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A fun and unfiltered blog created to share life experiences and advice from yogi practitioners in and outside of Bindi Yoga.
Michelle
5:03 pm

Welcome to the World Bindi Yoga!

Hello Yogis!
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Last month, Bindi Yoga celebrated it's 5 years of being open to the Lynnwood community. Whew! Time flies when you are having fun...but really...it is fun! I like to think of my job as the best job in the world. I tell my students all the time that some of the reasons why I love what I do is because I do not have to wear makeup, I do not have to wear shoes and I get to wear comfy clothing all day. Who wouldn't want that right?! Not only that, but I get to help others achieve something for themselves...finding their true selves, acceptance of who they are and bringing positivity into their lives...or at least that is what I strive for :)


Susan and I wouldn't have created this space for yogis to practice in if we didn't think it could survive. And it has, and it continues to thrive with energy, passion, love and devotion.
 
I wanted to sit down and chat with Susan a little bit on where we are, where we were, and where we see ourselves for the future. We want to share this with you so that you can understand why we are where we are now.

Q: Susan, from the first year to the second year, what were your hopes for Bindi Yoga?
A: "You mean besides being able to pay rent!? Haha! One of the main goals I had in starting the studio was trying to figure out the best heating situation for the hot room. If students do not know, we have had a heck of a time trying to figure out the best heating method without breaking the bank. We first tried the heat that was already installed in the building. That didn't last long because it wasn't able to produce enough heat to fill the room. Then we tried an infrared heating system. It worked better, however the heat was concentrated in only certain parts of the room and we had a difficult time trying to maintain heat in between classes. We finally found what we needed with what we currently have...heated radiant panel heaters. The best thing about these panels is that it keeps it very consistent in temperature throughout the room. Therefore, "hot spots" are lessened and everyone is getting primarily the same heat."

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Q: What other things were you considering in your first to second year?
A: "Well, I was teaching a lot of the classes when we first opened. Because of that, staying hydrated and taking care of myself was difficult. So that was one thing was to make sure I got enough fluids in my system so I could teach! The other thing I was really wanting and needing at Bindi Yoga was to create a community. A community that could walk in each day, have friends to talk to, have students that wanted to engage in conversation with one another...a place that people felt like the belonged! Over the years, this community has gotten stronger and stronger and this is like a second home to me."

Q: What are your plans for the next five years?
A: "In the next five years, I plan to grow within the studio with the students and teachers. We want to add a ton of more classes with different styles so that students can choose from a wider variety of classes to deepen their mental and physical yoga journey. I also want to see more workshops at Bindi Yoga and retreats. We love hosting retreats!"
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Q: What did you get from Bindi Yoga that you didn't expect to receive over the years?
A: "I really did not think that I have gain so many new friendships! A lot of my friends are at Bindi Yoga and I feel so blessed to have met such wonderful people! I also gained a job that I am always happy to come to. Some jobs in the past that I have had make me drag my feet to work. Going to Bindi is exciting for me! Lastly, I would like to say that I am FINALLY living my passion. I did not think that being in the yoga world as a studio owner would be so fulfilling...and it is!"

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Susan and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your outstanding enthusiasm and devotion to Bindi Yoga! We are so incredibly excited for the next five years ahead and are ready for the future of the yoga community!



-Namaste
Susan and Michelle

Michelle
5:15 pm

A New Year for New Beginnings.


   As the new year approaches, there is something within us that compels us to try something new, be daring and courageous! That is what the new year is about right? Or maybe it is about detaching ourselves from the previous year and looking forward. It could be a little bit of both or neither...what do you think?

   To me, it is both. This is a time of the year to start reflecting on the past year, remembering the good, the bad, the mistakes, the achievements, and the people along the way. But it is also a time to let go of the past and move forward and onward. It is a time to try something you haven't done before, explore the world even if that is just within your backyard, and even pursue higher understanding or education in something you have always wanted to excel in. 

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   In our yoga practice, we are taught to let go of attachments. Wether that be people, places, things, poses, etc. to bring forth true happiness and freedom. All this means is that we set an intention, we go through the motions and then we let it go once it is over with regardless of the outcome. Detachment has made my life a lot more fulfilling in several ways. For example, I have always had a very competitive side to myself. A couple summers ago I competed with my horse in a dressage competition and lost big time. It was embarrassing and I was so caught up in how bad I did that I didn't let myself detach from that loss and continued the rest of the season poorly. Not only in my riding capabilities but my behavior towards competing with my horse in general. It wasn't until our very last competition of the season that I let all of the previous horse shows go and detached myself from everything that we had done that season, that I felt proud and happy with the outcome. It felt amazing and I have no clue why I hadn't detached myself from those previous horse shows sooner! But it happens, and we forget to detach and move onward and forward. So, I pledge that we do just that in the new year. We remember last year but we take a deep inhale and exhale and let it be what it is.


   In every new year, there comes a new you. I am not saying this to be cheesy (even though it really sounds like it!) but it CAN be true if you LET it be true! The new year is supposed to be refreshing, a new page, a new chapter...is that how it will be for you this year? Maybe so, maybe not. But take a look within yourself and think, "What do I want out of this year for ME?". Have you ever wanted to try skydiving, a new form of yoga, writing a book, going back to school? Then do it! YOU are the only one in YOUR way! 

