BECOME A GLOW ANGEL - SUPPORT OUR MISSION

plus PAINT & WINE for a CAUSE

September 2020

We cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that we can do.

 

Thank you for visiting us today. Please help us create Glow Wellness Fund to preserve this special community I've been cradling with love the last 10 years. This year of punches and obstacles we have to rely on each other for the encouragement to keep going...it cracks my heart each time I see another empty storefront. We love our landlords, who gave us a discount on rent, but it's not enough. With our Wellness Fund, we will be able to sustain our space, as well as offer scholarships to our neighbors in the service industry who've lost their jobs, and people whose stability was burnt in California fires. Glow has been providing safe and meaningful workplace to over 30 people, and our mission is to spread health and consciousness through yoga, longevity-focused fitness, and education. We all ask you kindly support our mission for the highest good of our neighborhoods.  How can you? 

1. Buy a product, Glow Credit, Donation or Classes using our New Online Store! or

2. Participate in the thoughtful online home practices our team is creating every day, or register for classes in Washington Sq ParkFor 24/7 access to our Virtual Studio please subscribe at $89 rate, which will also give you 4 classes in the park.

3. Join us Friday, September 25 for Paint & Wine outsideWe are co-hosting a sweet connecting Glow community event with our friend Amanda, the owner of a local Altalena Wine & Pizza Bar. 100% of the proceeds from the event will support both of our women-run small businesses. You can share about the event and invite your friends via Facebook, or

4. Share this page with your neighbors, and, maybe you have any fantastic ideas that can help me raise Glow Wellness Fund, as well as ideas on co-creating meaningful connecting events, please email here

To start our Fund I am releasing a limited amount of Glow's Angel bracelets. White Turquoise stone is known for calming anxiety and self-judgment, bringing about inner harmony and peace. I hope wearing it will remind you that YOU are who makes this world a better place. Thank you so much for being our guarding angels. 

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LOWERING ANXIETY - HOLISTICALLY

This week, as I am planning on attending a suicide victim's life celebration, I am reminded once again how invaluable yoga is for our spiritual and mental health. Having a regular practice of silencing the TV, taking conscious breaths, nurturing our body, mind, and soul with bodywork, long stretches, paying attention to our inner world are the foundation of wellbeing; and unfortunately, nobody teaches that in schools. The rate of anxiety, reactivity, irritability, depression and self-medicating in our society is on the rise, and that is why we here at Glow are doing our best to create as many classes and offerings as we can to support the mental and emotional health of our community.  Please take a look at our Mindfulness Channel with Breathwork, Meditation, and our Yin yoga classes for mental and overall health. If you have lost your job - we provide a scholarship. Please do reach out and do not give up, we can do whole a lot for our life by learning to slow down. Start by taking the class above with Erika Van Gemeren, a truly special practice to love on all of the long-abandoned parts of ourselves.

Please let me know if you can help me by sharing this email with your communities or have any fantastic ideas on how to support and build Glow Wellness Fund, or co-create any meaningful connecting events with us. Would love to hear from you. 

 

P.S. We are looking for a Barre - Pilates - Core Instructors who live nearby - please reach out if you know any!

 

Sending you ♥️ from North Beach San Francisco,​

 

Natasha and Glowing Team

REJUVALIGHT REOPENING PLANS

Taking our mental and physical health to heart I am working on reopening our Rejuvalight Appointments in mid-September. The majority of our Rejuvalight clients come to heal painful and inflammatory conditions, depression, low energy, and fatigue. There is so much suffering going that is out of our control - I know that at least we can do something to take care and heal ourselves.

