two things I got wrong

No sure thing

I’ve always appreciated the saying you don’t know what you don’t know, but never more than last week.

I was preparing for the Yoga Philosophy series (which I wish you all could be a part of because the conversations are so relevant and supportive), and I thought I’d double check the pronunciation of Saucha, our concept of the week, which means purity, pure, radiance, to shine, to be bright.

When it comes to yoga, yoga history and sanskrit, Richard Rosen is the go-to guy. So I sent an email to him with a few questions about Saucha, including clarification on how it is pronounced.

S’s in Sanskrit can be a little confusing. There are three sibilants — one is pronounced like our ‘s’ as in such. The other two are pronounced very similarly, both with the “sh” sound, as in should. It depends on the markers on the letter s. This is why savasana is pronounced shavasana — there’s an accent acute on the s, giving it a sh sound.

Turns out there’s also an accent acute on the s in Saucha and I’ve been mispronouncing it for over 20 years. Even teaching it incorrectly. It’s pronounced “show-cha” (the “ow” sounds like the “ou” in “loud”).

This really rocked my world! I pride myself on being a perpetual student, continually learning and fact-checking before I make claims. And here I was spreading misinformation.

This was on the tails of an informative podcast on the word Namaste. I know Namaste is a traditional salutation, but I did not know that it has not historically been used as a closing to a yoga practice. Nope, it’s just another add-on — probably in the mid 20th century — to make yoga more marketable and attractive to a Western audience (or shall we say, consumer).

The lessons we learn from “mistakes” are often the ones that sink in the deepest, and I’m grateful to be able to learn and discover…and be forgiven when I’m wrong (mostly by myself).

So for you….

  • Are there things you thought you knew that turned out to be untrue?

  • A favorite Buddhist mantra is No sure thing. Is there something you could be a little less certain about?

  • Try responding with “I don’t know,” rather than hypothesizing or having an answer. How does that feel?

Would love to hear any stories or thoughts you have!

Would also love to see you at the Asana + Alignment daily craft series next month. We will be addressing issues like these that come up in poses — what does doing it “right” mean?

If you’ve gotten this far, thank you for reading! We are grateful every day to be here with you.

Michelle

PS  Richard will be here September 10th for his annual IAY workshop AND a book reading. This is the book club meeting for his most recent book Yoga FAQ, which is a fabulous reality check on yoga history and philosophy. Save the date!

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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let’s get uncomfortable

The Discomfort Zone… 

It’s not a place we talk about often. Certainly not a place we strive to be.

But it is a very important place.

It’s possible that our extreme desire for comfort keeps us a little too protected. We successfully avoid situations where we are forced to grow, where there is uncertainty, where we don’t already feel adept and safe. This can make us reactive, entitled and a little lazy.

Not to mention what our desire for comfort — and convenience — has done to the planet…but that’s a topic for another time.

In The Book of Joy, the Dalai Lama offer his sage wisdom on building resilience against mental/emotional suffering. He says:

     “Like physical illness, preventative measures are the best way. Yes, if some disease has already developed, then there’s no other choice but to take medicine. So similarly, once a person develops a strong negative emotion, like anger or jealousy, it is very difficult to counter it at that moment. So the best thing is to cultivate your mind through practice so that you can learn to prevent it from arising in the first place.” 

By getting into our Discomfort Zone, we can practice non-reactivity, observe how a feeling or sensation changes and meet the moment in reality as it is, not as we wish it to be.

You might be familiar with these qualities in your yoga practice, certainly in your meditation and asana practices.

This is one of the skills Yoga helps to develop — being with what is, as it is, without immediately discharging it, trying to fix or distract from it. 

Here are a few ways to strengthen this skill, like a muscle, on your mat:

  • Practice meditation — anywhere from a few minutes to 30 minutes — in complete stillness. Sit with the itch, the wanting to fidget, and watch the feeling or sensation change, maybe even disappear.

