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Andrea's Antics, September 13, 2017

Side plank
Two of my favorite things start a day apart from each other...BL's Yoga Teacher Training kicks off on the 17th, and the next season of Dancing with the Stars on the 18th. Now I know you must be thinking that there couldn't possibly be a correlation between these 2 exciting events, but I will beg to differ!!! Turns out that last season one of the dancers featured told her story about how she discovers that not acting as if she were perfect but showing her vulnerability ended up being her greatest strength as well as her greatest gift to those around her. Her message so resonated with me and I've thought about it often since.  As the owner of BL and the leader of teacher training, I am often looked up to as someone who has it all together or figured out. (Those who know me well will quickly jump in here to tell you otherwise!!) But in actuality, the first thing I tell my teacher trainees is that I struggle with the same kinds of challenges that everyone else does. I have just been lucky enough to have stumbled upon yoga as an effective tool in helping me to navigate through life and am thrilled to be able to share those tools with others. I remember deciding to start up my own yoga teacher training program back in 2000. I had just started practicing yoga in 1997...took teacher training in 1998 and then started teaching shortly thereafter. I had only a few years of experience when I embarked on training others to teach yoga but I knew I had a story to tell. A story about how yoga had transformed my life that could benefit others and was worth sharing. 
I share this with you because I know there are others out there that think they have to have it all figured out or they need years of experience before they could possibly consider teaching yoga, but the truth is you each have a story to tell that has the potential for changing lives. It may or may not be in a traditional yoga classroom but will most likely take on its own shape which will be as unique as you are!! The yoga teacher training is just a process to equip you with the tools to share your story more effectively. 
Yoga teacher training starts on September 17th (oh and did i mention Dwts starts the next day??)...would love for you to consider joining us!!! Give yourself permission to be vulnerable. You just may find its your greatest strength!!

Andrea's Antics, August 30 2017

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I’m sure many of you would agree with me that if you were asked to sum up Body Language in one word you may say “community”! We work really hard to foster an environment where students and staff alike feel connected and welcome. In fact, when designing our space for our recent remodel, we even created a common ground we call the “Link” intended to offer students and staff a place to link or connect, to hang out and chat and get to know one another.Read More

Andrea's Antics, August 2, 2017

muck

I just got back from a girlfriend trip and as part of our adventures we went “mucking.”  I know, I hear you… what the heck is mucking, it sounds terrible, and why would anyone electively do it??  Well the pictures pretty much tell all…you strap on tall plastic boots (that we actually purchased just for this adventure) and walk in the mud.  Read More

Andrea's Antics July 23, 2017

summer shake up antics

As I sit down to write these antics I can’t believe we are already more than ½ way through July… and am hoping that you, like me, are taking every opportunity to soak up every minute of this amazing but short lived Michigan summer!!   That being said, we are entering our last month of our Summer Challenge… I’m playing right along with you and have to say that it has been truly a challenge to get 20 different teachers in!!  I’m getting close (just 5 more to go), but fully aware that I’m going to have to really “shake up” my schedule in order to get those last 5 in.  Read More

Andrea's Antics July 7 2017

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So I'm working on a nutrition presentation for the Barefoot Festival the last weekend of July!!  I know many of you have enjoyed taking classes from the amazing teacher, Beth James, who has taught yoga at Body Language from time to time over the past several years.   Well, she is the one hosting this event.  You can check out the link below to learn more - it's a fabulous weekend and right here in our own back yard!  Many teachers from BL are among those leading classes and, at 2:00 on Sunday the 30th, Read More

Andrea's Antics June 24 2017


andrea splits
Believe it or not, there is usually a method to our madness!!  So when we came up with the Summer Challenge it was based on the fact that a lot of our students fall off or even disappear over the summer months.  We all know that summer months are fleeting and full of all sorts of distractions but then come Fall we see you guys back in class and on your mats all discouraged about losing strength, flexibility and often gaining a few pounds!!   Read More

Andrea's Antics June 6, 2017


boss handstands
As we all know sometimes we are moving forward on what we think is this perfect plan…let’s call it Plan A, and then all of a sudden Plan A is no longer an option.  So, we can stomp our feet and pout and throw a fit OR we can move to Plan B!! Ok so…Chris and I had the summer schedule all thought through, drawn up, and sent out to all of you, known as Plan A, BUT, as of yesterday, we had to do a bit of shuffling and re-adjusting and move to Plan B. Regretfully, Plan B involves temporarily cancelling our cardio drumming classes due to an instructor conflict, but know that we are on the lookout for other instructors to bring back this popular class asap!!  

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Andrea's Antics, May 24, 2017

dancing queens

Wow!!! What an awesome 20 year celebration we had this past Saturday!!  The energy in the morning was over the top as students were excited to try out a handful of 20 minute sample classes!! Chris and I had a riot leading nearly 50 of you thru some fun zumba songs in our hard to forget 90's outfits!!! And then the evening was a blast as well!!! Great turnout...yummy food and the dance floor was packed as students and staff busted out their favorite 90's dance moves!!  Again some never to be forgotten!!!  The whole day really embodied our BL tag line of WORK...SWEAT...PLAY!!!  Was a blast!   A huge thank you to everyone who's hard work made this day possible and thank you to each and every student who supported us over the past 20 years!!    
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Andrea's Antics May 10, 2017


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We are super excited about our upcoming celebration on Saturday, May 20th.  We have set aside the day to celebrate YOU, our loyal students.  The entire day is meant to be a THANK YOU for the support you have shown us over the past 20 years, and whether you have just found your way to Body or have been with us the entire 20 years we would love to have you join us!!
I purchased Body Language back in 1997.   At the time, we had 3 teachers, one store front, 17 classes/week and 90 clients in a rolodex!!  Today we are proud to say that we have over 60 on staff, have taken over 4 store fronts, have 87 classes/week as well as 100 plus workshops per year, and thousands of students!!   Woo hoo!!!   Read More

Andrea's Antics, April 25 2017


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If any of you have been in one of my yoga classes in the past month, you have undoubtedly heard me talking about a seminar Chris and I recently attended called "Mastering the 16 key habits of emotionally resilient people." The presentation started with the statement that you can't be stressed and happy at the same time. You choose one or the other by choosing your thoughts. Whether we choose to resist things we can not change, or to go with them, determines our happiness. The presenter went on to share with us that the average person only uses his/her conscious brain 5% of the time and the rest of the time we are reverting to old habit patterns and previous experiences. By training our minds to be more present and to make more conscious decisions we are more in control of our own happiness!!
This Friday I am teaching a yin and meditation class that will focus on surrendering. We will spend an hour in yin postures that focus on surrendering physically and when we learn to relax our bodies our brains are more likely to follow. Physically the yin practice also targets our connective tissue which often becomes rigid and brittle with time and neglect. Often students will leave yin classes feeling way bendier and even taller as the poses restore range of motion and prevent injury!!
The one hour of yin will be followed by a ½ hour of meditation, focused on looking inside of ourselves and becoming more insightful. The benefits of mediation are countless but learning to become better listeners to ourselves can have a positive impact on every system of our body.
So this Friday, April 28th 630-8 pm...Yin & Meditation...would love to meet you on your mat!!*

*Please bring your yoga mat and your yoga cushion or a blanket. Note that mats, blankets, and cushions will be offered at 20% off for all participants.

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