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March 2016 MSY Newsletter

Hi Yogarians, 

This is a picture of Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. I comes right before the vernal equinox and celebrates the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter.

People celebrate by pelting each other with colored dry powder and they do some serious partying.

 

So to celebrate spring, I thought it would be fun to bring out the balls. So on Wednesdays in March it’s Yoga on the Ball.

 

Yoga on the Ball is ridiculously fun. And ridiculously HARD. You must use your core or else you'll butt or face plant. I never have to say, "engage your core" in this class, because if you don't, you're on the floor. Simple as that. (But don't worry. I'll show you tricks to maintain your balance on the ball no matter what.) 

 

I think the reason I stopped doing this class was because I used to be a lot more reverent about yoga than I am now, and the balls made the studio look like a circus. And they stunk. And sometimes they made rude fart noises.

 

But I'm not that reverent about yoga any more. So let's get crazy.

 

If you're up for a new challenge, you should definitely try this. I'm limiting enrollment to 12. Let me know soon. 

Click here if you want this.

Yoga on the Ball

Wednesdays in March - 5 Weeks

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$50

5:30-6:30

 

On Thursdays I'm doing a short but Intense Core/Focus Workout

45 minutes total.

Here's the breakdown: 

20 minutes of an intense core sequence

5 minutes of cool-down

10 minutes of seated meditation

5 minute savasana

5 minutes to pack up and go. Namaste.

 

This is the shortest, most focused, most efficient class I've ever taught.

It has 2 main goals: 

One, build your core power and two, increase your mental focus.

5 Weeks of this and you will know every inch of your abdominal wall intimately, plus you'll firm up your flabby, distracted brain. And, here'e the deal, if you take Yoga on the Ball and this one together, this class is only $30 instead of $50.

Intense Core/Focus Workout

Thursdays in March - 5 Weeks

Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

5:30 - 6:15

$50

Click Here for this class.

Click Here for both

 

Okay, one last thing: April Yoga Challenge. It's happening, and you can register for it NOW if you want (but you have until Monday, March 28th.) Yoga every day. 5:30 (maybe 7PM too, possibly a 6 or a 6:30 AM depending on the needs of the people who sign up). Saturday at 10 AM, Sunday at 11 AM. $30 for the whole month, plus reserved seating all month (no need to set up your mat each day, it will be there waiting for you.) Plus other little goodies. There’s only one rule. YOU MUST COME EVERY DAY. As soon as you miss, you're out, and have to start paying for every class again.

Think about it... It would make a great "Project" if you need one for your "Project-Driven Life."

 

Hope to hear from you soon. Let me know soon if these 2 new classes interest you. The rest of the schedule stays the same.

Love, 

Kath

December 2015 Newsletter

Before I tell you about the new stuff happening at the studio in December — I published my book! 

 

Finally. Finally I got it done and the nerve to launch into the world. It’s a really short read (but a long “DO.”) It explains a 6-step process for how to figure out what you want to be when you grow up. It’s called The Project-Driven Life and you can get it locally here in Mansfield/Wellsboro or through Amazon. There’s even a Kindle version.

 

If you like it, let me know. If you’re local, I’ll even sign it for you if you want. 

 

Now, the December Yoga specials.

 

A few months ago, a bunch of us started doing the ESP Project to help us get resourced for winter. We committed to upping our water consumption, meditating, and taking a walk or practicing some yoga every day for 8 weeks. The 8 weeks ended last Thursday and we all felt amazing, and practically everybody wanted to keep going, so we are. For 3 more weeks. 

 

The ESP-ers, plus anyone who wants to join us on Thursday nights, will be dedicating ourselves to learning  the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga and writing our Personal Manifestos. We’d love you to join us! The dates are December 3, 10, & 17. The time is 5:30-7:00 and the cost is $30.  REGISTER HERE.

 

On Wednesdays in December (Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23) I am offering Finding Calm in Chaos: Heart and Hip Openers: Easy (supported) backbends and satisfying hip un-hingers. This class is for all levels. Each class will begin and end with breath work and meditation. (Tell me you don't need this in December, right?) 5:30 - 6:30 Cost: $40 REGISTER HERE.

 

All the other classes remain the same: Power on Mondays; Gentle on Tuesdays, and Happy Hour at 4:30 on Fridays.

 

There will be a special Solstice Class on Monday, December 21st as part of Power Yoga. Not so “Power-y.” More introspective. Prepare not to sweat so much. Or at all. Or maybe just a little. Non-Power people are welcome to crash this class.  

 

I have new gift cards this year, too. Super easy to buy and send. You can get them at the studio, or just call me (570-660-5873) with your credit card info and we can do the whole transaction over the phone. I’ll even mail the card to your recipient if you want. $10/class. Gift as many classes as you like.

 

The studio will be closed from December 24th through December 31st.

I am thinking about Happy Hour on January 1st. Watch your email for a Tiny Letter with details. 

 

What is Tiny Letter you ask? It’s a special newsletter for the local tribe. You can subscribe here:

https://tinyletter.com/yogamama

 

I get the warm-fuzzies when I think about all of you. Thank you so much for your presence in class, your thoughtful banter before and after, your wisdom, your support, and the lovely way you put up with me. I freaking adore you. I wish each of you a cozy holiday surrounded by the people you love.

 

Many blessings and much love at Christmastime and always,

Kath  

October 2015 Newsletter

This month, in addition to the weekly standard classes of Power Yoga on Mondays,Gentle Yoga on Tuesdays and Happy Hour Yoga on Fridays, I am excited to offer How to Practice Yoga, on Wednesdays this October. 

I had a great talk with 2 of my favorite yogarians the other night after class and realized
that some people may know how to practice yoga postures, but they still don’t know how to practice yoga.
 

For example: they might be a little foggy about what it means to “set an intention” and work with that intention for an entire hour of postures.
 

Or they might have heard a teacher say, “Drop inside and listen" but they’re not exactly sure what that means, or what it should sound like, or why it’s so important.
 

And then there’s that tired cliche, “Let go.” Why does every yoga teacher in the universe have to say that? Is it some kind of yoga teacher rule, and if they don’t say it they get their teacher certifications revoked? What are you  supposed to let go of exactly, and more importantly, how do you pull it off?

 

 I’m going to address these issues, as well as other esoterica in this 4-week session.
 

This class is perfect for the experienced practitioner, the beginner, and all the levels of student in between. We will use these insights to transform the practicing of postures into the practicing of “yoga."

Please sign up for this class in the Featured Classes section below. This class is contingent on sufficient enrollment by October 5th.

************ New Project!!!************

The ESP Project is more than a class, it's an 8-week commitment to a daily program of yoga or walking, meditation, and water. This is for you if you want to get a good foundation of health before the challenges of winter and holidays.

Here's what you get: 

  • Unlimited Yoga at MSY for 8 weeks
  • Free Health Coaching, including 1 private one-on-one goal-setting session with me, and then ongoing support for 8 weeks.
  • Meditation instruction
  • Ayurvedic dietary tips and recipes each week
  • Accountability and Support in the form of a Private Facebook page set up for daily check-ins and group advice. (There will also be a text option.)

Here's what you must commit to:

  • 20 minutes of yoga or walking 5 days/wk
  • 10 minutes of daily meditation
  • drinking the ideal amount of water for you each day
  • developing 1 healthy eating habit

To join, please sign up under Featured Classes below. 

