Chakra 5 Yoga: Mobile Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Office Yoga Classes Los Angeles

Custom Yoga Mats

Many of our corporate yoga clients eventually elect to order yoga gear (mats, blocks, straps, towels) through us to have available for employees to use at yoga classes. We partner with a wonderful company called Kulae. Pronunciation: “COOL-eye”. The name Kulae was derived from the Sanskrit word kula, which means “community.” Adding the letter “e” to the end of a word in Sanskrit pluralizes it like the letter “s” often does in English – essentially, turning “community” into “communities.”

Kulae’s mission and mantra: to help bring communities together through yoga and good karma, helping to maintain healthy people on a healthy planet.

What we like about Kulae is their sustainably manufactured, anti-microbial yoga mats, which come in so many wonderful colors and textured patterns. Many of them have two different colors on each side. We also love their cork yoga blocks, which really help our teachers to expand their repertoire in the classroom or help to provide extra support for yoga students who are still finding their way into certain poses.

Now, through us, you can now order custom-branded yoga mats emblazoned with your company or organization logo. Our friends at Hankey Investment Company ordered some to keep in their onsite gym/yoga room. The report is in from Hankey: “The mats are very nice!  The employees were impressed, and appreciative.”

Just drop us an email if you’re interested in custom mats. We’ll work up a quote and have them shipped directly to your office.

Posted in Just For Fun, Los Angeles, Office Yoga, Products, Clothing, Gear

Featured Instructor: Katy O’Donnell


Meet the newest member of our team, Katy O’Donnell. Katy started practicing yoga to treat her chronic low back pain. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, and at age 16 she had a lumbar spinal fusion for scoliosis. For years after the surgery she experienced severe low back pain and limited mobility.

When she moved to LA she started to practice yoga and found it to be a great natural form of pain management. She decided to study the practice in hopes that she could aide others in naturally managing chronic pain. She has completed two 200-hour yoga training programs (Power Vinyasa and Hot) at CorePower Yoga. She is committed to sharing her passion for yoga with others to improve their quality of life. Katy is full of energy and brings her personality into her classes. She enjoys sharing yoga with first time students and yoga vets alike.

Katy has already been working with some of our clients in Los Angeles and is doing a fantastic job! We’re very glad to have her on our team.

Posted in Los Angeles, Office Yoga

Recipe: Maple Peanut Butter Fudge

We recently discovered this all-natural, delicious treat using just a few ingredients that you probably already have around in your kitchen: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Enjoy a dessert that’s gluten free, vegan, and stoked with healthy fat from the coconut oil, which is literally food for your brain.

Definitely a good alternative to buying packaged, store-bought cookies or treats.

The maple syrup adds a rich, caramel-like flavor to the fudge, and as far as sweeteners go, maple syrup has more trace minerals and nutrients than white sugar.

We suggest investing in a silicone mold, such as the heart-shaped one we bought from Amazon.com. It forms the fudge into perfect individual servings.

Tip: we used crunchy peanut butter and ground vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract. And be sure to use 100% grade A organic maple syrup. We also love Nutiva coconut oil. One of the best places to find all these ingredients is at Thrive Market.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (we Like Nutiva)
  • 1 teaspoons ground vanilla bean
  1. Line a mini muffin pan with muffin liners. Or use a silicone mold.
  2. In a saucepan, mix together the maple syrup, peanut butter and coconut oil over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil for about 2 minutes. It should thicken and become glossy. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour into the muffin tins or silicone liners and place the pan in the freezer.
  4. Freeze for about 2-3 hours. Be patient! You want the fudge to be solid and dry enought to be able to remove from the liners of silicone mold.
  5. Keep any fudge you don’t eat right away stored in the freezer.

Posted in Food & Recipes

Mobile Yoga FAQ

What does “Chakra 5” mean?

The body is made up of different “chakras”, or circular energy fields. The 5th Chakra is called the “throat chakra” and represents a unique voice, creativity, community and sincerity, all qualities we strive to impart in our company brand and teaching style.

What exactly is yoga?

The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit. Yoga is an integrated system that attempts to create a union of the mind, body and spirit. Many people think that yoga is “just a bunch of supervised stretching”. The physical exercise component (“Asana”) of yoga is just one of many facets of the practice. Other elements include: living with “right mind”, breath (“Pranayama”) and meditation.

Yoga is a regular practice that never stops growing and evolving over your lifetime.

What if we don’t have any space for classes?

Chakra 5 does yoga classes in all kinds of spaces and situations you might not expect, such as outdoors or right at your desk. Be sure to call us to discuss your special needs and we can talk about the options.

What’s the best day and time to have a yoga class? How long should class be?

We customize the way we work with each and every client. Some clients like morning classes, some prefer lunchtime, some right after work. You might find that 2 30 minute classes are best for you instead of 1 60 minute. Almost anything is possible.

We’ve got a tight budget. Is there any way to get a discount?

