Saturday Aug 4!!

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So one of my favorite local(ish) artists is coming to Nyack this Saturday Aug. 4th. I am encouraging all of you to get yourself to one or even two of the morning classes at Soul Flyte, and this way you can feel guilt free when you come out to Casa del Sol on Main St. in Nyack grab a drink and move your feet. The duo is called the Nellybombs, and this Saturday they will actually have a full band with them. They have some awesome covers and great originals, even some new songs that they have been working on which I am super excited to hear. The show is going to start at 9:30pm, so like I said, start your day off right with a class at Soul Flyte and then head on down later in the night to jam out. See you there!

XO,
Rachel

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: MARY RAMOS

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Get to know the wonderful Mary Ramos — our newest Student Spotlight! Mary has shown a real dedication to her AntiGravity® yoga practice and experienced the growth and change in her life since practicing at the studio. Recently, we interviewed Mary to find out a little bit more about her and her experience at Soul Flyte - check it out!

How did you find out about Soul Flyte?
I had heard of one in the city. I thought there must be one in Rockland County; that was about two years ago. To my surprise, it's in my hometown of Nyack. I am still here.

What’s something you can't live without?
My children, grandchildren, besides sibling, family, friends, and of course Soul Flyte, their instructors and receptionist. It has become in some way a home with friends.
 
What brought you to try your first class at SF?
My injuries. Alleviating body mechanics. Because of the way it approaches body structure with the hammock. You are using your own body weight.
 
What’s your favorite time of day?
In the evening when I see my children and in the morning because it's a start of a new day.
 
Do you have a favorite pose at SF?
This question is one of the hardest to answer because all poses have some kind of pressure release. I could say for me it is when I am hanging upside down; it brings the child out of me.
 
What’s the best meal you've eaten?
This question brings me back to my childhood when I visited Puerto Rico in the town of Villalba - it’s located in the region northeast of Juana Diaz. My grandmother would make the simplest food like rice and beans with fried chicken and salad. Not even my mother’s cooking could measure up and believe me my mother’s cooking is awesome.
 
Favorite thing about coming to Soul Flyte?
Instructors welcoming you, embracing you, encouraging you, and being compassionate. The receptionist greets you like they knew you for a long time.
 
Would you recommend it to others?
I will recommend Soul Flyte to anyone who may have an injury or coming out of giving birth courses with the doctor's ok. I would encourage people of all ages, all sizes, male or female to come to Soul Flyte.
 
Favorite/best place you've traveled to:
This is a very difficult question to answer. Around the world, there are so many beautiful places to visit, but I would encourage anyone to go and visit Puerto Rico. It brings sweet memories to me. If I have convinced you, I would encourage you to visit all the little towns.
 
What's your favorite book? Movie?
Book: Everything Happens for a Reason: And other Lies I’ve Loved written by Kate Bowler
Movie: Hotel Transylvania - all of them.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Soul Flyte! But the benefits outweighed the craziest. It’s a different way of workout. You are using your own body weight.

Anything else you want to share?
Soul Flyte is an awesome place to be at to workout. Excuse my bias. I speak for my experience working out here.

Happy 4Th of July

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Happy Fourth of July! Hope you enjoy whatever it is you will be doing later today and tomorrow. Please remember that today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) Soul Flyte has a modified schedule in order to ensure that our amazing staff has time for the most important thing of all, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! I hope that you get to take some time and feel the love around you.

I will be working on my tan by the Tallman pool with my besties as well as painting yoga mats to release some creative energy!

Don’t forget: tonight at Memorial Park in Nyack, there’s live music from the band Dead Meat and tomorrow at the same place are Nyack’s famous fireworks.

Hope you have a fun and safe holiday with the people you love.

Most of all remember that not everyone gets to be with the people they love. Tomorrow is our day of Independence - don’t take that for granted. Enjoy and be grateful for all that you have and when you can, make someone smile.

XO,

Rachel

HOT HOT HEAT

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It’s finally feeling like summer, and a hot one at that. When it gets super hot remember a few months ago when you were saying to everyone “I’m over this cold!” Well, the cold has finally left the building and here is the heat! With the heat though comes a bunch of awesome summer events and activities. One of the awesome events that happens every Tuesday night in Nyack is live music at Memorial Park.

