Thursday, September 28, 2017
Are you ready to get away from all the stress? Join us for this weekend retreat at The Abbey Resorts! We will offer yoga all weekend long, vision board, Ayurveda and meditation workshops! You won’t want to miss this. Lodging not included. You may choose to stay at the Abbey or at the many lodges in the area. All levels are welcome to attend.
Dates: May 5 & 6th
Where: Abbey Resorts, Lake Geneva
Did you know Power Edge Yoga offers Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Prenatal and Kids Yoga? Come check out the many classes we offer to fit your schedule and your budget! Ten classes are only $99, good for six month and can be shared with a friend. Join us!
Not only are people affected by hurricanes, so are pets! It is devastating to realize how many displaced pets there are after a storm of this caliber. Power Edge Yoga will match any amount you donate to this cause with a studio credit for classes or teacher training. You can help our furry friends! Simply email your donation receipt to Michelle@PowerEdgeYoga.com to redeem.
About a decade ago I was in a debilitating accident and was told I would live the remainder of my days with limited mobility. Not willing to accept defeat, I began taking yoga classes. My love for yoga grew into becoming a yoga instructor, subsequently opening a yoga studio, and ultimately opening a yoga teacher training school, Edge Yoga School. I offer the most affordable yoga classes and teacher training in town because I want to make it accessible to all. I feel that yoga can still be a but elitist and want to offer a friendlier kind of yoga that most people can do. Needless to say, the doctors were wrong. I made a full recovery by taking charge of my health through yoga. Learn more here!
There is a principal in yoga called ahimsa, it means to do no harm. The idea is to do no harm to any living thing. Most yogis do their best to honor ahimsa when it comes to the people in their life, but what about our furry friends, the animals? Some yogis choose to be vegetarian or vegan because of the way animals are treated at factory farms. Some believe negative energy transfers from the moment of death from the animal to them, and therefore choose not to eat meat. Ahimsa doesn’t stop at not eating meat, it also involves animal testing. One subject that is very near to my heart. Let me tell you my story about animal testing.
When I was seventeen years old and had just graduated from high school, I took a job selling perfume door to door. It was an experience to be sure. In a nutshell, we schlepped our box of “merch” all over town. Sometimes we had to get creative in gaining entry to the employees that had the no solicitation signs. Knowing this, I made my way to an industrial park, just down the street from where I grew up. Most of the doors were locked, but every now and then we would luck out and find a bored employee willing to let us in. On this day, most of the doors were locked, so I decided to get creative and go around back to the service entrance. One of the doors was unlocked and I walked in. I entered the building, rather amused by my ingenuity.
I stopped dead in my tracks. I was overwhelmed by a pungent smell. There it was, a rack, not unlike a rack you might see at a bakery full of tasty donuts and croissants. There were no pastries on this rack, it was full of bunnies. They were being used for animal testing. The rack was pushed off to the side much like you might find a patient left in the hallway waiting for a hospital room. My gaze met one of these bunnies in their eyes. There was sheer terror in his eyes. My heart raced as I quickly darted out of there. The image of that rack of bunnies is as clear now as it was over thirty years ago. This is the reality of animal testing. These helpless souls living in a rack while being subjected to terror, day after day. When I arrived home, my family consoled me and explained that’s just the way it was. That’s what animals are for. They don’t feel pain or they are too stupid to know what is happening. I knew at that moment that it was wrong. Just because something has always been, does not mean it should be.
How can we as people be so compassionate and at the same time so very cruel? As an adult, I choose to buy products that do not test on animals. It can be inconvenient at sometimes. After all, ignorance is bliss. It is easier to not know, just to look away. That doesn’t change the wrong that is being done.
We vote with our dollar. Consider supporting companies that do not test on animals with your patronage. A new awareness has risen. Try to give it some thought the next time you choose between two comparable products. Choose ahimsa.
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Why do I love Facebook? Peeps are often hating on Facebook, so I thought I would take a moment to share why I love Facebook. It is kinda like life, but on a much smaller scale. The people you spend time on will spend time on you.
Relationships I’ve made with friends that live far away have flourished. I now have vacation spots all over the country. I can reconnect with people that were previously in my life and fell away. It is a great social tool to arrange in person plans and parties. I can watch my nieces and nephews grow up, no matter how far away they live. I can show interest in interesting people.
Facebook is kinda like a really fun cocktail party. It is not the place to unload all of your troubles. Facebook peeps are not therapists. Those who need to connect on a deeper level with their peeps may benefit from sending a private message, rather than a public post. Would you just suddenly shout out your woes at a cocktail party? Probably not.
Like anything in life, it is up to you to create the world you want to live in. Want upbeat, positive peeps in your life? Look at your friends list. Do they add joy to your life or drain you with negativity? Choose wisely. Unfollow the haters. Comment on those who inspire you. Inspire someone else. It will all find its way back to you. You receive the energy you put out there. Vibrate at a higher level and you’ll soon surround yourself with those who do, too. ?