Orlando Hurricane Guide: All you Need to Know and where to go

Complete Guide to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian, all while maintaining calm, saving money and keep it eco-friendly.







Preparing for a hurricane can be a stressful and crazy time for even the most peaceful Yogi Bear.  Trying to figure out what to get, how much of it, where to get, and more.   We’ve put together some local Orlando resources and helpful tips to get ready for the storm and still keeping your zen. Get answers on:

  • Where do I get plywood?
  • Stores are out of water.  What do I Do!?
  • How do I prepare in case of power loss?
  • How do I not drop kick someone?
  • How can I make the best of this?

Updates on Hurricane LocationNational Hurricane Center  click here

City of Orlando: Status Updates and Locations (Garages, Shelters, Sand Bag Distribution Centers):  Click Here find out which city services closed, parking garage locations (leave your car safe), shelters,  updates from City,  Emergency radio station info, news updates and more.

Click here to get detailed help on putting together a hurricane plan including shelter, documents, alterts, etc.


Tip#1 Breathe.

Take a moment to collect your thoughts. Just 1 minute,  focus just on your breathe, nothing else.  Ok now let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!  Repeat step 1 often.  1 Minute of focused breath can make the difference between allowing the stress to overflow and keeping things in check.


Tip#2 Dealing with Water supply

While finding bottled water may seem impossible, there’s still hope.

  1. Upcycle your current containers.  All those Mason Jars, empty juice containers, DIY projects for “One day”.   Gather those up and fill them with water.
  2. Where & How to Fill up  on water:
    1. Local Breweries:   We’ve found a few local breweries with filtration systems that are offerings to fill up your containers with filtered water, FREE.
      1.   Ten10 
      2. Thirsty Topher
    2. Filling Stations:  You can visit your local supermarket.  Lucky’s and Publix offer water filling.   Take your containers and get ready to filler up.  You can also find a Glacier fill station.
    3. Filter System:  Brita filter jugs and refills tend to hang around longer than bottle water during a crisis.   Check your local stores or order online:









3.  Freeze Water & Help Preserve Food!  Fill zip lock bags with water and put them in the freezer NOW.  If you lose power, move the bags to the fridge.  You will not only have cold water to drink but they will help keep the food in your fridge colder for longer.

Consider cooking any food you have in fridge and freezer now.   It will give you wholesome meals to eat and help possibly save a lot of your food from going in the trash in the event of power loss.


Tip#3 Boarding up windows & Preventing Home Flooding.  Where do I find plywood & sandbags?

We can teach you how to find a bit of peace but won’t tackle how to board windows. Click here for some how-to on boarding up windows.

We have complied a list of local businesses who have plywood in stock.  As of Tuesday 9/5/2017 12pm, these are verified to have plywood in stock.

Local Plywood Sources

Locations for Sandbags.  



Tip#4 Be neighborly.  Help one another.  






We live in a wonderful community with so many people willing to lend a helping hand.  The more we come together, the more we can accomplish.

  1. There are community forums online such as Nextdoor.com , Facebook Groups (search Groups with keyword specific to your neighborhood)….use these platforms to help coordinate efforts with your local neighbors.
    1. Task such as getting food and supplies can be divided among a small group.
    2. Trade:   are you handy?  Offer to stay and board windows for a neighbor in exchange for them picking up supplies on their supply run.
  2. Speak to your neighbors.   Find ways to help each other.
  3. Do you have an neighbors who will be alone/are elderly/or have special needs?   If you have the space in your home and heart, be of service by assuring them they can come to your home if needed.
  4. Be compassionate and kind.   Remember everyone is a little extra stressed, take a breathe and put yourself in the shoes of your neighbors, the person in front of you in line, etc.   Be kind, even when it seems impossible.