Glow ReJuvalight is a 20-minute session inside red light capsule. Rejuvalight is a self-serviced appointment, the client has no direct contact with our staff. We absolutely love this holistic healing treatment and hope that everyone can add light therapy to their regular wellness routine; our body thrives with light. Red light contains no UVA or UVB: the wavelength of 633-680nm delivers energy to our cells to stimulate regeneration and repair. Great therapy for arthritis, pain, tension, low energy, insomnia, eczema, and all inflammatory conditions. During the session, you can choose to play relaxing music or guided meditation.  Read more here 

New Client Special: 2 sessions for $80 (1-month expiration)

​Unlimited 2 Weeks  $150

​1 session $55 | 4 session $200  8 for $300 20 for $600  (no expiration)

We will be checking everyone's temperature, require to wear masks, keep all windows open, and have a minimum of 30 minutes between appointments. We are going above and beyond on disinfecting procedures at Glow. Our staff is tested regularly and we ask you to do the same. Free COVID testing appointments are available usually with 10-12 days advance booking and the results within 24h day here>

RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME CARE

July 25

We are working really hard to make the ends meet and keep Glow alive during Covid. Please be so kind and support us, try the beautiful home-practices our team is creating every day. This particular class about Restless Leg Syndrome I created by a friend's request. While doing my research, I discovered that RLS affects 10% of adults and is classified as a sleep disorder. Troubled sleep deteriorates our brain and the most importantly our immune system which is so vital today! This common condition causes fatigue and affects mood, concentration, performance, and personal relationships. This class outlines a few simple techniques to balance our nervous system and restore the dopamine, as well as a sequence of exercises with self-massage to improve circulation and neuromuscular health. Speaking of much-needed massage for all of us, we are hosting TuneUp Therapy Balls Class this Saturday in Washington Square Park

 

The Relieve & Repair Oil I used in the class to reduce tension and inflammation can be purchased here. I am a proud maker of this magical healing product 😊    > 

 

If you suffer from sleeping issues or RLS, please also try these classes: 

-  Gentle, Yin Yoga for Shoulders and Hamstrings Tension that helps with RLS, as well as common legs, shoulders, and back tension.

-  Breathwork Practice for Restful Sleep to help our mind settle down into a deep rest.

I would also love to feature a few live upcoming workshops with my favorite local Medical Qi Gong teacher Eli Cohen 

Qi Gong for Lung Protection, Sleep, Immune Health and more >

AHIMSA & RACISM

To spread more consciousness and self-awareness, please hear out what Aiyisha has to say about racism from a lens of yogic philosophy and her own experience, and take a moment to think about: what is spiritual bypassing? How can we promote peace, love, and compassion towards one another?  How can we support and encourage more yoga teachers of color? Diversity is NATURE, no one life form is identical, not even one tree leaf on all trees in the world is the same. We are here to protect and cherish life in all forms, speak up for those who have no voice. Until all of us acknowledge and embody this truth - the country is not going to change. Our hearts are where the change begins. Let's not forget what yoga is all about.

Thank you for taking responsibility for your own wellness and consciousness - this is a courageous act by which you are making our whole community healthier and more aware. And thank you for your support! 

 

Sending you ♥️ from North Beach San Francisco,

Natasha and Glowing Team

BACK PAIN CARE FROM HOME

June 30

Unfortunately, we are not taught preventative selfcare in schools. Almost every one of us at some point experiences back pain, and while doctors can prescribe us, pain killers, the actual rehabilitation is left to our own devices. The best news is that the pain is not a life sentence, and our body responds incredibly well to the techniques we offer in this prevention and care routine. We can release tension, reduce inflammation and learn about our body through the practice of yoga, self-massage, and self-discovery. This is a thoughtful sequence of deep stretches and myofascial release using the therapy balls, and a foam roller. We can heal physical, and also emotional pain with regular deep tissue work.

Start releasing today:

- melt away stress and anxieties

- unburden areas of high-tension, revive overworked muscles

- release knots and trigger points

- improve circulation and tissue renewal

- tune in to your parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest/digest/repair” state

- increase mobility and flexibility

- help reduce inflammation all throughout your body

- improve your sleep, prevent migraines and more

 

The product we recommend to enhance your healing:

- Yoga TuneUp Therapy Balls

Tension, Pain & Inflammation Relief Rub by Inhale Nature

 

If you want to truly learn about your own body, please join our

Live Online Comprehensive Functional Anatomy Training on July 11! >

I would also love to feature a few live upcoming workshops with my favorite local Medical Qi Gong teacher Eli Cohen 

Qi Gong for Lung Protection, Sleep, Immune Health and more >

 

Thank you for taking responsibility for your own wellness - this is a courageous act by which you are making our whole community healthier. And thank you for your support! 

