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Breathe, stretch, and stop by the Chamberlin’s Natural Foods tent at the It’s Just Yoga Fest Marketplace! Enjoy special event-only pricing on select aromatherapy items, and get a free reusable bag with any purchase. Sample fresh-pressed juice and get a few tips from our very own Goodness Gurus. We know wellness starts from within, and we’re here to help you reach it.


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Also Sending Our Yogi Love to Those Who Help Make the “It’s Just Yoga" Festival A Magical Experience Each Year Blake Anderson (aka our Token Hippy) Event Manager Glen Gonzalez (aka Double G) Event Logistics Keith Day (aka DJ Keith) Event MC Gloria Capozzi (aka Our Guiding Angel) New Hope for Kids Yoga Guru Consultants: Amanda Reh, Sarabeth Jackson, Sarah Burnett and Eileen Simoneau Yoga Studio Partners: Bendy & Balanced, Elevate Yoga, Full Circle Yoga, Guruv Yoga Pilates Dance,, Orlando Acro Club, AcroSarah, Peaceful Peacock Orlando, RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club, YogaMix Orlando, Yoga in Lake Eola And a very special thanks to our Festival Sponsors. Without their support, our mission to help New Hope For Kids would not be possible. IJY Magazine is a trademark of inPower Events, LLC. The publisher is not responsible for omissions or errors. The opinions of the authors are those alone. Neither the publishers or the advertisers will be held responsible for any errors found herein, and the publisher accepts no liability for the accuracy of statements made by advertisers and other affiliated content contained within this publication. 2019 inPower Events, LLC. All Rights Reserved.




elcome to the 5th Annual “It’s Just Yoga” Health & Fitness Festival! If you’re reading this message, it means you have received a copy of our inaugural IJY Magazine and Event Guide. This magazine has been a vision of Colette’s for quite some time. We plan on focusing on LOCAL, Central Florida businesses, studios, and people! Fortunately, all of the pieces fell into place this year, and voila! When we were growing up, there was a “clean your plate” mentality. You still had to eat everything, even if you were full! Nothing wasted, bigger is better, more, more, more. Fortunately, for our budgets and our waistlines, as time has passed, the mantra has evolved into “Moderation in all things.” If we were to translate this into “yoga terms,” we’d say “Balance is key” — and we’re not just talking about maintaining your pose! What do we mean by “balance?” Well, on Saturday, if you trip the light Fantastic and go out dancing and have a couple of cocktails, maybe on Sunday, you can “chill out” and wear yoga pants — and come to a festival! Or, eat chocolate when you crave it, but have a nice salad for lunch! Don’t deprive yourself of what you want — but rein it in when




Colette (left) is the producer of the “It’s Just Yoga” Festival and owner of inPower Events. Cathie is her life-long friend and principal writer for the magazine.

necessary! Be spontaneous, but also enjoy silence! Don’t let anyone tell you how “to do” life. Our motto for the “It’s Just Yoga” festival has always been “Live. Life. Happy.” Do what works for YOU! We hope you enjoy reading about topics we’ve selected for this issue: Functional Medicine, Kava, CBD, Hot Yoga (infrared), just to name a few. If you have additional topics you’d like to read about, let us know for our next edition, coming this fall! Namaste, Colette & Cathie

TABLE OF CONTENTS EVENT GUIDE 2 Class Schedule 3 Exhibitors 4 Things to Know to Keep You in the Know 4 Special Exhibits

BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA 10 Hot Yoga – It's Lit

GIVING BACK 6 New Hope for Kids

WELL-BEING 14 [W]holistic Medicine

UNIQUE YOGA LOCATIONS 8 Oh, The Places You'll Go!



event guide


All Classes are Donation Based




10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Yes, yoga can help you move, sweat and breathe. With consistency, flow yoga can help you strengthen, tone and increase your metabolism. Remember that your body was meant to move. The key in your practice is to learn to move mindfully toward your "edge," the place where your body feels challenged, but not overwhelmed. In this class, expect to work up a sweat, without twisting into a pretzel. This session will include fun, flowing and dynamic movement. ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

LOCATION: Area A • PRESENTED BY: Bendy & Balanced

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


This yoga class for children is movement, fun and mindfulness. We bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and land peacefully on our mats in butterfly pose. At any age, yoga builds physical strength and flexibility. Internally, yoga also shows us how to focus and live with confidence, peace, gratitude, compassion and kindness. We play yoga games and practice partner poses to build confidence and self-esteem. Above all, we have fun! We educate the heart and transform the world, one child at a time.

