How Fast Are You Aging?

Do you remember the first time you realized your body was “aging”?

Maybe it started in your thirties with a few more aches and pains in the morning. A tendency to get tired earlier in the day. The first signs of wrinkles around your eyes. A memory not quite as sharp as it used to be.

As the years have progressed, those little twinges have probably gotten more frequent. And if you’re like most people, you brushed it off as a “normal” part of the aging process… just something that happens when we get older.

The thing is, you don’t have to give in to the frailty, disease, and memory issues associated with aging. These symptoms are not “inevitable.” They are signals that your body needs something.

When it comes to aging, we’ve been fed a load of unsubstantiated assumptions our entire lives. But emerging research from top experts suggests that we can have all the advantages of youth, well into our later years.

That means a lean, strong, flexible body….supple, smooth skin….. a brain that is sharp… energy to last all day… and an immune system that provides powerful protection against illness.

We are a body-oriented culture. We judge ourselves by our appearance and our body’s ability to perform. When our bodies change—as they inevitably do—our self-worth goes with them, for better or for worse.

In Siddhartha, a novel about enlightenment and self-discovery the prince, Siddhartha, ventured out of his palace for the first time, he was shaken by his first glimpses of a person bent with age, a person wracked with illness and the body of a person who had died. Seeing the inevitable path of all our bodies to our final demise caused him to inquire into how he might transcend the suffering he had witnessed. This led him to realize that in order to transcend suffering, he had to transcend his attachment to and identification with the body. He had to look deeper, beyond the pleasures and suffering of the body, for lasting happiness.

This is what our yoga practice teaches us. Any person in a body who is practicing Yoga is living in a yoga body, regardless of age, build, gender or flexibility. And the deeper practices at the heart of Yoga—meditation—require a body simply as an anchor for awareness. 

I think most people when coming upon my age may scour, but I’m truly looking forward to the unfolding lessons, increasing self awareness and growing self love that comes with aging. I’m reminded that this is the start of a brand new year- and that there are still infinite opportunities for growth along my journey. Within every moment lies a miracle. And within every burden lies a blessing. 

Namaste~

Hands On Love

Many years ago, I became inspired to teach yoga adjustments to others when a student came to me after class to tell me how much she enjoyed my teaching. Her deep gratitude enlightened me when she said, “Stacy, I live alone and sometimes you’re the only one who touches me for weeks at a time.” It was then I realized the transformative power of a safe, effective yoga adjustment. I came to the conclusion it is really a form of hands-on- love assisting psychologically and spiritually by creating connection. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way writing about a Valentine’s Day, romantic connection, quite the contrary. I’m writing about a connection that fosters trust, creates a gateway to really understand a pose, and dissolves self-imposed boundaries within a yoga practice.dvd-cat-book-600

One of the greatest opportunities yoga has to offer is the lesson of strength and surrender in a posture, combined with breath and focus. Sometimes a verbal cue just won’t hit the mark that a skillful adjustment can provide.

I’ve seen some amazing transformations. Students with hips that feel like cement in Baddha Konasana (Cobbler’s Pose) or Upavistha Konasana (wide angle seated forward bend) find space and ease with the right adjustment. Students who thought they would never rise up into a full backbend (Urdhva Dhanurasana), asking me to take a picture so they can show their friends their breakthrough. The Type A, go-getter who could never relax in savasana (corpse pose) gets a full assist from feet, to hips, to shoulders and can finally completely let go and find the first deep relaxation they’ve ever experienced in this pose.

Whether you are an inspired student or a teacher, we are all here to connect. Giving and receiving the perfect adjustment is probably the best way to do that physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It can be the first step to a real understanding of yoga and a catalyst for connection that many students long for much more than mastering a handstand.

If you’d like to transform your practice, sharpen your skills and make a connection, register now for my immersion Adjust Me Puhleeze! Early Bird ends, Wednesday February 17th. Registration includes my book and digital videos to take home with you.

Learn How to LOVE Every Bit of Your Yoga Business

Whether you are one of the many new members of our growing community, or have been with us right from Day 1, we wanted to share something with you that might come as a surprise.

We don’t fundamentally see this as a business school.

How could the Yoga School of Business NOT fundamentally be a business school, you ask?

It’s a question we get all the time.

We are an organization that supports yoga teachers to do more of the yoga you love, more easily. We chose business education as a means of doing this because there’s a lack of accessible, affordable, specialized yoga business training.

The effect of this unavailability is really showing.

It’s rare to hear someone come out of a yoga class not feeling rejuvenated. Yet it is equally as rare to meet a yoga teacher who is totally fulfilled with their business, from their finances to their life balance. As the teacher, you deserve to thrive from your practice in all areas of your life, just as much as your students do. But part of what you need to realize this, is missing.

Many of you have received only part of the education you need to have the full, balanced, thriving practice you want. As the saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

The challenge is mostly not related to your asana. Sure, you always want to improve your practice. But the underlying reason why many teachers struggle to make a great living, balanced with an equally great personal life, is that you have never learned essential business skills, like how to:

Market yourself, authentically (i.e. no cheesy sales person)
Discover your niche
Charge what you’re worth (or do your taxes!)
Get organized
(let alone how to keep up your own practice)
What started as our quest to make a difference in yoga teachers’ lives has grown into a pioneering school that provides the best, most convenient, affordable business education for yoga teachers.

