the lowdown on philosophy and may events

If you’ve been following the IAY news the past couple of weeks, you know that I’m smitten with The Book of Joy. (Even if the book club doesn’t work in your schedule, I highly recommend reading the book.)

And it’s great timing for what I’m immersed in at the studio — the next daily craft module, Yoga Philosophy for Today’s World.

Different language, same practical support.

And like the accountability of having a book group (which I knew was the only way I’d make it through an entire book), the support of others is critical to learning and growth.

Are you interested in taking the effects of yoga into your life off the mat?

Here’s the lowdown on the series:

  • Ten weeks, one concept per week.

  • Each class includes a discussion about the concept, experiential play on the mat and suggestions on how to apply it in real life.

  • You’ll get reading materials to engage with during the week, should you choose.

  • Along with a daily craft personal journal for notes and reflections.

  • If you need to miss class(s), you will still get materials, notes and a recorded version of the session.

The last time I did this series, some of the feedback was:

  • “This study was the highlight of my week!”

  • “Awesome and vital information.”

  • “I’m paying more attention to my thoughts about others, situations and things.”

These are not small beans. This is big work, and the payoff is commensurate — increased empathy, more perspective in challenging conversations, better boundaries in difficult/all relationships, more kindness toward yourself.

If you’re interested or even curious, check out the full course description. If you have questions, drop me a note.

Alicia and I will both be at these classes to facilitate discussion and offer ideas. We look forward to being with you.

Michelle


Two Post Scripts:
The theme for May is Voice.  
And be sure to scan the upcoming offerings below…we’re announcing a few new events!

 


yoga philosophyYoga Philosophy for Today’s World 
Thursdays May 4 – July 6, 6-7:30pm

The philosophical basis of Yoga is what sets it apart from exercise. You’ve already experienced many of the qualities — kindness, resolve, self awareness — in class and as a result of your practice. These foundational principles create the toolkit we use to examine ourselves and develop as human beings.

Each class includes study, asana, meditation and discussion.

Let’s investigate and deepen together. Read more here. 


Bella Dreizler Grow LongGrow Loose, Long & Strong
with Bella Dreizler
Saturday May 6, 1 – 4 pm

Loose, Long and Strong moves to chapter 3: Grow Long.  This three-hour health care investment stands alone: an hour of Grow Loose and Grow Strong review followed by the unique experience of what it means to Grow Long.  The basics—essential stretches back, arms, legs—are only the beginning.  Home traction and restorative techniques included that there is never time for in the scope of an hour class.  Learn how to create length, alignment and symmetry from the center to the periphery—in your poses, in your life. 

Read more here.


Wisdomyoga book club Pages
Sunday May 7, 3 – 4:30 pm
FREE

The IAY book club is back (10 years later). Join us for our first meeting on The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

Club meeting includes a short asana practice, snacks and thoughtful discussion. 

See the full flier.   Please RSVP here.
 


full moon yogaMay Full Moon Practice 
with Gina Langbehn
Wednesday May 10, 7:30 – 8:45 pm


Join Gina (and special massage therapist guest) for a night to embrace May’s Karmic Full Moon. We will allow the lunar energy of a positive transformation to flow through us in Moon Salutations and complete the class with rejuvenating restorative poses with optional gentle massage. May the positive karma be with you. 
 

Your spot is waiting here…  


gentle yoga and massageGentle Yoga & Aromatherapeutic Massage
with Michelle Marlahan
Saturday May 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join Michelle for a special class of warming and restoring yoga practice, accentuated by supportive touch and the medicine of aromatherapy.

BONUS: Everyone leaves with an aromatherapy goodie for the season!

A wonderful way to spend your Mother’s Day weekend – come with your mom or daughter (or bonus-mom or bonus–daughter).

 Only 4 spots left! Get one here. 


Gina HandstandsBreak it Down: Handstand
with Gina Langbehn
Wednesdays May 17 – 31, 7:30 – 8:45 pm

Three weeks of tips on getting into (and staying in) a handstand and videos to support your home practice. This class is for you if you haven’t done a handstand since 5th grade…and if you did one yesterday. 

All levels welcome. Get upside down here.


Mary Paffard Chakra StudyThe Chakras from the Ground Up!
with Mary Paffard
Saturday May 20, 1 – 4 pm

Our final session with Mary!

Our exploration of the 3rd Chakra – Sustaining the Flame – will bring us into the warmth of summertime and the going forth from the program, taking our interior journey to the world of community, family, work, teaching and beyond…wherever we are called!

Get your spot now. 


Ann Sibbet*New*  Gyrokinesis
with Ann Sibbet
Fridays, 11:30 – 12:15 pm

We’ve known Ann for years, so when she contacted us this winter about moving her intriguing Gyrokinesis class to a new home, we happily offered the space. Check out her website for more information on this practice and pricing for her class (bonus: members are by donation). Welcome, Ann!



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what’s in store for April

The studio theme for April is Embraceholly holt

Embrace :: to hold or take into one’s arms, to welcome, to accept, to support, take to one’s heart, to include, to embody, to hug. You might explore any one of the many meanings of this word this month… Embrace.

Like the age-old advice of an apple a day, I’ve heard that 12 hugs a day is good for one’s health. That’s a lot of hugs! I’m totally counting the hugs from my dog. Or, like Holly, you could embrace a bolster!

Embraced is how we hope you feel every time you walk into the studio. Actual hug is optional.

