May 2018 Newsletter

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Yoga and the Labyrinth

 

Come join me for "Yoga on the Labyrinth" on May 5, 2018, and stay to celebrate World Wide Labyrinth Day, walking the labyrinth at Holy Trinity! I am honored to be asked by the Servant Leadership School to do a workshop on yoga, incorporating the transformative energy of practicing on the labyrinth. We will have a short intro to include pranayama (breath work) aromatherapy, sound healing, footwork and mudras (handwork) as preparations. We will have a light practice, accessible to all levels of ability and afterwards, an opportunity to walk the labyrinth at Holy Trinity. Sandy Blocker is an amazing musician who adds the richness of sound healing to a labyrinth walk.  This experience of yoga and a labyrinth walk on this particular day and time will connect us to others in our world community walking to promote world peace, another tie that binds us in our human evolution. The cost, $10, has been subsidized by the Servant Leadership School and all participants will receive “gifts of the earth,” aromatherapy treats.     Register here for “Yoga and the Labyrinth” workshop from 11:00 am - 1:00pm, on May 5th, through the Servant Leadership School and then stay to walk the Labyrinth (free) for World Wide Labyrinth Day! Please bring a yoga mat and blanket if you have one. I hope to see you in this practice circle on May 5! 

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LifeFit Summer 2018 Workshops

 

This is year 16 of LifeFit Summer workshops! Originally designed to educate new students interested in joining our group classes, now existing students recognize the empowering value of the lectures, as well as the handouts to include the practice sequences. Many students come repeatedly each summer to continue learning more as content changes and to refine their knowledge of what and how to practice. My wish was for LifeFit students to supplement their group practice with knowledge and confidence to then build a home practice.  Thus, all of us get to grow when collectively we deepen our practice, our journeys entwined.  Yoga teachers will now receive continuing education credits to attend LifeFit workshops. In addition, summer workshops provide opportunity to come together for a group practice in the summertime, when students are missing their regular group classes.  So share this information, bring a friend and come to a workshop! Cost is $25/workshop or $125 for all 6 workshops, held at Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N Holden Road, Youth Building.  Please bring a yoga mat and blanket.  Sign up here!

 

June 6: Hip Openers 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

June 10:  Yoga for a Healthy Back 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

June 10:  TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise)  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

July 18:  Shoulder Openers  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

July 22: Yoga for Osteoporosis:  The First 12 Poses 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

July 22:  Yoga for Osteoporosis:  The Next 12 Poses 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Love Your Mother

 

That wonderful word, “mother,” is part of every day in our lives if we pause to think about the influences of our own mothers, the value we put on motherhood/parenting, the sweet responsibility of being around young people, the joy that comes from watching babies (of all kinds, humans, pets, wildlife, seedlings), being out in nature (mother earth) and the indescribable energy of being around a pregnant woman. These examples and more remind us that “mother” evokes a sense of reassurance that all is well, and that everything really will work out to be just fine. That is because mothers work so hard at life, as the worker bees, the seers, the doers, the ones who show up and show us how to live by being present, by responding to what is in front of us. They are the true yogis! Mothers give us courage, permission, purpose, space, support, direction, and hope. Recognizing the importance of mothers profoundly directs us to recognizing God’s hand in all things, that life came from a mother, but ultimately from a Higher Power.  It is rather thought provoking to round the corner of celebrating Spring, the spiritual seasons (Easter, Passover, Holi,…), Earth Day and Mother’s Day, all around the same time of year.  They all remind us of the opportunities for renewal, the reassurance that life moves forward and that we have purpose in being here, and therefore responsibility to participate in the circle of life…. all because of our inspiring mothers.   From celebrating your mother to mothering others, Happy Mother’s Day! 

 

 

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Lifefit Shopping

 

Whether for Mother’s Day or to prep for building a home practice, consider shopping for props, Essential Yoga Practice Book and/or DVD, diffusers, essential oils, yoga pants and toe socks, …when coming to class! Need a new mat? Travel mats and toe socks keep your practice easily managed! 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    “Let thy pilgrimage be a prayer.”  ―   Lailah Gifty Akita

“Let thy pilgrimage be a prayer.” 
― Lailah Gifty Akita

   
  
   
  
    
  
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  “In seeking after what the soul desires we become pilgrims with no home but the path the soul would have us follow.”  ―   Michael Meade  ,   Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul

“In seeking after what the soul desires we become pilgrims with no home but the path the soul would have us follow.” 
― Michael MeadeFate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul