Beach Chairs We hope these warm summer days are finding you happy, healthy and keeping cool!  Summer is such a great time for exploring the outdoors, catching up with friends and family, enjoying bountiful fruits and vegetables grown right here in Minnesota, and finding some diversion from your regular structured schedule.  If your summer schedule hasn't given you the opportunity to practice in a while, we'd love to see you back at the studio! Its never too late to get back on track and your mind, body and spirit will enjoy getting back into a harmonious rhythm.

If you craving a new direction with your health habits, you might be interested in a first, or a repeat, of a healthy "21 DAY TUNE-UP" for your mind and your body.  The power of doing this together is amazing. If you would like information about this, please email Carole at:
Carole@yogabellastudio.com
 
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Yoga Bella is excited to announce our 5th Annual Nosara, Costa Rica Retreat!  This year, we are expanding to offer two back to back retreats!  Each are one week long. Both will return you back to Minneapolis in plenty of time for all of the Super Bowl 2018 festivities!  Dates are January 13-20th and January 20-27th, 2018.  Click here for complete information.

Look for Sunday classes to return this fall and join us in welcoming new-to-Yoga-Bella instructor Liz Meyer.  A special namasté to you for leading us on this journey of a community centered yoga studio for the last 5 years! Celebrate together September 10th-16th with special events - more details to come :)

Namaste', Denise, Debi and Carole 
How Yoga Changes the Brain
The ancient practice promotes growth in brain regions for self-awareness
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Yoga seems to bestow mental benefits, such as a calmer, more relaxed mind. Now research by Chantal Villemure and Catherine Bushnell of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md., may explain how. Using MRI scans, Villemure detected more gray matter-brain cells-in certain brain areas in people who regularly practiced yoga, as compared with control subjects. "We found that with more hours of practice per week, certain areas were more enlarged," Villemure says, a finding that hints that yoga was a contributing factor to the brain gains.
Yogis had larger brain volume in the somatosensory cortex, which contains a mental map of our body, the superior parietal cortex, involved in directing attention, and the visual cortex, which Villemure postulates might have been bolstered by visualization techniques. The hippocampus, a region critical to dampening stress, was also enlarged in practitioners, as were the precuneus and the posterior cingulate cortex, areas key to our concept of self.

All these brain areas could be engaged by elements of yoga practice, Villemure says. The yogis dedicated on average about 70 percent of their practice to physical postures, about 20 percent to meditation and 10 percent to breath work, typical of most Western yoga routines. Villemure presented the work in November 2013 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.

  Source:  Scientific American Mind, March 1, 2014
Yoga Bella is open Labor Day, September 4th for 9:15 Vinyasa with Denise 
 
Holidays make for a great time to bring a friend!
Watch for upcoming details about Yoga Bella's Fifth Anniversary
September 10-16, 2017!

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