In the philosophical sense, we are asked again and again to embrace what is. My teacher Mary often uses the phrase, This is what’s happening… right now.  The “right now” suggests that it won’t always be this way — for good or bad. Yet peace, ease, joy and eventually change, are possible only when we meet the reality of the moment as it is.

This is easy to say and harder to do. Our practice of Yoga supports us in developing the necessary skills and self awareness. It makes me think of the philosophy that we’ll be covering next month in The Daily Craft. Practical, usable skills for life, especially helpful in challenging times.

Two other exciting pieces of news this month:

Book Club! It’s All Yoga is starting (actually resuming) a book club called Wisdom Pages and our first meeting will be on May 7th with The Book of Joy. Completely free, just let us know you’ll be coming so we have enough snacks.

Second is a teaser about a very special IAY celebration of National Poetry Month. The full announcement will come next week. For now, look for hints at the studio…and get ready to hear some of your teachers’ favorite poems.

That feels good in embrace…

Michelle and the IAY fam


Bella DreizlerGrow Loose, Long & Strong

with Bella Dreizler

Saturdays April 8, May 6, 1 – 4pm

Loose, Long and Strong moves to chapter 2: Grow Strong. What you learn in Grow Strong makes the benefit of rolling more than a temporary fix.  This three-hour health care investment stands alone: thirty minutes of roll review followed by an awakening of the subtle power of your extraordinary core, your vibrant center. 

Go home totally video-supported and motivated to take on the 10 minute daily-do that will keep many common physical challenges to a minimum.  

Read more here.


singing meditationSinging Meditation with Jeanne Munoz

Sunday April 9, 1 – 2:30pm

Singing is a powerful tool for transformation. It can make a gloomy day brighter by encouraging rhythmic breath and the release of authentic, healing sound.

Singing Meditation is different from a formal kirtan practice, which usually has a call-and-response element. This is a opportunity to simply sing your heart out and feel the voice reverberate in the body and in the room. 

Smiles, laughter, conquering fear, and reduced stress are some of the side effects of singing. No experience necessary. 

Get in tune here.


Radiant FriendChant & Be Happy

with Radiant Friend
Saturday April 22, 7 – 8:30pm

Join Radiant Friend, a multi-instrumental Kirtan band led by Alicia Patrice, for call and response chanting, a practice that unites us with our highest, happiest selves. We will repeat mantras–words, phrases and syllables– to quiet our minds and allow the integration of the meaning of the mantras into our consciousness.

No musical experience necessary. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the chants.

No online signup necessary! (Cash or check at the door.)


Kim WagamanYoga for Scoliosis Support

with Kim Wagaman
Sunday April 23, 1 – 4pm

These 3-hour classes for yoga practitioners with scoliosis are designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs.

Practitioners will learn modifications to commonly practiced yoga poses that can limit rather than intensify the conditions of scoliosis. All levels welcome. 

Register by email to Kim Wagaman.


new moon yogaApril New Moon Practice 

with Jeanne Munoz & Alicia Patrice
April 26, 7:30-8:45 pm


Celebrate the darkness and renewal of the New Moon in Taurus with Jeanne & Alicia! Knowing these two, the evening will certainly be infused with music! 

Your spot is waiting here… 


Beginner's YogaHatha Yoga Basics with Gina 

Mondays May 1 – June 12, 7:30 – 8:45pm

(no class on Memorial Day)

Read Gina’s love letter for Basics…During this 6 weeks, you will be given the foundations of your yoga practice – alignment, breath awareness, and a vocabulary of poses you can take with you anywhere. This is followed immediately by a special 2 week unlimited class pass during which you may taste as many items as you like in our yoga class buffet.

Get yourself in the series here. Only a few spots left!


ahimsaYoga Philosophy for Today’s World 

Thursdays May 4 – July 6, 6-7:30pm

The philosophical basis of Yoga is what sets it apart from exercise. You’ve already experienced many of the qualities — kindness, resolve, self awareness — in class and as a result of your practice. 

  • Do you want more grounding and guidance in your life?

  • Do you want tools to help you through the challenges of our times?

  • Do you wish to deepen your practice and relationship to yourself and the world?

  • Have you had the feeling that there’s “more” to yoga and you want to know what it is?

These foundational principles create the toolkit we use to examine ourselves and develop as human beings.

Each class includes study, asana, meditation and discussion.

Let’s investigate and deepen together. Read more here.



yoga book club

Wisdom Pages 

Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30pm

The IAY book club is back (10 years later). Join us for our first meeting on The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Club meeting includes a short practice, snacks and thoughtful discussion.

See the full flier.   Please RSVP here.


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march overview… listen

The studio theme for March is Listeningforest

As always, we leave the themes open to interpretation, as invitations to explore, open the senses, apply them to your life.

In Teacher Training we do a listening exercise that involves not responding to another person while they are speaking. It’s interesting how often we equate listening with responding. Yet to truly listen is to receive without needing to add or change anything. 

It is a challenging exercise for most, yet in every program, people comment on how powerful it is on one side to feel truly heard…and on the other side, how relieving it is to not have to come up with something brilliant to say!

Try it:

The next time you are having a conversation with a loved one, simply receive what he or she is saying. Give that person your full focus. Resist the urge to plan your response in your head. Resist the urge to finish their sentence. Resist the urge to comment immediately when they’re done speaking.

Can you communicate your empathy with your posture or your eyes? What is it like to sit, even for a few seconds, in the space of silence?

It’s amazing what happens when there’s room and time in an interaction. So much more is said, and most of it is not through words.

