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TWIST Eats: Easy Healthy Bagel Recipe

Remember in the 80s when we were all eating “fat-free” and you could eat as many bagels as you wanted? You were gonna get skinny, and all would be well in the world.

Needless to say, that didn’t work. Sigh. And don’t get us started on shoulder pads.

We don’t know about you, but we miss those days.

Twist Yoga recipesWe stumbled upon this recipe one day and happened to have all the ingredients on hand. So, we made them. We proceeded to eat 3 out of 4 in a half hour. Suffice it to say — they were good. Really good. Add cream cheese, capers, and red onions for the win.

Recipe from one of our fave blogs< Skinnytaste.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (5 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it’s not expired or it won’t rise)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky)
  • 1 egg white, beaten (whole egg works fine too)
  • (optional toppings: everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes)**

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment paper or a Silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  3. Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns (it should not leave the dough on your hand when you pull away).
  4. Divide into 4 equal balls. Roll each ball into 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels. (or you can make a ball and poke a hole in the center then stretch it slightly)
  5. Top with egg wash and sprinkle both sides with the seasoning of your choice. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.

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TWIST Eats: Easy Healthy Bagel Recipe

Remember in the 80s when we were all eating “fat-free” and you could eat as many bagels as you wanted? You were gonna get skinny, and all would be well in the world. Needless to say, that didn’t work. Sigh. And don’t get us started on shoulder pads. We don’t know about you, but we…

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Teacher Training Grads — Where are they now: Carol

+ What was your biggest surprise from Twist Yoga teacher training?
I can’t say that there were any real big surprises, but what I can say is that I was so thoroughly impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the instructors. Each instructor embodies yoga from their knowledge of the asanas, history, philosophy, subtle body and so much more. I loved that there was something new to experience and learn from these wonderful people every time I walked into training. Everything that was taught was relevant to what I would need to be a teacher and I use much of it today in my teaching.

Carol Karlson - Twist Yoga Teacher Training+ What was your favorite part of Twist Yoga teacher training?
The learning how to teach was one of my favorite parts, which was experiencing the asanas from a different perspective than being a student in a yoga class. Prior to teacher training would attend a yoga class where I followed the steps from what the instructor was saying. It was a lovely experience and I learned a lot of yoga poses by attending different classes instructed by different teaches. Teacher training taught me the safe way of getting in and out of asanas, creating a logical sequence of yoga poses, proper alignment, correct cueing and challenged me to try asanas I never tried before. I felt braver in my personal practice, more knowledgeable about sequencing a class and enthusiastic in sharing my new knowledge with others.

+ Who should do Twist Yoga teacher training?
I think teacher training is great for anyone who wants to deepen their practice, understand more about yoga, and share their love of yoga with others.

+ What does yoga mean to you?
To me, yoga encompasses the nurturing of the body, mind, and spirit. I truly believe that I have a stronger more flexible and healthy body, and am a calmer person because of practicing yoga.

+ How has your yoga practice changed since doing teacher training?
Since completing the teaching training, I now practice yoga almost every day, whereas before I would practice often but not daily. The only time I don’t practice is when I’m traveling but my mat or a version of a mat comes out, once I get to my destination! My practice is much more habitual now.

+ What are you up to these days?
I am teaching at Twist Yoga and a few other locations in the area. I have also done a little bit of private setting instruction. I truly love teaching, find each setting quite lovely and honestly enjoy getting to know the students. They are an inspiration to me and learn so much from each and every one of them.

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Teacher Training Grads -- Where are they now: Carol

+ What was your biggest surprise from Twist Yoga teacher training? I can’t say that there were any real big surprises, but what I can say is that I was so thoroughly impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the instructors. Each instructor embodies yoga from their knowledge of the asanas, history, philosophy, subtle body…

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Twist Tips: Top 5 Questions to Ask about Yoga Teacher Trainings

Top 5 things you should ask if you are looking to take a Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Trainings are so varied. If you are considering a training, do your research and find the one that is best for YOU. Ask questions, talk to recent grads, and other studio owners.