Yes! Two ways: 1) weekly recurring classes get an automatic 20% discount 2) If you’re flexible about the day and time you want your class, we can work around a teacher’s existing schedule/location and possibly offer further discounts

How do we pay or classes?

Chakra 5 bills you at the end of each month for any classes that were taught. You do not pay the instructor. You can pay us via a check (due 30 days from invoice date) or via credit card using Paypal (this will incur an additional 2.9% charge for credit card processing).

What if we don’t have mats?

Ask employees to bring their own, or if your space is carpeted, towels can work pretty well. You can also rent or buy mats and near wholesale prices through us.

I’m not flexible, so can I do yoga?

Not only is “flexibility” a relative term, every body is unique in terms of physical build and abilities. Yoga uses strength, balance, flexibility, your BRAIN, and most importantly, your breath! What makes yoga so endlessly fascinating is how different people respond to different poses. Even your own body will “behave” differently day to day with the same pose.

Chakra 5’s approach to yoga ensures that people of all abilities can participate safely and with confidence. Poses are explained in detail with caring, hands-on instruction, and options are always given to modify poses to be less or more challenging.

Why is yoga so good for us?

Yoga releases lactic acid buildup in muscles that causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. Yoga stretches all the muscles and soft tissues of the body. It helps the lymphatic system cleanse and detoxify the body. It increases flexibility and range of motion. Yoga can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, increase mental focus, improve posture, strengthen immunity. You can use yoga to calm yourself down and sleep better, or charge yourself up with energy when you need it.

Your experience with practicing yoga will be uniquely wonderful. There’s a reason why over 11 million people in the U.S. alone do it and after 5,000 years, it still hasn’t gotten “old”.

Can I get injured doing yoga? How do I prepare for my first class?

One of our primary concerns at Chakra 5 is to make sure that our yoga classes are safe yet effective. However, it’s still possible to strain a muscle or ligament in yoga if you don’t use common sense. Here are some tips for beginners:

  • Feel free to contact us with any questions about classes or to let us know about special concerns, existing injuries you might have. Arrive early to classes to chat with the instructor about concerns you might have.
  • Avoid a big meal within 2 hours of class. If you’re hungry, a light snack such as yogurt or an apple an hour before class is fine.
  • Please turn off your cell phone!
  • Hydrate well before, during and after class.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a small hand towel and (ideally) your own mat.
  • You’re the best judge of your limits! In any of our classes, you’re welcome to opt out of doing any pose. Be mindful of gently pushing yourself to your edge of challenge. Your experience with yoga is a profound and uniquely individual one; don’t look another student and think he/she is doing “better”. Pay close attention to the feedback your body gives you during your practice. “Body knowledge” is a wonderful thing that grows with your yoga practice.
  • Consistency is key! That means doing yoga as often as you can. It’s always better to take a gentle approach that slowly builds up strength, flexibility and balance over time.
  • Try taking a level of class lower than what you think you need, then give total focus and attention to your practice. Some of the poses that appear to be the simplest can be the most profound and transformative. Start simple and layer on the complexity and challenge.

Is yoga a good workout that will help me lose weight?

It depends. Everyone is unique. Lots of strength poses and movement are incorporated into our classes to burn calories, get the heart pumping and tone the body. What we’ve witnessed is that many people lose weight because a regular yoga practice encourages better stress management and a natural desire to eat healthier. And yoga helps give you a graceful, elongated posture and toned muscles, helping you look better. We all know the radiant look of a healthy yogini. Rather than setting a goal, like: “I want to lose 5 pounds by the end of this month”, we encourage our students to think about their yoga practice as a way to evolve physically, mentally and spiritually. This evolution never ends.

We encourage you to continue with all your fitness pursuits! Yoga can wonderfully compliment and improve your performance in all kinds of other workouts.

Posted in Office Yoga

Recipe: Reishi Mushroom Hot Chocolate

reishi mushroom hot chocolate

The reishi mushroom is a “superfood” with health benefits that boost mental clarity, immunity, longevity and combat inflammation. It’s especially helpful when you’re battling a respiratory issue like bronchitis.

This quick and easy recipe is not only incredibly healthy, it’s delicious! The reishi powder gives a more earthy, aromatic dimension to traditional hot cocoa.

Don’t worry!  You don’t have to go out and find a Shaman. Nor do we recommend attempting to forage mushrooms yourself! That could be dangerous.

We recommend Terrasoul’s Red Reishi Mushroom Powder (get it on Amazon) and follow the simple steps below.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp reishi mushroom powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • hot water
  • milk of choice
  • organic honey (optional)

Slowly warm a cup of your milk of choice over low heat until it gets hot and a bit frothy. While it’s heating up, mix together the mushroom powder, cacao, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne and a splash of hot water into a paste in the bottom of a mug. Add the hot milk to the mug and whisk well. If desired, drizzle in a bit of honey to taste. We find that this cocoa already has a mild, sweet taste without adding any sweetener.

 

 

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