LOCATION: Area A • PRESENTED BY: The Creators of Yoga in Lake Eola Park

Everyone is welcome as rad teachers guide participants through an all-level, friendly movement yoga practice. All ages and ability levels are welcome — this is a judgement-free zone.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Find your balance in life and better your overall wellness through this mind / body yoga class. Beginning, intermediate and advanced yoga students will enjoy this complete yoga body flow class designed for all fitness levels. RDV’s top-tier yoga professionals provide instruction, feedback, variations and modifications, so you can live life in perfect balance and harmony.


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath, heartbeat, mind & body to a vinyasa flow led by instructors from Guruv Yoga and beats by percussionist Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa (Wanderlust, Asheville Yoga Festival). As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa® has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years.

LOCATION: Area B • PRESENTED BY: The Peaceful Peacock

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Slow Flow Yoga. Tracking the energy in our bodies through the flow of the breath, this class focuses on building a slow sequence of cooling and gentle heating movement. Creating the space to settle deeply into each pose, we will strengthen our bodies while cultivating a rich appreciation of our own uniqueness. All ages, fitness levels, shapes and sizes welcome!

LOCATION: Area A • PRESENTED BY: Orlando Acro Club with AcroSarah

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Welcome to AcroYoga! During this beginner’s level class, you will learn the foundations of AcroYoga in a safe, fun and accessible way. Working in base/flyer/spotter trios, we will cultivate connection, trust and play as we make shapes together and soar through the air as birds, high-flying whales and stars! No experience required. Come alone or bring a friend. All you need is an open mind and an open heart to join in.


For the music loving yogi who likes a good sweat. Get your cardio fix with this core- centric class that combines classic yoga poses with plyometrics and elements of dance.

LOCATION: Area A • PRESENTED BY: Holding Space

Move from Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) to seated meditation and guided breathing in this meditation

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

sequence to close the day feeling peaceful and rejuvenated. Yoga Nidra brings the body into a space of deep END OF DAY relaxation and allows you to bypass the physical and critical mind, reaching deep into the subconscious. It is GUIDED MEDITATION here that we can plant the seed of your affirmation to clear un-serving belief structures and at the same time relax the body and mind from daily stress. Studies have shown that one hour of Yoga Nidra has the same healing effects of three hours of sleep.


event guide

exhibitors • Academy Sports + Outdoors

• Luna Nueva Apothecary

• Athleta

• Miracle Mala

• B:Grounded Yoga Mats

• Mix 105.1

• Bendy & Balanced Yoga

• Mother Kombucha

• Blue Lotus Botanicals

• Movéo Fit Co.

• Chamberlin's Natural Foods

• Chris Vella State Farm Agent • Don Mealey Sport Subaru

• New Hope for Kids • Om Sunshine Yoga & SUP • One Utopia

• Elevate Yoga Center

• Orlando Acupuncture

• Empower Yoga & Massage

• Orlando City Socccer

• First United Methodist Church of Orlando's Community Fitness Program

• Orlando Magic

• Fitlife Foods

• Planet Smoothie

• Florida College of Integrative Medicine • Florida Department of Health in Seminole County • FlyMCO 105.1 HD2 • Gurus • Holding Space • Jarred & Ruby's Pet Profject • Legacy Chiropractic • Live Love Life Fit

• Peaceful Peacock Orlando • RDV Athletic Club • Revival Chiropractic • Sahaja Yoga Meditation • South Beach Tanning Company • Tribal Bowlz • Wela Nutraceuticals • YogaMix Orlando • Yogavated Athletics

event guide

Things to Know to Keep you in the Know

special exhibits

The Message of It's Just Yoga Health & Fitness Festival

Peaceful Pavillion Presented by Chris Vella, State Farm Agent

The message of “It’s Just Yoga” is: Yoga for Everyone, Yoga for You. Classes are donation based and open to all. Space may be limited so please come with an open mind and sharing attitude. The festival is built around local businesses, local yoga studios and benefits a local charity, New Hope for Kids. Even if you choose not to participate in a class, please enjoy the Health & Fitness Marketplace and the other activities offered at the festival.

Make a $20 Minimum Donation — Get a Festival T-Shirt These shirts will sell out so get yours early! Special thanks to Academy Sports for covering the cost of these shirts, thus allowing all proceeds to go to New Hope for Kids.

Get a Pretty Wristband (you want one, and you must have one to participate)

All class participants must sign a release waiver before participating in any class. Children under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by parent or legal guardian. You will receive a wristband with a signed waiver that will be good for all classes. Waivers are available at the Information Tent at the Festival. No waiver is required to enjoy the Marketplace or watch classes.

All Classes are Donation Based

We have tried to make the festival accessible to all by not charging an entry fee but we do ask that you make a donation to New Hope for Kids. 100% of your donations go to the nonprofit. You will find representatives from New Hope for Kids at the Information Tent. They accept cash, check and credit card donations. If we all give a little, we can help a lot.