Tip#5  Cooking without power.  How TO

  1. Use your grill.   Make sure to get propane.   Uhaul, Tractor Supply, Ace Supply and many other places are go to for propane.  Be aware, propane refills may one of those unicorn finds.
  2. Make a alcohol burning stove from things you have in garage.
  3. Invest in a Solo Stove/similar camping stove.  Or try the DIY Version using tin cans 
  4. Try one of the Survival/Campers guide to cooking without power/propane/gas 



Tip#6  Food.  How to prepare for wholesome nutritious meals


It’s easy to grab every bag of chips and box of cookies in the heat of the moment.  If that’s what keeps your boat floating, then rock on.  But if you want some tips on how to keep it healthy even in times of challenge keep reading. 🙂




  1. For my DIYer’s it’s a great time to do some DIY Canning.  This opens up a world of possibilities to what you can store and have on hand for emergencies.
  2. Limited Resource Cooking staples:  Rice, Quiona, and Oats.  Mix with beans, canned veggies.
  3. Flavor staples:  Apple cider vinegar, olive oil, coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, pepper, honey, maple syrup.   A sprinkle of these items can make the most bland meal sparkle.
  4. Dried veggies & fruit store bought.  If you have a dehydrator, start making your own stock by picking up fresh produce to dehydrate.
  5. Canned food:  canned beans, canned veggies, coconut milk (amazing on oats with a dash of honey or coffee), canned fruit (look for no syrup/sugar added if possible).
  6. Peanut butter.  The fresh pressed from Luckys almond or peanut butter is so delicious (with no added oils), inexpensive, and has a great shelf life.
  7. Fruit:  Apples tend to have a decent shelf life, lasting up to 2 weeks.   They are delicious plain or sprinkle some cinnamon and or honey.   Or spread peanut butter on top for a magical experience.  Bananas will last 3-6 days and are easy to eat.
  8. Nuts have a long shelf life and are packed full of nutrients.
  9. Granola bars and granola:  aim for simple whole-food ingredients.
  10. Boxed nut milks.   Add granola, or drink plain.
  11. Boxed soups, veggie broths.   Eat alone or add any veggies that you may have.
  12. Potatoes last a LONG time.  They tend to take a bit of effort to cook so if grill is an option, chop ’em up and grill for delicious potatoes/fries.  Drizzle with oil olive and salt.
  13. Coffee/teas:   pre-brew coffee and tea to have on hand.


Tip#7  Meditate:  Yeap seriously, Just do it.








  • A simple mantra (phrase repeated out-loud or silently) such as “I am calm.  I am safe” repeated for 1 minute, 5 minutes or more as you inhale and exhale fully.
  • Try a guided meditation.  Begin with 1 minute, then 5 minutes, then 30 minutes, etc.   Rinse and repeat.
  • Call us 407-375-8489 to organize a guided meditation session for yourself and others in the community.


Tip#8 Give back.  Donate

Once the storm has passed, you may find you have an abundance.   Consider donating your plywood to local charities which help build homes for people in need:

Food & Water Supplies can be donated to:








Tip#9  Stay focused and present.

This can be an easy time to allow ourselves to go into panic mode.   Stay focus and present.  Maintaining calm during preparations can make a world of difference.  It will allow you to plan thoughtfully and be sure you are prepared.

Be sure to take breaks from social media and the news.    These outlets are wonderful and can keep you up to date but can begin to feel overwhelming if we spend too  much on them.  Take it seriously but do take with a small grain of salt.

In my 20 years of living in Florida, I have weathered the storms.  During Charley, I was in a panic after hearing weather personality stating “This is the biggest storm we will ever see…that’s if we don’t all DIE”.   I immediately crawled into the  small bathtub with my 2 big German Shepard’s and dragged the mattress into our tiny bathroom (another tip from same weather dude).   Meanwhile, my mothers partner laughed and frolicked outside (DO NOT attempt this).  He didn’t get hurt but this was luck.   We were two people in the same place, having two very different experiences.   I learned something the next day from his silly actions…..I learned balance, panic mode doesn’t help and of course neither does careless action.   Find a happy middle, have board games, puzzles, books, etc ready  to keep you occupied while waiting for the storm to pass.  How we choose to bare the storm we do have choice over.  Another lesson I leaned is no matter what happens we can laugh or cry through a storm.  I have chosen to smile and find calm ever since that storm.

