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Summer is Here


Summer's Here.
July Special  ---8 remaining classes in the next two weeks!

In July, attend three TriYoga Davis classes per week! Read what our students have said about their experience attending multiple classes per week.

"I attend yoga classes 1-2 times a week and do some flows at home other days as my schedule allows. I find that doing yoga more than once a week has many benefits.  My body seems to be stronger, more flexible and I have less “old age” pain.  The flows and breathing improve much more with multiple classes and I more easily am able to transition to a state of well-being.  After nights when sleep has evaded me, a session of yoga is rejuvenating and provides energy for the rest of the day." -from a student in our Tuesday class.


Read what National Institute of Health reports about doing yoga several times per week.

Register here. $108 for the remaining 8 Classes in July. Come to Kamala's, Kendra's and Rose's classes. You'll feel relaxed, strong and flexible all month long. Your mind and spirit will soar.

Notice the relaxation in action, expansion of body and breath and increased vitality with 8 classes in the next two weeks.

For just one class per week, you may pay $43.50 or use the drop-in rate of $18.

Animals' Health Benefits- Laughter, Calm and More.

In my childhood home we had many animals. Mostly the usual kinds: my brother’s Guinea pigs, a pet rabbit, random fish, birds, and the ever present dogs, and cats. There were also the periodic bummer lambs or calves that failed to nurse, requiring bottle feeding:  farm creatures that passed through our household when my father the veterinarian helped out some farmer who was stretched to the limits and couldn’t manage the neediest of her creatures.
Of all the animals, I felt particular affinity for the cats.
TriYoga teacher Kendra and her purring cat.

There was something about curling up with a purring cat kneading my arm at the end of the day, or waking to the gentle rumble and a paw on the nose reminding me of breakfast time that touched me in ways that the other critters didn’t. No matter the worries of the day I’d find my breath calming as my hand stroked the cat, her purr vibrating into my being.

Today, my husband and I still share our home and garden with several cats, and other random pets that come into our lives in their own ways. Although we have several critters, I’m still most fond of the cats. We don’t have any that like to sit on laps, but they will sit beside us and purr, the gentle rumble vibrating into our beings.

Studies show that having pets and interacting with these creatures that love us unconditionally is good for people. No wonder Goat Yoga classes sell out quickly, and Cat and Dog Yoga is in high demand in areas where it’s offered. People long to be in contact with other creatures, and how can we possibly stay stressed if there’s a goat jumping on our back when in child’s pose, or a dog stretching out beside us on the mat.  

In TriYoga, even without the added creatures in class, I have found similar calm in watching my breath slow, using the complete breath in the kriya, lengthening the exhale in the asana. When I focus on the breath, the calm spreads through my being. Come to one of Kendra's TriYoga classes soon.

TriYoga Instructor Kendra West Williams

Check out these benefits of living with pets:

Or these about animals and yoga:


My joints are inflammed. My knees hurt. Suggestions Please!

Spices can help reduce inflammation. 

Season your food with anti-inflammatory spices.

This article comes fro the Arthritis Foundation Website
Eating foods know to be anti-inflammatory can help joints and muscles feel much better and reduce swelling. Spices are an important part of that type of diet.

Often when prepping a meal, food is the primary focus and spices are, at best, an afterthought. But when following an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce the pain and joint inflammation, researchers say don’t forget about the potential benefits of the spices you use to season your meals.
“The more anti-inflammatory foods and spices you eat, the more you are tamping down chronic inflammation,” explains board certified sports dietitian Kim Larson, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “I think people are often surprised at what a great anti-inflammatory source spices can be.”
Your joints and sometimes other parts of your body become inflamed, and many spices inhibit certain inflammatory pathways in the body. And although a dash of cinnamon on your oatmeal is somewhat infinitesimal, spices can pack a significant punch when you consume a number of them throughout the day.
“If you do a sprinkle of cinnamon in oatmeal or a smoothie, then have some ginger tea
mid-morning and something with pepper and garlic for lunch and dinner it can certainly have an additive effect,” explains Beth McDonald, a nutritionist at The Center for Health and Healing in the Department of Integrative Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. “So with spices – experiment with new recipes and try to incorporate a spice with an anti -inflammatory benefit with every meal.”
With that in mind…here are some spices to consider the next time you are in the kitchen.

Garlic

Garlic is a tasty addition to just about any savory dish. Like onions and leeks, it contains diallyl disulfide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic, therefore can help fight the pain, inflammation and cartilage damage of arthritis.
Opt for fresh garlic from the produce section of your market because preservatives may be added to bottled garlic and processing may decrease some of its strength.

Turmeric

Curcumin is the active chemical in turmeric root; it blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes in two inflammatory pathways. Several human trials have shown an anti-inflammatory benefit, which can translate to reduced joint pain and swelling. The yellow spice is popular in curries and other Indian dishes. It is most effective in combination with black pepper, which helps the body absorb it better – so eat the two together when possible.

Ginger

Gingerol and shogaol are the chemicals in ginger that block inflammation pathways in the body. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, some studies have shown ginger can also reduce osteoarthritis symptoms, although other studies did not find such benefit.
Ginger is a versatile spice and can go in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s best to use it in its fresh form. A great way to add ginger to your diet is to boil it into a tea: Put a one- to two-inch piece of fresh ginger root in boiling water for 30 to 60 minutes.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid, both of which have antioxidant properties that help inhibit cell damage caused by free radicals. Studies say more research is needed to make formal recommendations about its use, however.
Cinnamon is delicious mixed with oatmeal or added to smoothies, but it’s not strong enough on its own to offer a therapeutic effect. Used in combination with other foods and spices, it may offer a cumulative anti-inflammatory effect over the course of the day.

Cayenne

Chili peppers contain natural compounds called capsaicinoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne and other dried chilies spice up sauces, marinades and rubs. Chilies can be hot, so start with just a dash or two.

Final Tips

When trying a new spice, start small and add more after you’ve taste-tested your dish. Anywhere from a half teaspoon to a full teaspoon is generally a good place to start for most spices, except cayenne (start with a ¼ tsp or less of cayenne).
A good rule of thumb with spices is “fresh is best.” But experts say bottled spices can pack a punch too. “Spices are already dehydrated so the antioxidants are concentrated in a small, powerful amount,” Larson explains.
And remember the wide variety of foods you can spice up. They are wonderful in rubs, marinades and sauces; on steamed or roasted vegetables; mixed into pasta, potatoes, rice, couscous and quinoa; and in soups and stews.


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