To get all the backstory about why I'm offering this, and why it's called ESP, sign up for my Tiny Letter and I'll tell you the inside scoop.

 https://tinyletter.com/yogamama

I am really excited about everything in October and I can't wait to see you in a class soon!

Namaste and love,
Kath

May 2015 MSY Newsletter

Hi Yogarians! 

I cannot believe the Yoga Challenge is almost over. This month has FLOWN! Everyone who started is going to finish.

Remarkable.

Just amazing.

Jes and Pam and Tom and Brin and Sherry and Linda and Sarah all rocked it this month. I am so happy for them.

Stop up and ask them about it, and celebrate them, and the 11th year of Main Street Yoga, on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30. Food and drinks and great conversations will be going down.

Come and bring your friends and family. I was also blessed this year to have Shelly Clark and Sandy McDivitttwo remarkable women sharing the teaching this month. Please come and meet, and thank them, too. 

New!  Open Practice

I was so inspired by the persistence of the Yoga Challengers that I have decided to do my own little personal yoga challenge in May. Instead of practicing in my yoga room at home, (which sometimes happens and sometimes doesnt) I have committed to a morning practice 5 days a week. I will be hoofing (or biking) it to the studio ever morning, Monday through Friday, lighting the candle, and doing some kind of practice for an hour.

If you want to join me, Id love the company. There is no charge for this. There will be a donation jar if you want to put something in it, but even that is not necessary or expected.

I wont be instructing, but I will leave printed lists of some of my favorite sequences on the bench in the lounge for your guidance if you wish.

This will start Monday May 4th. Im calling it Open Practice.

Listed below are the May offerings. I hope something looks good to you. If it does sign up soon. (Power and Gentle Yoga, in particular, fill quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot.)

I hope to see you in May. Thank you for your support all these years. You make it possible for me to do what I truly love. Mwah! and...

Namaste,

Kath

 

MSY in May

There is Power Yoga with me on Mondays for the person who likes a challenge.

 

There is Gentle Yoga, also with me, on Tuesdays. This class is perfect for the beginner or anyone who appreciates a softer class.

 

On Wednesdays, Shelly Clark will be teaching East Meets West Yoga. This will be 4 weeks of postures interpreted for the modern mind. Learn how the mysterious Eastern concepts of yoga can be understood through a western, scientific lens. Come deepen your practice and your understanding. (For advanced beginners and up.)

 

On Thursdays Sandy McDivitt will be teaching a Variety PackEach week will have a different anatomical focus. 

April 2015 MSY Newsletter

Hi Yogarians, 

Im so excited to show off the Yoga offerings at MSY this month. Youve got your pick of 3 teachers and a great line-up of classes.

 In addition, its YOGA CHALLENGE MONTH! Check out the details below. 

So first, the month’s offerings.

Whether or not you are doing the Challenge this month, these are your classes. There is Power Yoga with me on Mondays for the person who likes a challenge. There is Gentle Yoga, also with me, on Tuesdays. This class is perfect for the beginner or anyone who appreciates a softer class. On Wednesdays, Shelly Clark will be teaching a Meditative Posture Flow in the Pranakriya style. This class uses longer holding times in some poses to access deeper states of awareness. On Thursdays Sandy McDivitt will be teaching Sun-sational Yoga designed around the classic Sun Salutation. To register for any of these class, just click the REGISTER ME FOR THIS CLASS link next to the class you want.

 

Mondays

Power Yoga- REGISTER ME FOR THIS CLASS

Kath

5:30-6:30

April 6, 13, 20, 27

$40/Flex 

 

All-Levels Drop-in

7-8 PM

 

Tuesdays 

Gentle Yoga - REGISTER ME FOR THIS CLASS

Kath

April 7, 14, 21, 28

$40/Flex

 

All-Levels Drop-in

7-8 PM

 

Wednesdays

Meditative Posture Flow - REGISTER ME FOR THIS CLASS

Shelly

5:30 - 6:30

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

$50/Flex

 

All-Levels Drop-in

7-8 PM

 

Thursdays

Sun-sational Yoga - REGISTER ME FOR THIS CLASS

Sandy

5:30 - 6:30

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$50/Flex

 

All-Levels Drop-in

7-8 PM

 

Fridays

Happy Hour Yoga 

Kath

4:30 - 5:30

 

All-Levels Drop-in

6-7 PM

 

Saturdays

All-Levels Drop-in

10 am - 11 am

 

Sundays

All-Levels Drop-in

11 am - Noon

 

YOGA CHALLENGE INFO

If you are considering doing the YOGA CHALLENGE this year, read the FAQ below for all the details. If you need a little more encouragement read my blog post: 15 Reasons To Do A 30 Day Yoga Challenge, and feel free to follow my blog, www.inspirationlocation.com. Once you are ready to commit, Click I AM DOING THE YOGA CHALLENGE THIS YEAR and you are in!

Follow Main Street Yoga on Facebook and stay up to date on all the April happiness going down next month.

 

Namaste and Love,

Kath 

FAQ For the 

ELITE YOGA CHALLENGE

2015

 

Q: WHAT IS THE ELITE YOGA CHALLENGE?

     A: The "EYC” is a practice challenge in the month of April designed for people willing to commit to a 1 hour yoga practice every day for 30 consecutive days.

 

Q: WHO CAN JOIN?

     A: Anyone can join, regardless of prior yoga experience. Beginners and Advanced students are both welcome. Know though, that as Yoga Challenge participants you will be attending all the regular classes the studio offers in April, and some of them are more vigorous than others. There will be little to no instruction in these classes, but Beginners who are willing to take care of themselves can usually do fine.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE RULES?

     A: You must come to class for 30 consecutive days without a miss.

 

Q:  WHAT IF IF I HAVE TO MISS EASTER SUNDAY, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

     A: No.  You must show up every day. If you know that you will have to miss a day for any reason, you can't play.

 

Q: SO HOW DO I JOIN? WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 

     A: All you have to do is Email me and tell me you want to be in. You have automatic eligibility if you have ever "won" a Yoga Challenge in the past, but you still have to email me. There is only room for 17 people. You must let me know by this Friday, March 27th

 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF MORE THAN 17 PEOPLE APPLY?

     A: If more than 17 people apply, there will be a lottery. All names (minus pre-qualified people) will go into a drawing to be held at the Happy Hour Yoga class on March 27st.

 

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE CLASS TIMES?

     A: The classes for the EYC are the same classes as the regular April Schedule.  Challengers will be practicing side-by-side with non-Challengers all month.

     For the benefit of the Challengers, evening classes, and weekend classes will be added. These additional classes will be open to non-Challengers only if Challenge participants don’t fill the room. 

Those special class times are: 7 PM Mon-Thurs, 6 PM Friday, 10 AM Saturday, and 11 AM Sunday.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE FEE FOR EYC?

     A: $30.

 

Q: DOES EVERYONE PAY JUST $30 FOR CLASSES IN APRIL?

     A: No. This price is only for the people in the challenge. 

 

Q: WHAT IF I JOIN THE CHALLENGE BUT DESPITE ALL GOOD INTENTIONS, I GET SICK OR OTHERWISE HAVE TO MISS A CLASS?

     A: If you miss a class you are OUT of the EYC. "The tribe has spoken."

 

Q: ISN'T THIS KIND OF HARSH?

     A: My game, my rules.

 

Q: DOES THIS MEAN THERE COULD BE A "SOLE SURVIVOR?"

