Ellie Holbrook, MA, LPCC, RYT200 is…

…A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor:  Ellie counsels women, men, adolescents, and professionals from all walks of life. She is committed to the well-being of her clients and dedicated to helping them meet their unique individual life and wellness goals as they optimize their personal satisfaction in life. As a coach, Ellie specializes in the art of positive living.

…A Registered Yoga Teacher:  Ellie is a certified yoga instructor, registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.  She is currently engaged in advanced teacher training.  Ellie teaches daily yoga classes at Satsanga, her studio, in Spicer, Minnesota.

…A Co-Founder of Satsanga:  Ellie, and her partner Ashley Christianson, are co-founders of Satsanga, a gathering place in which individuals gather to share the company of the “highest truth” through various means of study, practice, and reflection.  The ultimate goal is to assimilate the meaning of these personal truths into one’s daily life.  At Satsanga, we welcome you to join us in the practices of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Holistic Well-Being.

…A DONA-trained birth doula: Ellie is a DONA-trained birth doula. She is enthusiastic about childbirth, and passionate about supporting expecting women and their families.

How to Ruin Your Life

June 17th, 2015

In an effort to be our best self, most of us spend a considerable amount of time and energy doing everything that we can to maximize life.  And, we should continue to do this throughout life.  Yet, in doing so, it would be good practice to also reflect on how we might be limiting ourselves, and therefore minimizing life, even when we intend to do just the opposite.

For deeper reflection, consider the following points: 

You limit your life by investing in toxic relationships:  The investments that we make in our loved ones are some of the most rewarding investments we will ever make.  Yet, quite often, we find ourselves investing in relationships that we find draining, rather than fulfilling.  And no matter what the motivation is, be it a sense of obligation, guilt, fear, or the fulfillment of an unhealthy desire or need, these relationships do nothing but sabotage our happiness.  So, rather than continuing to invest in unhealthy relationship patterns, choose instead to nurture those relationships that you find inspiring, enlightening, supportive and unconditional.  Perhaps, begin with your relationship with yourself. 

You limit your life by letting your past predict your future: Undoubtedly, things will happen in life that will be painful.  And while some of these experiences may stay with us and shift our perspective in meaningful ways, they need not define nor confine us.  So rather than allowing past hurts to shape our present and future moments in a negative way, we must take care to keep the past in its place, and if we can, transform it into something positive as we move forward.

You limit your life by comparing yourself to others:  If you find yourself comparing yourself to others, stop.  These comparisons are rarely an accurate portrayal of the big picture, and they rob you of your worth as a person.  Instead, keep in mind that all people, regardless of outward appearances, have blessings and hardships, strengths and weaknesses. 

You limit your life by desensitizing yourself:  Most of us have a habit of “watering ourselves down” in some way or another because we fear the consequences of being ourselves unabashedly.  We fear “what might happen” or “what people might think” if we say too much, express ourselves truly, feel too deeply, and live authentically.  And really, as far as feelings go, this makes sense.  Because to live authentically in such a way exposes who we are, which can feel extremely vulnerable.  Yet, doing the contrary, and desensitizing yourselves to life does exactly the opposite, and prevents us from experiencing the rich depths an beautifully magical moments of life. So if and when you have feelings, have courage and own them.  Do not harden yourself and resist life.  Embrace, feel, and express.  Find the strength in vulnerability and be human. 

You limit your life by tolerating it.  To merely tolerate life is to complacently settle for a mediocre life.  When done strategically, this tolerance may have merit.  But to live all of life in such a way is to limit life.  Do not let this happen to you.  Instead, go and do. Go and be.  Go on, and live your extraordinary life.

 

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Yoga and Meditation: June 15- June 20th

June 14th, 2015

Yoga and Meditation Schedule:  June 15-June 20

 

Monday

9.00-10.00am:  Yoga for Kids- Elementary Age (Pre-K through 4th Grade)

10.00-11.00am- Yoga for Kids- Middle School Age (5th Grade through 8th Grade)

…There is no need to preregister for Kids Yoga.  Just come when you can!

5.30-6.30pm- Hip Openers

 

Tuesday

6.30-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga

 

Wednesday

5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow

 

Thursday

5.00pm: Meditation

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour

 

Friday

8.30-9.30am: BodyBlend

10.00-11.00am- Gentle Flow

 

Saturday

9.00-11.30am:  Kundalini Yoga for Relationships Workshop with Jennifer Grant- there is still room to join!  DO let me know if you are interested!  Jen’s workshops are a life-shaking work of art!

