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!
5:30 - 6:30 PM
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
February 3, 10, 17, 24
5:30 - 6:30 PM
“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?”
February 4, 11, 18, 25
5:30 - 6:30 PM
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
February 5, 12, 19, 26
5:30 - 6:30 PM
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
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.