Here is what one of our students had to say:

As a new yoga teacher with absolutely no business experience, I was looking to gain more insight and knowledge on how to find success in my new career path, while still finding time for my personal life.  After just the first two months of training, I have already noticed a positive shift in my life, both in my career as a yoga teacher and in my own personal life experiences.  This training has provided me with not only useful information on how to market my business and stay organized, but also on how to shift my perspective on my life as a whole in order to find success in everything I do.  This is a life-changing course, which can only benefit those who wish to be a part of it.  The weekly coaching calls provide me with great support and insight from those who have been in my position before and truly want to help me achieve my goals and dreams.  I am so excited to continue growing, learning, and finding success throughout the remainder of the training, and to carry on all that I have gained into my life after the training ends.
– Chantelle King

If you are a Yoga Teacher and want to learn how to create a truly abundant practice, come to one of our upcoming FREE INFORMATION CALLS to learn more about
The Yoga Business Builder: A Coaching Program for Yoga Teachers.

Program Outline & Tuition: The Yoga Business Builder: Online
Faculty: Stephanie Tait & Stacy McCarthy
Free Informational Call on September 16 @ 11:45am PST
Dates: Training is from September 2010 – June 2011
Capacity: 12 students
Learn more:  RSVP for the FREE Information Call at info@yogaschoolofbusiness.com
(Early Bird Special ends September 20)

Program Outline & Tuition: The Yoga Business Builder: OnlineFaculty: Stephanie Tait & Stacy McCarthyDates: Training is from September 2010 – June 2011Capacity: 12 studentsLearn more:  RSVP for the FREE Information Call at info@yogaschoolofbusiness.com(Early Bird Special ends September 20)

Yoga Subs

I love to share success stories about the students who mentor with me &  go on to create thriving, sustainable yoga careers. This is about Tammy Moretti. Tammy graduated from Yogaworks 200 hour Teacher Training & then signed up for the Yoga School of Business Coaching Program with me. She is launching Yogasubs.com a business resource for teachers to sub classes & studio owners to find qualified yoga teachers in San Diego.  She’ll be hosting the  first gathering of Yoga Subs,  Sunday May 2nd, 2010 at HAUTE YOGA.
She will be featuring some local San Diego studios and will have information regarding their  subbing policies and procedures. Below is a partial list of some of the participating studios. Read more

Serenity at the Sea Yoga Class & Beach Clean Up

 

Serenity by the Sea
Sunday March 14th 4-5:15pm

Come join world renowned yoga teachers Tim Miller and Stacy McCarthy this coming Sunday for a free yoga class on Moonlight Beach in Encinitas!!
This class was put together by the staff at Lululemon in Carlsbad as a sincere gesture to unite all the many communities of yoga in the local San Diego area!! This class is donation based and all donations will be given to the Surfrider Foundation! After class there will be an optional beach cleanup with Surfrider providing all the materials, bags, gloves, etc to do so.

So bring your yoga mat, some warm clothes, and an open heart to attend what will hopefully be the largest yoga class ever recorded in San Diego history!! Imagine a huge crowd of people breathing peace together!! We might help shift the earth a bit!!

Fill Your Yoga Practice Now! Exclusive Live Event

Fill Your Yoga Practice Now! Exclusive Live Yoga Business Coaching Event Stacy McCarthy & Stephanie Tait Founders, Yoga School of Business
Nowadays, realizing success as a yoga teacher doesn’t just start and end with a good class. You have to know how to run and grow your business if you really want to be able to teach full-time, make a decent living at it, and balance out your personal life.

During this one day live yoga business coaching event, you will learn how to grow your practice though some of the most effective business growth tools and strategies available specifically for the unique needs and desires of yoga teachers.

You’ll start the day with Stacy’s signature “Fire Up Flow” Asana Class & end the day with a “Business Breakthrough” Restorative Yoga Class.

In this Live Coaching Event, you’ll learn how to:

1. Develop a Marketing Strategy as unique and in integrity as you are (without having to spend money buying more “stuff” to help you market yourself.

2. Master How to Talk About Who You Are & What You Do in a way that attracts more ideal students to practice with you and grows your practice.

3. Discover Your Niche – your unique place in the whole yoga field where you have the greatest potential to really stand out in the fast growing yoga field. Create a truly abundant practice & enjoy the personal rewards of building a career in this field.

Program Details:

Program Material Sent to You On-Demand.
Within 24 hours of your registration & payment, you will receive about 4 hours of rich pre-recorded program content to empower you to create an abundant yoga practice. This material is delivered to you in a format like a private, online presentation by your master teachers, Stacy and Stephanie. All you will you have to do is click on the link provided, and the online presentation will run right from your computer, whenever you are ready for it.

During the Live Event, you’ll deepen your understanding of the materials, practice what you’ve learned, & receive direct feedback about how you are going to apply it to grow your practice.
Program Material Sent to You In-Print.
The contents of online presentation will also be sent to you in downloadable PDF, so you can print it out separately to study when you are not at your computer.

Date, Time, Location
Date: Saturday, March 27th
Time: 12:00 – 6:00pm
Location: The Yoga Mandiram @ 2121 Newcastle #E, Cardiff By the Sea, CA.

Investment:
If you sign up by Wednesday, March 17th @ midnight, this live yoga business coaching event will only cost you only $129.95 + tax. Registrations after March 17th are $159.95 + tax.
Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to fill your yoga practice NOW! Accelerate the results you are seeing from all your efforts to grow your practice
Register Here!