Donna Carberry Memorial Fund

In 2011, the BYP community lost a very special member when Donna Carberry passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Donna was loved by all who knew her. She loved life, her family, hiking, nature, running, music, and yoga. In her own words, Donna was “in love with love.” Her bright smile lit up every class she attended.

Throughout her fight, Donna continued to practice yoga with us. She’d enter the studio with a huge smile every day and always shared her gratitude for each day and each class, despite the effects of chemo or when the cancer degraded her bones.

Before her death, Donna made her husband, John, promise he’d continue to practice yoga after she was gone. This is a promise John has upheld above and beyond.

In Donna’s memory, John and I created the Donna Carberry Memorial fund with the motto, “No Yogi Left Behind.” The fund has been maintained by many donations from John Carberry, including gifts he anonymously bought for fellow yogis to brighten their day on Donna’s birthday.

We use these funds to offer support to fellow yogis when they fall on hard times. In Donna’s memory, we try to raise others up when they need yoga in their lives the most.

The Donna Carberry Memorial Fund has also been supported by gifts from Donna’s former co-workers and donations from generous yogis in our community. All donations to the fund are matched 100% by Blaze Yoga and Pilates.

Do you know a yogi in need? Or want to support this scholarship program? Reach out!

 

 

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Welcome to Blaze Yoga and Pilates!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the studio and to our wonderful community. Here, I’m going to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time with us.

We offer the most effective hot yoga and Pilates techniques available in the world from the best trained teachers who can help you meet your goals and heal your body. Whatever your goal, whatever your challenge, whatever your limitation, we are confident we can help.

We are on a mission to help people take control of their health and wellness so they can feel great and have a positive impact on the world.

You may have heard some crazy stories about hot yoga and Pilates. We’ve made this short video to help you thrive through your first class: How To Survive Hot Yoga without Puking, Fainting, or Dying We’re just goofing on the title, but the video has some great tips to get ready for your first class.

In short:

  • Come to class well hydrated. You don’t need to drink a gallon of water. A rough way to estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and cut that number in half. Try to drink at least that many ounces of water per day. For example, a 150-pound woman should drink at least 75 ounces of water each day, more when you’re working out.
  • Fuel your body. Your body needs fuel to perform work. Even for a morning class, have something light to eat before you come in. No one likes to work out on a full stomach, so don’t have a big meal within 3 hours of your first class.
  • Take it slowly. It will take your body a few classes to acclimate to the heat. Come to class in first gear and see what you can do. Each class you’ll hear and be able to do more. You won’t believe how amazing you feel after finishing your first class.
  • Wear light, athletic clothing. We heat the room so you can workout with a greatly-reduced risk of injury and a greatly-increased positive impact on your mood. Because it’s hot, you don’t need a ton of clothes. Most people wear shorts and a sport top or tank.
  • Get the right gear. All students need a yoga mat, a large towel, and a bottle of water during class. All are available for rent or purchase at the studio.

Make it a goal to take at least ten classes during your intro month. You will see an amazing transformation physically and mentally.

Got questions? Reach out! We’re here for you.

 

 

Top Tips for Getting and Staying Hydrated for Yoga and Pilates

Hydration is key to having a great class and good hydration is more than just pounding water.

Here are some quick tips to help you stay on top of your game.

1. Pregame

Most of your fluid absorption happens in your colon or large intestine. It takes about 60-70 minutes for fluids to get from your mouth to your blood vessels through your colon. Your body gets the water it uses for sweating from your bloodstream.

The water you drink way before you come to class is the water your body will use for cooling and to maintain your blood pressure in class. Coming to class dehydrated can even make you feel dizzy or nauseated.

Hydration for the class you’re going to take can even start the night before. Drink in the morning or throughout the day before you come to class and you’re sure to feel on top of your game.

2. Listen to your body

In our busy culture, we train ourselves to ignore our bodies’ signals. In a 2009 Purdue study published in Journal of the American Diabetes Association, researchers found that Americans rarely ate when they were hungry nor drank when they were thirsty. Instead, they ate when they usually ate and drank when they usually drank.

If you tune in, your body will tell you when it needs more fluids. Listen up and grab a drink. You may notice that you even crave fluid-dense foods when it’s warmer outside or you’ve been sweating.

3. Eat your fluids

Hydration isn’t just about drinking water. Many of the foods we eat contain high levels of water, often in combination with essential electrolytes. This includes foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, soups, smoothies, and juices. It also includes fluids contained in cooked, moist foods, too.

Whatever form you consume fluids, it all counts toward hydration.

Some drugs have diuretic effects and can spur a need for more fluids for your hot practice. Some foods have a similar diuretic effect like black cumin, ginger, parsley, dandelion, hibiscus, alcohol, and caffeine. Adjust your hydration accordingly.

4. Add in electrolytes

Your body requires electrolytes to maintain fluid balance. In fact, water can’t get into your cells without sodium-potassium pumps built right into your cell walls.

When you work hard and sweat, you not only lose salts through your sweat, your body also metabolizes electrolytes at a faster rate.

For the average yogi, you may notice you crave salty foods after class and that’s your body trying to replace these lost salts, but it’s not just sodium you need. Potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese and more have been found to be excreted in sweat.

You can replace lost electrolytes like potassium by eating lots of whole foods, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and grains, adding sea salt to your diet for micronutrients, and eating ocean foods like seaweed.

Sports drinks are not recommended as they contain mostly sugar, dyes, and artificial flavorings. You can make your own sports drink or use a high-quality electrolyte replacement. We sell Superieur Electrolytes at the studio because they are the most natural, effective and sustainably-sourced product on the market.

5. Set a goal

Some research shows that eating a high-fat or high-sugar diet can weaken thirst sensitivity. If you’re not sure you can trust your craving for hydration yet, set a simple daily goal for hydration.

A simple place to start is with this common hydration equation. Start with your body weight in pounds and divide that number by two. Set a goal to drink that number of ounces of water per day.

Test it out. Does that feel like enough water to you? Too much? With a little practice, this goal can become a habit that leads to you trusting your body’s signals for thirst.

If you’re taking a hot yoga or Pilates class or it’s really hot out, add an additional liter of fluid to your daily goal.