Orlando is a strong community.    It is important to have a solid plan and be prepared, but not allow panic to take over.   You got this.  Breathe.


Tip#10  Breathe.  Prepare.  Be Kind

You already said all that.  I know.  It is worth repeating.











Our doors are open.  During this uncertain time, we welcome you to take a class and if you’re in need, just come and pay what you can.  Everyone deserves a moment of peace.

Our class schedule:  EmpowerYogaLove.com/classes   

Complete online waiver ahead of time, if you can:  EmpowerYogaLove.com/waiver

This offer is intended those that have a financial need.   We know everyone has plenty to worry about so we will be waiving our financial sponsorship application during storm season.  Just mention”Weather the Storm” at check in and state the amount (if any) you’d like to pay.


Be Well. Be safe.


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Journey to Intimacy workshops in February for more happiness, health, and fun.

 Join us for this series targeted to make your relationships…Happier.  Healthier.  More fun.
This Valentine’s season give yourself and partner the gift of true intimacy.   Help build a stronger bond, learn tools to care for one another such as massage and partner stretches, improve verbal and non-verbal communication, and have fun together!   Check out the schedule below for more details on dates and classes.
Meet the creators of the series:
Sondra Thompson is the founder of Empower Yoga & Massage. She is a yoga and massage therapist that has a passion for helping people lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Dan Warner, is co-owner of Summit Chiropractic.   Dr. Dan incorporates trigger point massage techniques into his practice and is determined to keep people living to their fullest by keeping them pain free and enjoying the lives they love.
Together they have carefully handcrafted a series of classes to help partners come together to form a deeper bond, understand each other better, and play better together.
Mix & Match or Take All 4 classes
Part 1 Peace and Bliss
(A) Map to True Intimacy

  • Time: 1-2:30pm
  • Partner focused candlelight meditation, shared intention setting, purposeful gazing, gentle yoga and trust building exercises.

Rest & Refuel

  • Time: 2:30-3:15pm
  • Bring a dish to share and mingle. Want quiet time? Sneak off to the grassy area for a picnic.

(B) Massage Techniques: Learn Healing Touch

  • Time: 3:30-5:30pm
  • Learn from the pros! Yoga & massage therapist, Sondra, and Chiropractor, Dr. Dan, will give you the tools to give an effective massage without injuring or wearing yourself out. Instead you’ll both feel amazing!
Part 2 Fun and Stretch
(C) Partner Stretching

  • Time: 1:00-2:30pm
  • This light hearted class will teach you more than just partner stretches. It will shed light on communicating more effectively verbally and physically. It will give you tools to help support each other in a happier and healthy lifestyle.

Rest & Refuel

  • Time: 2:30-3:15pm
  • Bring a dish to share and mingle. Want quiet time? Sneak off to the grassy area for a picnic.
(D) Thai Yoga Massage: Learn Nurturing Touch
  • Time: 3:30-5:30pm
  • Learn the blissful art of giving and receiving this ancient art that combines light stretching, deep breathing, and touch.
Early Bird by 1/27/2019:  1 Class $40, All 4 classes $125
After, 1 Class $45, All 4 classes $150
***Prices are per couple***When registering, just register one person.  The price and reservation will automatically save you 2 spots.
4 Pack Deal: (direct buy link)
Single Class Deal: (direct buy link)
cupping orlando

Cupping, everything you need to know

Book your session today.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient form of healing medicine, in which suction is applied by use of special cups. They are placed along targeted areas of the body during treatment.   The results of cupping can be physical or emotional release of pain and general well-being.

Who Should Try Cupping?

There are a variety of reasons to try cupping ranging from reduction in pain, sports therapy, breaking up scar tissue, improving circulation, helping to reduce anxiety, reduction of visual effects of cellulite, and giving skin a vibrant glow.

