Another bamboo bike found its way home! Brian, who wrote an article about us for Westword Magazine last year was able to take this beauty home with him last week!!!
It is awesome how truly unique and custom each bamboo bicycle is! From the bamboo polls chosen for construction to the kind of wheels and bar tape you decide to finish it with! Russ even added a bamboo burned typewriter onto Brian's bamboo bike frame.
Other things to know:
Today in Liz's 9 am CCYOGA class I was exploring the help of my core (belly button to spine) in the transition from the high leg lift into the set through without momentum. In the low #crescentmoon I was really trying to pull my front leg hip back and down as I reached into the arch. Then opening my chest all of the way in the high lunge with airplane arms. That step forward to #chairpose #uttkatasana is quite the duzy on the supporting leg!!! I would like to keep my hips over my ankles more as I transition up to #mountainpose #tadasana and back into the forward fold #uttanasana ! Keeping hips level in #standingsplit is a fun challenge, and I am going to keep the lifted leg even straighter next time- I always think it's straight but without a doubt it could have even more support by engaging more through the quadricep. #warrior2 #virabhadrasana2 is nice, although a deeper lunge is definitely available. In the #reversewarrior I was playing with pushing my forearm into my hip crease to both lengthen my spine and assist in pulling shoulders away from my ears. In my transitions to #chaturanga I've really been trying to keep my torso parallel to the floor as I step front foot back to low plank, rather than tenting my hips to make it easier but not necessarily stronger. Notice how I lower my knees in my transition to #upwardfacingdog #urdvamukhasvanasana , I do that to protect my shoulders because they are not quite strong enough yet to push up from the 90 degree bend without strain- someday!!! And last, but not least, I really pull my belly button to spine to protect my low back in the transition from up-dog to #downwardfacingdog #adhumukhasvanasana
The 10-Transformation is complete, you look and feel amazing!!!! What's next?!?
If you are feeling up for it, you could do the whole thing all over again. (Just make sure not to do it for more than 20 days.)
If you aren't going to do another 10 days, it's great to have a plan for how you want to maintain the lightness that you've created. Personally, what I've done is to continue with the Core 3: 1 Power Shake/day (in the morning usually), 5 Super Amino 23/day (usually in the afternoon or before I take a yoga class), and 1 tbsp Apotho Cherry (every night before bed). But I've added back in light and healthy meals with tons of veggies and mea
What I've done for the last 6 months is, as a Purium Member, I have a backup order set up so I get a discount and the Core 3 automatically ships to me once a month. That's the most affordable way that I've found to do it. And it's become even more affordable since when I give away the $50 gift cards that I get as a member to people that want to use them, then I get $50 direct deposited into my bank account! Win Win!
Some great post cleanse recipes:
The recipes are from the "Recipes - For Purium Lifestyle" Facebook Page!!! There are tons of amazing recipes in that group!
Here is a high protein vegetarian dish I really like. Easy to make, filling and good hot or chilled.
1 cup steamed broccoli
1 cup steamed cauliflower
1 cup steamed snap peas
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup cooked red lentils
2 hard boiled eggs, minced
Toss with a drizzle of coconut aminos, a dash of sesame oil, a pinch of cayenne and salt and a light sprinkle of sesame seeds. Makes 2 servings.
Some of my favorite flex foods...including a cucumber and blueberry salad!
steamed green peas,
sliced dates or raisins,
avocado, in small cubes,
pink salt and black pepper to taste.
Losely scoop it together and enjoy!
Stew ingredients for 3-4 portions,
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium butternut squash, cut in rounds then in small cubes
2 cups beans, I used kidney beans but into beans would also work
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 tbsp. coconut sugar
pink salt and black pepper to taste, I added some veggie stock powder
handful of fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Chop the onion and bake for 8 minutes in 2 tsp. coconut oil. Add chopped bell pepper and tomato, bake for another 6 minutes until a bit softened. Add the remaining ingredients except the fresh herbs plus 2 cups of water and let it cook for 25 minutes or until squash is tender.
Season to taste and when cooked stir in the fresh herbs.
Roasted Beet Hummus
2 small to medium beets,
1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ cup tahini
3 to 4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp. lemon zest
½ tsp. cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Trim the leaves of the beets so that just a bit of stem is left then clean and scrub them well. Wrap each beet individually in foil and roast in the oven for 1 hour.
Once the beets are done roasting, run them under cold water to make them easier to peel and give them a rough chop.
