Free Yoga Weekend

Free yoga for everyone! 

Join us January 12 and 13 for a weekend of giveaways. We will be open all morning long giving away FREE coffee and kombucha to the community. So stop by, try out a yoga class, or sample something from the café.

Open house hours: 

Saturday, January 12: 8am-12pm

Sunday, January 13: 8am-12pm

Get your workout on with a Village Flow class, learn the ropes with a Village Basics class, or chill out and relax with a Deep Stretch or Slow Flow class. No experience necessary. Come see for yourself how 60 minutes can create a more energetic, strong, relaxed, and flexible you.

Space is limited, reserve your spot by choosing a FREE class in the schedule below:

5 Tips to Succeed this Holiday Season

Christmas is my favorite time of year! However, in this beautiful season of love, gratitude, and celebrating the greatest gift of all, it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle.

Try to implement one or all of these tips this week!

  1.  Plan your week out on Sunday with a daily planner.
    • Know the events scheduled in during that week, no double booking and rushing about
    • Plan your meals
    • Plan your exercise
  2. Take 15 minutes in the morning to SLOW DOWN.
    • Meditate (clear your thoughts, find an inspiring word to focus on for the day)
    • Journal (reflect on your year… think about how you want next year to go)
    • Quiet time (take time to connect spiritually and reflect on this season)
  3. Delegate tasks.
    • We weren’t meant to do life alone
    • Find a buddy to help you prepare meals or party dishes
    • Enjoy the company of others
  4. Take care of yourself.
    • Drink lots of water
    • Sleep 7-8 hours
    • Move, exercise, do something active you enjoy – better with a buddy!
  5. It’s okay to say NO.
    • If you are unable to do steps 1-4, you may need to say “no” to your next request
    • Prioritize what is important to you, your family, and your wellness

 Enjoy this season full of friends, family, and grateful hearts.

Don’t get lost in the hustle and bustle, above all, remember the reason for this season!

Bullet Proof Coffee

Why I put butter in my coffee…

Butter mixed in coffee. Yum?

We were told for so long to stay away from butter, that butter causes heart disease and is full of bad calories. If this is the case, why should I put butter in my coffee?

The science behind it:

  • Our brain is made largely of fat and cholesterol
  • To have healthy hormones, immune system, and nerves, we need healthy fat sources
  • Healthy fats from the grass-fed butter and oil supply the brain with the energy and focus needed to improve mental performance
  • Because caffeine and the blood brain barrier are both fat-soluble, adding fat to your coffee aids in the transport of caffeine to the brain
  • Coffee is most effective with fat

How to make your morning bulletproof:

  1. Brew organic, fair trade coffee
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon grass-fed, unsalted butter (I like to use Kerrygold Brand)
  3. Add 1 Tablespoon XCT oil (very refined coconut oil)
  4. Blend in a high power blender for 20 seconds
  5. Enjoy! 

How this coffee has impacted my life and morning routine: 

  • I feel full and satisfied throughout the morning (add collagen protein for a boost)
  • I feel energized and focused as I teach my morning yoga classes
  • I feel happy because it tastes so good! 🙂

Try your first cup with us at Village Vitality!

Private Yoga Sessions

Sluggish and Tight? Try out Triangle Pose!

On rainy days where you may wake up feeling sluggish and tight, snap out of your funk by warming up the body and trying out triangle pose!

Benefits of Triangle:

  • stretches and opens hips, hamstrings, shoulders, chest, and spine
  • strengthen legs and core
  • increases mental and physical equilibrium
  • improves “sluggish” digestion
  • reduces anxiety, stress, and back pain

How To: 

  1. On a yoga mat, take a wide stance.
  2. Point your right toes forward and your left toes towards the left (parallel foot to back of mat).
  3. Reach your right arm to the front of the mat, then down towards your ankle or shin
  4. Lift your left arm so that your shoulders and arms are stacked
  5. Turn your gaze up or down
  6. Engage your quads and core to remain stable and strong
  7. Breathe 🙂

 

 

Kombucha… Come Again?

What’s the buzz about Kombucha? 

At Village Vitality, we want to provide our clients and friends with the highest quality product and service to live your highest quality of life.

How can Kombucha benefit me?

This “Immortal Health Elixir” created by the Chinese 2,000 years ago carries tremendous health benefits.

  • Improve gut health with natural probiotics
  • Increased energy with enzymes and B-vitamins
  • Strengthens immune system with anti-oxidants
  • Reduce joint pain with glucosamines

What is it exactly?

Kombucha is made by fermenting black tea and natural sugar through the use of a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). The result is a refreshing tangy, fermented beverage that is low in sugar and calories. Try this great alternative to soda and an afternoon pick-me-up!

