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15761 W Dodge Road
Omaha, NE, 68118
USA

4026792114

Est. 2013

Head yoga instructor, Lisa Kanne has been teaching yoga for over 10 years.

New studio with familiar faces.

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Fall is here and your skin may be telling you so, if you feel drier, itchy or otherwise off it is time for an Ayurvedic Facial. 

Vata Season is settling in and our natural response to this is dryness - both internally and externally, it is vitally important to lubricate through our diets adding good oils, ghee (clarified butter) and cooked foods that are comforting and nourishing and massaging good quality oils into our skin. One tip I share with my Ayurvedic clients is to shut the shower off and immediately massage oil into the skin before toweling off, less oil is required and the skin benefits greatly from being warm, the oil able to absorb deeper into the tissue. They say self massage invokes the inner pharmacy and is anti-aging, I say it is well worth the small amount of time this might take to add to your daily routine.

Gaby Van Houten

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner

Pancha Karma Specialist

Licensed Esthetician


Book your Ayurvedic Facial now and claim your Free 1oz massage oil while supplies last. Your skin will thank you. Call 402-614-2244 or

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Shoshin - Beginners Mind

Lisa Kanne

Shoshin is a concept in Buddhism that translates as “beginners mind”.  It is the ability to see and experience things as fresh and new without any pre-conceived notions or judgments.  In the words of Shunryu Suzuki (a Sōtō Zen monk/teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States);

 "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."

This is how we are to approach our practice and hopefully our everyday lives.  Admittedly, it is not always easy.  Thankfully though, our Yoga asana practice does remind us of this periodically whether we wish to listen or not; just when we feel we’ve mastered that handstand or arm balance only to try it the next day and fall in a heap.  Meditation seemed so easy to drop into on Monday but Tuesday the monkey brain set in.  These instances remind us to return to that beginners’ mind where things are fresh and new and once more… begin again.

Often, it is our teachers that prompt us to return to the beginning; the reminders to focus the breath, the guided adjustments or the small awakenings that burst forth from a Zen reading during Savasana.  All of these serve to bring us back to the beginning where things are new and fresh.  This small space of empty is the best place to be; a place where we are always learning, always surprised, always in awe and never, ever bored.

But how do we incorporate shoshin into our yoga practice?

Body Scanning while in the poses can help; starting from the ground up, feel where the weight is settling in your feet, notice which muscles are engaged and which are slack but should be engaged, are your hips where they should be? Are your shoulders relaxed or locked and tense? Are you feeling the hint of a painful twinge that should be rectified? The more we can drop into and connect with our bodies, the more knowledge we can gain about the inner-workings therein.  We live and move in our bodies, but rarely take the time to truly feel what’s going on inside.  Remember, our bodies are always present even when our minds are not.

Drop the “shoulds” and “wishes”; Shoulds and wishing leave us yearning and striving for some-thing else, some-where else other than where we are at that exact moment; “I should be able to master Bakasana!” “I wish my mind would quiet!”  While we are wishing and striving we are losing the present.  It is the present moment that is authentic and exciting because it’s new, it’s real and it’s happening right now!  The “Shoulds” and “wishes” are in the future and haven’t happened and may never happen! Yoga practice is more about the awareness and enjoyment of the journey then the end result.  Enjoy the ride!

Vary your teachers; Every Yoga Instructor adds their own unique style to the teaching of this (estimated) 5000 year old practice.  One teacher may give you direction in a way that truly resonates and that allows you to go deeper in a pose than you ever have before.  We are all unique individuals with diverse backgrounds which cause us to listen, evaluate, absorb and speak differently than the next person; that is the same with Yoga teachers.  If a teacher’s style is not resonating with you, change the teacher.  If you’ve been going to a teacher that you love for a long time, great but step outside the box every once in a while and enjoy a new experience as well.

Kim Jones 2/18/14