Thursday, November 29, 2012


CONTRIBUTED by Catie Jarvis
Vinyasa Flow MON 12-1pm & FRI 715-830am

In Southern California, the change in season means a number of things... changes in temperature, less bathing suits, more sweaters. It gets dark earlier, people seem more busy, energy wanes with the holidays and waxes with the new year when we set new goals and go off to achieve them. But one thing that is missing in SoCal is any significant shift in the color. The ocean and sky are still blue, the palm trees are still green.
After having lived on the east coast for most of my life, this lack of change in the colors of the world always feels a bit strange to me. In New England, the colors of fall and winter are so significant in your understanding of the passing of one season to another. They affect you! One day there is green, then suddenly there is yellow, orange, red. Things change to brown and white. There is a fading as we move from one year into another. A lull, a hibernating. Then there is regrowth that is so apparent. It is magical to see the world turn back to life, from brown to green once again. It is important, I think, to have these colors be a part of our experience. Just seeing these different colors when we step outside brings certain feelings, thoughts, and energies to our lives.
Colors can affect your emotional and physical state. Each color has a unique vibration that can influence how you feel. Chakras, or energy centers in the body, have specific colors that relate to different parts of the body and aspects of the self. Wherever you are, it can be helpful to take control of what colors you are surrounding yourself with and why. If the world around us here in LA is staying consistent with its colors, maybe we need to take it upon ourselves to bring the colors that we need into our lives.
Here are some notes on what certain colors can bring...
Red will energize, inspire activity and movement, help passion, be powerful and stimulating as well as grounding. Red is associated with the root chakra, at the base of the spine. It can be too much for a person who is feeling anxious, but for someone who needs to be energized it would be a strong element to ad. Thinking of painting your exercise room? Maybe red is just the color. In Feng Shui, red is connected with luck.
Orange feeds happy, joyful, social emotions. Orange can be great to inspire creativity, the sharing of ideas, positive energy, and self confidence. It governs the sacral chakra in the lower abdomen and is a great emotional stimulant.
Yellow inspires intellectual clarity, organization, clear thinking, and helps us connect to our mental self and our self worth. It is a color of logic, of the left side of the brain. It great for productivity, but not as much for restful, or calming spaces and places. Yellow is the color assigned to the solar plexus chakra, situated below the ribs.
Green is balance. A perfect combination of restful and energizing. Green is the color of outdoors, calm and active at the same time. Green brings balance and harmony, healing, and rejuvenation. It is the color of the heart chakra and allows us to give love to others and to love the self.
Blue is cool and calming. Think rest, peace, and loving kindness. It is the color of the throat chakra and can relate to communication and truth. Blue can be great for invoking a meditative atmosphere. Thinking of creating a yoga space or buying a new mat, think blue. Thinking of a place to go to meditate, try that big blue ocean! Blue can reduce blood pressure and soothe one to sleep.
Purple/Indigo is very a spiritual color. A color full of richness in inspiration, intuition, and trust. Indigo is associated with the third eye chakra between the brows which connects us to our inner self, and our inner connection to the universe around us. Purple or Violet relates to the crown chakra at the top of the head where we find our “divine inspiration”, our connection to creativity and spirituality.
The more you understand how colors can affect you, the more you can control what kind of energy you choose to surround yourself with. You might consider painting your workout room a new shade, bringing new colors into your wardrobe, your accessories, your eye-shadow, your artwork, your yoga mat, your life. Take a moment to ask yourself what colors you would like to bring into your life as we move into the winter season!

Monday, November 19, 2012


this rings true on so many levels
pretending you know what you are doing
generally leads to you learning & actually knowing what you are doing
the spark of excitement to learn!

does it not come from not knowing?
being intrigued by the unknown?

do you make it a priority to challenge yourself?
have you ever noticed how your interests tend to shift with time?
on to the next.........

i have discovered that my drive & dedication to educating myself comes from the fear of being stupid or ignorant.  having said that i have to take a deeper look at my actual interest.  yes, i want to learn about the unknown but what & why do i invest more time in other topics

proving a point it far different than passion

what do you do for survival?
meaning: your source of income?
is it to pay the bills or do you love what you do?

most people become interested (possibly) in their jobs because they have to, for survival
there are a handful of us that happen to LOVE what we get to do everyday & are amazed that we get paid to do so.

ponder that.....necessity or passion?

if necessity, so be it.  BUT do you make time in your life for excitement?
fishing is an example that comes to mind right away, since i listen to way too much country music
if you pay your dues during the week, treat yourself.
what do you do that you can lose yourself in? hours seem like minutes?

for me, my learning & investment in my work tends to overflow into my personal life because i enjoy what i do so much.  NOW i am trying to be more adamant about relaxing into my passions or finding things to indulge in.

the unknown is so exciting.........
none of us like to look like we are the newbie. 
be brave, walk into the unknown & pretend that you know what you are doing until you do! 

