Where has your curiosity lead you this week?

Published on Saturday, May 18th, 2019

It really is about “living our best life”, as Ophra says.Staying in the curiosity mode can lead us to new ideas, people and experiences. It is really all about having an attitude that encourages all of this to come toward us. Have you done something this past week that opened you up to the new or to re-discover the old?

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, May 20 from 6:30-8pm. A Hatha practice reflecting Ananda principles.

Thursday 5/23, Chair Yoga from 3-4pm. Variety, versatility, and calming. Join us.

Thursday Nite, 5/23, 5-6:15pm Hatha practice. Maybe some surprise elements!

Letting go of judgement increases curiosity

Published on Saturday, May 11th, 2019

As I have been reading about cultivating curiosity, I noticed that judgmental thoughts can block curiosity. I sat with this idea for a bit this week. I can say that agree with this occurring in my mind. I can immediately judge a situation, a behavior and the like. When I do this, it blocks me from being open to the story behind the situation or behavior. I love that each of us has a unique story, maybe a very interesting back story, that can be discovered when we let go of judgement and listen to each other with curiosity.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite Hatha Yoga May 13, from 6:30-8pm. Developing a home practice can be challenging. Lets talk about what poses may promote this and how to slowly develop a practice.

Thursday Chair Yoga 3-4pm. Jenny G will lead us in a balance focused class.

Thursday Evening Hatha 5-6:15pm We’ll practice and then have a longer(than usual) Yoga nidra.

A month of curiosity

Published on Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Curiosity is said to be an important element in the aging process. Staying curious throughout our lives, helps keeps us young. The world is moving so fast that it seems impossible to stay “up to date” or current about everything around us. We can open up to something new, learn about it, discuss it with others, “try it on” to see if it fits. Yoga provides us with opportunities to try new things, poses, breathing techniques, chanting, music. There is something new out there for you to try. Find this month and explore!

This week in yoga:

Monday, May 6 from 6:30-8pm. Can you believe it is time for our monthly yin practice already? Come stretch and relax.

Thursday, May 9 from 3-4pm Chair Yoga. Let’s start standing with our chairs this week!

Thursday, May 9, from 5-6:15 pm. It’s yin!

Reparare: To make ready

Published on Saturday, April 27th, 2019

My aunt, the last of a familiar generation, is actively dying this week. She is well cared for in a hospice facility and is “comfortable”. I know that code word. I am glad for her. We had many telephone conversations over the years since her husband passed, where she continuously questioned why she was the only one left. She was lonely, but patient. She said she she was just waiting to be taken from this life. She sounded wistful and indeed, ready. To my knowledge, she had “reparared’: made ready for her transition. When the hospice nurse held the phone to her ear for me, I told her that I knew she was ready. While my tears come, I rejoice in this beautiful,wise woman’s life and in her peaceful death.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite, 4/29 from 6:30-8pm. We’ll do a practice from Yoga for Healthy Aging focusing on Balance, agility, strength and flexibility.

Thursday 5/2 Chair yoga from 3-4pm.Come join us for a practice focused on on joints.

Thursday Evening 5/2 5-6:00pm A shorter practice tonite to accommodate a meeting in the church.

Happy holiday!

Published on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

This weekend turned out to be a busy one. I hope everyone celebrated with friends and family. Here’s our yoga schedule for this week:

Monday Nite Hatha Yoga April 22, 6:30-8pm We’ll incorporate some Yoga for Healthy Aging principals.

Thursday, April 25 Chair Yoga 3-4pm. Jenny G. should be back this week to put us thru our balance paces.

Thursday Evening April 25 Hatha yoga from 5-6:15. Relax, stretch and renew.

Can we change the internal dialogue?

Published on Monday, April 15th, 2019

Yes, yes yes. It can be part of the repairing we have been focusing on. Mantras, sayings, music can replace the negative thoughts that we replay in our minds. Using meditation to prepare the foundation of our mind to make the change.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 4/15 from 6:30-8pm. Ananda yoga has the tool of mantra’s for each pose that can help us move our minds in a positive direction. Easy, gentle and mindful.

Thursday Chair Yoga,4/18 3-4pm. Even though Jenny G. will be teaching balance next week instead of this week, we’ll still focus our balance and agility.

Thursday Evening 4/18 5-6:15pm. Stretch, breathe and focus.

Wholeness does not = Perfection

Published on Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Living a life is a messy, beautiful thing. We start on a learning curve that is steep. So much to integrate from physical coordination, to language acquisition, to the skills of daily life. This goes on our entire lifetime, but becomes more subtle as we grow and age. Do we ever get to a point that we are no longer on the learning curve of life? I don’t think so. We may be momentarily comfortable in our life, then bam!, things change again. Wholeness means we work at graciously accepting the messy, unwanted things of life. This messiness can be seen as our teacher. Looking at the messiness this way helps us to realize what we still need to learn. The yogic path provides tools to help us sort out and deal with the messiness.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 4/8 from 6:30-8pm Come stretch, breathe and learn a bit more about the Kundalini practice.

Thursday 4/11 from 3-4pm Chair Yoga. We focus on the principals of Yoga for Healthy Aging: Balance, strength, agility and equanimity.

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm End your week with a relaxing practice.

April: Thinking about wholeness

Published on Saturday, March 30th, 2019

On the cusp between March and April, we continue our journeys and begin to think about wholeness. Spring is here. The season often inspires the same enthusiasm for personal renewal as the New Year. The theme of the month is Wholeness: the practice of repairing. Instead of avoiding/ignoring the potholes of last week’s blog, we actively look for ways to repair the potholes that are blocking us. Facing the potholes in our lives rather than driving around them, is much more challenging. This month we will be open to how we might start filling them in.

This week in Yoga:

Monday Nite April 1, 6:30-8pm. No fooling, it is yin week!

Thursday April 4, Chair 3-4pm. Let’s learn some seated Warrior poses.

Thursday Evening April 4, 5-6:15pm Yin and relaxation!

March is ending. Your journey continues…

Published on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Spring has begun, as 2019 continues on. We’ve had time to think about our own journey’s this month a bit more than we might normally. Perhaps you have added or subtracted some from your prior practice.Since the first of the year, I have added two new activities to my practice. I spend 12 minutes each day doing the Kirtan Kyria we learned (“sa, ta, na, ma”) and once a month, I fast (sun up to sundown) to bring me closer to the suffering in our world. Just the act of examining our life/journey is a gift we have given ourselves this month. Keep heading forward.

This week in yoga:

Monday Evening Yoga 3/25 from 6:30-8pm Gentle practice.

Thursday 3/28, 3-4pm Chair yoga! Part of your movement journey?

Thursday Evening 3/28. No class this week.Climate change meeting in the Church.

We’ll be back to regular schedule next week. And it’s the first week of April….Yin!

You can’t plan for everything! Potholes can be gift.

Published on Saturday, March 16th, 2019

I agree with Babs. Not only stop worrying about potholes, but when they happen, look to what they may be giving you. Potholes test our agility, our equanimity, our sense of humor.They can be minor nuisances, or major course correctors. No matter, they will happen. To each of us. Only we can chose the response and where our new course will lead.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite 3/18 6:30-8pm. We will have a Hatha practice focusing on balance and agility.

Thursday 3/21 3-4pm Chair Yoga. Balance is for everyone and Jenny Gaede will lead us in fine tuning ours!

Thursday Evening 3/21 5-6:15 pm Along with a Hatha practice, we’ll do few restorative poses to round out our week.