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Living Magazine, Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie, wanted to know more about our studio. They did an article to understand where we came from and what we have planned. Featured in the November 2020 issue.

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Living Magazine, Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie, asked Lynn Rozak to answer the most popular questions about yoga. Featured in the September 2020 issue.


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How Aerial Yoga changed my brain, made me stronger and healed my body.

By Lynn Rozak

How Aerial Yoga changed my brain, made me stronger and healed my body

Why Yoga?

By Lynn Rozak

So, you have heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe, your doctor has said yoga can help with stress and anxiety. You have seen the peaceful faces of people doing yoga. You have a friend that said yoga helps with pain relief. You are intrigued, yet a little intimidated.

On the simplest level, yoga is breath work. We use our breath to slow down our central nervous system. As we slow down our central nervous system our body responds on many different levels.

All of the systems in the body which require no thought are called the autonomic nervous system. When we consciously slow down our breath these systems slow down as well. Your heart rate will slow down which will help your blood pressure. Your digestion will slow down so your food will digest with ease and you will absorb the nutrients more effectively. When your breathing is slowed down you can take deeper more effective breaths. This will help you use more of your lung capacity and absorb more of the oxygen, creating an oxygen rich environment for your cells. Balancing the automatic systems of the body.

Muscle fibers become stronger, toner and leaner during a yoga practice. When using other types of exercise we focus on one area of the body or one set of muscles. During yoga we utilize all of the muscles together. This will create a synchronicity within the body as you learn to use everything together. Strengthen not just the larger muscles but developing the finer and smaller muscles as well. This promotes a balanced body.

Our bones become stronger and denser with the weight bearing postures that we use during our yoga practice. Yet as you develop the smaller fine muscles of the body it can help promote balanced alignment of the bones in your body.

Our connective tissue is often forgotten and overlooked. Our connective tissue or fascia wraps around every organ, every bone and every muscle in your body. In fact this connective tissue meshes together to create ligaments and tendons. Our connective tissue is connected, from your feet to your head and everywhere in-between. When we feel discomfort in one area of the body it will affect the other parts of the body. Moving through our yoga postures and syncing breath  will release tension and tightness in the connective tissue.  When the connective tissue is not tight and restricted it promotes balance in this aspect of the body.

Yoga promotes balance in the physical body and enables ease of motion. When the body can move effectively without restriction there is reduced pain and stress.

As the physical levels of our body improve, your sleep will improve as well. Deeper breathing, less pain and stress allow the mind to let go and reach a deeper level of sleep. When we reach these deeper levels of sleep we have more energy throughout the day.

Yoga can give you the ability to respond instead of react to any situation. As you practice slowing down your breath, the mental distractions begin to slow as well. As our mind is less reactive to any situation we can choose what happens next, instead of reacting without thought.

Yoga is a practice. You start where you are and do what you can. Every time you practice yoga you get better at it. You understand a little more about what is happening. You create a connection with yourself on a physical level and a deeper connection mentally. As these different levels of yourself start to improve you move into a sense of balance and harmony. This balance will increase your vibration and create the best version of yourself.



Lynn Rozak

Elevate Your Yoga Practice - Sunshine Yoga Shack

Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lynn Rozak, Founder of Sunshine Yoga Shack, located in Mansfield, TX, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Yoga is an ancient practice of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. Research shows yoga is an excellent practice for improving strength, flexibility, and mental health. Sunshine Yoga Shack offers yoga for every type of body. We have basic yoga for beginners, power and heated yoga for a more vigorous practice, and aerial yoga to elevate your body and mind.


Tell us about yourself

In 2001 I started my yoga journey before Sept 11th but after the birth of my first son. I never expected the road would lead me here. Yoga gave me freedom. Freedom from the world and freedom from the person I thought I was. I had to let go of the version of me the world told me to be and become a more authentic version of myself. Since my first yoga class, I have been curious about why yoga made such an impression on me and how it changed me and brought out the best in me. After almost 21 years of yoga practice and ten years of teaching yoga, I feel there is so much still to do and so much left to explore. I try to bring that knowledge to Sunshine School of Yoga and Sunshine Yoga Shack.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I began teaching yoga in my backyard, and my husband built me a little deck for classes. When it was time to move to a brick-and-mortar location, it was very scary, and we had little money to invest. Every week classes grew, and I could add a little more to the studio. As membership grew, we could add more classes and more teachers. As I needed more qualified teachers to teach yoga from the heart, I opened Sunshine School of Yoga and became a Registered School with Yoga Alliance. When COVID hit, and we had to close the studio, I was scared to lose what I had worked so hard for. However, we went to live-streaming yoga classes the next day. This saved the studio and is something we have nurtured; today, all of our classes live stream, and we have a huge library of on-demand classes accessible from our Sunshine Yoga Shack app. Also, Sunshine Yoga Shack has won Best Yoga Studio for three years in a row. We were notified of the first win during the COVID shutdown. It has been an amazing honor to win the votes of the people.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Time management is one of the hardest aspects of business ownership. I am literally on call 24/7. There is so much that happens behind the scenes to running a business and keeping things running smoothly.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

I have had several people come to me asking questions about running a business. You need to understand to have a successful business, you must invest your time and your heart. You will be working double the hours you intend in order to keep the doors open. However, it's worth it.

Where can people find you and your business?

Website: https://sunshineyogashack.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunshineyogashack

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunshineyogashack

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