  1. Ask to see the manual, and inquire about who wrote it, and when it was updated.
  2. Ask what the maximum and a minimum number of students are, and how this will impact the program. (i.e. if there is only a minimum of students, will the program still contain all the advertised components and teachers?)
  3.  Ask about hidden costs: do you have to buy a membership at the studio, or attend a certain number of paid for classes at other studios. What about books, videos, and apps? These add up!
  4. How many of the 200 hours are contained in direct instruction with teachers, and how many are on your own self-study time?
  5. Ask for a list of recent grads and an introduction to speaking with them directly.

Yoga Teacher Training is costly and a huge time commitment and although they may be certified by Yoga Alliance, they are not all the same. There are AMAZING trainings out there so do your homework and find your perfect fit!

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TWIST TIPS: What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Introduction to Vinyasa Flow Yoga
The Popular Yoga Style Links Movement and Breath

by Ann Pizer of verywell.com

vinyasa yogaVinyasa Yoga, also called “flow” because of the smooth way that the poses run together, is one of the most popular contemporary styles of yoga. It’s a broad classification that encompasses many different types of yoga, including power yoga.

In contemporary yoga parlance, vinyasa stands in opposition to hatha. Hatha classes tend to focus on one pose at a time with rest in between. In contrast, flow classes string poses together to make a sequence. The sequence may be fixed, as in Ashtanga in which the poses are always done in the same order, but most of the time vinyasa teachers have the discretion to arrange the progression of poses in their own ways.

In vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa. The spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is cued by an inhalation or an exhalation of the breath.

The literal translation of vinyasa from Sanskrit is “connection,” according to Ellen Stansell, Ph.D., RYT, and scholar of yogic literature. In terms of yoga asana, we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath or as the connection between poses in a flowing sequence.

What to Expect

Vinyasa allows for a lot of variety, but will almost always include sun salutations. Expect to move, sometimes vigorously, from pose to pose. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes advanced poses, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher and the particular style in which he or she is trained.

When the teacher says, “Move through your Vinyasa”

When vinyasa is used as a noun, it describes a series of three poses that are done as part of a sun salutation sequence. When the teacher says, “go through the vinyasa at your own pace,” she means to do a plankchaturanga, and upward facing dog (or their equivalent variations) using your breath to measure when to move on to the next pose.

If you start to get tired and this affects the quality of your poses, it’s very acceptable to skip the vinyasa and wait for the class in downward facing dog.

The beginner’s version of the vinyasa is plank → knees, chest, chin → cobra → downward facing dog.

The advanced version is plank → chaturanga dandasana → upward facing dog → downward facing dog.


 

 


5 of the most frequent questions about Vinyasa Yoga:

  1. How is it different than Bikram Yoga?
    Bikram Yoga has the same 26 poses every time in every class in the same order. There is no music and routine is performed twice during the 90-minute class and is in a strict 105 degrees.
    Vinyasa yoga focuses on a series of continuous movements, combined with breathing techniques, which is why it is referred to as flow yoga. It is not a prescribed series. Each teacher creates a sequence of poses that may focus on a key area of anatomy, or a peak pose or simply a well-rounded flow. Music is often used, and the temperatures vary as much as the yoga postures. Breath is integral to the practice and linked with the movement.
  2. What is Power Yoga at Twist? Is it the same at Vinyasa Yoga?
    Yes, at Twist Yoga, we refer to our most common classes as Power Yoga and Yoga Flow. These are all in the Vinyasa style of yoga.
  3. How many classes should I do a week?
    This is very personal. Many of our yogis practice every day. That being said, it’s important to vary your practice from Power Vinyasa classes to Yin/Restorative yoga, to Shred/Pilates, and also to meditation. If you want to see real change from your yoga practice, we recommend practicing at least three times a week. Of course, your yoga is there waiting for you whenever you can get to your mat, so don’t let the number of days a week ever get in the way of your goals.
  4. How is Yin/Restorative different than Vinyasa Power?
    Twist Yin/Restorative is a quiet practice suitable for students of all levels. Even the most athletic-minded power yogis need time to surrender, slow down and come back to balance. Many poses are seated, prone or supine and are held for several minutes while focusing on breath, presence, and relieving tension. Yin/Restorative is not heated, linked with breath or containing any sun salutations.
    In yin/restorative, you will use props (blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps) to ease the body into comfortable shapes and allow the muscles to relax. Sometimes, you may be in these shapes for up to 7 minutes. In a Vinyasa class, you may practice upwards of 30 poses, and in a yin/restorative class, you may see as little as 6 in an hour class.
  5. I’m not flexible! Can I still practice Vinyasa Yoga?
    Of course! This practice is intended for all body types and abilities. Although it does create space and flexibility in the body, it focuses on creating strength and mobility in the joints as well.