     A: It certainly does.

 

Q: IF I BONK ON THE EYC, CAN I STILL COME TO THE REGULAR CLASSES?

     A: By all means!  But you will have to take them off your flex from then on. 

 

Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE DID THE EYC CHALLENGE LAST YEAR?

     A: 10

 

Q: HOW MANY FINISHED?

     A: 10

 

Q: YOU WANNA NAME NAMES?

     A: 

  • Teresa Capuzzo
  • Jennifer Lehman
  • Sherry Mathews
  • Sandy McDivitt
  • Tom Moritz
  • Linda Murray
  • Gena Rasmussen
  • Pamela Taggart
  • Sarah Wunderlich
  • Nikki York

 

Q: WHAT’S THE POINT OF THESE 30 DAY YOGA CHALLENGES ANYWAY?

     A: Read my blog post 15 Reasons To Do A 30 Day Yoga Challenge.

 

 

Q: WILL THERE BE A PARTY AT THE END?

     A: Oh, don't you worry! There will be a party at the end! But it won't be an exclusively "Yoga Challenge" party; it will be to celebrate the existence of the studio, and the people who love it. Everyone is invited. The EYC-ers will have a separate celebration just for them, but they will take a bow at the regular party.

 

Q: ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS?

     A:  I am amped about it! I cannot wait to see who I get to play with for a month!

 

 

February 2015 MSY Newsletter

It’s almost Groundhog Day. The light increase is noticeable now. Soon there will be definite signs of spring.

The new February offerings are a still slow and reflective but there is a definite “up-tick” in the energy.

There is even a non-yoga offering this month on Wednesdays. Shelly is taking the month off to concentrate on her Yoga Therapy training. She will return in March with an exciting new session. So I’m taking over Wednesdays and am asking for guinea pigs to help me test my latest project. Check out: What Happened to Your Passion? Sandy McDivitt is teaching Slow Flow Yoga this month. I am so amped to have Sandy as an MSY teacher! Check out her class out on Thursdays. 

Monday is always Power Hour. And Friday is always Happy Hour. 

Please check out the class descriptions below and register soon! Can’t wait to see you!

Power Yoga

Mondays

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Flex

An up-tempo vinyasa flow for the yogi who likes to sweat (mindfully). This is a Monday night "staple.” Bring your towel and a smile.

Add your name to the list HERE.Cultivating Focus

Tuesdays

February 3, 10, 17, 24

5:30 - 6:30 PM

$40/Flex

“Yoga is not about the pose.”

That’s what Danna Faulds says. But if it’s not about the pose, then what is it about? (Faulds' answer is that it’s “an exploration, guided from inside.”)

Good answer. But there could be any number of "good answers" to that question.

In this class we will answer that question this way: “Yoga is a way of using the body to cultivate our ability to focus on the present moment." 

In this series we will enter, hold, modify, and challenge ourselves in postures for the sole purpose of strengthening our focus and concentration. This is yoga as a form of meditation.

**This class is not suitable for students still trying to master basic postures. This class will provide guidance only; there will be no posture instruction.

 

“What Happened to Your Passion?”

Wednesdays

February 4, 11, 18, 25

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Free/Donation

As some of you already know, I have been working on a book, a manual of sorts, maybe it’s a handbook? I don’t know.  It’s a book-like project. In this book, I systematized the way I discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up (which took way longer than it should have.)

Had I uncovered this system back when I was a freshman in college, I could have spared myself an incredible amount of ditzing around.

But the important thing is, I did find my passion, and I keep finding new   passions that allow me to keep expressing myself authentically and expanding my capabilities as I grow and age.

A lot of the book is exercises, exercises I would love to road test before I put them out there. Would you be willing to test drive this process with and give me feedback?

Here’s how it would work:

We would meet on Wednesdays in February from 5:30 to 6:30 and I would guide you through these exercises. On paper. You will need a notebook and a pen. No yoga clothes or mat. There will be no yoga. Except for week 3. In Week 3 we will do yoga.

Who might benefit:

•People who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.

•People who work in jobs that don’t let them express who they really are.

•People who are contemplating retirement and have only a vague notion of how they will spend their time.

•People who are already retired and are looking for a more meaningful way to spend their time.


By the end of these exercises:
You will know who you are.
You will have written your personal manifesto.

You will have a handle on how to meditate.

You will have started a streak.

You will have found a daily body practice that fits you perfectly.

You will have a brand new, awe-inspiring personal project underway.

There will be no charge for this session. I am making it free because the ability to test this stuff out and get feedback is invaluable to me.  If you want to make a donation, fine, but it’s not necessary.

 

Slow Flow Yoga

Thursdays

February 5, 12, 19, 26

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Sandy McDivitt

$40/Flex

In this class, Sandy McDivitt will teach you how to link postures into a slow flowing yoga practice. In addition to the famous “vinyasa” flow, you will learn a Warrior Flow, a Triangle Flow and a Balance Flow.
The major challenge in Flow Yoga is sustaining awareness and control of the breath while moving from posture to posture. Even if you know the “choreography” of the flow, if you can’t keep the breath flowing evenly, you haven’t mastered Flow Yoga.

This is a slow-paced, fun and easy class. It’s the perfect place to learn and practice good breath habits. This is a great class for the advanced beginner.

 

Happy Hour Yoga

Fridays

4:30 5:30 PM

Drop-in or Flex

The most chillin' class of the week. Drop in and dump the week's stress here.  All Levels.

November 2014 MSY Newsletter

Happy Fall, Yogarians!

Wait till you see what a fun and cool bunch of sessions I have coming up for you in November and December! "Power" on Mondays, "Gentle" on Tuesdays, the brand new "Yoga for Working Stiffs" with Shelly on Wednesday nights, "Variety Pack" on Thursdays, and the party we all know as "Happy Hour Yoga" on Fridays.

 

(To tell you the truth, I never thought there would be enough interest for that late morning class until you guys proved me wrong!) So tickled to see such great attendance in that Wednesday morning class! I will keep it going as long as you keep coming. (Personally, I think that's the perfect time to practice.)

 

So, look over the details below, check your schedules, and click on anything that looks good to you to register. I will let you know as soon as I get enough to go in each class.

 

If I don't see you before Thanksgiving, please know that I am truly grateful for all of you in my life. I am grateful for your love and your support of me, personally, and for your support of Main Street Yoga. Many of us think of MSY as our yoga "home" and of our fellow practitioners as our "yoga family." I think for all of us, it is way up there on our "gratitude lists" as we bow our heads in Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving.

 

Namaste, Yogarians. Namaste.

 

Love, Kath

 

Mondays

Power Hour

An up-tempo vinyasa flow for the yogi who likes to sweat (mindfully). This is a Monday night "staple" but I would like a head count this month, so if you are planning to attend Power on Mondays would you raise your hand by clicking HERE?  Thanks!

Power Hour

Monday Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 

5:30 - 6:30

Intermediate to Advanced level

 

Tuesdays

Gentle Yoga

A nice, stretchy, breathy class for yogis who need a deep, systematic de-kinking. This is a great class for the new-to-yoga student. Basic postures. No "tempo."

Gentle Yoga

Tuesday Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec. 2, 9, 16

5:30 - 6:30

7 weeks $70/Flex

 

Wednesdays

Late Morning Yoga

An "All-Levels" class to revive and energize you for the day ahead. Basic postures, slow to moderate tempo. This class will go if 10 students commit each month. Please raise  your hand HERE if you are interested in Late Morning Yoga in November.  You will be notified when this session is a GO.

