Change your brain wave patterns – Meditation Sun 27th April

Join us this coming Sunday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m. at the studio for another session of mindful meditation led by Ray Rivera. This is a one hour session where Ray guides us through mindful meditation by first watching a video clip, discuss and practice the meditation.

This session is open to everyone – beginner to experienced – bring your sits pillow and happy smiling face. See you on Sunday!

Below, find an excerpt from Lumosity about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction:

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns.

What is MBSR?

Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation techniques that have been practiced in some form or another for over two millennia. The 8-week MBSR program still follows some of the same principles of the original Buddhist practice, training followers to focus a “spotlight of attention” on different parts of their body. Eventually, it is hoped, practitioners learn to develop the same awareness of their mental states.

In the last 20 years, MBSR and a similar practice called mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been included in an increasing number of healthcare plans in the developed world. Some studies have shown that these practices can reduce distress in individuals with chronic pain and decrease risk of relapses into depression.

In this study, Brown University researchers wanted to investigate whether MBSR could have a broader application beyond the clinical realm. Could MBSR impact the alpha brain waves that help filter and organize sensory inputs, improving attentional control?

Study design

Researchers divided the study’s 12 healthy adult participants into two groups: a test group that underwent MBSR training for 8 weeks, and a control group that did not. After 8 weeks, a brain imaging technique known as magnetoencephalography (MEG) was used to measure alpha wave patterns in participants.

While hooked up to the brain scanning equipment, participants felt taps on their hands and feet at random intervals. On average, those who trained with MBSR demonstrated faster and greater alpha wave changes in response to these taps. These alpha wave surges indicated that participants were better able to quickly focus attention on the relevant body parts.

How alpha waves affect cognition

Alpha rhythms help filter irrelevant sensory inputs in the brain. Without proper filtering, the ability to carry out many basic cognitive operations can be crippled.

Imagine the simple task of backing a car out of the driveway. In order to reach the street safely, you must hold your destination in mind while steering and ignoring distractions from every modality: news on the radio, children playing at the end of the block, an itch on your foot, the glare of the sun in your eyes. Most people filter out these distractions subconsciously — but should irrelevant stimuli distract you, backing out can become a difficult ordeal.

This Brown University study is in line with other research on meditation, confirming previous findings that link enhanced attentional performance and fewer errors in tests of visual attention with meditation. While it’s still too early to declare meditation a cure-all for everything from attentional control to chronic pain, it’ll be fascinating to see what future research uncovers about this millennia-old tradition’s impact on the brain.

Ashtanga is back Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Starting this week we will be offering a super fun and challenging Ashtanga class led by Jonathan (certified Ashtanga teacher) who has also been studying a Ashtanga/Martial Arts variation of this yoga and he can’t wait to teach us!

The classes are about 75 minute to 90 minutes long, every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for an indefinite time. All current Bikram Yoga Studio members can take this class as part of their membership package, non-member fee is $10 per class.

See you on the mat!


Jonathan in Front – Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Meditation Hour – Sunday 30th Mar @ 11a.m.

I am sure you tried meditation before. You sat down and closed your eyes, focused on your breath and tried to let go of all thoughts. Next thing you know, more and more thoughts were flying through your head, you started your laundry list of to-do’s and then your legs fell asleep and it went downhill from there…

Experience and find out how simple (not easy, but simple) meditation can be and what huge benefit it can have for your day to day happiness. The meditation practice will be lead by Ray Rivera, a long time yoga student and Mahayana Buddhist practitioner.

Meditation affects you in many ways, you will gain better focus, have less anxiety, improve your memory can become more creative and compassionate.

Research has shown that meditation is linked to larger amounts of gray matter in the hippo-campus and frontal areas of the brain. More gray matter in your brain can lead to more positive emotions, longer-lasting emotional stability, and heightened focus during daily life. Meditation has also been shown to diminish age-related effects on gray matter and reduce the decline of our cognitive functioning.

For a primer you can check out this video – All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

Bring your favorite sits pillow, chair or cushion for a one hour Zen Meditation practice. See you Sunday!


Juicing/Blending Demo Sunday March 23rd, 2014

Still staying true to your new years resolution for great health?Green Juice
Join us to learn how easy it is to create delicious, refreshing, detoxifying juices, using slow and fast juicers. Using seasonal ingredients like kale, beets, sweet potato, ginger and much more. You’ll be amazed how easy and delicious it is to make great juice at home.
We’ll be doing a one hour demo explaining techniques and tips for creating yummy healthy juices. If you have never juiced and been thinking about it, this is the place for you to find out.
Bring your questions about juicing/blending. we’ll help you get the mystery out of it!
Mark the date, this coming Sunday March 23rd at 11 a.m at the yoga studio.