I’m working on a new Tuesday routine: to take Robyn’s Flying Fitness or Diane’s Pilates class at Soul Flyte in Nyack at 6pm and then head on down to relax under the night sky with some awesome local artists. This Tuesday, a few friends of mine are playing in a really awesome band called Dead Meat (Grateful Dead cover band) these guys are super talented artists with amazing skills. Every Tuesday, it will be perfect to get a workout in first, then grab a blanket or lawn chair to chill under the Nyack night sky.

Jam out! See you soon!

XO,

Rachel

Halloween in June?

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I’ve been organizing myself to do more things on my days off: new things, old things, all sorts of things! I’ve gotten back into running, or what most would call walk jogging, haha. I’m also trying to fill my schedule with classes and get back into shape. I‘ve realized that being in shape for me is not about the body image but about physically feeling ‘good’. When I binge and hang on my couch I can feel my body stiffen up and somehow, I’m more tired than when I’m active. So this Friday I’m planning to try my first Stretch & Restore class with Shira at Soul Flyte in Nyack, NY. Hopefully I can also make the Yin Yoga class in the morning with Laurie, because I really LOVE that class after a long week of running around. This is one of Soul Flyte's mat yoga classes that’s open to all levels and it holds poses for much longer than you normally would. IT FEELS AMAZING and makes me super relaxed! Plus it helps to calm my overly active gemini mind.

This Friday June 30th, I’m going to a pretty cool event that Rivertown Film is putting on - it’s called: Historic Hauntings of Rockland. I’m excited for the evening that's being led by one of the region’s leaders in paranormal investigations. I don’t know about all of you but I love a great ghost story. Rockland County has a rich history of places where sightings have been reported. I can’t wait for the event! Friday will be a pretty epic day, join me!

Hope to see you this week at Soul Flyte and maybe even at the Rivertown event.

XO,

Rachel

The Monday Struggle is Real

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We all deal with the Monday struggle - with the weekend ending and the beginning of the work week. Summer time makes it harder to get back into the groove. Starting your day/week off the right way will often set the tone for the rest of the your day/week. We all have our guilty pleasures and we all like to indulge a little (or a lot), but by setting your day off in a positive way it makes indulging guilt free.

Personally, my guilty pleasure is delicious food, so I always try my hardest to start my week off with a Barre class to work off my weekend indulgence. Nyack’s Boutique AntiGravity Aerial Yoga, Fitness & Barre Studio on Broadway, is just the ticket to getting a full workout in one place. Best part is, Mondays are packed with a full schedule and a range of classes for all levels and all different types of workouts. If you are like me and want to sweat it up and be wide awake for work, then the 8:30am Barre class is the way to do it. Too early for you? The next class at 9:30am is our AntiGravity Fitness class, which will also whip you into shape and help take some pressure off of your lower back and spine - (for advanced levels only.)

Come check out our awesome Aerial Yoga & barre studio, get into shape and fly into the work week the right way. The Monday struggle is real, but with the right state of mind and the opportunities at Soul Flyte, you can feel great all week long AND see the amazing changes it helps bring into your daily flow.

Signing off. Join me later for our after work classes starting at 6pm!

XO,

Rachel

 

Rise With The Sun

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I’ve begun to realize that rising with the sun, (although difficult at first) has so many amazing benefits. I love working at Soul Flyte in the mornings because I get to watch the town, Nyack, NY, wake up. I’m now able to enjoy aerial yoga & barre classes every morning at the studio and it’s gotten me back on track to where I want to be both mentally and physically. I have been learning to become more connected with my daily tasks, and in doing so I have also become more connected with the town I’ve lived in most of my life. Nyack has always been a very supportive, connected community, that stands together in difficult times.

Scrolling through social media today, I came across an article proving how connected and unified our community really is. There was an incident in our main parking lot, the next block over from Soul Flyte, that was vandalized with words of hatred.

On Friday afternoon over three dozen towns people of all ages came together to prove that we won’t stand for hatred in this town. They decided to paint over the words with the African American flag, which will help spread more love and prove that hateful words and actions have no place here. It makes me happy to be able to work and live in a town that stays connected with what is going on and supports all of our neighbors.

Signing off, and staying connected with my fellow AntiGravity yoga peeps for the 10:30am class @ Soul Flyte. Like our town, everyone is welcome! Come join me!

XO,

Rachel

Father's Day in Nyack

 Breakfast in Bed!

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There are so many awesome things to do with Dad everyday, but why not try something new for him and yourself? This can mean dog dads too! Today I decided to get together with my brother and his adorable puppy to grab brunch at the Hudson House in Nyack. Before brunch I thought we would try a first ever siblings Aerial yoga class at Soul Flyte, 13 South Broadway in Nyack, NY! The class was amazing and was exactly what I needed after a long work week of running around to get “summer ready.”