Send Out Some Yogi Love

The producers of “It’s Just Yoga Fest” would like to send out a special thank you to our sponsors. Without the support of these companies, we would not be able to host this donation-based festival. Please stop by their booths and show them some yogi love!


Visit the Peaceful Pavilion, presented by Chris Vella State Farm Agent. They’re “Here to Make Life go Right.” Chris and her staff want to help "It’s Just Yoga" Fest participants by offering free meditation classes throughout the day in their Peaceful Pavilion. Dr. Brooke Stuart will be leading the meditation classes, based upon her program, "The Heart Based Practice, Appreciation & Making the Most of Out of the Moment."  Classes will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM and last about 30 minutes with time after for questions with Dr. Stuart. If you want to feel more connected and at peace with yourself, you will not want to miss the Peaceful Pavilion. Dr. Stuart is a doctor in Maitland, specializing in holistic counseling and functional medicine.

Festival T-Shirts Donated by Academy Sports

Please stop by the Academy Sports booth and check out some of the great clothes they have for the active lifestyle. Also, please say thank you to their team. Academy Sports donated the festival T-shirts which allows us to give 100% of your donation directly to New Hope for Kids. Make a $20 minimum donation to New Hope for Kids and get a festival T-shirt (one person while supplies last).

Chamberlins Foods

Stop by the Chamberlin’s Natural Foods tent at the “It’s Just Yoga” Marketplace for swag, samples, snacks and tips from our very own Goodness Gurus. We know wellness starts from within, and we’re here to help you reach it.

100 Yoga Classes Monthly Included In Membership!

#RDVHasItAll 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd |

earth classes $6 air classes $12 New Student 5 Class Pass $20 Over 60 Classes Per Week

It's Up In the Area Air Arena — Aerial Yoga

Would you like to feel what it is like to do a yoga class without the boundaries of the earth? Then aerial yoga is for you.

Sign up at the It’s Up In the Air Arena, presented by Elevate Yoga Studio, for a free demonstration class in an actual aerial rig. 407-777-3713

kids classes and camps


Saturday, April 20 · 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. L


Donations accepted for New Hope for Kids. Space is limited so please stop by to reserve your spot.


The class takes place elevated off the ground, your body supported by wide nylon silks. You progress from sitting on the silk performing simple stretches, to hanging completely upside down (inverting). This might appear a little acrobatic — but it could be exactly what you need to shake up your usual yoga routine — and your daily life. Aerial yoga is very beginner friendly and it doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter if you have been a lifelong yogi or this is your first experience with any form of yoga. Everything that is done in a class can be modified for all levels


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Don Mealey Sport Subaru

Don Mealey Sport Subaru, in the Heart of Orlando, is proud to return as our Headline Sponsor for the 4th Year in a Row. Don Mealey Sport Subaru believes in being a positive force for something bigger. They believe it all starts right here in our community, not just by their donations, but by their actions. They do this because they feel it is the right thing to do. Don Mealey Sport Subaru is proud to participate in the It’s Just Yoga Festival. They're grateful, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve and support the causes and passions that are closest to our hearts right here in our neighborhood. This is their Love Promise. A portion of every vehicle purchased goes towards helping organizations, just like It’s Just Yoga Festival, to bring enriching activities to the community. Every organization Sport Subaru supports have one thing in common: the unwavering dedication to improve the world, and the lives of its people. More information about the Subaru Love Promise can be found online at Sport, and visit their booth for fun promotional items while supply lasts.

Lake Eola Park (east side) · 512 E. Washington Street, Orlando 32801

Speakers · Presentations · Humane Education · Earth Kids Zone Food Demos · Restaurant Booths · Live Music & Entertainment Animal Haven · Artist Corner · 250+ Eco-Friendly Vendors

Learn more at Featuring Activities by: · Green Works Orlando · IDEAS For Us · Ibex Puppetry

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NEW HOPE FOR KIDS 5th Annual “It’s Just Yoga” Health & Fitness Festival is proud to partner with New Hope for Kids for our 2019 event because of the important services they offer the Central Florida community and their commitment to all they assist. Imagine...

... waking up one morning to learn that your mommy or daddy has died. ... being a five-year-old and losing your hair because of chemotherapy and feeling too sick to play. Experiencing death, serious illness and despair is often overwhelming, but there is always hope, and since 1996 there has been New Hope for Kids. It’s difficult enough for adults to deal with the grief and pain associated with serious illness and death. Imagine how it would be to cope as a child. Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has helped Central Florida children and families during some of the most stressful and challenging times of their lives.   Support and hope are offered in the homelike environment of our Center for Grieving Children. Families with kids ages 3 to 18 come to us during a time of extreme vulnerability — because of the death of a loved one caused by illness, accident, murder or suicide — suddenly unsure of what the future holds. Specialized activities in peer group settings gently guide these children through the grief process. In addition, their parents or caregivers receive support, providing a whole-family healing experience.   Our Wishes for Kids Program improves the quality of life for children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Their diagnosis can be life-changing in many ways. Medical restrictions may keep them 6 IT'S JUST YOGA MAGAZINE | CENTRAL FLORIDA

from spending time with friends. Limitations or physical disabilities may cause isolation, reducing educational opportunities and limiting progress. Granting a child’s very special wish brings them joy for today, hope for the future, and memories to last a lifetime. Gloria Capozzi, Volunteer & Marketing Manager for New Hope for Kids says, “We love being involved in local events like It’s Just Yoga Fest, because they help us raise funds to support our programs while educating the Central Florida community about our services.”

