changing my community...one class at a time

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A few months ago, I was interviewed for a piece on our trap yoga classes offered at Studio 262. I thought it was merely about the new trend that is building a huge following in the yoga world. But I was blown away at how much Anita Little, the interviewer, "got" me. She wrote a beautiful piece about my vision for my community, my studio and how I am using fitness to make a positive impact on the neighborhood that raised me. Check out this beautifully written article on Studio 262 & trap yoga.

the "F" word

It's such a mean, nasty word..."Fat". And in the world of yoga and the fitness industry overall the stigma is so damaging to the mental being. Who says that yoga is only for the thin and fit? It is difficult to know it isn't by scrolling through the endless photos on social media of long, lean bodies contorted into odd positions. But Studio 262 is accepting the challenge to SHATTER this stereotype. Yoga is for everyone! Tag your photos #beautifulby262 ! Here is some inspiration for all of us!

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We don't realize how powerful our words are. We must use them to provoke change throughout the world! And if these words are not motivating enough just stare at this beautiful man! You're welcome ;)

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words are only as good as the response to those words.

- Jessie Williams

Studio 262 is hiring

We are looking for power vinyasa yoga instructors, pilates instructors and a hybrid battle ropes/yoga instructor (we are willing to train on battle ropes). If you are interested in joining our squad, please contact the studio at info@studiotwosixtwo.com

 

 

 

 

join our squad!

smudge sesh!

Smudging is a great way to clear stagnant energy in your home, office or yoga/meditation space. Smudging is the practice of waving a smoldering bush of herbs (sage or sweetgrass are most most commonly used) throughout your space to clear any unwanted energy. Most people like to smudge every few months, but you can smudge as little or as much as you want! I like to smudge after a dinner party or any event where there are a lot of people gathering at my place. Everyone carries there own energy and (call me a weirdo) but I like to give my place a good smudging just to be sure none is left behind.

There are a few items you'll need to properly smudge. You can pick up these items online or most yoga shops. We love the smudge kit offered by Posh Candle Co.   Check out the list below and let's get ready to clear some energy!

  1. Smudge Stick
  2. Fire Resistant Container
  3. Candle
  4. Matches

Step 1
You are cleaning your space of unwanted energy so concentrate on just that. Breath deeply and focus your mind and breath on the task at hand.

Step 2
Light your candle then use the candle flame to light your smudge stick. Gently wave the smudge stick back and forth until the flame is extinguished but the stick is still smoldering.

Step 3
Begin waving the smoldering stick around the room in a clockwise direction, usually starting at the front door. Continue this process in every room needing a cleaning. Be careful not to miss the corners of the room!

Step 4
When you've properly cleaned all of your spaces, press your smoldering smudge stick in a cup of sand to extinguish the flame. If you don't have any sand on hand you can also dip the tip of your smudge stick in a cup of water to ensure the flame is out. Place your smudge stick back in you fire resistant container of wrap it up and put it away until your next smudging sesh!

I use a vase to store my smudge stick. I can display it when not in use and it serves as a reminder to smudge regularly!

Smudging soon? Send us some tips or photos and tag the studio (@studiotwosixtwo)

Happy smudging!

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Let's learn to love our natural beauty. Before we apply the make-up or put on a nice suit. The closer we can come to loving ourselves without all the extras, the easier it will be to accept ourselves for who we truly are as well as others for who they truly are.

"The more natural, the better."

- Brandy Norwood

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In the world of misogyny that we live in today, it's important to remember "who run the world...GIRLS!" to quote the Queen Bey! And to all the guys today, sorry...not sorry (flips hair)!

#marilynmonroe #studio262 #girlpower #girlboss #respectyourhustle #respectyourflow #262hustle #262flow #trapyoga #yoga #vinyasa #pilates #hypepilates


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"One of the best things that happened to me is that I'm a WOMAN. That is the way all females should feel.

- Marilyn Monroe

our members keep us motivated!

When opening Studio 262, we wanted to create a fun, welcoming environment that would improve our community and bring yoga and pilates to a neighborhood that had no other fitness studio like ours. We come to work and hope to make a small change in someone's day that makes them feel better and want to start, continue or elevate their workout regime and healthy lifestyle. Sometime it's difficult to tell if that is being received until you randomly receive an email from a member sharing their experience. And in that moment, it all becomes clear and you are confident that you are doing what you set out to achieve.


Dolores (right) and our lovely instructor, Adrienne (left).

Dolores (right) and our lovely instructor, Adrienne (left).

I’m reaching out to tell you that I’m very happy that I found your studio. As a plus size female, it’s very hard for me to feel comfortable and confident in my day to day life and much less when I am trying to stay active. While taking classes at your studio I can easily say that your staff has helped with those feelings, Lena and Joaly both treated me much respect and helpfulness. There was no judgement from the moment I walked through the door and it was greatly appreciated so thank you for building such a great team.

Thank you so much for creating such a great space and I look forward to seeing you again.
— Dolores Figueroa

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This quote speaks to two main ideas that we should all live by. Speak into existence what you want for yourself and your life and watch the universe deliver. Words are a powerful tool, use them wisely. Also, we need to be honest and speak the truth. Why would we say anything other else? We all deal with enough BS on a daily, let's not add to the minutia.


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"I am, whatever I say I am and if I wasn't, why would I say I am."

- Marshall Mathers

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Lauryn Hill is a prolific singer, rapper & songwriter. A conscious human with a powerful message. In today's society of when being empathetic or humble is seen as a sign of weakness we forget that these are the very things that make us human. We all make mistakes and it's ok to admit it. Sometimes, all that's needed is a simple apology.


"Tomorrow is always another day to make things right."

- Lauryn Hill

turn down tub time

After a long day of work, kids, and the inevitable traffic on every freeway in Los Angeles, nothing feels better than a detoxifying soak. After the house is quiet, light a few candles, grab a book or play some soothing tunes and drop a few items in a warm bath and and enjoy...

Fill your tub with warm water then add:

  • A handful of epsom salt
  • 10 drops of lavendar oil
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda

Soak for 20 minutes and detoxify. You'll be relaxed and ready to take on the next morning's routine with a renewed energy! And for your viewing pleasure, we threw in a handful of these sexy men too!

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Change starts within and radiates outward. Let's all do our part to change ourselves, then the world!!


"We can't change the world unless we change ourselves."

- Christopher Wallace