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Why is yoga valuable?

Why is yoga valuable?

More and more people are embracing yoga as a tool for living!

What do you think makes yoga so valuable?

Why do so many individuals claim that yoga has helped to heal not just their bodies, but their emotional/ spiritual lives as well?
Is this just a fad?

For me, and for plenty, Yoga is so much more than just exercise. Here are some ways yoga has helped me. After years of practice and teaching, it surprises me how every time I come to my mat it’s a new experience that always contains infinitely more to learn.

When we first sit for class, we soften and allow sensitivity to arise. We make a connection to the pure and simple movement of the breath and connect to our own innate worthiness.

We learn to bring ourselves into the direct experience of the NOW -the place from where all potential unfolds and fear and anxiety diminish.

Self Study
It’s possible to recognize patterns we perpetuate that are harmful or limiting.

Consciously Create
New awareness -with Intention, establish more optimal alignment.
Enjoy greater freedom and bliss by CHOICE!

Find your center
Experience the essence of breath through ups and downs, challenges, failures, and successes. Connect to what is most real through all of it.

Practice your capacity to receive what life presents. Experience the process of how to hold it, engage with it, and make something more as a result of it!

Create Beauty. Feel good
Learn what it takes to heal yourself by listening…

Get stronger, more resilient, more flexible.

Learn to RELAX…To let go… Feel connected to yourself and that which is so much larger than just yourself.

Develop TRUST. Feel your feelings, ALL of them. Know YOU are also more than just your feelings. You can watch, feel, and experience them fully, but you do not have to be controlled by your emotions.

Know that you are an integral part of everyone and everything around you! It is from this understanding and experience of oneness, that we say…Namaste!


Yours in yoga,
Andrea Thibaudeau


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What Is a Seasonal Ayurvedic Cleanse?

What Is a Seasonal Ayurvedic Cleanse?

A seasonal cleanse is a time to re-organize yourself to the rhythms of nature. Change is in the air! Yogis forever have recognized the need to synchronize and adjust with the changing seasons. This approach is absolutely necessary to stay healthy, vibrant, and in tune with our changing biochemistry and evolutionary expression.

When we take time twice a year to slow down, re-evaluate, rejuvenate, and recalibrate, we slow down time, and the process of aging. We simplify and get in touch with the direction of where our life is taking us. Is it the way you want to go? If not, the process of a cleanse is a perfect opportunity to recognize patterns that are not serving your highest interest.

These cleanses are like a time out. The “pause” interrupts the momentum of our patterns. Are your everyday habits helping you be who you really want to be? Or…. are they creating more chaos, stress and adversity? Press pause on those patterns! Create some space, then choose consciously what to perpetuate.

The process of cleansing helps our body and mind to release excess heat and toxicity. We accumulate toxic build up from media, NEWS, computers…even breathing! Oh and of course what we eat, drink, think, and feel. These toxins whether they are physical or emotional, distort the body’s true intelligence. Toxicity makes us feel “off” and we will even start to crave that which is not good for us! By reducing this toxicity, we start to feel and see things differently and become more in tune with our deeper wisdom and what our body truly needs to thrive. From this new starting ground, we are empowered to make real change in our lives.

Oh Yea, a seasonal cleanse also helps reduce excess weight from summertime / wintertime indulgence. A cleanse will help you establish new routines, and improve your immunity throughout the changing seasons (a time we are most susceptible to illness). We need our health to be top notch to avoid the crazy bugs these days!

My first seasonal cleanse was in 2004… The year my first son was born. I was adapting to my new role as a mom, and was a bit overwhelmed to be truthful. I felt heavy, and had no desire to leave my house for exercise, walks or much of anything. I remember those days of the nest, so precious… I decided to try my first Ayurvedic inspired cleanse. Because I was breastfeeding, I chose a very simple nourishing cleanse. This consists of less “taking away” and more nourishing, rejuvenating practices. This cleanse was truly a turning point of healing for me. After that, I was hooked! I have practiced some form of a cleanse every Spring and Fall since then! I LOOK FORWARD to these islands as a resting place. Life that can seem to move so fast!.