 

Sending you ♥️ from North Beach San Francisco,

Natasha and Glowing Team

GLOW IS OPEN FOR HOME WELLNESS AND PREPPING FOR MINDFUL REOPENING

May 27. This is the actual polling page - thank you for your help!

I cannot wait to reopen - our orchids are blooming wildly with nobody to see. To prepare safely we need to know how many of you are eager to rejoin in-person, and your preferred class time - please fill a single-question poll below. We will be starting with classes in the park from mid-June and will be planning in-studio classes as soon as we are allowed. Our caring team has been creating uplifting daily classes for home selfcare, and we are happy to announce that whopping 1,080 virtual classes been taken since the SIP! One thousand and eighty acts of love, 500 hours of wellness. Thank you for your commitment to health and for the support of our mission. The selection of virtual classes we offer allows us to continue glow-getting, taking the best care of our body, mind, soul, and our planet. We will keep offering 10+ daily virtual classes via Mindbody schedule for easy bookings, so you can join us from anywhere. Burn extra energy, tone up, stretch, breathe, meditate, learn anatomy and self-massage with yoga TuneUp balls, relieve anxiety, dance, rehabilitate your pain, recover from fatigue: we have a class for everybody, even for your quirky aunt 😉

PLEASE ANSWER THE POLL TODAY: When we are allowed to carefully reopen, we'll start with one daily class in the first few weeks. And, once more of you rejoin as members, we will be able to add more respecting social distancing. 

 

Please scroll down for our safety measures, and to see sweet video messages with lessons our team is sending you.

To our SPA lovers: you can now pre-book your facials and waxing for July 15th and on. Pre-booking will help us better plan for your much needed TLC! We accept new Spa members, sign up via the Pricing page.

On a personal note, I’d be lying if I didn’t say this is one of the most painful times for me and the whole Glow Yoga team in our nine years of existence. We want to make it through so we can continue to be part of this amazing community we’ve become. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each of you who’s been practicing with us over the years, supporting our hardworking team and your local small business. I know it’s a really hard time to be able to manage the crisis and stay well: if you have lost your job, please reach out so we can help you get access to our classes with a scholarship. Just because you've lost your job - you don't have to lose your health. And if you are doing well - please consider sending any virtual class to someone who might need to feel better. We are a community that is only possible when we help each other.

LOVE & WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OUR TEAM (Video)

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Here we are, 3rd month into quarantine... beyond any of our imagination. You have probably by now have finished Netflix, and feeling restless not knowing what is next, and when. This happens to be exactly what yoga is designed for: helping us be calm through the uncertainty, stay focused on what is important, and shed all that isn't. What is important to me is to spread mindfulness and health - by all means, and ways possible. Today, meaningful self-care from home is more needed than ever, we are in the midst of a health crisis that affected the whole planet Earth. I know that we have tough work ahead of us to restore our lives, and I have faith in our ability to learn, reflect and come out on the other side wiser and more conscious as a society. We all have been hit by fear, but I believe that we also have been touched by the moments of clarity, connection, and solidarity.  While we are coming to grips with the situation, I wanted to share three lessons of my own, and the words of love and wisdom from our Glowing team in this video:  

LESSONS I AM LEARNING

1. Yoga is a path - not a pose. More than ever before I lean on what yoga, it's been my lighthouse in the storm.  This pandemic has taught me that in order to make it through this and prevent fears from driving my life - I have to embody the teachings 500% more. To flip the fear switch I focus on my mission to serve, I maintain my physical body, I stretch, I sing, I meditate, and I breathe, and I breathe again. Yogic philosophy gives us all the tools necessary to stay at peace even in the roughest waters. Today we have an opportunity to look straight in the face of our daily habits, our coping methods, our physical and mental hygiene, our environment, and our consumption. All Yamas and Niyamas of the yoga path.

