Southern Om News             Your Oasis in a Busy Day                       May 2017
In This Issue
Monthly Charity Class to Benefit Breast Cancer
Summer Challenge is almost here!
Studio Etiquette: Stay for Savasana
Perkville Rewards
Yin Yoga Offered Monthly
Heart Openers & Backbends with Kristen
Why Lavender towels?
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Check out the all new clothes from great brands like lululemon, Alo and Manduka!

And mark your calendars now for 
June 1 - the start of our annual storewide summer savings event!


May flowers have arrived and while the calendar changes, so do many of our schedules.  Graduations, end of school year events, Mother's Day and Memorial Day all make for a busy month.  Be sure to take time for yourself and your mat so you can keep calm and centered all month long!

And speaking of Moms, remember that gift cards make great Mother's Day gifts!  You can purchase online 24 hours a day, or in person at the studio.  Gift certificates can be used towards classes or anything in the boutique!

For those that are new to our community - welcome!  We are so glad you discovered our studio.  Please introduce yourself to us so we can get to know you better.

There are several special events scheduled for May - we hope you will join us!  And get ready, Summer Challenge starts just one month from today on June 12th!

Yin Yoga will now be held every month on the 3rd Saturday. This month, please join Kristen Albert for a 90-minute Yin Yoga practice on Saturday, May 20 from 6-7:30 pm!  And remember this is now a regular class on the schedule so you can use your monthly membership and class cards!

Join Kristen for a 2-hour exploration of heart opening and back bending postures. She will guide you through a mindful flow, while preparing the body for a variety of backbends. Kristen will discuss the key principles of backbends as well as demonstrate a variety of different
variations and modifications of each posture to accommodate all levels. Sign up online, or at the front desk.  Cost is $30.

This month, we wish you the opportunity to find your oasis and an amazing community of like minded yogis, right here at our studio.

We are so grateful you are here.


Pace & Sarah

MONTHLY CHARITY CLASS TO BENEFIT PROJECT OM: The Yoga Class of One Million To Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Friday, May 12 at 6:45 pm with KAYANNA

Each month, Southern Om selects a charity to donate the proceeds from our popular $5 Friday night Flow class.

This month, we have chosen to partner with Manduka in their ProjectOM initiative.  ProjectOM classes will be offered around the country Mother's Day Weekend to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

"Positive, powerful change needs to start from the ground up. Or, in many cases, from the yoga mat up. That's why Manduka, the industry's most trusted yoga brand, is hosting the world's largest yoga class of one million bodies strong to benefit Susan G. KomenĀ®.
We share the collective goal to do great things - for our bodies, for the bodies of others and for the world." 

Donations of cash or checks made payable to Susan G. Komen will be accepted.  Please consider a donation of $10 or more.

Read  here for more information about this initiative and how you can support our local Susan G. Komen chapter.

Monday, June 12th!

Southern Om is celebrating its 7th Anniversary on June 12 by launching our annual Southern Om Summer Challenge. The SO Summer Challenge is a 70-day challenge designed to get you on the mat on a regular basis this summer with great prizes awarded at the end of the program.
The SO challenge is open to any and all yogis and is free to sign up.  All you have to do is check in and we take care of the rest!  It begins on Monday, June 12th and ends on Sunday, August 20th. At the end of the 70 days, there will be three awesome prizes, depending on how many times you hit the mat. We hope this incentive will serve as an inspiration to take your practice to another level and enjoy both the wonderful health benefits of yoga and your prize!
Practice 70 Times
(7 practices a week)
Receive a T-shirt & 2 Months of Unlimited Yoga!!!
Practice 50 Times
(5 practices a week)
Receive a T-shirt & 1 Month of Unlimited Yoga!!
Practice 30 Times
(3 practices a week)
Receive a T-shirt
* Double dipping is allowed 
(multiple practices in a day)
** Practice must be at Southern Om

PLUS - don't forget you get PERKVILLE points for every practice so it's like getting two prizes at the end of the summer!!!

At the end of each class, students are invited to lay down on their mat for a few moments in Savasana pose.  This is designed to be a quiet, meditative conclusion to your practice (and when you get the coveted cold lavender towel!).

It is the most important posture of your practice and we want you to STAY and enjoy the effects of your practice.   If you must leave a class early, we ask that you please leave BEFORE savasana so as not to disrupt your fellow students from enjoying this time of peace and quiet.

Are you getting all the perks you deserve at Southern Om?

Do you know about Perkville?  This amazing incentive program allows you to earn points that you can put towards yoga, or anything in the boutique just by practicing yoga at Southern Om!  You can even earn points by referring friends or posting on social media about your experience at the studio.  Visit our  website  for more information!

It is easy to get started!  Shortly after your first visit to SO, you will receive an email from Perkville.   Open the email and register using the same email address you gave to SO. 