There are three different levels I choose from for a seasonal cleanse -MIld, medium or spicy!

The way to choose is to truthfully look at your needs.

Nourishing cleanse -if you feel overextended, stressed, overwhelmed inflamed or in pain. You need to ground down, and slow down! Think mild and rejuvenating.
Basic cleanse -For lightening up, reducing fat, cleansing and improving your self care
Detox- Reducing body mass, deeper detox, big shift.

The point is, YOU design a cleanse that suits your needs. – I can help you do that!

JOIN ME for my 3 Week Community Cleanse Starting September 11, 2017!
SIGN UP HERE and get yourself back on track with guidance and a supportive group!

Cost $25
What you get:
3 Weekly group calls (recorded and made available) Mondays starting September 11th @ 2:00 pm. I will offer meditation and group exercises to help you design your cleanse, as well as an informational lecture with time for Q&A
Link to private Facebook group page to connect with peers on the path
One weekly informational email and reminder for the call
Links to videos and resources to support your cleanse

I hope you can join us! We have a great group starting! Go HERE and reserve your place to make a big shift!

Cheers to your smooth Fall transition and vibrant body and mind!

Much love,


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What is Yoga Mantra

What is Yoga Mantra

A mantra is a sacred sound, word, or phrase. Thoughts and words are the very vibration from which we create. The etymology of the word mantra, takes us to the root manas which means heart / mind. ‘Tra’ means to traverse, to protect, or to cross over, to bridge the heart and the mind together.

The repetition of mantra shifts our vibration. Like attracts like. When we are spinning in fear, negativity or limitation, this is what we tend to attract and perpetuate. Physics proves it over and over with this universal principle. The right mantra can protect us from harmful patterns of mind and spinning emotions. At any time we can interrupt negative momentum and anchor into Love, and Universal support. With mantra, we cross the bridge of perception and connect deeply with our highest intention. We are not limited to our fear and pain. Who we are is much bigger than that. Mantra can help us remember that field of possibility.

That said, it is necessary to welcome the whole of who we are. Our suffering does not want to be denied. It wants our attention and patience. When we try to cover over the pain and push it down by pasting on false positivity, we actually short circuit our deep healing! But, as we turn toward the pain of what challenges us, allow ourselves to feel, and be present in our pain, we can also find comfort in healing sounds and words. Being real with ourselves is critical. Only from here can we begin to dissolve the scar tissue and let it go into the ocean of love. Try it next time. When you are caught in a negative mind set, take time to listen. What is the source? Go into the sensation and wait for what you know. Write it down. Bring your loving awareness breath, and compassion there. Then, when you are ready, start to shift the trajectory.

A mantra can be given to you by a teacher or guide. It may also be your most beloved prayer, or a phrase chosen by your own loving heart. Examples of mantras can be as simple as “Thank You.” or “I love myself and I give love freely.” “I am blissful, I am Free, I am forever.” ‘I am strong, my heart is pure”.

You may also encounter mantras in a yoga class… (I love them)… Perhaps the words are in Sanskrit, a beautiful and magical language. It is good to know the translations of these words to put the full power of your heart behind them if you so choose.

Repetition, or ‘Jappa’ is key! Often a mantra is repeated 108x’s -a sacred number in the yogic tradition or, even chanted continuously, throughout the day. You can do this silently, softly, or full blast to keep you on track. Rosary beads, Mala beads, or even bowls with stones can be used to count during mantra meditation. It’s a great way to retrain our minds to Divine frequency and watch the knots of suffering unravel!

The beautiful Mala beads in the picture above are created by local artist and yogini Beth Robbins. Find them at our studio! 50% percent of all proceeds go to create:

-No Yogi Left Behind! Yoga scholarship funding.