Speaking of getting “summer ready” - thanks to the barre classes at Soul Flyte, I am feeling great about all the cute new bikinis I just got in the mail! I can definitely say that those classes are a FULL BODY workout and will get you working on all parts of your body that you didn’t realize were even there before!

Signing off now, and heading to eat some awesome food! Join me later tonight for the 5:30pm AntiGravity Fundamentals class, everyone welcome!

Xoxo,

Rachel

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: GUILLERMO RABIELA

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We are excited to announce Guillermo Rabiela as our newest student spotlight the month! Guillermo has shown a real dedication to his AntiGravity® yoga practice and experienced the growth and change in his life since practicing at the studio. Read our interview with him below:

How did you find out about Soul Flyte?
Through Yelp.  My very first experience with aerial yoga was in a workshop at a Scarsdale yoga studio, and I liked it so much that I looked for a place where I could do it more regularly.
 
What’s something you can't live without?
I don’t want to go all esoteric on you and talk about tanha and dukkha, so let’s just say that I am incredibly grateful for every minute that my wife, mother, and sister are in my life.
 
What brought you to try your first class at SF?
I liked aerial yoga so much when I first experienced it in a workshop at a regular yoga studio that I looked for a place where I could practice it regularly.  And SF had gushing reviews, so I rushed to take my first class.
 
What’s your favorite time of day?
Early morning – and don’t ask me how early, as it’d just confirm your suspicion that I’m a bit strange…
 
Do you have a favorite pose at SF?
Robin Hood.  I like the entire sequence, from Tom Sawyer to Mummy to Robin Hood.  I still haven’t quite figured out a graceful way to come out of it, though!
 
What’s the best meal you've eaten?
The meals at a yoga retreat in southern Arizona.  It wasn’t a yoga vacation but rather a formal retreat: basic accommodations, no phone or TV, observing silence for the first half of each day.  It was uncomplicated vegan food, prepared by a chef from nearby Nogales, but every meal was absolutely delicious.
 
Favorite thing about coming to Soul Flyte?
I always feel welcome, and I know that I’m in for a fun workout.
 
Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely!  I have recommended it to many friends and colleagues.
 
Favorite/best place you've traveled to:
Bhutan, a small country on the eastern edge of the Himalayas.  I loved the landscapes and the culture.  I was there for a week about five years ago, and haven’t lost hope to visit again.
 
What's your favorite book? Movie?
Reading is my favorite pastime (right along with yoga, of course).  There are a couple of recent books by Huval Noah Harari I found fascinating: Sapiens and Homo Deus.  They are both quite wide-ranging; one is about the history of humankind, and the other is about where we are going.
 
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

That would be getting in a small plane with a friend who, to put it kindly, overstated his flying time and skills.  I joined him while he worked on perfecting (again, putting it kindly) his landing.  When I finally got out of the plane I fell down to my knees and kissed the ground!
 
Anything else you want to share?
Thank you, Shira, for creating Soul Flyte!  It is a special place that goes beyond a beautiful space and a crew of fantastic instructors.

NEWEST INSTRUCTOR: SARAFINA ORBE

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We’re so excited to introduce our newest Barre instructor, Sarafina! She'll be teaching Barre on Monday evenings at 6pm. Expect to feel energized, gain strength and lengthen your body. Check out Sarafina's interview below and don't miss her 1st class on September 11th!

How did you get into Barre fitness? 
I got into Barre fitness about two years ago when it started to become popular. I tried multiple studios in Florida where I was living at the time, and then finally found my favorite. The teachers there always gave me a killer workout with a combination of stretching and lengthening, it was everything I needed. After a few months, the they pushed me to get certified as an instructor.

What’s your background?
I have always been a mover. I was a ballet dancer from the time I was about 5 years old, until 16. I stopped because of an injury and then found yoga. I fell deeply in love with the strength and poise needed to execute the asanas. A few years later, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science, as well as a yoga, Pilates, and Barre Certifications under my belt. With my degrees, certifications and innate understanding of the body in motion, I became a full time fitness and yoga instructor. I like to incorporate many different aspects of fitness programs into my classes to keep my students on their toes (pun intended).

Why Barre?
I love barre because of my background in ballet. I also love the uplifting music and light heartedness the class holds. Don’t forget the killer legs, butt, and abs that come alongside of it!

