About nativeyoga

I love Ashtanga Yoga and co-direct Native Yoga Center in Juno Beach, Florida with my wife Tamara.

After Action Report from Training Paddle on February 7th, 2019

IMG_2646Today I paddled in the ocean for close to 2 hours and did a combination of upwind, downwind and sidewind runs covering 4.4 miles. The wind was blowing onshore out of the East at about 5-10 Mph.

After reading David Goggins book, Can’t Hurt Me, I have decided to implement two of his training strategies today. 

  1. Train in conditions that potentially are much more difficult than you may or may not encounter during the actual event.
  2. Use what is called an After Action Report, or AAR, commonly used in the military. An AAR is used to asses what happened and to see what could have been done differently so as to insure success in future missions.

Going upwind is a very slow and arduous process. Add swell into the mix and it becomes a slow going balance act. I am really practicing trying to keep really calm and expend as little energy as possible to sustain balance and still drive forward. When floating on the surface of a rough ocean it takes constant leg and core work to stay upright. I definitely found that if I try ‘to hard’ to not fall it used up a ton of energy. Oh yes, I did fall a couple of times today which actually felt really good and refreshing. There were a ton of Portuguese Man-of-War which aren’t jellyfish but a colony of small organisms called Siphonophorae. They sting pretty bad so it was bit of an obstacle course to make sure I did not land on one of those guys.  So that element added to the feeling that I would prefer to stay out of the water as much as possible.

Once I would make it a fair distance off shore I would turn around and work on my downwind skills. This is harder than it sounds. When you are in the trough you start to generate as much forward momentum as possible so as to get caught up by the mid surface face of the swell that is approaching  from behind. If done well the wave pushes you and it is like surfing for a few seconds and you can stop paddling to rest a short moment and still enjoy forward momentum. Sounds easy right? Well, it is not as easy as the Youtube videos from the dudes in Hawaii make it look. I did get to connect a couple of runs together and got my board speed up to 9 miles per hour. Once I got close to shore I turned around and did it again and made a total of 5 runs. It is kind of like when you see guys hike up huge mountains of snow all day and then ride down for a total of like 10 minutes. The ratio of work to coasting is definitely tilted toward the work side versus the coasting. I totally freaking love it! It is so much fun. It is so challenging and I just want to get back out there and do it again. I love being out in the ocean and the solitude of the experience is really amazing and peaceful.

So what will I do different?

  1. Start doing some extra High Intensity Interval Training on my rebounder to build up my leg strength. I planned to paddle for 3 hours and after 2 my legs were feeling like noodles.
  2. Next paddle session like this I am going to try for 2.5 hrs.
  3. Spend more time in ocean and less in the intracoastal waterway. These are 2 completely different challenge experiences. I want to up my ocean time to get more efficient in turbulance.

Before heading to the beach today I received an email from someone who I was introduced to that has a child with Cystic Fibrosis. He offered so many words of appreciation and encouragement for my involvement in fund raising for this cause. I was already excited to get in the ocean today. When I read his email it gave my training session in incredible sense of purpose. When I am heading out toward the horizon, going up and down trough to crest and creeping along at the pace of a turtle. Side note, a sea turtle would kick my butt in a race at this point. I am left with my mind begging the question. Why? The note I received today was the answer I needed. It was the fuel that propelled me forward. Thanks to your support we are pushing forward. Crossing for a Cure!

https://www.crowdrise.com/toddmclaughlin2

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5th Annual No Shave Yoga Event

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5th Annual No-Shave Yoga Event

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 6pm at Native Yoga Center, Juno Beach, Florida! Led Primary Ashtanga Class. All proceeds benefit No-shave.org.

No Shave Yoga Event is an opportunity for the local community to come together to help raise awareness and money to benefit No-Shave November.

Click here to register and donate.

No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.

Come and participate in a Native Yoga Vinyasa Flow yoga class at Native Yoga Center on Wednesday, November 28th at 9:30am taught by Todd McLaughlin, co-director of Native Yoga Center. This benefit event is open to everyone and all donations collected will go directly to No-Shave November.

No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

Ashtanga and Ayurveda Workshop Weekend with Kate ODonnell

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We are very pleased to host guest Instructor, Kate ODonnell on November 10th-11th, 2018 at Native Yoga Center!

Ashtanga & Ayurveda Workshop Weekend
w/ Kate ODonnell

November 10th – 11th, 2018
NATIVE YOGA CENTER

Register for full weekend tuition with Kate for only $165 for all 4 sessions!!!

Click here to register online

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
12pm-2:30pm
$55
The Ashtanga Trishtana: Integrating Asana, Breath/Bandha, and Drishti for lifelong stability and purification.
Its easy to say Ashtanga is all about these three points of attention: posture, breath, and gaze- but what does that really imply? How can we use this practice to purify the body, nerves, and mind? We will inquire into a bit of yoga’s Sankhya philosophy as applied to daily practice, do some bandha research, and move through a practice with the intention to understand and experience how the Trishtana works.

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
3pm – 5pm
​$45
​Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda, India’s ancient healing system uses diet, lifestyle rhythms, and natural herbs and oils to promote a state of mind/body well-being.  The system follows nature’s rhythms- seasonal changes, sunrise to sunset, phases of life, etc. to maintain optimal health.  Through eating and living in accordance with these natural rhythms, human beings find happiness.  This session introduces key concepts of the Ayurvedic view of the body, the Pancha Mahabhutas (the five elements) and the three Doshas, functional biological compounds, how they affect us, and how to recognize them in your body.

