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If I had to choose a couple of words to describe the ways things have been going for me lately I would pick Hurry Scurry. Last week was a Hurry Scurry kind of week. I had the usual classes to teach, dinners to plan and cook, canine kids’ wet feet to wipe, house to clean, music to plan and practice, Mother to call and so on. On top of the usual I added more responsibilities with a deadline that glued me to my computer screen and keyboard. I don’t mind the extra work because it is an excellent cause, but the problem is I let myself became unbalanced. When Hurry Scurry takes over I notice a lack of patience in my core, tension in my neck and shoulders and myopic vision. I just want to stay on with the job, tweaking every little part of it, until it is as perfect as I can get it. There is very little “go with the flow” feeling in my heart, patience for things that side track me, or openness for others, especially those I love.

This week I am changing the pace. No more Hurry Scurry! I need yoga, meditation and some smiles on my face.

I’m taking time to go to other teachers’ yoga classes for my mind and body. I’m committing to daily meditation with soft, soothing music for my spirit. Oh my, it feels so wonderful to be back in balance. Of course, adding my 6-month-old grandson’s picture in baby plank pose to my computer desktop guarantees to bring a smile to my face every time!

Namaste’  Becky P



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Gentler Resolution for 2013

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they're meant to be."

-B.K.S. Iyengar

Often the mention of making a New Year’s resolution brings a groan. Many of us have made resolutions that were soon forgotten. Some resolutions were too tough to live up to, others too vague to measure progress, and some not realistic to achieve in the first place.

Perhaps this coming year the resolution to be gentler to ourselves would better serve us. I’m taking some time to think things over and ask if I’m happier, stronger, and/or living with more joy now than I have in the past. From my yoga practice I have learned a few things and have made changes that work well for me.

I’m taking a gentler approach into 2013 with reminders to myself:

Slow down the pace, as life is not a race

Take time to observe and be in nature, as nature has healing powers

Use the breath to calm the body and mind on and off the mat

Allow time for the body to be still, listen, and feel the peace within

Honor the body, observing and backing off instead of pushing harder

Do make the list, but cross things off with a smile and a whisper of “well done”

Make special time for friends and family, as love lights up the heart

Make healthy choices, taste and savor each bite of food

Fire up the creative juices, it’s fun and good for the brain

Plan time for a daily walk, as it is a wonderful time to think/sort/enjoy

Express gratitude frequently, as it leads to contentment


Becky Palmer

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I've come to the conclusion that we, as humans, are like Tootsie pops.  Tootsie pops come in different colors and shapes.  They seem to have a hard, protective shell, but if dropped, they shatter into a million pieces.  The tootsie roll center that is protected by this "outer shell" is ALWAYS the best part.  Unfortunately, if a little fuzzy gets stuck on the outer shell, the whole sucker is seen as "dirty" and thrown out.


We all have little "fuzzies".  Maybe we're not the right shape, or our nose is a little too big.  Maybe we had a bad hair cut, or we tripped walking to science class.  These "fuzzies" shouldn't be how the world sees us.  I think too many people get "stuck" on OUR outer shell.  Our bodies.  Our hair.  Our height.  The list goes on and on.   What's sad is that sometimes, when people get stuck, they forget that the best part of US is inside.

Our heart.  Our soul.


Remember that old quote, "Beauty is only skin deep?"

So wrong.


Beauty IS our heart and our soul.  What's on the outside is just the protective coating.  But sometimes our protection isn't so strong and we shatter into a million pieces because our shell isn't seen as "perfect".  But NOTHING is perfect.  What we must do is accept it.  Accept the fact that perfection doesn't exist and embrace every imperfection that we have because that's what makes us, us.


I have made myself a promise that has helped open my heart and accept my imperfections.  It goes something like this:


Surround yourself with people who look past your shell.  Who set your soul on fire.  Who make your heart so happy it could pop out of your chest.  Because everything WILL change, but beauty, YOUR beauty, will always remain.


I see people now for the light they shine on my world.  For the laughs they make me laugh and the smiles that make my cheeks ache.  I see them as generous, caring, loving, thoughtful, silly, and creative, instead of "short", "weird", "skinny", "clumsy", or any other physical label.