To learn more about New Hope, or to volunteer, please visit or call 407.331-3059


camp expo

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 Seminole Town Center Mall



e l P a h t c e , s h O o u'l l Y ! Go C ongratulations! Today is the day. You're off to try Yoga! You're off to Namaste!

You have your hands at heart center. You have your feet on the mat. You can place yourself, in any pose that you choose! You're all on your own, yet you’re never alone. And YOU are the one who'll select where you go. You might look at all methods. Look 'em over with care. About some you might say, "I don't choose to go there." However with your heart full of love and your heart full of peace,  you’ll look for the method where your stress will decrease.

Oh! The Places You'll Go! You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! As you try acro-yoga and soar to high heights! Or perhaps staying on land is more of your speed? Maybe Yin yoga’s meditative poses Are what you should heed! Sometimes it’s just what your body may need. 8 IT'S JUST YOGA MAGAZINE | CENTRAL FLORIDA

Whatever you try, it’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, it’ll top all the rest. You may come to a place where the classes are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked. A place you could challenge both your core and your mind! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to unwind? How long do you pose? How deep are your breaths? And when you go in, you see Warrior I, left then right... Warrior II and then Reverse Warrior… Or, maybe, not quite? Or try something mellow, just for your mind… Yoga Nidra, with CBD, is possibly more your kind. You can get so confused that you may start to pace back and forth along your path, with a question mark on your face.

But during your quest, you find vinyasha, bikram, hatha, and more. And then you realize ALL roads lead to… Your Happy Place... ...where people are just posing. Posing in Cobra or maybe Tree, or how about Downward Dog? Don’t they look free? Or for a good stretch, I think cat-cow is the best. But you can’t beat a good Child’s Pose when you want a rest. Oh, the places you'll go! There is yoga to be done! There are so many places to visit, it’s hard to select just one. Oh, the magical places you can do all your poses, a studio, a Church, a rooftop, a brewery, And even the grass, amid all the “dew”ery. Or even the beach is within your reach And when you are done,


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there's a very good chance you'll love it so much that you’ll buy new yoga pants. There are some power classes, down the road, hither and yon, that wear you out so much, you won't want to go on. But on you will go And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

Kid, You'll Pose Mountains! So... You're off to Happy Places! Today is your day! Your mountain pose is waiting. So... get on your way!

Loosely Based on the Poem by Dr. Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), with a little help from a friend.

SUP Yoga

Yoga Under the Stars

Rooftop Yoga

Unique Central Florida Places to Practice Yoga Yoga in Lake Eola Park Yoga Under the Stars Cabernet+Namaste Yoga at First United Methodist Church Orlando – Downtown

Yoga in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden 2019 MennelloMuseum/events SUP Yoga and Beach Yoga Yoga in Mead Gardens Yoga and Coffee

Laughter Yoga Rooftop Yoga Yoga Nona Original Goat Yoga Florida Dept of Health in Seminole County (Youth & Adults)

YOGA IN LAKE EOLA PARK A YOGA STUDIO WITHOUT WALLS Yoga In Lake Eola Park was created by local yogini Amanda Reh in 2013. Amanda’s vision is to make yoga fun, dynamic and affordable for all levels of practitioners in a non-judgmental environment. All you need to bring is a mat, water, friends and an open mind and heart. The yoga will take care of all the rest.

Practice Yoga On The Beach or Directly On The Water

every sunday • 11am–12pm • $5 cash Follow Us @YogaInLakeEolaPark

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benEfits of hot YOGA




n our never-ending quest to educate people about different types of yoga, the IJY staff, with significant assistance from Lori Maier, an owner of an infrared yoga studio, researched the benefits of Hot Yoga for our readers. There are many physical benefits to yoga, such as:

• Increases flexibility and range of motion which may reduce risk of injury during day to day activity and other sports; • Helps to strengthen cardiovascular system and increase endurance; • Works the muscles, as well as your internal organs, glands and nervous system for a full body benefit; • Increases overall energy and helps to balance hormones; • Promotes better digestion and more sound sleep; • Burns calories and improves metabolism which promotes weight loss; • Improves coordination and body awareness; • Reduces symptoms of both chronic and acute injury; • Decreases blood pressure; • Promotes a mind-body connection for a more positive outlook and calm/balanced state of being.

