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April Challenge

April Challenge

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘yoga’? A young, blonde woman in $90 spandex pants?  An aging hippy with dreads and a faint patchouli oder?  A blissed-out vegan bent into some sort of pretzel shape?  What about a new mom looking to feel more comfortable in her post-baby body?  Or the business person trying to de-stress at lunch?  A marathon runner trying to heal a strained muscle?  A believer looking to deepen a spiritual connection?  An anxious performer trying to calm jittery nerves?

A yoga practice doesn’t have to fit neatly into any box, label or perception.  It’s a completely individual action wherever, whenever, however you chose to practice.  Our Seva community is a beautiful mix of all types of yogis practicing for all types of reasons.  This April, we’re celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of yogis with our Yoga As You Are contest!  We want to see your real-life, ordinary (or extraordinary!) practice as it really happens.

Rules are listed below.  We can’t wait to see you practice AS YOU ARE!

  • Post a picture of you practicing yoga – any time, any place, in your heels, in your jammies, in the studio, in the grocery store, AS YOU ARE in that moment.
  • Mark your pictures using the hashtag #yogaasyouare
  • Each picture (limit one per day) will be one entry in our grand prize drawing!
  • At the end of the month we’ll randomly draw one grand prize winner and two runners-up from all the entries (limit one prize per person).
Camp Seva ALL inclusive Yoga & Adventure Retreat

Camp Seva ALL inclusive Yoga & Adventure Retreat

Do your 2017 goals include more yoga, travel, nature & adventure? Join Melissa for our third annual Camp Seva Retreat! At this ALL inclusive weekend you will enjoy the following:

*Daily yoga and meditation classes.
*High ropes course/Zip Line, SUP (weather permitting) & Horseback riding (Pick 2).
*Brew tasting at Newaygo Brewing Co.
Enjoy local craft beer/cider/wine
*Hammocks are available throughout the weekend retreat for extra relaxation. Want a solo adventure? Take a hike on one of their trails.
*Evening Campfires/Community & Smores
*Well balanced vegan meals will be prepared for retreat attendees. Can provide gluten free options.
*Shared accommodations in Camp Henrys well appointed cabins.

Specific itinerary on YOGA, FOOD and FUN will be provided 1 week prior to the weekend!

When? May 19th-21st
Where? Camp Henry Newaygo, Mi
How much? $349 ALL inclusive
How do I sign up?

sign up

Lets get outside and play!

Free Fridays. Yoga with a View

Free Fridays. Yoga with a View

Free Fridays Yoga SUMMER LINEUP!
Sponsored by Seva Yoga & Grand Rapids Parks and Rec

Bring your mat & tell your friends!
Friday May 12
Downtown GR, Blue Bridge 6:00pm-7:00pm

Facebook event – click HERE

Josh Feister

Josh Feister

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My whole life I had been interested in Eastern Spirituality and its connection to science and a modern scientific worldview, and its claims on being able to master and understand the mind. I was always a lay fan of Buddhism and esoterism until I moved to Grand Rapids. It became clear that I need an outlet to center myself and express myself as a way to balance a stressful work environment. A friend of mine invited me to Yoga at Seva and I haven’t left since.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
No matter how stressed or tense I am, I know I can do something holistically positive for myself on my mat.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana

4.  What do you love about Seva?
The eclectic background and interests of all of the teachers makes every class a new experience.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Willpower, mindfulness and compassion

6.  Favorite Book:
Thought as a system by David Bohm

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Northern Michigan

8.  Food:
No bake cookies

Ashley Bedker

Ashley Bedker

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My mission in life is to live wholeheartedly.  After a traumatic incident, I was in the healing process and learning to love myself.  Yoga was offered at my place of work and it did not take me long to realize what an amazing tool yoga was for my heart journey. 

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I started on a journey for my heart 6 years ago.  Almost 4 years into my journey, I found yoga and realized how well it aligned with my journey and the way I was trying to live my life.  Through trauma, heartbreak, healing, and love my practice stays with me and through my yoga practice my mind, body, and soul are strengthened as one.  Yoga has dramatically influenced my life and my heart awareness.  The people closest to me even recognize now when it is time for me to practice!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
I am a heavily grounded person.  So, any grounding/balancing postures feel like home.  Hip openers are amazing because they help lighten my heart and help me to stop grasping.  So, what better pose is there than Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana?  Root me down and lighten me up at the same time!

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva!!  Life brought me to Seva when I needed a safe place to heal and grow.  Nothing but good vibes and love within the walls of Seva.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Yoga helps lighten my heart and keep me open.  Spending time on my mat helps me live in the present without grasping when I am off the mat.

6.  Favorite Book:
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Lake Michigan

8.  Food:
It is terrible, but ham is my favorite!

 

Betsy Rosenbrook

Betsy Rosenbrook

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
I bought a Groupon!  Like so many people, I first came to yoga for exercise.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I think I’m addicted!  I love the way I feel when I’m done with asana practice!  I come home and feel relaxed, patient, and excited to be in my own life!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
There are so many to choose from!  If I have to narrow it down, I will say virabhadrasana because my heart is open and I feel strong all at the same time.

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva offers a truly genuine space to practice yoga.  The instructors are there to help me be honest with my practice and do what’s best for my body.  They inspire me to challenge myself in a safe and healthy way.
I also love the ambiance of the studio space and the variety of classes offered here.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My practice helps me remember who I really am!  Yoga cultivates strength, balance, and flexibility in my body and all these things extend into my life as a whole as well.  I am a more patient, loving, and accepting person because of my practice.  I feel more grateful and more intentional about my time with my kids, my husband, my family and my friends.  My life is so full!