Nov. 5, 12, 19

Cost: $30

 

 

Alert!! NEW!!! We are changing up the Wednesday evening class!

 

Yoga for Working Stiffs

Shelly Clark is targeting all you "working stiffs" out there. You know who you are: You sit all day glued to your computer; you commute to and from work hunched over that steering wheel; you spend your evenings in front of the TV, or cruising Facebook on your iPad, and then you wonder why it hurts to stand up straight and you feel all creaky and old? This simply will not do! All this sitting is sapping your energy and your youthful vitality! This class is designed to de-kink you and stretch you out. This class will:

  • improve your posture
  • free up your neck and shoulders
  • loosen your lower back
  • stretch out your quads
  • open your hips

If you know a Down Dog from a Pigeon you can do this class (it is not suitable for raw beginners!! If you are a raw beginner, Gentle Yoga on Tuesday night is for you!)

You must pre-register for this! When we get 10 people it's a GO. It will max out at 17.

To register, CLICK HERE.

 

Wednesday Nov. 5, 12, 19 Dec. 3, 10, 17

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Instructor: Shelly Clark

Cost: $60/Flex

 

Thursdays

Variety Pack

Every week of this 6-week session has a different focus:

Nov. 6: Backbends and Twists

Nov. 13: Working the Angles

Nov. 20: Core and More

Dec. 4: Power Vinyasa Flow

Dec. 11: Yin for the Win

Dec. 18: Finding Balance

 

Time: 5:30 - 6:30

Cost: $60/Flex

Register HERE!

 

Fridays

Happy Hour Yoga

The most chillin' class of the week. Drop in and dump the week's stress here.

 

Studio closed: November 26 through the 30th

October 2014 MSY Newsletter

Hello Yogarians!

Here is the October line-up at MSY. It was really hard coming inside to write this newsletter today, I'll tell you that! The weather this fall so far has been nothing short of spectacular: cool, foggy mornings which burst into warm, blue-sky days…Does is get any better than this?? I think not!

I hope you will happy about my new offerings in October. The focus is "turning inward" as the days grow shorter with lots of breath work and core awareness.
The Tuesday session is the practice I do in my home yoga room. It's pretty wild, I won't lie, but it's also amazing. 
The Thursday Core session is one of my favorites as well. I feel so much taller and vibrant when my core is strong and toned and activated! 

Check the full descriptions below.

I am thrilled that the Wednesday morning class at 11 is most likely going to continue in October, as well. I need 10, and a lot of you have told me personally that you are "IN", but just for bookkeeping purposes, if anyone is interested in Wednesdays at 11, CLICK HERE so I have a true count.  (Thanks!)

Shelly Clark is still teaching the Wednesday evening All-Levles class at 5:30. She is also teaching at Emerge Spa in Wellsboro. Here's the link if you want to check out her other offerings.

Okay. I'm going to go walk Boomer on this glorious day!

I hope to see you soon!

Love and Namaste,
Kath


WHAT: Pranayama and Meditative Postures
WHEN: Tuesdays in October. October 7, 14, 21, 28.
TIME: 5:30 - 6:30
COST: $40/Flex

In this class breathing, or Pranayama, will take center stage. Yogic pranayama techniques can:
Invigorate the nervous system
Oxygenate the blood stream
Alter the mind and the emotions
Strengthen the respiratory system
Tone the muscles of the abdomen
You can actually have a complete yoga practice with doing a single posture! But we will practice some postures, too--postures perfectly in tune with each breathing technique.
This is my personal at-home practice. I would love to share it with you.
If you are interested, REGISTER HERE.

(This class is suitable for all but raw beginners.)


WHAT: Yoga for Core
WHEN: Thursdays in October. October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
TIME: 5:30 - 6:30
COST: $50/Flex

In this core-focused class, We will explore pranayama techniques designed to activate and enliven the abdominal wall and the muscles of the back. In the posture flow you will strengthen, tone and bring heightened awareness to your deep core line.

This will be a meditative approach to the core, not a million crunches. When the core is activated and strong, so many postures will become easier and more available to you. If this sounds good, REGISTER HERE.
 
This class is suitable for ALL LEVELS.


 

September 2014 MSY Newsletter

Hi all!
Happy September! I don't know about you, but transitions are always hard for me. I think the hardest one is this one, from summer to fall. The last time I wrote it was high summer and I was sitting here (so happy!) in shorts and a t-shirt. Today it is decidedly cooler and I am in jeans and a hoodie, not feeling so joyous. 

As the seasons change I turn to the practices of Ayurveda to help me "transition" more easily. I change my yoga posture sequences and also my diet, and it really does help.  On Tuesdays in September I want to share this Ayurvedic approach to yoga with you in a new offering called The Ayurvedic Approach to Yoga Practice. It is a 4 week session appropriate for all levels. See below for all the details.

On Thursdays in September I will be offering a practice that combines Yin and Yang styles of yoga. Yin yoga involves long holding times in floor postures to relax the connective tissue around the joints for amazing gains in flexibility. Yang yoga focuses on muscles and involves standing postures and inversions to build strength and endurance (as well as flexibility). The combination of the two provides a perfectly balanced yoga experience.

** Attention! ** Some people have requested that I run a class during the day, and I am willing to do that IF I can get 10 people (minimum) to commit. It would be an All-Levels  class from 11 AM to noon on Wednesdays in September. If you are interested, please contact me right away. If I can get 10 people, this class will happen. 
Click HERE to express your interest.


The Ayurvedic Approach to Yoga Practice
In Ayurveda there are 3 basic body types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Did you know that depending on your type, some yoga postures are better for you than others? In this 5-Week Session you will:
Discover your particular Ayurvedic type (dosha)
Learn the postures most beneficial for your dosha
Discover how to align your lifestyle and diet with with your type
Tuesdays
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
5 weeks, $50 or Flex
5:30 - 6:30
Click HERE to register.


Yin and Yang Yoga
Both Yin and Yang forms of yoga are necessary to achieve a balanced mind and body. In this 4 week session we will alternate between the static, long holds of yin postures and the dynamic, strength-building postures of yang postures to create a perfectly balanced practice.

Thursdays
September 4, 11, 18, 25
4 weeks, $40 or Flex
5:30 - 6:30
Click HERE to register.

Power Yoga is still a Monday night staple. This is an on-going session, and you need to let me know from month to month if you are IN because this class often fills. If you would like to practice Power on Mondays in September, CLICK HERE

On Wednesday nights it's All-Levels drop-in with Shelly.
On Fridays, Happy Hour Yoga at 4:30.

I hope to see you all in class this fall! Happy Transitioning!

Love, Kath

 

June/July MSY News

Hi Yogarians!
The main thing I want to tell you about this month is the new Chakra Yoga class that starts in July and runs through August. This class will run for 7 weeks on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30. 

There are 7 Chakras and we will focus on one each week. If you have to miss a week, it won't be a big deal, you just won't get enlightened, but hey, you made it this far without enlightenment, right?

But seriously. If you have ever wondered about all those rainbow colored symbols (yantras) and what this Chakra stuff is all about, you won't want to miss this. It will be fun and interesting.