Any comments to your future students?
Have fun! My classes will always be a space where you can let loose while tightening up your whole body. Please feel free to laugh at me and yourself!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: DAPHNEE MOMPEROUSSE

Get to know the wonderful Daphnee Momperousse — our newest Student Spotlight! She started coming to Soul Flyte April of this year and is already about to hit her 100th visit! Seems like she's got the Soul Flyte bug and is officially hooked! She is a sweet soul that you'll want to meet in this lifetime. We are so lucky to have her as part of our tribe. We recently sat down with Daphnee to chat a little bit more about her and the role AntiGravity yoga has played in her life since her first class — check it out:

How did you find out about Soul Flyte?
I found Soul Flyte after researching yoga studios in Rockland County.

What’s something you can't live without?
I can't live without chocolate, blueberries, traveling, and music!

What brought you to try your first class at SF?
I came to Soul Flyte after doing African dance and developing tendonitis.  I was looking for a great workout that was low impact and would allow me to stretch out my legs and feet.

What’s your favorite time of day?
I absolutely love dawn! Sunrise is beautiful, and it is the coolest temperature during the day.  It's so quiet, and I get my best ideas at that time.  Everything is refreshed after much-needed rest.

Do you have a favorite pose at SF?
I love challenging my body to achieve different poses, like Vitruvian Man and Mermaid, but there's nothing like the feeling of getting into a simple Spiderman.  After a long day of work, running errands, and the drama of raising a teenager, the stresses just seem to rush right out of my head, literally, as soon as I invert.  It's such a wonderful feeling!

What’s the best meal you've eaten?
That's impossible for me to decide! Being of Haitian descent, I've eaten the greatest cuisine all my life!  Being a New Yorker and avid traveler, I have experienced the magic of other cultures' tasty dishes too. My favorites include Mexican, Indian, Jamaican, Thai, Lebanese, Ethiopian, and Kenyan! I suppose if I had to request a final meal, it would be my mom's stewed chicken with lots of onions and sweet peppers with rice and sweet peas.

Favorite thing about coming to Soul Flyte?
My favorite thing may be the really nice people I've met here at Soul Flyte.  From instructors to students to staff, everyone is so nice!  I think it's because of all the endorphins, lol.  I also can't believe how much stronger my body is becoming.  My core strength, which has always been my weakness, has improved tremendously.  I am more flexible.  My hair is growing like crazy too!

Would you recommend it to others?
I have recommended Soul Flyte to friends, family, colleagues, and the world wide web!  My 16 year old son was very reluctant, but now he understands the benefits and likes coming because he feels relief in his back!

Favorite/best place you've traveled to:
Kenya is by far my favorite trip of all time!  I got to visit the city, country, beach, and savannah.  Surprisingly, warthogs were my favorite safari animal! I'm looking forward to going again in 2 years.

What's your favorite book? Movie?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X As Told to Alex Haley is my favorite book.  It teaches us that we are always learning and growing, and that human beings share this world.  We need to work together as global community members!
    
My favorite movie is Coming to America.  I laugh until I cry every time I watch it!

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Sky diving.  I still can't believe I did it.  It was exhilarating, yet soothing, if that's possible.

Anything else you want to share?
It took four months, but I finally achieved Awesome Possum! I celebrated with chocolate.  
I booked a private class for my birthday at Soul Flyte, and I highly recommend it!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: ROSHAUN SAMUEL

We are excited to announce Roshaun Samuel as our student spotlight this month! He's been coming to the studio since December and his practice has grown immensely throughout that time. Recently, we interviewed Roshaun to find out a little bit more about him and his experience at Soul Flyte - check it out below!

How did you find out about Soul Flyte?
I found Soul Flyte through a Google search. I put "yoga studios in Nyack" in Google and Soul Flyte popped up.

What’s something you can't live without?
I can't live without my family AND friends.

What brought you to try your first class at SF?
My first class at Soul Flyte was Soul Flow with Jenevieve Louise. I wanted to experience yoga for the first time.

What’s your favorite time of day?
My favorite time of day is around 8 to 8:30 PM. That's when the sun goes down. I love the night.

Do you have a favorite pose at SF?
Yes, my favorite pose is actually the Spiderman pose, due to the fact that Spider-man is my favorite super hero.

What’s the best meal you've eaten?
I try to keep my mind focused on the present, not in the past nor future. So whatever meal I'm eating at the moment is my best meal.

