The studio theme for March is Listening.
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!
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.
We’ll be listening,
Michelle and the IAY fam
Class Schedule Updates
A few additions and adjustments to the schedule:
*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.
Yoga 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.
The 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.
The Daily Craft :: Mindfulness Meditation
with Ellen Robinson-Haynes
Thursdays, 6 -7 pm, March 23 – April 27
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.
Virtual Meditation Challengewith Jeanne Munoz
March 23 – April 27
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.
Grow Loose, Long & Strong
with Bella Dreizler
Saturdays March 25, April 8, May 6, 1 – 4pm
- loosening tight joints and fascia
- strengthening less than optimal core power
- creating flexibility and a healthy long spine
Ready to roll?
Restorative 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 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.