As I write this the weather is hot and sunny School is out for just about everyone now, and the living is easy. Please print a PDF of the June and July calendars (which you can find on the website: (www.yogamansfield.com) because there are vacation gaps when the studio will be closed (mainly early July and early August)

In brief: Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes are the same. Tuesday is Chakra Yoga, and Thursday the studio is closed. 

I hope you are having a great summer and I hope to see you for a class soon! 

Love and Namaste,
Kath


Chakra Yoga

Yogis are all about energy: how it flows, where it goes, what kinks the hose. One model they use to explain energy flow are the chakras--imaginary "wheels" along the spinal column that transfer energy from the base to the crown. If the channels are clear and all the wheels spin, BAM! Enlightenment. If the channels are sludgey and the wheels don't spin? Nothin' Bupkus.
Join me for 7 weeks of Chakra Yoga starting in July and continuing through August. We will explore this field of Chakra energy through postures and prananyama and specific meditations for each one. This class is suitable for all levels, including beginners. Click here to register! 

Chakra Yoga
Tuesday July 8, 15, 22, 29. August 12, 19, 26
5:30 - 6:30 PM
$70 or Flex
All Levels

Studio Closed: July 1, July 3 & 4 July 18. August 4, 5 & 7.

May 2014 MSY Newsletter

In this Newsletter
Anniversary Party!
The Elite Yoga Challenge Winners announced
New Classes
Studio closed dates
Hi Everyone,
As I write there are 3 days left in the Elite Yoga Challenge. Ten people committed to 30 consecutive days of yoga and I am happy to announce that barring some unseen catastrophe, all 10 will complete the EYC on Wednesday night. This year's winners are: 
Teresa Capuzzo
Jennifer Lehman
Sherry Mathews
Sandy McDivitt
Tom Moritz
Linda Murray
Gena Rasmussen
Pamela Taggart
Sarah Wunderlich
Nikki York
This involved Saturdays, Sundays, Easter. This involved overcoming lethargy, soreness, allergies, deadlines, hangovers, sick dogs and just plain "I don't wanna." Bravo to them! I had a great time with this Tribe of Ten. I hope we can do it next year and add to our ranks!

Speaking of 10, the studio turned 10 this year! (Yeah, how did THAT happen?) So many people have spread their mats on that floor in the past ten years. So many people have stretched and breathed and laughed and OM-ed, and been OM-ed in that room. Some people are still doing it, and others moved on to other things or other places. But every being who has ever breathed in that room has left their energy there and we all feed off it every single day. 

On Wednesday night, April 30th, starting at 8 PM there will be an Open House with wine and beer and snacks. I invite everyone who has ever practiced at MSY and their friends and families to stop up and just say "Hi" and let me give you a hug and thank you. You are the warmest and most gracious people in my life and I would truly love to see you if you can make it. That's this Wednesday at 8 PM.

Here is the line-up for May and June:

Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Power Hour
3 weeks for $30 or use your flex
May 5, 12, and 19 
You must sign up. This class fills!
Power Vinyasa Flow: Breathy, Stretchy, and Sweaty. Not for beginners.

Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Yoga Basics - 6 weeks/$60 or Flex
May 4, 13, 20, June 3, 10 and 17
This is designed for the beginner, or for people who need a refresher. In a "class" rather than a "workshop" format you will learn the main standing, seated, on your back and on your belly postures as well as the 4 main breathing techniques. You will also learn how to use props to tweak all the postures for your particular body. This is a very fun class! Perfect for beginners!
Pre-registration is a must. Do it here.

Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30 PM
All Levels - Drop in.
No need to register. Just come!

Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Detox Yoga  - 4 Weeks/$40 or Flex
May 1, 8, 15, & 29
Spring is the time when a lot of us are doing cleanses, or just cleaning up our diets. Support your new healthy eating with a cleansing, detoxifying yoga practice. This practice will involve intense breathing, sweating and twisting--the 3 main ways the body detoxifies. This is a class suitable for all levels.
Register here.

Friday 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Happy Hour Yoga
All-Levels, Drop-in.
Get your weekend off to a great start in this end-of-the workweek stress-busting class!

Studio Closed Dates
The studio will be closed from May 22 to the 27th while I fly to Oregon to see my new grandson! (so excited!!!!)

The studio is closed Thursdays in the summer, starting in June and will resume Thursday classes in September.
 

April 2014 MSY Newsletter

Hi Yogarians!

The Elite Yoga Challenge has 10 Hardcore takers! Here they are:
Teresa Capuzzo
Jennifer Lehman
Sherry Mathews
Sandy McDivitt
Tom Moritz
Linda Murray
Gena Rasmussen
Pam Taggart
Sarah Wunderlich
Nikki York

If you run into these people in your classes this month, (and you no doubt will!) you will know them by that look in their eyes. It's the Eye of the Tiger!! Wish them luck!

The Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes will continue on as usual: Power Hour on Mondays, All-Levels Drop-in with Shelly Clark on Wednesdays, and Happy Hour Yoga at 4:30 on Fridays.

The 2 Special classes this month will be Core Power Yoga  on Tuesdays and Slow Flow Yoga on Thursdays. The details follow. If you would like a printed schedule for your fridge, just go to the website: www.yogamansfield.com and on the header find "April PDF." Just click and print.

Core Power Yoga
Tuesdays
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
5:30 - 6:30 PM
$50 or Flex
We will start with advanced pranayama techniques and exploration of the bandhas, then move into the abdominal wall and the muscles of the back. 
This will be a deeply focused and meditative approach to the core. When the core is activated and strong, so many postures become easier and more available. When the core is strong, the back gets a lot of support. When the back gets a lot of support you can stand taller, and go through your life without pain. If this sounds good to you, register HERE.
 This class is suitable for all levels.

Slow Flow Yoga
Thursdays
April 3, 10, 17, 24, 
5:30 - 6:30
$40 or Flex
If Power Yoga is “up tempo,” Slow Flow is more like moving through warm, silky water. We will link postures in a a steady flow, but the pace will be mindful and careful. There will be plenty of time to drag that pesky back foot through into runner’s lunge, for example. There will be plenty of time to really set up that perfect Warrior 2. If you have never experienced a "flow" style of yoga, this is the place to learn. If you already like to flow but find the pace of Power Yoga a bit exhausting, try this. It’s nice. Register HERE.
This class is suitable for all but raw beginners.

On a personal note, this Yogamama became a Yogagrandmama on March 25th! Here is my new (and first) grandchild: Obie Brenny. And here he is with his beautiful and wondrous mother, Emily (Newman) Brenny! I am freaking out with happiness!! 
 

The April Yoga Challenge is Changing!

The April Yoga Challenge is Changing!

 This year, as the month of April drew closer I found myself dreading the Yoga Challenge. It has been a long and challenging winter for me, (and for everyone, I think!), and I wasn't looking forward to the physical demands of 90 classes in a month. 
But I still wanted to do something interesting in April, so I thought: Why not make it a true challenge? Why not open it to just an elite group of people who will be IN IT TO WIN IT; who will commit to 30 consecutive days. Without a miss.


So that's what it's going to be this year. The ELITE YOGA CHALLENGE. The deadline for applying is March 15th. The details are in the FAQ which follows. I am only taking 20 people for this, but I am running a full schedule of yoga classes in April for everyone else who is not interested or cannot play. 
I am really happy about this! I hope it will capture your imagination as it has captured mine!
More about the April line-up of classes in another email.