By practicing yoga, I have learned to pay close attention to my thoughts and my body.  I have learned the power of acceptance and continue to learn the importance of balance. Yoga has given me a new sense of purpose.  I feel more in control of my thoughts when I come to class on a regular basis and more aware of how my body is feeling day to day.  Everyone I have met at the Zen Zone has helped me keep this promise to myself of maintaining a positive outlook.  The instructors are so encouraging and friendly before, during, and after class.  I am always greeted with a smile and a warm hello.  I began practicing yoga on my Wii Fit two years ago.  Let me tell you, I haven't used it since I began coming to the Zen Zone!  There's absolutely no comparison.  The atmosphere is so peaceful and you get to practice with others who enjoy yoga just as much as you.  Everyone goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and "looks past your shell".  Whether you are a beginner or and advanced yogi, you will feel so much love here from the moment you step foot through the door.


My heart is lighter since I began yoga and since I have made the promise to see people's hearts and souls, rather than their physical appearance.  I encourage everyone to look past others "shells" and into their hearts.  It will change your heart, I promise.



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It’s officially the holiday season! It truly is a joyous and blessed time of the year, full of fun and family...  eventually. I’m just like every other person and parent out there, I put my family first. I don’t even think about it; it just happens. There is just more stuff to fit into my daily life during these last months of the year. There is extra laundry to get done so I can pack, traveling, shopping, special things to cook, and the list goes on for each of us. All of these things happen throughout my year, but during the holidays I get so busy, sometimes I forget ME. I forget that my time, my rest and my happiness is important too.

I try to remember ME each time I come to The Zen Zone for work or class. I remember I like talking with people and knowing their stories. I remember how good stretching, twisting and pushing my body and my mind make me feel. I remember how much fun coloring is.  I remember “helping” makes kids feel so big. I remember sometimes it’s the little things and sometimes the little things are really big to others. As I take time to remember each of these things I remember ME and I remember that I am important too!


So whatever you do: yoga, listening to music, running, reading, worship, or whatever, take just a little time to remember You during the holidays. It will make the time and energy you give to others even more of a blessing.

Much Love,

Katie Kleffner


Pictured above Bev, Katie & Debra 2010

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I found yoga… after motherhood!

The best thing about yoga is… balancing my mind and my life; being able to learn more about myself and what really is important to me in this life.

Playing on my iPod… Led Zeppelin, Enigma, Adele, Bob Marley, Jason Mraz, Snatum Kaur, Keb Mo, Florence and the Machine…

My classes are… Full of flowing energy, props, highs and lows, and positive.

My favorite poses are… Rocking spinal twist, down dog, forward fold

The best yoga class I ever experienced… its was a hot power flow class mixed with deep holding poses. It was full of energy and deep relaxation. I love that they played rock music and I sweat like crazy!

Locally you might find me... Target, La Fuente, and TJ Maxx

My guilty pleasure… white wine and Days of Our Lives

I am so passionate about… Keeping my friendships and family relationships strong.


I am so blessed…. to have what I have! A beautiful, huge family and the best support system in the world.


I wish for… kind words to be spoken to all people all the time.

The best hugs are… when you really need one.

Life is too short to… sweat the small stuff.

Words that lift my heart… I Love You!

I am not defined by… anyone

There is nothing better than… a morning at home with my family.

Words that I try to live by… it’s all good.

I love to eat… soup, salads, enamame, and grilled cheeses.

If I could live anywhere, I would live… By water.


Rebecca Kurucz

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This morning I finished the last of the peaches grown in my husband’s and my backyard. Every morning I add fruit to my cereal, Greek yogurt, and walnuts. This year’s crop of peaches was abundant though small, and oh so sweet! I am delighted I had peaches to eat all summer long. Since this is the last, I pause and take a few moments to express gratitude for nature’s gift!

Saturday is the official day for the fall season to begin. Red and Yellow Delicious apples and Bartlett pears fill my frig now.  I’m enjoying the cooler days and chilly nights. Once again I am grateful for the gifts from nature!

When was the last time you took a few moments to sit quietly, breathe deeply and gratefully reflect? Go find a place where you are surrounded by nature.  Notice nature’s gifts. Don’t forget to express gratitude for the little and oh so sweet things in your life.

By Becky Palmer

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