Why practice Hot yoga over non-heated yoga?

As listed above, there are many benefits to practicing yoga. When you add practicing yoga in a heated room (room temperature between 95 and 105 degrees), the benefits further multiply. Practicing yoga in a heated  room: • Increases blood flow to the muscles so they are more pliable; • Increases your pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels to become even more flexible; • Allows your body to burn more calories. • Improve the lymphatic system and aids in the elimination of toxins.

Do you mean Bikram Yoga?

No, not in this case. Please note that all Bikram Yoga is “hot” yoga, as it is practiced in a hot room. But not all “hot yoga” is Bikram. Bikram yoga is a copyrighted term, specifically pertaining to 26 poses performed in a 10 IT'S JUST YOGA MAGAZINE | CENTRAL FLORIDA

FEEL AMAZING Relaxation. Decreased cortisol and increases serotonin. Detoxification. Detoxifies 7x more than traditional saunas; detoxifies of heavy metals, radiation, and environmental toxins. Pain Relief. Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve aches and pains. Cell Health and Improved Circulation. Stimulates the circulatory system and oxygenates the body's cells.

LOOK AMAZING Anti Aging and Skin Purification. Infrared wavelength is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Infrared stimulates collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. Weight Loss. Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.

hot room. Hot (NON-Bikram) yoga often tends to be a flowing vinyasa style of practice, in which the teacher instructs students in a series of linked poses.

How are the Studios Heated?

Some yoga studios contain traditional forced-air heating systems, which uses ducting and vents to pump air into a room. Some use space heaters. Some studios are very humid (on purpose), while other studios control the humidity. There is no one right way to heat a room. It’s all personal preference of the user. It’s kind of like deciding if you want to vacation in Vegas during the summer (dry heat) or Orlando (humid). Some yoga practitioners love to be in the hot, humid room, with sweat coming off everyone’s bodies. Just like walking around Disney in the summer, it often makes for an oppressively hot environment that’s stuffy and difficult to breathe in.

Lori Maier, the owner of Urban Om Power Yoga offers Infra-Red yoga classes in the Lake Mary area. Lori loves, as a studio owner, “To witness the power of community, support, and friendship that yoga provides.” She continues that the “growth that you experience on an emotional, mental and spiritual level are profound.” Please see our yoga studio guide for a studio in your area that offers Infra-Red yoga classes!

**Though hot yoga and infrared heat are shown to have documented health benefits for many, caution should always be exercised when exposing the body to excessive heat during pregnancy, infancy, children under the age of 13 and in the senior years to avoid dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and heat stroke. Contact your health care provider before beginning a regime of infrared exposure to assess if it is right for you.

However, a new trend for hot yoga is using an infrared heating system. Using the infrared heat enables studios to offer an environment that’s just as hot as the forced air counterpart, but the infrared environment is much more like the “dry heat” of Vegas in the summer. It’s just as hot in the room, but the air is not humid. You ask “How is this possible?” Instead of heating air and forcing it through a room, infrared heating systems transfer a therapeutic sun-like-warmth directly to people and objects. Infrared heat (IR) are invisible waves of heat energy provided by infrared rays that have the ability to permeate deep into your body (2-7 cm) to all layers of the body, penetrating into the inner layers of skin, tissues, muscles, nerves and bone. IR then boosts local blood circulation, which brings more healing nutrients and pain relieving components to the area, while promoting a detoxifying sweat. Infrared heat, according to studies, allows you to eliminate about seven times more toxins than regular heat, increases circulation, reduces inflammation, improves muscle recovery, and allows you to burn more calories to aid in weight loss. | IT'S JUST YOGA MAGAZINE 11

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here’s no question that CBD is the wellness product of the moment. Coffee shops sell CBD lattes, spas offer CBD facials, beauty companies are rushing to release lotions with CBD and your anxiety prone co-worker has a bottle of CBD at her desk. The IJY Staff even took a yoga class called Restore: CBD-infused Yoga for Stress Relief, Hosted by Alight and Aligned Yoga, with Sarabeth Jackson and Heal 407. It was a wonderful evening and we recommend checking it out! But even with all the buzz, most Central Floridians still ask…

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol (can-na-bid-i-ol), which is found naturally in hemp plants.

Does CBD Come From Marijuana?

Yes, but CBD is found in all the cannabis family of plants. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many beneficial chemical compounds found in cannabis. There are many “types” of cannabis just as there are many “types” of roses. From a legal standpoint, what is known as Marijuana comes from cannabis plants with higher than the legal limit (0.3%) of another cannabinoid known as TCH (the one responsible for the “high” associated with Marijuana use). • CBD is not psychotropic like THC. CBD does not cause a feeling of “high” (alteration in a person’s mental state). • The 2018 Farm Bill that recently went 12 IT'S JUST YOGA MAGAZINE | CENTRAL FLORIDA

into effect, clarified that Hemp, and its derivatives and extracts, is not a schedule 1 controlled substance, and is now federally legal to grow, manufac- ture, and consume.