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Yoga and Meditation Schedule/Updates: June 8th-June13th

June 7th, 2015

Yoga and Meditation Schedule:  June 8th – June 13th

Are you a school employee??  If so, all yoga classes are free for you this week!

Monday

9.00-10.00am:  Yoga for Kids- Elementary Age (Pre-K through 4th Grade)

10.00-11.00am- Yoga for Kids- Middle School Age (5th Grade through 8th Grade)

5.30-6.30pm- Hip Openers 

Tuesday

6.30-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga

Wednesday

5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow

Thursday

5.00pm: Meditation

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour

Friday

8.30-9.30am: BodyBlend

10.00-11.00am: Gentle Flow

Saturday

10.00-11:00am: Saturday Morning Surprise

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Kundalini Yoga Workshop: Relationships

May 27th, 2015

We absolutely fell in love with Jennifer Grant when she visited us last month.  So with open arms and open hearts, we welcome her back for another Kundalini Yoga Workshop…  

“Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, and soul.”

- Yogi Bhajan

Our time during this workshop will be specifically focused on supporting you and ALL of your relationships. We’ll spend time learning about our role in our relationships and uncover ways we can enhance our experience.

Kundalini Yoga is known as the “yoga of awareness”. It is a practice that is designed to connect you to your divine truth…Sat Nam. Kundalini Yoga includes mantra, movement, and meditation.

The workshop will open with a short private reflection that will lead into a kriya (set of postures/movements) to clear and release the blocks holding you from the relationships you truly desire.  It will also include guided journal exercises along with class discussion and connection – to support our new awareness with building relationships.

The workshop is perfect for beginners and advanced yogis alike! Absolutely no yoga experience is required for this practice. This workshop is a perfect fit if you are ready to say yes to understanding relationships on a fuller and deeper level.

 

Relationship with Self. Relationship with Others. Relationship with Spirit/God/Universe.

ALL RELATIONSHIPS.

 

Saturday, June 20th, 9-11:30am.  Satsanga in Spicer, MN

 Space is limited. Advance registration is required. $40/person  Use this (copy and paste) to register:  http://tinyurl.com/KYSP620

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Good vs Bad

May 20th, 2015

As many of you are aware, I am a yoga instructor at the yoga studio that I co-own in Spicer.  And for the last past nine months, I have been teaching a yoga class that is just for kids.  In this class, not only do we “do yoga”, but we also discuss some very relevant and important life issues that our little ones face on a day-to-day basis.

In our discussion, a common theme that the young ones bring up nearly every week is the negativity that they encounter, in some form, on an everyday basis.  More specifically, the kids want to talk about the disagreements they have had with their peers, bullying on the playground and in the hallways, perceived injustice in the classroom, troubles at home, and their own unsettling thoughts and feelings about themselves and others. 

After allowing these sweet children time to verbalize and process their concerns amongst themselves, they are always encouraged to look for the value of the hardship, whether that is the lesson that was learned, the positive intention behind their actions despite the outcome, how they may have done well in an otherwise difficult situation, or something else entirely that can highlight the silver lining amongst the clouds. 

In these weekly conversations, the children and I regularly discuss the power of both positive and negative energy and the impact that our thoughts, feelings, and actions have on ourselves and others, whether we realize it or not.    And so to bring to life the impact that our energies have on the world around us, we conducted a bit of a science experiment for an entire month.

In our experiment, we took an apple.  And we cut that apple into halves.  One half was labeled The Good Apple, the other half, The Bad Apple.

We then wrapped them the apple halves in plastic to preserve them somewhat, and we talk to talked to them for a month. To The Good Apple, we said only things that were kind, loving, supportive and encouraging.  To The Bad Apple, we talked trash, making insensitive and disparaging comments, and directin any and all negative energy that we could muster up toward that poor Bad Apple.  

We did this every day, for four weeks. 

And what do you think happened?    The Bad Apple, or the recipient of our negativity, rotted significantly faster than The Good Apple (If you are a skeptic, I would be delighted and honored to show you photos). 

And what an enlightening lesson this was for the kids and I!  How powerful it was to see, right before our very eyes, the impact that the energy we bring forth, the thoughts that we think, and the words that we say, really do hold tremendous power in the way that they affect ourselves and others. 