How to Earn Points:
  • Earn 5 points automatically whenever you attend a class!
  • Earn 10 points when you post about us on Facebook!*
  • Earn 10 points when you Tweet about us!*
  • Earn 20 points by following us on Twitter!*
  • Earn 20 points if you refer a friend to our Intro Special**
  • Earn 30 points by writing a review on a popular website***  
Point Values:

150pts = $15 credit

250pts = $25 credit

500pts = $50 credit

You can use your credit towards anything in the Boutique, as well as yoga classes.

Sabrina Davidson shows off her ProLite Mat that was purchased 100% with hard earned Perkville points!
Yin Yoga now offered every month on the 3rd Saturday of the month
from 6-7:30 pm!
This month, Yin will be offered on Saturday, May 20.
In a Southern Yin yoga class, you will hold a pose for 3-5 minutes. When holding a pose for longer periods of time the practitioner is able to get into the deeper parts of the body, the Yin parts. Tendons, ligaments, and joints are exercised, not stretched and the benefits of Yin are endless. We'll focus on the spine, forward folding, back bending, twisting, and side flexion, as well as the hips. As good as it will be for the body, a Yin practice can be challenging for the mind, because we rest into the poses. You will be talked through each posture and gently guided from one pose to another with more yang like movements to help the continuation of the blood flow to these yin-like places in the body.

This is now a regular class on the schedule.  It will be offered the 3rd Saturday of the month from 6-7:30. 
You can sign up in advance or simply show up the day of the class. Our normal drop in rate of $15 ($12 for students) applies to those without a class card or monthly membership.  Bring a mat, mat towel and water.
Spring 2017
Upcoming Workshops
Take Your Practice to the Next Level!
Heart Openers & Backbends
with Kristen Albert
Sunday, May 21 from 1-3 pm

Symbolically, Spring is a time to bloom. The earth reawakens from winter and explodes with new life. Backbends are a beautiful way to feel more alive! Physically, backbends strengthen the spine, open the
chest for improved breathing, strengthen and release tension in the shoulders and neck, help with postural misalignment, and stretch your abdominal muscles and internal organs. Physiologically backbends stimulate the central nervous system and energize the whole body.
Energetically, they tap into the expansive energy of the heart and can create a sense of lightness and vitality. However, with these emotionally charged postures, vulnerability, fear, anxiety, and a desire for avoidance often surface. Work through this with patience and loving
kindness. When done with the proper alignment, elongation, and intention, backbends can be very empowering and uplifting.

Join Kristen for a 2-hour exploration of heart opening and back bending postures. She will guide you through a mindful flow, while preparing the body for a variety of backbends. Kristen will discuss the key principles of backbends as well as demonstrate a variety of different
variations and modifications of each posture to accommodate all levels. She will explore the balance between effort and surrender, going only to
the depth that allows for elongation, breath, and compassion. This workshop will include basic heart opening postures that we do often in a flow class and work towards more advanced heart opening postures, such as variations on wheel pose and inversions. All levels welcome.

Cost is $30. Bring a mat, towel and water. You may register online, at the Front Desk, or call 329-1114. Payment is due upon registration.
Health & Happiness Tips
Centered On Your Health
What's Up With The Essential Oils Your Yoga Teacher Uses At The End Of Class?
by Charlynne Avery
Courtesy of mindbodygreen.com

There's nothing quite as relaxing as the scent of essential oils at the end of a yoga class. But have you ever wondered why your yoga teacher uses beautifully aromatic oils at the end-and sometimes in the middle of-your practice? After many years of studying and teaching yoga and using essential oils, I have found that like yoga, aromatherapy strives to support the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit.

Aromatherapy achieves its effects through the direct application or diffusion of the volatile oils extracted from plants (essential oils), which influence a strong sense of wellness, a positive emotional state, and mental clarity among several other things.

Combining aromatherapy with yoga greatly enhances your practice, and this duo puts you on an extremely powerful journey toward positive health and wellness.

The following essential oils, which are commonly used by yoga teachers and studios around the world, can help make your yoga practice a much more holistic experience of the mind. 

These are some oils you should know about:

Vetiver, ginger, and patchouli.
These essential oils are grounding and earth-connecting, while sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, and cedarwood are stabilizing, meditative, and centering. All of these essential oils will help with balance and stability in your yoga poses and deep connection within the practice of meditation.

Peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
These oils encourage the flow of energy and self-expression and help you achieve steady, deep inhalations and exhalations. Mastering the breath is as important to successful yoga practice as mastering the poses.

Lavender, geranium, and chamomile.
These scents are calming, relaxing, and support mindful rest-they are commonly used at the end of your practice in savasana.

Bergamot, lemon, and orange.
These oils lend a sense of positivity and joy to your yoga practice.

Neroli, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and rose.
These scents promote transcendence, connection to others, and spiritual expression. You may catch this one mid-practice or during partner work.

Now that you know which scents are used in your yoga classes, consider introducing them into other areas of your life as well. If you find that lavender has an especially calming effect, for example, consider using a few drops before bed. Enjoy!

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