At present, products containing CBD derived from Hemp are considered supplements and are, therefore, not approved by the FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease. You should see this statement on products and websites for reputable CBD product manufacturers and providers.

Why is CBD Becoming So Popular?

More and more people are learning about how much CBD can help manage many conditions, from the mild to the severe. CBD products can help manage: • Anxiety • Depression • Sleeplessness • Pain • Inflammation, and more

How Does CBD Work?

CBD works within the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the body. The ECS is a complex network of cannabinoid receptors expressed in cells of both the central and peripheral nervous system. In basic terms, the ECS helps modulate the regulation of homeostasis (stable equilibrium) across all major body systems ensuring that all systems work in concert with one another.

Scientists do not yet have a full and complete understanding of what the ECS does, but the ECS helps: • to fine-tune most of our vital physiological functions; • help maintain immune system balance; • affects everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction. The scientists’ hypothesis is that a deficiency in the ECS may lie at the root of some disorders and that by supplementing the body with naturally occurring cannabinoids from plants, the deficiency can be corrected to relieve symptoms and restore health.

IJY Editorial Opinion

CBD is far from a “cure-all,” but it has the potential to contribute significantly to a healthy lifestyle. The most important factors for a healthy lifestyle still remain diet and exercise. Yet if you are interested in trying CBD, a knowledgeable professional should be able to give you input on what to look for when purchasing a CBD product. They can also give you guidance on how much to take. IJY Staff would like to thank Margaret Latham, owner of Blue Lotus Botanicals, for the research used in this article. If you want to learn more, you can meet local CBD retailers at the 5th Annual It’s Just Yoga Health & Fitness Festival.

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ou may have seen Kava bars opening up around Central Florida and thought “Hmmm...maybe the sign maker got confused and meant ‘J-A-V-A’?” Well, no the sign maker had it right — “Kava.” As people have become increasingly interested in natural remedies and herbs to deal with various conditions and ailments, kava has become more popular and well-known.



So, What is Kava?

Kava is a somewhat controversial, “muddy” or “unpleasant” tasting substance, that comes from a root native to the South Pacific region. It is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Xanax.” Kava is like chamomile on steroids. Native Islanders have used it for centuries as everything from a pain reliever to a ceremonial drink. In fact it is STILL being used there for celebrations and social events. A potent anxiety reliever, Kava offers a non-alcoholic way to wind down at the end of the day, especially if you’re working late or you have trouble falling asleep. The secret lies in kavalactones, the psychoactive parts of the kava plant. The kavalactones in a cup of kava tea, or a few drops of kava extract, can put you into a relaxed state of focus. In the brain, they operate on non-opiate pathways to offer a natural and non-narcotic action against anxiety. Some clinical research even suggests that they're as good or even better than pharmaceutical drugs like benzodiazepines.

BY IJY STAFF Benefits of Kava

Kava has been used to treat a number of conditions, including: • Anxiety • Stress • Trouble sleeping • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

How Do I Take Kava?

• Kava Tea This is the most common method to

take Kava for anxiety. Kava tea has very earthy taste and appears like mud. You can add milk or cream and honey to reduce the muddy taste of the tea.

Kava Tincture/Liquid The liquid form of Kava is very potent and it has a whiskey-like taste. It is sold in small bottles; size ranging from 2-6 ounces. And, if you don’t like the taste of

whiskey, it can mixed in juice via drop- per to mask the whiskey taste. Ensure that you take a very small dose of Kava tincture as it is highly concentrated.

Kava Capsules These contain Kava powder and they are easily ingested. Persons who do not like the taste of Kava can take it in the form of capsules.

Is it Safe?

Like any other supplements you should always do you homework and make sure it is safe and right for you. You can check out what the National Institute of Health says about Kava at

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hen you think about holistic medicine, a few common stereotypes may come to mind. You likely may think about the use of all-natural remedies or the fundamental connection between body, mind and spirit. And, you may also think that Holistic medicine is the same as Functional medicine, which is the same as Alternative medicine, which is the same as Integrative medicine, and is NOT the same as Conventional medicine. And you would be right! AND you would be wrong. There is not enough space in this inaugural edition of the “IJY Magazine and Event Guide” to fully explain the commonalities and differences of these practices of medicine. Many times, the terms are used interchangeably. “Google” even appears confused. What started out being referred to as “holistic medicine” has evolved into also being referenced as “functional medicine” and/or also being referred to as “integrative medicine,” by our friends on the internet. For purposes of this article, we will be referring to holistic, functional and integrative medicine somewhat interchangeably for purely selfish reasons! Otherwise this amazingly clever title does NOT work!

sight, and her willingness to provide valuable information to our readers.

less, confused, and disempowered like” our health is “up to chance, a genetic roulette.”