  • When in a yoga pose, stay even when it becomes (safely) intense. Warmth and tingling in the thighs in Warrior II? Awkward and humbling in the arm balance? Again, stay with it and watch the sensations change and move.

  • In Savasana, resist the impulse to move immediately at the “end” of the time. Notice that some of your urges are habitual rather than conscious choice.

  • And in all situations, utilize Yoga philosophy. The practices and observances of Yoga philosophy are practical concepts that can be applied to every aspect of life like a balm. There’s a series starting on May 4th — check it out.

Why does any of this matter? What good does it do to go into a discomfort zone? Isn’t that opposite of what Yoga is for?

As my teacher Mary often says, Yoga is not a practice to make us feel better, it is an opportunity to feel.

This is a whole-life path. It builds mental, emotional AND physical strength and flexibility.

With love,
Michelle 

PS Remember to check out the upcoming Wisdom Pages Book Club

And let’s celebrate the poets and poetry lovers who took the time to share their favorites. See all the videos of both teachers and students.

joy *and* sorrow: santosha


“We try so hard to separate joy and sorrow into their own boxes,
but the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama tell us that they are inevitably fastened together. Neither advocate the kind of fleeting happiness, often called hedonic happiness, that requires only positive states and banishes feelings like sadness to emotional exile.
The kind of happiness that they describe is often called eudemonic happiness
and is characterized by self-understanding, meaning, growth, and acceptance,
including life’s inevitable suffering, sadness, and grief.”

This is a quote from The Book of Joy. In Yoga philosophy, we might talk about the qualities described here as Aparigraha (non-grasping or letting go), Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender), and Santosha (contentment), which I’d like to highlight today.

All of these concepsedimentary rockts are layered like sedimentary rock, and to say that Santosha means passively accepting whatever happens in your life is overly simplistic.

Let’s take the example above from The Book of Joy. Every life will have moments of loss, disappointment and grief. Does that mean we should just be “fine” with it? Not exactly.

While the translation of Santosha is usually contentment, acceptance, satisfaction, ease or harmony, the deeper layers reveal a quality of openness that acknowledges oneself and one’s environment as it is.

Rather than being at war with reality, Santosha invites us to stop relentlessly chasing the next thing — more more more — and instead, rest into ourselves as we are. That place of willingness and honesty is the only place from which true change can occur.

It could also be described as the lack of trsna, or craving. This speaks to the common definition of suffering as “wishing things other than they actually are,” which is the opposite of Santosha.

Is this easy? Absolutely not. Which is why we need support, reminders, and a healthy dose of discipline to keep practicing (because like strengthening a muscle, we can get better at it).

Arguably, the practice of Yoga could be described as the process of self-reliance, self-examination and self-development.

Each module of The Daily Craft came from the heart of this intention — to become aware of ourselves more honestly, to see what we would otherwise try to camouflage, and ultimately to develop the aspects of ourselves that do not serve us or the world.

If you are interested in how Yoga Philosophy can support you in this endeavor, I invite you to join me for Yoga Philosophy for Today’s World. We’ll interact with 10 core principles and peek into the Yoga Sutras, another important text.

Of course, this is also a plug for the upcoming Wisdom Pages Book Club. I’m totally digging this book — it’s simultaneously inspiring and practical.

And POETRY! There’s still time to sign up for your spot to read your favorite poem and celebrate hope, community, and your favorite authors. 

With love,
Michelle

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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announcing a new program

the daily craft

daily :: every day, life-long, the long view

craft :: an activity involving skill in making things by hand
…………a thing that carries you, a vessel …………
…………
something you make as well as the act of making

The seedling of It’s All Yoga was planted over 11 years ago, and has since grown into its own beautiful ecosystem.  

Through the years we have offered many trainings and programs – some by request and some from our own yearnings.  

One thing you’ve made clear again and again – this is big work and you want support, accountability and community in which to do it.  