Student of the Month

Adam Loeffler – age 33

Adam in one of his favorite postures, Padagustasana (Toe Stand)

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga?
5 months

What brought you to Bikram Yoga?
Destiny I think… I have 30% disability from the military for back injuries. I saw a video on Facebook about a military parachute jumper who damaged his knees and back severely from jumping out of airplanes and had not been able to walk for 14 years. He started yoga and after eight months he was able to not only walk but also RUN! I was inspired and immediately called the most recommended studio I could find in town.

What have been your greatest benefits from your Bikram Yoga practice?
Bikram Yoga is amazingly targeted for back and posture issues that I unfortunately have. Bikram Yoga has allowed me to regain confidence that I can fix my back after having lost hope.

What has been your toughest challenge?
The toughest part about yoga class has probably been dealing with the heat and the sweat dripping in my ears and eyes haha.

What is your favorite posture/least favorite?
I have many favorites and many that are the opposite of favorites. Toe Stand is probably my favorite and my least favorite is probably Standing Head  to Knee Pose.

Any encouraging words to new students?
No matter how much you sweat and no matter how hard Yoga can seem at times, it WILL get better. All you have to do is keep coming.

I want to thank Beatrice, Donna and all the other instructors that have been there and provide an amazing service for those in need.

Stretch & Strengthen

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
10:00 a.m.

Join us for an hour of Stretch and Strengthen exercise lead by Dory Valentine, yoga teacher and massage therapist.

This class uses a low-impact, stretch and strengthening fitness technique that compliments and brings similar results as Pilates and Yoga. It helps improve your posture; elongates and strengthens muscles, re-balances and tones your body as well as it helps with arthritis and carpal tunnel issues.

Everyday tasks become easier and you’ll have an overall feeling of being stronger with leaner muscles. This class is for everyone, from beginner to athlete.

Cost: Free of Charge, Donations appreciated.

Sunday Jan 05, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. class only

This Sunday, January 5th the studio will be closed in the afternoon. There will only be one 8:00 a.m.  HOT 26 yoga class.

Please join us Sunday afternoon in St. Augustine at the 2013-2014 Florida Regional Asana USA Yoga Championship. The Championship will be held at the Flagler College Auditorium  14 Ranada St. in St. Augustine, FL. Starting at 12:00 noon.

The championship is not so much about competition as it is about yogis showing of their hard work by presenting the best postures they can. This is a great event to get inspired in your yoga practice, to see where yoga can take you, or to just enjoy the beautiful postures practiced by others. Join us and support your fellow yogis in this annual regional event.

Entrance fee is $15 per person. Our studio is one of the event sponsors and has a couple of free Aftontickets on hold so please contact us at 321.749.9642 if you are interested in getting a ticket or want to arrange a shared ride to St. Augustine.

Afton Carraway, US Champion in Scorpion pose




Announcing: 2014 Winter/Spring Schedule

Hello Yogis and Yoginis.

For the upcoming months, we will have a slightly modified schedule starting Wednesday the 01st of January, 2014.

We are excited to now offer 60 minute, non-heated classes based on the Bishnu Gosh lineage of Hatha Yoga. We have placed them on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to come in and try one of these classes. They are fun and challenging and you will still get a great workout.

New Years Day, Wednesday January 1st, there will be 
only one class at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 5th, there will be one class at
8:00 a.m. only.
(4:30p.m. in the afternoon is cancelled)

Changes to the schedule are as follows:

2014 Winter/Spring Schedule








8:00 a.m. Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26
10:00 a.m. Silver
Silver Yoga Silver
Core 40
4:30 p.m. Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26 Hot 26
5:30 p.m. Hot 26 Hot 26
6:30 p.m. Core 30 Core 30

Explanation of individual classes are:

HOT 26
This is the class formerly known as Bikram Yoga. The 26 classic postures and 2 breathing exercises in a heated* room based on the Bishnu Gosh lineage of Hatha yoga. *(heated room is NEVER more than 105 degrees and 40% humidity!)
90 minutes long. Beginners and intermediate.

A series of gentle Hatha Yoga postures specially selected for Seniors, so seniors can safely participate at their level of comfort. (Blocks, Straps provided).
60 minutes long. Beginners class.

30+ flowing Hatha yoga postures based on the Bishnu Gosh lineage of 84 Asanas. This class will be conducted in a non-heated to slightly heated room. (if required)
60 minutes long. Beginners & intermediate.

A fun and challenging class with 40+ Hatha yoga postures based on the 84 classic Asanas of the Bishnu Gosh lineage, practiced in a non-heated room.
75 minutes long. Beginners & intermediate. If you can’t do some postures, it will still be fun to try them!

If you have questions about the new classes, schedule or anything else, please call the studio, we will be happy to answer your questions.

Have a happy New Year everyone and hope to see you soon!

Namaste, Beatrice, Donna, Yvette and Glenn.