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.

Is back pain part of your journey?

Published on Saturday, March 9th, 2019

I often say that we all get something to deal with in our body. If your “something” is back pain, this week’s Hatha practices are for you. Yoga has been a wonderful adjunct to help people heal, prevent and strengthen their back. Yogi’s have understood the important of the spine in health for millennia.They have focused on the energy flow of the spine as an important part of a yoga practice. But the benefits of yoga extend to the bones, muscles, ligaments and discs of our spine as well. Movement of the spine is rarely discouraged by medical doctors in the face of back pain. “Motion is lotion”.

Come and enjoy two different back care practices this us this week!

Monday Nite, Hatha Yoga 3/11, from 6:30-8pm. A practice based on 17 postures used in multiple studies for those with chronic back pain.

Thursday 3/14, Chair Yoga 3-4pm. Come breathe, relax and move!

Thursday, 3/14, Hatha Yoga 5-6:15pm More back care.

Let’s discover ways to make us more comfortable on our journey.

The Journey is yours.

Published on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

I remember my first “real” yoga class. I write “real” because my very first experience with a yoga class was at a gym, taught by a Physical Therapist, who was not a trained yoga teacher(read, physical practice only). I ended up developing probably the worst (certainly the most memorable) cold of my life the day after the class. While there was no connection, I didn’t go back.

Years later, I found a different yoga experience taught by a yoga teacher. After she introduced me to the class as the newbie, she asked me what I hope to gain from my practice.Then recently diagnosed with cervical stenosis (a painful compression of nerves in the neck), consciously I was there to see if this yoga thing could strengthen my muscles and help relieve my pain. What came out of my mouth in response to her question was,”I am looking for a spiritual path”. Where did that come from? The next leg of my journey began.
What’s your story? I would love to hear what brings you or brought you to the practice of yoga.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite March 4, 6:30-8pm. First Monday of the month yin.

Thursday March 7, 3-4pm Chair yoga. Let’s continue to develop strength, balance, agility and equanimity all from a chair!

Thursday March 7 5-6:15pm. Ease into our yin practice. Enjoy the peace.

Savasana: The Ultimate Asana of Trust

Published on Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Every week, as a teacher, I take a moment to reflect on the trust I feel from the yogis in class. Not just the trust to safely lead the class, but to provide a nurturing environment for their savasana. It can be difficult for us to let go and rest in savasana even when we are in our own home. Being able to trust and physically and mentally let go, is an act of trust. While yogis are finding their place in this pose, I am watching over the group. Together, we create a space for our group.

Savasana can be a time of healing, reflection, and integration. Just like any other asana, it takes practice. According to studies, settling our nervous system takes an average of 13 minutes. Most of us don’t stay in savasana long enough to fully relax. Others, fall asleep, which is a form of relaxation, but not the point of savasana. We try to find that place in our consciousness between fully awake and asleep. Finding it takes time and practice as anything worthwhile does. Yoga Nidra is a specific practice to help you find this sweet spot. You can find examples on YouTube.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 2/25 from 6:30-8pm. Gentle easy stretches.

Thursday Chair Yoga 2/28 An hour of movements designed to connect our mind/body and improve our daily function.

Thursday Evening 2/28 from 5-6:15pm Gentle easy stretches.

Hope to see you at class this week!

Chair Yoga Balance Class Update

Published on Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Today, 2/21, we would normally have Jenny Gaede teaching an exclusive balance class focus. Jenny injuried her foot and is unable to teach today. We will still have class today with some emphasis on balance. See you this afternoon!