"Aspire not to have more, but to be more." ~ Oscar Romero

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May
2017

It’s Giveaway Time! No Comments

Time for a new yoga mat?

Join us for any of our 4pm classes between now and May 25th and automatically get entered for a chance to win a free Manduka PROlite or eKOlite yoga mat!

4pm class schedule includes:
Tuesdays – Vinyasa Flow w/Chelsea
Wednesdays – Gentle Yoga w/Valerie
Thursdays – Warm Vinyasa w/Chelsea


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Aug
2016

There’s an app for that! No Comments

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We’re excited to let you know that Aspire Yoga Center now has a mobile app LIVE in the app stores! We’re always looking for ways to improve and make the check-in process even easier and more convenient. Now you can check the latest schedule for both our Bossier City and Shreveport studios in real-time and sign up for classes on the go. Login to view your reservations, membership information, visit and payments history, cancel a reservation, and even purchase services. Download it NOW!

iPhone/iPad

Android

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Use the new app to enroll in a class between now and September 15, 2016 and you will be entered for a chance to win:

  • this Manduka PROlite yoga mat and yogitoes {a skidless yoga mat towel that helps prevent slipping}
  • an Aspire Yoga Center shirt
  • one (1) month of unlimited classes on our regular class schedule at both locations

A $250 Value!

*Prize is not redeemable for cash and non-transferable.


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Feb
2016

Mindful or Mind FULL? No Comments

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Do you ever feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster with constant thoughts and worries filling your mind and you can’t seem to find a way to focus or see repeated patterns? Practicing mindfulness can help!

The human mind thinks like the heart beats, and we usually just let our mind do whatever it wants all day long. Training our mind to focus on the present moment, without judgment, is the central tenet of both mindfulness and meditation and is a key to creating a life you love.

If you’re intrigued by this topic, please join us for a 75-minute workshop and group discussion on how mindfulness and meditation affects our lives on Saturday, February 20 at 3pm.

This mindfulness & meditation workshop has been designed for those who are new to these practices and/or want to reduce stress.

The following topics will be discussed:
  • Discussion on mindfulness and meditation
  • Biology of stress
  • Benefits of practicing mindfulness and meditation
  • Meditation techniques
  • Debunk myths about meditation
  • Take home tools to help get you started in your own practice

Teacher: Heather Delia
Investment: $20 per student
Date: Saturday, February 20
Time: 3:00-4:15pm

Learn More & Enroll


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Jan
2016

The Four Agreements One Comment

Have you ever had to initiate what you perceived to be an uncomfortable conversation? Or been faced with making a seemingly difficult decision? I’ve had numerous of both recently and was reminded by a yoga teacher of the advice given in don Miguel Ruiz’s book, “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.”

Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Reading these over and keeping them in the forefront of my mind has been a tremendous help to me. It really is a useful roadmap for navigating situations that can be tricky and thought I’d pass them along in hopes that they can help you as well.

Namasté,
Heather Delia
Owner, Aspire Yoga Center


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Jan
2016

Back to Basics No Comments

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January is one of my very favorite times of the year. With the start of a New Year, it’s full of possibilities and a clean slate to make new goals to strive towards throughout the year ahead.

I’ve taken time to get clear on how I want 2016 to look and have decided this will be the year for me to get back to the basics. To slow down and make the basics a first priority before moving to things that aren’t essential. I want to make less senseless errors in the year ahead and feel that getting back to basics is what will help make that happen.

I have found that sharing my intention with a few close friends helps me to stay accountable. So I want to share with you how I plan to make my intention to get back to the basics more tangible.

Nutrition
Eat more whole, unprocessed foods that will help to nourish my body and keep me healthy.

Physical activity
Move my body in some way for a minimum of 30 minutes every day.

Mental health
Make my daily meditation practice a priority.
Take time for myself when I notice my energy level requires it.
Read 12 books during the year.

Work life
SLOW DOWN and finish a task before moving on to the next one (easier said than done for me!).
Re-read everything I write out loud before hitting send, hopefully to cut down on typos!

Spiritual life
I find that gratitude brings me closer to God and will take time every day to count my blessings and thank Him for all He provides.
Yoga is also a spiritual practice for me and will continue to study as a student so I continue to grow.

What do you aspire to do in 2016 to make it an amazing year? Have you set an intention or any courageous goals? I’d love to hear from you. And if yoga happens to be part of your plan, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help support you in your journey.

Namasté,
Heather Delia
Owner, Aspire Yoga Center


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Dec
2015

Commit to your yoga practice in 2016 No Comments

The New Year is fast approaching and for many of us that means making commitments to improving ourselves in 2016. I believe there is no better way to achieve improved health, balance and overall well-being than practicing YOGA!