(Peace, Peace, Peace)



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Live Like A Yogi: The Ayurvedic Way To Health & Happiness

Live Like A Yogi: The Ayurvedic Way To Health & Happiness


                                  Live Like A Yogi:                                               

10 Weeks to Transform Your Health

      Next Group Program Starts January 31, 2018!

Classes meet weekly at Heart Space Yoga Center 9 am – 12 pm every Wednesday for 10 weeks.


Ayurveda, The Secret To Health & Happiness

live like a yogiLive Like A Yogi is a 10 week transformational course, based on the wisdom of Yoga and science of Ayurveda and optimal daily rhythms.   Here we learn how to deeply nourish ourselves and be sensitive to our body’s innate wisdom,  Discover better energy, stronger immunity, and a deep connection to what you most truly desire.

Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge  = Is a system of natural healing that originates in the Vedic culture of India. The philosophy behind Ayurveda is the balance and integration between our environment, mind, body and spirit.  When we come into better balance, and optimize our systems, a natural joy begins to emerge, We experience greater freedom,  vibrant health, and a strong sense of purpose. sense of purpose,

The Benefits:

live like a yogiPracticing Yoga and Ayurveda is a great way to regain your well being, both physical, emotional and spiritual. It’s also the perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy summer.

Ayurveda brings you back home to you and teaches you how to honor your bodies basic requirements to heal.  The rhythms and practices of Ayurveda also help to prepare your body and mind for the colder months of fall and winter. Healthy habits build strong immunity and slow the aging process to keep you feeling great!


These are only some of the many benefits that you will reap with our Live Like A Yogi course:

  • Reduced inflammation levels 
  • Your immunity will increase – just in time for flu season
  • Improved digestion 
  • You will feel less stressed out and experience more happiness
  • You will feel more grounded and steady
  • You’ll experience a natural increase in energy levels
  • Ayurveda will also help you remove toxins from your system 

The Live Like A Yogi course is a 10 week program that will help you regain your energy, strength, physical and emotional well being. You’ll feel healthier, happier and ready for the upcoming months.

Live Like A Yogi : A Supportive Community

live like a yogiThe Live Like A Yogi course is not just about the amazing art and science of Yoga and Ayurveda it’s about connection and support!  Be witness to yourself and others as you open to grow and shed what not longer serves to embrace a healthier, more empowered YOU!!!  Live Like a Yoga provides a community of like minded and supportive members.  When we allow ourselves to be seen we heal at a much deeper level.

Embark on your journey of natural healing with a strongly rooted support system – You are never alone!

This Is What You Will Learn:

  • Easy meditation, breathing, mantra and lifestyle practices
  • How to live with more intention, awareness and happiness
  • How to connect with seasonal rhythms 
  • Ancient, Universal, and life affirming ways to view life.
  • How to get yourself “unstuck” and into healthy habits that unlock greater freedom!
  • Habit change science.  -Understand the root of behaviors AND change your life for the better in a way that lasts!

Professional Guidance

live like a yogiThe Live Like A Yogi course is led by Andrea Thibaudeau, the owner and director of the Heart Space Yoga Center. She’s an inspirational teacher and has been practicing yoga since the late 1980’s.

Andrea will help you discover your unique gifts and explore your own divinity so you can transform your life.

Andrea’s passion and decades of experience in teaching diverse systems of Yoga (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinni and therapeutic styles) will help you regain your balance, wellbeing and happiness.

She will teach you how to use the wisdom of Ayurveda in your daily life, so you can feel more grounded, energetic and ready to take on life’s challenges.

With her 15 years of experience as a primary yoga instructor, Andrea will invite you to discover the real possibilities that lie within you, so you can reach your full potential.

Embark on a beautiful journey of healing and happiness – We guarantee you will experience profound results! Schedule a free conversation HERE to learn more: (802) 626-3398 or email us here.