Let this be a lesson to us all:  Do good, or at the very least, do no harm.  Love, and be loved.  Take care, and be well. 

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Schedule for May 19-May 25th 2015

May 18th, 2015

Tuesday

6.30am-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga

4.30-5.30pm: Lower-Body/Creative-Core

 

Wednesday

5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow

 

Thursday

5.00pm: Meditation

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour

 

Friday

8.30am-9.30am: BodyBlend

10.00-11.00am- Gentle Flow

 

Saturday

10.00am-11.00: Saturday Morning Surprise

 

Please Note that there will be no classes Memorial Day.  Ashley and Ellie will be spending their precious time with their precious loves!

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Sorry, Not Sorry

May 6th, 2015

Unless you are perfect (and let’s face it, who is!?) apologies are a necessary part of life.  It is important to be able to admit our mistakes, and to know how and when to offer a heartfelt and meaningful apology.  But, in my opinion, it is equally important to know when an apology isn’t necessary. 

Here are seven times that you should absolutely stop being sorry for:

Your Feelings:  Having feelings, whatever they are, is not something that we need to apologize for.  What we do with those feelings may require an apology now and then, but having feelings in and of themselves is not right nor wrong, and it is absolutely okay to express them in an appropriate way.  Don’t minimize yourself by apologizing for what you feel.   

Your Appearance:  You are who you are.  What is there to apologize for?  Don’t be so hard on yourself. 

Needing Time Alone:  Taking time for yourself is healthy and necessary.  It is an act of self-care, not selfishness, and it does not require an apology. 

Asking a Question:  We invalidate ourselves when we apologize for posing a question.  And this is silly.  No one expects you to know everything.  If you want or need to know something or you need clarification, just ask. 

Other People’s Behavior:  We cannot control the actions of others.  Therefore, what people say and do is not our responsibility (unless, perhaps, they are our children – then this is parenting).  As such, if someone behaves in a less than desirable way, it is for them to be sorry for, no one else.  

Not Responding Immediately to a Text, Call, or Email:  We are busy people with full lives, and our time is precious.  Do not feel sorry for having a life.  If you need time to get back to someone, for whatever reason that may be, take it.  Perhaps explain these priorities, if necessary, but do not feel badly for having them.  

Circumstances You Can’t Control:  Again, much of what happens in life is not within our control.  If it were, things would not go wrong nearly as often as they do! So, when these situations arise, acknowledge it, but do not take responsibility for something that was not your fault.

Letting go of the impulse to apologize can be difficult, as it can become habitual.  However, it is important to know when it is okay to not be worry.  For when we apologize excessively, we invalidate our own feelings, experiences, and sense of worth. 

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Schedule: May 4th-May 9th

May 3rd, 2015

May 4th, 2015 – May 9th, 2015

Monday

After School- 5.00pm:  Yoga for Kids with Ellie- This week we will learn about the Moon!

5.30pm-6.30pm: Hip Openers- Ashley is now offering a Hip Openers ever Monday evening!   Hip Openers is suitable for all levels of students and body types.  This class will place a special emphasis on the lower body, helping open, strengthen, and lengthen the muscles and tissues of the hips, glutes, and legs. 

Tuesday

6.30am-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga with Ellie

4.30-5.30pm: Lower-Body/Creative-Core with Ashley

Wednesday

5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow- Heat things up with Astanga Yoga!  This dynamic class is challenging yet accessible for all levels of students.  And for those of you that have been curious about Hot Yoga… Do come!  We crank the heat and get sweaty and salty and deliciously dreamy and steamy.

Thursday

5.00pm: Meditation with Ellie

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour with Ellie

 Friday

8.30am-9.30am: BodyBlend with Ellie

10.00am-11.00am- Gentle Flow with Ellie.  Suitable for all students, this class will flow gently from pose to pose.  If you are pre- or post-natal, this will be the perfect class for you!

 

Saturday:

9.00am-11.30am:  Kundalini Yoga Workshop:  A journey into the Soul – There is still room to register!