2. Fear and health are related - please mind your thoughts. Despite our best efforts to remain positive, these are scary times, and it’s ok to be afraid. But when chronic, fear paralyzes our drive, our immune system, and disconnects us from compassion for all beings. Where there's fear - there is no room for love. I'm reading books on our immune system, our own miraculous shield, and it helps me focus on what I can actually do instead of just worrying. Our thoughts, the way we relate to the world, the TV shows we watch triggers cortisol production, which directly affects our ability to protect and repair ourselves. Think cortisol = shut down immunity. But there is a lot we can do to lower the cortisol, like these simple mindful acts of self-care: be affectionate with loved ones, go for a walk, take a yoga class (or any lower impact movement), read a book, practice breathwork, meditate, stretch, treat yourself to a hot bath, play relaxing music, create art, sing, write, and of course laugh. 

 

3. Human goodness prevails. I am so inspired by the sheros and heros stepping up helping out people who have had their lives turned upside-down in this pandemic. We are by far stronger together! Millions of incredible acts of kindness happen every day. We all can be sheros and heros, though - our local North Beach Citizens provide food for the homeless, and North Beach Neighbors can use more volunteers to help local businesses to stay afloat by providing delivery service, and I am very inspired by our incredible Glowing team for offering classes and staying true to their teachings. Even during the hardest hit our service industry has ever known, in the midst of financial uncertainty and isolation, people are stepping up and shining their peaceful warrior spirits.

Be well, take care of yourselves, and keep in touch.

The light in me honors the light in you,

Natasha

and our incredible caring wellness-nerdy team

SAFETY Practices as Glow Reopens: 

If you've been a member of Glow, you know that we always practice strict hygiene and cleanliness. We will always stay true to our mission of spreading wellness and peace. Here are just a few of the current measures: 

 

1. We have moved all of our classes online so you can continue your wellness from home when not feeling well, and while staying home. Movement and mindfulness are essential for our health, recovery, and having a well-functioning immune system.

2. Once we reopen, we will have jus 1-2 classes a day to reduce in-person traffic and have ample time to sanitize and air out our space. We have limited the class size to guarantee 6ft+ space around us. Teachers are not offering hands-on adjustments until further notice. PLEASE ANSWER THE POLL - WHAT TIME DO YOU WANT THAT DAILY CLASS TO BE?

3. We have touch-free soap and alcohol sanitizer dispensers: upon arrival, everyone must wash their hands for 20+ seconds. No self check-ins for now.

4. No sharing water dispenser - please fill up your bottles at home for now.

 

5. We are disinfecting all touch-surfaces throughout a day with professional anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial solutions. Our floor cleaning solution has always been anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.

6. Our powerful HVAC is constantly bringing fresh outside air in, plus we open our windows to ventilate the rooms. 

 

7. Students are using their own mats. We have mats for sale. 

8. We are not using props until further notice. Once props are allowed, we will be laundering bolsters covers, straps, and blankets using hot water on-site.  

9. Please stay home if you have any symptoms, or know that you have been exposed even if you do not have any symptoms - take our virtual classes! Your responsibility saves lives.

 

10. Our full-time manager will be tested weekly. We require all team members to do temperature checks, regular testing, and facemasks for Spa appointments. 

TO HELP WITH HOMESCHOOLING TRY THIS MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUE

May 22, 2020

Feel Better Now with this simple breathing exercise that helps you calm your mind down and be a better listener, student, and friend. Please share this with anyone with kids: a mini-practice to improve concentration, reduce anxiety, collect our mind and connect with our true selves: calm and strong, like a trunk of a tree 🌳

 

Homeschooling is tough for all...I hope this is helpful! Glow BreathWork (pranayama) is a gentle practice with instant results. Practicing breathing exercises helps us sleep better, cope with stress, anxiety, and have more stamina and energy throughout the day. Breathwork is a mindfulness practice that helps us master our mind and reconnect with our true nature - calm, patient, and kind.

 

My heart is reaching out to all of our community. Together, let's support each other in any way we can. Please share this with anyone who might benefit. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this soon. Reply if you need anything - here for you,

 

Natasha 

and our incredible caring wellness-nerdy team