Category Archives: Nourish

West Cliff Walks

Sometimes I think we forget that we live in Santa Cruz. Not in a medically concerning way, but in a getting caught up with life and bills and work kind of way. We forget that the air we breathe is that little bit cleaner and crisper than most folks. We forget that wildlife still gets to be wild around us. We forget that the epic and enamoring Pacific Ocean is right on our doorstep.

Not today.

This afternoon I felt the walls closing in on me at home and so I stepped out into the lovely warm sun and wandered toward West Cliff. Being a Tuesday it was not jammed with weekend cyclists and tourists, so I strolled peacefully along the coast. I thought about lots of little things and made plans for the rest of the day. It was calm at sea so instead of watching surfers battle it out for the next wave, I watched two guys goof around in kayaks. At the surf museum I sat on a bench and listened to the sea lions honk. A man wearing a shirt that looked like it used to be a curtain in a Hawaiian breakfast diner made me smile. And then I walked home.

All in all I probably spent 40 minutes escaping the same old routine and thinking back over it tonight, it was the best part of my day. I’m promising myself to do it more often. After all it’s the summer. We should all be soaking up Santa Cruz!

Anthony

A Yogi’s Dilema

So Jocelyn and I are at the downtown farmer’s market on Wednesday (which is our regular Wednesday date now for more than 12 years!) a little later than usual because Jocelyn’s 4:00 p.m. client had called to say she couldn’t make it. No sooner had we approached our first stand when Dana calls and tells Jocelyn that her 4:00 p.m. client is there and ready for her appointment!

So, we finished up at Route One (thanks Ora) with carrots for juicing and green plums for devouring and headed back to NOURISH. Jocelyn goes in with her client and I am left to fly solo at the market.

Particularly in the summer having two of us is great. Not just because Jocelyn looks awesome in her summer attire, but also because there is such a bounty to gather and return with. So I gather the bounty myself: two bags full of onions, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, etc. and 1 full flat of Frog Hollow peaches, nectarines (white and yellow) and apricots.

I’ve got the smaller of the 2 bags on top of the 10 lb+ flat of fruit, which I am carrying in both arms like an offering, and the larger of the two bags over my left shoulder. Sure the bags and box are heavy, but that is not my dilemma.

My dilemma is that I am a yogi. So after years of practice my shoulders have a natural inclination to NOT hunch, which means one of the straps of the large bag is falling off my left shoulder and I’ve got all this ridiculously beautiful if not fragile fruit in my arms. Luckily, I’ve seen hunched shoulders, so had some idea how to do it and safely transported all the produce back to NOURISH.

Luckily for me, Jocelyn was the one who had to bring all that stuff home.

Victor

One Bite At A Time

It’s been such a great morning! I just finished consultations with fantastic clients who are motivated to transform their health. It is so great to see people get excited about having a new list of healthy groceries to buy, breakfast menus to try, and energizing snacks to carry with them on the go. Though our sessions are packed with information, I remind people of the easiest way to improve their nutritional well-being-one bite at a time.

Jocelyn

Yoga and Broccoli

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.

Anthony

New Yoga Props and Cuisine

Come check out our new yoga props in the boutique, as well as, our new cuisine in the Nourishment fridge! We now have assortments of 6 different colors of yoga blocks, new yoga wedges (shown above) , yoga balls, yoga bolsters, and yoga straps. We are also now carrying Samabazon Acai drinks and an assortment of wraps (including vegan options) from fundamental foods.

Dana

The Lending Library at NOURISH

Good afternoon!

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!

Kate P

Loving NOURISH

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!

Victor

Welcome!

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.

Be Well!