June 28, 2020

Manduka Studio Sale

If you didn’t catch our Manduka Studio Gear sale earlier this month, we have made the decision sell our Manduka studio mats, yogi toes towels and recycled foam blocks for the safety of our students and our teachers and with our class schedule transitioning to Zoom and yoga in the park. Our Manduka studio gear items are gently used (like new condition), have been deeply cleaned and are available for purchase at a great price! Free drop off available in Grand Forks, out of town shipping available. Very limited quantities.

Black Manduka Pro Lite 4.77m Mat – $50 (retails for $92)

A mid-sized yoga mat that brings unmatched cushioning and comfort to your practice.

Features:

  • Longer than average length: 4 lbs; 71″ x 24″; 4.7 mm thick
  • High performance in a lightweight form. 
  • Closed-cell surface to keep moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria (ideal for hot yoga). 
  • High-density cushion for unparalleled experience, joint protection, and versatility on any surface (carpet, cement, hardwood floors). 
  • Fabric-like surface finish for optimal movement between poses. 
  • Sustainable engineering ensures high quality material will not peel, flake or fade. Product improves with use over time. 
  • Proprietary dot pattern bottom to resist sliding. 
  • Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®️ certified.
  • Emissions-free manufacturing. 
  • 100% latex free

Yogi Toes Yoga Towel – $35 (retails for $58-$63)

The most trusted performance yoga towel in the world. yogitoes® help prevent slipping no matter how much you move or sweat. Ultra absorbent, lightweight and quick drying. yogitoes® features patented Skidless® Technology, which utilizes silicone nubs to grip your mat and keep you in place. Ideal for hot yoga or any super sweaty practice. Durable enough to take anywhere: the beach, the gym, pilates or traveling. Eco-friendly, every towel is made with at least four recycled plastic bottles.

Features:

• Standard: 68″ x 24″; 1.25lbs 
• Ideal for hot yoga: highly absorbent, non-slip + sweat wicking.
• Sustainable, soft, hygienic, and absorbent. 
• Grips mat with patented Skidless Technology that uses 100% silicone nubs. 
• All dyes are free of AZO, lead, and heavy-metals.

Recycled Foam Yoga Block – $10 (retails for $16-18)

Features:

• Dimensions: 0.4 kg; 23 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm
• Contains between 50% – 75% recycled post-industrial & post-consumer EVA foam.
• Radius edges for comfort and beauty. 
• High density, extreme durability, firm support. 
• Soft, comfortable grip that is also slip-resistant

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June 22, 2020

Hello Everyone!

I hope this blog post finds you all well and hopefully getting to spend some well deserved time outside. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about returning to the studio so wanted to give you all an update. Even though ND has continued to loosen restrictions across the state we will not be returning to the studio. For those of you who may not know, my husband is in the Air Force and we will be moving to Sacramento, CA at the end of September. We have lived in Grand Forks for the past 5 years and have enjoyed getting to live in the Grand Forks community but the time has now come for us to move on to another community (California will be our 4th military move since 2011). Ever since we found out we have been scheduled to move I’ve been praying about and asking myself the same questions over and over again, “What is going to happen to the studio when I leave?” “How can I continue to be of service when I move?” “What does the future of Thaw Yoga look like?”, and I had a few ideas… then COVID-19 happened. It’s been a truly educational experience. I’ve grown more in the last 3 months as a person than I have in the past 7 or 8 years and the questions I’ve asked myself along with the answers I’ve discovered have made me very excited for the future.

To continue offering all of you the best yoga experience I possibly can we will continue Zoom classes and outdoor/park classes and pop up classes until the end of September. When the weather starts to change we will still offer Zoom classes and our pop classes will be held as frequently as possible, indoors of course, through the Fall, Winter and Spring. I am sad to not have a studio to call home, but this future for Thaw Yoga is best for our students, instructors and myself as a business owner. Thaw Yoga isn’t going anywhere, we’re just shifting the perspective of where and how we practice. I am so INCREDIBLY grateful for all of the support you have shown us in the 2.5 years we’ve been in business and especially these last 3 months. I saw a quote on Instagram that I think captures pretty perfectly what we’re all going through – “We’re all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat”. Thank you for continuing to put in the work and move your boat along with me, I hope I can continue to support you all as much as you have supported me.

-Christa Gunn, THAW Yoga

If you have a few minutes please help us out by taking a short survey so we can build our July, August and September class schedules. Thanks!

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June 10, 2020

Did you know we have a podcast on Spotify and Apple???

Each week after our Tuesday morning Instagram Live Meditation (join us at 8am Central!) we upload the audio from our meditations to your favorite podcast platform so you can listen to them whenever and wherever you need to get grounded. If you don’t have time to get to your mat when you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or emotional, meditation is a great way to get into your body and out of your head. Choose your favorite way you listen to your podcasts and enjoy free guided meditations as our gift you!