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10 Tips to Help With Stress

10 Tips to Help With Stress

Have you ever wished there was more than one of you??   This is one definition of STRESS.  I know this thought well….. If there was just one more of me to be the super Mom, the career specialist, a loving and attentive wife, one to be super fit, one to just clean the house, one to serve my community, one to grow my own food and design the most awesome meals -everything from scratch of course etc. I could go on but  I think I’ve made myself clear.  The problem is, I have not reached a point -yet, I can make this happen.  It’s just me.  One, single, “Me” to take on ALL I WANT TO DO and do well.

With energy moving in so many directions it’s easy to become stressed out and feel overwhelmed.  I know this for a fact, because, I’ve been there!  A couple of years ago I started to notice a deterioration in my health.  My joints were achy, I had less energy, I was catching colds, and in general, just feeling out of sorts!  I had become depleted.  Luckily, I found my way back to vibrant health through better self care routines.

Yoga has been my savior or my Savitur in Sanskrit for more than half my life.  In my practice I am able to find the present moment where love abides and fear diminishes.  In the Truth of who I am, I gain perspective.  It is here I learn to love myself in the process of all I’m moving through.

BUT, to live like a yogi and to experience vibrant health, it takes MORE than just a few 90 minute classes per week!  The techniques of Ayurveda (aka “the Sister Practice to Yoga) have literally saved both my physical health and my sanity.

HERE IS A LIST of what you can do.  This stuff really works too!  You will be surprised at the new you!  When you find life speeding up, anchor yourself down with more predictable routines and self care practices.   You’ll soon find a more grounded, spacious reality.  This list of suggestions below are some techniques I use to manage stress. They allow me to be an active, involved Mom, studio owner, teacher trainer, and health coach.  Also, I have come to recognize the fact that when I start wishing there were 10 more of me, maybe I’m doing a little too much!

– If you would like to know more about how you can improve your health and quality of life through Yoga and Ayurvedic self care routines, SIGN UP for a free strategy session with me.  Take a positive step toward feeling great, healing yourself and loving your life again!

10 Tips to Help With STRESS

  1. SIMPLIFY YOUR DIGESTION. Make it easy. One less struggle. Eat early. 6:00 pm is optimal, but do what you can to make small change! For supper think “supplemental”. Eat light, such as soups, salads etc. Save your heartier proteins for your midday meal when your digestion is at it’s peak!
  2. UNPLUG: After dinner is time to relax and digest. It is the Kapha time of night which is best for quality time with loved ones in the way of connection and bonding, light exercise (go for a walk), and winding down for better sleep. Limit or avoid screen time altogether specifically phones / computers, social media, emails, business and or news that creates stress.
  3. LIGHTS OUT BY 10:00 pm: According to nature’s rhythms and the Ayurvedic clock, your energy increases after 10 pm. If you stay up too late, you’ll catch your “second wind”, and have a harder time falling asleep when you finally do go to bed. This makes for a restless night. Catch the wave of the downward, settled energy and tuck yourself in by 10.
  4. SELF MASSAGE (Abhyanga): Prepare for sleep in a sacred, intentional way. Get some coconut, sesame, almond, or some other natural oil and massage your feet. Anyone can do it! You don’t have to be a therapist! This gentle act of self care / love is deeply soothing and nourishing for the Soul! *Use relaxing essential oils such as lavender and vetiver to ground and calm your anxiety.
  5. JOURNAL BRIEFLY: Write down what you learned from the day, what you are grateful for. Also, jot out what still needs to be dealt with or “cleaned up” in the way of business or relationships. Writing this stuff out on paper will help you release it from your mind. You can refer to what you write the next day when you are ready to face the world!
  6. BODY SCAN: Take a few minutes once you get in bed to consciously breathe. Do a body scan. Notice any areas of your body you are aware of sensation. Breathe into those spaces. Ask yourself what it’s all about? If the parts of your body that feel painful and stressed could talk, what would they say? If your body had a voice, how would it communicate with you? Take note. If you learn something, write it down! SLEEP DEEPLY Eight hours is optimal!
  7. AWAKE with the sunrise! This is the time of Brahma Muhurta. , The yogi’s for centuries have been waking up at this auspicious time when cosmic and universal energies are the most clear and resounding. This is the time before the busy-ness sets in, the magical time of dawn.
  8. PRAY: This is active meditation. Offer gratitude, ask for help, set your intentions, send blessings, ask for blessings, protection, inspiration, love, whatever you need to help yourself and greater serve the world!
  9. MEDITATE: This is where you simply receive. Open yourself to guidance. Just sit, just listen. Watch the breath. Watch the mind, when it wanders, and it will, lovingly guide it back to the breath and just listen with pure, present awareness. Even if you are able to sit in silence for a total of 5 minutes, you have succeeded. Even this short amount of time can change your life immeasurably!
  10. OPEN TO GRACE: Remember, you are PURE, FREE, and FOREVER! The essence of you is never ending and limitless. Even when you are bogged down by mundane details of the human experience, REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE, and in the long run…”Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff”. YOU ARE HELD. SEE THE GLASS HALF FULL. TRY A MANTRA. Words can powerfully shift your thoughts and experiences. It can be a sacred prayer or invocation, a name for the DIVINE, or something simple like….”I feel good, I feel fine” “I am o.k.” “All is well”


Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

May all beings be happy may all beings be at peace.


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What’s Holding You Back?

What’s Holding You Back?

Have you noticed a longing inside of you to grow?   Do you want to expand and express your life more fully, freely, joyfully?  Do you wonder about your purpose and how you can most appropriately serve?  This is the calling of your heart!
In the presence of this desire, perhaps you are also aware that something holds you back……
What’s Holding You Back? What prevents you from making the changes you know you most need to make?  These are questions wellworth investigating!
Yoga is the science and study of Freedom.  Ayurveda is the science of life.  Both of these ancient practices have been here for thousands of years.  Every day yoga awareness is growing in our culture. Yesterday was evenNational Yoga Day!  But in my opinion, yoga is not a fad.  The wisdom of this practice can tap you in to your potential, lead you to your Truth, and open you to what is possible.  This my friends, is changing the world!
Popular now in science is a growing study called -Habit Evolution, or Habit Change Science.  Even these modern explorations are reworking what yoga and Ayurveda have already established some 2,500 years ago.
In yoga, there is a concept  called identification.  Through the process of Self study (Svadhyaya) we are able to see more clearly the patterns we have adopted that limit our health and experience.  This knowledge is awareness.  This is the first step.  Once we are aware of what holds us back, we can then start replacing those patterns one little baby step at a time. (This is where habit change science steps in.)  We can learn the tricks to make conscious ,choices.  Choices that no longer hold us back and keep us stuck, but take us in the direction of our Dreams!
Exciting ins’t it!
If this sounds like a good conversation to you, join me this Friday 6/24/16 @6:00 pm for a 75 min. FREE talk at Heart Space Yoga.  The name of the talk is Yoga Tips for Stress, but within this broad title, we will focus on how to get out of the stuck and stressful, and change the habits that wear us down and stress our bodies.  There are proven steps you can  take that not only heal your body, but also bring you into greater integrity with your energy, life, and purpose!
In case we haven’t met, my name is Andrea Thibaudeau, and I am a Yoga Instructor / Studio Owner / and Yoga Health Coach.  In this Free Talk, I will share some simple techniques for positive self change!  
Learning the daily rhythms and potent practices of Ayurveda and self care, have changed my life forever!  Looking back, I see how my yoga practice in the past, while it has always served me, was incomplete without this knowledge to back it up.  I have been deeply immersed in an Ayurvedic Yoga Health Coach certification program for the past year and a half, and I am loving it!  So much has changed for me.   
I am very excited to share the tools I have learned with those in my community that are ready to heal and make change for a more intentional, vibrant, and purposeful life! 
If you are interested in learning more about how I can help you shift your health and life for the better, Sign up HERE for a Free Strategy phone session with me.
I hope you can join me for one of these Free Talks at my studio and help spread the word!
Wishing you THE BEST!




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