Injury, overuse, and scar tissue are a few possible reasons muscles and other soft tissues get “stuck”.  These adhesions prevent optimal functioning, often creating lasting pain.   Cupping can help aid to “release” the restricted muscles, tendons, and fascial layers, increase circulation, and allow more nutrients in blood to be supplied to the affected area.  Cupping can help your body heal, and pain to be reduced or even eliminated.


What Can You Expect from Cupping?

You can think of it as an “opposite massage”.  In regular massage, pressure is typically applied downward.   In cupping, the soft tissues (muscle, fascia, skin) are lifted upward.

Cups are either gently moved for a “cupping massage” or left in one place for  5-10 minutes, depending on the desired results.

Cupping should not hurt.  Pain during treatment typically is an indicator that cups have been placed too tightly. If this happens, tell your therapist to lessen the pressure or release a little of the vacuum in the cup.

Clients describe a varying range of pleasant sensations during treatment such as a “flush” in the treatment area, warmth, slight pulling, and feelings of release.

Slight warning: You may look like you were hugging an octopus after your treatment as you see in the picture.   Bruising is normal, especially with dry cupping when cups are left stationary (vs. being consistently moved).


Some people experience a temporary itching sensation which is a good thing!  This is a sign of increased blood circulation, bringing much needed nutrients and removing metabolic toxins.


What are the Types of Cupping?

There are different cupping methods such as dry cupping, moving massage cupping, and wet cupping.  Dry cupping uses cups and creates suction when placed on the skins: pulling skin away from other connective tissue to allow space for restrictions in the tissues to begin to heal.   Moving massage cupping glides suctioned cups with oil along the area to be treated  and  can be used to compliment a relaxing gentle massage or as part of treatment during deep tissue, medical massage, or sports therapy massage, depending on the desired outcome.  Wet cupping involves the therapist slicing the superficial layer of skin with a surgical blade, then placing suction cups to drain small amounts of blood; don’t worry: Empower Yoga doesn’t employ this method……blood makes us queezy.

What Can You Do to Assist the Cupping Treatment?


Cupping is a wonderful tool to help aid in your healing process.   For optimal results having a well regimented routine is best.   Incorporating exercise, stretching, and proper nutrition into your lifestyle will hugely improve your results.


Talk your therapist today about a treatment plan that is right for your needs and budget.  Optimal well-being is much more affordable than you might think!

And in case you need more help than a cupping treatment provides:  We work with some wonderful locally based natural medical professionals and are always happy to give you a reference when needed.

Start your process to healing today.



Spirit of Holidays Nomination

Help us spread holiday cheer. 10 deserving people will get 1 month free Unlimited yoga. 💓⛄🎄🎁🎁🎁 We will also be giving away 30 minute free massage to 5 people.🎄🎊🎁

🙌🎅🎅🎅Nominate the person/people you know that makes our community a better place. Tag them or email us YogaEmpower@gmail.com with telling us what they do to embody the spirit of Kindness/Giving/Love.

Enter by 12/25/2018

*Fine Print: clients who have not attended classes within the last 3 month only. Members/Active clients qualify for massage only. Winners will be chosen by 12/31/2018 and must activate prize by 3/31/2019.

Exciting Things Happening! Community $5 Class, Massage $29 Pre-Sale, and more!



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Massage Therapy is coming!  Pre-Open Sale is here!

Massages from $29 for 60 minutes!


Choose from Swedish, Relaxation, Deep-tissue, Medical Massage, Thai Massage,  or Aromatherapy.  All massage sessions are customized for each client.

The massage room is ready and now all that is left is state’s final approval.  Our inspection is THIS Tuesday 7/31/2018.  Take advantage of this great deal!  Once we have approval, the pre-sale is done

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New Classes and Events….


Good Karma, Good times.

Every Friday 6pm, begins 8/10/2018

Get your good karma boost! Donations will benefit a local non-profit Our currently featured organization is Waterford CAN, Inc. who help hungry families right here in our neighborhood.