Listen to the THAW Yoga Podcast on Spotify

Listen to the THAW Yoga Podcast on Apple Podcasts

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May 26, 2020

And we’re back… sorry for not posting last week.

I’m so excited to share some great news! We’re going outside in June! Along with our June Zoom class schedule we’ll be at Lincoln park 1 – 2x a week all month long. These classes will be held at Lincoln Park in the grassy area (circled in orange) across from the boat ramp (see picture below).

Class drop ins will be $10 or $5 with a current virtual class pass. Please bring your own mat to class and when you arrive the instructor will direct you where to place your mat. Mats will be placed six feet apart and the distance will be pre-measured before you arrive to class. Masks are not required but encouraged while not on your mat. Once you are on your mat you can remove your mask.

Please bring your own mat, water bottle and any other props you may need and arrive at least ten minutes before class begins. You must pre-register for class by purchasing your class drop in on our website (or Venmo us for your drop in) at least 30 minutes before class begins.

All classes will be held weather permitting and any schedule changes or outdoor class cancellations will be communicated via our Facebook and Instagram profiles. If you have any questions e-mail us at christa@thawyoga.com. We can’t wait to see you IN PERSON soon!

Tuesday June 2

5:30pm YOD

Tuesday June 9

5:30pm YOD

Thursday June 11

5:45pm Yoga for Athletes

Thursday June 18

5:45pm Yoga for Athletes

Saturday June 20

9:00am YOD

Thursday June 25

5:45pm Yoga for Athletes

Saturday June 27

9:00am YOD

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May 12, 2020

Post – Yoga Smoothie Recipes

Hi Everyone! Hope this post finds you and family healthy and safe! I wanted to share with all of you two of my go-to smoothie recipes I love to have after a sweaty vinyasa yoga class. Often times after yoga I’m running off to the next thing and don’t always have time to eat right after class. These two smoothies have a ton of vitamins and healthy ingredients to replenish your body and recharge you for the rest of your day! Have a smoothie recipe you want to share with us? E-mail it to us at christa@thawyoga.com and we’ll feature it on social media!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

1 cup skim milk (or milk of your choice)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use whey)

2 tbsp PB Fit powdered peanut butter

1 scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood

2 pieces chunks of energy carob spirulina (from Natural Grocers)

1 large banana

50g of spinach

1-2 cups of ice

Blend together and enjoy!!

Triple Berry Yogurt Smoothie

1 cup skim milk (or milk of your choice)

5.3 ounces Yoplait two good vanilla greek yogurt

200g frozen raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

2 pieces chunks of energy carob spirulina (from Natural Grocers)

50g spinach

Blend together and enjoy!!

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April 30, 2020

Hello Thaw Yoga Community,

I hope this blog post finds your family safe and healthy. As many of you know fitness centers/gyms are allowed to open beginning at 8am May 1 if they can satisfy the guidelines released by the Governor earlier this week. After careful consideration of these guidelines and you and your family’s health and safety we are not going to re-open in light of the released guidelines. We want to give everyone the best experience possible for our classes and Zoom is still the best fit for us until a new guidelines are released. This could change at any moment and we will be sure to communicate any changes that are announced. Our class pricing will remain $5/class until we are able to re-open. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns and be sure to check your inbox for our May newsletter tomorrow. We’re so grateful for all of the support you’ve shown us the past 6 weeks and we can’t wait to see you all again in the studio soon!

-Christa

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April 23, 2020

5 Tips for Staying (Mentally and Physically) Healthy at Home

Hello again everyone! I hope this blog post finds you well. In staying committed to being there for you during this time and trying to offer as many resources as I can I’ll be posting to the blog 1-2x per week. If you have any suggestions for posts or content please let me know! 

One of the pieces of feedback I got from our Zoom class survey sent out last week was a request for tips/advice for staying healthy, eating well and being productive at home. I’ll be coming at these tips from my own personal experience the past 5 weeks so if you have any tips you’d like to add to share with others post them in the comments section below!

Without further ado here’s the top 5 things that have helped me stay sane the past month… 

#1 Waking up and going to bed at a consistent time each day. This one I realized almost right away. In the first few days with no set time I needed to get up or start my day I found myself staying up later and sleeping in later. I didn’t have a consistent bedtime or wake up time and it wrecked havoc on my sleep quality. I wear a fitbit versa while I sleep which tracks the quality of my sleep and my sleep score was way down. I also felt sluggish during my workouts, groggy most of the day and was always hungry. Soon after I made the realization I made a pact with myself to try to go to bed around the same time and wake up the same time every single day. I haven’t been perfect with it but it has helped tremendously with my energy levels and food cravings.

#2: Putting things on my calendar. I don’t have a ton of “appointments” right now but scheduling out my day with things like working out, doing an online yoga class, making meals, journaling, meditating or reading a book has helped me keep a somewhat “normal” routine. I already did this prior to the quarantine but sticking with it has made a huge difference in trying to stay productive. 

