March 2018 Newsletter

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Spring is on the horizon!

The mere mention of the word and our hearts lift. Formerly known as the Spring Equinox, March 20 @ 12:15pm, marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  On this day the sun rises and sets on the Celestial Equator and the earth receive exactly 12 hours of daylight.  Among many faith practices, there are ceremonies designed to help you embrace the change of the season and plant seeds for personal growth, awakening and intention. It is a time to begin anew, and to be hopeful, in many spiritual traditions:  Christian Easter, Jewish Purim, Holi (the Indian festival of colors), Nowruz (Persian New Year), Sikh Hola Mohalla.  As the Spring Equinox has been recognized across many centuries, consider taking time for an intentional practice to plant seeds of awareness for your path of personal growth:

Find a sunny spot to sit or to walk (for more on walking meditation, and labyrinth meditation, register for Yoga on the Labyrinth with the School of Servant Leadership for World Wide Labyrinth Day, May 5th, 2018.  Using the analogy of planting a garden, what seeds (goals) will you be planting? How will you nurture those seeds? How will you shelter them/make them priority?  Find markers (physical or mental reminders) to help you stay consistent and accountable. Schedule your nurturing habits so your growth in these personal goals becomes the new habit of tending  to self-care. Enjoy the fruit of the labor and share about it with others – your new growth becomes how we all get to grow together! 

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Save the Dates, Register for LifeFit Specialty Classes:

In the recent past, “Specialty Classes” have been introduced on Sundayafternoons, in the Youth Building of Christ UMC, 410 N Holden Rd.  These classes have been opportunities to experience different themes of yoga and mind-body classes.  We will have more depth of these classes along with other themes during the LifeFit 2018 Summer Workshops.  Note that Yoga Teachers will receive continuing education credit from Yoga Alliance. The remaining classes for the spring are listed here:

  • March 18, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, $25: Yoga for Osteoporosis, the First 12 Poses  Note that we will cover the 3 variations of each of the 12 poses of the original 10 year osteoporosis study of Dr. Loren Fishman, MD. Register Here

  • April 8, 3:00 – 4:15 pm, $20:  TRE: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise Register Here

  • April 15, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, $25: Yoga for Osteoporosis, the Second 12 Poses Note that if you have not learned the first 12 poses, it is ok to come to this class as we will cover the current poses in the Osteoporosis study. Register Here

  • May 20,3:00 – 4:15 pm, $20:  TRE:  Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise Register Here

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Ready for the ultimate yoga learning experience?

Consider Yoga Teacher Training! Whether you want to pursue teaching yoga or to deepen your practice, a 200 hour yoga training is the foundational step in all yoga schools. At the Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy, the difference is our unique blend of alignment based, Iyengar influenced practice, paired with a deeper understanding of anatomy/physiology and a richer Ayurveda experience.  Thus, our teacher graduates are ahead in preparation for understanding and accommodating the varying  needs of each individual coming to group yoga practice. Our program rises above the requirements of Yoga Alliance for this first step in yoga teacher training; come join us!  Sign up by March 31.  Training dates for the 2018/19 session: 

2018 Dates
June 1 - 3, 2018
Friday 1p.m.-9p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
July 9 - 14, 2018
Friday- Tuesday 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
August 8 – 12, 2018
Thursday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 14 – 16, 2018
Friday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
October 26 – 28, 2018
Friday 1p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
January 18 - 20, 2019
Graduation Weekend!
Friday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Snow date:  1/26/18 – 1/28/18)

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In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. Henry Rollins

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Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. Sarah Ban Breathnach

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I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better. Steve Southerland