Let me know how goes

We’ll be listening,

Michelle and the IAY fam

 

Class Schedule Updates

A few additions and adjustments to the schedule:

Monday 9:30-11 am Gentle Flow with Althea (an extra 15 minutes of bliss)
*New* Monday 12-12:45 pm Monday Midday Movement with Gina
*New* Wednesday 4:30-5:40 pm Release & Restore with Yoga Nidra with Sethyne

Check out our full class schedule and plan your week.

 


alexis marbach - trauma sensitive yogaYoga Teacher Immersion

Bring Trauma-Informed Principles into your Teaching 
with Alexis Marbach

Saturday March 11, 1 – 7pm
Sunday March 12, 11am – 4pm

Alexis is coming in from Boston to offer her specialty training on how to create a more inviting class environment for trauma survivors.

This training will create a foundation for understanding trauma and the way it can be present in individuals, and explore the ways that we can heal trauma through yoga.

This experiential training is open for yoga teachers from all backgrounds, levels of experience, and teaching environments (even those currently in their 200 hour training programs).

Read the full curriculum for the weekend
 


pelvic bowl with bella driezlerThe Chakras…From the Ground Up! 
Seed & Soil with Mary Paffard

Sunday March 19, 12 – 3pm

As we move into the spring, in March, we will explore Seed and Soil, the intriguing relationship between 1st and 2nd chakras and the emergence of the individual spirit from the cultural morass.

Each session will have a long practice session and some discussion time around how we bring this work into the every day. There will be space for all of us to share our own reflections, questions and findings and in this way create a powerful and supportive sangha for our own chakra journey.

Mary’s teaching is a special gift. Get your spot.
 


meditation seriesThe Daily Craft :: Mindfulness Meditation

with Ellen Robinson-Haynes
Thursdays, 6 -7 pm, March 23 – April 27
 

Mindfulness meditation is a hot topic these days, but how do you create a meaningful and sustainable meditation practice that really works for you?

It’s worth finding out. Research is showing that meditation helps improve everything from brain function to high blood pressure. Do you have insomnia? Do you often feel frayed? Meditation can help. Find out how…

The Virtual Meditation Challenge (below) is included in The Daily Craft Meditation module.
 

meditation at It's All YogaVirtual Meditation Challenge

with Jeanne Munoz
March 23 – April 27
 
Every year, we dedicate April to the essential practice of meditation and offer you — wherever you are — the chance to build or grow a meditation practice through the Virtual Meditation Challenge.

This year, we’re upping our game. The Challenge will run for 6 weeks instead of 4 (better odds of building the habit), we’re including even MORE virtual, audio and written education, and you can sit (virtually) with actual people in the Challenge Monday through Friday each week using YouTube Live.

Read all about the Challenge and sign up here.
 

Bella DreizlerGrow Loose, Long & Strong

with Bella Dreizler
Saturdays March 25, April 8, May 6, 1 – 4pm
 

These three Saturday afternoons are dedicated to experience the benefit of:
  • loosening tight joints and fascia 
  • strengthening less than optimal core power
  • creating flexibility and a healthy long spine 
You can take the series or drop into any one. Video instructional support included so you can practice this movement medicine at home and feel the rewards continue on your mat and in your life.

Ready to roll?
 

restorative yogaRestorative Yoga to Ease Seasonal Transitions
with Alicia Patrice
Sunday March 26, 2 – 4pmThe body renews and restores when it is at rest and a perfect time to practice this is at the seasonal shifts. We’ll use Restorative Yoga to help us learn to live in harmony with the seasons and to balance the busy-ness of life with support, deep breathing and presence.In the transition from Winter to Spring, we have the opportunity to awaken to new possibilities.  That awakening sometimes brings a bit of Spring fever, so we’ll also look for balance in the frenzy that sometimes accompanies rebirth.  In this period of deep rest, figuring out what we really want for the season is possible.

Sign up here. Only 5 spots left.
 

moon series

Moon Series Special :: March New Moon 
with Carrie Meyer

Monday March 27, 7:30 – 9 pm

Celebrate the darkness and renewal of the New Moon with Carrie as she weaves an evening of new moon psychology, astrology, the chakras, the elements and your own personal intention. 

The Moon Series classes have been selling out. Grab your spot here. 



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going forward

Welcome to the new year, yogi friends.

With a long exhale and a shiver down my spine, I send this newsletter, which outlines our offerings these first couple months, with delicate hope. 

We are privileged to have this practice so readily accessible to us. We are fortunate to have safe communities in which to rally and debate. We also have the capability to change — our minds, our habits, our stories — at any time. That’s not to say that it’s easy, but we always have the choice. Let us not take any of that for granted.

Thankfully, practice comes in many forms.

Stay close to yourself and take extra care these winter days. Fortify, ground and strengthen.

To say that we are grateful to be here and know you sounds trite and insufficient. More and more it becomes clear that the threads of our own personal responsibility are intimately woven together.

 

To say my fate is not tied to yours is like saying, “Your side of the boat is sinking.”
-Hugh Downs

We need each other’s support, reminding, holding and loving. Let’s keep each other afloat.

As always, stay in touch.

Michelle and the IAY fam


 

Tami Hackbarth - Intro to happinessIntro to Happiness with Tami
Sundays January 8 – 29, 4:30pm

This series was a huge hit last year — you can read some of the testimonials with the full description.

Each session will include a short meditation, gratitude circle and end with a small daily assignment to spread happiness and good will beyond our classroom walls.

Get Happy here!

 

Full moon YogaFull Moon Classes

Thursday, January 12, 6pm with Carrie
Friday, February 10, 6pm with Jeanne

Join us for our 2017 Full Moon Series. Each class will be taught by different teachers — Carrie and Jeanne kick off the year.

Read more and sign up for January and/or February.

 
home practiceBuild a Home Practice with Gina
Thursdays January 19 – February 16, 6pm

Have you ever wished you had a fulfilling home practice?

Or have you taken a trip and backtracked in your strength or flexibility because you didn’t keep your practice up while traveling?

Join Gina for five weeks of setting your home practice up for success.
 

women's march on sacramentoWomen’s March on Sacramento

Saturday January 21, 10am

An IAY coalition is forming for the March.
Email us to find out more and be a part of the movement.
 

mary paffardThe Chakras from the Ground Up 
with Mary Paffard

Sunday January 22, 11am – 2pm

Our January session will explore water, hara and the 2nd chakra, opening to flow.

This is important work to help ground and sustain us in the times ahead.  Get all the details and register here.
 

pelvic bowl with bella driezlerThe Pelvic Bowl: A Workshop for Women with Bella

Saturday February 11, 1 – 4pm

Come break down some of those barriers in an experiential and informative afternoon dedicated to exploring the anatomy of the pelvic bowl: bones, muscles, fascia, organs.

Sign up today!

 

Running Yogi with Gina LangbehnRunning Yogi with Gina

Wednesdays February 15 – March 22, 7:30pm
 
Anyone can do it! A six-week series on how you can start a running practice, increase speed, build strength and help your muscles recover from the run.

For any level of (wannabe) runner. Read more about the series here

 

yoga retreat with michelle marlahanEmotional Restoration Retreat for Women

February 17-19, 2017, Sonoma Valley with Michelle

Restore. Explore. Tend. Take care.

This is a special retreat that will offer Ayurvedic earth medicine, opportunities for emotional wellness and yogic tools for health.

Read the full description and see pictures of the retreat center. There are 5 spots available.

If you have any questions, just ask.

 

Gina LangbehnFlow Basics with Gina
Mondays February 20 – March 13, 7:30pm

Hatha Basics in January is full — get one of the remaining spots in Flow Basics now.

Read more and sign up here.


 



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what’s in store the rest of the year

michelle marlahan at it's all yogaLike many people I know, I’ve been doing some purging — cleaning out closets, cabinets, drawers. Simplifying. Getting things out in the open.

The theme for October is Slowing Down. In that spirit, take a moment to scroll the opportunities coming up this fall.

There’s a lot on the table for you to choose from, and like even the best buffet, it’s not meant for you to take everything. What suits you best this season? What speaks to your heart?

We have to slow down enough to hear those whispers. Urgency is loud; longing is often soft. We look forward to sharing this next season with you.

As always, stay in touch.

With gratitude, Michelle


Yoga Basics with Gina
Thursdays October 6 – November 10, 6pm

Read Gina’s love letter for Basics…and share it with your loved ones who could start something good before the end of the year. Get yourself in the series here.




Gut Feelings with Holly

Saturday October 8, 1 – 4pm THIS Saturday!

Explore the intimate relationship between our thoughts and emotions and digestion. Our tools for inquiry will be breath work, meditation, slow/gentle yoga poses, guided writing exercises and self-massage. Register for this special workshop.


Fitness based functional movement class with Sethyne Gavin and Jeanne MunozThe Chakras from the Ground Up with Mary Paffard

Saturday October 15, 1 – 4pm

The October session will lay the foundation for personal exploration and establishing a powerful root system through muladhara the first chakra, through the dark time of the year – Grounding into Groundlessness. Get all the details and register here.


A Workshop in Physical Alignment with Richard Rosen

Sunday October 16, 1 – 4pm

We are so fortunate to have Richard in the studio. In this three-hour workshop we’ll first investigate several simple exercises that embody basic alignment principles, then apply those principles to the practice of the main standing poses described/illustrated in BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. Not to be missed. Get your spot here.


Wise Woman–SOLD OUT

Saturday October 22, 1 – 5:30pm Email for waitlist.


Ladies Clothing Swapasana

Sunday October 23, 1 – 3pm

Signup not necessary Ladies, please bring your high-quality, no-longer-wanted, clothing, shoes, accessories to SWAP! $5 donation at the door, benefits WEAVE. *Volunteers welcome to help with setup (sneak peeks!), greeting and clean-up* Email us!


Thai MassageComing To: A 4-week Meditation Workshop with Ellen Robinson-Haynes

Wednesdays October 26 – November 16, 7:30-8:30 pm
Mindfulness meditation is a hot topic these days, but how do you create a meaningful and sustainable meditation practice that really works for you? Join veteran meditator Ellen Robinson-Haynes on this four-week exploration of meditation.

200 Hour Teacher Training Information Meeting

We are excited to announce our 200 Hour Teacher Training program beginning January 2017. Join us for an info meeting on Sunday, October 30 at 11:30am. Come ask questions of our TT teachers and past grads. Get the in-person scoop on what TT is and why to do it. Follow your curiosity! RSVP here.
Yoga for Scoliosis with Kim
Sunday, October 30, 1 – 4pm
A 3-hour class for yoga practitioners with scoliosis to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs. Read more and reserve your spot.


Becoming Whole with Catherine

Two Saturdays, November 5 & 12, 1 – 3pm

Becoming Whole is a unique opportunity to come together in an intimate group for a two-session exploration of Self. Based on Carl Jung’s theory of the Inner Shadow, we will be guided through a process that will expand our perception of ourselves and the world around us. Are you ready to explore?