FAQ For the 
ELITE YOGA CHALLENGE
2014

Q: WHAT IS THE ELITE YOGA CHALLENGE?
     A: The "EYC" is a new format replacing the old "April Yoga Challenge." It is an elite challenge designed specifically for those hardcore people who don't just want to DO MORE YOGA, but want to commit to, and see if they can really rock 30 CONSECUTIVE days of yoga in the month of April.

Q: WHY ARE YOU MESSING WITH THE FORMAT? I LIKED THE STONES AND THE CROWDS.
     A: Frankly, this year, with still rehabbing my broken wrist and all, I was dreading the Challenge. Even though it looks fun, it is physically exhausting to teach 90 classes in a month. In addition, I am building my Holistic Health Coaching business which is really taking off, so time was a factor, too.

Q: BUT I THOUGHT YOU REALLY GOT OFF ON SELF-TORTURE?
     A: Yeah, me too. I think it wasn't so much the "self-torture" as it was the "dread" piece that caused me to re-think it. I don't do "dread."

Q: WHAT ABOUT EASTER, FOR EXAMPLE? WHAT IF IF I HAVE TO MISS EASTER, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?
     A: No. In the past, you could "make up" a missed day by doing 2 practices on another day. This is no longer an option. You must show up every day. If you know that you will miss Easter, for instance, you can't play.

Q: SO HOW DO I JOIN? WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 
     A: All you have to do is Email me and tell me you want to be in. You have automatic eligibility if you have ever "won" a Yoga Challenge in the past. There is only room for 20 people in this new format. You must let me know by March 15th.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE APPLY?
     A: If more than 20 people apply, there will be a lottery. All names (minus pre-qualified people) will go into a drawing to be held at the Happy Hour Yoga class on March 21st.

Q: WHAT IF I AM A RAW BEGINNER? CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?
     A: Yes! The only rule is that you show up for 30 Consecutive Days.

Q: WHAT ARE THE CLASS TIMES?
     A: The EYC will be running alongside a full schedule of regular Yoga classes in April, but there will be designated classes open only to EYC participants. Those class times are: 7 PM Mon-Thurs, 6 PM Friday, 10 AM Saturday, and 11 AM Sunday.

Q: CAN I SUBSTITUTE A REGULAR YOGA CLASS FOR A EYC CLASS?
     A: Yes! The only requirement for EYC is that you come to class every single day.

Q: WHAT IF I AM NOT AN EYC PARTICIPANT, CAN I COME TO THE 7 PMCLASS OR THE WEEKEND ONES?
     A: No. Those classes are only for EYC participants.

Q: WHAT IS THE FEE FOR EYC?
     A: $30.

Q: DOES THIS $30 GET ME INTO THE REGULAR APRIL YOGA CLASSES AS WELL?
     A: Yes. If you are this hardcore, you deserve a break.

Q: WHAT IF, DESPITE ALL GOOD INTENTIONS, I GET SICK OR OTHERWISE HAVE TO MISS A CLASS?
     A: If you miss a class you are OUT of the EYC. "The tribe has spoken."

Q: ISN'T THIS KIND OF HARSH?
     A: My game, my rules.

Q: DOES THIS MEAN THERE COULD BE A "SOLE SURVIVOR?"
     A: It certainly does.

Q: IF I BONK ON THE EYC, CAN I STILL COME TO THE REGULAR CLASSES?
     A: You sure can! But you will have to take them off your flex from then on. Your free ride is over.

Q: THAT'S NICE OF YOU.
     A: The way I roll.

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE PARTY AT THE END?? I LIKE THE PARTY.
     A: Oh, don't you worry! There will be a party at the end! But it won't be a Yoga Challenge party, it will be to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of MSY!! Everyone is invited!! The EYC-ers will have a separate celebration just for them, with awards, and swag and such.

Q: ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS?
     A: HELL YEAH! I am amped about it! I can't wait to see who I get to play with for a month!

Love and Namaste,
Kath
 

February 2014 Yoga News

Dear Yogarians,
  For those of you who don’t know, I broke my wrist on January 10th and had surgery on the 28th involving plates and screws. Ugh.

 I will be fully functional in 6 weeks. During this time, I have still been holding classes, (except for the day of my surgery and the day after), and those Shelly Clark has been graciously covering for me. I am so grateful to her for her wisdom and teaching expertise. Shelly will be teaching the Wednesday Drop-in classes this month. Typing is really a bore because I have to “hunt and peck” with one hand, so please forgive the lack of detail in this newsletter. Go to the class schedule link on the website for the times and prices of upcoming sessions. A new Power Hour Session started on Feb. r. There is room in that class this month, so if you want to try power vinyasa flow, this is your chance! 


On Thursdays, starting Febraury 13th and running 6 weeks (no class March t), I will be doing a “Variety Pack”.  Each week there will be a different emphasis: Yin, Backbends & Twists, Core, Angles, Flow and a Meditative Practice.  This is a great class for anyone who is beyond the “raw beginner” stage.  If you know a Down Dog from a Pigeon, you can join Variety Pack.  
On Tuesdays, starting February 18th and running for 6 weeks, I am doing something I have never done before.  I am calling it: Yoga: The Deeper Practices.  I designed this class before my wrist injury but I believe the “gift” of my injury was to force me to really practice this way, and by that I mean to practice a yoga that is not totally  “asana- focused.” I am limiting this class to 12. I am envisioning the ideal student for this class as someone who has been practicing postures long enough to have intuited that postures aren’t the “point” of yoga.  Someone who has considered, and actually made, big life changes as a result of what they have experienced on the mat.  In this class we are going to read and discuss the Bhagavad-Gita as a group. We are going to strive to practice the Yamas and Niyamas in our daily lives. For this class I am asking that in addition to the price of the session that each person buy two books: The Bhagavad-Gita and Paths to God
There will be homework each week.
There will be discussion each week
There will be a physical practice each week.
If this sounds really interesting to you, let me know. 
 Due to my injury, Happy Hour on Friday February 14th will be a regular Happy Hour drop in class and not the Partner Yoga class on the original Feb. calendars.
 Thank you to my students for their forbearance during this time of injury. I have learned many things while practicing the yoga of injury, foremost is an increased empathy for people with physical challenges and limitations. What a gift!
 Love and Namaste,
Kath

January 2014 Newsletter

Hi,
Well, it's over. Christmas, that is. And here I am, with a green smoothie at my elbow, trying to get my system back in balance after a dizzy but delightful dosha deranging spree into the world of butter cookies and a whole lot of other stuff I'd rather not mention in a yoga newsletter. 

Don't get me wrong. I don't regret a minute of it. It's good to go a little crazy now and then. But now it's definitely time to rein it in and get back to lots of veggies and water and a good healthy sweat every day.

To that end, this January I am offering a 6-week YOGA CLEANSE for any of you who, like me, feel ready to detox and fly right.

The YOGA CLEANSE is a 6-week Yoga Intensive focused on postures, breathing techniques and kriyas (purification exercises) aimed at detoxifying and energizing the body/mind.

These ancient yogic techniques will clear an exit path for toxins and allow for the efficient absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients (from all that kale you will be eating.)

If you plan on making more healthy dietary choices this year, this YOGA CLEANSE will support and accelerate your progress.

Each week I will also give you an easy and fun "homework assignment" designed to amp your vibe and make you glow!

This class is designed for people with some yoga experience. If you are wondering if this is for you, and want to discuss it, please email or call me.
Please note: This class is 90 minutes rather than the usual 60.