Favorite thing about coming to Soul Flyte?
The positive vibes and the non-judgmental attitudes of the individuals. I also LOVE the herbal tea!!!

Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yes, I've already recommended it to my mother.

Favorite/best place you've traveled to:
My favorite place to travel are any one of the Caribbean islands. 

What's your favorite book? Movie?
My favorite book is "The Power of Now" from Eckhart Tolle. My favorite movie is "Troy" staring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
In my early twenties, a beautiful woman approached me mistaking me for someone named Marco, and I went along with it for 3 whole weeks. Until this day, some of my friends still call me Marco. Don't judge me, I was young !!!

Anything else you want to share?
I have been going to Soul Flyte for 6 months, and I can honestly say I'm addicted. I'm able feel and see the changes in my mind and body. Not only Soul Flyte is a great yoga studio, but it's also a great strength class. I feel stronger and happier after every class I attend. To Nicole and all my other amazing teachers, thank you for teaching me how to explore my mind and body!!!

NEWEST INSTRUCTOR: MABEL MODRONO

We couldn't be more excited to welcome our newest Barre instructor - MABEL MODRONO! Mabel’s love of barre started while performing on Broadway, and has been teaching barre for over 7 years, even through the birth of her baby! Check out her interview below and sign up - don't miss her first class THIS MONDAY May 8 @ 6pm!

How did you get into Barre fitness? 
I was recovering from an injury, and I saw an advertisement of a barre class in the newspaper. I went and took it, and was very sore, and I must say hooked from then on!! It gave me a strength to return back to dance.

What’s your background?
I was born in Havana, Cuba. I started dancing when I was 10 with my twin sister. My background is dance, having had a professional dancing career of 25 years.

Why Barre?
Because it uses the muscles dancers use, and even though I don't dance anymore, this workout makes me feel as if I do.

Any comments to your future students?
Take my class, and your posture will improve because you will find your core, your muscles throughout your body will take shape. You'll feel at least an inch taller, and all the stronger for it!! I'll guide you with the grace and energy that has led me to become a principal ballerina.

New Teacher: Kiara Mignone

How exciting to start off as a student at Soul Flyte and work your way up to a teacher! Kiara has done just that. She is now a registered yoga teacher and AntiGravity teacher as well! She's excited to get you flying high starting Sunday 4/23 at 11am. Join her then!

How did you get into AG yoga and fitness?

The name Soul Flyte called to me in a time of my life that I was looking to elevate my soul and mental state. Enter Soul Flyte, a warm studio filled with amazing hammocks, amazing instructors, and an amazing community to go along with it. After practicing for a while, I decided the next step in my practice was to learn how to teach others how to fly, and to share the joy that is AntiGravity and Soul Flyte with others.

What’s your background?

I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, an artist, and a singer.

Why AntiGravity®?

AntiGravity is such a warm and loving group of people.  This community is filled to the brim with love, knowledge, and acceptance. This is what I align with through my journey throughout life - it makes complete sense why AntiGravity stood out above the rest. The "real McCoy" shines bright.

Any comments to your future students?

Meet yourself where you are, Soul Flyte is a warm loving space, that will help you through your exciting aerial journey. I will be there to assist you in flight, making sure you are kept safe, and given the tools to shine as brightly as you can!! "Be safe, Have fun, kick ass- in that order!" - Christopher Harrison.  Fly High! 

Spring Clean Your Mind, Body & Surroundings

Written by: Katie Stritmater

One of my favorite things to talk about is how the use of essential oils can help support the body and mind. I have been working with essential oils for 2 ½ years now and I still love teaching about oils and learning new ways to use them! There is something really cool about using nature to help your body find balance to do all the amazing things it was meant to do.

Let’s start with a little background information. Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants; if you have ever smelled the scent of an orange peel, you have experienced the aromatic quality of essential oils! There are 3 main ways to use essential oils; aromatically, topically and internally. Quality and sourcing matters and it is important you are using a brand that is tested and certified as pure, potent, and authentic.

Spring is a time of year where everything begins again - it represents resiliency and strength. Essential oils have the power to renew and refresh not only your home but your body too! Let’s look at the oils that you can use to help spring-clean all aspects of your life.