Dr. Brooke explained that many people would know EXACTLY what to do if they came back from vacation to a closed house - and one of their favorite house plants was a withering, wilting “shell” of a plant.

In this hectic world we live in, we have created our very own “evolutionary mismatch,” says Dr. Brooke. We spend most of our time indoors. We are under tremendous pressure – between working, spending time with loved ones – children, partners, parents, friends – and handling the various crises that arise. We get through the day by drinking caffeine in the morning (or all through the day) and a glass of wine or ten at night. Many of us depend upon pharmaceuticals to help us cope. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) And this is BEFORE we have to get on I-4!

To cut through all of the internet “noise” and learn more about ways to improve our health, have a better quality of life, and be the best version of ourselves, the IJY staff contacted Dr. Brooke Stuart, a Doctor specializing in Functional Medicine and Holistic Counseling. Dr. Stuart, a Central Florida native, is the creator of “The Let Go & Grow” Philosophy. (You need to “LET GO” of what isn’t working and optimize or “GROW” what is!) She is also a frequent guest on WKMG, Channel 6.

Why of course! You would give your plant plenty of attention, clean water, open the window for some fresh air and direct sunlight! Maybe re-pot it in some nutrient rich soil and give it some TLC. You recognize instinctively that the plant’s bleak environment, while you were away, is what caused the plant to wilt and wither. Dr. Brooke said in medicine, this concept is called an “evolutionary mismatch.” The plant was in a situation where it was NOT going to thrive and entered into a state of survival.

Dr. Stuart spent several hours with the IJY staff and we appreciate her knowledge, her in-

However, when it comes to our own bodies, Dr. Brooke explains that we “often feel help-


Rather than taking the time to nurture ourselves, like we nurtured the plant, we’ve done the landscaping equivalent of painting the leaves green. However, Dr. Brooke Stuart, and Doctors like her, believe that there is another, very promising option. And that is functional medicine.

safety and you need to learn what is best for you. You need “Space plus Grace.” Space to process and grace to learn and grow. • Evidence Based – Work is based on the latest research. • Restorative – Designed to build you up. A foundation is set for you, and the focus is on forward movement, no regression, and improving your overall life. • Safe – The treatments have mild to no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve as a positive by-product of your treatment. • Proactive – Treatment is more than just preventative. Conventional medicine may seem that it is reactive and disease oriented, and perhaps the doctor is just “putting a band-aid” on a problem, versus really trying to find out what the underlying cause is. YOU need to be your biggest advocate and choose an empowered path and provide your body with the right tools to set it free.

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, “Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.” In functional medicine, doctors use the best of modern and ancient practices, to recommend supplements, sophisticated devices, mindset techniques, diet, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Brooke creates a personalized treatment plan for each of her patients, incorporating all of these areas. She supports the process and partners with the patients with counseling, acupuncture, and therapeutic intervention to balance the system. She also interacts with conventional doctors re: certain medications or tests, if she feels this is necessary. Functional medicine is not in “competition” with other types of medicine. It incorporates all factors from the diagram above, which helps in the healing of her patients’ whole self, both mind and body! Dr. Brooke defines functional medicine as: • Holistic – Addresses all aspects of the person, including their body, mind and life as a whole. Reset your system. Clear the slate and reduce the noise, so you and your doctor can really see what is going on under the surface. • Personalized – Every treatment is unique and different because every person is unique and different. • Patient Centered – What YOU want – your desires, vision and objectives are the focal points of your work together. Take owner- ship of your experiences. No one knows your mind and body like you do. • Participatory –The practitioner and patient enter into a partner- ship. You are empowered and encouraged to take an active role in the healing process. You can own things. You need to make things happen FOR you, not TO you. • Root-Seeking – Seek to get to the heart of the problem through a variety of simple and sophisticated means, ranging from simple questionnaires to lab work. Are you tired and run down? Is this due to thyroid issues, anxiety? Your mind sends you signals of