Election Eve Spirit Circle

Monday November 7, 7:30 – 8:30pm FREE

Does this craziness have you longing for positivity? Join us for a round-robin, open mic style vibration-raising on the night before the election. Poetry, music, chanting, meditation, come and share your *peace*, while creating and umbrella of spirit to cover us and transform negativity. Come and co-create this with us!


Feet First with Bella

Sunday November 13, 1 – 4pm

Many foot problems can heal with dynamic intervention: loose, long and strong. Join Bella to learn this pro-active approach: consistent deep release of adhesions in the lower leg; specific fine-tuned stretching; and, eventually, building repetitions of eccentric strength. This is fundamental work that will have a lifetime payoff! Reserve your spot!


Deep & Quiet Yin Series with Alicia

Mondays November 14 – 28, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Yin Yoga is a meditative form of yoga that focuses on connective tissues, rather than muscles, to ease tension and tightness in the body. We can use the poses to investigate and enliven our bodies in ways that counteract modern living. Some experience with Yin is recommended; we will be seeking the Quiet with less instructions. Your spot is waiting here!


Kirtan with Radiant Friend

Thursday November 17, 7 – 8:30pm

Join Radiant Friend for Kirtan, call and response chanting, a practice that unites us with our highest, happiest selves. We will repeat mantras–words, phrases and syllables– to quiet our minds and allow the integration of the meaning of the mantras into our consciousness. No musical experience needed. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the chants. $10 at the door, no one turned away. Online signup not necessary.


Michelle Marlahan at It's All YogaYoga for Emotional Balance with Michelle

Sunday November 20, 11am – 2pm

We manage so much in a day, from the small transgressions of ordinary interactions to the difficult events and losses that show up in life. The pace and overload of day-to-day living doesn’t offer much time or space for these feelings. This workshop is a safe place to experience emotion in the body, increase awareness of your physical and emotional habits and patterns, and begin to free yourself of those restrictions. Read more about this workshop and sign up here.


Holiday Preview
Home Ec: Aromatherapy for the Holidays Join Jeanne for a FREE one-hour introduction to aromatherapy and leave with a delightful treat! November 27th, 2-4 pm
Contentment: A 3-week Holiday Yoga Series Join Denice for this series on maintaining harmony and contentment (aka your sanity) during the holidays. Thursdays, Dec 1-15, 6 pm
Restorative Yoga to Ease Seasonal Transitions: Fall to Winter Join Alicia for her much-loved seasonal restorative experience. This winter practice will support you in a time of year-end activity. December 10, 2-4 pm
Winter Solstice Special Practice: Restorative Yoga, Massage and Live Chanting Join Catherine and Jeanne for an evening of restorative yoga, massage for hands-on healing, aromatherapy and chanting to delight your senses.  December 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm


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the impatience of august: 5 ways to come back

Do you ever feel a little impatient this time of year?
Whether you are simply weary of the heat, counting the days until school starts, planning that last-minute road trip to squeeze out the last bits of summer, August can be a time of hammock-induced anxiety. Squirrel wisdom Most of us suffer from that pesky Western desire to get somewhere. Maybe that’s why the theme for August at It’s All Yoga is Patience. Full disclosure: if you asked my family about my relationship to patience, they would probably roll their eyes and chuckle. But it is a practice, I say, a practice! In that spirit, I give you… Five ways to practice patience in August!
  1. Stay – Wherever you are, stay there.
Here’s an example: If you are in that long, slow line at the grocery store, don’t scamper on over to the shorter one just to save two minutes. And that slow lane in traffic? Cool your jets…literally. See what it might feel like to stay.
  1. Create Something – Draw, write, build a deck, make some jewelry, prepare a meal from scratch, plant a garden.
When we are creating, things like mistakes and wrong turns are just part of the process. Patience comes in handy here. Creativity also gives us space to tinker, to ponder, to slow the heck down…no matter what the outcome.
  1. Chew Your Food – Okay, I’ll admit it. This is my number one patience practice.
I don’t know what it is. My jaw is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. But I’m learning. We could practice this one together. We could call it the “30 Chews Per Bite Club.” Who knows, we might even taste our food, really taste it. If nothing else, our intestines will thank us for all the mindful chewing.
  1. Listen – Most people just want to be heard.
True listening takes loads of patience. To practice the great art of listening, consider asking a friend to lunch (maybe someone who is going through a rough patch), and practice your nodding skills.
  1. Meditate – You didn’t think I was going to forget that one, did you?
Meditate while sitting, walking, or doing the dishes. Notice your breath. What does your body feel like? What are your habitual thought patterns? What emotions or judgments arise? Pay attention. Just a few minutes a day can create miracles. Which brings me to the real gift of practicing patience: Presence. When I slow down long enough to be present to my own life, it’s kind of amazing. I realize that I manufactured about ten of the things on my “to do” list just so I have something to look forward to. What’s all this about the next big thing anyway? The big thing is right here, right now. With love, Holly