Spring-Clean Your Allergies

When spring blooms, so do allergies for many people. Not to worry! There are certain oils that can help protect the body against seasonal and environmental elements. Lemon, lavender and peppermint are a power trio when it comes to allergies. These can help by placing 1 drop of each under the tongue, in a glass of water, or in an empty veggie capsule. This trio can be put into a diffuser to be experienced aromatically as it purifies the air. The trio can also be placed on the bottoms of the feet, forehead or chest. Lemon decongests and reduces mucus, Lavender has anti-histamine properties and calms irritation, and peppermint breaks up phlegm and reduces inflammation. Eucalyptus is another good oil choice for allergies as it helps to maintain clear breathing and open airways. This works well diluted with fractionated coconut oil and rubbed on the chest. I also like to put a few drops on the edge of the shower so that I can inhale deeply as the steam rises.

Spring-Clean the House

Essential oils can help you clean your physical space without adding toxicity to your world. Most cleaning can be done simply with baking soda, vinegar, maybe some castile soap, and essential oils.

Take the toilet bowl for example. Remember that erupting volcano science project present at every science fair? Well, use the same properties to clean the toilet. Put ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar and 10 drops of melaleuca (I also add some lemon for freshness) into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes and watch the bubbles erupt. Scrub, then flush. Easy, inexpensive and non-toxic!

To clean the tub with a homemade soft scrub, simply add 1cup baking soda, ¼ cup liquid castile soap, and 10 drops each of lemon, lime, and wild orange to form a paste.

For an all-purpose cleaning spray, add 2 cups white vinegar, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon natural dish soap (not castile), 30 drops of melaleuca and 20 drops of lemon to a quart-sized glass spray bottle.

Spring-Clean the Body

To clean the body is to help it gently detox. Essential oils affect you on a cellular level. When excess toxins overwhelm the body, it stores those toxins in the fat cells to keep harmful substances away from organs. Essential oils can help release these toxins from fat cells, break them down and help flush them from the body. Citrus oils are particularly good for cleansing the body. Grapefruit and Lemon are great detoxifiers. A good boost to your morning routine is a glass (important that it is glass, not plastic) of warm water combined with 1tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops ginger, and 1 drop cinnamon.

Spring-Clean the Mind

As the weather gets warmer, I find myself craving all the beautiful smells of the citrus oils. Perhaps this is because my body is ready to get out of hibernation and start moving more again and needs something clean and fresh.

If you’d like to feel uplifted, go to your citrus oils; bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit for example. My favorite combination in the diffuser is doTERRA’s joyful blend and lemon. It is so clean and instantly lifts my mood. Simply place a drop or two in your hands, gently run together, cup in front of you face, close your eyes and inhale the aroma. Whatever I have left on my hands I like to rub on the back of my neck or my chest. This is a great mood changing practice.

To feel calm and relaxed, find your earthy oils like lavender, frankincense, and vetiver. These are good in times of high stress and to help combat sleepless nights. To get the benefits here you can place a drop of the oil on the bottoms of each foot and gently massage before bed or when you feel overwhelmed.

I hope you use essential oils as a way to find balance in your world and create a sense of calm to start a new season. Whether you are cleaning your surroundings, your body, or your mind, the idea of starting with a blank slate is exciting. Allow yourself to begin anew with a fresh canvas, and fill it only with positivity.

Katie Stritmater is an essential oil lover, teacher and avid user. She teaches workshops at Soul Flyte so look out for her next one to learn even more about the magic of these oils.

Couchmaggedon 2017: how I naturally healed my cold

 My couch buddy every.single.day!

My couch buddy every.single.day!

I just came off of a terrible cold, which I named: couchmaggedon 2017. I literally couldn’t get off the couch for 1 whole week. The following week I was still very low energy and still had to take it easy. Now I’m left with an annoying cough that’s slowly getting better day-by-day. I didn’t use medication… so what did I do?!

First things first, I didn’t freak out. I succumbed to the fact that I had a bad cold, needed to rest and cancelled my schedule. I had a really bad throat ache so I was monitoring it because if I thought I had strep for any second I would have gone to the Dr. I didn’t see any dots on the back of my throat though, so I was in the clear to go about my natural ways.

Everyday I woke up and boiled a pot of peppermint tea. I made a tent over my head with a towel and breathed in the steam from the peppermint tea. This helped to open my sinuses and clear congestion. Gross stuff would come up, which was good! I also used peppermint essential oil all over my sinuses, your eyes will tear so do this while lying down. Then I made myself tea with lemon, lots of grated ginger and manuka honey. I drank that all day. Even though I felt like crap, I went outside everyday for some fresh air.

