal one on one life coaching using the Co-Active Coaching techniques and Ayurveda Science. You can reach her at 207-251-9577








Sunday, December 9, 2012

Numerology & December 2012

You have everything you need...use your creativity and feel whole.

Lots of people are talking about December 21, 2012 and the galactic alignment.  The world is not ending, however there is going to be a shift as we continue to pass through the galactic equator.  Some believe that on December 21, the solstice sun will no longer be moving toward the galactic equator, but moving out/away from it.  (It has been moving towards it for 18 years and will now be moving away for the next 18 years).  So, we will be right at it's center in 12/21/2012, thus the shift, the change, 'end'...

 
According to many philosophers, there will be some shift in our world.  This is the time to gather together with friends, family and like minded people and start working together on bettering your life, your family relationships, the community and the world.  Begin with yourself.

 
If you believe in the power of prayer, channeling energy and the power of positive thinking, you will love this time of the year.  Make it happen.  Begin to create, make small changes in your life. 
 
I end with these two quotes:
 
“The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion or not. If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
 
“WE ALREADY HAVE everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”
Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Staying Involved

There are days that you feel overwhelmed with chores, work, school,  relationships and finances.  Probably lots of days lately.  We tend to overspend and over-obligate ourselves with gifts and activities during the last couple months of the year. 

The most important person during this time is you.  You must take care of yourself so that you can take care of the ones that you love. 
Let's take a look at how you can do this.

Focus, stay present.  Use your yoga practice to experiment on staying present.  Then, when you get the hang of it...take it off your mat.  Start with your breath.  Just getting more oxygen into your body, and recognizing the breath could be/might be/should be enough! 
Here are six ways to begin practicing this mindful practice and incorporating the breath into your meditation. 

1.  Mentally talk to yourself as you  inhale and exhale.  Inhale repeat a positive word, Exhale a word to de-stress.  Inhale:  Healthy - Exhale:  Relax

2.  Listen to music, the same music so that you get use to the rhythm, length of time and routine.  As your mind recognizes the song (instrumental music) you begin to let go of the wandering and find inner peace.

3.  Chant or repeat a mantra.  there are several good ones that can release stress and raise vibrations in your body to create harmony within.

4.  Use a candle, focus on the flame (focus on your flame..ok, off the subject)as it flickers with your inhales and exhales..

5.  Walking mindfully by the ocean, through the woods or a quiet neighbor

6.  Head or neck rolls that are slow and circular can be very calming to the mind and releases tension to boot.  A two for one.

By staying present in your practice teaches you to be present in your everyday life.  You begin to listen to others without your mind wandering, you begin completing projects, you begin tolerating negative people with ease, sleep becomes something you look forward to, and the pain you carry starts to diminish.
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Janine is a Yoga Instructor and Life Coach practicing from her home studio. She invites students to her studio for personal sessions, as well as traveling to your home. She is teaching in a couple studios right now in the Wells/Ogunquit area, as well as at The Cancer Care Center of York County and York Hospital's Wellness Center.
If you are looking for gentle yoga to increase flexibility, strength and energy plus decrease stress and tension, this is the style of yoga that you want for your practice. As a life coach, she leads educational coaching series along with personal one on one life coaching using the Co-Active Coaching techniques and Ayurveda Science. You can reach her at 207-251-9577