In order to better understand how functional medicine is used, during our conversation we created a “real-life” example so we could understand the basics of the process. Everything Dr. Brooke said made sense, and seemed reasonable, but we wanted to see it “in action.” One of the largest stressors in our area currently is Interstate 4. We asked, what we thought was a basic question. “What tips could you give our readers about stress and dealing with I-4?” Dr. Brooke answered, “Well, first I’d have to figure out what is the underlying cause of the stress. What is causing the reaction to the construction? Do you make it more stressful by overscheduling and running from appointment to appointment without leaving time in between? Do you have a hard time saying no? Trouble with time management? In essence, how can we reverse engineer your experience to find a solution?” If you picture yourself as the above I-4 driver, are you the plant that receives nurturing and is thriving and finds out WHY you are stressed, and corrects the underlying cause? Or are you the plant that paints your leaves green, is not healthy, and keeps repeating the same patterns day after day? One of the main questions functional medicine can help to answer is why? And then, the journey begins to unfold. Dr. Brooke takes it a step further and helps answer questions such as “Who? What? And Where?” you are — as she believes this can accelerate the healing process. Who? You are the creator of your reality because you have the power to choose. What? You are important, unique, capable and so much more. Where? You are in the present moment. From this space, healing can begin. While Dr. Brooke Stuart’s office is in Maitland, FL, she treats patients from Central Florida and all over the world. Virtually, she is able to have sessions with a patient whether they are out of town, or “on the tour.” However, YOU can meet Dr. Brooke Stuart at the “It’s Just Yoga” Festival on March 10, 2019 at the Chris Vella State Farm’s “Peaceful Pavilion.“ Dr. Brooke will be leading meditation from her heartbased practice and her “Let Go and Grow” program. | IT'S JUST YOGA MAGAZINE 15

central florida yoga studio directory ALTAMONTE SPRINGS YOGA 185 S. Westmonte Dr., #1204 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 407-494-5758

HARMONY YOGA 110 Orlando Ave., #2 Maitland, FL 32751 407-790-7865

ORLANDO POWER YOGA 2415 E. South St. Orlando, FL 32803 407-719-0101

YogaFix 2652 Creekview Cir. Oviedo, FL 32765 407-620-0479

BIKRAM YOGA WEST ORLANDO 5302 Central Florida Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32821 407-383-5438 The community powerhouse of Orlando.

INSPIRIT InspiritYogaOrlando 7575 Kingspointe Pkwy., #21 Orlando, FL 32819 407-203-6866

RDV SPORTSPLEX 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810

BodyInUnity YOGA 379 E. Broadway St. Oviedo, FL 32765 248-291-7724

KUNDALINI YOGA CENTER 400 Center St. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 407-767-8717

YOGA FIX ORLANDO 2652 Creekview Cir. 407-620-0479 YogaFix Orlando is a private yoga studio offering one-on-one yoga and meditation in the Central Florida area. Each lesson is specifically designed for the individual or small group.

COLLEGE PARK YOGA 1837 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 407-999-7871 ELEVATE YOGA 3150 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32806 407-777-3713 EMPOWER YOGA 801 Woodbury Rd., Ste. 101 Orlando, FL 32828 321-420-9642 FULL CIRCLE YOGA 972 B & C Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 407-644-3288 Orlando area’s most popular and versatile yoga studio, offering all styles for all beings! Located in the heart of Winter Park — the practice space is just as lovely, open and free as the people you will meet there. GURUV YOGA 142 W. Lakeview Ave., #1070 Lake Mary, FL 32746 407-330-3222


LAKE CENTER YOGA 1250 S US Hwy. 17-92, #140 Longwood, FL 32750 407-831-2229 LIVE OAK YOGA 2901 Curry Ford Rd., #2 Orlando, FL 32806 407-212-2988 MAITLAND HARMONY YOGA 110 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 2 Maitland, FL 32751 407-790-7865 Our goal is to make yoga accessible to every person. Honoring body, mind, and spirit through the practice of yoga is the essence of Harmony. Maitland yoga is a serene space with charm midcentury architecture and a beautiful fireplace inside the yoga room. PEACEFUL PEACOCK 2500 Curry Ford Rd. Orlando, FL 32806 407-317-6805 PROJECT 7 612 Virginia Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 407-203-8936

RED SUN YOGA 5965 Red Bug Lake Rd., Ste. 201 Winter Springs, FL 32708 321-438-0771 SOUTHWEST ORLANDO YOGA 7232 Sand Lake Rd., #203 Orlando, FL 32819 407-351-0500

YOGA MIX 420 E Church Street, Suite 117 310-592-1882 Modern twist on yoga that includes cool tunes, playful practice and a boutique atmosphere located in the heart of downtown/ Lake Eola.

SUNLIGHT YOGA 8215 Narcoossee Park Dr., #224 Orlando, FL 32822 407-917-7381

YOGA SHALA 3013 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 407-487-4489

SWEETWATER YOGA & FITNESS 3869 Wekiva Springs Rd. Longwood, FL 32779 407-745-0806 URBAN OM 4720 International Pkwy., Ste. 1220 Sanford, FL 32771 407-885-8030 WARRIOR ONE 3012 Corrine Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 407-952-1920 YELLOW ROSE YOGA 2040 Winter Springs Blvd. Oviedo, FL 32765 407-476-9794

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