The other new class on the January schedule is GENTLE YOGA on Thursdays.
This is a slow-paced class designed for the beginner or the experienced yoga student who wants to de-stress and stretch. The emphasis will be on seated, on the back, and on the belly poses, breathing techniques and basic meditation instruction.
This class is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Everything else is the same: Power Hour on Mondays, All-Levels on Wednesdays, and Happy Hour on Fridays. A printable PDF schedule will be available on the website by the end of this week

NEW YEAR'S EVE DAY
On December 31st, I will be offering the annual Yoga Nidra class. This class is free, and please bring friends if you like. Yoga Nidra literally means "yogic sleep." It is a guided savasana. (there will be no postures) After the half hour Yoga Nidra, there will be an optional writing exercise.
It is a lovely way to say goodbye to the old year, and welcome the new one.
TIME: 4 - 5 PM
FREE

HEALTH COACHING
I am now offering Holistic Health Coaching at a low introductory rate. I have been studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition since September and have recently been given the "green light" to take clients. I will not be officially certified until late August however, so I cannot charge what I eventually will be able to, so now is  your chance to get some inexpensive Health Coaching!
What does a Health Coach do?
Helps you define your health goals
Works with you and supports you step-by-step in achieving those goals
Keeps you accountable
Provides you with supportive materials like books, dvds and other gifts to help you
Is there for daily email support
If you would like to arrange for a free 50 minute consultation to learn more and to see if this something you would like to do, please email or call me and we'll set up a time! I am really excited to be offering this service.

And finally.
Thank you for supporting me and the studio this year. Can you believe that on March 1st of 2014 I will have been here 10 years? 
Wo.
This venture has been, and continues to be an incredible experience for me, filled with laughter, deep silence, and the magical openings of practice. 
Shiva Rae once said that yoga is the river and the yoga teacher is the river guide. I strive in my life and in my continuing studies to be the best guide I can possibly be for the many students I have led down this incredible river of yoga. 

I value and appreciate every one who has ever trusted my guidance on this journey.
Thank you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Love and Namaste,
Kath
 

December 2013 Newsletter

Happy December!
Here we go! Cleaning, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking,party-throwing, party-going, traveling, guest-readying.
So where do you find time for yourself in there?

Good question!

Even I am not immune. That's why this morning I cleaned up my home practice room, dusted off my altar, lit some incense, and did 5 As and 5 Bs, then sat for 20 minutes.

The whole time though, all I could think of was my To-Do list bearing down on me. But when I exited that warm room, I felt good. I felt calm. I felt: "Ok, Kath. One thing at a time. Let's do this."

So my advice? Don't let the holiday Time Monster take away your practice. It's only once a week for most of you, so it's the very least you can do to preserve your perspective and your sanity. Don't you think?

The new class for December is a 3-week session on Tuesday night I call, "Relax and Unwind." Do you need me to elaborate? (Didn't think so.) This is a class that is suitable for everyone. Even a raw beginner. Know someone who is wound a little too tight? Who needs to chill? Bring 'em. 

A new session of Power Hour starts tonight. If you are a regular in this class, just come.


Now let's talk Gift Certificates.

If your husband/wife/child/friend/co-worker wants to gift you with yoga this Christmas, give them my number (570-660-5873) and I will set them up. They can do the whole transaction with a credit card over the phone and I will mail it to them or arrange for a pick up. Easy-peasy.

If you would like a certain someone to know that you like a flex card in your stocking, send me their name, their relationship to you and their email and will send them a little hint. *wink*

Secret or Not-so-Secret Santa

Would you like to treat a fellow yogarian to a class? Somebody you always look forward to seeing when you come to class? Somebody you appreciate for their kindness, or for the way they always save you a spot, or help you carry you stuff back to the lounge, or give you a ride to class, or treat you to dinner afterwards?
Wouldn't it be nice to buy them a class, just to say "Thanks!"?

I have special little flex cards this year that say:
"You have been treated to 1 yoga class by _________."
In the blank you can put your name, or anything you'd like: Santa, Hannukah Harry, Pantajali --Be creative!

These cards are only $10. I think this is a swell idea! (I actually thought of it on my meditation cushion this morning, so there you go!)

To get one, you can either hit me up before or after class, or call or email and I'll have it all ready for you the next time I see you. (We can work out the delivery strategy.)

Closings
The studio will be closed from Tuesday, the 24th to Monday the 30th, but will re-open for the annual Free Yoga Nidra class on New Year's Eve day from 4-5 PM.

This is a special class, held in silence and there are no postures. It is a guided savasana followed by an optional "letter to yourself."
I will remind you of this again before the studio closes for the holiday.

I hope you all have a relaxing and peaceful holiday. 
Merry, merry! And many thanks to you all for this wondrous year that is ending, and the magical one that is surely to come!
Love, Kath

November 2013 Newsletter

Hi,

Last night after Savasana Loretta said: "It's so cozy in here. I don't want to leave."

Cozy. 

Yeah, I'm all about cozy now, aren't you? Socks, soup, and stretching. November is that month when the blue skies of October fade to gun-metal gray, with no snow (yet) to brighten things up. I don't know about you, but I want my yoga practice to be a little softer now, a little more subtle. I need more Nadi Shodana, less Kapalabhati, if you catch my drift.

So the new offerings for November are softer:  4 weeks of Slo-Flo-Yo on Tuesday nights, and 6 weeks of Yoga Stretch on Thursdays. Read below for the details and how to register.

Come get cozy in November. Hope to see you soon.

Namaste,

Kath

Mondays In November Power Hour 

(Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25) 5:30 - 6:30 

$40/Flex 

An up-tempo vinyasa flow that will get you super-toasty and un-kinked in the space of an hour. Savasana never felt so good after this class. For intermediate students and up.

Tuesdays in November 

Slow Flow Yoga (aka “Slo-Flo-Yo”) 

(Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26) 

5:30 - 6:30 

$40/Flex 

If Power Yoga is “up tempo,” Slow Flow is more like moving through warm, silky water. We flow, yes, but the pace is mindful and careful. Plenty of time to drag that pesky back foot through into runner’s lunge, for example. Plenty of time to really set up that perfect Warrior 2. If you like to flow but find the pace of Power a bit exhausting, try Slow-Flo-Yo. It’s nice. 

Wednesdays

All-Levels Drop-in 

5:30 - 6:30 

Shelly and I will be taking turns on Wednesdays in November.

Thursdays in November 

Yoga Stretch 

(Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19) 

5:30 - 6:30 

$60/Flex 

This class is designed to de-tangle your knots and systematically unlock the tension from your back, shoulders and hips. Head-to-toe stretching to un-clench, un-kink and rejuventate. Every time I ask my class if they have any requests, they always say: Let’s Stretch! All righty, then. Here you go, people. This is also a great place for new-to-yoga people to start. 

Fridays Happy Hour 

All-Levels, Drop-in 

4:30 - 5:30

FOOD DRIVE CLASS The annual Food Drive to benefit the Mansfield Area Food Pantry witll be held at the Happy Hour Class on November 15th. Class is free with a non-perishable food item or cash donation. You can bring food in any time during the month of November. Peanut butter, tuna, soups, muffin mix, coffee, Thanksgiving food (cranberries, stuffing mix, etc) are all welcome. Cheryl Hein-Walters will be playing the harp for savasana in this class. Not to be missed!

