August 2018 Newsletter

LifeFit Newsletter August 2018


"You are a beginner every time you come to the front of  your mat - look with the eyes of a beginner, learn something new about yourself" - Lillah Schwartz

"You are a beginner every time you come to the front of  your mat - look with the eyes of a beginner, learn something new about yourself" - Lillah Schwartz

New Class:  Yoga for Healthy Aging

Come join us Mondays 1:45 -2:45 pm, September 10 – October  29, 2018

Christ United Methodist Church has received a wellness grant, called Partners in Health & Wholeness from the NC Council of Churches, to provide this free yoga therapy class, made available to the first 15 people, committed to attending every session of this comprehensive class.  This 8-week session is designed to introduce the eight limbs of yoga as well as the sister science, Ayurveda, to novice students in a therapeutic way. Whether you have a chronic condition, recovering from an injury, or have been inactive as you age, this class will provide modified options of a comprehensive yoga practice leaving you with tools for home practice that are re-energizing and empowering. This class is not for current or long time yoga students, but for students new to yoga, interested in learning and applying the myriad of ways that yoga builds resilience in the body. Here is what will we cover, with many options for individual modification:

8 Positive Practices for a Healthy Life of Vibrant Aging

  1. Intro, standing poses, breath work and supported savasana.

  2. Ayurveda : what is your dosha, seated poses, sound healing and pranayama 1.

  3. Standing, reclining poses and twists, Ayurveda: abhyanga, hand and face yoga.

  4. Partner and seated poses, chanting, sound healing, meditation, and pranayama 2.

  5. Sun salutation (chair), seated poses, legs in the chair and aromatherapy.

  6. Morning sequence, standing poses, footwork and meditation 1.

  7. Yoga Nidra with pre-practices.

  8. Hip Series, restorative poses and mediation 2.

Staying youthful as the years pass is a choice you make now.  Whatever your age, you can turn back the hands of time or slow down the clock by using both movement as medicine as well as good nutrition. Loosening up the body using gentle yoga/yoga therapy: asana (poses), meditation, breath work, attending to the components of physical fitness, working on spiritual growth and participating in community all lend themselves to building resilience to enjoy life!  Growing older, of course, is natural. Learning to embrace the beauty of this journey will pave the way to evolving as responsible human beings as well as to provide the means for living your dharma. Come join us on this spiritual journey!

"You are as young as your spine is supple.” -Joseph Pilates  Photo credit Maharishi Ayurveda

"You are as young as your spine is supple.” -Joseph Pilates
Photo credit Maharishi Ayurveda

The Greatest Lesson of Ayurveda

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda literally translated means "the science of life."  It is considered the “sister science of yoga.” Many of our LifeFit students have come to understand a little bit about the teachings of Ayurveda, with the foundation that we are each such unique beings, in our “constitution,” the make up of our body, mind and spirit. It is fascinating to learn that our constitution was determined at the moment of our conception - another reason to be ever grateful to your parents and to your Higher Power! In our classes and workshops over the past few years, we have had great introduction and discussion about knowing your “dosha,” your constitution, and beginning to understand the self care then that is unique to you. According to Ayurvedic teachings, it is not disease that creates imbalance; rather, disease is a symptom of imbalance. Furthermore, your body is designed to heal.  This is a lesson found in many faith practices too. Our responsibility is to support the body with fresh water, nutritive foods, powerful herbs, conditioning practices, adequate rest, cultivate a spiritual practice of devotion, and build community.  All of this will support your well-being and good health, building balance in body, mind and spirit. When we bring our body into a state of equilibrium, its natural state, and maintain this state, the outcome is good health. Herein lies the greatest lesson of Ayurveda – 95% of your healthy lifestyle efforts should be spent on the side of preventative wellness practices!  

Want to access great Ayurveda education and products?  We are now an Affiliate for Maharishi Ayurveda, the oldest Ayurvedic company in the USA! Access educational material and order products here:  If calling, use 800-255-8332 to place your first order, mention me, Mona Flynn/Essential Yoga Practice, as the referring Health Professional, to receive 10% off the first order. From time to time, take a dosha quiz. Change happens as life unfolds.  Scroll through the drop down menus for great education. Here is one very useful article:

“Love is the house of God and you are living in that house.”  -Rumi

“Love is the house of God and you are living in that house.”  -Rumi

Fall Schedule is Forming! 

In the coming weeks, the Life Fit website ( website will be updating fall 2018 classes with new session dates and prices. All current students have been asked to confirm their place in classes.  One class will be changing its time: The Chair yoga class on Mondays at 1:45pm will move to 10:45 am. Not all current students were able to manage the change. Therefore there is space in that class. The requirement to participate in LlifeFit chair yoga classes is to have a private session beforehand. Please note and plan accordingly, in August, before the beginning of sessions. Private sessions allow an understanding of individual care so that I can plan for all students accordingly, in group class. Another great advantage is that a private session will provide a practice sequence, created for the student, to begin a home practice.  Space is also available in Beginner’s Yoga Level II on Tuesdays at 11:45. Sign up now! See you all “on the mat!”