#3 Have meal and snack “times”. When I eat throughout the day is largely dependent on when I eat breakfast (which I try to do around the same time every day) but after breakfast I aim for lunch about 4-5 hours later, a snack about 3-4 hours after lunch and dinner 4-5 hours after that. I struggled with this one big time in the beginning too. I was like, I have all this extra time at home so I’m going to make the snack bar recipes I’ve had saved for months on my phone. So I made them, and they were so good, so good in fact that I would eat more than one, and ate them multiple times per day. They were nutritious snack bar recipes but still calorie dense and since I’m not nearly as active as I usually am (I rarely sit for either of my jobs and I’ve been sitting quite a bit lately) I didn’t need multiple servings in a sitting or in a day. And it doesn’t help that Ben didn’t really want any of my peanut butter banana oat bars or peanut butter honey energy balls and so that meant no one else in my house was going to help me eat them. So after my realization that I needed to slow down on the snacking, I cut them up and put them in ziploc bags or tupperware containers and threw them in my freezer. If I put them out of sight I’m way less likely to mindlessly snack on them or crave them. I have also been weighing and measuring my food to keep my portions in check. I’ve also found myself doing work at my kitchen table and I found that if I work on my computer in another room away from the kitchen I also snack less. *Disclaimer I got this last idea of working away from the kitchen while listening to the Working Against Gravity podcast. If you want to listen to the episode you can click the link below or search Working Against Gravity wherever you listen to your podcasts.*

https://www.workingagainstgravity.com/podcast/how-to-resist-late-night-snacking

#4: Journaling, Meditation, Quiet Time. Before we were asked to stay at home practically 24/7 I had recently started a consistent journaling practice with my mom last fall. We have a daily devotional that we do together each day and I also have a gratitude journal that I start or end my day with. Taking the time to write down and think through my thoughts and feelings along with finding things in my life that I am grateful for has made a big difference in my mental state. In late February of this year I also started meditating daily (which is a big challenge for me that I’ll talk more about in a later post) and to have the 10 minutes or so of stillness to start my day helps me get clear in my thoughts, get out any negative feelings I may have after a bad dream or lack of sleep and acknowledge where I’m currently at. I’ve also tried to eat without my phone or my computer near me and set a daily limit on my phone for social media. 

#5 Zoom, Facetime, Phone calls with Friends, Family and Social Groups. I was listening to a podcast the other day (I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts the past 5 weeks) and someone had said something to the effect of, I wish they would call it physical distancing, not social distancing, and I 100% agree. While yes we need to have significant physical space between each other right now, we do not need to socially disconnect from each other. Many of you I’ve talked with before classes or after classes about what your experience has been or what’s going on with your job or family and that opportunity to stay connected to you and share together what we’re all going through has made my time in isolation more bearable. (THANK YOU) I love being around people and feeling connected and being able to teach still online and see all of you helps me tremendously. 

This is not everything I’ve been working on doing the past month or so but I thought these were the five most important to help you get or stay on track. If you have something (or a few things) that have helped you we’d love to hear them in the comments below! Hope to see you all soon!
-Christa

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April 21, 2020

We’re starting a blog!

Why? I’m re-committing to my promise of only sending you one e-mail a week. But, because things are also changing day by day (at least I feel like they are) I want to keep you updated on everything we have going on without asking you to constantly check social media.

One of the things I’ve tried to personally commit to the past week and a half is being on social media less. The first few weeks of being asked to #stayathome I was CONSTANTLY on social media. I wanted to stay up to date with everything going on (which at that time felt like it was changing by the hour) but in the process my mental/emotional energy was also getting drained because I was comparing what I was doing to what everyone else was doing, and that sends me into a story in my head that I don’t like to revisit. So I set a limit on my phone and I’ve tried to be more aware.

I’ll still be posting to our social media to remind you of class times, ask questions, do live meditations and when to come here to check the blog, but if you’re like me and you’re trying to be on social media (or your phone in general) less, you can always come here and check for the latest update.

So what is going on? Starting tomorrow we’ve added two express classes to our Zoom class schedule:

Wednesday 9:00-9:30am (Express slow flow) and Monday 12:30-1:00pm (Express power flow)

These classes will be on our schedule for as long as our studio doors are still closed, and depending on demand, may continue even after we re-open (teachers and parents with kids at home this is for you).

Next up, were hosting a post YOD social THIS Saturday April 25th at 12pm. This social is open to EVERYONE, whether you attend the 11am YOD class or not. Grab your favorite post yoga beverage or Saturday morning celebratory beverage of choice and come hang out with us! Send Christa a text at 770-324-2047 to join!

And last but certainly not least, thank you so much to everyone who took the time to fill out our survey about our Zoom classes. The past month has been extremely challenging and we’re forever grateful for your support as we took our class schedule online. If you haven’t had a chance to fill out our survey you can access it here.

Stay healthy and breathe well! We’ll see you on your mat soon!

– Christa