When the idea of yoga, nutrition and wellness was first put forward to me by my beautiful wife, I approached it much like a toddler approaches broccoli… with fear and trepidation. After eventually succumbing to her pleas to take me to a yoga class, I was pleasantly surprised… and embarrassed; most of the class breezed through the poses while I ached from muscles I never knew I had. Still, it gave me a new found respect for everything I had previously dismissed as “for hippies” and sparked my interest.
Arriving at Nourish a year later, I promised myself I would embrace everything with an open mind and try to make some healthy changes. I’ve been here just over a month now and although I’m still a while away away from doing head stands and turning my back on pepperoni pizza, I can honestly say… I feel better. Just spending time in an environment that puts an emphasis on health and wellness has made me make better choices inside and outside of the Nourish studio. They are not big changes, but everyone has to start somewhere. So now, I try to take a yoga class every week, and I stretch every night and a few days ago, when offered the chance of a fried pork sandwich or vegetable pasta, I went for the pasta. Why? Because there was broccoli in it. And these days, I really love broccoli.
I am so excited that the lending library at NOURISH is finally up and running! Victor and Jocelyn have generously supplied NOURISH with tons of yoga and wellness related materials for clients to enjoy.
Clients can check out up to 3 books or magazines for a period of 2 weeks at no cost. How cool is that?! In addition, many of the books are available for purchase at the reception desk (along with copies of Victor’s Yoga and Travel Yoga videos).
We have books about yoga theory, poses, buddhism, achieving inner peace, general wellness, cookbooks and much more!
Some of the authors in our collection include: Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, B.K.S Iyengar, Leo Tolstoy, and Martin Luther King Jr. We also have various magazines and compilations published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
There is something for everyone to enjoy, so come check it out!
I am so loving being at NOURISH! Our central location in downtown Santa Cruz gives so many more people access to our full schedule of yoga classes. Better yet it’s only $50/month for unlimited classes! Since we’ve opened I’ve seen students who previously practiced yoga only once or twice per month now practicing yoga 3, 4, 5 times a week and some nearly every day!
How awesome is it that Jocelyn and I offer our services in the same place now?! Not only do we get to see a lot more of each other and collaborate professionally, but our clients and students are seeing the powerful combination of yoga and mindful eating.
Additionally, massage is an integral element of our menu of services, with 6 practitioners practicing more than 15 styles, our clients and students are stoked to be able to care for themselves all under one roof!
I am so thrilled with the much needed bike rack in front of Nourish. That much more incentive for people power!
Welcome one and all to the Nourish blog!
We hope to make this a cyber extension of our downtown studio in Santa Cruz. A space for information, ideas, self expression, wellness and perhaps most importantly of all – interaction.
Here you will find regular blogs from our charismatic yoga practitioners, our magical masseuses, our delicious nutritional expert and various other lovely people involved with Nourish.
In addition to sharing our insights into the various areas of our expertise, we will also share our musings on; wellness related issues, the weird and wonderful city of Santa Cruz, music, movies, art and anything else that moves us to put fingertips to keyboard.
We encourage you to do the same and are always eager to answer your questions or hear your thoughts.
Nourish aims to create a sense of community amongst our members and in the city as a whole. We hope this site can provide a platform for the discussion of good health and good times.