$5 Donation Class

Let’s get together, Yoga, and do good! 😀
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Class para everybody!

Starts 9/7/2018

This Yoga Basics class is a fusion of Spanish and English language,aimed at uniting and providing space for all to move, breathe, and find peace.
Comienza el 9/7/2018
Esta clase de Hatha Flow es una fusión del idioma español e inglés, con el objetivo de unir y proporcionar un espacio para que todos puedan moverse, respirar y encontrar la paz.


Healers, Bodyworks, and Therapists…..expand your knowledge and offering with quality and heartful trainings.

These courses are NCBTMB approved.

Thai Bodywork 24CE
8/31/2018 – 9/2/2018
3 day Traditional Thai Training
Learn More

Intro to Ayurveda & Abhyanga Massage 18CE
10/13/2018 – 10/14/2018
2 day Abhyanga (warm mediated oil massage) Training
Learn More


We have a blow out sale on retail.  50% off EVERYTHING!

*Excluses Manduka mats, Manduka Props, and diffusers….everything else INCLUDED!

Massage is almost here! $29 for 60 minute sale

Massage Therapy is coming!  Pre-Open Sale is here!

Massages from $29 for 60 minutes!


Choose from Swedish, Relaxation, Deep-tissue, Medical Massage, Thai Massage,  or Aromatherapy.  All massage sessions are customized for each client.

The massage room is ready and now all that is left is state’s final approval.  Our inspection is THIS Tuesday 7/31/2018.  Take advantage of this great deal!  Once we have approval, the pre-sale is done

Community Yoga $5 Donation Class_Do Good

Get your good karma boost! Donations will benefit a local non-profit Our currently featured organization is Waterford CAN, Inc. who help hungry families right here in our neighborhood.

We ask for a minimum $5 donation for each person. *Cash preferred. $2 CC fee will be accessed for credit card payments.

*** New to studio? Please complete waiver ahead of time

The yoga class will be accessible to all levels and all bodies, regardless of limitations. The type of class will varying each week.

We will feature a different local non-profit each quarter. More details on featured non-profit at www.EmpowerYogaLove.com

We will also be working on volunteer opportunities along side our local featured non-profits for added good karma. 🙂

Let’s get together, Yoga, and do good! 😀

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Calming Water Recipe_Wellness Wednesday

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You may be familiar with restorative yoga and mediation practice on your mat.  Are you aware our yoga can be simple acts of kindness and self care throughout our day?


Nourishing your body is equally as beneficial for you as your asana (yoga poses).   Try this simple and refreshing recipe to benefit in healing and calming.


Sage has many great benefits including helping to reduce stress and facilitate a calming effect.  Blackberries are rich in Vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system and aids in development and repair of body tissues.


Sage Blackberry Infused Water

  • 1 Pint of filtered H20
  • 4-5 fresh Sage leaves
  • 1 Handful of Blackberries
  • Honey (optional)

Blend and allow to soak overnight.  Add more water to your glass if desired.   Continue to add additional water to container.   Mix can last up to 5 days before discarding sage and berries.

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What to expect from a yoga class at Empower Yoga

Starting a new routine or at a new yoga studio can be overwhelming.   Here we help you break down what level to choose, what to expect, and more about Empower Yoga Love studio….whether you’re looking to begin your yoga or aerial yoga journey or to fine tune your practice; we are here for you.


We are also here by phone, 321-420-9642 (text not received).  Free 15 minute phone consults are offered to help you with any questions you have regarding yoga, fitness, and wellness.




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Happy International Yoga Day


In honor of International Yoga Day we are inviting you to come try yoga free.    Come Empower yourself.  We truly believe yoga taught in a empowering and welcoming environment can help you to Empower yourself and your community.



Just click on our schedule (click here) and enter promo code:  YouCan at check-out for your free class.



*Good until 6/30/2018 only.   New Clients only.  1 per client.