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Twist Yoga Teacher Training Grad – Julienne

A conversion with Julienne, a Twist Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training grad

Julienne Twist Yoga Teacher Training+ What was your biggest surprise from Twist Yoga teacher training?
The biggest surprise came a few months after teacher training was over when I taught my first public class. I never thought I would actually teach. Speaking in front of a group of people is something I usually try to avoid. And I didn’t feel ready or qualified to teach a class because of my own self-doubt. But I taught the class and I survived and I really absorbed more in the 200 hour training than I thought I did. You learn in teacher training that you just have to put yourself out there and do it. I was surprised at how teaching just kind of clicks. I still have a long way to go, though each class helps my confidence grow. 
+ What was your favorite part about Twist Yoga teacher training?
There are so many great things about teacher training. Being able to really dive into my practice was great. My favorite part was probably meeting so many great people. Ali Matt and Jessica Baker are the best teachers anyone could ask for and the range of personalities in our group of trainees was so much fun. Seeing yoga from so many different perspective helped to me to appreciate the practice on so many different levels. I made so many connections and I love how supportive all my fellow trainees are now that we’re teaching. We attend each others classes. It’s a great feeling being able to do something that is so positive for everyone.
+ Who should do Twist Yoga teacher training?
Anyone who loves yoga!
+ What does yoga mean to you?
I started my practice of yoga a year after my second daughter was born. I was looking for something I could be passionate about, besides motherhood, that was just for me, and after taking a few classes at Twist Yoga I was hooked. I thought yoga was going to be just about exercise and getting fit and flexible. I realized it was so much more. It was a place to clear my head and reset. Yoga has taught me patience, mindfulness, and confidence.
+ How has your yoga practice changed since doing teacher training?
I pay more attention to alignment and really nailing the base pose before moving on to a more advanced variation. I’m also more confident trying out new poses that I may have been too scared to try before.
+ What are you up to these days?
I currently teach at Mentor Graphics in Wilsonville. They have a great in-house fitness program that offers yoga to their employees. I also teach two classes at a new studio in SW Portland — an intermediate level Vinyasa class on Fridays evenings and a Hot Power Vinyasa class on Monday mornings.

The next Yoga Teacher Training at Twist Yoga starts in April 2018. If you are interested, send us a note and we’ll get back to you to show you why this Yoga Teacher Training is so unique and special – just like you!


To read more from other Twist Yoga Teacher Training grads, click here

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TWIST Tips: The Turkey on the Table

Move over Elf on a Shelf…there’s a new guy in town —

Meet our new favorite gratitude – builder, TURKEY ON THE TABLE!

Turkey on the Table

We LOVE the idea of fostering more gratitude in our lives. This idea, created by two moms, is the perfect way to start. Simply add something your family is grateful each day on a feather, and watch the love grow. Kids of all ages can participate.
By Thanksgiving, your turkey will be filled with thankfulness, and will be a lovely centerpiece that everyone will enjoy. Plus, every turkey purchased provides 10 meals to someone in need through Feeding America.
You can learn more about TURKEY ON THE TABLE and buy yours here.

About Turkey on a Table:

Did you know that gratitude is a learned behavior? Turkey on the Table® is a book & activity that encourages the whole family to express and display their gratitude.  Our goal is to turn thankfulness into a daily routine.  As parents, we want to instill values in our children that help them understand and appreciate all of life’s blessings. Cultivating a grateful heart helps create a happy child!

