Meet our Team – Annamarie Weddle

Annamarie Weddle has been practicing yoga since 2009, and she’s loved every minute of it.

“Once I started, I just dove in head over heels,” Annamarie said. “I became a yoga teacher because I’d started taking yoga and just really enjoyed it. I love teaching it and sharing it. And teaching has also taught me a lot about my own practice.”

Currently, Annamarie is trained in process, Vinyasa and power yoga. In all the classes she teaches, she tries to focus on the mind-body connection. Her personal emphasis in class is on intention and stress relief, setting students up for a fulfilling and holistic practice.

Plus, Annamarie says, she tries to help her students apply the content of the class to other parts of their lives.

At Hagoyah, Annamarie teaches the basics class at noon. 

“I really love the basics class because it’s a connected, feedback-oriented class,” she says. “It’s a class of instruction and a slower pace.”

Annamarie welcomes anyone to visit her class, from beginners to long-time students.

“I have a lot of people who come in and say, ‘It’s my first yoga class,’” she said, “and by the end of the class, it just clicks: this is why people love it.”

A typical day for Annamarie begins by waking up early and teaching a class, she said.  

“That’s a great part of the day because it gets you focused and allows you to set your intention for the day,” she said.

The rest of the day is flexible – because she teaches yoga all over the Kansas City metro area, she gets to see different studios and different parts of the community. These days, she spends her time at Hagoyah, Unity Temple, the Waldo Library and Belle Yoga Studio in Westport.

Annamarie loves being a part of the Hagoyah team in part because of the atmosphere, she says. “I love the concept of Hagoyah in general – the hair, the yoga, the nutrition! And I love Angela and Holly too. It’s neat to know that this is their place and it’s great to see their dreams manifested.”

 

Yoga Posture to try: Childs Pose

 

One easy and relaxing yoga pose is the child’s pose. This practice stretches your lower back, extends your arms and relaxes your entire body.

1. Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together; sit on your heels. Separate your knees about as wide as your hips.

2. As you exhale, bend over and lay your torso down between your thighs. Lengthen and stretch your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift your head far from your thighs, away from the back of your neck.

3. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso palms facing up.  Release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor, and rest your forehead directly on the floor. 

The child’s pose is a resting and stretching pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Beginners can use this pose to get a taste of a deep forward bend, where the torso rests on the thighs. 

 Stay in the pose up to three minutes. To come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.

This posture is welcome at anytime during your practice.  

 

 

Sea Spray for Skin

 


At Hagoyah, we’re big fans of natural ingredients. And this sea spray for skin combines two of our favorites: natural sea salt and magnesium!  Together, they nourish the skin and strengthen the body.

 Both sea salt and saltwater have long histories of serving the body, in beauty recipes and skin therapies. This combination, when used in a therapeutic way, even has its own name: thalassotherapy. That’s the therapeutic use of saltwater, for short!

Many people notice reduced acne and a more refined, clear complexion when using sea salt for skin. Sea salt typically appears in salt scrubs, but this gentle sea spray can be left on to continuously nourish the skin. The minerals in salt can also tighten your skin and reduce wrinkles.

Aside from its beauty benefits, this sea spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and light. It can serve as a facial toner or as an all-over skin nourishing spray. If you’ve never tried salt on the skin, try this simple and inexpensive recipe!

 

DIY Sea Spray for healthy skin

 Try this nourishing sea salt spray for skin to reduce acne and firm skin. This spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add Himalayan or sea salt and Epsom salt/magnesium to the warm water and stir until salts are completely dissolved.
  • Add essential oils (if using) and store the end product in a glass jar or spray bottle.
  • To use: Apply to your skin by spraying or with a cotton pad as a toner. Great for use as part of a daily skin care routine of after swimming.

 

 

 

Notes

  • In place of distilled water, an herbal tea if it is made from dried herbs. Calendula or chamomile tea work well in this recipe — or mint tea can be used for a cooling spray!

Three (More) Lies People Believe about Yoga

 

Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga. Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies. We tackled three misconceptions last week .

Here are three more.

 

 1. Yoga poses? I can’t do those! 

Yoga poses, just like yoga itself, isn’t one-size-fits all. Every pose looks different on every body. Your flexibility, physical fitness and strength are all factors. For a pose like standing forward fold, for example, the person to your right might be touching his toes and the person to your left may not be able to reach past her knees. 

The best part? Neither person is doing it wrong. Different bodies allow for different expressions of every pose.

 

 2. Yoga is only for stress relief. 

Yes, yoga is for stress relief – it’s a powerful stress buster and you can leave a yoga session feeling more relaxed and calmer. But yoga is more than that! A regular yoga program strengthens muscles, deepens your breathing, improves your balance and makes you more flexible. Yoga can help with many ailments and illnesses – asthma, arthritis, depression, heart disease, infertility . . . the list goes on.

 

 3. Yoga is only for young people.

At Hagoyah, we have students of every age! Yoga offers benefits to everyone, no matter what your generation. It’s never too late – or too early – to begin practicing.

 

 

Three Lies People Believe about Yoga

 

 

Three Lies People Believe about Yoga

 

Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga.

Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies.

 

1. I need to be flexible to try yoga. 

So you’re not flexible enough for yoga? It’s just like saying you can’t go to sleep because you’re tired, or you can’t ___ because you’re ______. Yoga is designed to build your flexibility. Starting from scratch is okay: we’ve all been beginners at one point.

If you lack flexibility, yoga is just the experience for you! Flexibility isn’t a requirement. All you need to do is show up with a positive attitude. At Hagoyah, we’ll teach you the rest.

 

 2. My religion doesn’t fit with yoga. 

Yoga isn’t associated with one religion, one or belief system or one faith. You don’t need to worship any deities, serve any gods or participate in religious ceremonies.

Yoga is more than a physical practice: it’s the unification of your body and mind, your spirit and breath. In yoga, you recognize your thoughts, become conscious of your actions and words and comprehend who you are. Yoga is about seeing your connection to others and becoming connected to yourself. Having any religion, or no religion in particular, doesn’t exclude you from yoga. It’s a physical practice for everyone. Adapt the practice to your own beliefs!

 

 3. Yoga is too expensive for me.

Sure, some yoga studio classes may bring a little sticker shock. But while it’s true that some yoga classes can be costly, many have deals or specials for new students. At Hagoyah, we love offering our Enlighten-Up Lunch Break classes, where you pay what you can. It’s an introduction to yoga for anyone, and we’re happy to offer this gateway to further yoga practices.

And yoga isn’t expensive when you do it at home! Take what you learn from class and put it into action outside the studio. Roll out your mat in your own living room and practice your sun salutation, downward dog, child’s pose and warrior sequence. When you pay for a yoga class, you pay for more than just that hour: you pay for the knowledge you gain.