moon energy moves

* Sizzling from the Sun? During the peak heat of summer, we can start to feel burnt to a crisp and fatigued from the long days of light.  The sun is represented in the front of our bodies, a more masculine and activated energy, encouraging more doing, going and achieving.  If we become energetically over-heated, the body may respond with certain symptoms of imbalance, such as stomach upset, fatigue, head/neck ache, irritability and/or emotional volatility.  These symptoms may be the body’s way of asking for some complementary cooling. Tap into the Energy of the Moon The back of the body is our moon side.  Moon energy is more more feminine, cool, dark, receptive, nurturing, content and quiet.  This is the energy that supports us, holds us and allows us to rest.  It is also the energy that allows us to see our whole self, the light and the dark, and is wholly accepting. Just as it guides the currents of the ocean, moon energy invites us to let go, trust and surrender to the flow. Feel the Lunar Shift in Your Body with these 7 Poses Try this short yoga asana sequence at home, using the wall.  The wall allows the body let go and release with more ease, cultivating a deeper sense of contentment.  All of these shapes encourage the body weight to rest into the heels, back of hips, back of heart and back of head.
1.  Tadasana at the Wall: Stand with your feet about 6-12 inches from the floor board.  Feet parallel and hip-width, find softness in the knees.  Allow the weight to shift back into the heals, the back of the hips, heart and head, resting fully against the wall.  Allow the shoulder blades to melt down the back, front ribs softening toward the back of the body.  Find 10 breaths in Tadasana at the wall. This shape will create a sense of grounding, contentment and support.  It will also illuminate how much energy we have moving forward, and how different it is to rest back.
2. Wall Dog: Stand facing the wall, place your hands on the wall down low, by the waist.  Press into the wall with the hands as you walk the feet back.  Check to be sure your wrists and shoulders are in alignment, and that the feet are underneath the hips.  Press actively into the wall and reach actively back through the tail.  Soften the knees as much as you need, draw the front ribs up toward the back spine.   Find 10 breaths in this shape. Wall dog will encourage a lengthening the neck, shoulders, heart, hips and hamstrings, to create a flow of energy along the whole back body.
3.  Forward Fold, Sit Bones on the Wall: Position your heels about 6-12 inches away from the wall and rest all of your weight back into the wall.  Keep the weight in your heels and keep the sit bones in contact with the wall.  Bend the knees deeply and begin to fold the torso over the legs.  You may use the elbows on the knees or let the arms hang loose.  Let the head hang, allow the spine to be soft.  Find 10 breaths in this shape. Passive forward folds cool the nervous system, give the brain and heart a fresh blood supply, and are ideal for slowly releasing the connective tissues along the entirety of the back body, from head to heels.
4.  Wall Squat: There are 2 variations of this pose, depending on your joint flexibility. (1) If you are on your feet, place the heels 4-6 inches from the wall.  Let your weight rest back, and slide down the wall, heavy in the tail.  Let the elbows press inside of the knees, lift the heart for a prayer mudra.  (2)  If you are lying on the back, bring the tail about 2-6 inches from the wall, bring the feet to the wall and open the legs, bending at the knees.  Arms can open to a “T” or to cactus arms. Find 10 breaths in this shape. This shape will open up the hips, elongate the lumbar spine and invite rest into an open heart.
   
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* 5.  Supported Shoulder Stand:  Position your hips 6 inches from the wall and bring the feet to the wall, knees bent.  Back of the neck is long and head remains straight.  Palms are down along the sides with arms extended.  Press down into the palms, press into the wall with the feet and begin to lift the hips off the floor.  You may lower and lift in a dynamic movement, or press firmly into the feet and find the hips lifting up, perhaps hips rise up over the shoulders.  You may remain with lifted hips or practice lifting and lowering.  Find 10 breaths in this shape. This shape will open up the front of the hips and shoulders, create strength in the back body and belly, and can flush out stagnant energy from the feet and hips through the heart.
6.  Twist at the Wall: With the feet on the wall, and the knees bent, let the arms reach out to a “T” shape or cactus shape.  With bent knees, allow the legs to fall  to the right for 10 breaths, and then switch to the left for 10 breaths. Twists help to wring out excess toxins, lubricate the spine and open the heart.  Twists will also neutralize spinal alignment.
7. Legs up the Wall OR Savasana For the final resting shape, find 4-12 inches of space between your tail and the wall, and allow the legs to straighten up the wall.  You may prefer the legs to be open wide, or feet together with the knees open like a butterfly.  If Legs up the Wall is not comfortable in the body, you may roll to one side, press up and pivot the body away from the wall and find regular savasana, lying on the back, palms up, feet flopped open. You can stay in this shape for up to 10 minutes(!)  Set a timer. These shapes represent the ultimate letting go – allow all control to cease, let the back body be heavy and held from head, to heart, to hips to heels. I hope that you enjoy this short home practice and are able to tap into your moon energy at the back of the body. Your friend, Jeanne

our last sales-y email

If you feel like we’ve been sending a lot of promotion emails, you’re right — we have. There’s been so much great stuff going on, of course we want to share it with you. But the buck stops here. We are officially on Summer {Sales} Break. No more emails about upcoming events, no more announcements or reminders. That means you have to scroll this newsletter if you want to know what’s happening this summer… like the philosophy series starting tomorrow, the Thai Massage workshop, theYoga and Ayurveda Retreat that I haven’t even announced, yet it has only 4 spots left. Along with restorative yoga, chanting and more. What you can look forward to from us this summer is great content. Practice tips and tools, resources to keep you healthy and stories from our lives. Do you have a yoga question? Want to hear in particular from one of our teachers? About a certain topic? Let us know. Lastly, if you haven’t read the teacher training graduate interviews or checked out our updated 200 and 300 hour teacher training page, please do. If your heart is whispering a longing or curiosity, listen. This heart work is really the beat of your life. Until next time, Michelle

Begninning Yoga at It's All YogaLiving Yoga: A Yoga Philosophy Series

A five-week series with Michelle Marlahan Wednesdays in June, 7:30 pm Are you curious about the philosophy of Yoga? Do you want more grounding and support in your life? Do you wish to deepen your practice and relationship to yourself and the world? Join Michelle for this series where we will study the Yamas and Niyamas and explore ways to bring them into our day-to-day lives.  This topic is always one of the most powerful pieces of Teacher Training, and now it’s available to you! $55 regular rate/$39 Monthly Member rate. No drop ins. Sign up online.