Not only will your family experience the benefits of being thankful, you will also experience the joy of giving, knowing that 10 meals will be provided to someone in need with each Turkey on the Table® sold. To date, over 435,000 meals have been donated by Turkey on the Table® through our partnership with Feeding America®

 

 

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 Join us for an Open House on Oct. 29th at 5:30pm to learn more!

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TWIST Tips: How to Activate Your Mala

ACTIVATING YOUR MALA

courtesy of MalaPrayer

Mala Prayer - Twist yOga Activating Your Mala
Mala beads are known to protect and guide us in our daily lives. Activating your mala is the perfect way to connect your beads to your energy, and set your intention.

When choosing your intention, we recommend using your intuition and being as specific as possible – if you want your mala to bring you success, think about which situations you’d like to see that success – is it at work, through relationships? Tell your mala.

 

 


Mala Prayer - twist yogaThe Intention Setting Ceremony

To get the most out of your intention setting ceremony, you will want to create a quiet space where you can feel comfortable and relaxed. Light your favourite candle or incense, and allow negative energy to remove itself from your thoughts and your surroundings. It’s important that you feel calm and relaxed when setting your mala’s intentions.

Sit down, close your eyes, and slowly begin lengthening your breath.

State your intention to the beads with a clear and calm mind. Move the mala through your fingers, avoiding your pointer finger (as it represents ego). And don’t forget to be as specific as you can when stating your intention to your beads.

Visualise yourself finding peace of mind and inner calmness.

“Om Hrim Name Shivaya Om” is a traditional mantra for activating and sealing the energy in your mala. Chant this at least three times, while ensuring you remain calm and comfortable.

Seal the energetic bond with your mala by sitting for at least five minutes. Remember to continue breathing slowly and relaxing with your mala – this is the beginning of a long journey together and the perfect opportunity to get acquainted.

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Asana Breakdown: GARLAND (Malasana) Pose

OCTOBER – Twist Yoga Pose of the Month- Malasana “Garland” Pose

Twist Yoga - MalasanaModel: LeeAnn – Twist Yoga founding member, business owner, mom to 3 girls, Blue Heron Canal homeowner, avid water-skier

It’s October and we all feel the shift — the weather is cooling, the days are getting shorter, and the kids are getting settled in school. It’s the perfect time to discover MALASANA pose. This shape creates calm, strength and helps focus your attention. Who doesn’t need that?

All yoga poses have energetic properties — some are energizing, and others are soothing. This one brings the energy down; both literally and figuratively. So, the next time you feel yourself spinning, and having a hard time catching your breath and focusing, give Malasana a try.

The garland pose stretches the ankles, groins, and back. If your heels don’t reach the floor, rest them on a folded blanket.

 

 The many benefits include:
+ Strengthens and brings flexibility to ankles
+ Increases mobility in the hips
+ Stretches back muscles
+ Soothes some causes of backache
+ Strengthens abdomens

To try out Garland Pose:

  1. Squat with your feet as close together as possible. Most people’s heels won’t reach the floor. You can widen your feet and also try putting a folding blanket under your feet.
  2. Separate your thighs wider than your torso. Inhale and settle your mind. Exhale and slowly lower your body to fit snuggly between your thighs.
  3. Press your elbows arms against your inner knees and your knees back into your elbows. Try to sit up as straight as you can and lengthen your spine.
  4. Continue to breath well. Push down through the feet and root up through the crown of you head.
  5. Hold for 5 breaths and repeat.

Your heels, which press evenly into the floor, act as a counterpoint to your head, keeping you grounded as you extend. If you are like many of us, and are tight in your hips, groins, calves, and Achilles tendons, your heels may not reach the floor. That’s OK! Just try to rolled blanket or towel variation.

If you have a knee injury or are pregnant, this pose should be avoided or practiced with the advice of a doctor.

The next time you are feeling tired, unbalanced, or want to settle the mind, take a few breaths in this yoga pose. It’s a fun shape to try with the whole family. Who knows, we may even see you giving it a try on the stand up paddle board soon!

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