HERE IS A LITTLE SECRET: most people don't know what they are doing so it is OK to admit that you are learning.  Everyday is a new lesson if you allow yourself to absorb the discomforts & challenges.

Monday, November 12, 2012

keep it moving on prop 37

I kinda want to SLAP this guy

i was watching a informative movie the other night, thanks to a very positive influence (wink).
in this documentary "DIRT" a very inspiring story was told about a humming bird.
the premise was:
 no matter your size, if you do the best that you can, you will eventually have an effect.  
be passionate & powerful with your life's purpose.

PROP 37 did not pass
i believe largely to the lack of knowledge & the forceful nature of Monsanto & other powerful "influencial", unhealthy powerhouses that brainwash


1. Buy 100% organic, if more people do this the more available these products will be & could lead to an eventual drop in price.

2. Check the packaging

Purchase organic foods that ARE labeled NO GMO VERFIED, to promote the companies that are willing to admit what is in their foods.

Choose other brands that support this action & remember if it isnt labeled you could be ingesting questionalble ingredients

3. Download the APP - ShopNoGMO

4. Scope these ways to avoid Genetically Modified Foods - STEER CLEAR
  • Soybeans - Gene taken from bacteria and inserted into soybeans to make them more resistant to herbicides
  • Corn - There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium.  There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide.
  • Rapeseed/Canola - Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to herbicide.
  • Sugar beets - Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.
  • Rice - Genetically modified to resist herbicides; not currently available for human consumption, but trace amounts of one GM long-grained variety may have entered the food supply in the USA and Europe.
  • Cotton - engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient in vegetable oil and margarine.
  • Dairy - Cows injected with GE hormone; possibly fed GM grains and hay.
  • Aspartame/AminoSweet - Addictive and dangerous artificial sweetener commonly found in chewing gum and "diet" beverages. A building block of aspartame, the amino acid phenylalanine, is usually manufactured with the aid of genetically modified E. coli bacteria.
  • Papayas - have been modified to fight off the ringsport virus.
  • Farm Raised Salmon - are administered antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock.
 5. Recognize fruit and vegetable label numbers.
  • If it is a 4-digit number, the food is conventionally produced.
  • If it is a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM. However, do not trust that GE foods will have a PLU identifying it as such, because PLU labeling is optional.
  • If it is a 5-digit number beginning with a 9, it is organic

6. If you are a meat eater ALWAYS choose grass fed beef.

7. Shop locally, eat seasonally.

8. Be a rock start, grow it on your own!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012


can you believe it!?


-Fuel band trails: how much fuel can you earn per class?
compete with class mate or work toward your personal best!
Have you experienced a NIKE FUEL BAND yet?

-Nike shoe trials: the newest most innovative training shoe
see for yourself why we stress the importance of a training shoe vs a running shoe in the gym

Please join us for the grand re opening of The YogiLOFT

for each NTC class we offer thurs & including our TEAM NTC free class wed we will be raffling off a pair of sneaks & 
one lucky client will receive a WHITE ICE FUEL BAND for their very own!

from 630-9pm we will be having an ALPHA/YOGI mixer of sorts downstairs & in the courtyard
please come bring your friends especially if you cannot make it to a free class that day!
meet our new instructors, even get special offers on packages for this ONE DAY ONLY

full schedule starts NOV 15th
for the LOFT the free classes continue until the 22nd!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

the importance of HONESTY

to be a woman that always gives others the benefit of the doubt
i tell you, those that require a 3rd or 4th, will always leave you chasing them
you will always be sticking up for their mistakes
it takes the positive light & energy from your heart
these people will move on to someone else to make excuses for them
they will be ok spending there lives lying & juggling those lies
they will always find someone to give them one more chance
so why would you give away your positivity & trust to a person that is taking your generosity for granted?
there are plenty of people that deserve your love.  
they deserve your elegance, intelligence, kindness & attentiveness

i am learning to make better choices
share my time & life lessons with other kind patient people
detach with love
 love without limits when its right
catch myself with the first excuse
notice the red flags when they are waving in my face

i will always carry my head held high
knowing that i have always had the best interest at heart
i have loved beyond my limits 
and will learn with so called friends & mates that everything is not always as it seems