6.  Favorite Book
Wild by Andrea Strayed  Her journey was so raw and so present!  Reading her story reminds me of the beauty we miss when we go too fast.  I think it might be time to read this one again!

7.  Favorite Place to Visit
I guess my favorite place to go is a little park near my house, Provin Trails.  It’s not far away or exotic but it’s a peaceful place I like to go with my family no matter what season.

8.  Food
I love food!  Seriously, there are very few foods I don’t love!  Beans and rice is a cold weather favorite for me but in the summer I love quinoa salad or fresh fruits and veggies!

Sara Van Horn

Sara Van Horn

1.What originally brought you to yoga?
I started attending yoga classes 4 years ago. I had become an avid runner, participating in a lot of 5k races, and my knees and hips were suffering. It was suggested to me that I do yoga a few times a week to help strengthen my knees and open my tight hips.

2. What keeps you coming back?
The yoga classes I was going to were helping. I noticed a difference in my running. Even my posture and breathing improved! And I met great people at the classes who were all so different. Some athletes like me, others were parents who needed the calming meditative part of yoga. And college students looking to de-stress and older men and women who were trying to stay flexible and healthy. It was great! I thought yoga truly is for every body!

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Half moon (Ardha Chandrasana) is my favorite asana because it is hard for me to do. But the days when I can fully open my hips and keep my balance and breathe I feel so strong and full of light. It makes the days of struggle worth it.

4. What do you love about Seva?
I love the wide selection of classes and teachers to choose from. And I love the community. The people I have met while on  my mat and then reconnected with outside of the studio. These people keep me honest and encourage me in my practice and in my life.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Patience. I admittedly used to be a person who would easily get frustrated, angry or annoyed. Years of yoga practice and calming down my ego have taught me patience with myself and with others.

6. Favorite Book
My favorite book right now is Living your Yoga by Judith Lasater. I love her stories and honesty. It’s been my nightly go to and premeditation guide during my yoga teacher training classes.

7. Favorite Place to Visit
The Rond-a-vue cottage on Lake Michigan during the summer months. Warm sunshine, calming waves and great company!

8. Food
Vegetable Korma…yum!

Kristin Whalen

Kristin Whalen

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Initially I was looking to bring balance into my normally hectic life.  I had forgotten how to just be and that it’s ok to let things be as they are.  Yoga has been my teacher, reminding me that I don’t need to always do.  Sometimes doing nothing…just observing…and letting things fall where they may is better than interceding and controlling.

2. What keeps you coming back?
Now that I have found a greater sense of balance and contentment, I am less quick to react and judge.  I have found a happier, more positive and less stressed perspective.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Side angle pose, for sure. When I can work my way into perfect alignment I feel like I can stretch my spine for miles.  For someone who sits at a desk most days, this is an awesome feeling.  Plus, I love pigeon pose.  It’s the first pose I run to do after a long flight.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Honestly, I got hooked because the teachers have the best playlists and they update them often.  I stay because I have gotten to know them and I love their encouraging style.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My breath. The power of observation.

6. Favorite Book
I don’t really have one at the moment.  Recommendations welcome. 🙂

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Istanbul

8. Food
Veggies. Love them all.

Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
I first encountered yoga years ago when I was studying dance. I came back to yoga looking for a full-body activity that offered some of the physicality of dance. I originally came for the body, knowing there was a mind component; even though I didn’t know what that would entail. I just let the mental and spiritual aspects find me.

2. What keeps you coming back?
For me, yoga provides the link that aligns my ‘animal self’ and my ‘human self’. I am continuously surprised by what my practice does for me in mind, body and spirit. I love the connections that it fosters between people. Having a place where I can ground and find center is vital to me.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana, because it’s the hardest one for me. I was never wired to sit still, so for me to transition from an hour of movement to laying down and letting go is a refreshing challenge.

4. What do you love about Seva?
The people here have been really good to me. Everybody in this life is on a journey; at Seva there is a feeling of mutual respect for one another’s journeys. There is a great amount of energetic space that we create within this physical space.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Greater compassion for myself and others. Also, yoga has strengthened me physically and helped to lessen the pain I suffer due to old injuries.

6. Favorite Book
Aura by Carlos Fuentes

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Pacific Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico

8. Food
Pizza!

Nicole Hensch

Nicole Hensch

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Yoga was an option for gym in high school and I thought “heck yeah, I get to nap at the end!”  Traditional gym was not for me and I loved yoga- I’ve been studying and practicing for almost 10 years now thanks to that yoga option in school!

2. What keeps you coming back?
Yoga has prevented me from reoccurring injuries that I was prone to get as a runner.  Most importantly, it keeps my mind happy.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) because it is really challenging for me and it’s the pose that I have worked on throughout teacher training.

4. What do you love about Seva?
The people!  Everyone at Seva- the teachers, the students and the desk staff are welcoming and knowledgeable.  (Also love the decorating- so inviting-great job Amanda!)

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Practicing yoga gives me a better attitude and outlook on life.  My boyfriend would say that I roll my eyes less when I practice yoga more often.

6.  Favorite Book
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

7.  Favorite Place to Visit
Colombia

8.  Food
Coffee flavored coconut ice cream- I’m actually not sure if it exists, but I can imagine it would be the best food ever.