Happy May from Islands Fitness and Hoss Equine!

What’s new?

This month I took a weekend long sound healing certification with Kirk Jones of  Evolvlove Sound Therapy hosted by Sukha Yoga. It was an amazing experience. I hope to add singing bowls and sound healing to my offerings by this fall.

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Reiki:

I have done 3 of my 20 free sessions. One client has reported deep relaxation that lasted for days after treatment and better sleep since treatment. One client noted pain reduction. The third client immediately purchased a treatment for her mother for Mother’s Day. Through the Spring and Summer Reiki sessions will be done at my home and possibly on the road on a limited basis.

Champlain Islands Candy Lab and Islands Fitness Summer series starts June 16th! RSVP to save your spot, space is limited.

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Hoss Equine at Log Cabin Stables

Lots of lessons going on when the weather cooperates. I am currently at the farm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, along with weekends I am not in a training or at horse shows. I am also there on a very limited basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in lessons please contact me asap since lesson spots book up weeks in advance sometimes.

This past weekend we did a group ride with 3 lovely ladies. For two of these ladies this was a birthday gift. Riding lessons make great gifts. Contact me for options.

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                                                  The smiles say it all!

**I’m looking for morning stall muckers and possibly a groom. Payment for these activities include discounted riding lessons or ride time. I will train the right individual/individuals. **

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We’ll also be at the Champlain Valley Morgan Horse Association Open show and hosting the Saturday Night Gymkhana May 25-26 at the Clinton County NY fairgrounds. Both the horse show and Gymkhana are open to all breeds, but there are some breed specific classes at the horse show.

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I was/am a little bummed about not having so many yoga classes and then I was reminded that this was what I wanted, less classes through the summer. It’s more and more clear that it wasn’t just what I wanted but what needed to happen. I’m needed a lot more at the farm. The business of riding and training horses has been strong and I think trying to do all of the horsey things and all of the yoga things would have been pretty unkind to myself. That doesn’t also mean I won’t miss my Burlington peeps or my Islanders.

I had a baker’s cyst behind my knee that hurt so bad and I could barely bend my knee and so I looked up treatments on the internet. I used it on my knee and it went away pretty quickly. Now I’m using it on my elbow for pain. It seems to be working.

I found this lady and her video on YouTube. Click here to watch it.

She uses Young Living essential oils. You can the buy oils at Young Living. I highly recommend using their oils because they are really good quality oils even though they are pricey.

5 drops of each oil:

Frankincense

Cypress

Copaiba

and then the remainder 15ml bottle is a carrier liquid. I used coconut oil.

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I usually keep this stuff to myself. I try to just put out positivity, not to be inauthentic but, because the world has enough crap out there. This morning another thing was piled on to the mountain of emotions and pain I was feeling. It was a small thing by anyone’s standards, but after that was added my chest started hurting. I felt like I couldn’t take a deep breath. My entire body hurt. I became very sad and anxious and I wanted to drink and just disappear. I don’t remember the last time I felt so lost and miserable. I didn’t drink or do anything to hurt myself but I put myself to bed. After a couple hours I got a text message and was asked to help put the horses in the barn. I helped and then went out to love on my horses a bit. I guess I’ve been so depressed and out of sorts I haven’t even wanted to see them and spend time with them. Anyway I stood with them and let them rub on me and I would rub their necks and shoulders. It wasn’t until I got back home that I noticed that when I was with the horses today was the only times all day that I had some relief from the pain in my chest. The anxiety was still in the background but it was much much less when I was with the horses. I am looking forward to a new schedule that should allow for more horse time.

Why is it so hard to do the things I know will make me feel better? Why is self care so hard when you need it the most?

It’s taken me several months and lots and lots of soul searching, (aka headaches for my husband because of having to listen to me go on and on about what I should and shouldn’t be doing) I have come to the decision to cut back on my yoga classes that I teach. I’m consolidating my classes so they are mostly Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays (Sunday will be for special classes and workshops). Currently I’m spending as much time in the car driving to and from classes as I am actually teaching class.

Hopefully these changes will allow me to spend entire days at the farm for training, lessons, and hanging out with my family. This has been a very bittersweet decision. On one hand I’m going to miss my So Burlington chair yoga crew and my Lund ladies and on the other hand I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my horses and family.

Another change is that I became reiki 1&2 certified in the last two months. Hopefully with the new schedule I’ll be able to offer reiki treatments to people. I’m pretty excited about it.

Send me a message if you’d like to set up a private yoga class or reiki treatment. The first 20 people to email me get a free reiki treatment. I’ve already have a few signed up so you better hurry. 🙂

Islandsfitness@gmail.com

I posted this below on my Facebook page a few days ago and got a pretty big response:

The reason my yoga and other classes are so inexpensive is because I think EVERYONE should be able to do them if they want to. I don’t believe yoga should only be practiced by the wealthy and no one should go broke going to a class. I’d rather everyone feel like they can afford class and feel welcome in my class than have just a couple who can pay more.

You are not getting a lessor experience because you are only paying a few dollars. You are actually getting more because you are in a class with someone who cares so much more about you than the money.

I will say that I am very fortunate to be able to use class space for free basically. I have low overhead and I have another full time job and other side work to pay my bills. I know in some areas independent instructors, like myself, have to pay rent or have to split their income just to have studio space. Those instructors usually have no choice but to charge more. I do feel like the services provided by yoga and other fitness professionals are worth every penny and then some due to the value of what they are providing. I just feel strongly about what I said above.

What do you think? Would you feel like you are getting less because you are paying less? Does this make you value the class less? Or at least make you skeptical about what kind of instruction you will be receiving? I’d love to hear your thoughts.will work for yoga