• Getting More From Your Yoga Practice

    Sometimes the best answer is rolling out your mat. I started my Yoga practice about 7 years ago, and I have practiced on and off since then. To be honest, when I first began practicing, I did it mostly for the physical aspect and did not have an instant love affair with my initial class.  I actually was not into Yoga that much at all.  It wasn’t until I was living in NYC and found a solid class with a teacher who I loved that I started to consistently show up, regardless of how my day unfolded or how tired I was, and I began to truly reap the benefits.…

  • What’s your story?

    What’s your story? You know, the one you keep carrying around with you that informs all your decisions. The one that may be holding you back. The story that says, “I’m not good enough”. The story that says “I’m too old”. “No one ever likes me.” “I’ll never find the right relationship”. The story that “it’s not my fault”. How are those stories working for you?   In Budokon, we talk a lot about our stories.  We are not all physical practice – we are a life science; a living art-form.  We are committed to doing the really hard work of looking at our stuff.  More so, we are committed…

  • BPY Yoga Challenge Begins August 21st!

    Yoga Challenge! Starting August 21st BPY’s #BPYMindBodyChallenge! This challenge is all about creating a healthy lifestyle on and off the mat.  Each day we will focus on one of the code of ethics that yogis follow – the Yamas and Niyamas.  These are the first two limbs of the eight limb path of yoga.  Each day, beginning on the 21st, we will post a pose, an explanation/application of how that Yama or Niyama may apply to you, and a food tip or a recipe to go along with that challenge.  So, here is what you need to do if you want to participate: 1.  Repost the challenge post to your Instagram…

  • Student Spotlight: Christine Holihan-Boothe

    Last week, something weird happened to me in yoga. I was not sure then and I am still not sure now where it came from. Maybe it was the two week break I took to nurse the tendinitis that flared up in my shoulder, maybe it was because it was cheat day and I had spent the day loading up on all of my favorite fatty foods, or perhaps it was the fact that I am a bit fluffy today ( a consequence of cheat day) Whatever the reason, today I allowed my body to break my focus. I did not like what I saw in the mirror today and…

  • The Human Experience by Dave DiSanto

    Sharing In The Human Experience   Why is it the things that we’re all so vulnerable to talk about are the very same things that make us all so Human? What are we all so afraid of?   Perhaps it’s the love, I’m sure it’s the tears. Why are we so hesitant to show one another the bottoms of our feet?   Do we think people will only see the dirt and not the soul?   At night, do we see only stars and not the Glorious, mysteriously Grand universe all around them as well?   Would it be nearly as beautiful if there were only stars… or only darkness?   If we meet someone…

  • BPY Mala Making Workshop

    Join Shannon Harty, 500 ERYT  to learn the art of mala making or connect with others while practicing your existing mala making skills. Mala making is a very meditative and grounding exercise that allows us to create something beautiful with our hands while finding more ease, balance and peace in our minds and hearts. Shannon will share the sacred practice of beading, knotting, mantra and symbolism that was imparted to her by her mentor and friend, Casey Abley of ‘These Seeds of Love’. Malas have been used in many spiritual and religious traditions as a tool to aid in prayer and/or meditation. Malas, also know as ‘garlands’, consist of 108 beads…

  • BPY at Lululemon in May

    Balanced Planet Yoga teachers will be featured for all 5 Sundays in May at the Sagemore Lululemon in the Promenade. Lululemon holds a free yoga class for the public each and every Sunday starting at 9:30 am at their location in the Promenade.  Here is Balanced Planet Yoga’s May line-up: Sunday, May 3rd – Co-owners Cheryl Betten & Kate Behrend co-teach Budokon Yoga – If yoga and martial arts had a baby…it would be Budokon Yoga.  Come out, get weird, and learn something new. Sunday May 10th – Join Kate for an hour of her signature vinyasa class.  What can we say about Kate?  She is absolutely contagious. Sunday, May 17th…

  • Balanced Planet Yoga Open House

    Come Hang in the Balance at BPY Balanced Planet Yoga (BPY) will open its doors to the South Jersey yoga community for an Open House event on April 18, 2015 beginning at 12 noon.  BPY is pleased to have partnered with many like-minded local vendors to show our appreciation to our new yoga community. On hand for the event will be the Promenade’s b.good food truck- a restaurant created by two best friends who wanted to make fast-food “real” by creating it by people not factories.  BPY shares this passion for making good food accessible to busy people on the go.  We will also be offering free chair massages using products…

  • Calling All Beginner Yogis

    Derek McMahon Brings His Beginner Series to BPY   If you are new to yoga, haven’t practiced for a while, recovering from an injury, or even looking how to take your yoga practice to the next level, you are definitely going to want to check out this BPY Workshop that will be held on three consecutive Saturdays – May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th – from 12 noon to 2 PM. In this three-part beginner’s series guided by Derek McMahon, you will explore the fundamentals of an Ashtanga-inspired vinyasa yoga practice with a focus on breath (pranayama) and postures (asana). This specific style of yoga places emphasis on linking the breath…

  • Sensei Derek Cook Coming to BPY for Budokon 101

    Save the Date Yogis!  Sunday, May 17, 2015 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Sensei Derek After years of misunderstanding and mistreating his body Derek came to yoga as a path to health and ultimately healing. In discovering the Budokon practice, Derek began to uncover a poorly hidden passion for teaching and quickly immersed himself in yoga and martial arts, seeking out teachers from Miami to Mumbai. Having studied under creator of Budokon, Kancho Cameron Shayne for many years and teaching extensively in the Washington DC area, Derek now teaches throughout NYC, with a love and focus for anatomy and functional asana. Derek’s teaching style comes from his love of being…