Fitness based functional movement class with Sethyne Gavin and Jeanne MunozQoya! with Kaci Florez, Sunday June 5, 1 – 2:30pm

**No online signup, $20 cash or check to Kaci at class** Qoya is a shift in consciousness that evolves the way we have been taught to move our bodies as women. Drawn from the wisdom of yoga, creative expression in dance, and the pleasure found in sensual movement, Qoya helps women enjoy and revel in their feminine bodies. Through our movement we unite our body and mind, honor the interconnectedness in ourselves and our world, consciously create community, give rise to our intentions, encourage our desires to dance through us — and, thereby, nourish our soul. ~All women are welcome. No dance or yoga experience necessary~

Play - creativity and art with Holly HoltRestorative Yoga to Ease Seasonal Transitions

with Alicia Patrice, Saturday, June 11, 2 – 4pm”To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” –George Santayana
  • In the transition from Spring to Summer, we have the opportunity to develop and safeguard our wellbeing, in spite of possible seasonal pressures to overextend.  Deep rest is still available to us, even though the light is long and strong.
The body renews and restores when it is at rest and a perfect time to practice this is at the seasonal shifts. We’ll use Restorative Yoga to help us learn to live in harmony with the seasons and to balance the busy-ness of life with support, deep breathing and presence. Adapting to a new time of year begins before the season change and we can meet it by shifting activities and interests toward things that are natural balances for the time. Give yourself the gift of surrender, vision, inner reflection and intention. Reserve your bolster here, space limited, $30!

Chanting for Authenticity

with Jeanne Munoz, Saturday June 18, 1 – 2:30pm Join Jeanne for 90 minutes of chanting and learning about the music of Yoga.We will learn melodies and words to some of the “top hits” of yoga chants. Workshop will include handouts with the lyrics and translations, and we will have a brief discussion about the intention of each chant. Smiles, laughter, conquering fear, and reduced stress are some of the side effects from a regular singing practice. No experience necessary, come with open minds, hearts, ears and voices.
Sign up to find your voice here, $20!

Beginner Yoga at It's All Yoga, SacramentoYoga Basics

with Gina Langbehn, Thursdays, 6 – 7:15pm June 30 – August 4 Our package includes the 6-week Yoga Basics series, Thursday nights at 6:00. During this 6 weeks, you will be given the foundations of your yoga practice – alignment, breath awareness, and a vocabulary of poses you can take with you anywhere. This is followed immediately by a special, basics-students-only 2 week unlimited class pass during which you may taste as many items as you like in our yoga class buffet. 6 weekly Basics classes 2 week unlimited class pass IAY Water Bottle or Tote Bag Lavender Eye Pillow Share or gift this to your friend/aunt/co-worker who could use some breath, flexibility and holistic health in their lives.  $120, sign up online.

Thai MassageThai Massage Workshop

with Michelle Marlahan, July 17, 11:30am – 1pmThai massage is like having yoga done to you — it’s stretching and massaging to release muscles and tension, open and clear nerve-lines, loosen and nourish joints and reset the body-system. And the best part is someone is doing it for you. Frankly, it feels plain amazing. In this workshop, you will learn basic Thai Massage moves to use with a friend or partner. You will leave knowing how to give (and receive!) a 20-30 minute Thai massage. You don’t need to have any experience in bodywork or Thai massage to participate.  Includes a workbook with photos and details of the practice so you can reap the benefits of this work at home. This workshop is limited to 12 couples, so please register early. Read more and sign up here.  $199/couple, $99/individual

Yoga for Scoliosis Support & Community Practice

with Kim Wagaman, Sunday, July 24, 1 – 4pmInviting our yoga community with scoliosis to come together in practice and support. These 3-hour classes for yoga practitioners with scoliosis are designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs. Read more and reserve your spot, $25.

Simplicity at Summer’s End: Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat

with Michelle Marlahan & Traci Joy Burleigh, Friday, August 25 – Sunday August 28 Imagine this: 4 days to yourself, 2 yoga classes a day, all of your food cooked for you, someone else cleaning up, quiet time and social time as you desire in a beautiful setting of redwoods and sea. If this sounds at all enticing, you can see photos and get more info here: Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat. And since I neglected to announce the retreat in time, the early bird rate is extended until June 10th. *Note: There are only four spots left.*Sign up here. If you have any questions, just ask.

Using a foam rollerSchedule Update

“Let it Roll” is now Body Therapy. You have what it takes to be your own best body worker, natural DIY healer. Foster your incredible body intuition using rollers and balls to massage free joints, fascia and muscles in neck, back, shoulders, hips, feet. Train stability and power deep into your core. Feel alive in a fluid, dynamic and aligned body. Feel the pleasure of breathing and growing yourself loose, long and strong. Join Bella and Jeanne for this practice on Thursdays at 8:30 am and Fridays at 6 pm.
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march theme: SUPPORT

Happy March, friends! Out of a desire to connect with you more deeply, we’ve decided to start doing a short video introduction to the theme of the month. You can watch or just skip to the links below where I share a few of my favorite resources for support. And read on for our spring supportive offerings (or check online for ALL of the upcoming series and workshops). We look forward to being with you soon, Michelle

March Support Resources

Books/Authors Anything by Mark Nepo (favorite is Book of Awakening) The Tao Te Ching Thich Nhat Hahnhands Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser Yoga of Breath by Richard Rosen Poetry Rabindranath Tagore Marie Howe (bonus, an On Being interview with her) Khalil Gibran Women in Praise of the Sacred by Jane Hirshfield Podcasts On Being The One You Feed Nourishment Start the day with warm water with lemon — simple! End the day with Golden Milk — many recipes out there: most simply, turmeric, ginger & milk – once heated, add honey Nature Check out our Hiking Guide — nothing like the wisdom of fresh air What are your favorite reminders to support yourself?