THE STUDIO WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING NOVEMBER 27 - 30

 

October 2013 Newsletter

Fall and Winter are made for yoga, don't you think?

The days are short and getting colder. 
It's time to fold up the deck chairs and go inside. 
Your yoga practice supports this interiority. Yoga says: Close your eyes. Dive deeply into your muscles, your bones, your mind. And let us see, as Camus said, if in the middle of winter, w can find within ourselves that invincible summer. 

This month I am running a 5-week Intro to Yoga session. I only run this twice a year, so if you know of anyone who may be interested, would you share this newsletter with them? Thank you!

The other special class in October is the Meditative Posture Flow session on Tuesdays. A perfect way to transition from the outer world to the inner world as we head into fall.

The Power Hour is a standing class on Monday nights, with a loyal following, but I need to see a show of hands among the "regulars" just so I can know if there is room to let new people into that class. So, Power people, would you do me a favor and register by hitting the link under the description? Thanks!

Here's the line-up for October. I am really looking forward to these classes. Hope you find something that sounds good to you.

Namaste, ...and love.
Kath

Intro to Yoga
When: Thursdays in October (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Cost: $50
Learn basic postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Learn how to customize postures to your own flexibility level. No prior experience with yoga necessary. You do not have to be fit or flexible to learn and benefit from this class. This is a perfect place to start what will hopefully become a lifelong practice!


Meditative Posture Flow
When: Tuesdays in October (October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Cost: $50/Flex
In this class we will drill down deep into postures to discover their true gold. There will be plenty of time between postures to rest and feel them echo throughout the body. This is an "eyes closed" practice that will end with 10 minutes of seated meditation. This class will not just transform your mood; it will change you on a cellular level. Good for all but raw beginners.


Power Hour
When: Mondays in October (October 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Cost: $40/Flex
This is an up-tempo Vinyasa Flow Power Yoga class for the experienced student who likes keep moving. This class builds endurance, strength and flexibility. If you don't mind sweating a bit, this is your class. 

Wednesday All-Levels Drop-In
When: Wednesdays in October (October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Cost: Drop-in rate or Flex
Shelly and I will be splitting up Wednesdays this month. She will be teaching Oct 2, 23 & 30. I will be teaching Oct. 9 & 16. 

Happy Hour Yoga
When: Every Friday
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: Drop-in rate or Flex
The loudest, most raucous, most fun class on the schedule. (Also the sweetest.)

 

September 2013 Newsletter

In This Newsletter
  • Morning Yoga ends
  • Shelly will be teaching Wednesday All-Levels Yoga in September
  • 2 New Offerings this month
  • Intro to Yoga coming in October
  • The Square Stand has arrived
  • The Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Hi,
    From what I gather it has been a busy and a speedy summer for all of us. I found myself knocking around Bali for 2 weeks and then hiking in Yosemite with my family for another week.

    During one of those Yosemite hikes I had a sort of "epiphany." I found myself asking this question: What is the ONE THING, if I did it consistently, would enhance my yoga practice the most?

    The answer came quickly and assuredly: CORE. Strengthen your core, Kath. Start from the deepest physiological place in your body you can access, and then move out from there.

    YOGA FOR CORE

    So, since that is going to be my focus for the next year, you are going to see more "core awareness" asanas in ALL my classes, and it starts this month with YOGA FOR CORE.

    WHAT: YOGA FOR CORE
    WHEN: Thursdays in September. Sept 5, 12, 19 & 26.
    TIME: 5:30 - 6:30
    COST: $40.

    We will start with advanced pranayama techniques and exploration of the bandhas, then move into the abdominal wall and the muscles of the back. 

    This will be a deeply focused and meditative approach to the core, not a million crunches. When the core is activated and strong, so many postures become easier and more available. If this sounds good to you, you can register HERE.
     
    This class is suitable for all levels.

    People have been asking me when I will run a Beginner Class. That is coming Thursdays in October, so if you know anyone who wants to start from scratch, please let them know.

    STARTING OVER

    THIS month, however I am running a session on Tuesday nights called STARTING OVER. This is the class for you if your practice has gotten stale. 

    You know the postures, you just haven't done them in a while so your body has lost its elasticity and suppleness. 

    You need to start back slowly and build up to where you used to be. 

    In this class we will use blocks and straps liberally in the first few weeks, and I am even going to give you some "homework" to do every day. By the end of September, I guarantee, you will be loose and stretched out and back to your old "yoga self" again. 

    Register HERE for "Starting Over."

    WHAT: STARTING OVER
    WHEN: Tuesdays in September. September 3, 10, 17, & 24
    TIME: 5:30 - 6:30
    COST: $40

    POWER HOUR
    This class has almost filled, but there may be a few spots left.. Email me quick if you want one. This class has a cult following and is always packed. 

    WEDNESDAY ALL-LEVELS DROP-IN
    The big news here is that Shelly Clark will be teaching this class in September. Her classes are always prana-filled and meticulously planned and really fun. No need to pre-register.

    MORNING YOGA
    Morning yoga comes to an end this Wednesday, August 28th.

    SQUARE
    In the "business" realm, you will notice a new piece of equipment on the desk. I recently got a "Square Stand" to make it easier to swipe credit cards on my iPad and boy does it work nicely! If you've even stood and watched me struggle with your card on the portable reader, those days are over! The stand makes taking credit cards a breeze. So if you want to use your plastic to pay for classes or flex cards, that is very easy for me to do now.

    INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION
    This month I am starting a year-long course of study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It is an on-lone program so there will be no disruption in the yoga schedule for travel. With any luck, by this time next year I will be a certified holistic Health Coach.

    I wanted to tell you because I may ask some of you to act as "guinea pigs" to practice on this year. I'll let you know how things are going in subsequent newsletters and I intend to revive my dead blog, www.inspirationlocation to chronicle this new adventure, so you can check there too, if you are interested.

Have a wonderful fall, and I will see you soon! 

Namaste,

Kath

August 2013 Newsletter

Hi Everyone!

I have just returned from a 2 week trip to Bali! Man! What an adventure! I did yoga there and took a cooking class and saw a volcano and worked in the rice paddies (well, not exactly "worked" but pretended to work) and ate delicious food and just dug on the whole scene. 

But as fun as it was to go, it was soooo nice to walk back into the studio this week and reconnect with everybody.

The August schedule is exactly like the July schedule with one addition. I am running 4 weeks of "Yoga Workout" on Thursday nights at 5:30. This is different from the Power Hour class on Mondays, but it's equally as intense. In Power Hour we riff off the Sun Salutation. In the Yoga Workout, there are elements of the sun, but no "flow." The pace is slow, but the intensity is ramped up. Sometimes Power can get sloppy because we rush to keep up. In this practice, because the pace is much slower, we can't slur through. We have to pay attention. And this is where the gold lies. It's not a class for raw beginners but I think most of you who have practiced for a little while and know basic postures can do it. This is definitely a workout, but it is meditative rather than high-speed.

I am taking off next week to visit my daughter on the west coast so the studio will be closed from the 5th to the 9th.

So, just to recap: 
*Morning yoga on Monday and Wednesday at 6:15 by donation.
*Power Hour on Monday nights
*Yoga in the Goldilocks Zone on Tuesday nights
*All-Levels on Wednesday
*Yoga Workout on Thursday
*Happy Hour at 4:30 on Friday.
No classes the Week of August 5th-August 9th.

Have a great rest of the summer and I hope to see you sometime in August!

Love, Kath