Repetition and consistency builds confidence and after starting off the New Year with 8 weeks of yoga, you’ll be confident with a solid foundation of understanding YOUR yoga practice. We’re offering both an 8-week Yoga 101 for Beginners class for newbies, as well as a Power Yoga class series if you are an experienced practitioner and want more of a challenge.

And we’re going to sweeten the pot. Sign up for one of our 8-week class series before 2015 ends and receive two (2) free drop-in classes and an Aspire Yoga Center t-shirt.* That’s an added value of $48.

Starting and maintaining a regular yoga practice can be challenging. If you want to set yourself up for success to experience the benefits of yoga and start your year off on the right foot, then buy a present for yourself and join us! Our 8-week programs have accountability and support, and all the tools for you to succeed.

*Drop-in class passes expire in 6 months and can be used towards any class on our regular schedule. T-shirt sizes based on availability.


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Dec
2015

From a fellow student No Comments

We received the following email from a student today and asked permission to share it with you:

“I was just wondering if ya’ll could instate a “no smoking right before class” policy. I realize it’s a delicate issue and that nobody wants to be the “smoking police.” However, the room is small, so there is no way for those of us who are extremely sensitive to the smoke to escape from it. I’ve had to change places in the room to avoid someone who smoked before class, but if the class is near-full, that’s not always and option (and I am still bothered by the smoke if I move…just a little bit less.)

Since yoga is all about breathing, having smoke in the room interferes with the entire foundation of our practice. Moreover, for me, it’s not just a matter of personal preference – I have asthma, I’m allergic to tobacco smoke, and both exercise and tobacco smoke (especially when the smoke is present in an enclosed space) trigger my asthma. So, when someone smokes on the way to yoga (I’ve seen someone smoking in their car before class), it disrupts my practice to the point that what should be an hour of relaxation is instead an hour-long struggle to keep my airway from constricting. Thank you for your attention to this matter.”

Aspire is welcome to everyone. We also want to offer a welcoming and smoke-free environment for every student who attends class at our studio. Please be courteous and mindful of those around you.


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Nov
2015

New Class Descriptions No Comments

We’ve added three new class styles to the winter schedule. If you’re looking for a description of another class, click here.

Slow Burn
Slow down your vinyasa practice and savor the experience. Slow Burn vinyasa gives you the time and space to move deeper into poses and breath, allowing you to take the time to refine alignment and build strength. As with traditional vinyasa, slow burn promotes flexibility, endurance and balance. The slow pace builds internal heat and allows you to experience and refine the pose in a much deeper sense. Designed for the intermediate student, but fine for athletic beginners. {Level 2/3}

Candlelight Flow
During this vinyasa flow class set to candlelight, various options are given allowing each student to move at their own pace and comfort level. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced student, Aspire’s Candlelight Flow is a great class to add to your practice. {All Levels}

Mindful Flow
Come strengthen your body and mind with a dynamic flow yoga practice. Perfect for students with the desire to work their body intensely in order to clear their mind. Not recommended for first-time beginners or anyone with injuries. Students should have a good understanding of alignment and be prepared to flow mindfully between poses, have fun and sweat! {Level 2/3}


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Nov
2015

Meditation 101 No Comments

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Have you been asking yourself, “What is meditation all about and how do I do it?” Then we invite you to join us on Sunday, November 15 for Meditation 101.

This introduction to meditation class, designed for beginners and/or those wanting to refresh their meditation practice, will incorporate the art of looking inside and discovering the stillness of one’s own inner being.

The following will be included in this one-time class:
  • Discussion on why we meditate.
  • Conversation on the various types of meditation.
  • Basic methods of setting up your meditation.
  • Instruction on breath control techniques (pranayama) to prepare and focus the mind.
  • Relaxing guided meditation.

Led by devoted meditation practitioner and certified yoga teacher Rachael Zibilich, this mini-workshop will provide you with the tools you need to continue your meditation practice at home.

DATE
Sunday, November 15 from 1:30-2:30pm.

INVESTMENT
Limited to 12 students, the cost is $15 per person. Online registration.

About the teacher:
Rachael Zibilich is a dedicated meditation practitioner and has spent time studying and practicing meditation with Lily Goncalves in Thailand. Rachael is currently in school for Occupational Therapy at LSU in hopes to further deepen her practice of helping others enhance their quality of life through mindfulness.


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Oct
2015

Enjoy Some Deep Relaxation No Comments

This 11-minute guided meditation by Jenny Moxham to “Unwind Your Mind” is so extremely relaxing and therapeutic that we just had to share it with you.

You won’t regret taking the next 11 minutes to slink off to a room by yourself, hitting play and allowing deep relaxation to wash over you.

{Direct link: https://audioboom.com/boos/2532670-unwind-your-mind}


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