Add all ingredients into the food processor, except for the oil, and puree for 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and continue pureeing for an additional 30 seconds. Slowly add the oil while the mixture is processing, adding more as needed, until nice and creamy.
Serve and enjoy!
When I was first introduced to yoga in small town in central Utah in August of 2004, a friend introduced me to some yoga podcasts that we did together. I found myself drawn to certain podcast yoga teachers. They were teachers that physically challenged me in the practice but were also bright and powerful lights inviting me to shine brighter, too. All through audio recordings. A few years into practicing yoga I figured out what the common thread was between those teachers I was most drawn to because of how they left me standing in a bigger way from their yoga classes. That common thread is a man named, Baron Baptiste.
Shortly before Russ and I moved to China I started my journey to becoming a trained yoga teacher and there was no doubt in my mind who I wanted to train with. It was Baron Baptiste!!!
My yoga teacher training journey as been like this:
It began in Sedona, AZ at the Baptiste Level 1 training where my major takeaways were a giant bag full of tools to help handle my personal baggage. Basically, if I wanted to invite others to shine their lights bright on the yoga mat and in life, then I needed to learn to address my B#%* S@#% so that I could lead by example.
When I got back from a year of living in Beijing I went to the Baptiste Art of Assisting Training in Savanna, GA where I was able to learn practical tools to get students into their fullest expressions of the poses with props and hands on assisting.
Then, in the fall of 2014, I found myself back in Sedona for the Baptiste Level 2 training where I was able to see that all of my Lakewood, CO yoga students show up to class with their entire life stories and dramas and I am invited to truly be of service to them via the practice of yoga.
All three of those trainings added up to a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate from the Baptiste Institute that cost me close to $10,000!!!
I am thrilled that Container Collective Yoga is going to be hosting a Baptiste Institute 200 hour Expand Your Power training at CCYOGA from February-May of 2017 for only $3,000 ($3600 if you signup after January 25th, 2017) in our Lakewood, CO yoga studio!!!
"Discover for yourself how Baptiste Yoga™ and the Baptiste Methodology™ applies both on and off the mat through yoga asana, meditation, discussion, personal inquiry, contribution, community building, hands-on coaching, assisting and practice teaching. Experience the freedom and effectiveness that emerges from this inspired and embodied practice of Baptiste Yoga™."
Talk about a full circle moment!!! Two years ago (in the last quarter of 2014) it was Ava and me (Brittany) and the wagon at free yoga in the park, with maybe one or two participants....Maybe!
On Saturday, October 1st, 2016 there were six of us Container Collective Yoga teachers leading the free yoga in the park class with twenty five participants ranging in age from 10 years old to 55 years old. Some of the them were first time yogis and other have been a part of our community yoga studio in Lakewood for over a year!
Mind BLOWN!!! Yes, please..Thank you...More of that!!!!
I'm beyond grateful for the CCYOGA teaching team and Lakewood, CO community surrounding us with so much light, love, and joy!
-After the yoga class, several of us jumped on our bikes for a cruiser ride around Sloan's Lake. Fall was definitely in the air with the cool crisp air and leaves blowing across the bike path.
Then there was quite the party across the street at Joyride Brewing Company (a local Colorado brewery). Joyride owners/brewers, Grant and Dave, built bamboo bikes with us a year ago, so it was fun to support their biz by bringing our community to them!
We enjoyed bbq and beers and raffled off a ton of great stuff, including a bamboo bike frame, a bamboo bike building workshop, unlimited yoga, and private yoga lessons to our Lakewood, CO bike shop and yoga studio!
It'll be fun to see where Container Collective Yoga and Bikes is a year from now.
Things in works for Container Collective:
- As classes fill up we will continue to add more yoga classes to the schedule and even more fun yoga workshops!
- We will be finishing the remodel of the front part of the building this fall.
- We are planning to build a second yoga studio/room in the back of the building.
- We will be hosting our first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training this February-May..
- CCBIKES will be traveling around the country leading bamboo bike building workshops at high schools, universities, and police stations.
- Russ will be building custom bamboo bike frames for people in addition to teaching others how to build their own!
- I (Brittany) will be leading a yoga retreat to Nepal in October 2017.
- With the way bike service went this last season, we will definitely be hiring an additional bike mechanic for service/repairs in the spring of 2017.
The possibilities are endless for our Lakewood, CO yoga studio and bike shop!