   Think about what the new year means to you, that is all I ask. You have read what my new year thought process is but now it is your turn to find the tunnel for your New Year New You light to shine through.

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Namaste Yogi Friends and Happy New Year!
-Michelle Marshall



Michelle
1:00 pm

Find Yourself With Us: The Birth of Bindi Yoga

Greeting Yogis!
                                                
For those of you that do not know me, my name is Michelle Marshall, co-owner of Bindi Yoga. I was born in Washington state in 1988 which makes me currently 27 years old. I was raised by my mother Susan (who teaches yoga like me) and my father Gary (who doesn't do yoga but I still love him!). I attended a normal school with normal friends and lived in a normal neighborhood.

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So exciting right? At this point you are probably thinking this is another boring blog by a 20 something year old yoga girl that thinks she can write. You would be correct. Except the boring part of course! I have never been the type of girl to have the best introductions into anything and can get nervous about new endeavors just like anyone else. But this journey into the blogging world has been something I have dreamed of entering into for years now, and I think I can do it if you have faith in me...so here I am world!

So what is this blog supposed to be about anyways? Why should other people read the stuff that I and other yogis write on here?

This blog was created to be  fun and unfiltered, deeply rooted yet light and easy to read, experience and advice writing space. Writers will come from those at Bindi Yoga and outside the studio willing to open up and let out their shit. Yes I said it. SHIT. When I say shit, I mean it in two different ways. The good shit that we inhale and the bad shit that we exhale. This is a place for myself and other fellow yogis to write about the good and the bad so that we can share with others that can reflect and learn from us. This is not a place for anyone to vent, let me make that clear. It is a place for reflection and insight. This is also a place to get awesome yoga advice and to create the healthiest and most fun and active way to live in the pacific northwest (If you know me well, I have a lot to say on health and happiness!).

So let's start with a little bit more about me so that you can get a glimpse on my yoga journey shall we?

Not that long ago I started my yoga journey. When I was in high school, I decided to take a few yoga classes here and there with my mother. We started taking classes at a local hot yoga studio and I ended up there close to everyday to get my yoga fix. I was hooked! I couldn't get enough of the heat, and I loved how I felt after each class. I started thinking that I could live and breathe yoga everyday for the rest of my life. And I did just that.

So let's skip ahead. Basically the short version of my journey was:
1. I fell in love with yoga.
2. I figured out how to become an instructor.
3. I went to training. Susan and I received our 200hr RYT through YogaWorks.
4. BAM! I was certified (and terrified for the next step!)

Now, we had two options: Work for someone else or work for ourselves. It is really hard for us to be led and so we knew we wanted to lead the project on building our own little Lynnwood, WA yoga studio. There was a deep fire burning inside of us to build this baby up from the ground that we couldn't ignore. We also wanted a space that students could come to that wasn't going to cost them an arm and a leg. One of the reasons I didn't get the chance to practice as much as I wanted to during teacher training was because the dues of being a studio yogi were too freakin' high! Paying $100+ per month to take classes was not tangible for me for most of my life. I kept thinking that yoga was for everyone...well except it is only for everyone if you have more then a little bit of cash. Let me step back for a minute and tell you that I know I could have practiced at home and paid close to nothing for YouTube videos or DVDs. But if you are a yogi, you know that having an "at home practice" can be extremely hard to find. I still have a hard time hunkering down and getting rid of distractions to practice at home and I have been practicing for over 10 years! So for those of you suffering to find an at home practice, I feel ya!

Let's get back on track. Susan and I wanted to develop a plan and a space that more students could grow their yoga practice without the financial pain of heavy monthly dues. I still remember the day we FINALLY found the ground zero for our studio. As soon as we walked in, we didn't need to be shown around. I think we both knew that this was it and we started planning where walls would go up, what colors we were going to use and just about everything else. Within months our studio was up and running with a full schedule, amazing instructors and the beginning of a long term business partner in crime.

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This is now a huge part of my life that has given me many ups and downs over the past almost five years we have been in business. I basically live at the studio and breath yoga everyday. So now what you may ask. Well, this blog...

Ever since Bindi Yoga (Fun fact: Bindi was the name of Michelle's pit bull!) opened in 2011, I have always wanted to find more ways to give back to our yoga community for all they have done for Susan and I. My intention with this blog is to not only educate but to reflect on the teachers, yogis and the world around us. The journey of others can be very insightful for our own wellbeing. If we can listen to the underlying messages from others own "shit", then maybe we will be able to listen to the insightful messages in ourselves that we sometimes hide and bury away forever.

CONCLUSION OF THE MOMENT: YOUR LIFE IS EVER EVOLVING THANKS TO THE PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT FADE IN AND FADE OUT OF YOUR LIFE EVERYDAY. LISTEN TO THE MESSAGES THAT ARE UNDERNEATH IT ALL!

Come with me on my blogging journey to connect yourself with others in/out of Bindi Yoga to discover and reflect on their experiences, advice and views on just about everything yoga and not yoga related. Let's free ourselves of the shackles that hold us down from really diving into ourselves and discover a whole new person from within! Gain some wisdom and of course have fun with us!

A new blog for yourself...a new you to discover.


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-Namaste Friends

Michelle
5:51 pm

Welcome to Bindi Yoga, Lynnwood


Thank you for visiting our blog page!

Our blog will be active starting November 2015 so stay tuned!


-Namaste