Drink chicken soup/broth everyday! On the day that felt the worst, I felt like it was never ending and that I would never feel better – Chad looked in one of our natural healing books and read about bee propolis for the throat. I remember my mom used to give this to me when I was a kid and had an ear or throat ache. We had some at home so I tried it. Since propolis coats the throat, I literally felt relief right away. I continued to take one full dropper every hour for the whole day. That was my savior. 

I used the neti pot, which apparently ended up making things worse. I later found out that if you put too much salt in, it could actually dry you out too much and hurt your sinuses even more! Ouch… I got a toothache, which I thought was weird. SO I asked my dentist Uncle if it’s possible to get a toothache from coughing too much – he said yes, that sinuses are also related and that I should stop using the neti pot. So I gargled with salt water instead. The next day I felt better! What a journey…

Every night before bed I took a hot bath with salts, put tiger balm on my chest to help break up my cough and an immune essential oil roller bottle on my feet with socks. The essential oils in it are: rosemary, orange, clove, cinnamon & eucalyptus.

I also took different herbal remedies. Specifically Urban Moonshine throat spray, Wellness formula, cold and flu formula and throat syrup: elderberry with thyme and another one: wild cherry bark syrup. At night to help me sleep sometimes I took Tylenol with codeine to suppress the cough. If you can’t sleep, you can’t heal. Sleep is the most important thing when you’re sick - find any way to make it happen.

Hope you can use some of these tips when you’re sick. Western medicine sure is a miracle, but studies show it prolongs your cold and doesn’t heal you. Think of it more as a band aid. Use herbs, teas, etc. to actually heal you faster, your immune system will get stronger this way.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WEN LIN

Meet Wen Lin— our student spotlight for this month! She started flying with us November 2015 and hasn't stopped since! Congratulations, Wen, on attending almost 200 classes at Soul Flyte! Read more about Wen and how she has learned to shine brightly in her Antigravity yoga practice!

How did you find out about Soul Flyte?
I first learned about Antigravity yoga when a friend of mine posted on Facebook. I was very intrigued and started looking for something closer to home & found SF in Nyack.
 
What’s something you can't live without?
There’s so much I can think of that I can’t live without! If I really must choose I guess I will have to choose health & peace of mind, you can’t have any quality of life if you lack those.
 
What brought you to try your first class at SF?
SF is perfectly located in the heart of Nyack & the new student special was such a great deal so I knew I had to give it a try.
 
What’s your favorite time of day?
My favorite time of the day is right before bedtime when I get to unwind with my bae Jojo (the fabulous toy poodle) and catch up on some Netflix.
 
Do you have a favorite pose at SF?
I love Antigravity so much I can’t possibly pick just one pose! I love all poses that strengthen my grip, core and flexibility.
 
What’s the best meal you've eaten?
My mom’s home cooking=) I don't get to see her too often so whenever we get to spend time together she would cook up a storm!
 
Favorite thing about coming to Soul Flyte?
I love learning new poses, feeling stronger and seeing the progress. Most of all, I love the positive energy all the instructors & students brought in with them.
 
Would you recommend it to others?
110%! I brought my daughter with me after a few classes now she’s hooked too=)
 
Favorite/best place you've traveled to:
One of my favorite places is when my family & I went on a trip to Gili Islands in Indonesia. The islands are so beautiful & unadulterated; people are very friendly & the beaches are amazing. You can walk from one end of the island to the other within hours.
The most memorable part of the trip was we arrived there “survivor style”. When we were close to the island they literally had to drop us in the water because the boat cannot get too close the land. And we got stranded on the island a few days longer because of a hurricane.
I’d love to go back again if I have the chance.
 
What's your favorite book? Movie?
I’m a sucker for movies that touch your heart. One of my favorites is “About Time” by Richard Curtis. It’s a British romantic comedy film about a young man who can travel back in time to fix things. At first glance you think the movie is about how he use his ability to make the girl fall in love with him but the heart of the movie is actually about his relationship between him and his father and the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones- time.
 
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
A few years back when I went hiking with my family and found a lake beneath the cliff, my husband egged me to jump in. After some hesitation, I jumped. Good thing he was already in the water to save me.
 
Anything else you want to share?
I’m so glad that I decided to give Antigravity yoga a try & I’m even more grateful that I found the community in SF. For someone who's not athletic & tries every excuse to not exercise, this is perfect. Antigravity is fun, and challenging. This is a workout I can totally stick with and will be for a very long time!

