Expressions of Health Blog
"Videos, Motivations, and Other Positive Stuff"
  1. Namaste and Thank You (Final Yoga Class)

     

    As most of you know, last night (11/20/2013) was our final yoga class UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  We emphasize this because at this point we are not certain when our classes will resume.  As we navigate various opportunities and situations in our lives, we will certainly keep you informed of our plans.  Please keep in mind that our healthy wellness retreats WILL continue to be available and we urge you and your friends/family to contact us to create your very own customized group retreat that may include massage, yoga, reiki, and reflexology.

    We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each and every one of you that have participated in our yoga classes and let you know how immensely proud we are of the progress that you’ve made.  We urge you to maintain your yoga commitment in our absence and look forward to keeping in touch with you until classes are able to be resumed.  Most importantly, we wish you all the peace, joy, and light this Universe has to offer.

    Namaste,

    Martha and Jeff

  2. Check Out Trailer for New “YogaKids” TV Show!!

    We want to share with you the trailer for YogaKids: The Magical Garden.  This is the pilot for a new children’s TV show that we supported through its Kickstarter campaign and we think will be fantastic.

    Here is the link:

    http://youtu.be/kcBFem7CrMQ

    Please share!  The more people that see this, the better!

  3. CHARITY YOGA EVENT – 3/24/2013

    
    
    "SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY" - SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013 
    
    We are thrilled to announce a very special charity yoga event 
    on Sunday, March 24 from 4-7 pm at Expressions of Health in 
    Oscoda.
    
    The evening will begin with a 2-hour yoga class based on the 
    theme of "Spirit of Community".  The class will incorporate 
    postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), and meditation. 
    NOTE - THIS CLASS IS GEARED TO ALL LEVELS OF YOGA.
    
    We will follow class with a wonderful vegetarian meal that 
    we will provide.
    
    Suggested donation: $20 with 100% of all proceeds donated 
    to the Oscoda High School auditorium renovation project 
    spearheaded by Scott Heinrich and Giuseppe Canale of Northeast 
    Academy of Dance.
    
    We have room for just 10 people and we expect this to 
    fill up quickly.  Please email (jeff@spriggles.com) or 
    phone (989/739-5498) ASAP to reserve your spot!!
    
    
    
    
  4. Modified Sun Salutation

    Here’s a gentle, modified sun salutation that will provide a wonderful “awakening” to both your mind and body.  Try and do it each morning.  Enjoy!

    Namaste.

     

  5. Free Yoga at the Library (09/28/2011)

    The Robert J. Parks Library in Oscoda will be hosting a FREE YOGA CLASS on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The entire community is welcome to attend this beginner class that will utilize a gentle, slow-flow style to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and peace of mind. This class is accessible to all age groups and levels of fitness.

    It is recommended that you bring your own yoga or exercise mat (there will be a limited supply available), water, and eat only a light meal no later than one hour before class.  The class will be taught by Martha and Jeff Gottlieb of Expressions of Health.

    So gather your friends and family and join us for this exciting free event.  For more information, contact the Robert J. Parks Library at (989) 739- 9581 or Expressions of Health at (989) 739-5498.

     

  6. Balancing Our Options

     

    Expressions of Health motivates you to practice your basic balance postures and offers you tips to be successful.  We hope you enjoy this short video and please let us know what other exercises, postures, or topics you are interested in.

    Namaste,  Martha and Jeff

     

     

  7. YOGA ON THE BEACH – FREE!!

    WHEN:  Saturday, July 23 @ 7:00 a.m.

    WHERE: Oscoda Beach Park

    WHAT: A 45-minute beach yoga class geared to beginners but open to all ages and fitness levels.  And all are welcome to stick around and join us afterward for some fun water and beach exercises!

    WHO: Open to the entire community

    WHAT TO BRING:  Friends, family, a towel, a smile, and lots of enthusiasm!

    ****Donations will be accepted for the Loaves and Fishes community lunch program and the Oscoda Kids Backpack program****

     

  8. No Excuses!

     

    This comes from our friend Porsche Fischer, founder of Lifesource Yoga in northern Ohio.  We thank her and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


    The most common excuses for avoiding yoga  are “I’m not flexible”, “I’m too old”, or “I’m out-of-shape”, to which the obvious reply is “Well, that’s exactly WHY you need to come to yoga!”.

    The ability to practice yoga is not determined by the size and shape of your body, any more than it is determined by your race, gender, or income.  Just as it’s not how much money you have that matters, in the end it’s what you do with that money that counts, it’s not what your body looks like that matters, in the end – it’s what you do with your body that counts.

    The journey of yoga starts with a single step and can last a lifetime. The first step is to start taking better care of yourself.  Every time you come to yoga you get stronger, calmer, and a little bit more flexible.  The true power of yoga is in the realization that these physical accomplishments on your mat do translate to an increase in emotional self-confidence off of your mat.  The respect and acceptance you develop for your body during yoga will eventually lead to an increase in the amount of respect and acceptance you have for yourself and others off of your yoga mat.  Stop judging yourself and you will stop judging others.  Stop judging others and you will become calmer, more relaxed, and happier. You really DO deserve to be happy.  No more excuses, take the first step.

     

  9. “I Am Another Yourself”

    This is a link to a beautiful explanation of a traditional Mayan greeting that celebrates the wisdom that “I am you and you are me.”  It is much the same as “Namaste” in East Indian culture.  Remember, when we live the reality of unity, abundance, and wholeness, there will be unity, abundance, and wholeness!