In talking to hundreds of people over these years, over and over I get asked for: support, more education, deepened understanding, accountability, and community.  

You have asked for something like teacher training that doesn’t have to do with teaching.
You have asked for programs that help you take Yoga into your life.
You have asked for offerings that help you better understand the nuances of practice.
You have asked for long-term commitment and accountability.
You have asked for a broader range of topics to help support the twists and turns of life.
 
The daily craft is a program designed in response to those requests and conversations. It’s a program that allows you to craft your practice to meet the needs of your life. In this way, you craft your life. 

Life is what you make it. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Yoga is a practice of self-reliance, self-examination and self-development. It’s a rebellious and revolutionary approach that we do both individually and together.  

We do it because we want to grow and learn and evolve as human beings. We want practical support for the things life throws our way.   We do it together because we need each other’s support, encouragement and celebration.

the daily craft is…

  • A year-long program made up of eight modules on topics like Home Practice, Philosophy, Meditation and Nutrition.
  • A program designed to carry you through the challenging times.
  • A weekly check in with yourself outside of the hurried pace of life.
  • A tether to community and like-minded people.
  • A toolkit for staying physically healthy, mentally stable and living in line with your values.
  • A system that builds consistency and accountability into your practice.
  • A practice of long cuts – the opposite of short cuts and quick fixes.

It’s a practice, not a perfect.  

It’s practical in the ways of physiology, body mechanics, general health and overall well-being.  

You can sign up for the yearlong program or take modules by topic.  

Each one comes with bonuses, personalized instruction and is offered by a teacher with specialized training and skill in their topic.  

Check out the daily craft website. Look around at the modules, and ask questions if you have them.

And if anything speaks to you, sign up early as we’ve limited space for maximum attention and participation.  

This program was crafted with great love and we are excited to share it with you.  

Michelle and the IAY family

a hard truth

In the end, everyone is aware of this:
nobody keeps any of what he has,
and life is only a borrowing of bones.
 -Pablo Neruda

Last week a friend sent a lovely piece of writing about change. How sometimes we resist it even when it is necessary, until our suffering eventually becomes enough that we decide to surrender. And even then, the change is often still painful.

I replied with my hopefulness about the growth that is possible in the world right now.

His response was one concise line:

No growth without suffering.

It was the morning of election day.

We are in a time of growth. It will not be without suffering.

And it will take us to a new place in our evolution.

It seems like things have to get as bad as they can possibly get — with our emotional or physical health, in a relationship, with the environment — before we are willing to commit to real, long-term change.

I recently heard this notion referred to as a Healing Crisis — where things get worse before they (or maybe in order to) get better. A Healing Crisis is actually an indication that a significant and potentially positive shift is imminent.

Yes. I see this pattern in life. When things are ok enough, we tend to carry on and ignore underlying issues. We make our physical symptoms — headaches, insomnia, bloating — part of our identity rather than examine our health choices. Oh, I’m just a gassy person. (No.)

My most challenging habit of human nature is that I need to have an injury or sickness or pain to remember to take good, clean care of myself. When I feel well, all my good practices are more likely to fall away. There’s work to be done! There’s too much to do!

But no more. It is time to get radical. Radical self care. Radical compassion. Radical responsibility for our personal choices. Radical changes ask me to stretch out of my comfort zone, do something different than yesterday.

This week my work looks like:

  • Even more vigilance around food, water and energy in my day-to-day life.
  • Donating more, remembering that even $10 a month (if we all do it) makes a difference.
  • Committing to resting my body with restorative and nidra practices as well as strengthening and cardio, as all will fortify and sustain me for the times ahead of work and service.
  • Making sure that I play and get outside and sing and spend time with loved ones.

What are you getting radical about? What is asking you to stretch right now? Where has your suffering pushed you to surrender? Please share.

In the spirit of practice,
Michelle

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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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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