Running For a Cause

This past weekend I taught a fundraiser yoga class at Soul Flyte in Nyack for a woman named Genevieve who is running a ½ marathon for Crohns and Colitis in New Orleans in two weeks! I was impressed by this young woman’s story – She’s able to push through her disease and run for those that can’t. I’m inspired to say the least. They set up the cutest picnic with tea, gluten free goodies such as muffins, scones, “magic bars” and lots of yummy fruit! What a cute way to support a great cause. I feel honored that I was able to be a part of it and glad to help out in any way that I can.

 After Yoga Picnic!

After Yoga Picnic!

The Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) holds a special place in my heart – they’re the ones who put on Camp Oasis, which is this incredible camp for kids who have these diseases. Most of the counselors all have it too. It’s a special place where the kids appreciate the fact that they’re healthy enough to actually be at camp enjoying their time there. For 6 days in the summer I volunteer my time to be a bunk counselor and teach yoga & meditation to kids of all ages. The best part is how receptive they are to it. They always want more, whether it’s learning about essential oils and how calming they can be, or different breathing exercises they can do to help themselves in times of stress.

If you have any fundraiser ideas, send them my way! Happy to help in any way that I can!

Xo,

Shira

 

 

What Kind of Potions do I Use?

 All the potions...

All the potions...

 Green Goodness!

Green Goodness!

Everyday I choose to take care of myself. I wake up, take some deep breaths, stretch and head to the kitchen. I make hot water with lemon to fuel my digestive system – it works like a charm!! Then I make eggs with ghee, sometimes I add spinach and sometimes I make avocado gluten free toast. I do the dishes, then I continue on by making my daily green smoothie. I drink this for my “second breakfast” around 10-11am. What do I put in? Check it out below:

Everything is organic:

2 cups Coconut water

splash Kefir

1 Banana

handful Frozen blueberries

1 inch Cucumber

scoop of avocado

handful Spinach

1 tablespoon Chia seeds

1 tablespoonFlax seeds

1 tablespoonHemp seeds

1 teaspoon Reishi mushroom powder

1 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder

1 teaspoon Shatvari powder

1 tablespoon Collagen

1 tablespoon Spirulina

Sometimes a dash of coconut oil

A handful of nuts if I remember

Blend extremely well otherwise you’ll get the seeds / nuts pieces.

Coconut water – Nature’s form of electrolytes. In emergency situations, people have used fresh coconut water as an IV to replenish electrolytes. https://draxe.com/is-coconut-water-good-for-you/

Kefir – is a delicious yogurt drink that’s lactose free! It has friendly bacteria to help your gut digest food properly. https://draxe.com/kefir-benefits/

Banana – Full of potassium and makes your smoothie creamy and a little sweet.

Blueberries – High in antioxidants and lots of vitamins. I like that they don’t have seeds and are easy to blend (and not bother my belly).

Cucumber – an alkaline vegetable that is cooling, delicious and full water!

Avocado – A fruit that’s high in over 20 vitamins and minerals! They’re also high in fat, monounsaturated fat, which is good because it helps to lower bad cholesterol and keeps you feeling full longer. A little bit goes a long way. AND it makes your smoothie nice and creamy

Spinach – has so many health benefits, I wouldn’t be able to name them all. The great news is that you literally don’t taste it in your smoothie.

Chia Seeds – Rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein and various vitamins and minerals. 1 tablespoon goes far enough, otherwise they make your smoothie too thick. https://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/

Flax Seeds – Also high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, iron, potassium. Great for healthy skin & hair. https://draxe.com/10-flax-seed-benefits-nutrition-facts/

Hemp Seeds – Great balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes cardiovascular health. Full of protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and many more vitamins & minerals. https://draxe.com/7-hemp-seed-benefits-nutrition-profile/

Reishi Mushrooms- Helps boost the immune system, aids in inflammation, liver disease, fatigue, autoimmune disorders. There’s so much more – check this out for more info: https://draxe.com/reishi-mushroom/

Ashwagandha – An adaptagenic herb known to help improve thyroid function and adrenal fatigue. https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-proven-to-heal-thyroid-and-adrenals/

Shatvari – An ayurvedic herb known to support the reproductive and digestive systems. Learn more: https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/shatavari/

Collagen – Improves skin and hair, repairs joints, helps you keep your youth – in terms of wrinkles and cellulite. https://draxe.com/what-is-collagen/

Spirulina – this blue-green algae grows in Hawaii – detoxes heavy metals, eliminates candida, prevents cancer, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and so much more! https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/