Get locally brewed MightyBucha on tap at the Vitality Café!

$10 for 32oz. Growler
$10 for 32oz. refills
$5 for 16oz cup

Tired of your stiff, achy back?

At our Decatur yoga studio, we care about your back. Low Cobra Pose is a great place to start to not only alleviate a tight/stiff back, but also receive many more health benefits along the way!

Why do we add Low Cobra Pose to our flows at Village Vitality?

Benefits: 

  • decreases stiffness in lower back
  • strengthens muscles along the back
  • improves menstrual irregularities
  • elevates mood
  • firms and tones shoulders, abdomen, and buttocks
  • invigorates the heart and mind

How to?

  1. Lie on your stomach, chin to mat.
  2. Place your hands under your shoulders on the ground.
  3. Press the tops of your feet into the ground so much that your knee caps lift off your mat. 
  4. Lift your chest off the mat.
  5. Use little to no wait in your hands, focus on strengthening the back and glutes.
  6. Hug your elbows in toward one another and relax your shoulders away from your ears.
  7. Lengthen the neck and gaze to the ground in front of you.
  8. Breathe here for 2-3 breaths.
  9. Lower forehead to the ground.
  10.  Repeat 3-5 times.

Join us for a class at Village Vitality and enjoy the benefits of Cobra Pose!

Yoga Sessions Decatur

Searching for Balance?

Whether you are looking for balance physically or mentally, yoga can help.

Physical balance requires proprioception, the ability of the body to know where it is in space. As you try to balance on one foot or balance in crescent lunge pose, your brain is sending signals to your body to adjust in order to maintain balance and not fall over.

As you practice yoga, this ability heightens. Tree Pose is a perfect standing posture to begin working on balance wherever you are.

How to “Tree Pose”:

  1. Shift your weight onto your left leg.
  2. Bring your right sole of your foot to your ankle (toe on the ground), inside of your calf, or inside of your thigh. Be sure to not put the foot on the knee joint.
  3. Press your foot into your leg while pressing your leg into your foot.
  4. Lift through the spine to stand taller with hands at heart center.
  5. Breathe.

But wait, how does Tree Pose help with balance mentally?

Because balancing takes concentration and focus, it is very difficult to focus on the worries of the day or your to-do list while in Tree Pose or other balancing postures. It gives you a chance to take a break from the thoughts that circulate your mind throughout the day.

At Village Vitality, improving balance and proprioception is implemented throughout all our classes. Stop by for a class this week!

Yoga Classes

Fall for Yoga

In a time of transition and change, it is a great time to reflect on your current patterns and habits of life. I find that it is very easy to fall into comfort foods and skipping workouts with the cooler weather and darker mornings/evenings and fall out of your positive health habits. Find what your “why” is for health. What motivates you to take care of you? Ride the season of change by trying something new that will bring positivity to your life as we transition into the coming months of gratitude and giving.

Today, I am thankful for _______.

Today, I will do _________ for my health and wellbeing.

Reflect and plan time into your schedule for YOU.

See you in the studio!

We are MORE than just another yoga studio…

Hey Atlanta!

It seems as if a new yoga studio pops up in all corners of Atlanta each month, an expansion similar to Starbucks. I love that! I think the spreading of yoga and fitness is amazing and love to see new businesses expand and meet the needs of the people in all areas of the city.

However, Village Vitality is a little different than the typical yoga studio. We offer weekly yoga classes, but we also have an Active Muscle Recovery Center, complete with Recovery Boots, Assisted Stretch, and Electrical Muscle Stimulation.

Today’s feature: Recovery Boots

These boots use compressed air to improve the circulation of blood and fluid that pools in your feet or lower legs. If you find yourself standing most of the day or have exhausted legs after a long run/tough workout. Give these boots a try and see how they can improve your muscle recovery and reduce inflammation in your ankles!

Call to schedule your first visit!

678-252-9457

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Feeling worn down and restless? Try out this easy yoga pose!

When you are feeling worn down and restless, try this posture to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Seated Forward Fold has many amazing benefits:

  • calms the brain
  • helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • stretches the spine, shoulders, and hamstrings
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Seated Forward Fold

Start by sitting tall with legs extended out. As you inhale, reach your arms overhead and lengthen the spine. Exhale and hinge at your hips bringing your torso towards your thighs. Reach towards your toes or wrap your arms around a log for a deeper stretch! 😛

Join us at Oakhurst/Decatur’s newest yoga studio for a Deep Stretch class to give you the energy you need for life’s adventures this week!