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 May 2014 


One of the few things we can count on in life is change. Yoga teaches us to be flexible and resilient, qualities that - if we are consistent in our practice -cross over into our daily lives so we can take changes in stride. When we practice asanas, we learn to breathe and hold steady in the posture. Our muscles relax but even as they do, they become stronger. We become both flexible and resilient.

The studio has gone through changes recently in our class schedules and teachers. We hope you'll be flexible as we make adjustments to class programs. Remember - breathe and "go with the flow!"

And please tell us: What classes do you want to see left on the schedule? Share with us your ideas for classes and programs.

Speaking of "flow," Tracey Lee Curtis is our newest member of our teaching staff, joining Amy Clary, Samantha Burton, Shannon Dunham, and Theresa Franklin. You can read her bio here.

There have been many studies on the benefits of practicing gigong. The latest research suggests that qigong can help dialysis patients combat fatigue that accompanies their treatments.

It's time to get rid of that dry, dull winter skin and put your best face forward! Join Kendelle Pelot and RX SYSTEMSpf professional Carla Skouby for peels and deals! Read more here.

If you're a beginner yogi looking for a more challenging pose try Gate Pose.

We offer a wide variety of classes and times. Check out our calendar to find something that fits into your schedule or a service to give you a pick-me-up.



Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, CMT
Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT


Feature Article

 featurearticle Go With the (Vinyasa) Flow      

Tracey Lee Curtis is an experienced teacher who first learned yoga as a child, taught by her mother, in the1970s. She became a teacher more than 10 years ago when she began to use yoga for healing.
Tracey has studied with several nationally known teachers, including Scott Blossom, Rod Stryker, and Saul David Raye.

Tracey's teaching style is a blend of vinyasa flow and therapeutic movement. She is committed to growing and learning, both as a student and teacher, and loves to work with both new and experienced students to help them get the most out of their practice.

Tracey will be teaching on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. See the class schedule for times.



skincareGet Your Skin Ready for Summer!  

Be Well Now welcomes
professional Carla Skouby in the house!

It's time to get rid of that dry, dull winter skin and put your best face forward! There will be rockin' door prices, along with a raffle to win a free Enzyme treatment, tons of specials on products and series of treatment.

Pre-pay $20 and receive a peel treatment. Bring a friend and you both receive your peels for $15!

This is for you and all about you...let's have a party! This can be for fun or to understand what makes skin change, how we can't reverse time and how we can keep our skin maintained, bright and healthy with any budget!

There will be samples, super raffle prizes and always-realistic answers to everyday skin issues, along with a treatment that will jump start your skin to protect from summer sun..... LETS DO THIS!

item1Qigong Could Help Hemodialysis Patients

A study published in the April 2014 issue of Complementary Therapies in Medicine suggests Qigong could help dialysis patients cope with fatigue that follows their treatments.

A 6-month non-randomized control trial with six measurement periods was conducted. The Qigong group was taught to practice Qigong three times per week for six months. The control group received usual routine care. Main outcome measure was fatigue, as measured by the "Hemodialysis Patients Fatigue Scale."

A total of 172 patients participated in the study, with 71 patients in the Qigong group and 101 patients in the control group. The results indicated that all patients experienced mild to moderate fatigue. There was no difference between the Qigong and control groups in fatigue at baseline. However, fatigue was lower in the Qigong group than in the control group at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks, and 24 weeks. The results, based on the generalized estimating equation method, showed that fatigue was significantly lower in the Qigong group than in the control group.

The researchers found that fatigue in the Qigong group showed a continuous decrease, which was maintained until the end of data collection at 24 weeks. The study concludes that Qigong presents a potentially effective and safe method to reduce fatigue in hemodialysis patients.

Asana Zone

Gate Pose    
parigha = an iron bar or beam used for locking or shutting a gatet
This is an invigorating side bend that allows us to stretch the side body, expand the intercostal muscles, and deepen the breath.

Considered an intermediate pose, the body resembles a cross beam used for locking a gate.

The blueprint
The yogi kneels on one knee with the other leg extended to the side, bending to the side toward the extended leg with the opposite arm extended and reaching for the extended leg.

How to do it:
If you aren't ready for the full pose, you can start with this simpler version. The full pose follows.
1. Kneel on the floor with ankles and legs together.

2.  Stretch the right leg out to the right, keeping it in line with the torso and left knee. Turn the right foot sideways to right, keeping the right leg stiff at the knee. Try to keep your foot flat on the floor.

3.Inhale, extending the arms and raising them to shoulder height, palms down.

4.Exhale, bending the torso to the right and your right arm down toward the extended right leg. Rest the forearm and wrist on the right shin and ankle respectively, right palm facing up. The right ear will rest on the upper right arm.

5.Inhale, sweeping the left arm over the back of the left ear.

6. If you're a beginner, stay in this position 30-60 seconds. When you're ready to come out of the pose, inhale, reaching through the top arm to raise your torso upright. Exhale, dropping your arms to your sides and bring the right knee back to beside the left. Repeat on the left side.

If you're more advanced, continue into the full posture. From Step 4, sweep the left arm over the head until it meets the right palm and the left ear touches the upper left arm. Hold the posture for 30-60 seconds, breathing normally. To come out of the pose, inhale, raise your torso back up and exhale, bringing the arms down From this position, check your alignment:

  • Make sure the kneecap of the straight leg is pointing toward the ceiling
  •  Keep your left knee directly below your left hip

  • Let the left arm block your sight; rather stretch it past your ear and overhead.
  •  Stretches the sides of the torso and spine
  •  Stretches the hamstrings
  •  Opens the shoulders
  •  Stimulates abdominal organs and lungs
  •  Stretches the pelvic region
  • See modification below if you have knee pain

If there are knee issues that make kneeling impossible or difficult, perform the pose sitting on a chair. Arrange your legs either in front of your torso, with knees at right angles, or stretch one leg out to the side, mimicking the full pose.  


If you can't press your foot of the straight leg flat onto the floor, you have two options: either raise the ball of the foot on a thickly folded blanket, or work against a wall, with the ball of the foot pressed against the wall.


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When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.

~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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 ourclasses Our staff 

Samantha Burton
Amy Clary
Tracey Curtis
Shannon Dunham
Theresa Franklin

Theresa Franklin
Olivia Kelly
Katie Roach
Daniel Sheets
Sarah Smith

Kendelle Pelot

Jerry Whitten

Matt Hawkin

 ourclasses Our classes
Please check the website calendar to confirm class times. Friend us on Facebook for updates and cancellations.

12:30-1:30 pm Hot Yoga 
9:00-10:00 am 
5:45-6:45 pm - Vinyasa 

5:45-6:45 pm
9:00-10:00 am 
5:45-6:45 pm - Vinyasa 


4:30-5:30 - Restorative         
8:30-9:30 am Beginners Yoga
10:00-11:00 am
- Vinyasa

Intro to Yang Tai Chi 
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Intro to Chen Style Tai Chi
6:30-7:30 pm

Adv. Chen Style Tai Chi -
7:30-8:30 pm
8:30-9:30 pm