Sunday, November 11th, 2018
12pm – 2:30pm
​$55
Nadi Shodhana: Intermediate postures, bandha, and Pranayama
Once you get into backbending, inversions, and breathwork, you are moving beyond the physical body and into the energetic aspects of your system (well, this is happening in any yoga practice, but now it amps up). Knowledge of the anatomy of the subtle body, its pathways, patterns, and pitfalls can be a great help in maintaining a safe and beneficial practice for the whole life. Through discussion and practice we will explore how to best advance in yoga.

Sunday, November 11th, 2018
3pm – 4:30pm
​$30
Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle for Yogis 
Ayurvedic daily rhythms and food choices can support householder and yogi alike. Specific foods are revered in Ayurveda for promoting strength and sustainability (brmhana), as well as cleansing and lightness (langhana). Understand the difference between the two, and when and how to use these foods. Learn about observing simple daily and seasonal rhythms, lunar cycles, and longevity practices to bolster and evolve your yoga.

Kate ODonnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for 20 years, and Ayurveda for 15. An avid interest in the healing powers of food and yoga fuel her work. She is a Boston-based level II authorized Ashtanga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, and director of The Boston Ayurveda School. She continues to travel annually to India for study. www.kateodonnell.yoga

(Kate ODonnell’s Website)

 

Native Yoga Center: A Vibrant Palm Beach Destination by Paul Rowe

Offering Ashtanga yoga and native yoga Vinsaya classes, traditional Thai massage, Thai massage certification training, monthly workshops, native yoga teacher training, and much more, Juno Beach’s Native Yoga Center keeps Palm Beach yoga culture alive, vibrant, and thriving.

Co-founders of Native Yoga Center Todd and Tamara McLaughlin have been part of Florida’s burgeoning yoga scene for over a decade, and Native Yoga Center has stood apart from other studios in the area because of their many years of experience in the field of yoga and bodywork.

“My wife Tamara and I opened Native Yoga Center eleven years ago here in Plaza La Mer in Juno Beach,” Todd McLaughlin said. “We were originally inspired to share the practice of yoga from our marvelous teachers in India.”

For the last 11 years, Native Yoga Center has proudly remained a family owned and operated yoga studio. Together, Todd and Tamara have cultivated an extremely calming, peaceful, and dedicated environment where locals and visitors of all ages and backgrounds alike are able to initiate and deepen their connections to yoga.

“Native Yoga Center is directed by teachers who have close to twenty years of experience practicing and teaching yoga to people of varied backgrounds,” McLaughlin said. “We offer down to earth instruction that is made accessible by anyone who has a sincere desire to learn authentic yoga.”

Todd and Tamara have brought the people of Palm Beach together through their shared commitment to the study and practice of one of the world’s most ancient and celebrated activities. Providing the local community with uncommonly inspired teacher training for the past nine years has invigorated the people of Juno Beach and the greater Palm Beach region.

“Many of the graduates of our program have gone on to open their own studios and serve their local communities by teaching yoga classes in a multitude of various environments,” McLaughlin said. “Our Teacher Training program is the culmination of many years of study and practice with a continued commitment to inspiring excellence.”

The rich diversity, inspired instruction, and enthusiasm for improvement at Native Yoga Center is simply contagious. Thanks to Todd and Tamara, passion for self-improvement is growing in Juno Beach.

Click here to view article on floridastatehomes.com

Working Heart to Heart

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Craniosacral Therapy for the Cardiovascular System

Taught by Michael J Shea, PhD

July 22-23, 2017

Juno Beach, FL

Native Yoga Center is please to announce that Michael Shea will be offering a continuing education course for Licensed Massage Therapists this coming weekend on July 22 &23, 2107. Michael typically travels the world teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and we feel honored to host him in his hometown of Juno Beach, Florida.

This course bridges skills from Craniosacral Therapy to the vascular system. In particular, the various “tides” of the craniosacral system will be referenced through their activity in the cardiovascular system.  Of particular interest will be the long tide as it is called in Biodynamic Osteopathy. Based on new scientific information, Craniosacral Therapy palpation will be used to increase the function of the major arteries of the body.  The tone of the arteries is controlled by the autonomic nervous system which regulates the tension in the artery. Students will learn what a balanced artery feels like to lower stress in the client.

You can read more about Michael’s work by visiting his website here. http://sheaheart.com

You can register for the course by clicking here. http://www.nativeyogacenter.com/ap-working-heart-to-craniosacral-therapy-w-michael-j-shea-july-2223-2017-1487793942.php

Native Yoga Immersions Return!

We are so excited to announce the return of Native Yoga Immersions!!! 200hr and 300hr YA Registered Teacher Training sessions are back in full swing this weekend, April 28-30, 2017. This program includes in-depth exploration of asana, pranayama and meditation. We incorporate the traditional technology of hatha/ashtanga yoga with practical and experiential practices to help deepen your practice. Enhance your appreciation for the power of healing yoga embodies. This course is for those interested in teaching yoga as well those who would like to learn more. Check the link here for more info.