 “Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, and soul.”  – Yogi Bhajan

 Kundalini Yoga is known as the “yoga of awareness”.  It is a practice that is designed to connect you to your divine truth…Sat Nam.   Kundalini Yoga includes mantra, movement, and meditation.  The workshop will open with a short private reflection that will lead into a kriya (set of postures/movements) to clear and release the blocks holding you from a life you truly desire.  After you’ve released what is holding you back, you’ll be guided through a kriya that invites you to allow the blessings and guidance to flow freely in your life.  You will experience a deeper connection with yourself and gain clarity for moving forward.  The workshop is perfect for beginners and advanced yogis alike!  Absolutely no yoga experience is required for this practice.  This workshop is a perfect fit if you are ready to say yes to living a happier and more fulfilling life.

 Advance registration is required.  $40.   Email Jen at jennifer@inspiringradiance.com to secure your spot.

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Spring Cleaning

April 21st, 2015

The following reflections were sent to me by one of my best friends.  And as I read it, I could not help but to look at my surroundings, both literally and figuratively.  And as I did, I saw a clean and tidy home with a few messy signs of life scattered about.  Yet, as I looked deeper, inside and out, I could not help but to see the cobwebs and the dirty corners.  So as you read on, I hope you are moved, as I was, to begin to clear the way… 

“We must ask ourselves “Are we  to reflect the world, or is the world to reflect us?” 

The answer is, “both”. 

So with this in mind, ask yourself, “Do my cupboards reveal the state of the world?”  If they are disorderly, they do.  And, of course, orderliness is not everything.  Yet it is something.  And this is a place for us to start if we wish to surpass the world order as it is today.

 While the state of our cupboards and the physical realm in which we dwell is not all that we amount to,  this part of our lives is deserving of attention, and there is certainly no fault in making the physical more compatible with our higher aspirations.  Because, really, this is a simple place to begin.   Start here, in your own space, and finish, today. 

If you open your cupboards and see a mess, then you are long overdue.  If, when you move about your house, your belongings are scattered about, causing you to stumble, fall, or exist around them, move these things now.  Clear your way now and create a smooth path. 

(By now, you likely see the metaphor that has been laid before you.  And hopefully, you also see that there is more to this than the obvious)

 Even so, continue to clear and cleanse.  Wash the windows of your mind, so that you may see.   Ascend from any stuck-ness of the past.  Drop that which you carry, and remove any obstacles in your way, especially those that you impose upon yourself. 

You may not realize it right away, but this congestion does affect you.  You clear your throat, so why would you not clear your life on deeper levels?   To do this, start where you are, and start now.  There is no other time or place to begin.  

If you hope to continue to move forward, you must travel light.  Carry only love and light, and give it away freely as you shed the extra baggage, and you will never be weighted down. 

Many ask as they move through this process, “Which comes first, clarity, or a clear path?” To answer this clear your path first, and you will know.  Some may manage well, even amidst disorder, but why have it this way?  Instead, let go.

…This lesson, of course, is not one of housekeeping.  Rather, it is a lesson of freeing one’s self from riff-raff, baggage, and any weight of the past and moving into the present.  For attachments to the past keep us in this time of never, and prevents us from being in the present, which is the time that it will always be.

So let go of these things and clear them away, so that you may move forward.  Know that what you have in your heart will always be enough now.”

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Calendar of Events: April 20th – April 25th

April 19th, 2015

Monday

After School- 5.00pm:  Yoga for Kids with Ellie- This week we will celebrate Earth Day!

5.30pm-6.30pm- Karma Class- Ashley will be offering a free yoga class every Monday during the month of April.  

 

 Tuesday

6.30am-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga with Ellie

4.30-5.30pm: Lower-Body/Creative-Core with Ashley

 

Wednesday

5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow- Heat things up with Astanga Yoga!  This dynamic class is challenging yet accessible for all levels of students.  And for those of you that have been curious about Hot Yoga… Do come!  We crank the heat and get sweaty and salty and deliciously dreamy and steamy.

 

Thursday:  Both classes will be BOGO classes!  Come to class (whether you have been here before or not!) and bring a friend for FREE!

5.00pm: Meditation with Ellie

5:30-6.30pm: Happy Hour with Ellie

 

Friday

8.30am-9.30am: BodyBlend with Ellie

10.00am-11.00am- Gentle Flow with Ellie

5.30pm-10.00pm:  United Way’s Power of the Purse!  The women of Satsanga will be presenting on yoga and meditation.  For more information:  http://liveunitedwcm.org/power-of-the-purse/

 

Saturday:

Join us in celebration of Earth Day at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center! Ashley and Ellie will have a booth set up for the duration of the day, and we will be teaching a Free Yoga class.  For more details:  www.prairiewoodselc.org

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