Begninning Yoga at It's All YogaYoga Basics Series

Thursdays, March 3-April 7, 6-7:15 pm with Gina Refresher or first time? This is where you want to get the basics. Gina breaks down common poses, ideas and practices. You get to ask questions and build a foundation for transitioning into weekly classes. “This is the place I learned that yoga is for everyone.” IAY Student Basics includes 6 weekly Basics classes, 2 week unlimited class pass and swag. $120; Get the “yoga glow” here.


Qoya with Kaci FlorezQoya with Kaci

Kaci is offering some special Qoya practices this spring. Qoya is a shift in consciousness that evolves the way we have been taught to move our bodies as women. Drawn from the wisdom of yoga, creative expression in dance, and the pleasure found in sensual movement, Qoya helps women enjoy and revel in their feminine bodies. Read more about Qoya and the upcoming workshops here.


Sethyne Gavin and Kaci Florez Power Up!

Mondays, 12-12:45 pm, March 7-April 18 with Jeanne and Sethyne Kick start your week, dedicate yourself to 6 weeks of “personal training” and feel your power grow. This series zeroes in on weight bearing and strength building, the most effective ways to improve bone density and core stability. Find out more and sign up here for all six weeks of personal training for $49 (a steal) or use your class card to drop in (in that case, sign up under “Classes”). **This series is included for Members**

Yoga for Runners with GinaThe Running Yogi

Mondays March 7, 14, 21, 7:30 – 8:45pm Join Gina for a three week series how you can increase speed, build strength and help your muscles recover from the run. For any level of runners to help pay mindful attention to your body in all forms of activity. (Did you read her story last week?) $35/series or drop-in **Included for Members**

Subtle Body with Carrie MeyerUnderstanding the Subtle Body

Saturday, March 12 1-5:30 pm with Carrie Understanding the Subtle Body will lay down the foundation for conceptualizing and potentially perceiving the subtler aspects of human experience and the beyond-physical objectives of various yoga practices. $70 for all-day workshop (Combine with 3-week Understanding the Chakras in April for $140)

Restorative Yoga with Alicia PatriceRestorative Yoga to Ease Seasonal Transitions: Winter to Spring

Saturday, March 26 2-4 pm with Alicia In the transition from Winter to Spring, we have the opportunity to awaken to new possibilities.  That awakening sometimes brings a bit of Spring fever, so we’ll also look for balance in the frenzy that sometimes accompanies rebirth. Restorative Yoga uses blankets, blocks and other props to fully support the body in deep rest. It is appropriate for all, including those with challenges or injuries. No experience necessary. Read more and sign up here.

flower and buddhaEmotional Restoration: A One-Day Women’s Retreat

April 10, 10-4 pm with Michelle A day of healthy movement, restorative postures, journaling, breath-work, discussion, meditation, an organic lunch and the support of a circle of women. Held in the sanctuary of the It’s All Yoga studio. $149; Space is limited to 16 women, all levels welcome Sign up online or at the desk 
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running + yoga = true love

running and yogaOnce upon a time someone told me this thing called yoga would help me be a better runner. I am here today to tell you they were right! My first yoga class was at Sac City (easy units) and I passed out.  Class dropped, end of story. Until a couple years later when I was training for my first marathon and a wise person said, “You should do yoga.” I remembered the less-than-amazing experience I had at the JC and dismissed the advice. As I got deeper into my training, things started hurting and tightening up. I am very blessed to not have encountered a major injury, but the pain was creeping up and affecting the long distance.  My IT (iliotibial) band was the real annoyance. This thick strip of connective tissue runs down the outer leg. Mine had become rod-like and was the cause of all my pain, and it needed attention. I was well into my training for this first marathon, but I knew if I didn’t change something this would be my first and last. So I let go of my stubborn thoughts and went to a yoga class. After marrying yoga and running for a whole year, I shaved 10 minutes off my marathon time. That was 12 years ago. Today yoga helps me stay strong, focused, keep a healthy body and continue to be a happy running yogi! Not only the poses have helpful, but meditation and breath work have been a beautiful addition to my journey in and out of my running shoes. Take a look at a few of my favs that help me increase speed, build strength and give love to my muscles after a run (a sneak peek into my 3-week series starting March 7th):
  • Plank Pose– This pose engages the core, creating support for your lower back and helping you gain the grace you need to glide in each step.
  • High Crescent Lunge– Gets your heart rate up, which speeds up metabolism. Building strength in legs, core and glutes, which stretching hips.
  • Legs up the wall (my #1 recovery pose)- Use this pose to help your run-weary legs relax and rejuvenate while you take a moment to meditate.  (This is a two-in-one :))
This is a great series for pre, during and post Shamrock! I am all signed up, are you? And if you’re any kind of runner wanting to both balance and compliment your fitness, check out my 3-week Running Yogi series at IAY. I’ll see you in March! Running + Yoga = Happy Body <3 Gina